Here are our 10 Tips on the high costs of NOT traveling solo:
- Solo travel costs more.
- Why is that? Tour and hotel prices are based on doubles. They may add a fee or single supplement if you are a solo.
Why go solo if it costs more?
- My first solo travel was by accident. I was a student. I thought it was “time to see America”. Add: no car, no cash! No one else could join me. I bought a bus ticket from DC to LA one way! It was $99.
- I had not thought about the price to get home!
- I spent 5 weeks on the road with a small overnight bag.
- I slept on the bus and fit my stops to match sunrise.
- My first stop was Chicago and the famous Art Institute.
- I went on to see a calf born on a dairy farm.
- I saw the Colorado Capitol with the cleaning crew before it was open.
- I swam in the Salt Lake.
- I rode San Francisco cable cars.
- I took a local bus to join a friend at her college. The dorm did not see there was a new coed even for meals!
Fast forward to the 21st-century.
- I have seen all 50 states and 66 countries. Why do I go solo? Friends have work with different time off. I like to go to strange places.
- I thought about the true costs of NOT traveling solo. Here are some of the ways.
10 Tips to Consider High Costs of NOT Traveling Solo: Lifestyle Clashes:
Tip One: What style do you want? Would you glamp or just camp?
- First, can you plan on one type of lodging? Beyond the plane, this is the big cost of a trip. If it is a once a year trip, do you want to splurge?
How do you pack? Do you take a trunk for a beach trip?
- When you get there, do you grab your carry-on and go? Do you wait for 300 bags to arrive from the plane?
A “marriage” not made in heaven!
- You dream of sounds of waves. You face snores from the next “bunk”.
- You plan to see the sunrise, Your friend wants to pub crawl.
10 Tips to Consider High Costs of NOT Traveling Solo: Finances:
What if your friend has to cancel?
- One thoughts: What about a joint room? The good news? Many hotels do not charge fees if you cancel.
- Does the trip cost too much for you to go solo?
- Travel insurance can help. Read the fine print. What do they cover? What part of a loss do they pay? It may not be 100%.
Your card or mine? Be sure you travel buddy has a card that works. I once found I had to pay all bills. Why? My travel mate did not warn the bank of their trip. It was OK after 2 days or so. Try to fix this upfront.
The bill arrives at dinner. You “split” it. Your share is more each time. I once was stuck for a 33% tip for my friend’s drinks.
- One way to deal with this is to pay cash.
- Once the cards are split you are stuck.
- If that fails, be sure to eat a 5 course meal!
“I’ll pay you back”. That is like “let’s do lunch”. A nice thought but may not happen. It is hard to dun friends.
- The best way is to talk about this when you plan the trip.
- In any case, make sure to split the charge when you pick up a car or have a new charge.
Pull up the welcome mat? The more the merrier is great, On one trip, my coworker had a guest at dinner. I got stuck with a $100 charge.
10 Tips to Consider High Costs of NOT Traveling Solo: Whose in Charge?
On call or on a break? You want to kick back and relax. You find you must drive, make plans and be the team leader.
- The best way to avoid this? Plan ahead who will do what. Don’t get stuck being “in charge” 24/7.
One place/two different trips? When you get there, you want to see historic sites. Your buddy wants to prowl boutiques.
- This can still work if you are each able to take a time-out and meet-up later. Don’t just assume this is the case. It may not be everyone’s idea of a “joint vacation”.
The bottom line?
- Can your friendship take the stress of a trip abroad? Jet lag, new places, lost bags and missed flights can cause a meltdown. If you go it solo, no one will know you had an adult temper tantrum.
- Worst yet? When your card bills come, will you find the “split” costs are all on your card?
- Even well-paid solos must think about costs. However, before you decide on a joint trip, be sure you don’t lose a friend or a dream trip doesn’t become a nightmare!
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