Solo Travel Opportunities
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It has long been a source of frustration for the solo traveller: the dreaded single supplement. There’s a good reason behind the surcharge (hotels and cruise ships would slash their revenue in half if they charged the same per-head rate for someone travelling alone as for two travelling together) but still it’s discouraging for solo travellers to see how much more they often have to pay.
Additionally, it’s typical for a single parent travelling with his or her kids to be obliged to pay the single supplement even when sharing the room with the children.
To the rescue! Your Vision travel advisor has insider info on all sorts of deals for the solo traveller. Whether you genuinely prefer to travel on your own or can’t seem to rustle up a congenial travelling companion, read on for some of our best deals:
Regent Seven Seas – usual single supplement reduced by 50% on select sailings
Crystal Cruises – special solo traveller fares on select sailings
Uniworld River Cruises, Avalon River Cruises and AMAWaterways all offer limited staterooms with no single supplement
Transat Holidays’ Solo Collection – 17 resorts with no single supplement all year (but book early as there are a limited number of rooms offered each week) . Also a Single Parent collection of hotels with reduced single parent rates and kids-stay-free promotions.
Air Canada Vacations – again resorts with no single supplement year around in a limited number of rooms, plus these resorts have lots of activities designed for the solo traveller.
Sunwing – no single supplement for single parents at their Smile Resorts where kids 2-12 also stay and eat free.
Escorted Motorcoach Tours:
Insight Vacations – has a few no single supplement dates including Treasures of Turkey departing 13 Feb and 12 Mar, some 75% off single supplement on select Egypt tours and Treasures of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, 50% off single supplement on select tours. They also offer “room matching” on over 80 vacations and if they can’t find you a roommate of the same sex you’ll receive a room on your own but at no surcharge.
Trafalgar Tours – Offers discounts from 50% to 100% off the single supplement on selected tours.
Many our of favorite active holiday companies offer roommate matching. This is where they match you up with a same-sex roommate. If they can’t match you up, then you get your own room without having to pay the single supplement! These companies include Exodus, Intrepid, Explore Worldwide, Peregrine, On the Go, World Expeditions and G Adventures. There a few tours are are an exception to this rule but for the most part this is a great option for the solo traveller.
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All listed special promotions are subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn at any time.