Single seniors travel all over the world today, and there are plenty of ways to make it enjoyable and several ways to help make it affordable. If you are a single senior, travel might seem a bit daunting, particularly if you are planning to venture into foreign countries. But being single doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy everything that traveling has to offer.
There are two ways to define a single senior traveler. First, you could simply be a single person who is traveling along with others. Or, you could be a single person who is traveling alone. In either case, there are three major areas of consideration when single seniors travel.
First, there is the question of money. Traveling as a single senior can be more expensive than traveling in a duo. Second, there is the question of companionship. Some single seniors travel alone and are perfectly content to do so. Others would find the experience too lonely. Finally, and arguably the most important concern, there is the question of your safety. You’ll need to take some precautions as a single senior traveler that you might not take if you were traveling in a couple. The good news is that in all of these areas, there are solutions for the single senior traveler.
When it comes to the cost of single seniors travel, any time you consider a package of some kind you will probably be charged a single supplement. Even if you travel on your own instead of in a guided tour, you will have to pay the full rate for most of your accommodations. But you could save some money with the following hints:
Â· Ask everywhere if there are any senior citizen discounts. Be sure you also check with the American Association of Retired Persons and any other organizations you are a member of to see if they have special offers through certain hotels, travel agents, or tour companies.
Â· In some countries (though rarely in America), you can get a single room. It won’t be half the price of a double, but it will be less expensive.
Â· If you don’t care about sharing a room with a stranger, you can even ask the tour company or cruise operator if they could place another single of the same sex in your
You can also save some money and gain companionship if you look for another single senior traveler who has similar travel goals. Try your local senior organizations, your current social organizations or your church or synagogue if you go to one. Or, there are online agencies that specialize in helping single travelers to find each other. These include:
Â· Connecting Solo Travel Network
Â· Travel Acquaintance
Â· Travel Chums
Â· Cruise Mates
Certain travel agencies also offer single seniors travel programs. You can check with travelone.com and sidestep.com to learn more. Or if you already have a favorite travel agency, ask them if they know of any single senior travel options.
As a single senior traveler, you will need to be more vigilant about your safety as you travel. Take precautions like letting your tour guide know where you are going and making sure you have maps, addresses, and a well-charged cell-phone with you. If you are traveling solo instead of on a tour, there are a couple other things to keep in mind. Choose seats on buses and trains that are surrounded by others. Make sure your family at home has your itinerary and that you let them know if you alter it. And pay attention to your surroundings.
Despite these concerns with single seniors travel, don’t let them stop you from having your travel adventures. There is no substitute for travel, and if it’s important to you, then nothing should change your mind.