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Old 04-18-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I see a lot of people posting about traveling solo and how it's no big deal etc. However I have noticed that during my travels when I signed up for tours I have never seen any other solo traveler besides myself. Infact there is only 1 time I saw this girl in Tokyo on a Sumida river cruise, she was by herself but other than that I have never seen it...all the other parties were in groups of 2 or more.

I am also seeing how solo travel is downright difficult and frustrating. I am currently trying to see if I can book a solo safari with a guide for Kruger National Park in South Africa. All the tours require a minimum of 2 people and if you sign up by yourself it's double the cost which becomes really expensive to do anything at all!

I know there are destinations that lend themselves more easily to solo travelers but that is quite limiting!
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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I think most solo travelers do it on their own without using guided tours.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I think most solo travelers do it on their own without using guided tours.
sometimes it is not possible to do that if you have limited time, especially in a country with poor infrastructure
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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sometimes it is not possible to do that if you have limited time, especially in a country with poor infrastructure
If you have the money then you hire a local personal guide in a country with poor infrastructure. I guess such places are not set up for the "financially poor" solo travelers.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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If you have the money then you hire a local personal guide in a country with poor infrastructure. I guess such places are not set up for the "financially poor" solo travelers.
LOL, I don't think "financially poor" applies to anyone who can even afford to travel to these places...traveling by itself is expensive, the added burden of the single supplement just takes it over the top making it unfeasible. An extra $1,000 just for touring is a big deal when you're already dropping $5k on a 3wk trip.

Financially poor people stay at home and watch the Travel channel, they don't travel.

But my argument is that perhaps when people say they don't have anyone to travel with it is a valid argument as bearing the costs solo can be a huge problem.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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I travel solo frequently. The freedom of solo travel normally doesn't indicate the type of personality that would take days-long group tours. The most I've ever done is a day long cultural tour. I agree, it's tricky to travel alone when you're in a developing nation.
I recommend booking the safari with another solo traveler. All you have to do is sleep in the same double-bed quarters, as you would in any hostel. If you hit it off, great. If you don't, there's no commitment beyond reducing the cost and avoiding the single supplement. Try travbuddy, couchsurfing, and travel chums to search for others headed to your destination in your time frame.
One other note, sometimes you can get a better rate if you allow a local to price-hunt and shop. Of course, locals are charged much less for safari in general and have to show a national ID before entering parks. Still, you'd be amazed the at up-charge just from inquiring via the US, versus a phone call in-country. If you befriend a local with a solid reputation on couchsurfing, maybe they can help you obtain some reasonable quotes.

You just have to be more creative outside Europe and the Americas and when you want to do something quite touristy, like safari. I agree that the single supplements can often be outrageous and cost prohibitive.

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Old 04-18-2010, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I would solo travel more if they didn't charge folks an arm and a leg more for some things (hotel, the cost of the trip,etc) just because you are traveling solo. I REALLY hate that.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:21 AM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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I've always travelled solo and don't join tourgroups, I have my own route and create my own trip, I may talk to locals or fellow travellers a bit here and there but try to follow my own itinerary...the big downfall is of course the added cost for singles...but I'm used to that by now and would not give up travelling alone....If I run into someone that I really hit it off with and we're on the way to the same place or event, I may join the person for a while but sooner or later I'll want to resume travelling solo..
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:55 AM
 
Location: on an island
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solo safari with a guide for Kruger National Park in South Africa. All the tours require a minimum of 2 people and if you sign up by yourself it's double the cost which becomes really expensive to do anything at all!!
I have a friend who was able to book a solo safari in Namibia.
She also worked something out for Mongolia.
She is not wealthy at all, but these things to take a bit of planning and patience.

I agree that it is worth it sometimes pair up with someone else for a little while, and later go your separate ways. There have been a couple times when this has been mutually beneficial.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Big Island- Hawaii, AK, WA where the whales are!
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I agree with solo travel. I haven't done a safari so can not comment on. But through the internet or meeting locals you have a much better chance at creating an experience with someone else to cut the costs down. I will travel with my ex from 20 years ago to do such a thing. We are friends but ...no. But can travel together. You can also join a shared tour - such as fishing boats with others. Maybe not the entire experience you want but it will cut down the costs. As you travel you should be able to find people who will cut down the costs to go in on.
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