Anti-Valentine's: The Best Holidays for Groups and Solo Travellers

Flowers and chocolates? Heart-melting cards and candlelit dinners? If the mere thought of Valentine’s Day has been filling you with dread over the last few weeks, don’t worry! It’s all over now. Turn your back on all those lovey-dovey romantics and kiss goodbye to the over-the-top shop displays and PDAs for another year. Let’s. Move. On.

Now, what could take your mind off all the romance and couples? How about an exciting holiday to look forward to? Whether you’re looking for that much needed bit of ‘you time’, or a fun-filled getaway with your friends, there’s a holiday for everyone. So, in honour of Singles Awareness Day, read on to discover the perfect anti-Valentine’s destination for you.

For action and adventure: Madeira

If you and your friends love nothing more than the thrill and excitement of the great outdoors, then get everyone together and book an unforgettable holiday to Madeira. This breathtaking island is actually a region of Portugal and boasts year-round sunshine; perfect for hiking, cycling or climbing. There’s no better way to take in the incredible, mountainous scenery that the island’s so famous for.

For faraway experiences: Mexico

If you’ve been on holiday with your friends in the past and fancy something a little more special, then why not start planning the holiday of a lifetime to Mexico? Spend your days soaking up the sun on the pristine, white beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya or delving into the local culture and exploring ancient Mayan ruins. Then after darkness falls, experience some of the best nightlife in the world at the bars and clubs of Cancun.

For the perfect gift to yourself: Thailand

If you just want to get away from it all, treat yourself to a luxurious Thailand break, where you can truly relax and unwind. Leave the nine to five far behind you as you lie back, listening to waves gently lap against the shore, surrounded by lush greenery and dramatic limestone rock formations in the likes of Koh Phi Phi or Koh Samui. And what’s more? You’ll find plenty of other likeminded people doing the same, should you want a break from the peace.

For a last minute escape: Paris

We can all be forgiven for forgetting how easy it is to escape the UK and be in an exciting European destination in next to no time. For the perfect dose of retail therapy, sightseeing and pure indulgence with a good friend, jump on the next plane or train to Paris. Go on a shopping spree to all the trendy boutiques, visit the Louvre, take in the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower and round it all off with a glass of your favourite tipple at a classy French restaurant. Et voilà! There, you have the perfect weekend  away.

For the all-rounder: Greece

Whether you choose to jet-off on your own or with your friends, there’s something in Greece that’ll suit everyone. Head to the islands of Crete or Zante if you’re looking for great beaches and somewhere to party in the evenings; choose Mykonos for a touch of glitz and glam; or spend time exploring the small but stunning island of Thassos, which offers a taste of authentic Greece.

Are you feeling the love for a holiday either on your own or with friends this year? Let me know where you’d like to go in the comments.