Category: Solo travel, plans for traveling alone

Where would you go on solo holiday?

A while back Sharon wrote a travel plan for visiting Anguilla alone. Rereading that plan got me thinking and now I’ve been thinking about solo travel for the past few days. Mainly because I am jealous. I’ll be home with the dogs while my wife visits family in Korea about a month from now. She takes lots of vacations from me (admittedly she deserves them for putting up with me). She took that trip to Hawaii, she has been to Beijing, she has been to Hong Kong (that one is even since I went to Hong Kong without her).

My wife is usually meeting friends or family. I also want to meet some old friends that I don’t see often. But when it’s my turn to take a trip without wifey, I think I might do something by myself. Visiting friends and family is good too, but so is alone time and meeting new people. There are certainly places for it in Europe. They have tour operators specializing in singles holidays for solo travelers where they give you more structure or more free time depending on what you want. Some people take these holidays year after year, and each time they meet some new people an see some familiar faces from previous trips.

It may be a result of too much studying, but I might try to start off by writing objectives for a solo vacation. Then I would plan activities that align with those objectives. Just like I would while writing training materials to make sure trainees achieve their goals. Although I certainly realize it may be a little sad that I am trying to plan a vacation based on the instructional design process I am studying in school.

I will meet new people.
I will meet a friend I haven’t seen in a while.
I will move and shake and exercise and be active.
I will see something new and beautiful.
I will spend some time alone.

I think my solo vacation will be a European one. I have a friend who promised to take me swimming in the Danube in Vienna. She would probably introduce me to some locals. That takes care of objective 1 and objective 2. And the swimming helps with objective 3. Plus I have never been to Vienna so there is objective 4. After a few days in Vienna, Rothenburg is next.

Rothenburg is a walled medieval city. All the stone buildings here should also be beautiful and I’ve never been to Rothenburg. I like medieval towns and I think I could walk around for a few days and relax while taking in the sights. This would achieve the fifth objective, spending some time alone. I probably have to avoid certain times because Rothenburg is a tourist destination. I have nothing against tourists, but I don’t like crowds.

Riding a bike around Anguilla sounds good too, but I don’t know anyone there and it would be fun to meet at least one old friend and one new friend during a solo holiday. Where would you go on a solo holiday? Would you try to meet new people, old friends, or be by yourself? Would you see something new or see something again? How much physical activity would you aim for?

Larping tomorrow in Tampa

Long time readers might know of my peculiar LARPing habit. Living in Korea, I missed Live Action RolePlaying, though I did get to hit a few LARP events over the years when I was back home to visit.

Anyhow, now that I’m back in America, there are LARPs around. So tomorrow I visit Tampa to LARP in Florida for the first time. If you live in Florida and like Larping, this should definitely be on your list of things to do in Tampa. I won’t be doing the usual (although the usual in Tampa can be really good, like Big Cat Rescue). I’ll be doing something like this:

Travel Plan Idea – Going Solo to Anguilla

Hurricane season is winding out and winter is just around the corner in many parts of the world. Why not head down to the Caribbean for a fun-filled vacation in beautiful Anguilla, a favorite vacation spot for celebrities and anyone who loves the sun, sand, and sea. Expect daily temperatures between 78-82 with an occasional early morning shower.

Day 1 – Leaving San Juan, Puerto Rico at 1:25pm on Cape Air, a small aircraft, but perfect for the short flight of one hour, 20 minutes nonstop. Average ticket price – $159 and up. (Ticket prices vary widely and are subject to change, but packages are always available.) Take a waiting taxi at the airport to the Arawak Beach Inn in the East End for real Caribbean atmosphere and check into the ocean front room overlooking the island from the balcony. For the solo traveler, there’s an appropriately named package, Me, Myself, and I. For $539, four days, three nights, you’ll get a full breakfast and two free dinners. Also included is your choice of a 2-day car rental, or a private boat excursion and picnic lunch to Scrub Island, where the beach is yours for as long as you like.
(Note: Other rates are $99/per night thru 21 Dec.)

Tonight’s activities – Have dinner at the Inn’s Café where the menu includes everything from burgers and pizza to full course meals of fresh seafood, baby back ribs, and two side orders. Avg price – $18. You’ll probably want to listen to the reggae music you’ll hear at the Inn or in most other places on the Island. Visit the Arawak Boutique and find some cool things to wear, suntan lotion, and other gifts and items typical of the Caribbean.

