Solo group travel – the best of both worlds


More and more adults are travelling the world each year. In fact a recent study by Visa found that around 24% of trips undertaken last year were people travelling solo. That’s 10% up on 2014.

But there are still many more who would love to travel but would prefer to do it with someone else. Traditionally, solo travellers have found themselves caught between a rock and a hard place: wander the world alone, or sign onto a group tour and endure acting a perpetual “plus one.” Thankfully, a new alternative is now available and promises to serve marginalised solo travellers in a new way: by offering solo only group tours. As it turns out, solo group tours is more than an oxymoron – it’s a travel revelation.

Traditional tour companies build their businesses on forming large group tours from small group numbers: a couple of two, a family of five, and a group of 4 life-long friends. Add them all up and you’ve got a full bus. But what about that lone ranger, the solo traveller who also wants to bike through the rice paddies in Vietnam but doesn’t have anyone to go with him or her? Solo travellers are often tacked on to round out group numbers, but not without having to pay a premium price in the form of high single supplement room fees (an additional cost for booking a single hotel room  or tour place – sometimes up to double).

While solo travellers suffer through additional tour fees, they also often suffer through dozens of uncomfortable social situations. Have you ever found yourself single and away from home on Valentine’s Day? That same prickling sensation is what it feels like to be the only solo traveller amid a slew of giddy couples and happy families. Sure, there are wonderful moments to be had, such as long conversations on the tour bus and swapping stories over Belgian waffles at breakfast. But the solo traveller is never really able to settle into a comfortable rhythm.

Solo travellers simply can’t compete with the life-long friendships and “inside jokes.” Far too many times the solo traveller in the group feels like the “odd man/woman out,” the “third wheel,” or the gypsy loner that wandered into a kind of travel foster home.  That is, until now.

Rewriting the Rules of Solo Travel

Rather than grouping together families, friends, and couples, solo group tours unite the plus ones – gathering everyone together on equal ground and eliminating the possibility of feeling like the lone outsider. Instead, everyone is unified by their desire to see the world and their airplane ticket for one.

Adults interested in seeing the world on their own, will find infinite advantages to signing up for a solo group tour with Two’s a Crowd.  In many ways it’s the best of both worlds – the comfort, peace of mind and camaraderie of an organised group tour, coupled with the autonomy and privacy of solo travel.

Here are just a few of the advantages of travelling with Two’s a Crowd:

Like-Minded Individuals Rather than feeling like a third wheel on someone else’s romantic getaway, solo travellers enjoy the company of other like-minded individuals who have set out to see the world on their own.

Guaranteed Single Room For many, sharing a room with a stranger  sounds like the worst way to spend a holiday, which is why Two’s a Crowd ensures their travellers get a sanctuary all to themselves. No sharing …ever.

No or Low Single Supplements There is no need to put up with solo traveller high premiums any longer, because no longer are solo travellers seen as the group’s “filler” to round out the numbers. With Two’s a Crowd, there are no high special fees or penalties, because we don’t believe that travelling by yourself should be that much more expensive.

Worry-Free Itinerary Because the tour is organised by a professional tour company, the itinerary is carefully designed and operates under the watchful gaze of  local guides and a tour host. Hotels and restaurants are pre-vetted for quality, as are guides and all activities, and any wrinkles that may arise during the course of the tour are addressed by a tour host  whose job it is to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed.

Time to savour the experience Many travellers have negative memories of group tours: large groups of up to 40 people, military style organisation with early starts and late finishes. Not to mention often just seeing  sites through a bus window. It doesn’t need to be like that. Our itineraries include time out to do your own thing – go for a wander through a local market, relax by the pool or  whatever takes your fancy. Our tour guides always have plenty of suggestions. Plus our groups sizes  average 15 and are capped at 20 so no need for 5-star generals to act as guides.

Outstanding destinations We believe solo travellers deserve the same travel opportunities as everyone else, which is why we actively develop exceptional  global adventures from Kenya to Vietnam, Peru to Italy.

The Best of Both Worlds By viewing solo travellers as the priority – rather than an afterthought – it’s possible to deliver a truly unforgettable travel experience that combines the best of both worlds: the comforts of group travel with the autonomy of solo travel.

So you see, it’s not an oxymoron, it’s the best of both worlds. And as it turns out, travelling solo doesn’t mean you have to go the road alone. No need to contort your body to snap the perfect selfie – just hand off the camera to your solo traveller friend to take the picture for you. And when the trip is through, keep in touch with your new mates.

What Our Clients Say

20 out of 10!

The trip was just great - I can't really think of any negatives. Diane will back me up when I say I usually give 10/10s - I gave her 20/10. Trish, Canada/Alaska

Excellent trip

I found the overall trip excellent. I believe Diane's professionalism, inclusive personality and ability to relate to all contributed to this. She worked to ensure the group was cohesive without individuals impinging on the personal space of others etc. a good skill to have and one she applied effectively. Kate, Canada/Alaska

Fantastic value for money

Fantastic value for money paid. Russell our guide is an asset to your company... he was fantastic! Overall the trip was magical from start to finish. Well done Two's a Crowd ... the best trip ever. Barbara, Canada/Alaska

Fantastic first solo trip

I had a fantastic trip. Absolutely loved Canada and Alaska. It's the first time I have travelled solo and was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of people that all got on so well. Diane our host was great. She did a good job of getting us altogether for meals, excursions, shopping trips etc. I liked that she quietly got things done without being loud or "in-your-face". She was good at being one of us as well as our leader. Wendy, Canada/Alaska

