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?Â Business Insider compiled a list of tour companies catering to solo travelers. Check out a few of the top tour operators below.
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.Â 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.Â 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.
With Singita safari lodges in South Africa (Kruger National Park), Zimbabwe, and Tanzania, Singita has Â completely abandoned the single supplement, and they offer reduced pricing if you’re looking to travel in the off-season.
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.
Since 1982,Â SolosÂ has catered specifically to solo travelers. From walks and treks to cities, ski or beach vacations, Â Solos Vacations, offers trips to the UK and Italy.
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