Booking a solo trip doesn't have to mean hostels with strangers ❌. We've got some money-saving hacks for booking hotels and things to do for free or cheap while you're there.
It can be daunting and also seem expensive to book alone when you constantly see deals based on two people sharing. Our Pirate, Caitlin, recently took a last-minute solo trip to Ibiza and we're sharing the reasons why it should be on your solo trip bucket list too.
Plans that never make it out the group chat? It's time to take that trip on your own. I recently went to Ibiza in May for 4 nights all-inclusive including flights for £250, which is pretty cheap for a solo traveller departing from Newcastle.
Flights to Ibiza were cheap for May and June, under £30 return from Newcastle. However, hotels on Trivago seemed to be quite expensive, especially since I wouldn't be splitting the room cost.
You might not think to check here, but TUI has a hotel-only section and was the cheapest option by a considerable amount for my dates and the prices for solo travellers were really affordable. The hotel I booked was almost 50% less through TUI than the next cheapest option for the same hotel on Trivago.
This is a great option if you've found cheap budget airline flights and want to add on a hotel, plus it gives you more freedom than a package holiday if you wanted to stay in a few different places.
🏴☠️ Pirate tip: Booking last minute means you can sometimes grab a bargain on operators like TUI as they have rooms to sell off.
TUI's hotel-only section had quite a few affordable options for solo travellers. I managed to nab 4 nights all-inclusive at TUI Suneo Caribe in Es Canar for £223. This was cheaper than other hotels including only breakfast, and meant I could save money on food/drinks while there.
Below are a few examples showing the price difference for TUI's hotel-only options in Ibiza:
Total on TUI from £173* for 3 nights (bed and breakfast). Through Trivago, the next cheapest option is £345* for the same dates and duration.
Total on TUI from £174* for 3 nights (bed and breakfast). Through Trivago, the next cheapest option is £225* for the same dates and duration.
Total on TUI from £258* for 3 nights (all-inclusive). Through Trivago, the next cheapest option is £442* for the same dates, duration, board basis and room type.
If the dates or durations don't suit you can simply change the search to suit your needs.
Before visiting, I wasn't sure if Ibiza would be a good destination to visit alone, but now I would definitely recommend it. Here are my 5 reasons it should be on your travel bucket list as a solo traveller.
There are lots of different vibes on the Island depending on the type of holiday you want. Head to San Antonio or Playa den Bossa for a party trip, or get a more chilled vibe in Es Canar or Santa Eulalia.
Ibiza definitely gets a name for itself as being expensive, but with lots of cheap flights options and affordable hotel options for solo travellers it's actually a really affordable place to visit.
One of the most important factors for a solo traveller is how safe the destination is. As a solo female traveller I never felt unsafe in Ibiza, even when walking alone at night. The resort areas are bustling with both locals and tourists.
Both the locals and the tourists were really friendly, so it was easy to chat to people, but equally as easy not to, if you prefer having a total solo vibe!
Ibiza is so much more than a party island, there's loads of things to see and do as a solo traveller. Amazing beaches to explore, beautiful sunsets, Ibiza old town, markets and great beach clubs.
Take the ferry. It’s a great way to get around, you’ll get amazing views of the island and it’s cheaper than taking a taxi. I took this from Es Cana to Ibiza Town one-way before heading to the airport.
Take a trip to Ibiza old town. You can catch a bus or ferry to Ibiza town which is great for shopping, markets, and food, then walk up to Dalt Vila to find the cobbled streets.
Avoid Café Mambo itself to watch the sunset and sit on the rocks outside to watch it with an amazing atmosphere where you can still hear the music.
Visit the Hippy Market in Es Cana on Wednesdays. Even if you don’t buy anything the vibe here is amazing.
Wherever you stay, walking the coast is a great option to see some beautiful beaches and find a nice spot to have a drink.
If you're into wellness you can find some great spots to do beach yoga. Aiyanna at Cala Nova beach and Hotel Riomar in Santa Eulalia are both great affordable options.
Taxis to and from the airport can be really expensive, especially alone. If you're travelling through the day use the bus which will take you to most resorts. Another great option is a shared transfer through HolidayExtras that will take you right to your hotel. From the Airport to Es Canar this option cost me £12 one-way.
Look for hotel options that are all-inclusive as sometimes they can be cheaper than B&B or half-board options and will save you money on food and drink.