Abercrombie & Kent Offers Solo-Friendly Adventures and Savings

Me Hanging out in the U.K. (circa 2004?)
Me Hanging out in the U.K. (circa 2004?)

‘Tis the season to begin dreaming planning 2012 vacations and although I have not traveled with them yet, Abercrombie & Kent has a decent reputation as being solo-friendly with their “Solo Savings” meaning, they either waive single supplements or reduce it by as much as 75 percent on many of their small, group escorted trips to the most requested destinations. A&K has provided me with the following information and I’ve decided to share it because it’s a great resource for solo travelers.

More Solo Travelers Choosing Abercrombie & Kent
According to the tour provider, in 2011, solo travelers made up 15 percent of A&K bookings, which is up 10 percent from 2010. Nearly 40 percent of A&K solo travelers chose a trip because their partner doesn’t share their interest in the destination, or scheduling conflicts prevented family or friends from joining them. Twenty-five percent travel alone to pursue a personal passion such as wildlife photography, history or archaeology. Sound familiar? Go traveling solo power!

“Small group escorted travel is a natural fit for solo travelers,” explains Scott Wiseman, President of Abercrombie & Kent USA. “Not only does it allow you to share the experience of exploring a destination with other like-minded travelers, but at the end of each day you enjoy the privacy of your own accommodations.”

Abercrombie & Kent Features Solo Savings
Abercrombie & Kent features Solo Savings on more than 25 small group escorted journeys in popular destinations, including Bhutan, Botswana, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, South Africa and Tanzania. New destinations and dates are continually being added, to reflect last-minute savings and opportunities from our travel partners.(Keep an eye on their website www.abercrombiekent.com/solotravel for updates.)

Sampling of A&K Trips Ideal for Solo Travelers in 2012

Essence of India
– Immerse  in the magnificent monuments of northern and central India, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the temples of Elephanta sland, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. Travel how royals did – atop ornately decorated elephant and on private boat cruises – and stay in the world’s best hotels. Fifteen days from $8,220 + $1015 single supplement (was $4,050) on Mar 8, 2012 departure.

Southern Africa Revealed – Survey dazzling terrain from atop Table Mountain and Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Enjoy world-class game viewing in Mala Mala Game Reserve and majestic Victoria Falls. Eleven days from $7,260 + $0 single supplement (was $2,275) on Feb 13, 2012 departure.

Snows of Kilimanjaro – Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible mountains to summit, requiring no ropes or technical climbing experience. But it’s a serious physical undertaking. You can climb Kilimanjaro in as little as five days, but six nights on the mountain provides more time to acclimatize, increasing the success rate to 97 percent (from an average of 40 percent). At Uhuru Peak – a soaring 19,325 feet – gaze out in wonder from the continent’s highest point. Eleven days from $5,460 + $0 single supplement (was $950) on Feb 8 & Mar 7, 2012 departures.

Trips for Solo Travelers with a Little More Itch for Adventure

Bhutan: Land of the Dragon by Foot & Cycle – Embark on a vigorous overland challenge as you bike, hike, walk and climb through the remote valleys and mountain plateaus of Bhutan, a country that is only recently emerging to the outside world. Six days from $4,390 + $0 single supplement on all 2012 departures. (Save an additional $500 when booked by Nov 30, 2011.)

Mexico: Kayaking the Baja Coast – Baja California’s rugged coastline, pristine azure waters and sparkling white beaches are the perfect setting for a kayaking and snorkeling adventure. Travel from island to island by kayak, explore prehistoric relics and camp under the stars each night on secluded beaches. Seven days from $2,360 + $0 single supplement. (Save an additional $500 when booked by Nov 31, 2011.)

Safety and Security is Abercrombie & Kent’s Primary First Concern
A&K is a U.S.-based company with a network of 60 on-site offices around the world, providing around-the-clock support. Private airport transfers on arrival and departure are available and an A&K tour director accompanies all escorted journeys offer insider expertise on everything from local history and architecture to the best restaurants and shopping – in addition to being a friendly travel companion focused on ensuring each member of the group enjoys the trip to the fullest.

How to Book a Trip with Abercrombie & Kent
Visit their website, www.abercrombiekent.com/solotravel for “Solo Savings” departures or call 800-554-7094.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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