As a solo traveller, it can be hard to know where to start with planning a trip. You can research, read blog posts, search for deals but what you really want is a bit of personal advice from someone who has been there. This feeling inspired me to seek out the help of my fellow travel bloggers to find out their favourite travel companies. I originally was only going to write about one or two, but I managed to find a few bloggers who wanted to help, and now there’s a few more. I would love to update this post in a years time with double, or even triple the amount of recommendations, but for now here are some ideas to get you started if you’re looking at planning a solo trip.
Claudia for Topdeck Travel
As a solo traveller, I’ve definitely booked a few tour-led trips, they’re an ideal way to travel solo if you’re worried about being “alone”. Topdeck is by far my favourite company of the lot, and I’ve been on a couple of trips with them now. I was seriously unwell during one trip with them, and the tour leader made sure I got the right care as quickly as possible. She also put so much effort into researching facts and the history about the countries we visited. Both trips I’ve booked with Topdeck have had great itineraries, hitting all the top spots and stops, and they are constantly adding new trips and new itineraries too! They’re pretty cost effective and most meals are included. A great company to opt for if you want to travel with more laid-back and friendly travellers (nobody was getting super drrankkk and vomiting on anybody!)
Ellie for Travel Talk Tours
I’ve been on 2 Travel Talk Tour’s and rate them highly. They offer tours at lower prices than a lot of their competitors and often hold evenings in London where they offer £10.00 deposit options on tours and big discounts off the tours. They tend to attract Aussie’s and Kiwi’s who live in London but are also popular with Brits, Canadians and Americans, generally all who live in the UK. I’ve had 2 really fun groups and would travel with them again!
Jess for The Wind Collective
Our week was split between Bogota and Cartagena. Bogota was a cool experience with good food, fun nights out and many chances to take in its beauty everywhere we turned. My two highlights were the view from Monserrate which we witnessed at sunset (the best time to go up there) and spending time in the beautiful Candelaria area which was great vibes. We left Colombia with new connections, great memories and the most stunning pictures to remember it all by thanks to the creativity of the team. I don’t know how they did it, but they managed to bring together a great mix of fun and vibes in the group which made this one of my best group trips so far. But don’t just take my word for it… go on a trip for yourself to experience a group trip like no other!
Georgie for Contiki
Contiki is my favourite tour company by far. They make such an effort to connect solo travellers from the get go – literally from the moment you step onto the coach. Their tours are perfect for solo travellers because they think of everything. There are plenty of group activities where you almost have to bond with others (in a good way, of course!) but there’s also a chance to spend some time exploring on your own, if you like. For context, I still regularly talk to people that I met on a Contiki trip three years ago!
Ellen for KE adventures
KE Adventure Travel are great for groups and solo travellers alike who want to explore the world through hiking. I’ve been on two trips with them: GR20 in Corsica and Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn in Switzerland, with a third trip booked for July this year. Not only do they make trip planning super easy as everything is included from accommodation to meals (including the all important snacks!!), but they look after you incredibly well with a highly experienced guide and a good standard of accommodation… even if that means an extra half an hour of hiking to get to a slightly better mountain hut!
Pip Jones for Euroventure
Euroventure are perfect for solo or first-time travellers due to the incredible level of customer support. Whether you are flying solo or going on one of their group tours around Europe the team are on hand with detailed info packs, tickets taken care of, hostels booked and easy to follow itineraries. They take care of everything in order for you to have a fantastic time on your travels.
Me for G Adventures
I loved my G Adventures tour as I felt so safe travelling through Cambodia and into Vietnam with them. I would have hated to do those border crossings alone and being part of a group was so much fun. It can be frustrating when you want to spend longer in one place but that’s why I think it is so important to book the right trip for you and really research how long you have in each place. Everyone travels differently but I love that as a solo traveller you can meet so many other people in a similar situation and make friends who you travel even further with. G Adventures was great as it had a good mixture with a lot of solo travellers in their mid 20’s instead of a lot of 18 year olds!
Thanks to all the bloggers who sent me their recommendations, I love hearing everyones favourite tour companies!
I post once a week covering topics such as solo travel, working and living abroad and also creating Gabriella’s Guides to places I have been. I cover topics under the following categories such as Planning and Packing, The Travel Diary, Travel Inspiration, Photo Diaries, Gabriella’s Guides and Working Abroad.