Freedom. Independent. Liberating. Alive. These are a just a few of the words solo travelers use to describe what it feels like to travel on their own. When you do, your adventure becomes your own: You don’t have to worry about accommodating another person’s schedule, interests, or needs. You can decide what you want to do when you want to do it. And traveling solo doesn’t just mean taking a trip on your own—perhaps you want to travel with your girlfriend, sister, or daughter. Whether you’re traveling independently for the first time, or you’re already a seasoned solo traveler, O.A.T. will take care of all of the details—making it affordable, easy, and more enjoyable for you to see the world on your own.
The O.A.T. Solo Travel Experience
Meet a solo traveler who shares her reasons for exploring the world with Overseas Adventure Travel.
You’ll Never Pay More
O.A.T. doesn’t believe our solo travelers should have to pay a premium to explore the world, so we offer FREE Single Supplements on all O.A.T. adventures and pre- and post-trip extensions and FREE or low-cost Single Supplements on our Small Ship Adventures. We offer solo space on all of our departures, however these spaces are limited. Don’t miss your chance to reserve before solo space runs out.
Solo Traveler Stories
Why Travel Solo With O.A.T.?
Local Trip Leaders
You’ll have a dedicated, expert Trip Leader by your side throughout your entire trip. He or she will guide you through the streets of your destination, provide suggestions on where to explore or eat, and translate the local dialect. Plus, you can depend on their resourcefulness and skills in group dynamics to help bring like-minded travelers together.
Comfort & Security
With 36 regional offices around the world, you can rest assured that your safety and security is our first priority. Our regional associates have helped plan every detail of your itinerary—so they know your adventure inside and out. Plus, they will be ready to help you and your group at a moment’s notice.
Travel Amongst Friends
Our small groups—10 to 16 travelers on O.A.T. adventures and no more than 25 on our Small Ship Adventures—are the ideal size for fostering camaraderie with your fellow travelers. Two out of five O.A.T. travelers explore independently—and 85% of our solo travelers are women—so you are sure to forge special bonds as you experience unforgettable moments together.
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2016 “Best List”
“This was my third trip with O.A.T.—always as a solo traveler. The small group ensures you don't get lost in the crowd and I've met many wonderful people.”
8-time solo traveler
The Villages, FL
“I booked this trip with my roommate from the first trip that O.A.T. had matched me with. We got along so well we decided to travel together some more!”
4-time solo traveler
Frequently Asked Questions
You’ll be in the hands of our dedicated, local Trip Leaders, who strive to make all of our travelers—but particularly our solo travelers—feel welcome, comfortable, and included. Whether you need help ordering a meal at a local restaurant or wish to pursue special interests, your Trip Leader will be happy to assist you.
Each O.A.T. itinerary is different and includes a mix of included tours, activities, and free time. You have the freedom to make your trip your own—whether that means participating in all activities and optional tours with your fellow travelers, or spending time exploring a destination independently. Your Trip Leader will be available to offer suggestions based on your interests, as well as provide recommendations on restaurants, museums, local shops, and more.
Whether you purchase airfare through O.A.T. or arrange your own flight and our airport transfer, you will be met upon arrival at the airport by your Trip Leader or an O.A.T. representative who will help transport you to the hotel. For included meals, the group will dine together. You can choose to spend as much or as little time as you want with the group. Our solo travelers share that they always feel included in the small group and have made lifelong friends on their adventures with us.
Yes. When you take advantage of our FREE Roommate Matching Program, we’ll help you find a same-gender roommate. And if we’re unable to find a match, your Single Supplement is FREE.
Most Popular Solo Travel Destinations
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Recharging My Batteries in India
Kathleen Brose, 6-time traveler, Seattle, Washington
I lead a pretty busy life: As the mother of an adult child with high-functioning autism, and sharing the responsibility of caring for my mom with my sister, most of my time is devoted to others. I love my family, but sometimes the task of caring for them can drain my body and my mind. Because our business doesn’t allow for my husband and I to take many trips together, he encouraged me to take some time away for myself and travel somewhere I’d always wanted to go to recharge my batteries. I wanted adventure and to get lost in another culture—and I knew India would provide me with both. I also wanted to explore a destination that would give me an attitude adjustment: to remind me to be grateful for what I have, and not what I wish I had.
