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    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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    Top 10 Trips for Solo Travel in 2019

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/solo/" target="_blank">Solo travel</a> is more popular than ever. In fact, nearly 20 percent of guests who join a Classic Journeys’ tour is solo! Now, if you’re thinking “singles travel” means adventuring all by your lonesome, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. At Classic Journeys, we prefer to think of travel for singles as a way for people to experience a place and culture with like-minded explorers on a small group tour. So, although you may be traveling solo… you’re never alone. With this in mind, we rounded up our 10 most popular trips for solo travelers to help you choose the perfect destination in 2019:<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9m7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>1. </b></a><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">GALAPAGOS ISLANDS</a></b><br>Your travel companions on this trip include <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> penguins that dart under your sea kayak, A pod of sea turtles performing their graceful ballet around you. Baby sea lions paddling up for a better look. And the giant land tortoises? They’re close enough to touch. If you go wild for wildlife, you’ve found it. AFAR magazine named our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos</a> trips “Best Wildlife Encounter”… in the world.<br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">LEARN MORE</a></b><br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman at Cabo da Roca, Portugal" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank"><b>2. PORTUGAL</b></a><br>Besides being one of 2018’s hottest destinations, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank">Portugal</a> also has more hours of sunshine a year than any other European country. Soak in the rays while you and your small group come face to face with the Portuguese people and get a true feel for the unique tempo and personality of this kingdom by the sea.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View of Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rFd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>3. PERU &amp; MACHU PICCHU</b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu </a>retains the ability to startle and inspire you no matter how many years you’ve thought about visiting. You will get the shivers the first time you see it. And our guide is a native Quechua who’ll make you as comfortable in Cusco as you’ll be among mountain villagers and llama herders.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Man Hiking in Torres del Paine, Chile" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank"><b>4. CHILE</b></a><br>Most travelers want to experience <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank">Patagonia</a> because it’s super remote and not everybody is going there. Just how remote is the pleasant shock. When our local guide Andres leads you off on a walk in Torres del Paine National Park, he doesn’t follow the kind of trail you find in other places… but you will get the best views in Chile.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kayaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mM" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>5. VIETNAM, LAOS &amp; CAMBODIA</b></a><br>This trip is truly <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Indochina’s</a> greatest hits! Though Angkor Wat is a spectacular finale to a 10-day journey that includes Laos and Vietnam, all along the way you’ll have plenty of show-stopping moments that reveal just how different these cultures are.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><span style="font-family: calibri,sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Positano, Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rF9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></span><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>6. AMALFI COAST</b></a><br>Situated on the &quot;ankle&quot; of the Italian boot, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi</a> has a balmy climate. Orange trees line village streets. Breezy seaside footpaths around Ravello and Positano encourage a nice slow pace perfect for absorbing the atmosphere. We also settle in for two mellow days on the glorious island of Capri—one of our favorite places in Italy.=<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Women in a Market, Morocco" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mR" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>7. </b></a><b><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">MOROCCO</a></b><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"> </a><br>You’ll take in the vivid, noisy markets as you travel through <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">Morocco&#39;s</a> warm hospitable culture. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Puffins on the Coastline in Iceland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mW" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>8. ICELAND</b></a><br>There’s nowhere quite like it. We love traveling to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland</a> because it’s still a land of chaotic, supremely beautiful nature. Whether you’re marveling at an endless colony of cartoonish puffins or watching the clouds turn shades of sherbet at sunset, you’ll experience this place with remarkable intensity.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><img alt="Alhambra, Spain" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mb" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>9. SPAIN: SEVILLE, GRANADA &amp; CORDOBA</b></a><br>You’ll stay in fantastic accommodations and at one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank">Spain&#39;s</a> finest 5-star hotels. And the walks—in both city and country, through mosques and Spanish palaces—are gentle revelations every step of the way. Our local guides are exceptionally well-connected, so you get introductions to families that own the olive groves and even Alhambra&#39;s resident wood inlay expert.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/southernspain/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE</b></a><br> <br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Castle in Cesky Crumlov, Prague" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Ei0I&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9mg" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>10. PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST</b></a><br>If you’ve ever wondered how it would be to time-travel, this compact visit to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank">Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary</a> is for you. In Prague, Vienna and Budapest, you’ll enjoy expertly guided walking tours that explore these one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire whose spires and castles create the continent’s most inspiring skylines.<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/prague-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LEARN MORE </b></a><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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