Award winning One Traveller is the UK’s number one singles holiday specialist for the over 50s. Created in 2007, our family run company is the brainchild of travel expert Ian Darkin, who has escorted singles holidays all over the world.
Ian’s vision is to address the shortcomings he spotted during his time as a fulltime tour manager by designing holidays specifically for the mature solo traveller. At One Traveller, we provide an opportunity for like-minded single people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond to travel in a safe environment on a holiday with no single supplements.
One Traveller holidays bring together single mature travellers with a passion for travel, cities, culture and cuisine. Alongside seeing the spectacular sights, a big part of the experience is getting to know the other members of the group.
Taking the first step to book your first solo holiday can take a lot of courage. But reassuringly, once that leap has been made, One Traveller guests trust us time and time again to take care of them and their holiday.
One Traveller is an independent specialist single holiday company as opposed to part of a large corporation, so you get a personal, dedicated service. The people who plan and operate our singles holidays are often in the office to answer your questions immediately.
Our office staff has many years of experience, having been Tour Managers themselves and occasionally still escort some of our singles holidays. Your booking is handled by people who understand, care and have great knowledge of single travellers. We are on hand to answer any questions about our holidays and the amazing cities and beautiful regions we travel to. Please do give us a call or request a call back.
A Tour Manager worldwide for nine years, Ian created One Traveller with Emma to cater solely for mature single travellers. Ian used to escort all One Traveller holidays (in the early days) however now finds it harder and harder to leave the office but sometimes sees groups off at the airport so he can meet and thank our guests. A linguist with a keen eye for detail, Ian is half-Czech and he has a passion for his mother's country, which is why One Traveller's Prague vacation is an excellent first solo holiday.
Emma is the administrative backbone of One Traveller and has been with One Traveller since day one, when it was run from an apartment in Rushden. Her knowledge and understanding of our guests’ requirements is extensive. Born in Norfolk, she is a big fan of her home county.
Daniel has worked as a Tour Manager for single travellers for almost two decades and is very much in tune with our guests’ needs. He leads our team in developing new holidays and personally inspects all aspects of these trips in order to ensure guests enjoy a wonderful experience. Daniel loves “anywhere with a mountain” (he lived in Austria for 13 years) and is also particularly fond of India, Sri Lanka and China. He also plays clarinet to Grade 8 standard!
Rebecca has more than a decade’s experience in the single travel market. As well as ensuring the office runs smoothly and handling all flights, she looks after our Tour Managers, dealing with their administration – and ensuring they are a happy bunch! Rebecca loves working for One Traveller as she had always admired our customer-led ethos and had always aspired to live in Norfolk.
Nicky has worked in the single travel market for more than 16 years, and her personal travel highlights include visiting beautiful Barcelona, St Petersburg and the beautiful sights within our own country. She is an experienced Tour Manager both on land and on cruises. Working alongside Daniel, Nicky researches and plans new and existing holidays, making sure they are perfect for our guests. Nicky recently moved to Norfolk from Northamptonshire and loves her new county.
We took on Amanda as a temp and she was so good that we asked her to stay! Having worked in London for years, Amanda is now embracing the Norfolk way of life. Working at One Traveller as part of our administration team, however, keeps her on her toes and she is loving the rewards and challenges that everyday can bring.
Sue joined One Traveller after stumbling upon us by chance. Her main role is to look after the administration that goes on in the office and her attention to detail is much appreciated. She is keen to learn as much as possible about the travel industry and working for a family-run company makes her even more dedicated to providing a high level of satisfaction. She enjoys listening to our guests’ experiences of their travels and looks forward to helping them choose their next adventure!
Dagmar and Bob have been helping to run One Traveller since the start. Dagmar comes from Prague and has a huge passion for opera, classical music and the arts. When you phone for a brochure there is a good chance that you will speak with her! Bob used to manage the office while Ian was away escorting holidays and now enjoys replying to guests feedback along with Ian, Nicky and Daniel.
Cherry and John make sure requests for our brochures are monitored daily and promptly dispatched. As a keen traveller, Cherry has experienced several of our holiday's first-hand and loves the concept of travelling solo but as part of a group. Together with Dagmar she also assists in the office and enjoys chatting to prospective guests, having great empathy with apprehensive first-time single travellers.
Ben joined One Traveller to manage and develop our website. He fully understands the trepidation felt by first-time solo travellers and enjoys sharing knowledge and advice with guests. Ben is happy to answer any questions you have about the holidays, no matter how trivial they may seem.
Sam the cat keeps a watchful eye over the office, occasionally answering the phone but mostly can be found attempting to satisfy his enormous appetite!
Karl joined One Traveller in January 2016 having worked in countries across the world assisting travellers in getting the most out of their holiday. Originally from Norfolk and having spent the past 18 years living overseas and in various parts of the UK, Karl has now found himself back in his home county. Karl has brought his personal passion for Italy to our new Sicily and Rome holidays together with his interest in Eastern European countries which he also manages. Along with Nicky and Daniel, Karl researches, plans and personally inspects new holidays whilst maintaining our existing ones.
Kerry's main role is to look after the administration that goes on in the office where her attention to detail is much appreciated. She is keen to learn as many aspects of the business as possible. A born and bred Londoner Kerry spent a short while in Essex & Scotland before making the Norfolk Countryside her new home.
Ellie is part of the team that looks after the administration that takes place within the office. Having been born in Norfolk Ellie is very fond of her home county. She enjoys listening to our guests holiday experiences and looks forward to learning more about the travel industry. Her attention to detail is greatly appreciated.