Best tour companies for solo travel – business insider

Man Sitting Solo Travel

Everybody needs some me time.


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Solo travel is rising.

As well as for

valid reason — it enables you a lot more freedom along with a greater

chance for connecting with locals.

Based on the

2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions study, which surveyed over

13,000 travelers from 25 different countries, 24% of travelers

traveled alone on their own newest leisure trip. That’s almost

10% greater than in 2013.

However for some, moving out in to the world completely solo could be


The good thing is there are a variety of travel firms that

focus on solo travelers and will help you book a led trip with

other travelers who’re by themselves.

Check out our list below and begin planning the next trip.

General journeys


Solos, Britain’s

number 1 "singles holiday company," has been available since 1982,

and they have been catering particularly to solo travelers in the

start. The organization offers all sorts of vacations — from walks and

treks to metropolitan areas, ski or beach vacations. Additionally they just lately

launched a united states branch, Solos Vacations, which

only offers journeys towards the United kingdom and Italia by at this time.

Classic Journeys


Classic Journeys offers

walking tours in metropolitan areas for example Quebec.


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Classic Journeys

provides a strategy to an element that solo travelers have lengthy had

to cope with: supplements. Most travel companies raise prices up

to 50% for individuals traveling on your own. Classic Journeys, alternatively

hands, keeps its margin close to 15%, simply because they only charge

customers the additional fee that hotels charge for single travelers.

This is not a "singles vacation" company Classic Journeys

focuses on walking tours with knowledgeable local guides.

They are pleased to book a double room only for yourself, and

they have received top ratings from both National Geographic and

Travel + Leisure. In regards to a third of the visitors book solo journeys.

Contiki Vacations

Contiki is aimed at

more youthful travelers, particularly individuals aged 18-35. The organization

uses forums and social networking for connecting vacationers with every

other before they attempt their journey. Since many of their

prices is perfect for doubles, Contiki’s goal would be to match travelers up

with someone of the identical sex after which book a dual room for

them. Therefore if you are searching to create buddies in your trip, this really is

the organization for you personally.

Abercrombie and Kent

Best referred to as a luxury local travel agency, Abercrombie and

Kent accepts solo travelers on all its journeys — to any or all

seven continents. Additionally they offer Solo Savings escorted group

tours, where single travelers enjoy their very own private

accommodations during every stop from the trip, but do not have to

spend the money for usual single supplements. A&K either completely

waives the supplement, or reduces it by as much as 75%.

Adventure journeys

Galapagos Islands

Adventure tour companies

allow solo travelers to exotic destinations like the



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Exodus is unique

for the reason that it designates a couple of departure dates per tour as Solo

Departures, which the organization suggests solo travelers use.

Therefore, most people who leave on individuals dates and finish up

on individuals journeys are people vacationing alone.

Exodus’ guides are local and have undergone leader

training. Visitors can pick journeys like cycling Croatia’s

Dalmatian Coast or exploring Machu Picchu and also the Galapagos

Islands in South Usa.

Overseas Adventure Travel

Well suited for budget travelers, Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT)

takes single travelers to exotic destinations for example Botswana

and Patagonia. They’ve both land adventures, that are tours on

land with categories of 10-16 other travelers, or small ship

adventures, that are boat tours with between 16 to 25

other travelers.

OAT doesn’t charge supplements, even though you extend your vacation 4-9

nights, plus they provide the "Solo Traveler Challenge:" an assurance

that if you discover another local travel agency supplying a better cost

on the comparable trip, OAT will come across that cost, plus lower it by


G Adventures

If you are searching to have an authentic experience, G Adventures is the answer.

You are able to sleep in camping tents inside a desert camp in The other agents or sleep under

the heavens in Antarctica. Active travelers may also like G

Adventures they’ve multiple trekking and hiking tours, for example

a ten-day journey up Mont Blanc in Europe.

There aren’t any single supplements, but G Adventures does book

shared rooms in hotels, so that your accommodations will not be private.

However, if you opt to extend your vacation using the company’s

independent extensions option, you’ll be billed a singles



Zebras Safari Kenya

A weight safari during

the offseason can considerably reduce the price of your



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Singita has luxury safari

lodges in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. One is situated in

the well-known Kruger Park, and also the other medication is in lesser

known parks. They have completely abandoned the only supplement,

plus they offer reduced prices if you are searching to visit within the


Backwoods Safaris

Billed as Africa’s "foremost holidays operator," Backwoods

Safaris takes visitors to a few of the continent’s most

remote locations whilst assisting to maintain its bio-diversity.

The business’s 50 luxury camps come in eight African

countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Seychelles, South

Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Should you traverse southern Africa during November to April

15th, Backwoods Safaris will waive not just your flight but additionally

the resort charges. It’s a good deal, thinking about you

still have a very good possibility of seeing as much wildlife — but

for a small fraction of the cost.


Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line

On three of their ships — the Epic, Breakaway, and Pride of the usa

— Norwegian Cruise Line has

cabins made solely for solo travelers that cost about 30%

under a dual stateroom. They offers cruises throughout

including Alaska, Florida and also the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada and

Colonial, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, and Panama simply to name a

couple of.

 Lindblad Expeditions

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Cruise through exotic

places like Vietnam and revel in a cabin all to yourself.

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Like Norwegian, Lindblad

Expeditions is yet another cruise company that offers solo

cabins for any third under the cost of standard rooms. These

single rooms are available on their own National Geographic Explorer,

Endeavour, and Orion ships. Their destinations range from the

Amazon . com, Peru, Vietnam, Indonesia, and also the Caribbean.

Grand Circle Cruise Line

Grand Circle Cruise Lines are

among the couple of cruiselines that doesn’t provide a single

supplement on their own small ship cruises. Its small ship cruises go

towards the Uk, A holiday in greece, France, Poultry, Bosnia, The country,

Burma, Iberia, and many more.


How to start a tour company


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cinimod351: Thanks evan. I'm considering starting a tour company in my local city ( a smallish city). We get cruise ships during summer. My tours would be cultural tours, where i take international visitors to art galleries and some stylish restaurents etc, the city has a thriving art and food scene. My only concern is art is quite niche and I'm not sure whether the sort of people who go on cruise ships would be interested in visual art or classy food? what do you know about cruise ship clients (they seem old and middle income people)

cinimod351: Hi no I haven't but, yes, I agree, seems the obvious thing to do. I need to to a lot more research and make up a business plan. My other main concern is I have no experience working as a tour guide. I'm a people person and I know a lot about the city in which I live, but no actual tour guide experience. However, on the plus side starting a tour guide business and being the sole operator my over heads would be low so if it doesn't go that smoothly to begin with it would not be a great financial burden (or loss). Thanks for you advice