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The Solo Traveler Deals page is exclusively for tours, cruises and other forms of organized travel with no (or very low) single supplement or for which the single supplement is not an issue. If your company would like to promote your travel deal to the readers of Solo Traveler, please contact Simon Constam.

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Join Aurora Expeditions for the adventure of a lifetime!

For over 20 years Aurora Expeditions have been taking small groups of like-minded travellers to Antarctica. Carrying a maximum of 54 passengers, their ice-strengthened vessel Polar Pioneer is ideally suited for small groups.

Less people also means more solitude and greater flexibility if ice or weather dictate a schedule change. And because we have less people to ferry ashore, we often make more landings.

Whether you chose to join the guided wildlife walks, take part in photography workshops, or camp on the ice overnight, there were always plenty of like-minded people to share the experience with.

Aurora offers a NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT option for those travellers willing to share their cabin. The company’s cabin-sharing service is the easy way to find a cabin mate of the same gender – and even if a suitable cabin mate can’t be found, you’ll still only pay the standard twin-share rate.

SPECIAL OFFER: Solo travellers will save an additional 15% off the price of selected Antarctica voyages this season.

For more information and special offers visit our website.


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“101 Tips for Women Travelers” FREE download through September 1, 2014.

Veteran traveler Harriet Lewis, who’s also vice chair of Overseas Adventure Travel, has compiled “101 Tips for Women Travelers“, a comprehensive travel tips E-book that is being offered as a free download through September 1, 2014.  The booklet is filled with tips from women travelers on going solo, trip preparation, packing, health and hygiene, safety, communications, digital photography, and more. Interspersed throughout the booklet are inspirational quotes and stories of intrepid women travelers, some well-known and some not, throughout history. Learn more about Overseas Adventure Travel and our many trips without a single supplement. Call 1-800-995-1925


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Learning Spanish as an added value for your next solo trip is now possible! Spain2Speak offers:

-  Language tutors as tourist guides.

-  Activities adapted to your level from none to expert.

-  The pleasures of touring Spain while learning.

-  No classes, no books: you develop your conversation skills in real situations:

  • Directions: asking for directions
  • Restaurants: ordering, requesting the bill etc.
  • Shopping: interacting at banks, post offices, grocery stores, pharmacies etc
  • Meeting locals: introducing yourself, getting to know Spaniards

…and more.

If you love the culture of Spain, you’ll get so much more out of it as you learn the language.

Mention Solo Traveler when booking and you’ll receive a very special gift from us. We invite you to visit our website to learn more.  Then join us this spring or summer, in Spain.

¡Te esperamos!


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Looking for the perfect Single-Supplement-Free experience?

Join Us as We Welcome Autumn in Maine!

Treat yourself to a creative getaway for women at a charming inn on our beautiful rugged coast and experience the very best of what Maine has to offer.

Enjoy a sunrise stroll and watch the first colors of the season appear.  Become inspired as you create lush and lovely pieces of art from felt, fibers and beads. Take some time in the afternoon to explore the incredible beauty of Maine… or simply relax on the beach with a nap and a good book.  Enjoy appetizers on the porch and dine on local specialties like lobster and fine wine. And at the end of the day, fall asleep to a quiet like you’ve never heard before.

Join us in Maine this fall to rejuvenate, unleash your inner artist, and make lasting connections with other creative and amazing women.

September 11-14, 2014    Limited availability. Book now!

Visit us at to learn more about all of our extraordinary getaways. We can’t wait to see you!


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Get OneSimCard, the International SIM Card, to Save 85% on Roaming Charges

As featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many others, OneSimCard helps international travelers save significant money when calling back home. The average cost of a  call using OneSimCard international roaming is 85% less than using your US carrier’s roaming services abroad. In addition, get free incoming calls in 135+ countries, add local phone numbers in 60+ countries, free incoming SMS everywhere, data as low as 20c/MB and much more……

There are no contracts – you simply pay for the services you use. Use your own unlocked GSM cell phone or get one of our specially priced international cell phone + SIM card bundles.

Order OneSimCard now


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Be the first to uncover North Alentejo, a true hidden gem in Portugal and be dazzled by the local community. No single supplement. 

This wonderful walking holiday is led by Sara & Guido who are both from the region and share a great passion for Alentejo. They  know the area really well and are very knowledgable about its history, the medieval villages and the stunning natural landscape you will discover along the way.

Treat yourself to a walking holiday that will take you to the best off-the-beaten-tracks to be explored. We’ll follow especially designed itineraries, visit charming local guesthouses and restaurants that invite you to taste the local gastronomy. And you’ll meet people in the local community.

The hiking trails in this part of Portugal are in exceptional condition. You will get away from it all in a very uncrowded region and explore the area in total peace.

A perfect walking trip for solo travelers looking to discover a true gem in Europe in the company of like-minded people.