Since I normally travel with my family, I didn’t realize that this adventure gave me the opportunity to be completely selfish—something I don’t normally get to be when I’m at home. I almost forgot what it felt like to not have to worry about anyone but myself.
Did India help me to recharge my batteries and remind me to cherish what I have? Absolutely. I came home with a fresher mind: I wasn’t on edge and didn’t get upset about the little things.
Today, when I find myself trudging through the mundane tasks of everyday life, and I begin to feel drained, I remember strolling down that Varanasi street sipping chai tea … and I remember how lucky I am that I was able to experience such amazing memories, and to cherish the wonderful blessings I already have.
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Discovery and Friendship in Morocco
by Patricia Calzia, 20-time traveler, Brighton, Colorado
People were surprised to hear that I was traveling solo to Morocco. They’d ask me who was going with me—who’d be looking out for me. I told them I’d be with 15 friends; I just hadn’t met them yet. On O.A.T. trips, the rest of the group is so welcoming that it never feels like you’re alone. Married couples don’t act like they’re joined at the hip. They bring others into their circle, and we become a community for a little while. It’s always possible to find someone else who wants to do what you want to do, even during your free time.
What made Morocco so good was the combination of a fantastic itinerary and Aziz Kebiri, our Trip Leader. He was a natural-born storyteller. That’s how he taught us about his country—through stories. Every single day, there was something interesting to learn, something that made us rethink what we thought we knew. Aziz had told us that Morocco wasn’t like other Muslim countries, and it was just like he said. It was everything I expected, and nothing like I’d anticipated.
I bought a piece of alabaster from one of the local craftsmen; I like to bring home things that are iconic to the regions where I travel. Aziz was able to do the translating for me, and I could tell that this little old man I was buying the piece from was so pleased to be making the sale. I could hear it in his voice, and see it in the careful way he wrapped the item for me. He wasn’t just excited for the money—he was thrilled to see something that he’d made, something representing his country, going to America, where other people would see it and admire the craftsmanship.
Camping for two nights in the Sahara Desert was something I’ll never forget. It was absolutely amazing to go out at night and look at the stars in that vast blackness. You’d hear voices, because people would sit in the chairs in front of their tents and chat. You’re with like-minded people, and, in that safe setting, it gives you the freedom to do what you want to do. In the Sahara, you could just sit on your own and be quiet, or you could join others, talking and pointing out the constellations together. It was just spectacular.
I’m already planning future travel. I’m going to the Galápagos later this year with three ladies I met in Morocco. We didn’t know each other beforehand, but we became close during the trip. That’s how it is with these groups. Not only do you have your Trip Leader, but you suddenly have 15 new friends looking out for you, too.
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Sisters Sharing Life Experiences— and Friendship—in Iceland
by Nancy Clarke, 2-time traveler, Verona, New Jersey
I’ve always wanted to travel to Iceland. I know several people from the country, and have friends who have visited, so I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things. I was intrigued by the welcoming people, unique geography, and small population—plus, I thought it would just be a fun place to go.
I asked my sister, Isabel Stevens, if she’d like to come with me. We’ve traveled together before—sometimes with her husband, and sometimes with other family members (including a family “reunion” of sorts on our first O.A.T. trip), but we decided to do this trip on our own. We get along really well, and share similar interests, which makes our travels together very rewarding. For example, Isabel is interested in historical manuscripts. During our visit to Reykjavik, she was able to explore some of the wonderful manuscripts on display, and although it’s not something I go out of my way to find, I found the history interesting as well. And I was able to share my love of horses when we visited the horse farm on the way to Akureyi, an included part of the trip.
