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Welcome to One Traveller Holidays

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 full-time 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 breaks for singles 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 booking 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.

The One Traveller Team

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.

Ian Darkin - Director

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 Darkin - Accounts Manager

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 Adams - Head of Product & Marketing

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 Taylor - Head of Flights, Tour Managers and Visas

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 Holder

Nicky Holder - Product Manager

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.

Sam - The Cat

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 Buck - Senior Product Manager

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 Nelson - Office Manager

Starting with One Traveller in February 2016 as an Admin Assistant, Kerry has swiftly moved through the ranks to become our Office Manager! Her role is to lead and manage the administration team and all that goes on in the office. A born and bred Londoner Kerry spent a short while in Essex & Scotland before making the Norfolk Countryside her new home. Her holiday wish list includes Austria, Switzerland and almost everywhere in Italy!

Luke Abendroth - Product Manager

Luke joined the One Traveller family some 18 months ago, initially as a Product Support Coordinator, helping our Product team design and manage their new and existing holidays. More recently, Luke has taken on the role of Assistant Product Manager, which involved taking responsibility for some of our established holidays, as well as researching new destinations. Luke helped create our new (for 2019) holiday to Venice, as well as managing a change for our popular Cheshire holiday.

Luke’s first solo venture is our new seven-day visit to Stockholm, which is featured in our 2020 holiday brochure. 

Matthew Pomfrett - Customer Services Manager

Matt is responsible for reading, logging and acting upon all guests’ feedback and comments about their holidays with us. A trained journalist, he is kept firmly in front of a keyboard these days, responding to our guests’ letters and also producing much of the text for our website and other parts of the company. Having previously explored the sights of Las Vegas and New York a number of times as well as a honeymoon in the Maldives, these days his travels are a little closer to home with his wife and two young children.

Beth Harvey - Deputy Office Manager

Beth is currently Deputy Office Manager, dealing with the administration side of things in the office, as well as chatting with guests about their holiday over the phone on many occasions. Beth was born and raised in Essex, but moved to the Norfolk countryside in 2017.  A talented dancer, she competed in both British and European championships, which allowed her to travel from an early age. Beth is a big fan of the more ‘adventurous’ destinations, Mexico being her favourite, and she is also keen to travel to Canada, Switzerland and Vietnam!

Adam Wigglesworth - Digital Systems & Marketing Coordinator

Adam is an enthusiastic media graduate, who has previously worked in various marketing and web roles, before deciding to opt for a new adventure in the world of travel. One of our newest members in the One Traveller family, he is embedded within our Marketing and Web teams working across all of our departments to manage and develop our internal systems, and grow the One Traveller family through our various marketing channels. With a place in his heart for his beloved home county of Cheshire, he loves exploring the Norfolk countryside with his partner in his spare time.