QAre there any clubs or societies for solo travellers looking for like-minded travelling companions? I’m in my fifties and I’m open to small group tours, but I find the idea of sharing a room with a stranger intimidating and the single supplements off-putting.
The women’s online travel community, Thelma & Louise, is a great place to meet people, plus there are travellers’ reviews, a trip-planning function and destination guides.
One Traveller arranges small escorted group holidays for over-fifties, everywhere from Prague and the Austrian lakes to St Petersburg and China. There are pre-departure nights in airport hotels to dine with fellow travellers, and no single supplements.
For more advice and tips, visit the ABTA website.
Adventure companies, such as Dragoman, Explore, The Imaginative Traveller and Wild Frontiers, often cater to mature solo travellers. Many guided group tours have no single supplement, making exotic destinations such as Africa, China, Taiwan and South America very accessible.
And while holiday companies simply pass on hotel charges, you can avoid single room supplements by travelling in May or June. In these months outside the main school holidays, you’ll often enjoy a double room to yourself.
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Published in the March 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)