Plus: a couples holiday in the Dordogne or Tuscany; cycling in the Dolomites; and compensation for a missed connecting flight
Q I’m in my mid-sixties and am holidaying on my own this year for the first time. Despite being sociable, I feel apprehensive. What kind of trip would make the experience easier? I wish to go abroad and love swimming in the sea. I don’t want an adventure holiday and would prefer sipping wine and people-watching. Sarah Davies, via email
A You sound like the ideal candidate for one of Friendship Travel’s house-party style “Chillax” holidays (02894 462211, friendshiptravel.com). The company takes over small hotels for relaxing beach holidays in Greece, Cyprus and Spain for single travellers, with a host in each to make sure that no one is left out (but you can do as much or as little as you like). Seven nights in July costs from £1,525pp at the adults-only Lindos Memories in Rhodes, including flights and dinner on five nights. The group size is about 20. You could also consider Solo Holidays’ ClubSolos trips (solosholidays.co.uk), which also have exclusive use of hotels. A week in July costs from £949pp at Mount Olympus Studios in Alykanas on Zakynthos, including B&B in a double room for single use, three dinners, a cocktail each night, flights and transfers.