In your school days, you may have found, as you did, that the economy is indeed “bleak science.” However, I learned one main fact. Supply and demand are driving prices. For single travel, additional fees or “individual supplement” differ partly in accordance with this tried and true rule. The good news? If you surf the Internet, you can find ways to save on traveling alone when your demand decreases. Bad news? The number of complementary offers, reduced or no, is limited in number, and runs quickly.
Here are 10 ways to save.
1. Don’t ask for one room. Request a “room for one person”. In Europe, housing is often sold at a single price. Make sure you know if the price is for a single standard room or a small single room. Look at the size shown for one occupant. Then consider the amount of time you will spend in your room. I often take 10 to 12 hours trips abroad with almost no time spent in my hotel room except for spending some sleep before going out again.
2. Get there first. Book up to one year ahead as few individual boxes are reduced. This is really important if you go in season. Summer vacation resorts and hot spots may make returning visitors book next year upon check-out.
3. Go to the airport when everyone returns to their homes. Off-season travel is the best way to get instant 50% discounts. In southern France, prices are dropping as fast as on September 9th. Ski resorts, such as the legendary Sun Valley Lodge, have special offers just before Christmas. In winter and spring, European discounts can be at half price as well.
4. Get excited about rainy weather or intense heat and cold. You will have to think how much you want to take this. I made a short and exciting business trip in January in Siberia. I also toured India during the monsoons. In some cases, negative statements may not affect your trip. Good example? Hurricane risk is not likely to occur in all autumn of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) which makes pricing better. In Africa, for example, safari prices are lower during the rainy or “green” season if you can get away, and don’t mind the possibility of short and heavy rains.
5. Find new travel service providers. Hotels that are opened or reopened after renovations have special offers to earn or restore market share. For example, the Hotel Castille in Paris had huge discounts in the short term when it reopened just steps away from modern boutiques. After that, prices increased in line with other high-end small hotels
6. Be contradictory. Do not pay a premium for what is currently popular. Internet roaming the regions undervalued. If all this anger, prices will rise. In the 1980s, I somehow found a Montenegrin resort off the Albanian border. Since then, Sveti Stefan has been updated, as I stayed, as shown in its five-star price. The moral of the story is getting there before the crowds discover a destination.
7. If you cannot pronounce or spell it, you will love the prices! Replace the less skewed path. If you have a dream to see the Parthenon you should go to Greece. (This is unless you live in North America and want to see the perfect replica in Nashville, Tennessee.!) Regional air carriers are a good way to see largely unexplored places at low prices. One example: I dreamed of Tahiti in the early days of graduate studies. When rates were high there, Air New Zealand suggested alternatives: Rarotonga and Aitutaki. I took it at the time and took a lifelong trip to eat on stories for years.
8. Scroll the Internet for national and regional programs offered by tourist councils. Check it out as it may only be available abroad. One of the best deals I found in the 1990s was with “Lan Chile” at the time. From the U.S., I bought three backup tickets for a total of $ 200 to go anywhere in the country. At this price, I took my way to Antarctica Chile, at the end of the world!
9. Use flexible dates to grab weekdays deals. Hotels and airline prices often rise together. why is that? This brings us back to supply and demand. When planes and hotels have lower payload factors, prices are softer.
10. Share to save. Search for tours that do not have a single supplement by agreeing to participate. What is the benefit of this approach? It is a way to save if your travel dates are not flexible, and no additional low-cost deals are available.
However, before you give up on suitable single travel on your budget, look at these options.