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  • Solo Travel with Classic Journeys

    Why Travel Solo with Classic Journeys?

    <br>A certain stigma exists surrounding <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">solo travel</a> — is it lonely? safe? too expensive? — many individuals shy away from traveling alone for fear of the unknown and disinterest in dealing with the challenges that are often associated with solo travel. However, as intimidating as it may seem, more people now than ever are traveling on their own. Numerous resources exist to facilitate wanderlust for solo travelers and the world is increasingly welcoming to the idea of exploring the world as a single traveler. Deciding to travel alone allows for the ultimate eye-opening adventure that encourages you to embrace your spirited independence and undergo a personal growth you will likely not find elsewhere. With <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a>, about a third of our guests are solo travelers and it excites us to support individuals who are just as excited to explore the world as we are. There&#39;s something empowering about solo travel and Classic Journeys allows adventurers to reap the many benefits of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">single travel </a>without dealing with the doubts and potential complications that are often associated with it: <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxqN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zVgV" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Less stress: don&#39;t worry about travel plans</b><br><br>Making travel plans can always result in stress, as it often includes extensive research and contemplation on where the best place is to stay for a solo traveler. Classic Journeys handles the plans for you and matches you with a guide that will make your travel desires a priority. Should you want to stay in a destination longer or change plans, there&#39;s no need for approval from another travel companion. We will help you with each step of the planning stage and assist in creating the perfect solo journey whether it be roaming the streets of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/londonstonehengecotswolds/" target="_blank">London</a> or discovering the wonders of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Peru</a>, your solo experience will be sure to amaze.<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxqN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zVga" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Personal growth: learn more about yourself</b><br><br>People often stray away from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">solo travel</a> due to fear or intimidation but traveling alone is a highly rewarding experience that allows you to learn more about yourself, build confidence and feel a sense of independence. While traveling alone, you&#39;ll be able to spend quality time with yourself that you may never have at home. Take time to reflect on the amazing things you are seeing and experiencing as a solo traveler. After it all, you may find a new love for being alone and return from your travels with not only souvenirs but also a newfound understanding of yourself.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxqN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zVgf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>Never lonely: easily meet fellow travelers and locals</b><br><br>One of the greatest joys of traveling is the diversity of people you meet. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> will introduce you to a small group of like-minded travelers who are just as excited to be experiencing a new destination as you are. When you are traveling alone, you are forced out of your comfort zone to meet people, but Classic Journeys makes that initial introduction much easier with a group of fellow travelers and a friendly local guide to accompany you throughout your travels. While engaging in a rustic Tuscan cooking class, it’s impossible not to bond over a mutual love of freshly made pasta and house wine while overlooking the countryside of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscany/" target="_blank">Tuscany</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxqN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zVgu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Traveling solo is the ultimate opportunity to explore the world and embrace your spirited independence while producing a chance for personal growth and self-discovery. If your goal is to experience the life and culture you visit, you&#39;re already one of us — and you&#39;ll find yourself in the congenial company of others who look at the world like you do. To encourage solo travel, Classic Journeys has the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">lowest single supplement charge</a> you&#39;re likely to find anywhere. In fact, we only pass along the extra cost hotels charge us instead of marking it up to make extra profit from you. We want you to enjoy the life-altering experience and eye-opening realizations of solo travel just as much as you do. Book a solo trip with <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> and prepare to take a brand new look at both the world and yourself.  <br> 

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  • The Bucket-List Dreams Are Made Of: Galápagos and Machu Picchu

    <span><span><span><span style="color: black;">If Charles Darwin and Hiram Bingham had ever planned a vacation together, it would have been one crazy wonderful experience. Out on the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos Islands</a>, Darwin would have taken his travel companion on a stroll through crowds of 100-year-old land tortoises as blue-footed boobies slapped out a mating dance in the background. Not to be outdone, Bingham would have led the biologist through the Andean rainforest, past llamas grazing in high meadows to an outlook above the lost Incan city of his discovery.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy0S&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXpi" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></span></span></span></span><br><br><span><span><span><span style="color: black;">Almost a century separated the two explorers, but their hypothetical adventure is now as real as can be on an exciting <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-islands-machu-picchu-tours/" target="_blank">new itinerary</a> handcrafted by Classic Journeys. You get two of our most-requested <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-islands-machu-picchu-tours/" target="_blank">bucket-list destinations</a> in a seamless nine-day exploration full of rich experiences and mind-bending contrasts.</span></span></span></span><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy0S&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXpO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><span><span><span><span style="color: black;">Your high points begin at sea level on the Galápagos leg of this Classic Journey that AFAR Magazine has named<a href="https://www.afar.com/magazine/travelers-choice-awards-2018-the-top-trips-for-every-traveler" target="_blank"> “The Best Wildlife Encounter in the World.”</a> That’s no exaggeration! Our local naturalist-guides take you eye-to-eye with the Big Five: giant land tortoises, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, penguins and marine iguanas, not to mention other creatures found nowhere else on earth. The happy shock is how up-close-and-personal you are. Imagine playing sea-kayak tag with playful sea lions and walking so near to those land tortoises that you can hear their Darth Vader-ish breathing.</span></span></span></span><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy0S&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXpT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><span><span><span><span style="color: black;">While cruise-ship visitors cram back into their off-shore cabins for the night, you stay on land in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/search/Hotels" target="_blank">waterfront boutique hotels</a>. And that means that you’re always in the right place at the right time, whether it’s to go snorkeling side-by-side with sea turtles or for a stroll in a lazy beach town. What an amazing privilege it is to spend such immersive days in this natural laboratory that time forgot.</span></span></span></span><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy0S&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXpY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><span><span><span><span style="color: black;">Time played a completely different kind of trick to make <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> a place guaranteed to give you a shiver of wonder. From the Sun Gate, you look down at the ruins of the epic citadel, ringed by sharp peaks. It’s a view you’ve seen a thousand times in photos, but nothing compares to being there. The Incas could never have imagined that this grand act of civilization would evaporate from memory. As you learn from your expert local guide, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> is about myth, and the fragile power of civilization, and unimaginable human ingenuity. Unlike most visitors, your time here stretches across two days, offering the rare opportunity to wander on your own, too, and to absorb the miracle of this place you’ve longed to see. As your time unfolds in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/peru/" target="_blank">Peru</a>, you see that even if <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> is the most iconic site, there’s plenty more awe to go around, whether you are meeting the Incas’ descendants in the market of a Quechua mountain village or wandering the cobbled streets of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Cusco</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy0S&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXpd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Bingham and Darwin could only envy the ease of this trip, minus the sailing ships and trains of pack animals slogging up the Andes. Our team has finessed the logistics on decades of trips to the Galápagos and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Peru</a>. Whether you’re flying to the islands or settling into the scenic train through the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru/" target="_blank">Sacred Valley to  Machu Picchu</a>, the experience is seamlessly smooth. Your local guides lead a terrific variety of curated activities that include everything from a coffee-tasting at a family-owned plantation on Santa Cruz Island to meetings with school children and llama herders in Peru. At every stop, you settle comfortably into award-winning hotels and learn that local cuisine is worth the visit, too!</span></span></span></span><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-islands-machu-picchu-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vy0S&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXpn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><span><span><span><span style="color: black;">You’ve returned from plenty of vacations with bragworthy experiences that were the envy of your friends. But this one beats every one of them. While other travelers toss a coin to decide whether to do <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-islands-machu-picchu-tours/" target="_blank">the Galápagos or Machu Picchu</a>, you have it all on the bucket-list trip that lets you live two of your biggest travel dreams on one amazing adventure.</span></span></span></span>

