You know the solo travel world has come into its own when The Washington Post does an entire travel section on it.
One article offers eight tips ensuring a “trip of ease.”
Some obvious tips include using common sense when it comes to safety and talking to locals. One you don’t hear as often is the recommendation to travel places where the dollar is strong. Agreed.
It’s always fun to go somewhere you can live like royalty for very little money, but it’s that much more important when you’re not sharing expenses.
Meeting a tiny Irish tourist, Inishmoor Island, Ireland
In another of the articles, the writer calls solo travel the “All About Me” trip. “More myselves and Is are venturing out into the world alone,” she writes. Good for them!
Solo Travel Can Bee Awesome – No encumbrances
And the best news of all, as the third of the three front-page stories reveals, is that more tour operators are adding accommodations for one and touting deals a solo traveler could love.
The story lists tour operators catering to solo women, young singles and seniors, along with general tour operators, cruise lines and all-inclusive resorts. For those of us who would rather have built-in company or would like someone else to take care of all the trip planning.
So you won’t miss the other two stories, I’ve included links here. One is a woman’s personal story about a little romance she had while on vacation in Greece. The other is by a woman who, at 34, finally went on her “dream honeymoon” … by herself.
What’s interesting, and not the least bit surprising, is that all five stories were written by women. I certainly know men who have traveled on their own. But for the most part, women seem more adventurous in this arena, for whatever reason.
Photo: By Ellen Perlman