Top 5 Adventure holidays for solo travellers
Fancy taking an exotic holiday and discovering a new continent, but can’t find anyone to go with? Perhaps youve wanted to take a trip as a solo traveller for a while now, but you feel nervous about taking the initial step? Firstly, you’re not alone and when you book an escorted tour with leading tour operator Cox and Kings; an expert in putting together a solo travel itineraries, you’ll find youre in fine company.
Cox and Kings offer a number of tours that help solo travellers explore far-flung places with a group of like-minded free spirits who want the independence of travelling by themselves, but the company of adventurers with a similar outlook.
As a solo traveller on one of our tours around Russia, India, China, Vietnam or Japan, you’ll be free to spend as much, or as little of your leisure time with the group as you want. Social dinners and welcome events will be arranged in order to introduce you to the others on your trip. It also means there will be other people around to share meals and excursions, as well as have a chat about your experiences, should you wish.
Always wanted to gain a close insight into Indian culture, but couldn’t persuade anyone to go with you? Maybe you want a safe and carefully managed visit to China, with someone who can speak the language on your behalf? We can help. Solo travel packages are gaining in popularity and our team here at Aspen travel can help you find the perfect one. To help ease you into your first solo holiday adventure, we’ve put together a list of top tips for going it alone.
Top tips for getting the most out of your solo traveller experience
- Get organised. Print out your itinerary and make a to-do list, especially if you’re the sort of person who would normally rely on a travel partner to keep a handle on all the travel details and paperwork.
- If you know youd like to spend some of your leisure time exploring on your own, but you’re worried about safety, have a think about the type of clothing you take with you. Inside pockets and even specialist pickpocket proof brands may help you feel safer. A whistle, or discreet alarm, may further support you in feeling secure, particularly if you’re planning to be in remote places. Always make sure someone knows where you are, whether its loved ones at home, or one of your tour group.
- Essential items youll find useful to carry on your person is the address of your accommodation, in case you get lost, as well as useful numbers; such as that of your tour manager, the Aspen Travel number, your passport number, birth certificate, credit card and travel insurance details. Also make sure someone at home has these details too in case they need to act in an official capacity on your behalf.
- Have an open mind. Be prepared to try new experiences as suggested by the itinerary and meet new people. Learning a few words in the host countrys language can go a long way. You might get pushed out of your comfort zone by the food, bathrooms, or sociable situations. Try and throw yourself into everything with the view that it will only enhance your time away. Even if you end up in an awkward situation, or not liking an exotic meal or unorthodox toilet, it’ll give you a great anecdote to tell your friends back home afterwards!
If you’re ready discover the sort of adventures you could be having, wed like to help you make your choice. Here are some of the most popular escorted tours:
Are you interested in touring some of the most beautiful sights of Russia with an exclusive group of fellow solo travellers? Cox and Kings’s Majestic Russia escorted tour will see you flying into St Petersburg where youll have the opportunity to explore this historic city for three days.
You will be staying in the Radisson Sonya, or a similar hotel, with tours organised for you, such as a trip to Catherines Palace, the Hermitage and Peter the Greats Summer Palace. The welcome dinner at the hotel on the first night will give you the chance to meet everyone else in your group in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as try some of the delicacies of the region.
From this city of opulent rulers’ houses, fascinating museums and incredible art collections, youll take a train to Moscow. Your tour manager will get you to the platform and help you board. Youll be accompanied by your group.
After four hours in a train, watching the Russian countryside slide past your window, you’ll be ready for some fresh air and your first glorious view of Moscow. Youll have three nights here and come the morning you’ll be finding yourself in red Square in the shadow of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the university and the Novodevichy Convent.
The following day you will be exploring the Kremlin and Cathedral Square. As well as viewing the crowns here and the impressive array of armoury, you’ll have plenty of free time to wander around at leisure, either on your own, or with one of your new friends from the group. Your tour manager can arrange entrance into the ballet or opera, should you wish to spend a memorable evening at a show.
This tour will see you cruising along the beautiful Halong Bay via the fragrant food markets of Hanoi. You’ll cycle along the hills of Hoi An and take a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Your accommodation will include the Mvenpick Hotel, the Palm Garden Beach Resort and Spa and a cabin on board an authentic junk boat.
When you get to Cambodia, youll stay at Siem Reap’s Tara Angka Hotel, which is the place youll use as your base to explore the incredible Angkar temples, with their ancient monuments and stonework. The entire tour will be managed by a trusted Cox and Kings Tour manager, who will be on hand to advise and guide you through the destinations of your itinerary.
South Africa is one of the best places in the world to see wild nature in its natural habitat. However, getting up at dusk to be driven to a remote game reserve in high temperatures isn’t for everybody. If you have an inkling of just how rewarding a safari trip can be; watching the big five as they make their way across the plains, grassland and savannas of South Africa, then you’ll know that this is an experience you certainly don’t want to miss.
If you were to join a solo traveller tour of South Africa, put together by Cox and Kings, with a booking reservation organised by one of our team here at Aspen Travel, you could take an item off your bucket list and enjoyed fellow-minded company at the same time.
Initially youll have two nights in Port Elizabeth to explore the city before heading out to the Amakhala Game Reserve and Knysna. After the dramatic forest scenery of Tsitsikamma National Park, youll visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, the caves and vineyards of Stellenbosch and the Cape Wine Lands, before arriving in Cape Town.
Here, youll have the chance to take an excursion to the top of the iconic Table Mountain and travel around the Cape Peninsula. The huge finale to your tour will involve a fourteen course Cape menu, accompanied by local wines and the fine company of your fellow solo travellers. Strong friendships are frequently formed on these sort of trips, as you’ll have shared so many unique experiences together.
The vast country of India may prove hard to navigate alone if you’re not sure where you’d like to see first, which of the hundreds of fascinating destinations you can’t afford not to see, and which should be saved for your next trip.
It is the job of the dedicated tour manager to take you to the countrys highlights, as outlined in your schedule. You will be travelling in a group of other solo travellers and there will be plenty of social meals and events to give you all the chance to meet one another, both formally and informally.
Your Indian tour begins in Delhi and quickly heads over to one of the subcontinents most famous sites; the Taj Mahal in Agra. After an amazing day at this picturesque tomb, you’ll head to the national park of Ramthambore in search of a fleeting glimpse of a Bengal tiger. Other wildlife you’re likely to see here are leopards, sloth bears, wild boars and crocodiles.
The two final big destinations on this tour are the Pink Palace in Jaipur and the Lakeside city of Udaipur. To experience the spicy sights and sounds of India, either on your own, or as part of an exclusive group, please give the Aspen Travel team a call.
Cox and Kings’s solo travel tour of Japan will be a luxury showcase of the greatest highlights of Japan. Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima will be the main stopover destinations. Compare the bright modern city life of Tokyo with the traditional ways of old Japan in Kyoto, the original home of the geisha and tea ceremony.
To find out more about the full range of all-inclusive packages we offer for solo travellers here at Aspen Travel, to make your reservations on any of the holidays you’ve read about here, or to simply find out about our best current deals, please give our friendly team a call.
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