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Tour group recommendations for single, 33 yo, female?

Suffern, New York
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Tour group recommendations for single, 33 yo, female?

Hello fellow travel lovers! I am a single, 33 year old, female looking to join a group tour with like minded individuals. Groups like Contiki, G Adventures, and Top Deck are aimed at 18 - 30-something year olds. I have been on a Contiki tour 4 years ago... most of my tour group were 18-early 20 somethings. Although I had a great time, I feel like traveling with people my own age would be even more enjoyable. I have been looking at tours through Gate 1 and Intrepid... has anyone used these tour groups? What was the mix of travelers like..age, marital status, etc. ? Are there any other tour groups I should look at? Looking forward to hearing about any recommendations you may have for me! Thanks!

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1. Re: Tour group recommendations for single, 33 yo, female?

Trip advisor doesn't have a forum for group, escorted or organised tour operators. You may find some historic posts by putting the company name in the search boxes and clicking "all forums".

As fellow travelers here in the solo forum are mostly independent travellers, you might not get many replies. You could always check out other social websites like Facebook, to see what current or past customers have written.

Your posting history shows that you've asked this question before in 2012, and received advice about the relative merits of independent travel as opposed to group tours. Do you now feel more confident to travel independently?

Edited: 02 May 2016, 14:26
Suffern, New York
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2. Re: Tour group recommendations for single, 33 yo, female?

Hi Kent, Thank you for your reply. I've asked a similar question to this in the past, but now I am looking for tour groups for a slightly older traveler like myself. I am having a hard time finding tour groups that cater to 30-somethings and up, rather than 18-30-somethings. Since I am having a hard time finding a tour group that suits me, I am exploring all my resources, like this TripAdvisor Forum. To answer your question, no I do not feel confident enough to travel independently, I am actually very shy and timid. Group travel with like-minded individuals would be ideal.

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3. Re: Tour group recommendations for single, 33 yo, female?

I don't know why you say G Adventures is for the under 30 range. You will find fellow travellers into their 70's participating. It all depends on your comfort and activity levels of choice. Intrepid, ROW, it all depends on what your tour style is and where you want to tour. If you want bottom line budget, then yes, your fellow traveller may be younger. I also see the costs for G have gone up quite a bit making a more age appropriate tour (particularly with the single supplement) to be rather pricey. This is often the reason that people move to independent travel.

I am not saying this is for everyone, but have you considered short trips close to home to see whether you might actually enjoy being your own best company while travelling? Sometimes it is fun to dip a toe into a different pool and see whether it is worth taking the full plunge.

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4. Re: Tour group recommendations for single, 33 yo, female?

My bad, I just checked the G Adventures website again. I don't know why I grouped them into the under 30 range. I must have been thinking of something else. In that case, G Adventures might be my answer, thanks for pointing out my mistake! :-) Have you ever been on a G Adventure tour? If so, what was your experience like?

I do know budget will be a determining factor of who ends up on the tour, so I always keep that in mind.

I have thought about independent travel several times - I don't think it is for me. I think it would be too lonely. I like sharing my experiences with other travelers. But since I am a very shy person, the group tours give me built-in traveling companions. Thank you for your suggestion though!

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5. Re: Tour group recommendations for single, 33 yo, female?

I have done a G Adventure for Peru (when it was GAP) and at a 'comfort level'. we had folks aged 30s, 50's (including me) and late 60's. My son did a similar trip at 'standard level' when mid - late 20's. I would still consider G Adventures and it is my usual recommendation for tours. I think, however, that Intrepid is quite similar but I think also less costly. It is going to be a little more international traveller mix than G, I would say. I would also review the Bargain Travel forum for reviews and suggestions.

I understand the built in camaraderie of a tour, but know that independent travel isn't all or nothing. There are day tours or multi day tours locally designed and organized that can fill that social gap. Also, some enjoy the socialness of a hostel which can also provide day companions if you share similar interests. I don't know if you have read them, but there are tips and tricks on the right of this screen (need something more than a smart phone to see them) to consider if you ever what to try a short foray out of the tour travel. Though solo travel isn't for everyone.

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