• 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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    A One on One Conversation About Solo Travel

    <p>The world is constantly changing, and with it, the way we travel. Long gone are the days where only the most intrepid travelers vacationed alone and it was looked on with sympathy to whip out your iPhone during a dinner for one. According to the Wall Street Journal, “<a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-a-truly-indulgent-vacation-fly-solo-11568925999" target="_blank">now, all sorts - and not just single people – are traveling solo. And hotels, cruises and tour operators are easing the way.</a>” <br><br>Nothing could be more true for Classic Journeys, where 40% of guests are embracing <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">solo travel</a>. The era of justifying why you’d want to travel alone is in the past. And now busy professionals, retirees, couples with dissimilar interests, and Boomers, X’ers, and Millenials alike see a solo trip as an opportunity to travel without the added labor of planning around others’ schedules.  <br><br>And a luxury group tour makes it even easier.  All of your accommodations, transportation, activities, and meals are all pre-planned, so you can simply focus on enjoying yourself. Better yet, when you feel like having company, you’ll find yourself in a group of like-minded travelers led by expert local guides who are more than willing to share a bottle of wine at dinner. It’s the best of both worlds, and a sure bet for having the trip of a lifetime in the easiest way possible.  <br> <br>But be forewarned; not all <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">group tours for solo travelers</a> are created equal. Solo travelers may find themselves relegated to smaller hotel rooms or charged extra for activities. At Classic Journeys, every guest enjoys the same level of comfort, service and itinerary options, whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or with a friend. Your hotel room is just as big, you’ll experience all the same immersive activities, and you’ll already have a friend in your local guides. Classic Journeys deliberately encourages solo travelers, and that’s why you’ll find the single supplements are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere. <br><br>To understand what to look for in a great solo trip and why so many travelers are making the leap to join luxury tours solo, we asked frequent solo traveler and company co-founder, Susan Piegza, her thoughts and pointers on solo travel. <br><br><img alt="Solo Travel Group Tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002KbjD&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000qm3C" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Classic Journeys editorial staff: Admit it, solo travelers only join a group tour because no one likes to eat alone.</b><br><br>Susan Piegza: Without a doubt, the stigma of whipping out your iPhone at dinner is totally gone, whether you are reading a book or getting a great photo for your Instagram post. Yet, at the same time, solo travelers (like everyone else) want to get the story behind that Instagram post. So they are choosing companies like Classic Journeys that can provide a totally seamless and turnkey experience, while also giving them total immersion into a people, culture and place. They join our trips to be with a small group of like-minded travelers exploring with expert local well-connected guides. <br><br><b>Classic Journeys editorial staff: Can’t a solo traveler just do the ‘Eat. Pray. Love.’ sort of travel and make their way around the world creating experiences on their own?</b><br><br>Susan Piegza: Of course, and that explains one key reason why solo travel in general is growing so fast. At the same time, solo travelers have the same FOMO as everyone else. And so, if you really want to cook pizza in a private home 1,000 feet above the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>, or stay at a private luxury encampment in the Moroccan desert, or have a private sunrise visit to Stonehenge, are those experiences even remotely possible if you have a budget of one? Joining a luxury tour in a small group of fellow travelers allows your budget to go further because these sorts of experiences are shared across a small group of travelers, and they’re possible because companies like Classic Journeys have long-standing relationships with the family of Amalfitanos, the Berber tribesmen, the right people at English Heritage, et al. <br><br><b>Classic Journeys editorial staff: That all sounds great. But everyone knows about the white elephant in the room, the single supplement. Why am I being ‘punished’ for traveling solo?</b><br><br>Susan Piegza: Ah, the dreaded single supplement. So often, first-time Classic Journeys guests who are traveling solo have been beaten down by industry tactics as many tour operators and cruise lines look at the single supplement as a significant profit center. And so our Guest Services team often has to reassure solo travelers that they are welcome and that ever since our founding in 1995, we’ve taken a completely different approach to solo than the rest of the travel industry. It starts with never marking up the single supplement. Then it includes always reserving ‘double for solo cccupancy’ at our hotels. That powerful combination means that our solo guests know that they are paying only an average of 15-20% of the trip price for the single supplement and they are getting the exact same room that two guests traveling together would receive.<br><br><img alt="Solo Travel with Classic Journeys" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002KbjD&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000qm37" style="height: 578px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Classic Journeys editorial staff: Will I still get time to myself?</b><br><br>Susan Piegza: You&#39;re never alone—unless you want to be! Or put it another way, you can be alone as much or as little as you want. That’s because Classic Journeys has created this really neat concept called ‘Choose Your Adventure’. That means that all activities on tour are included and fully supported with just the right gear and guides. So I never have to wonder if I will have the right wet suit for snorkeling with penguins and sea turtles in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> or hiking on a glacier in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. I just choose my adventure that day on tour, and if I want to go snorkeling the guides know my size and have my gear ready for me, with no extra cost. It’s like having my own concierge everywhere I go! And then when I want my adventure to be laying by the pool, taking a nap, sipping an espresso in a village square or a glass of wine on a terrace, I can do those too and nobody looks at me like I am afraid of fun because Classic Journeys encourages everyone on tour to ‘Choose Your Adventure’.<br><br><b>Classic Journeys editorial staff: Are there any destinations that you particularly like as a solo traveler?</b><br><br>Susan Piegza: The easy answer that you’ll read on most message boards about solo travel is that you should stick to English speaking countries or western societies because that is where a solo traveler (and in my case a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">female solo traveler</a>) are going to be (or at least feel) most safe. But I can throw that out the window when I am on a Classic Journeys trip. With an average of 12 guests on a departure (and never more than 18) exploring in the company of expert and uber-well-connected local guides, I can branch out to literally anywhere in the world. Don’t speak Thai? No problem! Classic Journeys guide Oomi is fluent in Thai, English and several other languages. And she knows everyone. Not sure how women may be treated differently in Morocco? Explore with Saida who is a professional journalist, mother of two daughters (both doctors by the way) and has guided presidents and prime ministers. You’ll see an amazing country through the eyes of an amazing woman. I like <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com" target="_blank">luxury small group travel</a> because it literally opens a world of solo travel options to me.<br><br>For a chance to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">travel solo with a group tour</a> in Classic Journeys style, take a look at our upcoming <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/walkingtours/" target="_blank">Culture + Walking</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/multisport-tours/" target="_blank">Multisport</a>, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/culinary/" target="_blank">Culinary</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/river-cruising/" target="_blank">River Cruising</a> tours.</p>

