Introducing the Solo Travel Pricing Tracker.net: I began traveling solo during my student days. I have found that solo travel pricing has improved over the years. However, as all single travelers know, it can still seem, at times, like “One for the price of two”! My most outrageous excess charge as a single traveler occurred on a trip to China including a river cruise. I paid $7,500 as one person traveling alone. Couples/pairs per person paid only $5,000 each or 50 percent less. Worst yet? Doubles that took advantage of an early booking discount paid only $2, 500! That meant that I paid 300 percent of what they paid for the same trip.
Have you had it with high single supplements and surfing through conventional search engines?
The good news is that more tour and cruise operators are offering reduced or no single supplement offerings. The issue? Previously, search engines were little help for several reasons. 1. If you searched for a destination, published prices were still based on two. 2. Some travel offerings have no single supplement information but require a second step for individual travelers to make a request for such prices. 3. As a result, even if there were reduced rate single supplement offerings, solo travelers have had to work to identify the best options.
After my overpriced trip through China, I decided there had to be a better way. The solution? In 2017, we launched our free, patent-pending search tool, the Solo Travel Pricing Tracker. Its goal was to connect solos with our pre-approved network of tour, cruise and lodging providers offering attractive prices to single travelers. While the New York Times Travel called it a “welcome tool and handy”, there were additional updates needed. In Sept. 2020, we launched an updated, more user-friendly version of our original search tool separating tours/cruises from hotels and other lodging. Our search tool currently includes over 1,000 providers covering at least 20,000 trips.
Looking for Best Deals for Solos: Tours/Cruises:
Our Solo Travel Pricing Tracker covers tours/cruises both worldwide and by geographic region.
Trip types include:
Active Sports Adventures
The five solo travel pricing methods include:
Updates to Keep in Mind:
The uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and conflicting regulations within the United States and countries around the world will make prices more flexible for a time with special, flexible terms as to cancellation/refunds. However, these soft prices will not last. Many insiders see a post-pandemic surge, largely led be solo travelers. With such strong demand, it is logical that prices will increase. The lesson learned? This is a great time to book ahead as long as changes are possible.
Some of the best deals in 2021 waiving single supplements are being offered by river cruises. With meals and many tours included, their cost can be very competitive with “a la carte” offerings.
Always compare whether airfare deals/upgrades are a cheaper price through your tour or cruise operator.
We always recommend travel insurance when going abroad. In 2021, it is more important than ever to buy premium Cancel for Any Reason policy. See this year’s update on the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the need for special travel insurance provisions at InsureMyTrip.
Looking for Best Deals for Solos: Hotels/Lodging:
Don’t always assume that luxury lodgings will not offer discounts for individual travelers looking for single occupancy rooms. Even the world-renowned Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden offers rooms discounted for solos. Our targeted goal was to list a sampling of such properties where there was at least a 10% savings. However, we did find some discounts as high as thirty to forty percent. However, since prices change constantly with demand and change of seasons, expect to find variations.
Our updated search tool covers lodging around the globe identified by 20+ countries or regions. Categories include the following lodging types/styles:
Ski Nearby options
The best lodging deals are based on “one adult one room” not the standard rack rate used traditionally in the United States. In contrast, in Europe, solo-priced rooms are of two types: 1. Single rooms or studios and 2. Standard or double rooms at reduced prices for individuals. We also include a category for “Top Value Deals”. They are included because their prices are really low while they still have solid positive ratings.
Updates for 2021: What to Look for:
Look here for frequent news:
Check back often. We are constantly adding new listings. In the last month, we have added up to 200 new travel providers. You can go directly to this free search tool at the Solo Travel Pricing Tracker.net. You don’t need to register there to take full use of this unique search tool. However, if you would like to do so, you will notice of get special deals and other updates in addition to our bi-monthly newsletter available at our Home Page at SoloTrekker4U.com.
Don’t miss out! Go to our free search tool, and make up for all that lost time in 2020-2021!