Travel for Single Women
You can travel safely and enjoyably alone
And then there are organizations that not only arrange "shares" but attempt to attract large numbers of singles for specific dates or departures. Foremost among them:
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises (800/327-2601, windjammer.com/) of Miami, Florida, the famed Tall Ship cruise company, sets aside a few cruises each year only for single travelers, who share cabins and thus avoid a single supplement. Perhaps the most popular of the line's sailings, these tend to fill up early.
The World Outdoors (800/488-8483, theworldoutdoors.com/) of Boulder, Colorado, a massive wildlife/adventure travel company, set aside 35 of its outings this year for solo travelers. And since many of these vacations involve camping, single supplements apply only when inns are used. But solos need not limit themselves to these specialty weeks: On most of the company's regular outings, a full 50 percent of the participants come alone. Sample trips from a recent catalog: "Alaska Wildlands Hiker," "Colorado Backcountry Multi-Sport," and "Canyonlands-Escalante Hiker."
Travel clubs for singles
And then there are the several nationwide and international clubs that look out for the needs of traveling singles: Travelin' Singles Club (travelinsingles.com/) of Anaheim, California, has been organizing tours for solos in their 30s, 40s, and 50s since 1980. Members can subscribe free to an online newsletter describing prospective trips.
Outdoor Singles Network (no phone number; kcd.com/ci/osn) of Haines, Alaska, is a long-established (1989) quarterly newsletter for outdoor-loving singles, ages 19 to 90, that helps to find them a travel companion; $55 for a one-year hard-copy subscription with your personal ad printed in the next issue, $35 for online membership ($75 for both), and $15 for the current issue.
Connecting Solo Travel Network (604/886-9099, cstn.org/) of Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada, is a network of traveling singles who host other traveling singles around the world. A constantly updated list of travel hosts is provided. Members also receive a bimonthly newsletter with free ads soliciting travel companions and also describing tours and cruises that are "singles friendly." A membership costs $30.
Going Solo Travel Club (800/475-3755, goingsolotravel.com/) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is for singles of all ages. The club announces international tours, monthly activities, and weekend getaways in Alberta and British Columbia. It charges no membership fee.