People enjoy all different types of holidays around the world, and you know what? They're allowed to do so. It doesn't matter what you may like or you may not in terms of your personal preferences, because as long as you've selected somewhere that you believe will serve you with a good time, then that should be all that you really need.
Alas, if we're talking purely in terms of stereotypes here, there are certain destinations around the world that fall into 'categories' if you will. Two of the more common categories, in this regard, are couples holidays and singles holidays - mainly because the dynamic of those two are often so drastically different that they're virtually unrecognisable.
Of course, you can have a holiday with your friends where you spend your time backpacking or sunbathing, and you can also have party-type holidays with your partner. For the sake of this piece, though, we're going to imagine that those practices are pretty rare in comparison to what we all know to be true.
Some of these locations may not have even entered your line of thinking when planning out your yearly holidays but some would've almost certainly come into consideration for you, and we can only hope that we open up some new ideas for you as you prepare for what could prove to be the adventure of a lifetime. Then again, it could prove to be the holiday from hell, but we're choosing to be optimistic for you in this instance.
25 NO COUPLES: Ayia Napa, Cyprus - Party Town
The Cyprus town of Ayia Napa has become notorious in the last few years for being a party hub, and upon one visit you'll soon be able to tell that it lives up to its reputation magnificently. It isn't quite as 'run down' as some of the alternatives (a few of which we'll get to), but it certainly isn't guaranteed to provide you with five-star luxury.
The water park pictured above would be pretty nice for couples to visit but let's face it, nine times out of ten you're going to be booking this place with your pals instead of your boyfriend/girlfriend and that's just the way it is.
24 NO SINGLES: Santorini, Greece - Nice And Quiet
We alluded to the notion of five-star luxury in the previous entry, and this place will actually give you what you're looking for - and then some.
Santorini is an absolutely gorgeous place and while it may set you back quite a few pennies in order to get there we can virtually guarantee that you're going to have a great time. Alas, that's more likely to happen if you're in a couple than if you're single and we aren't just stereotyping for the sake of it, because it's quite a laid-back place in comparison to many of the alternatives we're going to list.
23 NO COUPLES: Ibiza, Spain - Clubs, clubs and more clubs
There are areas that are slightly quieter than you may initially have thought over in Ibiza, but to be perfectly honest with you, it still doesn't seem like the type of destination you'd go with your partner.
If you're a really out there couple then maybe it'd be on your bucket list, but for the most part, Ibiza is for clubbing and that's just the way it goes.
Sure, it's going to set you back quite a bit, but it's an absolute juggernaut of a place to go on holiday and it's going to be difficult to slow that down any time soon.
22 NO SINGLES: Paris, France - City Of Love
Paris is the City of Love and while you could argue that love can be discovered in many different ways, people who tend to go there for a romantic getaway are usually already in relationships. That's not a stereotypical statement, either, because it's pretty much true across the board.
If you go there solo then it can sometimes be a little bit sad to explore the different landmarks on your own, but if you're in a couple, it's all very exciting and new which is always important.
Even if you go there half a dozen times with the same person, you'll still be able to find new places to visit.
21 NO COUPLES: Magaluf, Spain - Cheap And Cheerful
If you consider Ayia Napa to be one of the high-end equivalents of a 'lads' holiday, then Magaluf is probably located towards the bottom.
From the conditions to the drink prices to the facilities, the whole place is just generally not built for couples who are going in search of a bit of romance. It's just a fact.
If you're on some kind of budget then you probably wouldn't think twice about booking this so long as it fits your criteria, and at the end of the day, that's all you can really ask for. As long as you keep yourself safe throughout the course of your stay, you should be fine.
20 NO SINGLES: Bora Bora, French Polynesia - A couple's Paradise
Ah, Bora Bora. If you're situated in the United Kingdom or somewhere else around Europe then this is the kind of place that is quite literally a fantasy land for you, mainly because it feels like it takes the same amount of time to get there as it takes to get to the Moon. That's an exaggeration, of course, but either way,
it's a long distance to travel if you're not in a relationship - mainly because it's a destination that thrives off the idea of love and togetherness.
Perhaps you could meet someone while you're out there, but the same could be said of your local pub.
19 NO COUPLES: Zante, Greece - The Greek Madness
We're heading back to Greece for another destination that isn't really best suited for couples, but this one is a little bit 'classier' depending on where you go. In Zante, the sights are a little nicer and there are generally more things to do, and on top of that, Greece tends to have a better reputation than Spain for the typical party holiday vibe.
It's not like there's any legitimate rivalry or anything like that but there's certainly an interesting dynamic between the two sets of destinations, and you could argue that it'll make both (and others) even better places to visit as the years go on.