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    One is Fun...and Easily Done

    Just wrap your head around this statistic: More than 30% of the guests who vacation with Classic Journeys are solo travelers. In other words, you’re not alone if you’ve contemplated taking a vacation as the proverbial “party of one.” You’re part of a bona fide trend. Sometimes, one is the happiest number.<br><br>After all, why should you give up on a bucket-list dream just because you’re the only person you know who’s interested in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a> in December? (It’s amazing by the way, and you won’t be sorry.) Should you stay at home just because you don’t have a travel companion with the time and inclination to keep you company while you swim with penguins in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a>?<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman laughing while on guided solo tour with Classic Journeys." src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002KmAK&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000qs05" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>For more than two decades, we‘ve had the pleasure of exploring with thousands of solo travelers. If there’s one thing they’ve taught us it is that solo travel isn’t about a search for solitude or the chance to commiserate on a singles-only excursion. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Solo guests tell us the biggest advantage of a small-group trip like those with Classic Journeys is the opportunity to explore, compare notes and form bonds with like-minded travelers. As one guest recently told us, “My sister just wasn’t into an active vacation in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a>. Don’t tell her, but I’m glad she didn’t come along. She would have freaked out if she’d been there to see me strap into the zipline harness. But the friends I made on tour knew I was dying to do it, so they urged me to go for it. I’m so glad I did. It was a blast.”<br><br>Old-school DIY <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">solo travel</a> – just you and your guide book in a “quaint” Airbnb apartment – can be romantic. Yet having so much liberty can also be a liability if you don’t speak the language, don’t have local connections or don’t like to eat every meal alone. Cindy, a teacher from Chicago, who’s now joined us on six trips is quick to recall the personal one-on-one experiences she’s had that wouldn’t have happened if she’d arrived unannounced, all by herself. “One of my favorites occurred in Peru when I had the coolest engagement with some Quechua children in a remote mountain village school. Our guide provided the introductions and translation. I learned later than he jokingly told them to behave because I had been a tough teacher in the States. I honestly had tears of joy after this moving experience.”<br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman exploring desert on guided solo tour with Classic Journeys." src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002KmAK&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000qs0y" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Cindy also proves the point that traveling solo doesn’t prevent you from sharing the moments you have. She’s an accomplished blogger who posts her photos and observations for friends and family. In addition to your fellow explorers, you also have the company of your local guides, who are sensitive to how you want your vacation to go. If you’d like alone time, they’ll see to it, but they also introduce you to their own friends (and sometimes even their families) so that you always feel connected. <br><br>“When I decided to go to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/china-tours/" target="_blank">China</a> and my husband’s schedule was too intense for him to get away, I wasn’t comfortable doing it on my own,” Carolyn S. remembers. “This was a big step for me, but it made me a lifelong fan of Classic Journeys.” Since then, she’s also traveled solo with us in Turkey and four other destinations. <br><br>One huge practical advantage of traveling solo with Classic Journeys happens when you check into your hotels where you get a “double for single occupancy” room. When you’re totally on your own or with other travel companies, reserving a room for one can often land you in a single bed in the former servants’ quarters. The Classic Journeys policy ensconces you in quarters as spacious as everyone else’s. “My ‘room’ in Tibet was a 2-story converted farmhouse with its own courtyard,” Carolyn remembers. “It was the best place I’ve ever stayed.”<br><br>If there is a lesson in all of this, it’s that the only thing you have to fear when it comes to <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">solo travel</a> is not giving it a try. “I have one lifetime to see all of the places I want to see,” one guest told us. “When Classic Journeys makes it so easy and natural for me to travel on my own, I can’t imagine why I’d ever stay at home.”

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