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Top Trips For Singles
Tammy Weiler is no stranger to solo vacations. She took a number of them in her 20s and 30s, visiting museums in Paris, temples in Thailand, beaches in Brazil and historic sights throughout Spain.
And she never had a problem entertaining herself on the road–until mealtime.
I was OK during the day,” says Weiler, a single 45-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla.,”but it was really hard during dinner because it was intimidating dining alone at nice restaurants.
Motivated by her experience, in 1993 Weiler started Singles Travel International, a company which offers upscale trips for those flying solo. It plans 30 yearly tours to spots such as Paris, the Caribbean and Africa. Each enrolls between 15 to 30 people and offers clients structured days with free time built in.
On a trip to Italy this month, for example, clients will be able to tour St. Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in the morning and have the afternoon free to roam Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori and sample gelato at San Crispino. And solo meals need never be feared. That’s because dinners on these trips are group affairs. Those selecting the company’s annual African safari gather under an outdoor pavilion overlooking the bush in Kenya and enjoy hearty African meat stews and game such as ostrich or buffalo.
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