18 NO SINGLES: Vienna, Austria - Secluded Beauty
We're heading to mainland Europe for the next entry and, hopefully, that should tell you all that you need to know about the quality of the destination.
Vienna is clean, it's beautiful, it has a lot of different faces to it (which we consider to be very important in a European getaway), and most importantly it feels safe.
So then, it should come as no surprise whatsoever that plenty of couples enjoy going there on a year by year basis, and it feels like that theme is going to continue on for many more years to come. If you're single, though, you could be hard pressed to find enough activities to take part in.
17 NO COUPLES: Cancun, Mexico - Well, Of Course
If you happen to enjoy living on the edge with a few unknowns around every corner, then Cancun is the place for you.
Of course, it has much more to offer than that and a lot of couples do in fact make the mistake of going there, all the while not realising that spending every second looking over your shoulder doesn't exactly make for a fun week away.
Cancun is the hub for things like spring break and that should tell you all that you need to know about going there.
While you could say the same thing for Mexico as a whole, there are better alternatives to be found around the country.
16 NO SINGLES: New York City, United States - The Big Apple
This one is going to be viewed as a little bit controversial because a lot of folks tend to suggest that NYC is one of the best cities in the world to live in if you're not hitched. The key word in that statement, though, is 'live'.
If you're going over there for a holiday then you could have the time of your life as a solo traveller, but upon leaving, you'll have holiday blues as you've never experienced before.
Couples, on the other hand, will get caught up in the grandeur and romance of it all, whilst still being able to get back to their everyday lives.
15 NO COUPLES: Benidorm, Spain - Dear Oh Dear
If you've seen the TV show Benidorm then you'll understand the inclusion here, but if you haven't, then just try and picture the tackiest seaside resort imaginable and you'll pretty much be right on the money.
There have been comparisons made between Benidorm and Magaluf in the past but when you really think about it, the two couldn't be any more different. Sure, they're unique in their own right, but sometimes being unique isn't always a good thing.
So if you're after plenty of romance, we'd encourage you to investigate some of Spain's more luxurious options sooner rather than later.
14 NO COUPLES: Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand - Full Moon Time
Ko Pha Ngan may sound like just any other Thai destination to you, but in reality, it represents so much more than that.
This place is the home of the infamous Full Moon Party, a hotspot for those who aren't tied down in relationships, and a quick Google will tell you that most people leave the island in a very different state to how they arrived.
It's not like everyone who attends one of these parties is unleashing their rowdiness, but you certainly need to be in a certain mind frame in order to enjoy it, and it just doesn't feel like an activity designed for couples to be perfectly honest.
13 NO COUPLES: Hamburg, Germany - The German Party Hub
Hamburg doesn't get anywhere near the kind of credit it deserves as a city, because it has been cast by many as being nothing more than a party city. While that part of their story is certainly true there are many different elements of the German destination to enjoy, although probably not as a couple.
If you're going in search of a short European city break then there are better alternatives out there, and if you want to go for a week, you definitely won't be able to stretch out everything that Hamburg has to offer over that period of time.
12 NO SINGLES: Budapest, Hungary - A 50/50 Selection
Budapest can offer you a good time regardless of your relationship status in the eyes of many, but we tend to believe that it leans more towards couples.
Sure, the bars and clubs are all great fun, but it's the kind of fun that you enjoy more so with your better half purely because of how culturally significant the city is in the grand scheme of Europe.
The majority of cheap European holidays don't involve too much walking around when you really think about it because you tend to set up camp in any given bar. With Budapest, though, it's a sin if you don't explore it to the max from the minute you arrive until the minute you depart.
11 NO COUPLES: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Very Niche
Rio de Janeiro is one of those cities you could literally visit for two weeks, and it'd still feel like it went by in the blink of an eye. Brazil as a whole is a pretty mental country to be perfectly honest but all of the stereotypes you've heard about Rio, both good and bad, are true.
Purely from a safety standpoint, most couples probably wouldn't decide to come here, if only to ensure that they walk away from their holiday in one piece.
That sounds drastic, but the current state of Rio as a city isn't great and we aren't the first or last people you'll hear saying that.
10 NO COUPLES: Tel Aviv, Israel - An Unusual and exotic Place
Safety and fun. Two reasons why couples probably shouldn't go to Tel Aviv, in the simplest of terms. Singles, on the other hand, should be in for a sweet time.
It's never been viewed as an overly popular tourist destination, but just because it's not amongst the top recommended places on TripAdvisor doesn't mean it isn't notable.
Also, it's a pretty big party city whether you choose to believe that or not, and those two aspects likely won't combine for a happy ending. That sounds a bit pessimistic, but trust us, it's not a great road to travel down - and it feels like a long way to go for a disappointing couples trip.
