Posted by: gardner310 | July 7, 2012

“Single” Destinations

Since I have been working on a cruise ship I have met a lot of people traveling as a single.  Cruising is a wonderful way to travel without a partner or friend.  There are, however, other options to consider if you don’t have a travel partner or prefer to be more on your own.  I found a list through ASTA, the American Society of Travel Agents, that suggests options based on the type of traveler.

1.  Best for upmarket and elderly:  Caribbean

2.  Best for foodies and culture vultures:  Rome or Paris (escorted tour)

3.  Best for historians:  Great Britain and Northern Ireland (group tour)

4.  Best for sun lovers and island exploration:  Greek Islands cruise (escorted)

5.  Best fly and flop:  All-inclusive in Mexico or the Caribbean

6.  Best for party goers:  All-inclusive such as Hedonism II and III in Jamaica

7.  Best for animal lovers:  Kenya, beach and safari (escorted tour) or Galapagos cruise

8.  Best short break:  Ft. Lauderdale or New York (group tour)

9.  Best for adventure addicts:  Hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, diving in Costa Rica (escorted)

10.  Best for scenic beauty:  Switzerland by train (escorted)

There remains the usual issue of single supplements if you want your own room, some companies are willing to work on this with what is called a guaranteed share.  They will charge a reduced single rate and try to get you a roommate.  You need to be flexible and willing to accept your roommate and their habits but it will save you money.  If you don’t end up with a roommate, you get the room as a single for no extra cost.

The best advice I can give is to see a qualified travel agent who can help with the best selection and help to get the best value.  Don’t let the lack of a travel companion keep you home.

See the world before you leave it!

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