Discounts for solo travellers? Yes please (Picture: Getty)
Valentine’s Day has the UK’s singles fleeing the country. Literally.
Every year when February 14 rolls around, EasyJet sees a 83% rise in people booking solo travel trips – with 68% of women citing having higher standards in a relationship as the reason they travel alone.
In fact, people are binning the idea of a ‘couple’s vacay’ altogether – as one in five of us say we’ve regretted a holiday with a partner.
It seems 25% simply find the idea of a romantic getaway rather cringe-worthy.
So it’s settled, we’re all flying solo this Valentine’s Day.
And EasyJet is helping to make this dream a reality, by launching ‘soliday’ (aka, solo holiday) packages – which offer a discount of £100 for a single traveller.
Travelling alone is the new flex (Picture: Getty Images)
This Valentine’s is about self-love and sunshine – we aren’t waiting around to be underwhelmed by the lack of effort from our partners this month, and we certainly aren’t desperate to find love.
In fact, nearly half of Brits are planning to take themselves on a ‘soliday’ this year, while 76% of those under 23 have gone, or plan to go, travelling alone.
But we shouldn’t be punished for this.
EasyJet found that solo travellers traditionally end up paying 90% more than those in couples when booking a trip – hence the £100 discount.
The biggest turn-offs for travelling with a partner:
Getting too drunk at dinner (15%)
Smelly bathroom habits (10%)
Being forced to watch sports abroad (13%)
So where are the best places to go on a ‘soliday’?
Coming in hot and sunny at number one is Tenerife, according to EasyJet. The Spanish island – known for its beaches and resorts – is dominated by Mt Teide, a dormant volcano.
Costa Blanca, Spain, also ranks high in popularity with a stunning coastline, consisting of 170 beaches.
Another Canary Island, Lanzarote, is also high on the list for a ‘soliday’ location, with its volcanic landscape and picturesque white-washed villas.
Likewise, Majorca, a small Spanish Balearic Island, boasts beach resorts and bustling nightlife – so would be the perfect scene to meet new travel friends.
What are you waiting for? Catch that flight (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Comprised of fishing villages, hotels, bars and restaurants, the Algarve in Portugal is the perfect place to unwind and catch some rays.
Another is Fuerteventura – the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Pop your swimsuit on and get in the ocean before sunning yourself on the beach.
Tunisia, a North African country, offers something a little different. Sign yourself up for a desert safari or explore the markets, medinas and mosques.
Malta sits between Sicily and the North African coast and is steeped in history if you’re one for a little learning and exploring on holiday.
Whereas Dalaman and Antalya, in Turkey, both finish off the list with stunning blue waters, yachts and rich history.
The top 10 Solidays, according to easyJet Holidays travel data:
Costa Blanca, Spain
Paul Bixby, the commercial director at EasyJet Holidays, comments: ‘We’re committed to providing brilliant holidays at unbeatable prices for everyone, including our customers who prefer to fly solo.
‘It’s clear that there’s a rising trend in solo travel, which is why we’re showing some love to our single customers this Valentine’s Day, offering a special deal for those looking to plan a voyage of self-discovery, or just enjoy some well-earned me-time.’
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A ticket for one please.