9 NO SINGLES: The Maldives - Expensive But Worth It
The Maldives is the kind of place you go to when you've quite literally got money coming out of your ears, and as a result, we're fairly jealous of anyone that has ever been or is currently planning on going.
If you're single then you can find somewhere that will provide you with a good time for much cheaper, but if you're in a relationship, it's one of those dream destinations that you often fantasise about visiting without actually ever taking the plunge.
But if you're able to save for long enough, we strongly suggest that you give it a go.
8 NO COUPLES: Amsterdam, Netherlands - The Almighty Dam
Amsterdam may be beautiful and it may be one of the more picturesque European cities, but let's not get away from the fact that activities that the rest of the world consider taboo are largely accepted there.
It sounds like a recipe for disaster when it comes to couples especially when you factor in the Red Light District.
'Dam is a sneaky kind of city because it attracts all different types of folks, with the majority not really realising what they're in for. Sure, they can do all the research they want, but it doesn't prepare you for what awaits upon landing.
7 NO COUPLES: Las Vegas, United States - Sin City
Las Vegas, Nevada. The home of fighting, the home of casinos, and in many ways, the home of all things naughty in the United States of America. In many ways it's a work of art and in many ways you could argue that it's one of the worst representations of the country imaginable, but we digress.
We're struggling to think of all too many couples that have taken the plunge and decided that this would be a suitable destination for their annual holiday away, especially given the finances involved.
If you wanted to go with your pals, however, it could be an absolute goldmine if you play your cards right - literally.
6 NO SINGLES: Rome, Italy - A Certain Mood
A lot of people tend to believe that Rome is a disappointing city to visit, and we've come to the realisation that the majority of individuals who say that, are just that - individuals. They don't get the chance to share their experience with their better halves, which can often alter the Italian hub of culture completely.
You'll always find the bad areas in any given city and Rome definitely isn't immune to that, but when you stack it up against a series of other Italian destinations, we feel as if it stands out as the kind of place you absolutely have to go to with your wife, husband or partner.
5 NO COUPLES: India - Very Unique
We're going to go ahead and throw an entire country in here as opposed to one town or city, because we're just kind of making up the rules as we go along.
Culturally speaking, India is a really intriguing nation to visit based on the fact that life over there is completely different to anything we could possibly imagine. Unfortunately, you'd have to be pretty rich in order to afford the kind of romantic holiday that you're dreaming of in your head.
Instead, you should go to India if your end goal is to discover yourself or just backpack across one of the most remarkable countries on the face of the planet.
4 NO SINGLES: Cornwall, England - The Big Getaway
The county of Cornwall may as well be its own island, because in a lot of ways, it's completely different to anything you could ever hope to experience in or around England.
From the beach towns to the stunning coastline views, Cornwall just gives you the kind of escape that you rarely get anywhere else. It's unique, it's special, and it's going to create memories for you one way or the other.
99% of those memories will come either with your family or your partner, with the latter being much more common. We honestly can't speak highly enough of it, and we'd thoroughly recommend you try it out for yourself.
3 NO COUPLES: New Orleans, United States - NOLA Baby!
Come on, baby, let the good times roll - or at least, that's how the song goes, right?
Good times can be had, found and discovered across the United States of America and that's just a fact, but New Orleans is different.
Firstly, it absolutely is not somewhere you'd want to go with your partner because partying seems to be the main source of tourism there, and second of all, it's just so non-stop.
Every single night will offer up a completely different experience from the last, and that's quite the reputation to have. You may not exactly feel 100% upon leaving, but you'll know that you've had one hell of a good time in the process.
2 NO COUPLES: Colombia - A Torn Reputation
The reputation associated with Colombia is one that has been lingering ever since the days of Escobar, and potentially even beyond that. They've been unable to shake this narrative that continues to plague the nation, and while they've cleaned up their act in many different regions, it isn't worth the risk of travelling there with your partner.
If you're going to go then you're probably better off making the trip on your own, or at the very least with some friends. That way you won't be worrying quite as much as you would if your partner was present, and while that may sound like we're overblowing things ever so slightly, we aren't.
1 NO SINGLES: Edinburgh, Scotland - Ah, The Scots
From the Highlands to the cities, Scotland is a ravishing country that deserves to be explored and appreciated in equal measure. With that in mind, though, you have to realise what you're getting with certain destinations.
For example: Glasgow is the kind of place you'll want to go for the nitty, gritty Scottish experience, whereas Edinburgh will provide you with the kind of cultural joy that we've all come to expect of the nation.
There are a handful of good places for single folk to visit, but for the most part, Edinburgh is as romantic as anywhere else you're likely to end up in.