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Recommendations for Tour Companies that offer Solo Travel

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Recommendations for Tour Companies that offer Solo Travel

Can anyone recommend any trusted / reliable tour companies that offer solo travel excursions / escorted tours?

I'm female and in the USA. I'm looking to travel to either Europe or Asia in Summer 2015. I'm still undecided on location. I'd like to plan the trip myself and wander around, but the more I research on Trip Advisor, I think I'd be best to sign up with a tour company.

Any recommendations would be helpful and appreciated.

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1. Re: Recommendations for Tour Companies that offer Solo Travel

Where on TA did you get the idea that going with a tour group was preferable? Figure out where you'd like to go and then post on the assorted forums for those locations. Yes, do some research first and mention your length of trip and a budget estimate. I'm sure you'll get plenty of help. I've been travelling almost annually to Europe now for almost 50 years, and have never been with a tour group. (I'm also female.)

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Sweets, being a multi national site and this forum mainly by people travelling solo rather than in groups, it's hard to know what companies opperate in your part of the US.

You could search the net using a variety of words like singles holidays, solo tours etc. Its tricky to get the phrase to bring up what you want.

Look at companies to see how long they have been going, they should have a land based address you can get to if something goes wrong and a telephone number that won't cost you a fortune to ring.

Don't discount ordinary travel companies as many take about a 1/3 singles. Go by the trip that comes closest to what you want.

It all depends on what sort of holiday you want. Coach, tour, hotel based, budget, adventurous etc.

Oh and for those advertising singles only holidays I found it best to get the brochure and read their demographic. Some were definitely not me. I couldn't get that feeling from the website.

Edited: 17 August 2014, 13:07
r c
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3. Re: Recommendations for Tour Companies that offer Solo Travel

sweetsugartree,

doing some homework up front to figure out where you want to go is necessary since the travel agent will ask you the samething.

Also, planning a trip isnt that big a deal once you done it. Its just that some people get bogged down in the details. Once you get the overall picture done, the details will fall in place. At least thats how it works out for me.

Look at the tour companies and start googling for CURRENT reviews. you can look/search on here too.

good luck

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Try Smartours or Gate 1. I travel often solo and usually never book tours as I don't like to be herded around like cattle to places I have no interest in however I did just book a tour with Smartours to South Africa. They also have tours to Europe, Asia, and Latin America. They seem to have a good amount of free time for either optional tours with the group or to go off on your own. The price for the South Africa tour was also much less than I would pay if going on my own which is another concern I normally have with tours. Both companies have decent reviews on TA.

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You must not have been looking at this forum as most of us here travel properly solo, that is without a group tour, for the freedom to go where we want when we want, including gazing at one thing all day, or passing a world icon in 10 minutes.

We are all ages and many of us (including me) are female.

At other forums, is it the amount of "detail" that makes you feel you could not plan and travel on your own? You really don't need to plan every minute unless you enjoy that.

Some people like to wing everything but the flight to the first destination, but for me, I like the security of sorting out hotels and basic transport before I go. I'm sure I miss some "must see" sights, but I don't believe in "must sees" only in what interests me. I can usually find out enough from guidebooks to have an idea whether and why I want to go to a particular destination, then refine my questions and go to the destination forums.

Use a guide book like Lonely Planet, the Rough Guide or almost any guide book except Rick Steves' (who sells travel stuff and tours and seems particularly good at scaring the beejeesus out of travelling Americans) then you can look at the forums for specific information.

If it is places in Europe you want to see, consider an open jaw flight, into one place and out of another, taking the train between destinations:

seat61.com/….U_DgHfldVng

London is a particularly good place for first solo trips as central London is remarkably safe and the streets and public transport are busy most of the day and night.

There can be substantial discounts for buying train tickets early. They usually go on sale about 90-120 days before the day you want to travel.

If by "Asia" you include Japan, have a look at Inside Japan, which has small group tours, self guided adventures and tailored trips. IME, they are very good at organising things. I have taken 1 self -guided adventure and 2 tailored trips organised by them and I am about to have them organise my 4th solo trip to Japan.

insidejapantours.com/self-guided-japan-holid…

I haven't taken a group tour with them but their groups are small and some of the trips look very interesting. I don't generally like tours, but the "Hands On Japan" looks tempting as it includes experiences that would be more difficult to arrange solo and it has no single supplement.

insidejapantours.com/japan-small-group-tours…

There are very few place where it would be safe to go in a group but not solo. It is necessary to do a bit of research about dress and behaviour in the countries you visit both for interest and safety.

IME people in a group often seem to travel in a bubble of their own culture and often participate less in the country around them.

There are pleasure in travelling with friends, old or new, but if you really want to begin to understand the places you pay all that money to visit, solo travel can be the best way to go.

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Check out Connecting Solo Travel Network:

http://www.cstn.org/news/getaways.htm

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