I had so many “first” experiences in Iceland. I’d never been whale-watching, but the included tour during our trip to Husavik was one of the reasons I was interested in this particular adventure. It was amazing to see a whale riding alongside our boat for about an hour. Our Trip Leader explained that it was a minke whale, known for its friendliness. As we all enjoyed the view, the whale rolled onto its back and showed us its stomach! Definitely something special.
And I enjoy horseback riding, so one morning, while the rest of the group visited the Blue Lagoon, my Trip Leader arranged for me to visit a stable, where I was able to ride and experience the “tolt,” a special gait unique to Icelandic horses.
And although I’m not a big hiker, I did plenty of hiking in Iceland. During our visit to Stykkisholmur, we went to Helgafell, a sacred hill about 250 feet high. Legend has it that if you’re able to climb to the top of the mountain in silence, and make a wish when you reach the top, your wish will be granted. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I was able to make it to the top without making a sound!
This trip to Iceland was beyond my expectations. Our fellow group members were so interesting and different. That’s another thing I love about travel: You meet so many different people. Everyone brings their own life experiences, and with these experiences comes knowledge. Some people love farming, or geology, or birds. And we’re able to share these interests to learn from one another. There was even another pair of sisters traveling in our group of 15!
And in the same way, that’s what makes these trips with my sister so special. We don’t live near one another, so these travels let us talk about our lives and what’s happened since we were last together. We’re able to share being sisters and friends, and the experiences we encounter on the trip. And that’s what’s mos important.
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Pura Vida: Two Minnesota Gals Step Out of Their Comfort Zones
Lisa McKinley, 2-time traveler, Minneapolis, Minnesota
My sisters and I began traveling with my mom, Dottie, 14 years ago. And although we all enjoy traveling together, my mom and I have discovered that we are interested in exploring the destinations that are a little more exotic … places that take us out of our comfort zones, where we don’t necessarily know the language.
My mom and I live on a farm in Minnesota and that keeps us pretty busy. Every once in a while, we want to step away and enjoy a place different than what we see every day. Since I’m interested in anthropology (and so is my mom), we decided we wanted to see Egypt on our first adventure together. But we also knew that if we wanted to see everything on our list, we needed to go with a tour group—which is where O.A.T. came in.
After that initial trip to Egypt, we knew we wanted to explore again. My mom always wanted to visit Costa Rica because of the wonderful stories she’d heard in the past. But for me, the decision to travel to Costa Rica came on a cold day in January. Mom and I received a catalog with a brightly colored tree frog on the cover announcing O.A.T.’s Real Affordable Costa Rica trip. And with that, we knew where we’d go next.
We went places during this trip that two shy Minnesota girls would never have visited on their own. I felt protected and cherished from the moment mom and I exited customs in Costa Rica and were escorted through the throngs of people at the airport by our wonderful driver, Victor. It was the perfect start to a magical journey that would keep us busy every day.
When I think about our trip together, my favorite memory may seem a little silly. I have this personal life goal to ride as many four-legged creatures as I can. I’ve already been on an elephant at a fair in Minnesota, a horse in Iceland, and a camel in Egypt. And during our adventure to Costa Rica, I was able to add one more to my list. During an impromptu discovery stop at a sugar cane plantation, our group witnessed two men leading a group of steers that were crushing sugar cane. I must have been incredibly engrossed in the moment, because one of the men approached me and encouraged me to get on the steer … and I did!
But our favorite memory from our trip provided my mom and I with another "first." During our stop at Manuel Antonio National Park, we were able to swim in the Pacific Ocean—our first time ever swimming in an ocean. My mom and I tried to body-surf as best as Minnesotans can, but wound up with more sand in our suits than anything else. Mom got caught in the surf and rolled in about three inches of water and laughed longer and harder than I’ve heard her laugh in years. It’s an experience the two of us will never forget.
Although my mom and I live on the farm together, we are busy all the time. Our experiences traveling together give us these special moments to get away and truly enjoy our time together. These new experiences—like Costa Rica—allow us to reconnect in a way that simply isn’t possible back at home in Minnesota. I can’t wait for our next mother/daughter adventure.
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