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Ever get the urge to travel, but no one to go with? That intense desire to sip coffee in Colombia or ride a camel across the desert (a la Lawrence of Arabia) or explore bustling Old Delhi from the back of a rickshaw?

Sounds like it’s time to ditch your friends and give solo travel a try. Travelling alone on a small group tour with Intrepid has major perks: we’ve got expert local leaders to show you around, ready-made friends who are itching to explore (just like you), and no hidden fees because you’re travelling solo. With logistics, accommodation and transport already taken care of, all you have to do is turn up with a smile and a passport!

Our most popular trips for solo travel

All our trips are perfectly suited to those of you going it alone, but here are a few of the best-sellers.

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Embark on the trek of a lifetime to Everest Base Camp on this 15-day tour. Fly into...

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Travel to India and visit the Rajasthan region. Tour from Delhi to Pushkar through...

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See the best of Morocco from Casablanca to Marrakech. Admire the city of Fes, see the...

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Encounter the wildlife of Kenya and Uganda on this 16-day Lonely Planet Experience...

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The cultures and colours of Mexico await on this 15-day Lonely Planet Experience...

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Take an adventure holiday through Egypt and Jordan. Visit Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza,...

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Travel to India and Nepal on a tour from Delhi to Kathmandu. Visit the Taj Mahal of...

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Discover Iran on a two-week journey, beginning in bustling Tehran and travelling to...

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Immerse yourself in classic culture, history and incredible sights on this Best of...

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Jordan and Egypt on a 22-day adventure with Lonely Planet and Intrepid, including Petra...

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Get the low-down on Central Europe, travelling through the best of Austria, Slovakia,...

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Travel the breadth of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing tranquil...

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See the best of Cambodia, learning about its history and customs as you cycle, trek and...

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See the landscapes of South India on a 16-day Lonely Planet Experience from Varkala to...

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Tour jungle ruins and Caribbean coastline on a 33-day Lonely Planet Experience to...

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Focus on two of South America's heaviest hitters on this 17-day tour through both the...

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See Africa in 22 days with Lonely Planet and Intrepid to South Africa, Namibia,...

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A taste of small group travel 


The perks of solo travel on a group tour

Intrepid Travel local leader in Peru

A local leader

When you’re all by yourself, it’s easy to fall into the typical tourist traps. You wander within a few blocks of your hotel, see a few of the big sights and that’s about it. But solo travel on a group tour isn’t like that. Each of our trips has an expert local leader who knows every backstreet bar, cool tapas joint and hidden gallery. They’ll give you tips for your free time exploring, and introduce you to locals.


Ready-made friends

Ready-made friends

Go solo, but not alone. That’s our motto. The average Intrepid Travel trip has about ten people on it – people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world. It’s like a hostel dorm room that travels with you (minus the smell and the weird naked guy). You’ve got ready-made friends for a karaoke session, a white water rafting adventure or just a chat over the breakfast table. For a solo traveller, it’s a nice perk to have.


Cycling through France

Logistics and convenience

We’ve spent the better part of 30 years honing our itineraries, getting rid of the dodgy hotels and keeping the good ones, picking the best restaurants to visit, and organising public transport and all the other logistics of travel so you don’t have to worry. Travelling alone can often be a) confusing and b) complicated. But with us, all you need is a good attitude – we’ll take care of the rest.

Feel safe as part of a group with a local leader


Our leaders know the areas of town to avoid after dark. They know how to haggle at markets, avoid pickpockets and scammers and generally have a good time without anything going wrong. And don’t forget, when you travel solo on a group tour, you’re in a group! You’ll have a bunch of new friends to watch your back (and your stuff). It’s all the flexibility and freedom of independent travel, but without the risks.

Solo travel FAQs

It’s completely up to you. There’s no extra charge when you share a room with someone of the same sex. But if you'd like a little more privacy, a single supplement is available on the majority of our trips (it’s just a small extra charge). Just mention this to our customer service team when booking your trip and they'll arrange it for you.  

Whether you’re travelling solo or with a partner, our trips have a set itinerary. But within that there’s time set aside for your own exploration (if you want to – no pressure). The amount of free time depends on the travel style - you can ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone, or hang out with the group and see where the day takes you.

Not if you don’t want to. If you’re happy to bunk with a traveller of the same gender, there’s nothing extra to pay on the vast majority of our trips. If you want your own room, just mention it to our customer service team when booking and they can organise a single supplement for a small charge. 

Intrepid travellers are connected more by attitude than age. They’re a friendly, open-minded and curious bunch, and a lot of them elect to travel alone (so no third-wheeling, we promise). Our trips attract a mix of genders and ages generally range from 25 to 65. It’s hard to know exactly who you’ll meet, but you can be assured you'll be a part of the fun.

On average, solo travel on a group tour is way more cost-effective than heading out on your own as you're splitting the cost (we can also guarantee a lot more inclusions and extras than you’d usually get for your money).

We have a range of trip styles – Basix, Original and Comfort – that offer different levels of flexibility and free time. While there’s always a set itinerary for the group, our Basix trips tend to have less included activities and more time to do your own thing, Original trips have a 50/50 balance, and our Comfort trips have more included activities. Lots of our travellers choose to travel on their own, so it’s common for people to want different things from their experience. Be sure to chat to your leader; they can recommend places to explore during free time or things to try after the trip has finished. 

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.

Torre DeRoche

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

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."