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While some travellers get a real kick out of using local transport and forsaking a few home luxuries while on the road, others prefer their journey with some added inclusions and creature comforts. And that’s why we created our Comfort trips.

Our Asia comfort offer is valid until 30th June for travel on selected trips up until the 30th September 2014.

Now is the time to explore the wonders of Cambodia, discover the beauty of Vietnam or uncover the mystery of Burma.

Please quote Promo 11190 at the time of booking.


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This labor of love comes to you from Janice, Tracey, our sponsors and, especially, from the contributions of our readers. It contains some of the best places to stay for solo travelers in over 51 countries. Each has been recommended because it is special in some way.  The Guide covers  boutique hotels, inns, hostels, resorts and B&B’s. But it is not just a guide to accommodation around the world, it’s also a book that will inspire you to travel, to visit those countries you’ve dreamed of getting to and perhaps a few that will now gain a place on your list.


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Save on Explore Cycling Adventures

Choose from over 30 cycling adventures departing this year and save 5% if you book between now and 31July 2014.  Choices include.

Canal Du Midi cycle the Mediterranean coast of France and along the tree-lined towpaths of the historic Canal du Midi.

Pyrenees To The Med cycle from the foothills of the Pyrenees to Spain’s Mediterranean coast and experience Barcelona.

Cycle Tuscany discover the varied and beautiful scenery of Tuscany with a rewarding ride between cultural highlights.

Save 5% off the already affordable prices of any of these trips if you make your booking between 21 and 31 July  2014 to travel before 31 December 2014 and mention Solo Traveler.  No single supplements required.

To request your free catalog of hundreds of adventures with no compulsory single supplements click here.


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Lewis and Harris – where AWE inspiring is ART inspiring! Painting vacation in Scotland, 29 September – 6 October 2014 (no single supplement!)

This unique Wild at Art vacation on Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides is led by local artist Nicky Sanderson. Travelling in a small group with the Wild at Art personal touch we bring alive the human and natural history of this unique location to inform our art.

Be inspired by the most ancient landscapes in Europe, the magical stones of Calanais, the colours of the moorland and rocks, the dark hills and bright beaches of Harris. Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series will be very familiar with the magic of ancient Scottish stones and Scotland’s magnificent natural setting. The more we look at the sea, the sky and the hills, habours and villages, the more layers of colours we discover. It’s easy to see why Lewis and Harris has just been named the Top Island in Europe on Tripadvisor! Book by July 20th to secure your place.

Special deal for Solo Travelers!

Book your place on one of these art vacations in the beautiful Scottish Borders at no additional cost for single occupancy:

Silversmithing with Adrian Hope or Silver jewelry with Linda Lewin, 24-29 August 2014

Stonecarving with Susheila Jamieson, 24-29 August 2014

Just quote SOLO2014 when you book.

For more information click here.


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For 4 and 5-star business or leisure travel at attractive prices or tours with low/no single supplements, check out We provide access to well-priced, elegant hotels/top adventure tours from the Amazon and Nepal to major European capitals and US national parks.

By the end of 2014-early 2015, we’ll add a second tier subscription for unpublished preferential ratesEmail us if you are interested.

More options for solo travelers:

(1.) See Europe: Elegant 5 star Czech chateau hotel and spa at special solo rates 33% below standard rate. Top rated by TripAdvisor, you will be surrounded by 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and have access to a sleek Mercedes Convertible at a nominal charge.

(2.)  See Special Offering:  Hot deals for solo river cruisers for Europe, Russia and Asia!

(3.)  See Special Offering: Book by Jul 31 and save 6% on your choice of Great Migration Kenya or Big Five Tanzania.

(4.)  Airline discounts/See Links: Save on economy fares as well as Business/1st Class upgrades. Recent deals up to 60% off published rates!

Business travelers: Join our free LinkedIn Small Business Travel Group via our home page.


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 And don’t forget…

The Solo Traveler’s Handbook

“Fun, empowering, and tremendously useful.”
Dr. Bella DePaulo
Author of Singlism, Single with Attitude, and Singled Out

The 2nd edition of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook offers more stories and tips on solo travel fun and safety. Part how-to manual and part travel literature, it will help you venture out with confidence to discover yourself as you discover the world!

The Solo Traveler’s Handbook offers:

• A comprehensive how and why of solo travel.
• Real solo travel stories.
• Solo and social: meeting locals and other travelers.
• Safety: four priorities, five principles and sixty tips.
• Planning and packing.
• Where to go and when.
• Dozens of resources.

**Available in paperback and most e-readers**

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About Janice Waugh and Tracey Nesbitt

I'm an author, blogger, speaker and traveler. I became a widow and empty-nester at about the same time. And then, I became Solo Traveler... Here's the full story. >>

Tracey Nesbitt I’m a writer, editor, food and wine fanatic, and traveler. On my very first trip abroad I learned that solo travel was for me. Here's the full story. >>

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