Solo travel, if designed well, can be a very rewarding travel experience. Start early or late, eat whatever and whenever you want, spend as much or as little time on an activity or site and, if you like, meet like-minded travellers along the way who may end up becoming your lifelong friends. A2A's travel specialists travel solo often when checking out properties around the region so we know the best tips and tricks to help in planning your ideal trip, with meticulous pre-planning and full support on the ground.
A great starting point for travellers who might prefer companionship on their travels is a small-group escorted tour. From Galapagos or Antarctic cruises, to lodge-to-lodge treks or designated riding holidays, there are a variety of trips we can arrange where you would join a group for either the majority or just a small section of your trip. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and share your travel experiences, not to mention the economical benefits. Many of the lodges we work with in the remote wilderness, be it Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, the Pantanal or the Amazon, offer shared excursions and family-style dining which encourages interaction with other guests when desired, and can often lead to the forging of life-long friendships.
Travelling solo can often lead to escalating costs on a trip, as you are solely shouldering the total cost of lodging and guides; and many of the lodges, treks or boats mentioned above do implement a single supplement. However, this can often be waived if you sign up on a ‘willing to share basis’ which means that you are open to sharing a room or cabin with someone of the same sex. Depending on final numbers, you may even find yourself in your own room at no additional cost! Some boats have designated single cabins and, occasionally, these are priced the same as the shared rate. Lodges also run special offers from time to time, whereby the single supplement is not charged, particularly in the low or shoulder season. Please speak to our team for their sound, up-to-date, unbiased advice on the best options for you.
For those who relish the idea of hitting the road alone and would prefer an entirely individual, customised tour, we can certainly help there too. With our unrivalled in-depth knowledge of Latin America, fantastic relationships with properties and top-level specialist guides, we have everything at our fingertips to design the trip for you, to help you realise whatever dream holiday you may have in mind. Enjoy the freedom to set your own pace and schedule, indulging your own personal interests.
As with any trip, the best destination choice for you will be very much determined by your interests and desires, and the beauty of going it alone is that this choice will be entirely down to you! That said, some destinations and indeed some properties do lend themselves more readily to solo travel than others. For example, Antarctica whose vast landscapes and vaster silence organically create an introspective mood, solo travel is perhaps the perfect mode of travel. The almost-guaranteed fellow singles on-board allow for the perfect balance between camaraderie and alone time. On the other hand, romantic hideaways, where candlelit dinners and rose-filled bathtubs set the tone, can leave the lone adventurer feeling like more of a third wheel and may be best left to the honeymoon crowd. Our team have all travelled extensively, on solo trips, within the region and will be very happy to share impartial tips on the best way to do it.
For those who would prefer the freedom of travelling alone but like the flexibility of joining a group for certain activities, we can incorporate these opportunities into your itinerary. Certain activities necessitate joining others, such as mini-trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier or river rafting. In other circumstances, prohibitive costs or simply a desire to socialise may influence your decision to join a small group for certain tours, treks or activities.
Often, what solo travellers miss most is mingling over meals, sharing stories over good food and wine. Should you wish to get together with fellow gourmands, locals and like-minded globetrotters, we can arrange a number of street food tours, interactive cooking demonstrations, or dining at private clubs and chef houses which is a concept known as ‘puertas cerradas’ in Argentina.
As a single traveller, your safety and security are assured from the minute you arrive in Latin America and you will be in the company of professionals during your entire trip. We understand that this may be of particular concern to female travellers going it alone and our itineraries are all designed with this in mind. For those who opt for a ‘willing to share’ basis, your room companion will always be female. For those who would feel more comfortable travelling with a female guide, please just let us know in advance, so that we can ensure this request is met throughout your travels.
There is a fresh feeling of freedom in travelling alone: you are in charge and can go at your own rhythm. You may learn independence, enjoy ‘me time’ and even appreciate solitude. And like many A2A travellers who have journeyed on their own, once you’ve done your first solo trip, you may realise that travelling solo is quite simply the only way to travel.
Solo travel is certainly growing in popularity every year, particularly among women travellers, and it’s always getting easier and more enticing.
And you will never be truly alone.
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We do not subscribe to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy. Sample itineraries and cost estimates are meant purely as a guide. To find out more, please contact one of our expert travel consultants to plan a customized itinerary based on your budget and interests.