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5 Tour Companies for Solo Travelers

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A 2014 survey by Booking.com reports that 72% of American women are enthusiastic about solo travel. With American women averaging three or more trips per year, 47% are looking to get some time to themselves, while 65% are striving to get some time to themselves when vacationing alone. So how can a solo female traveler book a solo trip of a lifetime while avoiding outrageous single supplement charges? Business Insider compiled a list of tour companies catering to solo travelers. Check out a few of the top tour operators below.

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Classic Journeys
With many travel companies raising prices up to 50% for those traveling alone, Classic Journeys provides a solution. The company keeps its markup to around 15%, because they only charge customers the extra fee that hotels charge for single travelers. About a third of their guests book solo trips. Classic Journeys specializes in walking tours with knowledgeable local guides. They can book you a double room just for yourself, and they’ve received top ratings from both National Geographic and Travel + Leisure.

Overseas Adventure Travel
Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) takes single travelers to exotic destinations, such as Botswana and Patagonia. OAT does not charge supplements, even if you extend your trip 4-9 nights, and they offer the “Solo Traveler Challenge,” a guarantee that if you find another travel company offering a better price on a comparable trip, OAT will meet that price and lower it by $500.

Safaris
Singita
With Singita safari lodges in South Africa (Kruger National Park), Zimbabwe, and Tanzania, Singita has  completely abandoned the single supplement, and they offer reduced pricing if you’re looking to travel in the off-season.

Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian offers cruises all over the world including Alaska, Florida, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, New England, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, and Panama. On three of its ships — the Epic, Breakaway, and Pride of America — Norwegian Cruise Line has cabins made exclusively for solo travelers that cost about 30% less than a double stateroom.

Solos
Since 1982, Solos has catered specifically to solo travelers. From walks and treks to cities, ski or beach vacations,  Solos Vacations, offers trips to the UK and Italy.

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