Traveling on your own these days can be risky. When you’re single, though, you don’t have much choice unless you want to stay home and live vicariously through a friend of yours who flies planes for a living (technically called a pilot).
Let’s pretend for a moment that you want travel through – say – Australia. Can you actually achieve that as a single person? The answer is yes. You just have to choose how to do it, and then shop wisely.
There is a growing momentum in singles’ tours, and there is a reason why: If you book the right one, you can end up having a safe trip and actually meet other single people (that were like you enough to book the same tour). If you want to travel Australia, there are some things to look for when you book a tour.
Safety is obviously the most important thing when you are alone on a trip. Make sure when you book your tour that you will have at least access to a staff member should you like/need one. Most touring companies provide that service automatically, but it’s still worth mentioning. Find one you like and make him “yours’ for the entire trip.
In addition, there are some single tour companies that have a 24-hour hotline; if you have an unexpected emergency, they are just a phone call away.
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When you go on “these things” as people sometimes refer to them, going all by your lonesome can be intimidating. Try and read the fine print on the websites of these tour companies. A lot of them tell you exactly what to expect when you arrive, depart, and everything in between. The really good ones have honed in on the single mind set, and really understand the need for an enjoyable time, the sometimes-difficult attempt to meet someone new, and the times when you just have to be alone.
For touring in Australia, the tour groups tend to be anywhere from 10 to 20 people.
Booking the right accommodations can be tricky, but hang in there; you’ll find what you want. A lot of tour companies insist on bundling you up with someone else (a temp roommate, if you will) and if you are single who values time alone and doesn’t want to sleep with someone that you don’t know in your room (gee, what a surprise), this is not a viable option. Opt for a company that will let you sleep in peace.
When you are looking for a singles tour, choose an activity that you really like, check the company and go for it. One company that specializes in singles tours offer everything from camping to snorkeling. All your transportation is by private vehicle, and your cost will usually include all National Parks and Aboriginal sites.
For instance, if you want to snorkel, scuba dive, or just get into the water experience, then you will probably have access to many kinds of pools, reefs, bays, etc. You may be able to travel in a glass bottom boat or take a swim with a manta ray for an extra fee.
There are bike tours, trekking tours (a particular favorite), camping tours, and sight-seeing tours that take in New Zealand, as well as Australia. With a scrupulous company, there are all kinds of extras that a company will provide. Sometimes they will set you up in your own room where a bottle of champagne is waiting in your room when you arrive. When you fly, you will usually get some kind of complimentary airport lounge pass, where you can meet other nervous singles like yourself.
You get the idea. You can meet people when you want to, go where you would like to, see things that you have never seen before, and be safe while doing all of it. And you’re single!
How much does all of this cost? It obviously depends on the company and where you want to go, how long you want to go for, where you want to stay, and what you want to do.
The following is an example of a “lodging” trip; that means that you want your lodging in a building, not out with the sheep.
Sample 5-day, 4-night Lodging Tour:
- Services of a professional tour leader
- All transportation by private adventure vehicle
- All 4 nights multi-share hostel accommodation
- Visit natural wonders: The Blow Holes, Natural Bridge & The Gap
- Valley of the Giants
- Cape Le Grande & William Bay National Parks
- Margaret River Wine Region
- Excellent hiking opportunities
- 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Total price: $746.00 US dollars. No optional activities are available.
Here’s an example of a “camping” trip (the one with the sheep):
Sample 4-day, 3-night Camping Tour:
- Services of a professional tour leader
- All transportation by a private 4 wheel drive vehicle
- 3 nights camping (all camping equipment is provided except sleeping bags)
- 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
- Hiking at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- 4 wheel drive experience at Palm Valley
Optional Activities (Paid while you’re there)
- Camel riding $10 US dollars
- Nature Walks
- Kings Creek Station Helicopter Flight AU$50-$400
- Harley Davidson Ride (Uluru) AU$90-$345
- Uluru Helicopter Flight AU$120-$260
So now you know. You are a single person that can meet people and still stay to yourself, all the while being safe and happy. You can see Australia in a comfortable way, one that you can plan yourself – for you.
You don’t have to stay home and live vicariously through anyone now.