Anyone who has travelled alone knows that it can sometimes be a lonely experience. As a single traveller it is important to choose the right experience to get the most out of your hard earned vacation.
A few years ago I hosted a small group on Paul Gauguin cruises in the South Pacific. One of the single ladies on board decided to extend her vacation in Papeete by a few days after the cruise. When I caught up with her again in Calgary she told me that it was the most miserable time. While she had been on board the Paul Gauguin she felt at home and very comfortable as a single. The staff was attentive and got to know her very quickly. Other guests were friendly and she met couples and singles who gladly invited her to join their table for lunch or dinner.
Similarly going on excursions was another way to make new friends and have that feeling of being part of a group.
At the hotel at the end of the cruise no-one knew her and she sat alone at dinner every night. A large hotel can be a very lonely place and it’s harder for a single person to meet and mingle.
There are companies offering a twin share. So how does that work? Well if they have another single travelling (same sex – sorry ladies) then they will match you up with the other single. So then you don’t have to pay the single supplement – which is all well and good – as long as you get the perfect partner. It’s difficult and that’s why many companies have dropped this program because how does the tour guide deal with it when two ladies just cannot stand the sight of each other?
Yep – not the way you want to see Europe but honestly – could she just use her own toothpaste and not soak her undies in the hand basin overnight! You might think this is an exaggeration but let me tell you – familiarisation trips for travel agents often have you bedded down with a complete stranger and it can be somewhat challenging.
It can be like a lottery from hell – you get the snorer, the person who reads until 3 am and won’t switch off the light, the person who wakes at 3 am and switches on the light, the person who talks non-stop and is a complete know-it-all.
Mmmm – maybe it is better to opt to pay the extra for your own room and then when you see that sort of person – RUN LIKE HELL!