We get asked frequently about options for solo travelers. Maybe your spouse doesn’t want to go to the same destination you do, or maybe you have different amounts of vacation time. Your dream destination could be different than that of your friends.
Solo travel can be a beautiful thing. You don’t have to consult anyone else on when to eat, what time to start the day, how much money to spend on lodging or anything else for that matter. You can simply do whatever feels right for you.
But singles vacations have their downsides, too. It can be exhausting having to make all the decisions without anyone else to consult. It can feel empty not having anyone to share your adventurous experiences with. And you can only eat so many meals alone before loneliness inevitably creeps up on you.
The perfect solution for many is to join a group tour. Co-Owner Deb Clark recently did just that and made some amazing new friendships.
One of our partners, Exodus Travels wrote a great blog about the benefits of solo travelers joining group trips…here is what they have to say:
1. You’ll meet new people.
Solo travelers will tell you that traveling alone is the best way to meet people. Your fellow travelers will want to know your story. They might be impressed by the fact that you’re going it alone. And since it’s only you, they might feel more at ease in introducing themselves. This could be your opportunity to inspire others to travel solo as you do!
2. Group tours are more educational.
If you’re traveling as a single, you’re clearly independent, knowledgeable, and curious. But there is no substitute for seeing a place with a guide who really knows it well. Most group tours are led by local experts.
Tours offer participants the opportunity to meet locals and explore places they might not otherwise discover. You might take a guided walk around a local village on the banks of the Peruvian Amazon, or hear incredible stories of geothermal activity while snowshoeing in Iceland.
3. A group tour can help you travel more eco-consciously.
If we’re not careful, travel can be harmful to the environment. And while responsible travelers often take it upon themselves to minimize their carbon footprint and the potential environmental impact of travel, it can be more difficult to do so as a solo traveler who’s unfamiliar with the area.
Local guides can introduce you to the small businesses where your money will stay in the place you’re visiting. The most eco-friendly ways to recycle, shop, eat, and find lodging are often harder to find on your own. But on a group tour, you have an expert on hand to keep your adventures as eco-friendly as possible.
Doing things as a group also tends to leave a smaller carbon footprint, such as sharing a van transport instead of hailing a taxi for just yourself.
4. Group tours take your mind off of planning.
Picking all the activities, meals, and travel times for your trip can be exciting, but it can also be draining. When you join a group tour, someone else handles all the logistics for you. It’s your opportunity to sit back and go with the flow.
That doesn’t mean, however, that group tours are all scheduled to the second. It leaves enough time for spontaneous detours and unexpected changes in the daily plan. And since you’ll be guided by a local, these detours can often be the best part of the adventure!
5. You might meet someone new to travel with.
Even if you love traveling alone, group tours can introduce you to other solo travelers (or even groups taking singles vacations together) with whom you can travel after the tour.
Traveling with a fellow solo adventurer can provide the perfect combination of independence and companionship. Solo travelers understand each other’s needs for alone time and flexibility. They also understand that you don’t have to spend every minute together.
6. It’s the perfect way to sample solo travel.
Maybe you’re not a seasoned solo traveler, but you’d like to give it a try. Joining a group on your own is the perfect situation for sampling the independence of going somewhere without a companion. Group tours offer built-in travel friends, along with the opportunity to feel more independent.
Solo travel can be a little overwhelming at times. Having the security of the group makes it a little easier to venture out on your own for a little while. There is always someone expecting you at the next planned activity and you can tell someone where you are headed so you don’t feel completely alone.
We have several preferred partners that offer groups trips to every destination you can imagine. We would love to help you find the perfect trip for you.