Solo travel is a growing trend. From young adults traveling between school semesters or well-traveled adults taking a solo sabbatical, approximately 24 percent of Americans went on at least one solo vacation last year, and, according to a MMGY Global report, 46 percent of those travelers were women.
Clearly, solo travel is a draw for vacationers and individuals looking for a unique experience, so make it easier for the adventurers in your life and help them get on solo.
Whether your outgoing travelers are seeking a unique experience outside of their comfort zone or some independence through travel, use this list of helpful tours and retreats to help guide the way.
Overseas Adventure Travel brings small groups of 8–16 travelers through wild African Safaris, ancient Italy and the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. With a focus on solo travelers, prices include international airfare, 16–17 days of exploring and range $3,595–5,395. Travelers embark on a new journey with like-minded individuals and follow local experts along flexible tours — wild and free, but with the safety of knowing they’re with a group.
For outdoor adventurers, G Adventures offers tours for solo travelers. Guests explore Switzerland on foot with 10-day trekking journeys or tour Belize like a Mayan local on a 22-day tour. Hop on off-roading vehicles through Africa’s wild terrain with the freedom of solo travel and added safety net of a tour operator.
Authentic journeys include single-traveler prices (no double occupancy penalties), female-only options, flexible tours and helpful guidance.
For more options specifically designed for women, ITC Hotels offers solo female travel packages. As India is already a top destination for travelers spanning a myriad of wanderlust ambitions, ITC is ideal for solo travelers.
With high-end stays and tour collections boasting wellness, private excursions, authentic cultural experiences and local shopping, ladies feel safe with EVA suites.
The ITC Grand Bharat offers rooms spanning the entire floor of the retreat, 24-hour security and a staff of all-women room attendants. Upgrade with amenities, including high-end personal care items, bath soaps, brushes and perfumes to luxury lotions and makeup. Guests take advantage of the personal valets, available on call for everything from wrapping saris to travel assistance.
For something more health- and wellness-focused, introduce the female solo travelers in your life to ITC Grand Bharat’s Ayurvedic Retreats. Ladies looking for mindful travel experiences choose from health-focused sessions at the all-suite hotel’s various wellness retreats.
With a range of spa options and packages including Ladies Spa day, a one-day retreat and 14-day packages including sessions with an Ayurvedic doctor guiding guests through holistic treatments, meditation sessions and health practices, guests can have their Eat, Pray, Love moment and you’ll have peace of mind.
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …