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Top Trip Memories
  • Chatting to locals in broken Spanish at a pub in Cordoba.
  • Trekking alone through the peaceful Patagonian mountains in El Chalten, Argentina.
  • Asking a stranger for a tango in a Buenos Aires milonga.
  • Making new friends in the middle of the Amazon, on group tours to the Pantanal in Brazil and the Pampas in Bolivia.
  • Wandering through Himalayan villages in Nepal, and being invited into a house for tea.
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Tour Tips
  • Join traveler forums such as Couchsurfing. They're a great place to get in touch with fellow travelers and locals who want to meet up. Also, they often put together social events specifically aimed at travelers, such as foreign language practice or simply an evening out.
  • Stay safe. This is important for every traveler, but especially for those going solo. Avoid unsafe areas and don't walk alone at night. Let your hotel know where you're going and when you'll be back. If you're going to be out of contact for a while, such as when trekking or camping, let someone close to you know where you'll be and when you will next contact them. Also, be aware that scam artists and thieves are more likely to target people who are on their own- keep your belongings secure, and read up about scams that are common in the area and how best to avoid them.
  • Make new friends. Just because you arrived on your own doesn't mean you have to stay that way. Group tours, local activities, and hostel common rooms all offer the perfect chance to meet new people. Even if you're not naturally a very outgoing person, now's the perfect chance to find your sociable side.
  • Keep in touch. Solo travel can get lonely, even if you're surrounded by new people, but it's easier than ever to contact friends from home. So make Skype dates, update group chats, and be sure to post enough photos to keep everybody jealous.
  • Have fun! Traveling alone can be a rewarding experience, whether through making new friends, or finding comfort in your own company.
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Solo Travel Travel Reviews & Ratings
4.8 out of 5

100%

recommend

44,185 Reviews

Excellent 31,881 Great 9,851 Average 56 Disappointing 14 Terrible 14

Rating Details

Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Tour Reviews

They Made It Difficult For Me To Get Money Back

Balkan Adventure

1.0 August 2017 Intrepid Travel Recommend: No I booked a 981euro holiday with Intrepid in July 2017. They emailed me a few days after booking to tell me that trip was cancelled and that I was entitled to a refund. Fair enough. I emailed back that day to say I would accept the refund. No response or returned money ensued so I contacted them about this again a few days later. A lady told me via email that my refund had now been requested and was on the way. A little peeved that I had to remind them of money they owed, esp as they had cancelled.
Almost a week later and my bank account still empty. I contacted again and they told me they would authorise my refund. I was getting really worried at this stage. They seemed so indifferent. Meanwhile I didn't have the money in my account to book another holiday during my annual leave. I continued to call and email. Finally after numerous unanswered phonecalls and 15 emails (all unanswered bar 2), I finally got my money back almost two weeks after they cancelled. It was hard work and stressful trying to get it back. I am distrustful of intrepid and will steer clear of them.
Be warned - once you have paid they don't care. Customer service atrocious - over a dozen unanswered calls and emails. I will never have dealings with them again.
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Walking the Picos de Europa - Challenging week

Walking the Picos de Europa

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This was my first walking holiday and first trip with Exodus. I would highly
recommend it to anyone reasonably fit (Challenging week). Accommodation was
great and food amazing - lots of options for veggies and good selection at
breakfast. All the staff in the hotel are very helpful - for example the
owner, Jim, went out of his way to drop two of us in central Bilbao on the
day of the return flight, instead of having to kill time at the airport.
Other trip members were very sociable and friendly and made it an incredible
week. Our guide, Alvaro, was superb - lots of interesting local knowledge
about the wildlife and region. He also ensured that the walks avoided crowded
times/cloud. The Picos itself is a beautiful region to visit. Day off allowed
a trip to the coast, Llanes, which has good restaurants and lovely beach.
The view of the Narnjo de Bulnes in the valley in the last day, between
Sotres and Tielve.


Excellent


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Great trip, thoroughly recommended

Walking the Picos de Europa

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Exodus for me works on word-of-mouth and recommendations. So mine is, go!

It's a fabulous location with moderate-to-challenging walking, spring flora
and fauna fascinating, and so unexpected: like a slice of Switzerland. Our
guide, Alvaro, is one of the best - Exodus I'm sure should be very sorry to
lose him - but there is such a commitment to quality from the hotel that the
team will always be a good one.

Excellent food, comfortable beds, lashings of hot water... a very homely home
base.
Many, but I guess Alvaro's love for his home and his understanding o the
mountains was pretty inspirational.


Like the previous reviewer, I would definitely do it again! Which, I suppose,
is the highest recommendation..


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I would do it all again...

Walking the Picos de Europa

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This holiday was so much more than I expected. More challenging, more fun,
more mountainous! I don't know why but I didn't equate a mountain region with
so much ascending. I am a regular hiker and was surprised to find that I
could walk for up to two hours uphill and still maintain a conversation.
Alvaro the guide was inspiring and motivational, and the group were
encouraging and fun to be with. We really bonded over the tough uphills and
the shared experiences of the magnificent scenery. I was sad to leave the
group at the airport and I think part of me is still in the mountains.
Seeing around ten vultures flying around the top of a mountain - a bird I'd
thought would be ugly, but it's actually quite beautiful. Our group had
experts in flora and fauna who brought the whole thing to life for me. I
learned so much.


Alvaro. What can I say? We all thought he was amazing and were sad to hear
that he's leaving Exodus in August. He will be a great loss to the team. He
was like a sheepdog taking care of his flock, scampering up and down
mountains to make sure we were ok. I can still here him say, "slowly as you
like!" as we ascended yet another dizzying height. He imparted so much
knowledge about the area from history to wildlife and he was just the right
amount of encouraging to all of us, individually.


Don't go before mid-May because you'll have cows wearing cowbells outside
your bedroom window at 1am (lovely as they are). They go up to higher
pastures in mid-May.

Have the G&Ts in the hotel bar - the fishbowl glasses and the measures are
amazing.

Take your own hairdryer.


A friend has already booked this holiday off the back of my Facebook and
Instagram posts. It's a winner and I would recommend it to anyone who is fit
enough to take it on. It was definitely not 'moderate' in my book - I found
it challenging. I've had to reassess my idea of my own fitness but I ended
the week feeling like a butcher's dog.


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Excellent Trek to one of the 7 wonders of the modern world!

The High Inca Trail

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Truly an excellent 2 week holiday! 7 days spent in the Peruvian Andes- 4 days
trekking around Salcantay, 3 on the Inca trail, ending at the Sun Gate and
that picture postcard view of Machu Picchu. If you have entertained the
idea of doing this holiday, or a shorter version of the trek, I'd just book
it! You will certainly not be disappointed.
Difficult to choose just one but I would have to go with reaching the Sun
Gate and getting the first view of Machu Picchu. It really is an eye opener
and you definitely feel you have earned it after 7 days of quite challenging
trekking through the Andes.

As well as MP, the scenery in general, is truly magnificent. There are
plenty of times when you'll want to stop and simply take in and admire your
surroundings. If you are lucky and get clear skies during the evening, you
should see the Milky Way.


Bruce was excellent! Very professional, caring and made sure he understood
the capabilities of the group. He has a passion to share his knowledge
about his country and it's history and gave very detailed, interesting
explanations when we stopped at archeological sites. He made every member of
the group feel welcome and brought us all together as a 'family' for the two
weeks we were together.

A special mention needs to go to Cesar, our second guide. Knowledgeable and
very likeable- along with Bruce he made sure all of our needs were catered
for and that we all finished the trek in one piece.

One final mention goes to the support team- cooks, wranglers and porters.
These guys are like machines! While you're struggling up and down the trail,
this team carries up to 25kg of equipment per person and make sure camp and
lunch spots are set up well before you arrive. Truly awesome.


Train for this trek and be prepared for the change in altitude, it really
does make a difference and you'll notice it when you reach the hotel in
Cusco.

As other reviewers have stated, pack for all seasons. At the highest camp
(4,200m), you will be very cold and temperatures will fall below zero. The
next day, you'll be in a valley and in temperatures above 20C. We were
fortunate not to get any rainfall but it is still a possibility.

Take a mixture of Peruvian Sols and US dollars, for use in Cusco.


Book it and enjoy it!


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Solo Travel Trips & Tour Advice

As a solo traveler, you go by yourself but you don't necessarily have to stay by yourself as you travel. One good option for solo travelers who want company is a guided group tour. Or you could take a cruise, ensuring that you will be surrounded by other passengers. Many cruise lines will waive the often-hefty single supplement charge -- the bane of many solo travelers who occupy a room that would otherwise be occupied by two paying customers -- if you agree to be matched up with a roommate of the same sex. And a few companies charge no solo supplement at all. You can check them all out at Stride. 

