Travel solo with Intrepid

You know what it’s like: you’re desperate to discover the wilds of Africa or camp along the Inca Trail, but rustling up a travel buddy is proving impossible. Your best mate would rather see the world through a TV screen, and 'Maybe when I get paid…' keeps rolling into weeks, months and years. 

It’s time to consider travelling solo. But don’t worry – going it alone on a group tour comes with a few great perks. Over half our passengers travel solo, so if you’re anxious about third wheeling, don’t be. And with a smooth blend of independence and group time, finding that just right balance is easy. 

Meet Lucy, she travelled solo on one of our safaris in Southern Africa.

Solo travel stories from the road

If you’re anxious about going it alone, you’re not the only one. Here’s what a few self-confessed ‘group tour sceptics’ and first time solo travellers had to say about their Intrepid adventures.

Emily Pinto

Blogger, Emily en route & founder of social enterprise Estrella de Mar

"Our group was a great mix of people from all over the world, of all ages and backgrounds. It was easy to bond over our shared love of travel and excitement to explore Vietnam. At least half of our group consisted of other solo travelers. The atmosphere was very inclusive, there were no lines drawn in the sand according to traveling solo versus in a couple or with a friend."

Torre DeRoche

Blogger, Fearful Adventurer

"At the summit of Mount Kinabalu, my fear of heights was put to the test when I caught sight of a steep drop off. I hadn’t expected to come face to face with my greatest fears on a tame group tour. My teammates cheered me on. The guide took my hand and talked me through it."

Nomadic Matt

Blogger, Nomadic Matt

"Group travel has a lot of benefits, especially for first time travelers. It’s a good way to wade into the travel waters. Not everyone is comfortable just going out on their own so tours can be a good stepping stone for that. My first trip overseas was on a tour and it allowed me freedom in a structured environment."


It’s completely up to you. There’s no extra charge when you share accommodation with a member of the same sex, but if you'd like a little more privacy with a room all to yourself, there's a single supplement available on the majority of our trips. Just mention this to our customer service team when booking your trip and they'll arrange it for you.  

Trips have a structured itinerary, but within that structure there’s time set aside for independent exploration (if you so choose). You can ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone or flow with the group and see where the day takes you. 

No way! If you’re happy to bunk with a traveller of the same sex on our group trips, there’s nothing extra to pay.

About 60% of our travellers are female, and ages can range from 18 to 65. It’s hard to know exactly who you’ll meet, but that’s all part of the fun. Intrepid travellers are connected more by attitude than age. They’re a friendly, open-minded and curious bunch, usually looking for an alternative to solo adventure or a big bus tour. 

That all depends on what you do and where you go. On average, group travel is a much more cost effective way to go, and we can guarantee a lot more inclusions and extras than you’d usually get for your money.

While there is a set itinerary for the group, take the time to chat to your leader. They can always recommend some places to explore during free time or things to try after the trip has finished. 


Our most popular trips for solo travellers

Best of Morocco

15 days from
USD $1,405
CAD $1,445
AUD $1,420
EUR €960
GBP £800
NZD $1,580
ZAR R14,240
CHF FR1,160

See the best of Morocco from Casablanca to Marrakech. Admire the city of Fes, see the sands of the Sahara Desert and...

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Classic Rajasthan

15 days from
USD $1,290
CAD $1,335
AUD $1,310
EUR €920
GBP £775
NZD $1,455
ZAR R13,500
CHF FR1,110

Travel to India and visit the romantic Rajasthan region. Tour from Delhi to Pushkar and travel to the Taj Mahal of...

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Best of Turkey

15 days from
USD $1,730
CAD $1,775
AUD $1,755
EUR €1,185
GBP £1,005
NZD $1,950
ZAR R17,560
CHF FR1,435

Be immersed in the allure of Turkey on this unique adventure. Tour from Istanbul to Ephesus, Pamukkale to the coast,...

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Mexico Unplugged

15 days from
USD $1,126
CAD $1,160
AUD $1,173
EUR €773
GBP £654
NZD $1,266
ZAR R11,390

Adventure through Central America's vivacious Mexico on an enthralling journey from the beats of buzzing Mexico City...

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Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged

17 days from
USD $2,515
CAD $2,595
AUD $2,545
EUR €1,755
GBP £1,470
NZD $2,835
ZAR R25,625
CHF FR2,120

Experience Brazilian beaches, Uruguayan home cooking and vibrant Argentinean culture on this unplugged Buenos Aires...

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Real Food Adventure - Vietnam

12 days from
USD $1,990
CAD $2,015
AUD $2,055
EUR €1,375
GBP £1,165
NZD $2,240
ZAR R19,050
CHF FR1,660

Travel the breadth of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing tranquil Halong Bay, iconic Hue and...

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Cape Town to Vic Falls

22 days from
USD $2,902
CAD $2,950
AUD $2,935
EUR €1,960
GBP £1,670
NZD $3,220
ZAR R28,525
CHF FR2,308

Take a wild African adventure from South Africa to Zimbabwe. Travel north from Cape Town into Namibia, cross over to...

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Explore Bolivia & Argentina

20 days from
USD $2,465
CAD $2,670
AUD $2,620
EUR €1,720
GBP £1,510
NZD $2,905
ZAR R25,725
CHF FR2,080

Get off the tourist trail on this extraordinary adventure through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Visit historic Potosi...

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Delhi to Kathmandu

15 days from
USD $1,445
CAD $1,490
AUD $1,465
EUR €960
GBP £865
NZD $1,630
ZAR R14,965
CHF FR1,245

Travel to India and Nepal on a tour from Delhi to Kathmandu. Visit the Taj Mahal of Agra, the sacred River Ganges,...

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Wild Sarawak

10 days from
USD $1,940
CAD $2,005
AUD $1,965
EUR €1,330
GBP £1,130
NZD $2,185
ZAR R19,655
CHF FR1,605

Hop aboard an adventure tour through the wilds of Borneo's Sarawak region. Crawl through the Mulu caves, hike in Bako...

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Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

17 days from
USD $4,595
CAD $4,746
AUD $4,664
EUR €3,143
GBP £2,694
NZD $5,189
ZAR R46,615
CHF FR3,804

Travel to Ecuador and the wildlife-rich shores of the Galapagos Islands. Then visit Peru and embark on an Inca Trail...

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South India Unplugged

16 days from
USD $1,080
CAD $1,115
AUD $1,140
EUR €755
GBP £630
NZD $1,220
ZAR R10,960

Discover the beautiful landscapes of southern India on a fascinating journey from the beaches of Varkala to idyllic...

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