Solo travel 101 – top tips to make it affordable

There are many reasons you may find yourself on a solo trip, and the single supplement is often the bane of solo travellers who want to enjoy a tour or cruise. More people are now travelling solo than ever before, so what are the options? You can pay the single supplement, share with a friend or take advantage of a willing to share’ matching service. Seniors Holiday Travel Team offer this service, but did you know that many touring companies do too?

Tours especially for solos.

Albatross Tours, Cosmos, Grand Pacific Tours and Wendy Wu Tours match singles with other travellers of the same gender to share rooms. If a suitable match isn’t found, a single room is provided at no extra cost! Bunnik Tours and Grand Pacific Tours have designated ‘solo’ departures.

For example, Grand Pacific Tours, a specialist in New Zealand coach holidays, offers the 11-day Ultimate Solo Travellers Tour, which includes an introductory dinner and complimentary welcome drink on the first night for solos to get to know one another, plus reserved seating at breakfast and dinner to ensure everyone has company.

Start planning early.

Of course, sharing with a stranger isn’t for everyone, and it is possible to have your own room on a cruise or tour, without a prohibitive additional cost. Look out for special deals offering reduced or even no single supplements. Some operators regularly offer reduced or no single supplements on selected itineraries and departures. However, be prepared to plan well in advance to take advantage of earlybird offers, or be flexible and look out for last minute deals. Small ship cruise line, Ponant, has ‘no single supplement’ deals on a limited number of cabins on selected voyages, but they sell out quickly.

Solo cruising is more popular than ever!

Cruise lines are increasingly including single cabins on their new ships, with no single supplement (ie. the same price as a ‘per person twin share’ fare), or with a small additional cost. Norwegian Cruise Line, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Cruise and Maritime Voyages’ ocean ships all offer single cabins. So if you’re interested in solo cruising, it’s easier and more affordable than ever.

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