Australians travel alone for many different reasons; their partner isn’t keen on travelling, they don’t have anyone with whom to travel, or they simply love their own company. We have listed sites which will help you find a travel buddy before you go, those which arrange group travel so don’t charge single supplements and allow you to register your travel plans for additional peace of mind.
Opening up Asia to the solo traveller
A small group journey is a clever way for single travellers to experience Asia, whether you’re venturing to the region for the first time or are a return visitor. With groups averaging only 12 travellers and made up of couples, friends and singles, you don’t need to feel the odd one out.
Meet new friends before you travel
Planned trips allow you the luxury of choosing where you want to go in advance and there is the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers at pre-arranged get-togethers. Avoid single supplements by finding someone through the network with whom you would be comfortable sharing accommodation.
Tours for singles?
Whether you’re single and looking for love or just trying to find a group of like-minded single travellers, singles only tours offer the chance for both. Travel with others in your age group or interest base to ensure an enjoyable holiday.
On the road for one
For those who enjoy jumping in their motorhome alone, whenever the fancy takes them, the chance to catch up and meet other travellers along the way can be appealing. Or meet other travellers who perhaps want to hit the road but don’t want to go it alone. Consider joining the Solo Traveller Network as part of the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia.
Log your travel plans
Travelling alone can be perfectly safe but you may wish to consider a few extra safeguards. Find out the most up-to-date information on the areas to which you plan to travel, tips for those travelling alone and log your travel plans just in case you come across some difficulties on your trip.
Not just for the young
If you want to recapture your youth or never managed to do the backpack travel when you were younger, youth hostels offer a great way to meet interesting people along the way and they won’t cost you a fortune in single supplements. More people are taking to backpacking in their later years so it’s not just teenagers taking a gap year that you’ll meet.
Find a cruising partner
Holland America offers a roommate-matching service that ensures you will only pay the standard double occupancy rate (per traveller) even if a partner of the same sex can’t be found. If you don’t wish to share a room, you can book a double room for single occupancy at 150 per cent of the double occupancy per person rate.
Tips for solo female travellers
Females travelling alone need to be prepared and a little more careful than their male counterparts. Find details of travel guides for countries around the world and some useful tips for women travelling alone.
Specialising in solo travellers
Enjoy group tours to suit all budgets and interests, with single supplements kept at reasonable prices. Offering singles holidays, cruises for singles, adventure travel for single people and singles accommodation, there are plenty of options available for those travelling alone.
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