By Micah McGee
So, you've decided to embark on a solo vacation! Even the toughest lady among us could be terrified, but adventuring alone doesn’t have to be scary. Enlightening and empowering, yes, but lonely, no. Calling all wanderlusters! Check out the latest travel trend: solo traveling with a group tour. Travelle journeyed to New Zealand with the fabulous, #1 rated tour service, Haka Tours. Haka allows single travelers to customize their own trip while joining a group of strangers (but not strangers for long!) who have also picked similar adventures on this island country. Why all the hype? Travelle reports:
The Lay of the Land is Theirs
Avoid pulling all of your hair out, and say goodbye to planning each and every step of your trip. When you commit to a travel group like Haka Tours, you get to choose the highlights you’d like to see, and they handle everything else. Rest easy- a local group knows the best deals, meals and steals! They can easily match clients’ personalities and individual travel purposes with a complimenting travel schedule, and they have plenty of experience! Haka Tours is no exception. With Haka’s stress-free tours, there are no more than 16 individuals per group expedition.
Authenticity: Go Kiwi
Who knows the island better than the natives themselves? When traveling solo (or even in a group), it’s best to avoid big corporations where the individual gets lost amid the shuffle of making the most money. In New Zealand, Haka Tours has won a riotous number of awards for being the best in the land. They make sure to hire local - and a lady boss always supports local! Let your guide suggest the best options for a night out in Queenstown, a beautiful spot for a yoga sess in a rainforest, or the next rapid for you and your kayak to conquer.
Transportation: Already Done!
Need we say more? Planning to get from point A to point D, then back to C again is exhausting- not only in front of the computer screen, but also in real time, as you attempt to hit up every sightseeing spot. With Haka Tours, the bus, train or car will already be set by Haka Tours to whisk you away to stunning views, and all you need to worry about is buckling your seatbelt!
A new place, new eats and too many new options. Being the savvy traveler you are, we're sure you’re already considering the best way to plan for this getaway in regards to your health, but unfamiliarity can get the best of any of us! Remove the risk of settling for overpriced, greasy food and let these kiwis show you where the real Maori “Hangi” is. Haka Tours’ guides are quick to accommodate any needs! Gluten and dairy free products, as well as wealth of locally sourced fruits and veggies, are no mere strangers to these guys, making the trip healthy, worry-free and positively delicious!
The sheer number of activities a gal can add to her schedule is overwhelming. (Attention type-A ladies! The trip doesn’t have to be totally spontaneous.) Adrenaline junkies will drool over bungee jumping, rafting and “sledging” (navigating river rapids on a special body board-holler!) or coasting the skyline in the world’s most extreme flying fox. Nature lovers, why aren’t your bags packed already? New Zealand is calling! Paddling through sea caves, a boat trip through the breathtaking National Park Abel Tasman, and hiking around the Tongariro Crossing (an ACTIVE volcano) should all be on your to-do list! The romantic can sleep in a hidden rain forest retreat, ride a Gondola through Queenstown, or dreamily look out onto the white-crested shores of Lake Tekapo. If traveling solo isn’t already on your bucket list, to quote the Queen B: “Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation!”