There is even a string of ‘hedonism’ escapes that promise a ‘hip vibe’ and are explicitly aimed at swinging singles.
Even assuming many of those are in stable relationships, and others can’t afford to go on holiday, that still leaves an awful lot of people going on holiday on their own.
But I don’t want to lie on a beach and look at couples wrapped up in each other or, just as likely, having an argument.
Neither, though, do I feel ready to be part of an escorted tour, unless it’s somewhere really exotic.
The market divides into four main areas – dating holidays, where the aim is to party all night; the much larger market for single people who want to meet up with others with similar interests but don’t want to feel obliged to pair off with somebody; destinations aimed at ‘independent single travellers’ that may well be suitable for couples as well; and escorted tours where everything is taken care of from the moment you arrive at the airport. You can find resorts competing to be the ‘biggest singles resort in the world’.
Solo’s, which has been providing holidays for single people for 40 years, puts the stress on friendship and companionship.
It says the key to a good holiday is the tour leader, who can put people at ease and understandsthat some people may feel a little awkward until they realise that there is no stigma attached to going on holiday alone.
What all these companies offer is a get-together on the first night and the opportunity to dine with the rest of the group and to go on excursions together.
There are usually 12 to 16 in a group, with women tending to outnumber men.
Often this kind of holiday is based on an activity, such as walking or yoga.
With Solo’s you can go trekking in the Himalayas or learn tennis in Tunisia.
Just You offers two nights on safari as part of its Kenyan package or eight days cruising down the River Duoro.