What all these companies offer is a get-together on the first night and the opportunity to dine with the rest of the group and to go on excursions together.
There are usually 12 to 16 in a group, with women tending to outnumber men.
And for those going on holidays where you do have to pay a single supplement, Archers offers to organise a room share with somebody else of the same sex.
Many of the most established singles operators, such as Just You and Friendship Travel, go out of their way to reassure potential customers – apprehensive about going away with a group of strangers – that they won’t be expected to join in all the activities.
Some of these operators say you don’t actually have to be single – you might just be holidaying on your own on this occasion and want to link up with others in the same position.
Even assuming many of those are in stable relationships, and others can’t afford to go on holiday, that still leaves an awful lot of people going on holiday on their own.
But I don’t want to lie on a beach and look at couples wrapped up in each other or, just as likely, having an argument.
Neither, though, do I feel ready to be part of an escorted tour, unless it’s somewhere really exotic.