FANCY a week splashing about in the ocean but don’t have a mate to go with?
No problem – these trips are perfect for solo travellers.
Sailing in Montenegro
Fashion Editor Lynne McKenna sets sail in the Adriatic Sea.
If you want to live the super-yacht lifestyle but don’t quite have the budget, this one is for you.
MedSailors, specialists in adventure sailing holidays, have a fleet of five yachts that come equipped with both double and single cabins, open-air dining spaces, an onboard sound system, reliable Wi-Fi and swimming platforms perfect for catching some rays.
Cabins are cosy, but you’ll hardly spend any time in them as you’ll be busy learning the ropes, swimming, eating and drinking.
You’ll soon have a new gang of mates in your fellow sailors, but if sharing a bedroom isn’t for you, book a place on the Mono-Catamaran, which has more single cabins.
We begin the trip with a walk around Montenegro’s medieval fortress Kator, and I grab a cherry ice cream, £2, from a local stall.
Once onboard, I meet my new travel companions (mostly 20-35 year olds) over cocktails. As we sail from port to port, each offers something as spectacular as the last, from wine tasting in Petrovec, £18, at Hotel Restoran MUN, to canyoning in Herceg Novi, £78, and hitting the hiking trail at St John’s Mountain.
A swim around the must-see Our Lady of the Rocks in Perast and paddle boarding in the clear waters of Morinj are highlights.
By the end of the week, I felt reinvigorated and rested, and had made some fab buddies.
The boat’s skipper prepares delicious breakfasts and lunches using fresh fruit, veg, fish and cheeses.
But while in Herceg Novi, make sure you dine at Tri Lipe.
Lying under three trees, this family-run restaurant has atmosphere,
the best mixed grill, £16, and mouth-watering desserts, including cream-filled cakes the size of your face.
Ask your skipper to book a table ahead.
Go scuba-diving, £44, among the reefs, shipwrecks and submarine tunnels in Rose – it’s a history lesson as well as an adventure.
A week’s skippered sailing in Montenegro starts from £520 per person for seven nights, including breakfast, lunch, hot drinks, drinking water, towels and bedlinen (Medsailors.com).
Return flights from the UK to Tivat start from £45.
Kitesurfing in Morocco
Columnist Kate Wills flies a kite up to the highest height in Essaouira.
Slap-bang in the centre of the UNESCO-heritage medina area of Essaouira is the KiteWorldwide riad, which has six spacious rooms around a bright, open-air courtyard.
There are plenty of comfy nooks to relax in after a hard day’s kiting with your fellow surfers.
Breakfast is a sociable affair with pastries, eggs and fresh OJ. There are also family-style dinners if that’s what you’re after.
Spend some time on the rooftop terrace, where there are yoga classes and loungers for sunbathing. Otherwise, it’s only a 10-minute stroll to the beach.
Known as Africa’s windiest city, the long, sandy beach at Essaouira makes it a popular surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing spot.
I spend my first day on the sand, learning how to set up and control the kite, which is harder than it looks.
Then I don a wetsuit and helmet and get in the water for “body dragging”, which sounds scary but is actually relaxing. You let the kite pull you through the waves, and then it’s time to strap a board on.
Although I don’t make it to standing up by the end of the week, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot.
Maybe that’s because I’ve also tried a bit of surfing, horse-riding and have shopped for Argan oil and leather slippers in the medina, too.
Family-run Restaurant Ramsess in the heart of the medina is the place to try traditional Moroccan food, such as tasty lamb and prune tagine with couscous, £8. It also runs daily cooking classes.
For a special treat, head to Umia, a more upscale, candle-lit affair, where the French chef takes on Moroccan classics, resulting in the likes of a duck confit pastilla – duck covered in flaky pastry, £16, and a cinnamon dark chocolate fondant, £7.
On the beach, Ocean Vagabond is the hip place to eat, with its outdoor courtyard, which has lanterns strung in the trees and DJs after dark.
Order the grilled monkfish with fries, £9, and a Casablanca beer, £3 (Oceanvagabond.com).
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Visit Mo’s Bohemian Beach Retreat, a secret spot in nearby Sidi Kaouki, for your own private beach, plus camel rides and hikes to a waterfall.
It’s supposedly near here that Jimi Hendrix wrote Castles In The Sand.
Finish the day with a traditional Berber barbecue at sunset, featuring fresh calamari cooked by Mo, £56. (Castlesinthesand.com).
A week’s kitesurfing, with accommodation and breakfast costs from £683 per person (Kiteworldwide.com).
Return flights from the UK cost from £59.
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