With many years experience myself of solo travel I know only too well the problems associated with booking a holiday, especially as a solo traveller! Travelling in Africa I soon learnt a few tricks … always wear a wedding ring, talk about your husband, etc., to avoid unwanted attention as you sit alone in a beach bar wanting to watch the sunset in peace trying to avoid being pestered by the local ‘beach boys’!! Another problem often facing solo travellers is the dreaded ‘single supplement’ on hotel rooms which often seems to double the price of the holiday. Having first hand experience as a single female I am very happy to help you find a suitable holiday, I have a lot of solo ladies who book regularly with me (and men of course!). Even if you just want some winter sun or a summer break and need me to find hotels who will waive the single supplement or have any special offers, let me take the worry about of booking it all for you.
There are many reasons why people travel on their own, most really enjoy it – meeting new people, enjoying new culture and relishing in the challenge of independent travel. So even if you are an experienced world traveller who would like a tailor made holiday, perhaps with a private guide for example to explore the rainforests of Madagascar or trek Machu Pichu, enjoy a one on one walking safari in Africa or travel by train around India then I can help with that. Let me book your flights, accommodation, travel arrangements, maybe you want to hire a car and do your own thing? That’s all no problem!
If you are not used to travelling alone but want to embark on a round the world trip or spend your redundancy money trekking round South-East Asia because you wish you had done it when you were younger, I can arrange that too. Gone are the time when ‘GAP year’ travel was just for those at University! ‘Adult GAPs’ are becoming more and more popular and I can team you up with other adventurers joining groups which are fantastic value for money too.
There are lots of options for spending some time with local families and in villages taking part in volunteer projects if you want to learn more about the culture around you and give something back to your host country when you travel. Some holidays such as expeditions to Antarctica offer the opportunity to become involved in conservation projects such as Penguin population mapping.
Long haul, consider pre-booking things like hop on hop off buses in Australia and New Zealand or travel passes, for example in Europe there are options for rail cards that allow you to spend weeks using the trains as you wish.
If you want to join a group then there are endless options for escorted tours and sightseeing. You may have a particular interest such as Art, Music or Botany, to name just a few. I can find you an escorted tour group with a knowledgeable guide who specialises in your particular area of interest. Take a look at the Special Interest Groups section or ask me for advice. I know of companies who run escorted tours specifically just for single travellers. Some are travelling alone because they have no choice, others travel on their own as they like different holidays to their spouses. Whatever the reason, there are usually no single supplements imposed and you have the services of an experienced tour leader who makes sure everyone is involved in the group and doesn’t feel excluded. Ask me also about single sex holidays.
If you are a single traveller wanting to join an activity or adventure holiday, then look no further! As a specialist in adventure and wildlife travel, I can find you the perfect activity holiday for you to join with and some of these group departures are designated as ‘solo departures’ and will be made up of mainly solo like minded travellers. There are group holidays for walking, cycling, sightseeing, safaris, sailing and culture. Some groups are made up of mostly solo travellers so you are sharing your experience with other singles along the way.
If you are a single traveller wanting to go on an African Safari, I can find you a fabulous group safari to join, depending which country you would like to visit or if there is any particular wildlife experience you would like to do. Having done ‘solo Africa’ myself for many years, this is my specialist area so please don’t feel intimidated or worried about travelling to Africa alone, once you get there you will feel anything but as the friendly people of Africa will make you feel at home straight away!
If you want to travel quite soon and join a group holiday as a single traveller, take a look at the late availability on my offers page or give me a call with your dates and preferred destination and I will find a departure to fit your requirements. Take a look through the experiences pages for some inspiration and get in touch. All the suggested itineraries can be done as a solo tailor made holiday or you may be able to join a group.
I was between jobs and had two weeks before I began so decided to go on a last minute holiday in August. I didn’t have the time to look into all the options so contacted Julie with my specifications and within a day or two she had found a holiday that suited me and booked an Exodus trip cycling in Slovakia and Poland. Julie sent me all my details quickly (I booked within a week of travel!) which made it easy to sort out my documents and what I needed to take with me and she was always on hand for any questions I had which gave me confidence before I set off. I had a great holiday that suited me perfectly and would like to think I’ll be doing a similar holiday very soon!
Kendal Harrison – Poland & Slovakia (Aug 2011)
Iceland was amazing, the scenery was stunning and the geysers & glaciers took my breath away. I had a lovely time & met some nice people too. The only thing was that I wanted to stay for longer! Thank you for all your help, you made things so easy for me. I’ll be in touch for my next trip once I’ve saved some more money! Thanks again. (Kerrie travelled with a small group run by Explore) Best wishes Kerrie x
Kerrie Parfitt – Iceland (July 2012)
I booked my trip to Morocco through ’Travel with Jules,’ this made it really easy and straight forward, with Julie updating me about costs and when my tickets were available. She looked for various options covering my specification for dates, duration and type of holiday and this proved to be a very successful trip. All my flights were arranged efficiently, airport transfers were organised and I quickly met up with the group on my arrival in Marrakech. I would happily use ‘Travel with Jules’ to book future holidays. This was the Atlas Panorama group tour with Exodus. The holiday itself was amazing, allowing a mix of the culture and history of Marrakech with the craziness of the medina and souks. Followed by a few days exploring the Atlas Mountains, seeing the amazing scenery and breathtaking views. Is a trip I would recommend for all those who don’t want to lay by the pool all day and happy to put on your walking boots and go exploring – great excuse to indulge in the tasty moroccan food!
Karen Pooley – Morocco (Dec 2011)
Fed up of being an armchair traveller? Ask me about holidays to take you to the scenes of your favourite TV programmes and wildlife documentaries and follow the footsteps of the presenters!
This is a 14 day group adventure holiday to the wonderful, vibrant West African countries of Senegal and Gambia and offers desert, forests, waterfalls and wetlands and chance to visit lively cities, rural villages, enjoy breathtaking landscapes and stunning beaches.
A small group holiday to Burma to discover a fascinating place which has been largely untouched by the outside world. Explore remote villages, stay in local guesthouses and visit temples, floating markets and lakes.
Do you dream of galloping along deserted beaches or riding amonst giraffe and zebra? This is an eight day safari combining rides along the Wild Coast of South Africa with the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo – a fabulous horseback adventure!
A fabulous natural history holiday through the Rift Valley and Bale Mountains in Ethiopia – home to 277 mammals and over 800 species of birds.
A week of adventure along Turkey’s southern coast including many activities such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, canyoning and sea kayaking. All set against the backdrop of the Turquoise Coast.