There are three different types of travelers in this world: Folks who’ve taken a solo cruise, those who’ve never done it and can’t imagine why anyone would, and those who’ve never done it but have looked enviously upon those who have, thinking, “Geez, I’d kill to ditch my family for a week!” For those who don’t get the appeal – or are perhaps even intimidated by the idea – let us tell you why traveling solo is one of our favorite things to do!
1. It’s the ultimate getaway
For most people, vacation is a chance to get away from something… usually a stressful job. But nothing says getting away from it all like literally leaving everything and everyone you know behind, including family and friends. Steal a page from Miss Piggy’s songbook and throw yourself a me party.
2. Everything is on your schedule
Whether traveling with your best friend or your wife and kids, taking a trip with other people means having to compromise. Maybe you eat early because grandma can’t digest food after 5 p.m., or you do the Disney shore excursion for the kids as opposed to hitting Kennedy Space Center. Well, when traveling solo, it’s all about you… which isn’t something we get to say often in life!
3. Nobody knows you
There’s something incredibly freeing about being on a ship with a couple thousand people… none of whom know you from Adam. In fact, if you want to dub yourself Adam for the week, go for it. Tell folks in hushed tones, after looking both ways to make sure nobody is listening in, that you’re actually an undercover detective working a case. Heck, a spy! Don’t just do what you want… be who you want.
4. You can get a great deal
The bane of every solo traveler’s existence is the dreaded “single supplement,” which in essence requires them to pay double occupancy rates. But by keeping your eyes open and are willing to spend a little time poking around, you can almost always find cruises offering either no supplement or a reduced one. And many ships are now taking solo travelers into consideration by creating rooms designed with them in mind, such as the solo cabins on Norwegian’s Breakaway and Breakaway Plus class vessels.
5. It’s easy to meet people
Should you want to travel solo but not spend the entire week alone, never fear… that won’t be an issue. Long before boarding, you can get to know other people who will be on your sailing via message boards and Facebook groups dedicated to your particular sailing. And once you set sail, most ships arrange times and places for solo travelers to get together, whether to find someone to have dinner with or just to socialize. And we’ve yet to take a solo trip where we didn’t make new friends by sitting down at a bar for a cocktail or playing a table game in the casino!
6. It will open up your world
They say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, and believe it or not, that applies to taking your first solo cruise. For many, it’s a terrifying notion that takes them far outside their comfort zone. Yet for most, once they’ve done it… they are never the same. Because there’s something wildly empowering about taking yourself on an adventure. It opens your mind to the possibility of doing other things that perhaps you’d put off because others weren’t interested. Chances are good that once you take your first solo cruise, others will follow!