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If you were a tour operator and wanted to discourage single people from signing up, one approach would be to add a “single supplement” to the cost of the tour.  

I didn’t even know what a single supplement was when I booked my first trip on my own about 7 months after my husband died.  I suppose my hope was to be able to meet other people traveling alone for company, and not be constantly reminded of the fact that my husband wasn’t with me.

As it turned out, that particular tour to the Grand Canyon with Road Scholar did not have a very high single supplement so there were 4 other women on the trip traveling alone, which made for company at dinners and on bus rides.

Other trips after that had higher single supplements and fewer people traveling by themselves.  That’s not to say that friendships aren’t possible with couples who are traveling on these trips.  I’ve made some wonderful friends on these trips, with whom I ate meals and visited sites, on a cruise through Belgium and The Netherlands and on a recent land-based trip to 4 cities in Italy.

However, when you travel with your spouse, it’s very different than when you travel alone.  Having other single people makes it easier to have company.  Unfortunately, those single supplements don’t encourage the traveler on her own to sign up.

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