We often get asked why it costs more to travel as a single than when traveling with a friend or family member and you’re sharing a room.
It seems unfair, but there’s a pretty simple reason for this. Here’s why there’s a single supplement cost.
Hotel costs are based on double occupancy. You’ll notice this any time you book a hotel room that it’s the same price whether you’re traveling alone or traveling with another person.
When we work on the costs for our tours, we have to base them on a per person cost. In other words, we split the price of the hotel in half and then add in the other costs including food, transportation, activities, entrance fees, drivers, guides and anything else pertinent to the tour. Therefore, each person’s tour cost is calculated based on half of that double occupancy rate.
It’s confusing but does this make sense?
When a person requests a single room, the other half of the double occupancy (which would be covered by a second person) must be covered by someone. And if not a second tour participant, then by the person who has requested the single room.
The other option would be to to raise the tour price for every person so that when there IS a single, it’s covered by group collectively. But that doesn’t seem fair to those who are sharing.
What is the WanderTours Single Share program?
Realizing that the extra cost could be a deterrent and that many of our tour participants travel on their own, we’ve come up with an option for those not wanting to pay the single supplement. Register for one of our tours and we ask if you’re sharing with a friend, wanting a room to yourself or if you’d like us to match you up with someone else on the tour.
We call that a Single Share. While we can’t guarantee we can match you with a roommate, we do everything we can to do so. We match people based on a first come, first served basis so the earlier you register for a tour, the more likely we can find you a match.
We have many people who’ve joined our tours as a single and liked their roommate so much that they join a future trip together!
Another option is for you to consider traveling with someone you know. We often have mother/daughters, sisters and friends traveling together on one tour. It’s an excellent way to let someone else organize your getaway while you enjoy yourselves.
Visit our website for a full listing of our upcoming tours. Give us a call (206-317-1860) or Contact Us via email and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have!
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