Going solo in Galápagos? Do it!

Posted by Marianne Salmans

“This combination of socialising or being alone at your will, makes a cruise expedition in the Galápagos Islands ideal for singles.”

You are 50+ and single. You enjoy the things you love, go out with friends, you have a great career and you feel larger than life. And then every year you ask yourself: where am I going on vacation this time? To avoid the extra fees as a solo traveller, you may ask a friend to come along, but that is not always possible. You browse the possibilities of a group trip catering for singles, but that is not exactly what you are looking for. Traveling with a group of other singles can quickly get the negative association of desperate people looking for a partner and you are not in the mood for this type of atmosphere. Well, then take a look at a cruise expedition in the Galápagos Islands!

I have regularly been all by myself on a cruise In the Galápagos, recently on the yachts Passion and the Grace, and always enjoy the many benefits it offers.

What to expect?

Almost all expedition ships in Galápagos accommodate around 16 passengers. The days are full of activities like hiking, snorkelling, panga (zodiac) rides and kayaking; everything to discover and experience the beautiful nature. Fellow passengers are a mix of couples and friends and of all ages and nationalities. Because of the variety of activities and the experience of nature, the atmosphere is relaxed and enthusiastic.

Visitors to the Galápagos Islands are generally well-travelled. During the days there is plenty of opportunities to sit down and share the incredible experiences that you’ve had that day, while learning from different people and their refreshing perspectives, cultures, and countries. This creates casual and interesting conversations. In addition, there is also plenty of space on the ship to just curl up with a good book or to enjoy the view of the sea from a comfortable lounge chair. This combination of “socialising” or just being alone at your will makes an expedition cruise in the Galápagos Islands ideal for solo travellers.

But that must be really expensive?

Not necessarily! Fortunately, there are a handful of ships which offer a single cabin that do not require payment of a single supplement. You pay the normal price per person, which you would also be asked if you were traveling as a couple. In addition, various ships offer the option of “single willing to share”; you indicate that you are willing to share your cabin with someone of the same gender, so you do not have to pay a supplement. And if there is no other single on the expedition cruise you have chosen, then you simply have the cabin all to yourself.

Curious to learn more? Contact us and we will be happy to discuss the options with you!


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