Avoid the solo surcharge

Take some tips on how to avoid the solo surcharge
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Avoid having to fork out for a single supplement by following these handy tips


If you are booking at a time when the hotel or tour is unlikely to be sold out or it is offering special deals, contact the operator to ask whether it will waive the single supplement – it just might.

Travel in the low or shoulder season

You will have more bargaining power outside the destination’s high season. When hotel occupancy is low, operators are often more willing to give you a double room for the price of a single rather than miss out altogether.

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Book with a specialist in single holidays

These operators may offer the option of sharing a room, or having a room to yourself, for little or no extra charge. As an added bonus, your tour mates will also be solos. Exodus Travels (exodustravels.com) offers solo departures for its most popular tours.

Consider sharing a room

Many operators offer to match you up with another traveller of the same sex to share a room. More than half the passengers who travel with Intrepid Travel (intrepidtravel.com) and Contiki (contiki.com) are solo travellers, with both companies offering the option to match you up with a roomie. Best-case scenario, the operator isn’t able to pair you up and you get a room all to yourself for no extra charge.

This excerpt has been taken from Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips.