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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

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

8,211 Reviews

  • Excellent 16,703
  • Great 5,261
  • Average 167
  • Disappointing 30
  • Terrible 17

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

An incredible experience travelling from Beijing to St Petersburg by train, unforgettable and fascinating to travel with a likeminded group of people, all aware of a standard level of comfort, all curious to learn with an open mind, either by engaging in interesting conversations on the train or just by quietly observing the varying and stunning landscapes along the way

Trans-Mongolian Express

5.0
April 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
An incredible experience travelling from Beijing to St Petersburg by train, unforgettable and fascinating to travel with a like-minded group of people, all aware of a standard level of comfort, all curious to learn with an open mind, either by engaging in interesting conversations on the train or just by quietly observing the varying and stunning landscapes along the way. Ways of life, culture and nature, steppe and forest, people and humanity, small villages and impressive cities, this trip is nothing short of an epic experience of a life time.
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G Adventures allows me to travel like a local and experience things I would never get on a big coach tour

Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua

5.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
G Adventures allows me to travel like a local and experience things I would never get on a big coach tour. It gives me the chance to have a little adventure with the security of knowing I have an on hand expert to help if anything were to go wrong or just to assist with anything I might want to see or do. It is a perfect mix of "group touring" and the flexibility that you usually only get with independent travel. Being only my second trip with G, I don't have a lot to compare it to but loved it just as much as my first experience with the company last year. As a travel agent, it's really important to me to have found a company that really believes in what they do especially when it comes to sustainable travel. But also one that really believes in their people. I can see this all through your marketing but I feel it out on the road as well.
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G Adventures staff understood the cultural, social, and physical needs of our group, and were well equipped to help our group leap across those barriers in a short time and have an incredible experience engaging a world totally unlike our own

Inca Discovery Plus

4.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
G Adventures staff understood the cultural, social, and physical needs of our group, and were well equipped to help our group leap across those barriers in a short time and have an incredible experience engaging a world totally unlike our own. What a great time! Huge props to Elard, Marcellino and second guide Rumi. I simply can't imagine wanting to do Cusco and the Inca Trail with anyone else. Where do you find these people- For what it's worth, I did observe a few other G Adventures staff, and am thereby convinced we got the best. We weren't looking for the "Party on, Wayne" experience which a couple seemed to exude, although they may have been responding to what their group was looking for I guess.
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G Adventures yet again, continue to provide a 'topclass' service, striking a definitive balance between cultural experience and logistical travel administration to ensure that the customer achieved a deep cultural experience of the country travelled but yet travelled to considerable sites to attain this experience

Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure

5.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
G Adventures yet again, continue to provide a 'top-class' service, striking a definitive balance between cultural experience and logistical travel administration to ensure that the customer achieved a deep cultural experience of the country travelled but yet travelled to considerable sites to attain this experience. Once you depart home you realise how much cultural experience you have gained and how much you have seen in such a compact tour, this is why I continually choose such a professionally led company like G Adventures, Each CEO is personally driven which eminates through their work- keep up the excellent service!!
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Excellent the whole trip ran smoothly which was a combination of the excellent organisation and knowledge of the tour leaders and a great group of people who respected each other and the tour leaders, so no one was ever late for meetings or departures

Peru Panorama

4.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Excellent - the whole trip ran smoothly which was a combination of the excellent organisation and knowledge of the tour leaders and a great group of people who respected each other and the tour leaders, so no one was ever late for meetings or departures. I would highly recommend the tour and G Adventures. The only point I would make is about the tipping. Raul did always say this was optional but I think everyone felt obliged to tip and in fairness the tips were always well deserved. But all the tips add up (-120/130) - this should be highlighted in your brochure to allow people to budget it into their costs/ spending money - it was a hidden cost which took some people by surprise.
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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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