Day 2 – Out and About

After breakfast, time to explore Anguilla and the best way to do so if you’re traveling solo is to rent a bike or scooter, as rental cars are much more expensive. Bikes rent for $10/day and scooters for $27/day (weekly rates available). The terrain is mountainous in some areas, but there are loads of bike trails and the island is only 16 miles long, 3 miles wide. Of course, you can pay about $40 for a 2-hour guided tour by taxi, but seeing the island with no set itinerary sounds like much more fun.

On the way check out the views from Crocus Hill at 213′ above sea level, stop in the Old Valley part of town to see some lovely old buildings such as Warden’s Place, Rose Cottage, and the Wallblake House, the only plantation house that remains, and Ebenezer’s Methodist Church. Call ahead to arrange a visit at the Heritage Collection Museum, located across from East End Pond, where Colville Petty the curator will impress you with his vast collection of artifacts, books, and photographs, as well as his remarkable knowledge of Anguilla history.
Hours: 10am-5pm, Mon-Sat. Admission: $5

After spending most of the day exploring the island, a good choice for an early meal is the Palm Grove/Nat’s restaurant for lobster, crayfish, or chicken. Nat’s hot sauce is delicious – consider having a rum punch with your meal. Relax in the casual atmosphere and cool sea breezes from Savannah Bay.
Hours: 11am-4pm, 7 days a week. Reasonable prices.

Return to the Arawak Inn, have a cold drink in the bar, and off to bed.

Day 3 – The beaches are waiting, all 33 of them, but take advantage of the private boat excursion offered by the Arawak. Had enough of the tropical sun, then head back to the Inn and Island Harbor, a small, quaint fishing village where travelers like to relax at the Pelican Bar. Picnic tables and umbrellas are set up in the sand in front of the rustic bar where you can order tropical drinks and food. Patrick the owner and Brian are happy to prepare anything posted on their chalkboard from fresh fish to burgers, chicken, and ribs from the BBQ -.Try the Johnny cake, a fried cornmeal type biscuit well known in the South and the Caribbean. For the best in local cuisine and casual, friendly atmosphere, the Pelican Bar is a perfect choice.
Hours: Daily except Thursday, 10:30am to closing. Prices: $6-$10 main orders, beer $2, cocktails $5.

Day 4 – Day Tripping

After breakfast, catch the ferry from Blowing Point Cove to nearby St Maartin, a 20-minute ride for $15 and a $5 departure tax. No reservations needed; bring your passport. Ferries leave every 45 minutes, 7am-7pm, no vehicles permitted. Do some shopping at this duty free port, popular with travelers worldwide. You’ll find great buys in diamond jewelry and guavaberry liqueur to music, furniture, leather goods, and handicrafts. Recommended shops include Boolchand’s, Caribbean Gems, and Plantation Furniture and Antiques.

Return in the afternoon in time to splurge on fine dining at the upscale 5-star Da’ Vida on Crocus Bay, where the atmosphere, the food, and the service are delightful. Owned and managed by David and Vida, his sister, the restaurant is a huge place covering 17,000 sq ft on the family owned land and beach. With live music, luxurious interior, and valet parking, this is no doubt one of Anguilla’s finest. Relax in the bar/lounge before dinner, which is perfectly prepared and served by courteous, friendly waiters.
From appetizers to entrees of seafood, veal, lamb, and beef, the food is outstanding. Dinner hours – 6pm-9:30pm. For a less expensive meal, you can order tapas in the bar/lounge from 4pm-9pm. If you prefer some activity before eating, you can rent a kayak here and paddle to Little Bay nearby. Gift shop onsite.
Dinner Prices: Expensive, but worth it. Avg entrees from $30-$45.

Day 5 – Last day – What did you miss?

A swim encounter with the dolphins might be fun, but $84 seems pricey for only 15 minutes. If you visit in November, the Tranquility Jazz and Golf Festival is a popular event. Daily all day & evening, usually three days, but couldn’t find exact schedule for 2012. Golf: $150/round. Concerts at the Cuisinart Resort: $50
Bring your camera and wander down to the beaches and coves for some incredible views. Spend a few hours in a local café, listen to the island music, and just people watch. Do whatever you like for the vacation is ending all too quickly.

