There is even a string of ‘hedonism’ escapes that promise a ‘hip vibe’ and are explicitly aimed at swinging singles.Much more sedate are ‘house party’-style holidays run by the online dating company Kindred Spirits which makes it clear they are not about finding a sexual partner but sharing experiences, such as watching the sun go down over a Patagonian lake with like-minded people.Their programmes include Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5 and Mahler’s Symphony No.5, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, with pianist Simon Trpčeski as soloist; and the violin concertos of Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, with Henning Kraggerud on violin.The orchestra will also play excerpts from Grieg’s "As a British citizen, it has been one of my top priorities to bring the Oslo Philharmonic to the United Kingdom for a major tour," said Petrenko. 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.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.
Among its wide range of activity holidays, Friendship Travel includes yoga in Turkey and Spain, and golf in England.
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.
Many of the most established singles operators, such as Just You and Friendship Travel, go out of their way to reassure potential customers – apprehensive about going away with a group of strangers – that they won’t be expected to join in all the activities.
Some of these operators say you don’t actually have to be single – you might just be holidaying on your own on this occasion and want to link up with others in the same position.
Often this kind of holiday is based on an activity, such as walking or yoga.