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British Colonisation Travelling alone has never been easier - or so much fun. Here is how to do it the right way (and avoid those annoying singles supplements)
Why do we still cringe at the idea of a 'singles holiday'? After all, statistics show that more people are single i.e. one in three Brits is single.

Perhaps it is because going solo smacks of desperation ('Oh dear, could not you find anybody to tag along?') Yet there are millions of us, including many in relationships, who choose to holiday on our own. Some of us have interests we don't share with our partners. Others value the freedom of travelling alone, or the thrill of meeting new people. Whatever the reason, here's how to plan the perfect solo voyage.

Be Adventurous
The surest way to bond with strangers is by doing something thrilling together. The higher the adrenaline levels, the faster the ice breaks. That's why sporting holidays are popular with singles, along with yacht charters and African safaris. The adventure companies offer everything from rafting in Indonesia, mountain-biking in India, hiking in Madagascar, canyoning in Reunion and Diving in Mauritius. Other surveys show that over half of adventure travellers are single travellers, and of those, the majority are female.

Dodge Supplements
There are ways to avoid paying the dreaded single supplement, while still getting your own room. Some travel agencies waives supplements in May, June, September and October. Some accommodation providers offer single rooms, as part of membership, all year round.
If you are after some time alone, consider a spa. Thailand have wellness centres that attract many singles and levy no supplements. Of course you should keep an eye out for special offers that a number of hotels publish to boost room occupancy.

You can avoid a supplement by sharing a room with a guest of the same sex and age, so explore also room-sharing offers. Also to consider is the growing trend of adventure group trips. Most are orientated towards the young (18 to 30 years) generation. But there are travel agencies that now offer similar trips especially towards the backpacker of the 70s and 80s generation that are looking at rekindling their travel experiences and who are still single.

Adventure.dk a travel agency in Denmark and LRT a local tour operator in Mauritius,, have success with this concept with small adventure and eco groups. Some of the groups are combined with other destinations of the South-west Indian Ocean.