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  • Sea Lions on a Beach, Galapagos Islands

    Galápagos Family Vacation: Only a Whisker Away

    The Galápagos Islands can really push a family&#39;s &quot;happy buttons&quot;. The close-up look you get of penguins and sea lions are almost too cool to believe, and our past guests can attest to that. Check out what one of our teenage guests has to say about his recent trip to the Galápagos on one of our family tours:<br><br>&quot;I’m the type of person who doesn’t always believe the brochure. A place might be hyped up to be an incredible natural habitat and you go there and you see one lizard, and that’s it. That’s why the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos Islands</a> surprised me.<br><br>When I woke up the first morning in a room that was right on the beach, I went outside with my friend Jack and there were five giant sea lions sitting there. There was one huge one that was just chilling out right in front of us. I knew right then this trip would be different.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejmt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015umb" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>And it was. There was constantly so much to see and do that I rarely even wanted to get on the Internet. I used my phone as a camera, and that was about it. Instead, I had the best up-close encounters with nature I’ve ever experienced — like walking right up to an enormous tortoise that was on the trail in front of us. He tucked his head in his shell and stared at us for a while. Then he poked it out again and lumbered off .<br><br>Another time we went kayaking, to check out <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos Penguins</a> and marine iguanas. We did see penguins and iguanas, but the coolest part was when we got out of the kayaks to snorkel, and our guide led us to this little tide pool area. One of the pools had a bunch of sea lions pups that ended up swimming around and playing with us. They weren’t afraid of us at all. After about 10 minutes, one of the people on our trip yelled, “Something’s coming!” and the mom sea lion came over and started taking an interest in us. We swam away then, because we didn’t want to activate her maternal instinct.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejmt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BXx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>We swam with the marine iguanas, too. The funny thing about them is that they’re huge — maybe four feet from tail to head — and they swim in what looks like a clumsy way by wiggling their tails, but they’re still way faster than you. There are so many of them that by the end of the trip, we’d gotten past the point of “Look, there’s an iguana,” — unless we were seeing a new color. (It’s True. Over time, they’ve adapted to take on the particular colors of the different islands.)<br><br>Anytime we saw an animal, our guide named Alfredo knew exactly what it was and could tell us about it. He was super-cool and knew everything about everything. He reminded me of a younger version of The Most Interesting Man in the World from the Dos Equis commercials. My dad said he was like Antonio Banderas, but I don’t know who that is. Alfredo was suave and interesting — he knew all the surf spots and was a big-time food connoisseur.<br><br>Speaking of food, everything we ate was delicious. I’m not typically an adventurous eater, so it was great that although the food was very different, it wasn’t scary — not like eating a live octopus or anything. The main interesting dish was <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">ceviche</a>, which is almost like a soup or stew with fish and local vegetables.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ejmt&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BY2" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Another one of my favorite parts of the trip was that I got to know everyone in our group, especially my parents, in a new way. My parents always talk about how traveling is a good way for kids to become more mature and learn to appreciate the “outside world.” But what’s really cool is that, on this trip, I got to see my parents acting like kids. They swam with the iguanas and penguins, they played with the giant tortoises and they rolled around in the sand imitating the sea lions.<br><br>One of the best things about the trip, though, actually happened after I got home. I went to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos </a>knowing that it’s one of the most diverse and ecologically interesting places in the world — and it was. But what’s odd is that when I got home, I suddenly appreciated more what I have here. I went snorkeling just 10 minutes from my house and saw some really cool stuff that I’d never noticed before. I guess it’s because in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>, wildlife is not only everywhere but it’s always in your space, so you’re forced to notice it. After a while, you get used to picking things out because everything there is interesting. And then you go back home, and you’re still used to that. In a way, it opened up my senses to notice and appreciate nature right where I live.&quot;

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