Single seniors travel – taking a coach tour
On of the options as an over 50s single traveller is taking a tour. You can take a traditional coach tour or one of the more popular small group tours.
Small group tours like those offered by Intrepid tours are especially popular with solo travellers and the benefits are terrific. Over 50% of their travellers travel solo. You are more likely to be on tour with a small group of like-minded people. Many of these tours are a destination or special interest so you do get more singles than the larger coach tours.
Single seniors travel has become so popular that many companies are now catering exclusively to the senior single. As well as specialist companies, many well known and trusted touring brands are also offering tours catering specifically to single senior travellers.
As with independent travel, there are positives and negatives to travelling as a group.
Pros of travelling solo on a coach tour:
- Many tour companies offer a service what they have traditionally called ‘share with a stranger’. They can pair you up with another senior single (same-sex) for your accommodation, avoiding the dreaded single supplement. However, be ready to be quite a flexible traveller. Because in the end, you will be sharing a room with someone you have never met before. There are pros and cons to this service and we have stated them here in this article that is all about sharing with a stranger on a tour
- You are not alone at the dinner table. When you are on a coach tour, you have instant dinner buddies. So you don’t have to worry about eating alone at a restaurant. Some of our readers do get a little self-conscious when eating out alone
- Everyone is in the same boat as you – they don’t know anyone else either unless they travel with friends or as a couple
- You will meet other people who share your travel interests and have the opportunity to make new friends
Cons of travelling solo on a coach tour:
- You may be restricted with flexibility, with many tours offering little room for tailor-made options. However, this is changing as travellers are looking for more independence in a tour. Look for tour companies that offer a balance of free time and booked itinerary
- If you opt to share with another person – they may not your ideal roommate. If you are not flexible, open-minded or open to accept the foibles of others, sharing with a stranger is not for you.
There are plenty of single senior travel options available these days because there are far more women travelling solo. Women of all ages. Take a look through the tour operators that we recommend who cater particularly well to the single senior traveller. Click here for the list.
And do let us know if you find one.
Bronwyn White is a travel and tourism industry professional with more than 30 years of experience. Her special interest is helping retirees, semi-retired baby boomers enjoy the dream of travel. She loves to help them plan and get the most out of this time.