OPTIONS FOR SOLO TRAVELERS: DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRIPS

There are many different trip options for solo travelers.  You can go on a group tour, explore solo through a travel agency,  drive to a local city with a book of things to do, backpack, or pick up and fly to an exotic location.

Keep in mind this is not an all encompassing list. Read and research all types of trips and find those that work for you.

My favorite trick is to check out travel agency websites to get ideas. You can book with them, or use their itineraries as a guide and build your own. It all depends on your comfort level.

If you haven’t already thought about your comfort level as a solo traveler, take a second since it’s important.  I’ve highlighted which types of trips may fit your style.

Options for Solo Travelers – Guided tours:

Guided tours are great trip options for solo travelers to see the world. Most of the heavy lifting is done by the agency and you aren’t alone if you’re not comfortable or don’t want to explore completely solo.

All you need to do is book the trip and the travel company does the rest.

Trips can be anywhere from local to exotic. There is always the option to arrive early or stay later and do some additional exploring on your own if it’s a location you’ve always wanted to visit.

Local ideas:

Wine tasting tours, museum tours, hiking and camping state parks, kayaking adventures, rock climbing weekends, you name it.

Exotic destinations:

Antarctica, to Africa, to Iceland, to New Zealand, the sky is the limit

Beginner Ideas:

If you’re not into adventure traveling, and this is all sounding like it’s too much, you can start with something closer to home like a cooking class at a fancy hotel, or a MeetUp group event.

Type of Traveler: 

Hesitant, Beginning Adventurers, Intermediate Adventurers, and Total Adventurers.

Options for Solo Travelers – Solo Adventures through a travel agency:

If you are ready to spread your wings a bit, one of the otherh options for solo travelers is to go solo but use a travel agency.

Many agencies offer solo tours. They provide the safety net of the travel agency who know the area and hosts they are assigning to you. However, you are on your own and there is little help if you get off track somewhere along the line.

You’ll want to make sure the travel agency provides you with local emergency numbers and it’s always worth the extra money to add international calling to your cell phone.

Most of these types of trips you will meet local guides at specific locations.

Example:

Guide one meets you at the airport and takes you to your first location. They then get you to the boat that takes you to shore where guide two meets up with you, etc.

Often you are staying with host families and there is usually someone who speaks English well enough for you to communicate.

It may sound a little scary, but these can be incredible adventures and an opportunity to truly bond with a different culture.

Type of Traveler:

Beginning Adventurers, Intermediate Adventurers, Total Adventurers.

Options for Solo Travelers – Choose your own adventure:

Many solo traveler stories online cover this option for solo travelers.  You can do some research and plan your own trip. This can be a big trip such as Patagonia, or a local trip to the mountains for a weekend. It’s up to you, your budget and your available time.

Even though you want to be spontaneous, research is still essential. You need to have the right equipment and clothing depending on the trip. 

Type of Traveler:

Intermediate Adventurers, Total Adventurers.

Options for Solo Travelers – Mix it up:

Two Guided Tours:

This is a situation where you would book a guided tour and then side-book another tour with a local company. As an example, one person on my Galapagos trip planned a visit to Machu Picchu. The travel agency he used for the Galapagos trip was unable to arrange Machu Picchu in the timeframe, so he went online and found a local company. It turned out well and he had a great time.

When I went to Grenada on the sailing trip, we had an extra day when we arrived back in Grenada. With help from the boat captain, I found a local driver willing to do an all day tour. He drove me everywhere.

I saw the ENTIRE island in one day. There were times I thought I was going to die a fiery death as I envisioned the van flying off one of the steep cliffs he was flying around, but it all ended well. It was an incredible day and I still have a ton of pictures.

Choosing your Own Adventure then Linking with a Group Tour:

Some travelers will fly to a location and try to sign up for a guided tour once they arrive, hoping to save money. By booking last minute you won’t have a choice on the boat or itinerary, but you will have a much less expensive trip.

For example, some people stop in Patagonia to see the sites, then fly to Ushuaia Argentina and book a last minute trip to Antarctica. They save thousands doing it this way, but it’s a bit of a gamble so be ready for anything.

The point here is to not lock yourself in to just one thing. If you have a main plan for what you want, see what else you tuck into the trip.

Type of Traveler:

Beginning Adventurers, Intermediate Adventurers, Total Adventurers.

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