Intrepid launches solo-only trips in response to growing trend

TORONTO – After seeing a 38% increase over the last five years of solo travellers on its group tours, Intrepid Travel has announced that it has launched three dedicated solo-only trips for 2017.

Three of its most popular itineraries – ‘Classic Rajasthan’, ‘South Morocco Discovery’ and ‘Café Colombia’ – will run exclusively for those flying solo. All three tours depart in March.

“There are all kinds of reasons why someone has the urge to travel, but no-one to do it with. We are seeing a significant increase in solo travellers who want to explore the world with us,” said Leigh Barnes, North American Managing Director of Intrepid Travel.

According to the company, more than half of its passengers are currently travelling solo. While Intrepid offers over 1,000 tours perfectly suited for independent travellers, it considers these itineraries the next step in the solo travel trend.

“Travelling alone on a group tour is a great way to see the world – you have an expert guide to help you avoid the tourist traps, plus ready made friends for a karaoke session, a street food tour or just a chat over the breakfast table. We wanted to celebrate these independent travellers spirit by creating three solo-only trips to Morocco, Colombia and India,” added Barnes.

The 15-day ‘Classic Rajasthan’ is priced from $1,585 per person and departs on March 19. Solo travellers will get the chance to search for the elusive Bengal tiger, embark on a sunset camel safari and visit India’s most historic forts and palaces.

‘South Morocco Discovery’ is a 10-day journey that includes traditional accommodation, a visit to the grand Ait Benhaddou Kasbah and a lesson in Moroccan couscous making. This trip departs on March 18 and is priced from $1,090 per person.

‘Café Colombia’ includes a tour of a working coffee plantation, a visit to Salento and time in the historic town of Cartagena. This nine-day itinerary departs on March 11 and is priced from $2,290 per person.

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