Good News for Single Travel and Solo Travel

By Diane Redfern

DISCLAIMER Sponsors' Page: CSTN searches the world for singles tours, singles cruises, singles travel clubs, hospitality organizations, any and all single-friendly holiday ideas. We pass the word but have no control over times, dates, prices, or itineraries, which are subject to change and must be verified directly through contacts given below. – A Full Season of Cruising Just for Singles

Ft Lauderdale, FL. When you travel with, you travel single but not alone. is part of Travel Leaders Leisure Group, a division of Minneapolis-based Travel Leaders Group. Such hefty backing is only one reason why this specialist agency ranks among the largest and most successful singles cruise operators in the United States. Just as importantly, has been booking singles cruises featuring exclusive events hosted by a dedicated staff of cruise directors since 1991. guests may expect private meet-and-greet singles events, cocktail mixers, dance lessons, lectures, theme parties, and a separate "singles mingle" dining area that allows new dinner companions each night. Other extras include complimentary roommate matching, singles-only shore excursions and the opportunity to connect with singles on your cruise in a private online chat forum before the cruise sets sail.'s comfortable environment and activity-filled schedule adds up to a memorable vacation experience for singles looking for fun and adventure with new travel companions. Look for details of the following upcoming cruises on the website and become a fan of on Facebook to get the latest scoop on singles cruising:

Details: Tel 1-800-393-5000, 1-201-210-7918.

Adventures for Singles Since 1989

Atlanta, GA. Adventures For Singles (AFS) has been dedicated to maximizing your vacation experience with inspiring and authentic journeys since 1989. Every AFS destination provides stimulation, relaxation, education and adventure, says founder Suzy Davis who has well over 100 countries stamped in her passports as evidence of her extreme passion for international travel.

"Our goal at Adventures for Singles," says Davis, "is to offer well-planned, upscale tours at affordable prices. We aim to exceed expectations. In personally sharing vacation time with our single travelers, we've been gratified to witness the making of countless friendships and over a dozen marriages. Our website is loaded with travel tips, group photos and detailed trip info."

With the focus on quality over quantity, AFS arranges only a select few trips each year, and they fill quickly. Here's what Adventures for Singles has planned for coming months.

Details: See Adventures for Singles for video and full itineraries.

Singles Travel Company – First in Experience

Singles Travel Company has been in business for over 10 years, and owner Ann Thomas had already been working on behalf of single travelers for over 10 years before starting her own business. So it's fair to say that she has the experience and know-how to put together well organized vacations for the single who likes the convenience and comfort of traveling in a group setting.

The aim at Singles Travel Company is to provide great vacation experiences, both budget and first class, to destinations around the world. Mainly, trips are designed for singles aged from late 30s through 60s, but there are also groups assigned specifically to the under 30s. Roommate matching is available to help cost-conscious solos avoid single supplement charges. And for those who like the idea of sharing in group activities but prefer the privacy of a single room, that is always possible with the add-on cost.

Thomas invites you to call with your questions about any of these trips scheduled for coming months:

Details: Visit their website for a complete list of trip information and itineraries. Call toll free at 1-888-286-8687, or 1-408-449-5118. You can also reach them via email.

Singles in Paradise – #1 From the West Coast!

As owner of Singles in Paradise, Ed Reder has been organizing singles travel for over 30 years. "Our trips are all thoroughly researched, custom itineraries," says Reder, "and we maintain complete control through direct relationships with the hotels, buses and guides, which also helps us secure the best possible prices."

Singles in Paradise specializes in adventure travel as well as tropical and European itineraries geared toward the physically fit. On average, 80% of Singles in Paradise travelers are in their 40s-50s, 10% are under 40, and 10% are over 60. Each tour is personally escorted by Ed, so participants may rest assured that everything will be well taken care of. And, Singles in Paradise is one of the few companies that purchases blocks of airfare from LA so the group can all travel together, which, says Ed, "will save singles hundreds of dollars. Plus our roommate matching program also adds up to big savings."