Good balance of activities and spare time

Had a great time. Good mixture of organised activities and spare time. Diane was an excellent tour host. Russell the tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and personable with his insights into growing up and living in Canada. Sharon, Canada/Alaska

Well organised trip with an excellent host

The trip was well organised, with a good mix of activity and free time. The scenery was spectacular and fellow travellers were a great bunch. Diane is a excellent host - helpful, courteous and above all a pleasure to know. I found her bubbly personality a bonus and can only speak highly of her. Gary, Canada/Alaska

I had a fabulous time

I had a fabulous time. Lake Louise and the hotel were magnificent. The cruise was excellent. Diane made sure that she was available for group meals and sightseeing, and was alway in good humour and great fun. I would recommend your company to everyone and am very interested in the Scandinavia  tour at the end of 2017.

Cathy, Adelaide - Canada/Alaska May 2016

Great holiday

What a great trip! I experienced so much and participated in all that was offered. I had read and reviewed as much as time allowed me but was not prepared for what the trip gave me and that is a better understanding of the beautiful people of both countries. - Lesley on Vietnam/Cambodia

In good company

I thought the suggestions for optional things to do, in the "free" time were very good. So good, we really ended up with very little free time. So much to do! - Mary on Vietnam

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together. - Anonymous on Vietnam/Cambodia

Fantastic first experience!

Extremely well organised with fabulous guides throughout - especially in Vietnam! First holiday with your company and certainly not the last. - Glenys on Vietnam

Great group to travel with

Having a small group meant that the days were more relaxed and flexible and I really felt spoilt and looked after. Melinda on Borneo

Thoroughly enjoyed Uganda

Thoroughly enjoyed my trip especially Uganda. There was so much variety of things to do on this trip. Jaros & Julius were great. Thought in Kenya the Maasai Mara were beautiful people, so easy to get along with. Judy

Can’t stop talking about my experience

I just feel so privileged to have shared with the Maasai the most awe-inspiring majestic sights and sounds of Africa. The fantastic memories will be with me forever. Maureen

Absolutely enjoyable

Gillian was a fantastic host. She was there for us from the moment we reached Hotel Troy. Heather on Africa

Best holiday I’ve been on!

One of the best holidays that I have been on - really well organised. I would never have travelled to Vietnam or Cambodia on my own. Bronwyn

Well organised

Fun, well organised and a really great group. Barbara on Vietnam/Cambodia

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together.

Great value

Well done. No complaints. Very pleased with this trip. Great value for my hard earned dollars! Really enjoyed the [Vietnam/Cambodia] tour. 

Fabulous rapport filled with much humour!

A great bunch of people & I can't believe how we all had such a fabulous rapport filled with much humour!!!

I couldn’t fault anything.

The (Uniworld River) cruise was great, I met up with some wonderful people who treated me like part of the family !
The ship & crew were fantastic & the excursions were very good, I couldn't fault anything. I'd recommend this cruise to anyone.  Peter

Informative and educational

The entire trip was one of the most enjoyable and exciting. Also so informative and educational. I was so pleased to make the trip. Wish I was over there in that magical place.  Marjorie


I’ve just returned from the wonderful Kimberley trip.  It was my first experience with Two’s a Crowd and I was delighted.  Kay

Opportunity to experience

I have had the opportunity to experience things I would never had done by myself.  Solo travellers is a fantastic concept and use of social media has been a great way to share and keep in touch with friends and family. Judi

I need not have worried

Being my first tour and a senior member, I admit I was apprehensive but I need not have worried. It was great and I was very well looked after.  Can’t wait to go to Kenya with Two’s a Crowd.  Maureen

Smooth and seamless

A memorable trip of a lifetime, a wish fulfilled.  A fascinating cultural country steeped in history which I found totally enthralling.  Two’s a Crowd service was smooth and seamless.  Pam

A wonderful experience

It was a wonderful experience visiting Cambodia and Vietnam and gave me a better understanding of these countries. I had a great time with new friends, we had a good bunch and Leonie was the perfect host. Eric

Value for money

Value for money and outstanding co-operation from your staff and tour operators. Joan

Safe and secure and totally looked after

An awesome adventure for my first time overseas alone.  Leonie was excellent and both guides were also fantastic.  At all times I felt safe and secure and totally looked after.  Melinda

Well done Two’s a Crowd.

Leonie was an excellent host, the ideal person. I never felt any pressure to  be involved in every activity so I could explore alone during free time. Having 2 or 3 nights in most places was great – you could rest up or party. Well done Two’s a Crowd. Jenny

A completely different experience

It was a nice surprise holiday, a completely different experience from all my other holidays. Thanks. Piroska

I’ve had at least 10 travel agents.

In my travelling life, I’ve had at least 10 travel agents.  Two’s a Crowd is the first one where I haven’t had to correct anything in my travel documents.   Piroska

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I really wanted to meet the people behind it

“I saw your ad in the local paper and could have phoned but I wanted to come in and congratulate you on starting this great business. I really wanted to meet the people behind it.”

Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be!

I’m really enthusiastic about the niche you are determined to cover in the market, and have the feeling stumbling on Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be.

I find them inspirational

Thanks for sending these emails as I find them inspirational and will sit dreaming for the next hour or so.

Thank you for providing a service for people like me

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Excellent throughout.

The entire 14 days ran so smoothly from Two's a Crowd booking my flights to  airport transfers and then the 12 days camping in the Kimberley. Excellent throughout. Congratulations. Marjorie

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