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Solo Travel Trip Reviews


11,855
Solo Travel Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 9,181 Great 2,913 Average 286 Disappointing 82 Terrible 69
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

DfC

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Excellent experience. Learned a lot. Had lots of fun. October 2018

4.0

Mysteries of India

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I had a lot of fun and learned a lot on Mysteries of India with G Adentures-National Geographic.
India is not an easy countriy to visit for the first timer, so an organized tour is the way to go.
Our guide (CEO), Manu Rao, was excellent--he is very personable, knows his country exteremly well, and will go the extra mile to make sure his group is informed and comfortable.
This trip focusses on Rajasthan, a large state, and covers a lot of territory.
Our group consisted of 6 travellers-two Canadians, two Australian, and two Americans.
I travelled as a single male traveller (wife could not join me).
Everybody was in their 50s and 60s, all reasonably energetic.
A would go on a similar G Adventures tour as soon as time and budget permit.
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Operator G Adventures

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Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom October 2018

5.0

Walking the Great Wall

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Space, and the (temporary) frontier abound provided that you go boldly, up,
more up, and even more up; cast aside fears of teeming hordes, and remember,
the people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world
history. At times, you become the 'attraction' - videoconferencing a chap's
wife on her drive home so she could practice her English (at the top of the
Wall, naturally). That was a first. High fiving hundreds of school kids,
while teachers convulsed with laughter (on the wall too), in a society where
physical contact is not a thing, also a first. Underpinning it all, a long
past with, to quote a fellow traveller, "zero history of democracy". And the
kittens really do want their fluffy tummies tickled, oh yes they do.
Decades of watching China from afar, dissolving whilst sitting on some unused
telegraph poles, on a country road, alone at sunset.


Pema. Well, it's always handy to have a Tibetan guide, when you bump into
some Tibetan monks, looking for a group photograph with some westerners for
their Instagram. Or need to explain the fire in your room. Retrieve a
confiscated bank card. Discuss the geological formations under the wall and
the materials in it. Get you through 'Security' painlessly. And be objective
about Tibet's relationship with China.


1) the Dong Fang has a machine which converts cash banknotes (sterling, USD,
canadianD, euros, and many more) into yuan, which is very handy indeed.
2) two types of ATM exist, ones that hand out cash and return the card, ones
that are for account management only, and hold onto the card. Make sure you
are using an international bank, and a real ATM. Worth watching what other
people are doing for a few minutes.
3) Euro / US plugs sometimes work in the local sockets, but if you require
mains, take a three pin Chinese adapter. Not many amps in the supply, so
charging is slow.
4) Do not, repeat do not, leave electric oil radiators switched on in an
empty room. And stand by for a few minutes to pull the plug out of the
socket after switching on.
5) keep an eye out, and the camera hot, for feral panda spotting.


Water for drinking: arrive, fill kettle, allow to boil, open lid to cool
down, do something else, pour into 'tough' water bottle / bladder, refill
kettle etc. Everywhere has a kettle for that purpose. Have a thermos, with
local tea leaves instead / as well. Even petrol stations have hot water
boilers. The journey to a plastic free world starts with the first step.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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China Calling October 2018

4.0

Walking the Great Wall

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
What a great trip !
6 hiking days and 2 days seeing the sights in Beijing with Pemma our Tibetan
guide and our mixed bunch of 16, comprised of couples and solos making for a
great trip to China. ( I didn’t book the Xian extension ) the hikes are
tough as they are up and down the many ridges that the wall sought to protect
and most are on the “Wild Wall” where we had the fantastic views all to
ourselves, so expect some tender knees and sore calves as the days progress.
Accommodation in the country is in friendly and comfortable homestays and Don
Fang in Beijing is about 30 minutes walk to the Forbidden City and Tianenmen
square etc. China is a real mix of old and new and the vibrant colours are a
treat for the eyes. Ticking the Great Wall box with this Exodus trip was
memorable and as is the case on many a trip there were only minor things that
could be improved but take it from me, if you’re thinking of booking then
take the leap, you’ll love it.
The Stairs to the Sky near Jiankou are scary, picturesque and a challenge to
mind and body, but what a thrill !


Pemna is a super guide, ever smiling, friendly but most importantly is
putting you as his primary goal.


Don’t underestimate it’s a tough enough hiking trip with more downhill
setions than most


It’s a great trip
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Operator Exodus Travels

A

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walking the great wall of china and xian extension October 2018

5.0

Walking the Great Wall

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
spent 6 days walking the great wall of china and then a walking tour of
beijing. we then went on a sleeper train to xian where we saw the terra cotta
army
walking on the unrestored parts of the great wall.


Jack was great and spent a lot of time explaining the history and he was a
great ambassador for his country


We took metal water flasks with us but were given small plastic bottles of
water every day so we didnt need the flasks. In september the weather was
great and i took warmer clothing both for the day and night which i didnt
need.


i was very disappointed in missing the walk in olympic city as we just drove
passed it. Also I didnt like the skytel hotel in xian as it was soulless. No
real communal area and no outside space/garden. The room was fine. Not to
keen on the breakfast.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Great Wall of China October 2018

5.0

Walking the Great Wall

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
First time I have done something like this before but it has been one of the
best trips I have done.
Wish I could of been out there longer
Descending the heavenly stairway, listening to stairway to heaven on the way
down


Jerry was very knowledgeable, funny, fair and a great person in general


It's hotter than you think, make sure you have a semi decent level of fitness
(hill walking especially), bring insect repellent and about £200 should
cover spending (possibly a bit less).


Consider doing the add on, I wish I had done it but it will give me an excuse
to go back


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Operator Exodus Travels

Solo Travel Tours and Travel Guide


Solo Travel Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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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