Cheap Solo Vacations
Many of the best vacation deals are designed for two people.
This is especially true of cruises and travel packages to sunny
destinations. So how do you cut the cost when you are going alone?
Try some of the following tips for cheap solo vacations.
Avoid Package Deals
As mentioned, package vacations are almost always priced according
to double occupancy, so just skip them. Instead, design your
own package. Chose a destination, and find inexpensive accommodations.
Don't book them yet, though. First make sure you can also find
cheap airfare. Expedia and other online travel sites are getting
easier to use all the time, so start with these. Once you have
found and bought cheap tickets, make the hotel reservations.
What if you can't find cheap tickets or a cheap hotel? See the
There are probably many places you would like to visit in
your lifetime. Among them, one or two may be cheap right now,
so start with a list of possible destinations and see which one
has both cheap tickets and cheap accommodations available. Often
you can pay half of what you normally would pay for tickets to
one destination, and then do the same for the others at other
Hostels, in case you are unfamiliar with them, are places
where you rent a bed instead of a room. There are usually common
cooking and television watching areas. You might share the room
(and shower) with as many as five others, but this is often a
cheap way to go when you're on a solo vacation. In the states
you can expect to pay from $15 to $25. In other countries it
is often less than that. I paid $4 per night in Ecuador, and
that included breakfast and free rum on Friday nights.
This is a way to go to the beach resort towns that are usually
expensive for solo travelers. In Cancun, for example, it would
be tough to find a hotel on the beach for under $150 per night,
but there are hostels in town (you'll have to take the bus to
the beach) that are $20 per night or less. You can find out more
about hostels and other cheap places to stay on the page Hotels, Hostels, Or....
Find Cheap Airfare
Often the most expensive part of a trip is the plane ticket.
Fortunately there are a number of ways you can reduce the cost.
Being flexible, as mentioned above, is one way. Another is to
fly as an air courier. You agree to travel with only carry-on
luggage and give your checked-luggage allowance to the courier
company. In return they give you deeply discounted tickets ($258
round trip to Ecuador in my case).
For other ways to get cheap tickets for your solo vacations,
see the following page...