Coming up on the Singles in Paradise agenda:

Details: Visit their website at Singles in Paradise or call 800-954-5453 or 760-652-5520. Or you can reach them by email.

Singles Travel Service – A Better Way to Go!

New York, NY. "Give us a week, and we will give you back new friends, great adventure and a vacation you won't forget." That is a big aim, but Singles Travel Service is up to the task because Mark Braunstein, the company director, has established working relationships with travel agencies, dating networks, and singles event planners. By extending its reach in this way, Singles Travel Service brings together vacationers from sources far and wide. Here's what you may expect from Singles Travel Service, says Braunstein:

No need for single supplement fees: "We offer guaranteed roommate matching on all our tours," and any single who prefers a little more space may opt to upgrade."
Hosted exclusively for singles: "Our tours are always hosted by professionals knowledgeable in the adventure."
Variety and choice: "Even though we specialize in sports vacations, we also offer a large selection of international explorers, cultural tours, and fun cruises."

Coming up on the Singles Travel Service agenda:

Details: Singles Travel Service. Tel. 1-212-752-2429.

One Traveller – Best for Mature Singles
No Single supplement

One Traveller is the UK's number one singles holiday specialist for the over 50s. Created in 2007, this family-run company is the brainchild of travel expert Ian Darkin, who has escorted singles holidays all over the world.

Ian's vision is to address the shortcomings he spotted during his time as a full-time tour manager by designing holidays specifically for the mature solo traveller. One Traveller provides an opportunity for like-minded single people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s to travel in a safe environment on a holiday with no single supplements. Here's a small sample of many more trips scheduled for coming months:

Details: A handy feature on the One Traveller site allows you to view all of the destinations in departure date order. Visit this page here: One Traveller Holiday Availability. Or, contact them via email.

SoloMate Travel – First-Class Trips

The folks at SoloMate Travel understand that it can be hard for singles to find people to travel with. "That's why," says founder Andrea Leber, "I started SoloMate Travel, so that singles could enjoy the hassle-free experience of a preplanned, escorted trip with 6 to 14 like-minded travel chums. A small group allows us to see more and do more with a greater feeling of friendship. We pride ourselves that many clients return for new adventures with us."

While "first class" is top priority, travelers looking for the most cost effective holiday may save money with SoloMate's guaranteed room-share program, yet anyone wanting a private room always has the choice of selecting the single occupancy option, which Leber has negotiated to the lowest possible price. In choosing SoloMate as a travel partner, solos may rest assured that they are joining one of the most exclusive singles vacations on the market. "That's a promise," says Leber.

Check out these upcoming trips:

Details: Visit the website SoloMate Travel. Call toll free 1-855-290-7050. Or, see them on Facebook and YouTube.

Kick-start Your Spirit of Adventure With BikeHike Adventures

Vancouver, BC. BikeHike Adventures specializes in small group, multi-sport, worldwide adventures. Company Director Trish Sares says "We are single-friendly, with no extra fees for solo travelers. We match single travelers of the same sex, and if we can't find a partner, individuals get their own room at no additional cost."

Three-quarters of BikeHike Adventures travelers join on their own. They come from all over the world anticipating an unforgettable, soul enriching and empowering active vacation using their own muscle-power. Mountain Biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and caving are just a few examples of the high adventure activities that await. Destinations include countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Trip levels are graded into four categories: easy, moderate, and challenging – something to suit everyone. Here's a sample of the many trips offered throughout the year:

Details: For the complete schedule of trips visit BikeHike Adventures. Tel. 1-888-805-0061 (toll free, Canada and US), 1-604-731-2442.

Single-Friendly Travel Directory

The regularly updated Single-Friendly Travel Directory currently lists over 250 travel suppliers that have been found to be sensitive to the needs of people who travel alone. The Directory comes included with membership in Connecting: Solo Travel Network.

Details: Single-Friendly Travel Directory.

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