Trip Planning

Priceline and the Solo Traveler

August 23, 2009

One of the challenges for solo travelers is the fact that whenever we travel, we’re paying twice as much for our hotel room as an individual who is traveling (and sharing a room) with someone else does.  Most hotels just don’t build rooms for solos; they’re built for double occupancy.  So one of my biggest […]

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Two-for-one Discounts and the Solo Traveler

April 26, 2009

Two-for-one discounts are widely available in the hospitality industry, from your favorite neighborhood restaurant to hotels and resorts.  In Vegas, they’re everywhere.  The trouble with two-for-one discounts is that the solo traveler can’t use them, since there’s only one of us (the exceptions being things like hotel room nights and drinks).  And most establishments that […]

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Solo Travel Deals–And No Deals

April 23, 2009

I saw an article today at MSNBC (originally from ShermansTravel) on solo travel packages which set my little solo traveler heart aflutter.  It’s so rare that hotels market to solo travelers. I suddenly feel special, how about you?  I especially like the It’s Time to Fly Solo Package at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, […]

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20 under $20 in Burlington, VT

March 17, 2009

With everyone watching their pennies pretty closely these days, it’s nice to know there are still some things in life that are inexpensive or even free.  (‘Cause it’s no fun sitting home alone on your couch!)  Whether you are already lucky enough to live here in the Queen City, or are just visiting, here is […]

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Solo Cruise Deals

February 25, 2009

I’m a big believer in not reinventing the wheel, so without further ado:  Here is a list of cruises currently waiving their  singles supplements, courtesy of SmarterTravel.com. Deals for Solo Travelers 8/1/11 NOTE: Am closing comments on this post, as it is now 2 years old and no longer relevant.

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Frugal vs. Cheap

February 11, 2009

Ernesto Machado has written a really thought-provoking blog post at Brave New Traveler called When Does Budget Travel Become Exploitation?  The post makes some generalizations and assumptions about people traveling on the cheap, but it certainly does raise a lot of points about budget travelers who go overboard on the cheapness.  Even better than the […]

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Phone numbers to have on hand

December 22, 2008

Anyone who flies knows there is always the possibility of a canceled flight that can leave you stranded in a strange city, and/or keep you from getting where you need to go, when you need to be there.  This is the kind of situation that causes people who are normally unflappable to have a complete […]

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Essential Travel Items

November 25, 2008

Every seasoned traveler has that small but indispensable list of items they pack for every trip, no matter their destination.  (Other than the obvious clothes, toiletries, IDs, cash, credit cards, etc.)  For instance, I wear glasses.  If they were to break, I’d be in big trouble, because I can’t see a thing without them. So […]

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AAA Virtual Travel Show

November 13, 2008

Last night, I participated in AAA Travel’s “Biggest and Best Virtual Travel Show” at their website, where they were featuring vacation deals for the coming months from a number of travel partners.  I was really looking forward to this show, because I love AAA and their services, and I thought it sounded like a really […]

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