Tours and single supplements

by Gray Cargill on November 1, 2008

New York City

New York City

Tours are such a double-edged sword.  I find them to be more expensive than going on my own, and a little too structured for me.  I prefer the flexibility of choosing what I want to see and experience when I travel and how long I want to enjoy each thing.  On the other hand, if you don’t have time or inclination to thoroughly research an area prior to going there or to make your travel arrangements yourself, and/or you prefer the safety and sociability of a group, they’re perfect….except for the dreaded single supplement.  If you’re going solo, you will either be forced to share a room with a stranger, or pay a higher rate than everyone else.

Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg wrote an article in this week’s Budget Travel on how to avoid the single supplement.  There are good some good ideas here you should be aware of.   Some of the advice even works for people like me who aren’t booking tours, but are looking for ways to save money on travel in general–tips such as booking very early or very late works for airfares and sometimes hotel rooms, and tips such as traveling in the off-season is something I learned very early on can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, depending on your destination, length of stay, and accommodations.  Now if only we could abolish single supplements altogether and not have to worry about finding ways to avoid them….

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