It doesn't matter whether you're joining the Polar Pioneer around Antarctica or the European Arctic or enjoying the hospitality aboard Coral Expeditions I, undertaking a group holiday as a solo traveller can provide memories to last a lifetime.
Here are four reasons why you should take a solo adventure with Aurora Expeditions.
1) Meeting new friends
As you're travelling alone, the most obvious benefit to joining a voyage is making new friends who have the same passions and excitement for the outdoors. Amongst every group, there will probably be someone who is keen to explore a historic site or is fascinated by a particular bird or wildlife species as much as you.
This means you can form quality relationships with those who you've just met and enjoy spending time with like-minded individuals.
Our style of travel is small groups, which means camaraderie and fun are maximised. On board the ship, you'll find we encourage a relaxed and casual atmosphere, with family style dining rooms and a lively bar for socialising during the evenings. Although you can choose a private cabin if you want, we have twin and triple share cabins for single travellers who want to engage and meet new people.
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2) 'No Single Supplement' option
Solo travellers who are happy to share can take advantage of our informal "cabin-mate finding service", that matches you with a cabin mate (or two) of the same gender. This way you can avoid paying any extra single supplements during your voyage with us, which is our way of making sure that individuals are not punished because they are on their own.
At the same time, if you prefer a private cabin, you will pay a discounted rate of 1.7 times the twin occupancy per person rate. This ensures that nobody is charged inappropriately when travelling solo.
If you're keen to know more about accommodation options on your trip, feel free to reach out to one of our Expedition Experts who can provide all the necessary details.
3) Creating more meaningful experiences
Travelling with family and friends can be great, but if they aren't exactly fully engaged with the holiday, there is the potential that they can distract you. This is one of the beauties of travelling alone, being able to connect with a particular place and enjoy the experience in your own way and at your own pace.
Whether this is birdwatching in Spitsbergen, uncovering the medieval history that still exists on Scotland's Hebridean islands, or perfecting your photography in South Georgia, if you're passionate about something, you perhaps need to enjoy it in your own time to fully appreciate it.
Interestingly, you could always find those with similar passions and interests onboard – allowing you to explore the topic in more depth and maybe even learn a thing or two you didn't know!
If your family or friends have no interest in these types of activities, you can enjoy them to your heart's content – without worrying about other people.
BONUS Travel Credit on Polar Adventures + NO single supplements on all voyages!
4) It's healthier for your mind and body
It's safe to say that some people are scared of being alone. Whether this is in a relationship sense or just physically, most humans love social contact and interaction. However, this doesn't mean to say that being alone isn't good for you – in fact, according to science, it is.
Constanza Bianchi, a professor from Queensland University of Technology's Business School, noted that travelling solo can provide mental strength and allow your creative juices to flow.
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"Traveling alone for holidays also provided some participants with the feeling that they had more control over their lives and actions," she said, based on a Mic article. "Solo traveling also offered some participants the possibility of reflection and self-discovery."
Perhaps explore your creative side in the form of a travel journal or start a photo collection – with the open ocean surrounding the horizon and sea breeze in your face, it's truly a time to think about the important things in your life.
Want to explore the world solo?
We welcome solo travellers of all ages and backgrounds onboard. It doesn't matter what you want to see, here at Aurora Expeditions will do our best to ensure your trip is as great as possible. Who knows, you might even meet a few potential life-long friends along the way!