Day 6 – Saying goodbye to friends on Anguilla; leaving for San Juan at 3:05pm on Cape Air, arriving 4:25pm.

Sharon L Slayton

Traveling Alone – Travel Plan Idea to Dublin, Ireland

Day 1 – Arrive at Dublin airport and take the bus from Terminal 1 to the updated Generator Hostel, opened in 2011 and awarded a Certificate of Excellence in 2012 by Trip Advisor. Buses and trams are also available from the ferry port and the two main train stations, Heuston and Connolly. Bus – $7.70, Taxi – $25.

Check in before 2pm to a private room comfortably equipped with your own bathroom, clothes locker, and fresh bed linen and towels. Spend time in the afternoon familiarizing yourself with the Hostel’s facilities, including a laundry, 24-hour wi-fi access, a casual lounge open 24 hours to hang out with friends, and a travel shop stocking all the travel essentials you forgot and souvenirs. The Generator bar is where all the action is. You might want to have a pint of Guinness and go back later this evening for more party time entertainment. It is a lively action filled place to socialize and enjoy some of the many fun-filled events such as nightly pool competitions with a small $2.50 entry fee, DJ music, or a big screen sporting event. Hours: from 3pm, Mon-Fri, 12Noon, Sat & Sun.
Private Room Rate: $77

First evening in Dublin – Centrally located in Smithfield Square, the Generator is near several popular restaurants. Across from your hostel is the Bel Cibo Italian restaurant offering delicious pizzas, antipasto, calamari, pastas, steak, burgers, and desserts. Quality food, entrees from $12 to $19.
Hours: Mon-Thu, 10am-10pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-10.30pm, Sun, 11am-10pm.
Head on back to the Generator after dinner to relax or maybe check out what’s happening in the bar.

Day 2 – Sightseeing (Bus and tram service is readily available for visiting sites beyond walking distance from the Generator.)

After a quick breakfast at the Hostel, be sure and pick up the Generator Voucher book which offers discounts and vouchers to many of the main attractions in Dublin.
Your first stop near the Generator might be the Old Jameson Distillery where you’ll learn how this famous Irish whiskey is carefully produced from malting and mashing to fermenting and distilling. Although born in Scotland in 1740, John Jameson is legendary in Ireland for creating the finest triple distilled Irish whiskey in the land. Enjoy a guided tour through the distillery, have a Jameson Irish whiskey at JJ’s bar, and stay for lunch at the Third Still restaurant. Choose from the a-la-carte menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches – $6-$9. Main courses include seafood platters, lamb kebabs, and Irish chili beef – $15. Hours: 9am-4pm.
Distillery Open 9am-6pm. Tour prices: Adults – $16. Tours can be reserved online
Gift shop onsite.

Tonight you might want to visit the Cobblestone pub, one of Ireland’s finest, with a rustic Irish atmosphere, a wide selection of beers, and free traditional music sessions in the front bar. Special musician gigs in the back bar feature bluegrass, country, pop, and folk. Cobblestone Hours: Mon-Thu, 10am-11:30pm, Fri & Sat, 10am-12:30pm, Sun, 10am-11pm.

Day 3 – A full day – so much more to see

Dublin Castle on the south side of the River Liffey is an interesting attraction on the way to the Christchurch Cathedral. Established in 1204, visitors can explore the conference center, the Garda and the Revenue Museums, the Chester Beatty Library of manuscripts and art, and the Chapel Royal on the grounds – free admission. Gift shop and cafes onsite. Guided tours: $6.
Chapel Royal – Mon-Sat, 10am-4:45. Sun, 12Noon-4:45.
Garda Museum – in the Castle tower, last one remaining from medieval times in Dublin. Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. Open 2nd and 4th weekends each month.
Revenue Museum – in the Crypt of the Chapel, collection of taxes, smuggling operations, and stamp duties.

While you’re in the area, have lunch at the highly-rated Queen of Tarts across from the Castle. This quaint, cozy establishment features a delightful menu of tasty sandwiches, tarts, scones, salads, and desserts. Prices: From $8 to $10, desserts $5.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-6pm.

After lunch, take a stroll down Nassau to Kildare Street, explore the National Museum, and continue your journey to St Stephen’s Green. This beautiful city park, made famous in James Joyce’s Ulysses, reflects Ireland’s past through statues and displays of flowers. Tour guide – Jun-Aug, $7.

