The British explorer and travel writer Freya Stark, who was born back in 1893, was probably ahead of her time when she wrote: “to awaken quite alone in a strange town in one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” These days, whether you’re single, widowed or, like Ms. Stark, you simply appreciate the feeling of traveling on your own, all types of people are trying — and enjoying the benefits of — single travel. Not only is it a wonderful way to meet new, like-minded friends, it allows you the flexibility to spend your time away your way. And as Thomas Jefferson once pointed out: “one travels more usefully when alone, because [he] reflects more.”
The definition of “single traveler” has also expanded to include married people who might occasionally choose to vacation without their spouse, for example, in cases where one partner may be unable to travel due to work schedules, or for health reasons. Single travelers would also include those who are not going totally “solo,” but perhaps may be traveling with friends or family, but still prefer to have their own room.
While many travelers may consider (or even prefer) the idea of vacationing on their own, they may be hesitant or unable to take on what they assume is the higher price tag. Luckily, the cost needn’t stand between you and that trip of a lifetime when you travel with Vantage — where the “best value and lowest prices in Deluxe travel, guaranteed” are not just for couples! In fact, because Vantage realizes that many mature travelers eventually need or choose to travel on their own, we are pleased to offer solo-friendly prices and programs to ensure that people like Joanne Milnor — a two-time Vantage traveler from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina — can do just that…
“I am finally at the time of my life with the time to travel, and I travel with companions sometimes, but frequently as a solo. I would say that Vantage offers me comfort in that they take care of their single travelers — first of all, with a reasonable single supplement, or perhaps even a complimentary one. And that’s important to me because I do live on a pretty strict budget.”
Reasonable single supplements (among the lowest in travel today!) and complimentary single supplements — including one free single supplement on most small ship cruises and land tours, and free supplements on select river cruise departures and trip extensions — are just a few of the ways that Vantage makes single travel easily accessible. Turns out, we’re also one of the few river cruise companies to offer single occupancy cabins (a limited number at a single low price), now available multiple decks of on our newest European river ships, the ms River Discovery II, ms River Venture, and ms River Splendor. Meanwhile, our complimentary Roommate Matching Service (available on escorted land tours) and Guaranteed Share dates (available on select river cruises) can eliminate the cost of a single supplement altogether — as long as you reserve early.
Aside from the value, traveling in a Vantage group offers the perfect blend of camaraderie, convenience, and independence. With a seasoned Cruise or Tour Director to help smooth your way, you’re free to do what you came to do: enjoy! When you’re ready to explore the far reaches of our incredible world — and to embrace the joys and benefits of single travel — there are plenty of ways to do so affordably with Vantage. After all, as someone once said, “travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.” And that may be even more true when you go it alone!