Contiki has been at the forefront of exciting youth adventures since the 70s. With its focus on socializing and organizing group activities, it is consistently rated among the most popular youth tour companies.
Age group: 18 to 35
Solo supplement: No, as long as you’re OK with a same-sex roommate
Cruise lines or hotels sometimes charge solo supplements when one person stays in a room or cabin. It makes up for potential loss of revenue from just one guest occupying the room rather than two or more.
But not all tour companies charge solo supplements. To avoid these extraneous fees, research provider policies regarding solo travelers up front. We’ve got you covered with the providers on this page.
Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, though it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travelers as of April 2021. It recommends that you delay travel if you are not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.
When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.
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Frequently asked questions
No — most of the tour companies listed on this page report a 50/50 ratio of solo travelers to couples and groups of friends.
If you’re worried about sticking out, opt for a tour designed especially for solo travelers — you’ve got plenty of options.
Usually, yes. Reach out to the tour company directly to inquire about having your own room throughout the trip. But be wary that this might incur an extra fee.
While it may be tricky to find entire cruise trips designated for solo travelers, many cruise lines offer solo cabins so that you can book without paying a single supplement. These include:
Alex Keshen is the global travel publisher at Finder and has been living, breathing and, of course, writing about all things travel for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and has appeared in Travel Weekly and the Huffington Post. A master of maximising her annual leave and finding the best bargains around, she can’t remember the last time her backpack weighed more than 10kg and is happy to share her tips and tricks to help you travel better.
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