Single Supplements: Why Do Solo Travellers Have to Pay More?

(Last Updated On: July 19, 2022)

Solo travel has never been more popular, with more and more people choosing to explore the world regardless of whether they have a friend, family member or partner to join them. But for those choosing to go it alone, there is often the annoyance of having to pay a single supplement. This can seem highly unfair and adds to the cost of your long-awaited holiday.

So to give you a better understanding, here we reveal more about single supplements and the ways you can avoid them.

Solo traveller overlooking city view

What is a single supplement?

Generally, group tours are priced based on a standard room charge that’s divided between two people sharing a twin or double room. If a solo traveller chooses to have their own room, they are not sharing the cost with a second traveller. The single supplement is therefore an additional charge to make up the full cost of the room. And it’s why travelling as a solo can sometimes be more expensive.

Solo traveller taking photos at Sukhothai,Thailand

Can I avoid paying a single supplement?

If you’re planning a solo adventure, don’t let the term single supplement put you off. Whilst on some tours a single supplement may be compulsory, you’ll find there are also ways it can be avoided.

Sharing a room

Many tour operators offer the option of sharing a twin room to cut your costs. So if you’re happy to share, you’ll be paired with another solo traveller of the same sex and avoid the single supplement.

It’s highly likely that there will be other solo travellers in your group and you can always call your tour operator to find out and confirm your options. Many of the solo travellers on tour will be like-minded people who share your passion for travel, so your roommate may well become a new friend for life.

Check if it’s compulsory

It’s a good idea to check if the tour you’re interested in has a ‘no compulsory single supplement’ policy. This means that if you’re happy to share a room, even if another solo traveller of the same sex does not book to share, you will not be charged the single supplement. We offer this policy on the majority of our Signature tours. It’s always worth checking as there’s a chance you won’t be charged.

Solo traveller in Sri Lanka

Will I always have to pay a single supplement to guarantee my own room?

As tour operators are becoming more accommodating of solo travel, more holidays are becoming available that offer your own room without any single supplements. This offers the comfort and privacy of a single room at no extra cost – the perfect way for solo travellers to travel.

We offer such a deal to solo travellers on selected dates across a selection of our most popular Signature Tours. You can explore the phenomenal Pyramids of Giza in Egypt or the legendary Golden Triangle of India, with your own room completely supplement-free.

Benefits of a single room

If you’ve found a tour you’d love to go on, but the single supplement is compulsory, there are some great benefits to having your own room. And they’re worth bearing in mind when you’re adding up the cost of your trip.

Your own space

Travelling is an incredible experience, however, it can also be very tiring – especially after a long day of sightseeing. So if you’re someone that likes their own company to unwind at the end of a day, then the cost of having your own room is likely to be worth it.

Freedom to do as you wish

By having your own room, you won’t need to worry about fitting around another person’s sleeping patterns. You’re free to go to bed earlier or later than your roommate without the fear of being woken up or waking them up. You’re also free to play music or watch TV, with the privacy to call your friends and family back home whenever you like.

Rooms can be just as big

If you’re concerned that by paying a single supplement, you’ll end up in a tiny room – don’t be. Although it can vary from place to place, you’ll often find that in many hotels a single room is just as large as a double or twin room. And you’ll have it all to yourself.

You can spread the contents of your luggage across every corner of the room without a care in the world!

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