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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

100%

recommend

44,915 Reviews

  • Excellent 33,906
  • Great 10,675
  • Average 199
  • Disappointing 38
  • Terrible 25

Rating Details

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

Tour Reviews

Providing less at more cost

G Adventures Company Reviews

3.0
May 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: No
The requirement for emergency medical and travel insurance, hidden in the fine print to maximize limited choice. Is the prime example. I am not aware of any other tour company requiring such proof of insurance. FMCA provides emergency medical evacuation as a part of basic membership with fewer exclusions at 27 cents per membership. Compare that to the G Adventures plan. And despite the threat of denying attending the trip I have never had a CEO request the information.

Cutting corners with lodging (cheap digs with reduced perks and increased prices). Hotels normally with free WIFI - except for G Adventures. Making most activities and sites optional, to keep costs out of the advertised price.. Very few meals included to keep true costs out of the advertised price. Making you haul your own bags and using public transportation or cramped "private vehicles" – you become an unpaid employee. All are marketing techniques to keep costs out of advertised prices. They are, like the credit card provides, masters of sneaky traps for the unwary consumer.

Compare with mainline tour companies and you will find G Adventures an expert at providing less for more!

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Wildflowers, empty roads and big, big hill climbs!

Cycling in Sicily

4.0
May 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Sicily is an intriguing place full of history that is very much alive all around you. The highlands, with empty roads and big views, were lovely. In April there were very few tourists and there were amazing wildflowers everywhere. The weather was rather 'English' though! The food was amazing.
In Syracuse, walking down a little alley, an operatic aria was playing on a sound system somewhere, and all the street traders suddenly started singing along, joining in one by one, with beautiful voices. It was magical!
Everywhere we went there were beautiful wildflowers like I've never seen before. Definitely recommend going in April for that reason, as well as the fact that the tourist draws and beaches are very quiet.

The group leaders were excellent, really worked hard to look after us and passionate about their homeland. The picnic lunches were outstanding.

Make sure you practice riding up hills! Overall level 3 is fair, but there are some really hilly sections, with sustained climbs. Also, in April, bring clothing for a range of weather.

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Consistently good travel experience

Intrepid Company Reviews

5.0
April 2017
Intrepid
Recommend: Yes
Consistently , a good travel experience. Basix trips take care of all the logistics but allow plenty if free time to do your own thing once at destinations. This is especially important if you are travelling in short durations ie: in the usual 2-4 week vacation time. Don't waste time spending a day just to find out what the transport schedule is or slogging round towns looking fir the cheapest accomodation or wondering how you are gong to transition from the ferry wharf/ jetty to that Hostal you did not realise is actually further away than the distance you really wanted to walk with your heavy bsckpack. travel Intrepid instead.
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100% recommend. Experience a country. Not just see it.

Intrepid Company Reviews

5.0
April 2017
Intrepid
Recommend: Yes
I got exactly as expected.
Well organised.
Good operators.
Low impact.
Insightful.
Fun.
grea of you want to experience travel, not just see a country.
Use them!
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Great Time had by All

Intrepid Company Reviews

5.0
April 2017
Intrepid
Recommend: Yes
Stephanie at Intrepid was brilliant. I was travelling with nine Australians, a New Zealander and three Canadians. My plane left the day after everyone elses and Stephanie sort out accommodation and airport transfer for me. The trip we did was well organised with a good mix of activities. Well done
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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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