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Thinking About Traveling Solo? Do It!

By Krystal • October 21, 2021

Nervous about going alone on a rafting trip? Don’t be! Part of the magic of the Grand Canyon is that everyone experiences this once-in-a-lifetime trip together, so making friends happens much more easily than above the rim. We see strangers turn into a big, happy family pretty quickly on the river. Some of our guests have made lifelong friends on the Colorado!

“If you are waiting for someone to travel with you, you may end up waiting a lifetime.” – Anonymous

Here are just a few positives to traveling solo:

  • It is easier to make friends. Traveling solo allows you to spend more time getting to know the others on your trip and talking to people from all over.
  • You can do what you want. Feel like reading or sketching by the river instead of hiking? No problem.
  • It helps build confidence by forcing you to step out of your comfort zone.
  • Enjoy the solitude! Use this time alone to reflect and unwind.
    And don’t worry, although most guests prefer to sleep in the open air under the stars, we also bring enough tents so you won’t have to share. We also do not charge any additional “single supplement” fees.

    Group dynamics and the number of solo travelers can vary widely by trip. One unique trip had 4 amazing ladies who all decided to go solo! For one reason or another none of them could find someone else to go with them, but they didn’t let that stop them. Hear what they have to say about the adventure:

    “After wanting to go on this trip for over 20 years, I was finally able to pull it off. I had asked a couple of different friends if they could come but no one was able to join. Although you arrive solo, you soon become a member of a group of like-minded travelers on a journey of a lifetime. I was grateful for my opportunity to experience the pure magic of the canyon, the water, the prehistoric world at my fingertips, just me. My advice to other travelers considering going solo is go! The time is now!! Don’t wait a second longer to see your life change one rapid, one heron, one rainbow, one massive layered rock, one beautiful moment at a time.” – Heather, San Diego, CA

    “My one piece of advice to other people considering going solo is absolutely do it because you will meet some very nice people on the trip to keep you company. I met [a] woman that I got to know well and sat with on the boat every day so I did not feel isolated from the group. You will not feel lonely because you will be with your group all day and night. It will be an amazing experience you will never forget.” – Brian, Glendale, AZ

    Cliff jumping at Elves Chasm
    Brian from Glendale, AZ cliff jumping at Elves Chasm.

    “Traveling alone has been one of the most rewarding and liberating experiences of my life. A bit scary at first, but so amazing by the end. And the bigger the trip, the better. The level of fear is higher with the longer your trip is, but the rewards by the end are that much higher. Just go, you may get hooked on solo travel for life!” – Nick, ARR Office

    You can do this! There is a reason solo travel is on the rise with benefits ranging from meeting new people to finding yourself.

    If you have additional questions, feel free to give our office a call. Most of our staff have been on a trip solo at some point and would be happy to share their experiences!

    No question too small!

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