Solo Travel Network, "an international network of
travelers interested in finding comfortable and economical ways of
traveling alone." Connecting offers a Single-Friendly Travel
Directory listing more than 240 travel companies and organizations whose
services and pricing are sensitive to those traveling without a partner
-- including some that do not charge a single supplement. The directory
costs $7.95 or is free with an annual membership of $35 (or $25 online)
for six 20-page issues of a newsletter. Credit card orders:
800-557-1757; Web site www.cstn.org.
address: Connecting, 689 Park Road, Unit 6, Gibsons, BC V0N
helps people find traveling partners and produces
TravelCompanions.com newsletter, which is full of useful information,
including a steady supply of strategies for avoiding the single
supplement. For a sample issue, send $6 to Box 833, Amityville, N.Y. 11701.
is not currently processing new subscriptions,
but it offers resources online at www.travelcompanions.com.
and Love It: A Flight Attendant's Guide to Solo Travel, by Sharon
B. Wingler (Chicago Spectrum Press, 1996). Companion site at www.travelaloneandloveit.com.
Single’s Guide to
Cruise Vacations, by Jacqueline Simenauer and Margaret Russell
(Prima Publishing, 1997).
Advice and Ideas for More Than 250 Great Vacations, by Eleanor
Berman (Globe Pequot Press, 2d edition 1999).
Today package on solo travel
Women’s Travel caters to women over 50. phone 212-838-4740,
www.poshnosh.com or www.senior-spirit.com.
Starr Tours of Trenton,
N.J., phone 800-782-7703, Web site www.starrtours.com.
Hill, Pa., phone 800-227-1100; Web site www.seniortours.com.
N.Y., phone 800-833-9600.
Elderhostel, based in
1-877-426-8056; Web site www.elderhostel.org.
CIE Tours International
Cedar Knolls, N.J., phone 1-800-243-8687;
Go Ahead Vacations
Grand Circle Travel
1-800-248-3737; Web site www.gct.com.
Saga Holidays in
1-800-343-0273; Web site www.sagaholidays.com.
- Unbelievably Good Deals and
Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can’t Get Unless You’re Over
50, by Joan Rattner Heilman (Contemporary Books, 13th
The United States Tour Operators Association
publishes a free “Smart Traveler’s Planning Kit” that tells you
what to look for when considering a tour company. To get a copy, call 800-468-7862
or find the information at www.ustoa.com
is a Web site founded by Brenda Elwell of Secaucus, N.J., that offers
a wide range of information on single parent and nontraditional family
travel, including monthly travel specials. Her book The Single
Parent Travel Handbook includes listings of travel agents
who specialize in single-parent travel. The cover price is $17.95; a
discount is available on the Web site, www.SingleParentTravel.net.
The book also can be ordered through bookstores or by calling
Without Partners magazine and Web site, www.parentswithoutpartners.org.
sections include “women’s travel tales,” “go-alone travel
tips,” “women helping women travel.”
A Woman’s Travel Journal, a quarterly magazine, www.passionfruit.com.
Women’s Travel caters to women over 50. phone 212-838-4740,
Great American Vacations: 25
Affordable Family Trips to the USA's Best-Loved Destinations (Fodor's
Tropical Family Vacations: In the
Hawaii, South Florida and
by Laura Sutherland (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999), describes resorts
to consider on 21 Caribbean
100 Best All-Inclusive Vacations of
the World, by Jay Paris and Carmi Zona-Paris (Globe Pequot, 1999),
has a chart with contact information that includes more than 100 all-inclusives
in the Caribbean.
It notes special features such as children’s programs.
Many Web sites feature all-inclusive
family resorts, including www.resortvacationstogo.com,
which can also be reached through 1-800-338-4962. Its site recently had
resorts listed under its “kids welcome” section.
All-Inclusive Resort Travel has
a Web site at www.family-all-inclusives.com,
Baseball Vacations: Great
Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballparks Across
America, by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel (Fodor’s Travel, 3rd
Roadtrips, a company
based in Winnipeg, Canada, arranges three-day holidays to any of 30 major league ballparks, as
well as multi-city, multi-game baseball tours. Roadtrips also packages
hockey, football, basketball, golf and auto racing getaways. For a
brochure, call 1-800-465-1765 or visit Web site www.roadtrips.com.
Champs Sports Tours,
based in Philadelphia, offers tours to Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium
in New York, Fenway Park in Boston, and Oriole Park at
Camden Yard in Baltimore, among other sports trips. For a brochure, call1-800-382-8087 or
215-331-9700. View 2006 dates and destinations by clicking
325 Middle Country Rd., Smithtown, N.Y. 11787; phone1-800-345-2854;
558 Park Ave., Elmhurst, Ill. 60126;
1-800-233-0334 or 630-941-8057; www.peacecentertours.com.
Medjugorje and other
Web at www.medjugorje.org.
Go to www.medjugorje.org/medinfo.htm
for the section called “pilgrimage facts and information.”
official Medjugorje site is at www.medjugorje.hr.
Although it is cluttered, you can find help in the “guide through
the shrine” section.
Agency Global in Medjugorje has a Web site at www.global-medjugorje.com
and operates a bus service between the Split airport and Medjugorje. You can e-mail
requests for details from that site.
