Destination Spotlight: Dublin

Ireland is one of the most beautiful and historic countries in the world. Its long and storied history dates to 10,500 B.C. – a date not quite fathomable to many. Because of its comparatively small size, it’s easy to see most of the country on one vacation. What’s more, because so many Irish immigrated to the United States, many Americans can trace their family history to Ireland.  These factors combined make Ireland – and its popular capital, Dublin – an eternally beloved tourist destination.

Every trip to Dublin should begin with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. (At least my trip began that way – and it was fabulous.) Here, you will learn all about the history and creation of “the black stuff” while touring the 1904 storehouse. Once your tour ends, head to top-level Gravity Bar for both a pint and panoramic views of Dublin.

The other great Irish libation is Jameson Irish Whiskey, of course. Within the gentrifying Smithfield area of Dublin, you can visit the Old Jameson Distillery. Take a tour or a masterclass in whiskey tasting, then head over to the nearby Cobblestone – my favorite bar in Dublin (or maybe all the world). Featuring live, traditional Irish music each night, the Cobblestone is the quintessential neighborhood Irish pub. You’ll also want to check out The Brazen Head, which dates to 1198. It’s officially Ireland’s oldest pub.

Other nightlight options can be found in the famous (infamous?) Temple Bar area. In addition to namesake Temple Bar pub, there are scores of other bars, restaurants, and shops in this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. For additional shopping and dining, check out the world-famous Grafton Street. Here, there is really something for everyone.

While eating, drinking, and shopping are certainly excellent pastimes while in Dublin, you’d be remiss not to explore some of its great history and culture as well. Standing on the grounds of an old Viking settlement is the ancient Dublin Castle. For over 700 years, it has been the hub of Ireland’s secular power. It is now used for state dinners, presidential inaugurations, and world summits.

Trinity College is Dublin’s premiere university and a great center of world learning. Stroll the beautiful grounds and be sure to visit its famous Old Library. This breathtaking building is home to Ireland’s largest collection of books – and the Book of Kells, a gorgeously illustrated Christian manuscript dating to the year 800.

Many of the world’s greatest writers have been Irish, and the Dublin Writer’s Museum celebrates this amazing literary tradition. Of all the Irish literati, James Joyce is perhaps the most internationally known. When you visit the James Joyce Centre, you will learn about the writer and his work, including his masterpiece, Ulysses.

While Joyce is Ireland’s most famous writer, my favorite is Oscar Wilde. Visit the house he lived in from 1855 to 1876, and then snap a selfie with the life-size Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square Park. Here you will also find a monument containing some of the best quotes from his writing, including my favorite: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Interested in touring Dublin and the rest of Ireland? Contact us.

Trends in Singles Travel During Retirement

Exploring the world during retirement is a dream for many who embark on singles travel vacations. After years spent working or raising families, people long to spend their retirements seeing new places, meeting new friends, and relaxing.

According to an article in Forbes, the number of retired Americans is increasing. And this increase in retirees means the “impact on individual lifestyles, families, and leisure marketplaces, both for-profit and not-for-profit, will be unprecedented.”

In citing a research study by Merrill Lynch, the Forbes report noted that there are more than a million single travelers in the vacation marketplace right now. And more than forty percent of those single travelers choose to embark on guided adventure tours, designed especially for single travelers aged 50 and older.

How Singles Travel Service Delivers on Retirement Travel Trends

There are several notable trends in singles travel after retirement. At Singles Travel Service, we have planned upcoming singles travel vacations based on the preferences of our clients and these retirement travel trends:

  1. Adventure TravelWe love adventure travel! We often embark on a singles travel vacation to Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky, Montana. Adventure activities on this trip include horseback riding in the mountains, rafting on the Madison River, a full-day tour of Yellowstone National Park, zip lining down Big Sky peak, bungee jumping, and a high ropes challenge (which is just so much fun).
  1. Nostalgia Travel. What could be more nostalgic than summer camp? Each summer, Singles Travel Service hosts Weekend Summer Camp on a private lake. During this nostalgia-packed weekend, our travelers will go boating and biking; play tennis, golf, basketball, or baseball; and enjoy evenings by the lake with cocktails, delicious dinners, live music, and dancing. And, of course, we will have bonfires and s’mores!
  1. Educational Travel. One of the great things about traveling is learning about other cultures. At Singles Travel Service, our international vacations are full of exciting educational experiences. In Ecuador, visit the Equatorial Monument (where both hemispheres meet). In Ireland or Scotland, learn about the history and culture of these beautiful nations (and the home of many of our travelers’ ancestors). Our upcoming trip the Canyons of Mexico has been planned and curated specifically for Baby Boomers to learn about amazing culture and landscape of this stunning destination.

Retired and interested in one of our singles travel vacations? Contact us.

Destination Spotlight: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a natural wonder throughout each season. For single travelers, summer is truly an ideal time to visit there.

Situated across almost 3,500 square miles, Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. It is indeed the flagship national park of the United States. Yellowstone is larger than both Delaware and Rhode Island combined, something somewhat inconceivable to natives of the Mid-Atlantic and New England. The park mostly sits within Wyoming though it reaches into both Montana and Idaho as well, with the Continental Divide traversing through it.

Within the vast boundaries of Yellowstone, travelers will find a splendor of nature: wondrous canyons, deep forests, rushing rivers, thundering waterfalls, and, of course, hot springs and geysers, the most famous being Old Faithful. As one of the most predictable natural things on Earth, Old Faithful will erupt basically every 60-90 minutes, guaranteed.  It’s been delighting visitors of all ages for generations.

Throughout the great lands of Yellowstone National Park, majestic animals roam. Think: bison, bears, antelope, elk, moose, and more. The once endangered gray wolf was reintroduced to the park in 1995 after a 70-year absence. They have thrived, and their howls echo throughout all of Yellowstone. If seeking out packs of wolves is not your thing, the park also is home to more than 1,000 species of native plants and flowers. This includes beautiful lilies, roses, sunflowers, buttercups, and clovers.

With so much to see and do, planning a trip to Yellowstone can seem overwhelming. Some travelers opt to go rustic, camping in a tent overnight and exploring by hiking. Not everyone that enjoys nature enjoys being rustic — nor has the necessary gear to do so. (My place in the city just doesn’t have the storage for camping equipment.) As such, some visitors, especially single travelers, like the idea of taking a guided group tour of Yellowstone, for convenience as well as the educational, social, and safety aspects of the experience.

One option is to join a “bus camping” tour of Yellowstone, designed especially for those without camping experience. Founded on the principle that getting to a destination is more than half the fun, bus camping trips offer a radical twist on the classic bus tour. Campers both travel and sleep in a lounge-style converted bus. We roll through towns and the park, enjoying the beauty of nature, hiking or participating in other activities on stops, cooking mouth-watering meals at the campfire, and relaxing all along the way.

Another option is to combine a trip Yellowstone with a resort destination. There are five entrances to Yellowstone National Park in both Wyoming and Montana. Within just a short drive (less than an hour) from the West Entrance of the park is Big Sky, Montana — the base camp to a great Yellowstone vacation. Big Sky is one of the American West’s greatest resort destinations. It is known for its rugged natural beauty and abundance of wildlife. The resort area is also known for its wide variety of outdoor sports and recreational activities in the summer — horseback riding, whitewater rafting, zip lining, golfing, hiking, fly fishing, high ropes courses, and more.

A popular option for travelers that are visiting this part of the country for the first time is to combine a few days in Big Sky with a guided tour of Yellowstone National Park. Here, visitors get the best of both worlds — and can indulge in some luxury pampering as well (spa time, anyone?) while in Big Sky.

Interested in joining one of our trips to Yellowstone? Contact us.

Destination Spotlight: Paris

The famous song is April in Paris, but it’s magnificent always. At any time of the year in Paris, hearts sing and embraces are warm. I wish that I could say that I’m being overly sentimental or romantic, but this city does charm. When you visit once, the City of Light never quite leaves you.

Must-see sights in Paris

  • Musée d’Orsay — Housed in a converted railway station with amazing Belle Époque architecture, this is my favorite museum in Paris. Not that the Musée du Louvre isn’t spectacular with the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and its Glass Pyramid designed by I.M. Pei. The grand Louvre is on everyone’s list of must-sees in Paris. But the Musée d’Orsay, with its wonderful collection of art that spans from 1848 to 1914, is a gem of Paris. Here you will find the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world (think: Monet, Degas, Manet, Renior, Cézanne, Van Gogh) in a unique left bank setting.
  • Montmartre — Sitting high on a right bank hill in the 18th arrondissement, this historic district is the center of Paris’ Bohemian past. Many of the artists whose paintings you will find at the Musée d’Orsay lived and worked in this area during the turn of the last century (and perhaps visited the famed Moulin Rouge). With its tiny, winding streets, small squares, and beautiful panoramic views of the city, Montmartre is also home to the magnificent Sacré Coeur, a Roman Catholic basilica that was built as a memorial to fallen soldiers.
  • The Ile de la Cité and Ile St-Louis — Connected to one another by a small bridge, these two islands in the Seine are full of charm and history. The larger Ile de la Cité was the site of the first settlement in Paris in 300 BC and is home to two landmark gothic churches: the spectacular Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the smaller and even more stunning Sainte-Chapelle. Visit these in the morning before the crowds gather and when the sunlight beams most beautifully through Sainte-Chapelle’s famous stained-glass windows. You can then spend the afternoon strolling through the utterly charming Ile St-Louis, which is filled with shops, galleries, and cafes (hint: order the crepes).
  • Eiffel Tower — The Tour Eiffel is an icon, the quintessential monument of Paris. It can be seen from all over the city, and it’s a site to behold from no matter where you are standing. I spent one New Year’s Eve hanging out on Pont Neuf, drinking champagne, and watching the tower dance in a million lights at midnight. The photo above was taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, and it’s well worth the stairwell climb to the top just to see that vista. But you cannot visit The City of Light without going to see the Eiffel Tower up close. Once there, wait in line and take the elevator to its third-level viewing gallery. The views from there, at night or day, are breathtaking, and to see Paris from this vantage point is something you’ll always remember.

As you can tell, I love Paris, and you will, too. If you are a single traveler thinking about visiting Paris, please join us on our singles group tour.  Simply contact us for more information.

Destination Spotlight: London

Set on the River Thames, London Town is a modern world city with a history that spans two millennia. Not only is London the capital of England, but it is also a global center for finance, healthcare, the arts, education, culture, fashion, and entertainment. When you combine the city’s rich history with its modern offerings, and add in that it is home to a certain royal family known as the Windsors, it is no wonder why London was named in MasterCard’s annual travel study in both 2014 and 2015 as the world’s leading travel destination.

When you visit London, you can feel like you’ve stepped back in time at one moment and then leapt far ahead into the future at the next. The picture above is of the futuristic Millennium Bridge, connecting pedestrians from London’s South Bank (home of both Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the Tate Modern) to the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, built at the turn of the 18th century and later the location of the wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. See what I mean?

This paradox of London, however, is what makes it a truly fascinating place to visit. And when you do, here are some sites that are not to be missed:

  • The Museums. London is home to some of the finest art and artifact collections in the world. At the British Museum, which is the oldest museum in the world, you’ll find more than 6 million treasures, including the Rosetta Stone and a Mummified Cat, that span over a million years of civilization. Art lovers must visit the National Gallery to view paintings from the Renaissance to the Impressionists as well as the neighboring National Portrait Gallery for exquisite portraiture, including famous paintings of both QE1 and Willy Shakes.
  • The Royal Palaces and Parks. No trip to London would be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace. Be sure to time your visit to see the Changing of the Guard which happens at 11:30 am in the spring and summer. From there, you can explore London’s gorgeous royal green spaces, including St. James’ Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens. Within Kensington Gardens is the beautiful Kensington Palace, once home to Princess Diana.
  • The Churches. Along with St. Paul’s, London’s other most famous church is the medieval Westminster Abbey, founded in 960, and the location of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the funeral of Princess Diana, and the Coronation of QE2. Music lovers will not want to miss the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, known for its rich tradition of musical liturgy.
  • The Towers. Perhaps most famous as the place where Henry VIII sent not one but two wives to be executed, the Tower of London is a massive riverside fortress that now houses both the Crown Jewels, including the Imperial State Crown, and group of six famous ravens. From the Tower of London, it’s a short walk to Tower Bridge, one of London’s most known landmarks, and a true feat of engineering. It now has a glass walkway if you are feeling daring.
  • The Entertainment. From the performing arts to live music to theatre in London’s West End, there is no shortage of entertainment options, which, of course, can be preceded or followed up by a pint at one of London’s many (many) pubs.

And then there’s the London Eye. Sitting right on the banks of the River Thames, this giant wheel is the largest in the world and offers breathtaking vistas over all of London. Some of the best views are of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, which sit directly across the river.

London is truly a city for the ages – at once historical but modern, royal but accessible. For single travelers, one of the best ways to see London is part of a group tour.

Interested? Contact us.

Booking Your Flight: When to Buy and What Else to Know

There’s a rumor out there that best time to purchase airline tickets is on a Tuesday, at 3pm, in the week that is five weeks before your departure date. Or maybe it’s actually two months / eight weeks before you plan on taking off? Or maybe it’s Wednesday at 10am?

Travel industry insiders, seasoned passengers — and your Uncle Marty— all probably have some advice on this topic. Luckily for us, the good folks at Expedia, Inc., and the Airlines Reporting Corporation released a study. They took a long hard look at data mined, analyzed it for trends and best practices, and made some thoughtful predictions.

Here are the highlights:

  • Ticket prices have declined. And cheers to that. Purchase prices have declined by about 8 percent on average – with July and August seeing the biggest drops. And while it may not seem like a huge decrease, that covers your Uber ride to the airport on a $350 ticket or buys you dinner – or maybe even a hotel night’s stay – on a pricier fare.
  • It’s all about Europe. During the travel time period that was analyzed, the biggest bargains came from tickets purchased for flights within Europe. For so many years, travelers that wanted to bum around Europe opted for train travel. Now, with airline prices dropping as much as 23 percent, it’s just as easy – and maybe more affordable – to jump on a plane to get to and from your European destinations. It gives you a greater travel range as well. Why not fly from Rome to Barcelona or jet from Prague to Vilnius?
  • Buy your ticket early. Depending on your origin and your destination, the savings vary, but a good, solid, general rule-of-thumb is to buy your ticket in advance – even up to six months in advance if your plans allow for it. Even at 21 days ahead of your trip, you can save money. For those travelers who have a week of vacation set aside on the work calendar, but are unsure of vacation location, it is best for them to make a decision and buy about two months ahead of time. In fact, 57 days from departure date seems to be a magic number in the analysis – but please don’t worry if you hit “bill me later” 60 days out. Your savings will be about the same.
  • Just don’t buy your ticket on a Friday. For years, everyone said – and data showed – that the best time to buy your ticket was on a Tuesday or a Wednesday. Recent data mixed it up and revealed that weekends also prove to offer great opportunities to find excellent deals on flights. This is true for both economy class and premium class fares. But, please do avoid Friday – prices can skyrocket.
  • Consider package deals. The report finds that travelers can save 20 percent or more by booking airline tickets, hotel rooms, and car rentals at the same time. For single travelers looking to embark on a group vacation, once you book your bargain flight based on our tips above, we can take care of the rest by offering you affordable packages that include everything from hotels, to local ground transportation, to meals and excursions.

Contact us to learn more.

Choosing the Perfect Singles Vacation

When single travelers are planning a getaway, many decide that a singles vacation would be a fun and exciting experience. Since we couldn’t agree more here at Singles Travel Service, we’re happy to offer you some of our expert tips on how to choose the perfect singles vacation.

  • Be thoughtful about your destination or activity. It’s important to pick a destination that you’ve always wanted to visit – or a vacation centered on a sport or activity (skiing, scuba, camping) that you love. This way, no matter what other experiences you have on the trip, you will be doing or seeing something you truly enjoy. Some single travelers go on a group vacation to meet someone special. And while that very often does happen, it’s not always the case. If you have selected a vacation because you have a passion for the activity or place, you’ll never come home disappointed.
  • Embrace the idea of single travel and go alone. Some single travelers love the idea of a singles vacation, but think it might be a better idea to bring a friend along for support and companionship. The best part about a singles vacation is that everyone is single – so everyone is there to make new friends. When you are alone, it is easier to integrate into the larger group and have some new and great experiences.
  • Wisely consider having a roommate – or not. There are definite advantages to sharing a room on a singles group vacation. First of all, shared-room trip packages are less expensive and therefore friendlier to your budget. Secondly, your roommate might possibly become an instant friend – or at least a pal to help navigate through the details of the trip. However, if you live alone and like alone time – or if you just aren’t comfortable sharing a room with a stranger (and don’t want flashbacks to freshman year of college) – then opt for a single room.
  • Enjoy the silence – and feel good about that choice. We have many guests who come on our vacations – especially cruises – who truly want to use that time to relax, get away from it all, read some books, and be alone most of the time. And that’s wonderful! While we encourage mixing and mingling, we do have guests that just join the larger group for meals on occasion. If this is the kind of trip that you have in mind, go for it. It’s a great option to organize your own day and just join the group for some meals and perhaps a happy hour. There is no need to feel obligated to join in all the activities, but keep in mind that some great conversations with like-minded travelers can be had over dinner or cocktails.
  • Remember to keep an open mind. If you have selected your vacation destination because you have a passion for the activity or the place, you are going to be part of an exciting group of guests with similar interests. During our 11 years organizing and hosting singles group vacations, we have seen many long term relationships and marriages evolve from casual conversations during a group dinner. We think this is because our guests are relaxed and enjoying the company of other travelers with common interests – who they otherwise would not have met. So keep an open mind if you are interested in meeting someone new – you might just end up sharing a ski lift with your future mate.

Ready to plan your next vacation? Contact us.

Travel Etiquette

Travel Etiquette for Single Travelers

Social manners and travel etiquette are something to always keep in mind. When traveling as part of a singles group vacation, it’s especially important to follow the good advice of Emily Post, America’s grand dame of social etiquette, who once said that “Good manners reflect something from inside — an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self.”

At Singles Travel Service, we begin our trips with a group orientation where we like to review the basics of appropriate travel etiquette for our brand of adventure. While our travelers almost always have the best manners, we know that reminders can be helpful, and it makes us feel good to know that we have covered the basics before we say bon voyage. We have found that this makes our guests comfortable, too, knowing that everyone is on the same page.

With that in mind, here is some helpful travel etiquette advice for anyone embarking on a singles travel vacation:

  1. Pack light. Not only do you not want to lug around more than you need, but, and this is especially true if you are sharing a room, you also don’t want to take up all the closet, dresser, and counter space with too many things.
  2. Respect your roommate. Some travelers opt for a shared room, while others end up with one if it’s the only available choice. Either way, think about common courtesy stuff. If your roommate is sleeping in the room when you get back to it, keep the room lights low, dim the brightness on your phone or tablet, and be sure to wear headphones if listening to music or watching a movie. When getting ready for the day, work out a shower schedule — and keep the bathroom neat.
  3. Be on time. Always arrive on time for planned events and departures. The group should not have to wait on one person, causing travel delays and missed opportunities for everyone.
  4. Split the check. You know this from going out to dinner with friends and colleagues. No one wants to get into a nickel-and-dime discussion about who had the salmon and who had the steak. Some restaurants, especially in tourist destinations, are pros at offering separate checks. But when that’s not an option, ask your server to split the bill evenly. If you’ve had alcohol and others haven’t, ask add extra to your tab – or offer to pay the tip. And always be sure that everyone stays at the table until the bill is settled.
  5. Mind your alcohol intake. While it can be easy to get carried away when off the clock and in a new and interesting location, it is best to keep in mind that you are not with friends or family, and no one on a trip like this is prepared to take care of – or frankly put up with – an intoxicated guest.
  6. Keep the conversation light. You know what they say about politics and religion. (Avoid.)
  7. Stay positive. Everyone is on the trip to have a good time. There are always hiccups and glitches in travel, and some things might not quite meet your expectations. Always feel free to discuss concerns with your tour host, but try to not complain to your fellow travelers.
  8. And finally…. Many people opt for a singles group vacation because they want to take an adventure on their own with the security of a group. Others embark on one hoping to meet someone special – either for the long term or perhaps for just a spring fling. If meeting someone on a trip is one of your goals, and it doesn’t happen, try not to let it ruin your trip. Just enjoy the vacation. If you meet someone in the group, have a great time together. And if you meet someone outside of the group, keep your time together separate from the planned tour activities. Enjoy your new friend, but break away and do you own things. Group vacations include mostly paid, hosted events, and these activities cannot accommodate additional guests.

As always, contact us with any questions. And if you have any other helpful travel etiquette tips for single travelers, please share with us.

 

Meet Cute: When Solo Travelers Connect

Why do people embark on solo vacations? We know there so are many reasons — everything from individual empowerment to lack of a dedicated traveling companion. Somewhere in the middle of those reasons is that there are so many single men and women out there that can support a lifestyle full of excitement, good times, and interesting things – and they are looking for a certain someone that is like minded and equally capable.

Traveling solo, then, presents an inherent opportunity to meet someone that is much like you. Someone that is cultured, fun, well-positioned, interesting, and ready for an adventure.

Our nation’s newspaper of record, the New York Times, published an article entitled “A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Meeting People.” It begins with words of caution – and rightfully so. Single travelers should always be mindful of safety and take precautions when approaching a new person while traveling. This world is a crazy place. We hear it all of the time in news stories and in our social media. But, at the same time, the world is full of wonderful, kind, interesting, and thoughtful people. It’s just a matter of finding them and making those connections.

