New Tours Solo Travelers Should Book Now
Recognizing the growth in solo travel, companies are offering tours geared toward individual travelers.
If you’ve been itching to live out your Eat, Pray, Love dream or Wild adventure, now is the time. Solo travel is becoming more common, affordable and accessible. The benefits of solo travel are well-documented, and a recent study commissioned by Intrepid Travel also found that 75 percent of the respondents find solo travel more acceptable than 10 years ago. About 36 percent of the participants recognize the perks of solo travel, 32 percent travel solo to challenge themselves and try new things and 30 percent travel solo to meet new friends around the world, according to Intrepid Travel.
But many still have reservations. Sixty-five percent say they still feel more comfortable traveling with a group or on a tour while abroad alone. Nearly 75 percent respondents worry about safety, 53 percent worry about getting lost and 39 percent stress about planning a trip.
That’s where tours come in. Traveling via a tour, especially one with single travelers in mind, can help alleviate the stress of trip planning and navigating unfamiliar environments alone.
With about 50 percent of people booking Intrepid Travel’s tours traveling solo, the company recently launched a line of solo-only trips starting in 2018 that offer independence while having access to local leaders and a ready-made group of friends who are also itching to explore.
Explore Intrepid Travel’s 2018 Solo Tours:
Beautiful Bali (9 days)
On this beautiful island escape, conquer the slopes of Mount Batur, explore Bali Barat National Park’s underwater world, feast on local cuisine and enjoy peaceful moments in Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist lake temple dedicated to the goddess of the waters.
Best of Morocco (15 days)
Journey from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara and from the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech.
Mexico Real Food Adventure (9 days)
Experience Mexico’s distinctive cuisine while traveling through Oaxaca, Puebla, Mazunte and Mexico.
Golden Triangle (8 days)
While venturing through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, explore the massive forts, the opulence of Rajasthan's palaces, the bustle of bazaars and the traditions of a heritage homestay.
Vietnam Express Southbound (10 days)
Travel from historic Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City, sailing among the floating villages of Halong Bay and zipping through the imperial capital of Hue on the back of a motorbike.
Classic Peru (9 days)
Retrace the steps of the Incas to Machu Picchu, admire colonial cities, explore vibrant markets and meet the locals in this South American country with a difference.
Several other companies have similar tours specifically for those looking to book alone. Solos, a UK-based travel company, started in 1982 with single-friendly tours as their priority from the start. You’ll never pay a single supplement with Solos. The company offers all kinds of vacations — from walks and treks to cities, ski or beach vacations.
After a successful launch in 2015, Transat has expanded their Solo Collection vacation packages to 26 in 2017. The solo collection does not charge single supplements and offers communal tables for sharing meals with other solo travelers at hotel and resort properties throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
REI Women's Adventures target solo female travelers. Launched in 2017, these REI adventures include a range of 19 new women-only tours aimed to connect solo, female travelers with a built-in group of friends from around the world.
Even companies that don’t necessarily have solo-only tours have taken steps to encourage solo travel. For example, companies like G Adventures, Classic Journeys, Overseas Adventure Travel, Gutsy Women Travel and Road Scholar don't charge single supplements for solo travelers’ bookings. Gutsy Women Travel also offers to match solo travelers with a roommate and will provide $100 savings to those who are willing to share lodging. OAT offers a special "Solo Traveler Challenge" that guarantees if you find another travel company offering a better price on a comparable trip, OAT will meet that price, plus lower it by $500 – pretty cool!
Whether you’re a seasoned solo traveler or considering it for the first time, start planning your next incredible adventure with yourself – and maybe a few new friends.
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