Insta-Q&A: Finding Someone to Travel With
If it's Wednesday, that must mean it's time for another edition of Insta-Q&A, in which you can both pose questions to the Travel section and help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. If you have some advice for today's questioner, by all means post a comment (and if you've got a question of your own, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org). This week we're sweetening the deal, offering a prize for the most helpful comment: something from our great big box of promotional junque.
Let's see if we can help out Sally from Herndon. She writes:
I am retiring this summer and my husband does not like to travel. Most of my friends work still and cannot take extended vacations or do not have the money. ... I really hate to pay single supplements because they are really high, especially if it's a cruise. Do you know where I might be able to find other women in my age group (middle 50's) that are looking for others to travel with?
As you probably know, the travel industry has always preferred that people take trips in pairs. Consequently, we get questions of this nature a lot and are always looking for new services to recommend to solo travelers. There are Web sites that will match you up with others in a similar situation (www.travelchums.com is one) and tour companies that specialize in group trips for solo travelers. Singles Travel International is one (www.singlestravelintl.com) of these. As for solo travelers who prefer to travel alone, there's lots of helpful information available at Web sites like www.travelaloneandloveit.com.
What tips do you have for travelers like Sally interested in finding other women to travel with? Has anyone else out there used one of the above services or another they'd like to recommend? Any and all ideas are welcome.
By Scott Vogel |
February 13, 2008; 7:48 AM ET
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