Solo travellers make up 30% of the travel market!
So why on earth are this huge legion of people so often faced with paying ‘extras’, ‘supplements’ and ‘surcharges’, for the very privilege of travelling by themselves? If you ask us, its bonkers.
On our trips, we tend to find that the percentage of solo travellers is more like 85 or 90%, and here’s why we think Edge is so well suited to solo travellers:
- No single supplements – wherever possible we do not charge single supplements. We don’t like paying them and we don’t think our guests should either. So, unless a cost increase levied on us unavoidably by a supplier, we will not charge single supplements. We it is unavoidable, we will let you know from the outset in plain words why this is the case.
- Own room whenever possible – we travel in some fairly out of the way places. It simply isn’t mathematically possible for 6 people to have individual rooms in a yurt, for example. But, where we have the option to book enough rooms, we will always book enough rooms that each person has their own space. By the very nature of facilities in some of the places we travel, sharing is needed, but we won’t book twin rooms for guests to share where a choice exists for people to have their own.
- Small groups – we like our trips to have small group sizes. This makes each person’s experience that much more personal, immersive and unique. Getting into the culture of the places we travel is what we are all about. Large gaggles of people being guided around by halters is anathema to us. We prefer to keep it small and keep it personal.
- Mixed groups – diversity is very important to us, and whilst we cannot control who signs-up to one of our trips, we generally find a broad range of ages and backgrounds are attracted to what we do. We have a good mix of male and female customers and our itineraries are open to all. This sort of diversity in small groups tends to encourage the development of camaraderie on our trips, so we hope that as well as being unforgettable, you might leave with a set of new friends at the end of the trip.
- Group meals – very often our hosts, be they in homestays, hostels, guesthouses or yurt/Bedouin encampments, are keen to ensure their guests have delicious food. Food is a key part of the cultures we pass through, so we are keen on providing mealtimes that everyone can enjoy together – if they wish. For those travelling alone this makes for a convivial and easy-going atmosphere of inclusion.
- Freedom when you want it – we don’t tightly control our itineraries. If you want to go and have some time out during or at the end of the day exploring something of particular interest or that you’ve read/heard about, then we are going to encourage you! Although meals are there for the taking together, this isn’t a requirement so if you feel you’d like to kick back and read a book on the roof by yourself, great. We are just a group made of individuals, and as such we think having the opportunity to take personal time is important. You won’t find us chasing you around with a flag, notebook and an audioguide.
- Security – our small groups allow solo travellers to feel safe without being mollycuddled or stifled. Its not that where we travel is ever necessarily dangerous, but for many a small group is preferable to the challenges of making a similar journey alone.