No doubt you’ve worked up an appetite and Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street is a popular place, with four floors, beautiful stained glass windows, and exotic Oriental and Egyptian decor. Over one million customers come here each year including the renowned James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Sinead O’Connor, and numerous other literary and artistic visitors. Bewley’s can accommodate 400 people, the largest in capacity and space in Ireland. The menu has a wide selection of appetizers, salads, pizzas, pastas, salmon, desserts, and excellent specialty teas and espresso. Cocktails, beer, and wine also available.
Menu Prices: $11-$17. A special 3-course meal can be ordered every evening at 6pm, $19.
Hours: Mon-Wed, 8am-10pm, Thu-Sat, 8am-11pm, Sun, 4pm-10pm. Reservations.

(If you happen to go on the last Monday of the month, there’s free music beginning at 8pm by the Lazy Band in the Café Theatre upstairs.)

Day 4 – Bring the camera

Re-visit the Queen of Tarts for breakfast and go on to Phoenix Park, established in 1662, to see the fabulous residences of the Irish President, the U.S. Ambassador, and many others. You can get some great photos of the wildlife that live in the park, stop at the Visitor Center for an audio-visual presentation, and explore the exhibits. Have lunch in the outdoor courtyard of the Victorian Tea café.
Hours: 24/7, year round. Free admission.

One of the highlights of any trip to Dublin would be a visit to the Guinness Brewery/Storehouse. Explore all seven floors to learn the history of Guinness from its beginning at St James Gate to worldwide recognition. Begin your journey from the bottom of the Atrium, which forms the largest pint glass in the world, an awesome experience. Be sure and check out all the merchandise in the store while you’re here. On the 4th floor, learn how to pour the perfect pint, enjoy the specialty foods prepared with Guinness, and relax at the Gravity Bar at the top while enjoying the full panoramic view. This will undoubtedly be a great way to end the day and return to the Hostel for the evening.
Hours: 9:30am-5pm. Adults: $19.00. Tours available.

Day 5 – Shopping pleasures

This will be a leisurely day, shopping, and following no set schedule. Recommended are Cleo for Irish tweeds, Monaghan’s for cashmere, the Kilkenny shop, the Doll Store, and Past Times. There are, of course, several outdoor markets. Look through your Generator Voucher book for more ideas. There’s always the hop-on, hop-off bus, where you can see some of the things you missed, easy and convenient. The commentary is entertaining and great fun, with about 24 attractions along the way. Suggest the Green Bus route. 2-day ticket – $23.

Last night in Dublin – Join a few friends in the Generator Bar, then off to bed.

Day 6 – Saying goodbye to Dublin. Leaving on the ferry at 14:30, arriving Holyhead in the UK at 16:30 (Liverpool is about two hours away), $50 one-way.

Sharon L Slayton

See also:

Movie Tourism – County Cork, Ireland
Ireland true or false FAQ
Peter King on Ireland B&B

Travel Plan for the Solo Traveler to Cardiff, Wales

Traveling solo is popular with students, backpackers, and young adventurers on a limited budget who want to see the world as economically as possible. But, times have changed considerably, and traveling solo at any age is now widely accepted and much more common than ever before. People realize that there are many benefits to traveling single, as Mark Twain once wrote, they have a great deal more freedom to “Explore, Dream, Discover.”

Day 1 – London to Cardiff

Leave Paddington Station in London by train, which takes about two hours, probably the fastest and least expensive way to get there. You can catch the train about every half hour during the main part of the day. Buy your ticket in advance, about $52/rd trip – check the single ticket prices; it may be cheaper to buy two than one round trip. Arrive some time after 1400 to check into the famous NosDa (Good night in Welsh) Studio Hostel), known as the Backpacker Mark 2, the only 5-star hostel in Wales. Your private room with shared bathroom runs about $36/night, continental breakfast included. Kitchen facilities available. Enjoy a beer or cocktail in the café bar, relax with a DVD or check your e-mail in the Lounge, and save the exploring for tomorrow.

