Solo travel has become a hot topic. Unlike “single(s)” travel, it is a broader group. It can include those who are single, married or have a partner/significant other. It may be a business person looking to add a leisure weekend or extension to a trip for work. Two stumbling blocks to solo travel can be: I. whether it is lonely to vacation as a “party of one” and ii.whether eating alone, especially dinner, is really uncomfortable.
Now having visited 68 countries and all 50 states, I have found 5 good ways to go alone without feeling you are “going it alone”.
1. River Cruise and Small Ship Cruises
I highly recommend river cruises and small ships. They are especially a good fit for a first time solo traveler. However, they are also great for well-traveled solos in two cases. That is where destinations like Cambodian boat villages are not otherwise easy to reach. Secondly, they work well in places where security is an issue.
Here are the key advantages of such river and small ships for solo travelers, they:
-Give you time alone but a group for tours and meals
-Can be competitively priced when compared to a piecemeal approach
-Make unpacking a one-time chore
-Work well with land packages
-Often have discounted package pricing including flights
2. Select your own lodging, and take day trips.
Here are the key advantages of this independent approach, it:
-Affords you the opportunity to select your own interests and travel style.
-Provides more opportunity to interact with local residents.
-Gives you a “day-off” when you need it.
-Works with a range of budgets.
3. Combine both of the above approaches.
I really favor this approach when I travel. On solo travel for 17 days at New Year’s, I toured Southeast Asia. I started … Read more..