Hi. I need an advice. Would be grateful for any suggestions/recommendations.
I am 23, live in NY. I am an MBA student at Pace University (downtown Manhattan). I work between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday. I don’t have much of the social life. I don’t blame it on my busyness, but that is certainly a factor. I do not have a girlfriend.
Usually, when I get a vacation, I just stay home and watch TV, or at the very best go somewhere upstate or interstate. This year, however, I would like to take a “serious” vacation. The problem is I do not have a companion.
I have two weeks and a budget of up to $1500 - $2000.
Could anyone please suggest what options do I have considering everything mentioned above. The vacation has to be guided, so maybe a tour of sorts. I want something fun and interesting. I do not want to lay on the beach whole day. I want to walk around, see and learn about the locations, etc.
Thanks in advance.
What time of year are you going? That'll impact on the recommendations - wouldn't want to send you to Northern Canada in February or the jungles of Honduras in August.
As for a guided vacation for two weeks and your budget, should not be a problem to find anything in that price range. There are a number of companies that specialize in single traveller vacations. You will often have to share a room with someone during the trip, but if that doesn't bother you, shouldn't be a problem.
I don't know of any local to NY, but you might want to check out the some of the following companies:
- GAP Adventures, which has lots of fun and adventurous activities for solo travellers to travel in a group
- Contiki, which specializing in vacations for people under the age of 35
- Meet Market Adventures - this is a local Toronto company, but they do travel in groups for singles. You should check for similar companies out of NY, in the event that you want to meet someone of the female variety that is also single.
Googling any of those companies should bring up their websites. I know of people who have gone with all three and had a great time.
I love travelling on my own, and have yet to take a guided-tour vacation (except for the occasional hour-long guided tour!). I'd suggest you pick a place that interests you, research it - and go! There's no better way to meet people than by travelling alone, especially if you stay in hostels or other places where like-minded travellers meet. I agree with Greg - your budget should take you nicely through two weeks.
Enjoy! And tell us all about it.