There are lots of vacations for singles that are available nowadays, so in order for you to make the best choice you should know a few key things before you make your booking.
Top Destinations – Vacations for Singles
For instance, some places have been considered better vacation spots for singles than others, presumably because there are more singles activities available. Yahoo, for example, conducted a survey and compiled a top ten list of places that are best for singles holidays. They are:
- New York City
- Las Vegas
- Washington, D.C.
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
Avoid Singles Supplements Charges
But before you book your vacation to one of these places just yet, you should be aware of one more crucial fact: Most vacation packages quote prices based on two persons, and do not generally cater for holidays for single travellers.
There is an extra charge for single travellers called the “single supplement” which can range from 10 to 100 percent more than the advertised price.
Travel companies justify this because a room can accommodate two persons, and so they will be making less money.
One solution to this problem, however, is to go with a tour operator that specialises in vacations for singles.
They can, for instance, match you according to gender and other criteria to avoid the extra charges. They even put the potential roommates in touch via Facebook to ensure compatibility beforehand. This can really save money on all inclusive singles vacations, in particular.
You really should not have to pay more for holidays for single people.
Looking For Love or Not?
Another thing to be sure of is what type of singles vacation you want: a dating or a non-dating one.
Many people might equate holidays for singles with the “Love Boat” or other types of romance-seeking trips. This is not necessarily true.
Some singles want to meet someone special, some want vacation flings, and others are interested in the travel itself.
Make sure that you know what type of singles vacation you are going on to ensure that you don’t find yourself in the wrong situation.
Differences for Young and Mature, Women and Men
Another differentiation is made for singles vacations for 18 to 35 year olds – usually more centered on clubbing and partying – and those for singles in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and active 60s.
So, if you know that you are the museum type even though you are under 35, or on the other hand, you fall into the group of singles over 50, make sure you find yourself with the right vacation company.
Also, some people have suggested that certain cities are enjoyed by men more, and others by women. This may be true, although we’re not totally convinced.
The suggestion is that New York, Miami, LA, Boston and similar cities are usually preferred by men because they offer a lot of beaches, outdoor activities and fun trips.
On the other hand, the best vacations for women are said to be in Las Vegas, Honolulu, Seattle, San Diego and other places that offer great tourist attractions and activities for girls to enjoy themselves.
Although it sounds a bit dubious and perhaps less than scientific, we have included this information as something to consider.
Advice for Single Women Travelling Alone
Definitely, though, a single woman has to be careful when travelling alone. Single travellers are vulnerable to being vicitimized because they often make friends with strangers, and for some reason they act more recklessly than they would at home, even though they are in a strange place.
Don’t let that happen to you.
And if you come from a liberal city or campus town, remember that much of the world – especially outside of the urbanised West – does not have the same free and equal attitudes toward women, particularly if you are alone and “unprotected”. And you cannot rely on the police to protect you in many of these places.
These are unpleasant realities, but ones you should face.
Outside of the West, however, there are some exceptions, with Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and to some extent Malaysia having reputations for being very safe for single women.
Group Size, Budget
If you are going with a singles vacation package, you should also take note of the size of the group you are going with.
On cruises the numbers can be in the hundreds, while for certain resorts, destinations or activity, the vacation can be small and intimate, at as few as 5 or 10 in a group.
Of course your budget is important in your making your decision. New York and Japan are very expensive, while Las Vegas or South-east Asia can be relatively inexpensive.
Choose Your Fun
The choice of vacations for singles offered by today’s travel companies is extremely wide.
So check out your options – whether it be cruising the Nile, ballooning in Albequerque, visiting Museums in Italy, exploring Vietnam, tangoing in Argentina, doing the London-Amsterdam-Paris run – there is something definitely right for you.