Connection

The word “connection” is a noun – and according to the Oxford English Dictionary – it means “a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.” When two individuals are both traveling solo to the same place, it’s easy to see how a connection might happen. But what’s the best way to make that happen?

Here are a few simple things to do the next time you are traveling solo and thinking about meeting a new person – whether it be a fellow traveler or someone local to your destination:

  1. Talk to the hotel concierge about the local scene. These folks know the area, the restaurants and bars, even the local dating climate. And they know what the hotel bar is like around midnight.
  1. Think about the daytime. So many of us, especially those in urban environments, think about the nighttime as the best time for mixing and mingling. But the daytime, when everything is bright and happy and relaxed, can be an excellent time for connecting with others that are enjoying the same activities as you (think: exploring an art museum, hiking a mountain, or sipping espresso at an outdoor cafe.)
  1. Be yourself. Traveling to new places gives us time to decompress and to relax – it’s a time to easily be our best selves without the stress of everyday life. It may be tempting to pretend to be someone else on a solo trip (and, if so, okay, and no comment from here….), but just let the real you shine through. You’ve chosen a brave path – a solo adventure. That’s something. Own it.
  1. Be safe. Obviously. And always.

Meet cute

So, Wikipedia (the trusted source for everything, right?), says that the phrase “meet cute” has been around since our grandparents met in the 1940’s. It’s the “scene in film, television, etc. in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing.”

When and where will your meet cute be? It may be the upcoming office holiday party (but is that really a good idea?). Otherwise, it just might happen on your winter ski holiday to Jackson Hole or Big Sky; your spring break cruise to Puerto Rico; or that once-in-an-early-lifetime trip to Italy.

To find out more about all of our solo vacation adventures, contact us.

Single Travel: Booming for Boomers

According to a study by AARP, Baby Boomers – and those Generation Xers aged 45-49 – will have taken 4-5 trips by the end of the year.  That means all year long millions of educated and affluent travelers over the age of 45 are taking to sky, sea, road, and rail en route to destination vacation. They spend about $120 billion yearly for leisure travel, and there is no sign of this trend slowing down.

So where are they going?

All over! More than half stay within the United States – but a (huge) 42% divide their travel between the U.S. and other countries. For those going to Europe or someplace tropical, many categorize their trips – especially in the summer months – as highly anticipated “bucket list” adventures. These travelers want to see castles in Ireland, eat great food in Italy, explore tropical reefs while scuba diving, or discover the cultural heritage of their ancestors. Multi-destination cruises within the Caribbean remain hugely popular as well.

Travel within the United States includes long weekend getaways to cities like Las Vegas, Boston, and New York City. For domestic trips of a longer duration, Boomers are choosing the coasts (think: Florida beaches, California wine country; and more New York City), along with places like Texas for all things country and the Rocky Mountains for ski adventures, hiking, and camping.

And why are they going?

This group of travelers has been in the workforce for well over 20+ years. Now they are using their accumulated vacation time – or perhaps retirement – for personal time. Indeed, according to the study, the number one motivator, at 57%, is to “get away from normal, everyday life.” Another 54% say they simply want to “relax and rejuvenate” on a hassle-free vacation.

Still, it’s hard to ever completely disconnect, and a full one-third of travelers that are still working take work with them. And 20% pack a laptop. (Insert frown face here.) But at least the intent is to relax and get away from everyday life.…

But who are they going with then?

It depends. At this point in their lives, Boomers have been married, remarried, divorced, maybe widowed, maybe always single.  They are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, and friends.

In addition to multi-generational trips and those vacations taken with a spouse or partner, Boomers are planning guys’ weekends; girls’ getaways; and an increasing number of singles’ vacations. In fact, for those that are not married, the study finds that they are significantly more likely to be thinking about or planning a solo vacation.

Indeed, solo traveling has been increasing among travelers of all ages, but Baby Boomers and older GenXers are leading that trend as about one-third of them are single. Some may prefer to travel alone, but others simply do not have a traveling companion.

For those travelers aged 45+ that are single and do want the fun, comfort, ease, and safety of traveling with others, many are opting for singles group travel. Gone are the days of your grandmother’s bus tours. Single group travel vacations can take you to places you’ve always dreamed about – the Galapagos, South America, Scotland, Yellowstone – with an interesting and exciting mix of people from all over the country, all seeking the same adventure.

Explore our travel packages today, and contact us with any questions.