Day 2 – Explore & Discover

Begin your day with a 30-minute workout in the gym, breakfast, and set out to explore the city. The hostel is centrally located on the River Taff, near the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle, and only 20 minutes walk to Cardiff Bay. Your first stop might be the Castle, an elegant, romantic historic attraction deeply rooted in a 2000-year-old history. Each room is lavish with murals, stained glass, and expert craftsmanship. You can take a tour through the castle and Wartime Shelters. Tickets: $22 Hours: 9am-6pm.

An inexpensive place for lunch or mid-afternoon meal is the Vegetarian Food Studio, perfect for the single traveler with a good selection of Indian cuisine such as curry and rice for $10 or smaller entrees for $5-$8. Take out from the deli or have it delivered. Hours: Tues-Sun, 10:30am-10pm.

You’ll probably have time before supper to visit the Cardiff Story Museum in the Old Library Building near the City Center. Experience the art and history as Cardiff evolved from a 12th century market town to a major seaport in the 1900’s and a bustling city today. Enjoy free exhibits, interactive galleries, and demonstrations. Hours: 10am-5pm daily except Sun,11-4pm.

After a full day exploring the city, have dinner at Y Mochyn Du (the Black Pig), a Victorian style pub on Cathedral Road about 20 minutes from the city center. Good selection of Welsh dishes and ales, indoor and outdoor service. Prices: $5.50-$11. Hours: Mon, 12Noon-11:30pm, Tues-Thu, 12Noon-11pm, Fri-Sat, 12Noon-12:30am.

Day 3 – Cardiff Bay & Doctor Who

Start your day with breakfast at Servini’s in the Wyndham Arcade, a family run café serving inexpensive baguettes for $4, scones less than $1, or full breakfast for
$7. Great food at reasonable prices served all day. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm, Sat, 8-4:30pm.

For something different take the bus to Cardiff Bay and the Doctor Who experience, an interactive journey with exciting sound effects, lights, and costumes. Fly on the Tardis, do some role playing as a scarecrow, monster, or cyberman. Tickets: Adults – $24
Buses leave every 10 minutes from the city. Hours: 10am-3:30pm. 90-minute sessions.

Day 4 – Cycling & Socializing

You may have met some new friends at the hostel who are ready to go on a cycle tour. The 3½ Bute tour leaves from the Millennium Center at 1:30pm and covers some major historic attractions such as the Castle, Cardiff docks, and other monuments. Price: $24 p/p. Another cycling option is the 2-hour Bay Tour of popular city landmarks. Price: $16p/p. Or, you could rent a bike at the Coal Exchange and explore alone. Rates: $16 ½ day, morning or afternoon. $24 full day.

You’re probably ready for some fun and local entertainment at Gwdihw, located off Churchill Way, an excellent choice for the single traveler. Fully stocked back bar, teas and coffees with pies and paninis, games, and outdoor beer garden. Live entertainment varies from Latin to jazz and funk. Hours: 3pm-12Midnight, Mon-Wed; 12Noon-2am, Thurs & Fri; 4pm-12Midnight, Sat.

Day 5 – Last day in Cardiff

Out for a full day of shopping, stopping at the beautiful arcades featuring Welsh textiles, gifts, and souvenirs, at Spiller’s the oldest record shop in the world, on to Queen Street for designer shops, and time for afternoon lunch and relaxing at Mermaid Quay. On the way back to the NosDa, go to Café Citta for pizza. Prices: $9.

Go by the train station, check on the schedule, and purchase your ticket to the next town you want to visit. Have a quick nightcap in the hostel bar and early to bed.

Day 6 – Leaving Cardiff

Check out and catch the train for your next adventure.

Sharon L Slayton

Top destinations for solo travel?

This article says it’s

1. New York City, USA

2. Santiago, Chile

3. San Francisco, USA

4. Rome, Italy

5. New Zealand (adventure travel trips originating from Queenstown)

6. Paris, France

7. Tulum, Mexico

8. Reykjavik, Iceland

9. Bhutan (the whole country I guess)

10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I’ve only been to 1, 4, 6, and 10, but none of those struck me as the kind of place that would be especially good to visit alone. Well, maybe New York because of my friends and family there but I’m not sure what it is about New York City that makes it good for solo travel.

Just arrived in New York & some questions / comments on female solo travel

It was a long flight but not a bad one. I was flying alone for the first time in a while. Don’t tell my wife, but without her (or anyone else) leaning on me and stealing my pillows and blankets I think the flight was easier alone.