While even seasoned travelers may shy away from the idea of traveling alone, those who try it often find it to be a rewarding and exciting experience. Admittedly, solo travel does have its downsides, for example, it can be lonely at times, or dangerous in certain places. However, the pros far outweigh the cons. Among many advantages are being completely in charge of your trip and getting to make interesting new friends from all over the world.

And of course, traveling alone does not mean being alone. Whether you are traveling independently or on a tour, as part of a group or on a solo itinerary, you will constantly find yourself surrounded by new friends. Here are a few travel options for those going solo:

Independent Travel

Traveling alone independently can be tough, but rewarding. Yes, you have to make all the arrangements, but you also get to make all the decisions. Landing in a foreign country and going wherever the mood takes you can be thrilling, and lead to new and exciting experiences you didn't anticipate. It can also be empowering to head off trekking into the wilderness by yourself, alone with nature and your own thoughts. However, while independent travel allows for greater flexibility than traveling as part of a tour, it does come with a lack of security. That solo trek becomes a lot less fun if you twist your ankle and have no one to help you.

For independent travelers looking to meet new people, hostels can provide the chance to stay with like-minded travelers. It's also useful to book a few group activities, such as lessons, shorter group tours, or group adventure sports. A cooking class in Thailand, a jeep tour of the Bolivian salt flats, and white water rafting in Costa Rica are not only thrilling experiences, but chances to meet new people while abroad. The most important thing to remember is to be sociable. Approaching a complete stranger, whether they are a local or a fellow traveller, may seem intimidating, but can lead to some of the best travel memories. So just pull up a chair and start chatting!

Solo Tours

For those who want travel arrangements taken care of, a tour is a good option. As well as sorting out travel details, tours offer great security than independent travel. For example, you won't find yourself wandering around a new city looking for somewhere to stay, or stranded at a bus station when you find your route fully booked.

Solo tours offer the benefits of security and hassle-free travel, yet still allow travelers to remain completely in control of their itinerary. Hanging back to get that perfect photo on a Kenyan safari, haggling over a souvenir in a Marrakech bazaar, or even staying in bed for an extra few minutes becomes a lot easier when you aren't surrounded by a group that wants to get moving.

When deciding between a solo or group tour, it's worth factoring in the price difference. Also, traveling on a solo tour can get lonely, so if you're hoping to meet new travel companions, it may be better to book as part of a group.

If you do want to book a solo tour, but want to ensure you are not on your own all the time, look at packages that include some group activities. For example, many South American tour operators will arrange private tours that include some group Spanish or dance lessons, where you can meet both locals and other travelers. When booking your tour, make sure to ask about which activities you will be doing alone, and which activities you will be doing as part of a group. It's also worth remembering that when booking a solo tour that includes a guide, such as a trip to Machu Picchu or a tour in the Amazon, the guide will likely be your constant companion. It may be possible to meet your guide in advance, or correspond with them beforehand, to get to know them.

Group Tours

A group tour is perfect for solo travelers who don't want to remain alone for their journey. While joining a group of new people may seem daunting at first, you'll likely find that everyone soon becomes friends. After all, you already have a love of travel in common, and it's hard not to enjoy the company of people when you're sharing a new adventure with them!

One option is to book a group tour for your entire trip, and another is to book shorter group tours within an independent trip. While the complete package of a two week tour of South Africa may appeal to some, an independent trip that includes a few days on a group safari through Kruger National Park may suit others.

When booking a group tour, ask about the other people in the group. For example, do they speak the same language as you? Are they traveling by themselves too? Will you likely be spending your downtime with them (i.e. your time outside of organized activities)?

Homestays

Meeting new people on your travels is, of course, not limited to meeting other travelers. After all, you're there to experience another country! Homestays are a wonderful way of getting immersed in local culture, as well as getting to know local people. Living like a local at a family farmhouse in a remote village in Nepal is an eye-opening experience, as is staying at an apartment in Rio de Janeiro with a resident who can show you all their favorite spots.

When booking a homestay, be sure to ask about what exactly it entails. Try to look for those that allow you to live as part of a household, rather than merely renting a room. Ask about the people you will be staying with, as well as finding out what activities will be included. A completely immersive experience will allow you to live the way a local does, get to know the people you are staying with, and join in the best experiences that the area has to offer.

Whichever solo travel option you choose, you will get to experience both the freedom of traveling alone and the fun of meeting new and interesting people. So decide what works for you, start looking for your perfect trip, and enjoy your solo adventure!

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