“Per person, based on double occupancy.” Look at any package or tour price and you’ll likely see some variation of these words hovering nearby, a fine-print head shake to single travelers everywhere. The term “single supplement” sounds so value-added and upbeat, but in reality it can be a major deterrent for single travelers, adding anywhere from a hundred to a few thousand dollars in expenses for the privilege of not sharing a room. About 40 percent of adults in the US are single, so it’s no surprise that many of our readers write to us for ideas on how to avoid the dreaded single supplement. Fortunately, there are several ways to make your travel dollars go further. Use the resources below when you begin to plan your next trip. What Is a Single Supplement? Package tour operators and cruise lines openly and formally discriminate against single travelers. They price their products on the basis of per person, double occupancy (PPDO) and almost always … [Read more...] about Solo Travelers: Avoid the Single Supplement
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If there's one thing Americans know about Greenland, it's this: The island is not for sale, despite President Donald Trump's best efforts. But tour operators, flight-booking apps and the country's own tourism board say search traffic over the past couple of weeks indicates the traveling public has more questions about the destination, a self-governing country that is part of the kingdom of Denmark. After the Danish prime minister rebuffed the idea of a sale, Trump called off a planned trip to Denmark. But Trump's idea wasn't a new one: The Truman administration tried to buy the island from Denmark for $100 million in gold in 1946. Then, as now, the offer did not go over well. Searches for Greenland on Hopper, an airfare prediction and flight booking app, spiked 337% starting Aug. 15, when news of U.S. interest in the island broke. Searches continued to climb through last week, according to the company. "Overall search demand remains significantly higher than normal through Aug. 24," … [Read more...] about Interested in traveling to Greenland? 5 things you need to know
The Commonwealth is, of course, the last vestige of a British Empire which once straddled the globe. This much many people know. And yet - that this reminder of a different era still stretches to six continents (only Antarctica stands askance) and 53 countries is often overlooked. There was a saying that the sun never set on Queen Victoria's realm - but nor does it disappear over the modern descendent of that colonial expanse in the reign of Elizabeth II. Today (March 11) marks Commonwealth Day - the celebration of this collection of nations that is held on the second Monday of every March. This seems an apposite moment to peer closely at the map, and pick out those members of the family on whom the travel spotlight does not always fall. Because, for every Commonwealth giant - notably India and Canada - there is a fragment of the South Pacific or an underappreciated segment of Latin America. The following ten destinations - all fascinating, all unheralded - are wholly worthy of your … [Read more...] about 10 forgotten corners of the Commonwealth you’d never thought to visit
Adventure: noun – an unusual and exciting experience; a daring enterprise; a hazardous activity. That’s what the dictionary says. But what does it mean to you? To some, it might involve pushing yourself to the physical limits: summiting a great peak – Kilimanjaro, perhaps – or tackling extreme sports. To others, it’s a destination beyond your imagination – venturing to the extremes of the Earth, enduring sub-zero climes in Antarctica or traversing the sands of Arabia’s Empty Quarter. It could see you wandering among huge predators on land or under the sea, roaming tiger territory in India or swimming with sharks in the Galápagos. You might immerse yourself in unfamiliar cultures, meeting eagle-hunting nomads in Central Asia or Indigenous Australians in the remote Outback. The joy of travel today is that whatever your interests, fitness levels, risk (or credit) limit, there’s an adventure for you – whether you dream … [Read more...] about The 50 greatest adventures on Earth
Viet Nam News By Sri Lankan Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake Sri Lanka is the essence of a people renowned for their hospitality, stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity and a wealth of incredible, immersive experiences on offer for travellers. Within a mere area of 65,610sq.km lie eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330km of coastline - much of its pristine beach, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 202,343ha of lush tea plantations, 101,171 of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, and a culture that extends back over 2,500 years, with well-preserved archaeological monuments, mostly from the country’s Buddhist heritage, one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the year 2019 is marked with many remarkable milestones for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, with Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the top country for travel and recognising Colombo City, the commercial capital … [Read more...] about 2019 Sri Lanka: where all roads lead to!