For many women, one of the downsides of being single is the desire to travel but having no one to go with. Traveling without some or at least one of your favorite people can be daunting, but it can also be freeing and fun (see Lori’s Cuba).
This week’s guest post is by Chante Owens, seasoned traveler and President of Chicks That Trip, professional travel specialists that promise to help plan optimal travel experiences.
In Chante’s own words:
It’s past the evening news, and you are just about to turn into bed when a commercial comes on that catches your interest. You plop back down onto the couch and become mesmerized by the aquamarine-colored ocean that engulfs a frolicking couple, as they chase one another down the beach. The advertisement continues, showing the same couple exploring the island’s numerous activities, while wrapped in the lavish beauty of Barbados or some other island paradise. You sigh to yourself and click off the remote, knowing that you could never go on a trip like that by yourself – or could you?
Single travelers, particularly women, tend to have a misconception that unless they are traveling with a significant other or a friend, they will be uncomfortable traversing the globe by themselves. Fortunately, not only are there companies who cater exclusively to single women travelers, there are also a host of niche tour companies that require only a few participants, and none of the travelers need to have known one another prior to their journey!
While there is some level of comfort traveling with someone you know, meeting new people is even more exciting. As a single, woman traveler, you will be surprised at how open and engaging people are to get to know you, and how empowering it is to be your own, “one-woman show.” You can go and explore anything your heart desires, without negotiating it with someone else. If you want to spend some extra time at the Louvre, you can. If you want to stroll through neighborhoods in Italy eating street food all day, you can do that too. The sky truly is the limit.
Hotels, all-inclusive resorts, and restaurants around the globe have become increasingly more accommodating to the single traveler in general, and not just business travelers. They have listened to the needs of these travelers and have taken great strides to provide services and activities that resonate with their single traveler clientele. Many properties have turned their lobby areas into networking and party venues, where people can mix and mingle at their leisure and discretion. Another popular concept that has taken root in many metropolitan city restaurants is the group table, where you can meet and dine with others that are seated at these communal tables.
Here is a quick list of some great traveling options for the single, woman traveler who wants to experience it all:
- Culinary & wine trips across the globe. They encourage significant interaction, and you can be added to a preexisting group, or you can grab a bunch of your girlfriends and go together as your own group.
- Alumni sponsored trips. You can be a part of a group of like-minded travelers that share your alma mater.
- Niche specific trips. Whether you are a knitter, hiker, golfer, birdwatcher, sports lover, or adventure enthusiast, the list is endless with the possibility of niche tour operators that cater to diverse groups of single travelers. Again, the beauty of these trips is that you can be added to a group without feeling like you are an intruder.
Despite the fact that there are still those who congregate on mammoth-sized tour buses; the new frontier is focused towards smaller groups and more personalized experiences. Instead of 50-100 passengers, they have scaled down to 6-15 passenger excursions. The smaller tours create a sense of intimacy and unique experiences that are unparalleled in the world of travel. So, seize the day, pack your bags, and head out to blaze your own traveling path and get that passport stamped across the globe!
Chanté Owens is co-owner of Chicks That Trip, with her business partner, Dawnielle Balli. Chanté loves the experience of traveling and feels that whether you are traveling on business or pleasure, it is an opportunity to see the sights and sounds of a place you’ve never been before, and should not simply be a way to “check the box,” to say you’ve been. Chicks That Trip specializes in group travel, culinary & wine experiences, and major sporting event packages to the UK, France, Italy, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and select Southern Caribbean Islands. She can be reached at email@example.com. You can also visit her website at www.chicksthattrip.com and her blog penned under the name, That Chick Té at http://chicksthattrip-lobbybarconfessions.blogspot.com/
I have never used Chicks That Trip, but after speaking with her, Chante sounds like a smart, enthusiastic professional who loves what she does. I love the idea of being able to travel where I want, doing what I want, but not having to be alone all the time. Who knows? I just may become a “chick that trips” real soon!