BILLINGS, MT, May 2007 – As the world turns, so turn increasing numbers of Americans to traveling solo — even on vacations. That’s why one adventure vacation company has designed two 2007 departures for singles.
Austin-Lehman Adventures’ 2007 program includes two trip dates in the Canadian Rockies and Yellowstone National Park expressly designed for singles and solos-only. These are a July 1-6 departure to Banff & Lake LouiseÂ and a Sept. 9-14 departure to Yellowstone National Park.
These programs grew out of a felt need, observes Dan Austin, co-founder and director of ALA whose market niche combines immersiveÂ multi-sport outdoor opportunities with destinations throughout the Americas from Alaska to the Galapagos.
“We’ve noticed a significant increase in inquiries about how Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA) cares for guests traveling without a spouse, companion or child,” says Austin. “In addition to these singles-only trips, our staff pays special attention to the needs and concerns of singles who join our other departures.” Concerns include, among others, reduced single supplement costs (ALA can arrange same sex roommates upon request but if one is not found, only 50% of the customary supplement is charged) and how singles will fit in with couples.
“When we’re out hiking, cycling, kayaking or rafting, everyone participates together and who’s paired with whom doesn’t really compute,” Austin says. “Our trip leaders do an outstanding job of creating a healthy group dynamic from start to finish so that everyone feels empowered and comfortable.”
Singles also ask about the benefits of group travel instead going it alone, Austin says.
This concern applies to everyone, not just singles, emphasizes Austin, who underscores time management in regards to itinerary planning, area expertise and the safety and economy of a few people (up to 12 on an ALA trip) traveling together as opposed to singles or couples making all of their own arrangements in sometimes remote regions.
“We’re tending towards leading highly isolated lives in our high tech world,” says Austin. “Our trips in a way confirm that “Hey, I still like to be with people; I’m still a social animal; and it’s a lot more fun to share experiences than not.”
For a copy of the 2007 catalog as well as information on ALA’s 32 unique luxury, multisport, adult and family active adventure travel itineraries please call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries you can log onto www.austinlehman.com.
Appealing to solos and new for 2007, ALA is also offering a cultural tour of the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. The trip explores the remote Lacandon rainforest ruins of Palenque, Yaxchitlan and Bonampak and indigenous highland Maya villages. The 8 day / 7 night program will run September 23-30, October 28-November 4 (Day of the Dead trip), and December 23-30, 2007. The per person, double rate is $2,998, exclusive of air to and from Mexico.
Austin-Lehman Adventures specializes in upscale multi-sport adventures to iconic destinations throughout the Americas. Most of their small group vacations average six days and five nights in duration, and combine such guided outdoor activities as hiking, biking, rafting, canoeing and horseback riding with nights spent at a series of distinctive inns and lodges. Lunch is usually served gourmet picnic-style along the trail, and breakfast and dinner take place in a given region’s finest cafes and restaurants. Prior experience is not a prerequisite and adventures cater to a wide range of ages and abilities.
Acknowledged authorities in adventure travel, Austin and ALA partner Paul Lehman are both recent additions to Forbes Traveler’s panel of Travel Experts.
ALA is also a founding member of the travel consortium, Trusted Adventures (www.trustedadventures.com), which mixes and matches its clients to adventures in the Americas as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. The alliance offers 300 unique trips to over 80 destinations worldwide.