I feel myself getting tired and will be heading to bed soon – I just hope I don’t wake up in a few hours wide awake – that’s been my problem after other long-haul flights.

But before bed, I’d like to write something here so that I don’t wake up to update the blog in a few hours…

This is an interesting discussion on women traveling alone. It started off talking about Croatia but if you read the comments, around #5 I think someone opens up the discussion and says a woman traveling alone can go anywhere she wants. The commenter says she traveled around the Middle East by herself.

Another interesting theme in the comments is that men can not answer the question “Is a certain country safe for women?”

I’m a man but I think I could give pretty good advice on how a woman traveling solo in South Korea can stay safe. Would a woman be better off getting advice from a woman who visited Korea once, or a travel blogger like me who has lived in Korea since 2001?

Obviously, I think men, at least some men, can answer the question. However in my example above I suppose your best bet would be to get as much reliable information as you can. So while a woman shouldn’t disregard my advice just because I’m male, she would also be wise to seek out other travel experiences, especially from women who have traveled around Korea alone.

If you care to comment on any of these themes, feel free. Can women travel safely anywhere in the world? Are there certain places you would recommend to solo female travelers? Is a man’s advice worth anything when it comes to solo female safety questions?

Vacation deals for singles

This article recommends going for a single room instead of sharing one with a stranger to avoid single supplements. They also have some travel deals for solo travelers including a cruise, a tour of France, ski resorts, Cuba, etc.

Solo travel planning keys & learning on vacation

This article on solo vacations says that the keys are stretching your comfort zone slightly, arranging to have some company, and learning something:

I find it tricky booking a solo vacation. It is about defining your comfort zone — and perhaps stepping out of it. It is about being independent but, at times, having company. One thing that works for me is to book a trip with a focus — learn a language, have a soft adventure, brush up on your yoga or cook and eat in Italy.

I’ve talked about the importance of learning something on vacation before. I’m still trying to talk my wife into a Thai massage course in Thailand, or an Italian course in Italy (would love to return to Rome, see Milan for the first time, or maybe head back to Perugia for someplace different and nostalgic), or a Spanish course in Spain (never been to Barcelona) or possibly another Spanish speaking country.

Along the same lines, this article talks about a vacation experience where people learn golf or other things:

…learning getaways are on the upswing with vacationers not content to just sit on the beach sipping mojitos….Besides golf school, I’ve participated in cooking classes, snowboarding lessons, sailing schools, white-water rafting and flyfishing instructions and an array of getaways in which learning a new skill became a highlight of the excursion.

At the end of that article they have a resources list that includes information on where to buy learning vacations including vocation vacations which I mentioned about a year ago.

Solo travel fees

This article told me something I didn’t know but that doesn’t surprise me: “This year, a quarter-million singles 42 and older will spend more than $28 billion on travel, according to an AARP survey.”

I often get requests for more articles on solo travel but it’s tough. They don’t seem to make the newspapers that often and when I travel I usually bring my wife (though she is threatening to send me to Amsterdam alone on my birthday this year since flights are getting more and more expensive – somehow, especially given Amsterdam’s reputation, I think she’ll end up coming).

Anyway, the result is that I don’t write about solo travel that often on here. But that has to change. There are too many solo travelers and I will be a solo traveler again since there are things I want to do that my wife has no interest in. Of course I might end up going with a friend like I did when I went to Taiwan and Hong Kong, but I might also end up traveling alone.

So this is the first entry in a new solo travel category. This article talks about some of the single supplements, some of the explanations (the hotel room costs what it costs if you’re alone or with someone), some of the frustrations (why is double occupancy an inviolable law?), and some solutions.

Solutions include companies that try to attract solo travelers. In some cases it sounds more like rewording the single supplement:

Club1, which arranges singles events in Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis and Richmond, Va., also puts together vacations for singles. The prices are per person. Period.

Guests who share can get a discount.

So solo travelers still pay more. This hotel in Crete sounds a bit better:

…the Mistral, a small, family-run hotel in Crete that has been hosting single travelers exclusively for 13 years. Prices are per person, single occupancy, in double rooms.

There are very few cruise options if you want to avoid the single supplement. The article mentions Tauck World Discovery and General Tours World Traveler as possibilities.

They also briefly mention sharing a room with a stranger but I think we need better alternatives…