I’ve spent much of my travel career traveling solo. Sometimes it’s by design, other times it’s because I can’t find anyone interested in taking two weeks off and traveling with me to somewhere like Albania, for example. And yes, sometimes traveling solo sucks, and sometimes it’s much, much better.
One Is No Longer the Loneliest Number is a great little article in the New York Times explaining how more and more outfitters are recognizing the needs of solo travelers and responding with options that really didn’t exist even a few years ago.
Take, for example, Absolute Travel. This New York based luxury travel agency has begun offering a service to its solo clients that matches them up with “compatible travelers” so that they are not alone.
Keep in mind, however, that “solo” and “single” are two entirely different adjectives here. “Solo” is okay with traveling alone but is open to seeking a travel buddy to help with the logistics and, perhaps even loneliness. “Single,” however, are those solo travelers actively seeking other singles with hopes of bringing home more than just a souvenir from their next vacation.
So, if you’re in the “solo” frame of mind and looking to travel, spend a moment reading through Michelle Higgins superb article and its fine list of resources.