Solo Antarctica Travelers
Sailing on Ocean Tramp is a Great Option for Solo travelers to Antarctica
Who joins Quixote Expeditions? We get a mix of couples, friends and solo travelers. Today we are going to focus on why Quixote Expeditions is a good choice for solo travelers and hear from some Solo travelers who have joined us in the past.
Common Challenges for Solo Travelers:
“I don’t know anyone”
Onboard Ocean Tramp we have maximum 8 passengers, 3 crew, and 1 scientists. That means we all start out as strangers and leave as good friends. Onboard a sailboat minimum time is spent in cabins. Most of the time is spent outside on deck, in the pilot house looking out, or in the main saloon, eating, chatting, playing games, listening to a lecture, or reading a good book. By the end of the first day you will know everyone onboard.
Who do I sit with for dinner?
Onboard everyone eats around one big table – family style. There is never the risk of walking into a big dinning room and looking for an empty spot with a group or ending up sitting alone. We are all together, laughing, eating, telling stories.
I don’t want to pay a solo supplement
Because so little of our time is spent in cabins, most guests don’t mind sharing. As long as you are willing to share a cabin, there is no solo supplement
I want to be able to share the experience with someone
As noted above, onboard Ocean Tramp in the first few days everyone becomes fast friends. Thus the experience feels like one shared with friends you’ve had for a long time.
What have past solo travelers thought about their experience?
I didn’t really worry about being a solo traveler. I remember someone I was talking to in the Ushuaia airport said he thought I was brave, traveling on my own – I hadn’t thought of it that way. I think that with a trip on a yacht to Antartica, there’s a significant filtration that happens, in terms of the kind of person that’s going to do the trip. (1) choice of Antarctica; 2) on a sailboat; 3) adventurous and curious). So there’s a greater chance that one is likely to meet like-minded people on such a trip. – Katherine
My advice for any singles would be not to hesitate to take a trip like this alone , because it’s so unique and personal that you really never feel alone and become close with people incredibly fast. – Sean
Other Advice from past Solo Travelers
Bring pajamas if you’re not used to wearing any (it’s cold, and you won’t have your own cabin). Seriously I can’t think of anything else. The trip is so fantastic, and you won’t get bored: There’s great books on board, the scenery is amazing, you can access movies if that’s what you want, and you’ll be on board with people who are also there to enjoy one of the most spectacular places on earth. – Katherine