Traveling independently enables you to go where you want, when you want, and how you want. It’s your vacation, and flying solo allows you to do everything on your schedule. Sound too good to be true? It’s not — if you’re savvy with your budget. Budget is by far the biggest downfall for solo travelers, but it doesn’t have to be. There are tips, tricks, and sites out there designed to help you have your dream vacation without breaking the bank.
An American Express study shows that 16 percent of 1,500 U.S. adults surveyed say they will take an upcoming trip alone. According to Independenttraveler.com, many companionless vacationers “who have never traveled alone often describe their first solo trip as an almost religious experience. To take in new surroundings unfiltered by the prejudices, tastes, or preferences of a traveling companion can be heady stuff. Traveling alone gives you the chance to indulge yourself fully.” Ready to travel, see the sights, and satisfy your wallet? Read on.
A major city can be a great option for solo travelers, according to Sarah Schlichter, senior editor at IndependentTraveler.com. There are often more lodging options that offer single-friendly rooms. At Manhattan’s The Pod Hotel, you can get a room with a twin bed for as little as $159, which is close to half of what you’d pay for a standard double room. Similarly, the Yotel hotel chain, which includes locations in New York, London, and Amsterdam offer compact rooms (and at 75-170 square feet, they are compact) starting at $149 per night. Having a hard time finding a hotel that can squeeze you into a discounted twin-bed? Fear not — there are plenty of other trendy options. “Airbnb.com is a great option because you can rent anything from a one bedroom to an entire house,” Schlichter says. While the prices vary, Schlichter said she has found single rooms in major destinations for as little as $65 a night. Also, don’t discount hostels. Try HI Hostels or boutique designer options, like South Beach Hostel in Miami.