Journeys, 35 West Sellers Ave., Ridley Park, PA 19078; phone
1-800-846-4537 or 610-521-0339; www.disabilitytravel.com.
accessible holidays and escorts groups on accessible vacations for
slow walkers, wheelchair travelers, their families and their
Britain & Ireland, Ltd., 11978 Audubon Place, Philadelphia, PA
phone 215-969-0542; www.undiscoveredbritain.com.
Besides typical travel agency services, this company tracks
accessibility for its clients, including wheelchair accessible
accommodations and transportation.
Great American Vacations for Travelers With Disabilities, edited by
Donna Cornacchio (2nd edition,
Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers,
Candy B. Harrington (Xlibris Corp., 2001).
companies make arrangements for travelers with mobility impairments, but
the number that work with developmentally disabled travelers is far fewer.
Still, there are several that have been specializing in such travel
arrangement for many years. Among them:
People and Places, P.O.
Box 184, South Wales, N.Y 14139; phone 716-937-1813; Web site www.people-and-places.org.
Vacations since 1975 for adults with developmental disabilities
throughout the United States and abroad.
Guided Tour Inc., 7900 Old York Rd., Suite 114-B, Elkins Park, Pa.
19027; phone 1-800-783-5841; Web site www.guidedtour.com.
This company has been in business since 1972 and says its clients
“are persons with developmental challenges (and sometimes persons
with BOTH a physical and developmental challenge), ages 17 and up, who
come from all over the United
Vacations, part of Sundial Travel Service, 2609 Highway 101N
Suite 103, Seaside, Ore. 97138.
In business about 30 years, the company says many of its “special
vacationers come from group homes, recreation and park programs,
independent living situations, or vocational programs.”
911 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool, N.Y. 13088; phone
315-461-4852; Web site www.tulip-travel.com.
This company says its two principals have more than 18 years combined
experience in the field of developmental disability.
agencies can be located by doing a Web search for
“developmental disabilities” and “travel agency.”
trails & resources
newsletters & links
Traveler devotes each issue to a town or region, mostly on the East
Coast, recommending area highlights and reviewing lodgings and
restaurants. The back issues are available for $8 each to nonsubscribers
or three for the price of four. To order call 1-800-673-7834 or visit the
Vegas Advisor is short on bluster, long on details and perspective for
planning and executing a trip to Vegas, whether you go for the shows or
the rolling dice. A three-month planner provides the entertainment,
events, tournament and weather lineup. The monthly Top Ten Values points
visitors to the 99-cent shrimp cocktail and $4.95 steak dinners. Dining,
entertainment and gambling reviews hit the spot. $50 per year, subscribe
online or by calling 702-252-0655.
is packed with useful information for solo travelers, but its dissection
of travel strategies benefits readers of any ilk. Besides the advice, a
service for matching travelers is available. For a sample issue, send $6 to Box 833, Amityville, N.Y. 11701. TCE
is not currently processing new subscriptions, but it offers resources online at www.travelcompanions.com.
Harper's Hideaway Report
reviews top-end resorts and lodgings around
the world, touting a subscription limit and a subscribership made largely
of business executives. Subscriptions $135 per year, phone1-800-235-9622.
Today -- Timely day-to-day and features travel coverage is in a class
of its own. Free access to past articles very good.
Washington Post -- More than any daily U.S. newspaper, The Post
uses its site to expand upon print coverage and supply useful info for
planning and deciding on a destination. Its integration of hard-news
reports from other sections, interactive features, and archive
accessibility show how good a travel section can be if a newspaper chooses
to apply cleverness, effort and resources.
New York Times -- The Gray Lady's travel section reaches far and wide,
with a travel site search window where we like it, right up front.
It has expanded free access to past travel stories; its organized
presentation make it easy to use -- and hard to pull away from.
Philadelphia Inquirer -- The Sunday travel section stories range far
and near, including a weekly feature contributed by readers.
Frommer's BudgetTravel -- The magazine that first thumbed its nose at
snooty competition in 1998.
Nast Traveler -- The magazine that first shook up high-end travel
coverage in 1988.
& Leisure -- The magazine that rode -- and helped propel -- the
modern travel era.
sites by individuals
-- Christopher Elliott is all over the map, literally and figuratively, as
travel critic, gadfly, provocateur. He is National Geographic Traveler
magazine's ombudsman and contributes to U.S. News
& World Report and MSN.
-- Joe Brancatelli reigns as the business traveler's alter ego and best
friend, with his Brancatelli File and Tactical Traveler columns anchoring
a lineup of road-hardened contributors.
Practical Nomad -- Edward Hasbrouck single-handedly brings a Consumer
Reports thoroughness to independent travel planning and execution.
straight from people on the road
Thorn Tree-- Lonely Planet Publications' bulletin board dishes the
latest from destinations worldwide.
Wall -- From Rick Steves and company, a vast forum for travel and
Tourist -- "Real travelers -- real info."
Journals -- The Rough Guides' well-organized entry into the info-swap
travel planning sites
Independent Traveler -- One of the longest-running, most-experienced
travel sites on the Web; the Bargain Box excels at current deals displayed
in a way that doesn't overwhelm.
-- Arthur Frommer, travel guru, offers deals and destinations.
rich with travelogues & links
-- Travel guide with pictures and maps.
-- "An active thriving travel community where members and guides
share their travel experiences, offer each other advice and plan their
Hum -- "Travel dispatches from a shrinking planet."
Go U Go -- "A community of real people sharing their travel
and other travel links
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