No Single Supplement!


POST UPDATE – Visit Solo Travel Deals page

Since writing this post I have added a deals page to this blog with travel opportunities that have no single supplement. I have a google alert looking for such deals and every time I find one I add it to the list. Please have a look. Hopefully there will be something of interest to you: Solo Travel Deals

And now, the post…

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!

Solo travel has many upsides and, yes, a few downsides. Tied in first place as the most significant downside of solo travel (I’ll mention the twin in another post) is the single supplement.  Frustrating as it may be, the typical cruise or resort business model requires double occupancy to be profitable. It’s discriminatory for the solo traveler. No Single Supplement Now!
While the single supplement is frustrating, this weak economy is causing some tour companies to waive it. Not great for them but really great for us.

If you Google no-single-supplement, you will find more options than you did a year ago. Here are a few that popped up of interest to me.

  • Solo cycling and solo walking tours by Breakaway Adventures.
  • Classic Greek Tour – luxurious – Butterfield and Robinson.
  • Tauck has cut the single travel supplement from 22 itineraries and over 100 departures.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation has many tours without single supplement.

Keep smiling. Keep traveling.

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  • Sylvia

    there is a slow trend for the solo market …… but it’s very slow.  the ship Norweign Epic has some room for solo only,no single supplement.  I believe I read somewhere Royal Caribbean will get on the band wagon for providing rooms for solo travellers.  I’m trying to put a bug in Princess Cruise lines (my favourite) to think of solo travellers.  Still a long way to go but there is some sort of progress.

  • http://www.tedsimages.com Ted

    I think it’s worth noting that the “single supplement” is entirel an artifact of packaged travel (i.e., tours and cruises) that’s designed and priced for double occupancy. Therefore, it’s easily avoided by forgoing packaged travel and booking accommodations on your own. Yes, the main reason for the “supplement” is that (most) hotel rooms accommodate two people but cost the same when one person occupies them. The answer is to choose lower-priced accommodations, which may also offer better value and more character than hotels large enough to provide blocks of rooms to tour operators. The independent solo traveler doesn’t have to worry about the “single supplement.”

    Of course, that’s not a solution for everyone. There are definite advantages to group travel, even though the “supplement” effectively eliminates the price advantage couples and families can often enjoy from packaged travel. The double-occupancy business model reflects the demographics that existed decades ago, when most people lived as couples and families. Travel company executives simply need to be convinced that their shareholders stand to gain by adapting to today’s demographics, where more people live alone than in “traditional families.” If someone can make a convincing business case in proper MBA-speak for marketing travel services to people they currently either ignore or actively discourage with an unaffordable “supplement,” they’ll find a way to do that. It all comes down to the bottom line.

  • admin

    I know. It really is the bane of many solo travelers. There is a page called Submit News for companies to share their solo friendly news.

  • Roberta

    Nothing bugs me more than the single supplement!! anything you can do can only help… A great section on your site would be No Single Supplements where you collect the bits that are in your news etc….