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    Anyone travel alone?

    I hope I put this in the right place. I like to travel. I had a travel partner for many years but in the past few years her health has gotten worse and she couldn't travel. She died July 13th of this year and I will miss her dearly. Like I said, I love to travel. But, there is that extra charge that I have to pay to travel alone. I am traveling to Nova Scotia in another week and I had to pay $750 extra because I am traveling alone. My question is, is there someone out there that likes to travel but also has to travel alone? I would be more than happy to communicate with anyone/someone and see if we might be interested in traveling together. I am in upstate New York and my friend that I traveled with lived in Oregon, which (I guess) means that location shouldn't be a problem. Let me know. Marilyn
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    Hope you find a travel buddy! Would love to travel but have other commitments at the moment.

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    There is a website vacations.com that has information on singles rates for cruises as well a other trave.

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    hi marilyn, i too enjoy traveling and would like to have someone to share with. i live in southeast ga. i am interested in traveling. am

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    Best wishes on finding a travel partner from me. My older sister who was intelligent enough to divorce her mean, cheating husband about 10 years ago, retired and was traveling with a friend from her church women's group. Unfortunately her travel mate is suffering from some problems and not longer travels. My sister stuck with the hunt and found another retired teacher to travel with which is wonderful for both her and her new friend.

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    Good luck. Terrible that you're penalized just because you travel alone

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    I hope you find the right person! My travel partner was diagnosed with ALS in December 2011. Up until the ALS took her mobility, we would jump into the car and go at the drop of the hat. I miss that - as she does - she was always ready to go! I haven't found anyone else to travel with yet - somehow it seems disloyal. I don't know how long it will take me to feel differently.
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    As someone who was widowed 15 months ago and loves to travel - the surcharge is ridiculous. Check out Grand Circle Tours - if booked far enough in advance, they don't add a surcharge. They allow up to 4 "single" rooms on the trip - but you have to book at least a year in advance. If the 4 single rooms are booked they try to pair you up with someone.

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    DH doesn't like to travel so I never waited for him or anyone else or I'd never get to go. I travel all over the US alone. I like driving west but I always fly going east. I haven't been able to travel at all this past year, I want to keep my grandson during the day until he's old enough for preschool. He's worth giving up the wonderlust for awhile. LOL. My traveling now is day trips to the zoo and park. Have you tried tour groups? Many of my friends go with tour groups and have a great time.
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    Why should it cost more to travel alone? I don't get it! Is it because of notifying next of kin? I mean as long as I'm takingcare of myself and don't need any assistance. $750.00 OMG!!!!! Or is that because of a bogo thing.? But I don't travel much so OhWell! Hope you find someone quickly! Just won't be me
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    Thank you all for your responses. I have traveled alone before and I don't mind. There are advantages as with anything else but the price is sometimes ridiculous. I am taking a tour with AAA and that $750 is a "deal" for a single rate. Other places charge much more. I will check into the suggestions here. Usually I go on a quilt tour and this will be a first which is not related to quilting. Kydeb, I understand about not wanting to travel without your partner. My travel buddy and I went someplace almost every year including Alaska and France. She was about 5' tall and a real spit fire. I will miss her dearly. For the past several years she was unable to talk due to a stroke so each month I sent her a card, sometimes pictures, sometimes just talk about the weather. But I wanted her to know that I hadn't forgotten her.
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    maybe try your local Senior Center for someone.... I wish you luck!! and good hunting.

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    My Mom has traveled alone for the past several years ( she is now 85) .. and is still traveling alone. She has used Grand Circle and Over Seas Adventures. She said the first year she met so many people , that via e- mail they all communicate as to what trip they are all taking and who wants to room up. She too hates to spend the extra $$ single room. FYI she is in Western NY.
    If you have not checked out the Bali tour its wonderful ( Just went in May/June). The organizer really does a good job of trying to double up any single travelers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty's Mom View Post
    Good luck. Terrible that you're penalized just because you travel alone

    They have to cover the cost of the "double occupancy" rooms. She is not "penalized". Just a fact of travel costs.

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    The $750 was EXTRA....over the regular price. That is ridiculous. Can you book a double and take stuffed animal?
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    ha, ha. stuffed animal!! here, in the car pool lanes , you now must have two riders with you instead of just one. This extra stuff is everywhere!!

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    I love to travel but have not done any since my husband passed in 2009. I would be interested in having someone to share expenses and not have to pay the additional for "single occupancy". Please send me a PM and perhaps we could get acquainted. I live in NE Tennessee, my neighbors are from upstate NY. Hope to hear from you.

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    I used to travel alone, now i'm married. my mil sometimes comes w/us, but she too has to pay the extra. last cruise, she found someone.
    sometimes, the resort will give you a roommate
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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    Why should it cost more to travel alone? I don't get it! Is it because of notifying next of kin? I mean as long as I'm takingcare of myself and don't need any assistance. That's crap! $750.00 OMG!!!!! Or is that because of a bogo thing.? But I don't travel much so OhWell! Hope you find someone quickly! Just won't be me
    The price for these tours is usually for 2 people in one room, so if you are alone, you have your own room. I think you can see that would cost much more. $750.00 extra for a single is cheap for some trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    Why should it cost more to travel alone? I don't get it! Is it because of notifying next of kin? I mean as long as I'm takingcare of myself and don't need any assistance. That's crap! $750.00 OMG!!!!! Or is that because of a bogo thing.? But I don't travel much so OhWell! Hope you find someone quickly! Just won't be me
    Hotel room rates are based on double occupancy. If there is only one person in the room the rate is the same as if there were two. So if I am travelling with DH and a hotel room costs $100.00 per night, that same room costs $100.00 per night if I am travelling alone, not $50.00 per night. Over a week it adds up. Opps posted at the same time to explain single rates.
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    Why does it cost nearly twice as much for a woman to get a shirt cleaned and pressed/ Several years ago, the insurance agent I had dealt with happily for years called and told me the company he respresented was no longer going to sell homeowners policies to single people. A clerk at a grocery store that is part of a national chain (not Wal Mart) required identification before she would take my check because it had only one name on it. Lest you think I was a new customer or had previously written checks that bounced, neither was the case. The clerk said the new manager thought people who don't have a joint account are unstable. Being single is mostly wonderful, but there are penalties that duos don't know about. froggyintexas

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    yep, that proves it. Times are going backwards!!! I remember when I needed to establish a credit rating, I opened a charge account at a dept. store in my hubbys name and mine. Never mind we were divorced. Paid on it one year and called them and told them. They let me open another account under my name and start over. sigh. but I got started. Now I do wonder. Sounds very odd. but sometimes odd is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    Why should it cost more to travel alone? I don't get it! Is it because of notifying next of kin? I mean as long as I'm takingcare of myself and don't need any assistance. That's crap! $750.00 OMG!!!!! Or is that because of a bogo thing.? But I don't travel much so OhWell! Hope you find someone quickly! Just won't be me
    Everything is based on double occupancy, so if you travel alone, your get stuck with the 'empty' charge.
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    I had a friend who used to travel a bit with me when were both "into" Antiquing...but that faze has passed and the last time we went somewhere together...we didn't agree on much.

    I would be concerned about traveling with someone unless I knew we were somewhat compatible. Doesn't that bother you? If I wanted to go to a museum and she wanted to go running along a river...could be hard! LOL

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    I've been trying to get someone to do a river cruise in Europe with me for couple of years now with no luck

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