Travelling alone is not as daunting as some people imagine. It’s liberating, exciting and generally offers more chances to meet other travellers than if you travel with a partner or in a group.
Tour operators have been quick to catch on to the fact that more people are happy to travel independently and have catered towards that. A number of companies now specialise in singles travel tours, including adventure tours, volunteer and eco travel and many ensure numbers are limited so you’re sure to meet new friends and not get lost in the crowd. For many travellers, booking a singles tour provides a certain level of safety too so they can relax and enjoy their vacation with peace of mind.
Why Book a Singles Holiday?
- Meet new friends with common interests
- Small and intimate groups
- You’re more likely to do things you wouldn’t normally
- Good for those who have never travelled alone before
- Safety in numbers
Eco-friendly Group Sizes
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Many single tour groups have small numbers anyway but to ensure you’re doing the right thing eco wise and minimizing the impact of your travels, book with a company that limits the amount of people in each group and how many times they visit particular sites and areas.
Don’t be shy — bunk up
Singles travel can be expensive as most forms of accommodation charge per room rather than per person, unless you choose to stay in a hostel, but now with the singles market accounting for one third of all travellers many hotels and lodges are willing to waive the supplement fee if solo travellers are willing to share a room.
If you’re an eco conscious traveller make sure you book with a green tour operator or travel company who follows the ecotourism principles. Ask them for their green credentials, check what hotels or lodges they use and if they involve the local community.