I have two vacation interests that are constantly at war with each other: The need to adventure, and the genuine desire to explore on my own. As a frequent solo traveler, I’ve learned one crucial truth about other traveling parties-of-one. People who travel alone are solo travelers by choice rather than by necessity. Solo travel isn’t just a default setting because you’re single, nor is it a pursuit chased solely by digital nomads or lifelong wanderers. Solo travel is for those who have endless travel goals and are hungry for exposure to new places, new cultures, new everything.
They say not all who wander are lost, and similarly, I think not all who travel alone are lonely. Some of us have loftier travel goals than our significant others, and that’s OK. Others only have vacation days at specific times of year and don’t want to wait for a travel partner to go exploring. And yes, some solo travelers are single and don’t want to wait for a meaningful relationship before booking a plane ticket.
One thing is certain: Solo travelers are not waiting for the perfect travel companion or the perfect jet-setting moment. We are choosing our destinations based solely on where we want to go, and then booking without waiting for anyone else’s approval.
Every year, I set a travel goal, and often I end up fulfilling that goal on my own, simply because my chosen travel partner (whether that’s my significant other or an immediate family member) doesn’t share that goal, or our timing doesn’t align. This year, my travel goal is to make it to a new continent, and I have my sights set on Africa — specifically, Egypt. I’m opting for a cruise on the S.S. Sudan through Egypt with Original Travel for one obvious reason: On a cruise, all the logistics are taken care of for you. And when I’m traveling alone, that’s a huge perk, because planning a far-flung international itinerary solo is a monstrous undertaking. This way, I’ll get to set sail on the Nile, see the Red Sea, visit the Pyramids of Giza — but Original Travel takes care of getting us from point A to point B to point C. It satisfies my craving for adventure, but also gives me a safety net of a planned itinerary and a tour group.
If you’re scouting an adventure cruise for one this year, here are 10 great options.