Cruises offer great opportunities to see the world. When you do it solo, you get the satisfaction of knowing you conquered travel using nothing but your own wits and courage. Several cruise lines cater to solo travelers, offering activities designed to help passengers meet new people, on-shore excursions designed for groups of singles and group dining so you don’t have to work your way through meal after meal sitting by yourself. Some lines, like Norwegian and Holland America, even offer studio cabins so solo travelers don’t have to pay an upcharge to stay in a shared room by themselves.
For a great solo cruise, visit Antarctica on a scientific cruise vessel. These are cruise ships that combine a scientific crew with paying leisure passengers to help offset the cost of scientific study in the region. Paying passengers get the added bonus of experiencing Antarctica with a crew intimately familiar with this sensitive location and has the capability of providing an up-close, yet responsible, look at the area’s delicate ecosystem. Lindblad Expeditions is just one cruise line that offers opportunities like this. Specifically, these expeditions are partnered with National Geographic, adding an air of credibility to the cruises.
Another great solo cruise option is to head to the Caribbean to experience spectacular destinations like the Bahamas, Grenada and St. Lucia. These cruises let you experience the best the Caribbean has to offer: turquoise waters, lush islands, Caribbean beats and tropical flavors. During your stops you can spend your free time sunbathing on pristine beaches, exploring the local culture or participating in group excursions like snorkeling or diving.
The best part about cruising solo is you get to decide what you need from your trip and what you get out of it. Whether it’s private downtime to relax and rejuvenate or an action-packed adventure meeting new people and making new friends, you control your destiny on a solo cruise.
National Best Friend Day is June 8, so now’s the time to plan how to celebrate your bestie. The recently opened The Ven at Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., offers one option with its Celebrate Your Bestie package. The hotel boasts a stunning rooftop pool and a prime location in Dupont Circle, so gather your closest friends and plan a visit to the nation’s capital.
Move over mimosa: Spiked coffee from the Keurig is taking the spotlight at Sunday brunch. Cask & Kettle created the first ready-to-drink hot cocktails that brew with the perfect amount of booze for any special occasion.
With warmer weather coming and a lot of people bit by the travel bug, it’s time to start planning your trip to the beach! One of the most important accessories for a day at the beach is a towel. Whether you need it to lay out and catch a tan or to dry off after spending the day in the ocean, here are the five best beach towels for the perfect beach day.