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August 1, 2010 | By Judy Mandell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It takes only three things to find a way around the dreaded single supplement: a plan, some pals and a PC (or a Mac, but we're getting ahead of the story). Before you decide where to go or even when to go, decide how you're going to go about finding a way to keep your costs reasonable. Janice Waugh, publisher of the Solo Traveler blog ( www.solotravelerblog.com ), advises those traveling alone to create a Google alert with the words "single supplement waived" and the destination.
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January 31, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
Travelers with minimum time will get maximum exposure to some of Japan's and China's highlights with a 10-day excursion offered by Pacific Delight Tours. The tour begins with a three-night stay in Tokyo at the New Otani Garden Tower Hotel. While in the capital, participants will visit the Meiji Shrine; the Imperial Palace, the residence of the Japanese emperor; and the Ginza, the city's frenetic shopping district. A drive through Kanagawa Prefecture will take visitors to Mt. Fuji, where they will stop halfway up the mountain to take in the views, and to Lake Ashi for a tranquil cruise.
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June 8, 2003
Regarding "Time to Make It Easier for Singles" (Letters, May 25): I paid a single supplement once, and that was one time too many. The company gave me rooms that were like closets while couples received luxurious suites. Now I make my own travel arrangements. In most places in Europe, Central America and the Pacific you can book a single room. You do not have to pay a single supplement, and the room is less expensive. With a group, your chances of meeting locals are almost nil. I have traveled all over the world alone and recommend it. Barbara K. Crowley Malibu In my 20 years' experience with group travel, I have found a single supplement isn't the only disadvantage.
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November 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Experience the music, sacred shrines and tribal ceremonies of Morocco on a 12-day tour that visits Casablanca, Fez and Marrakesh. Participants meet tribal musicians and drummers playing Gnawa, Issawa and Hamadsha music, and women can take turns being the bride in a mock Gnawa wedding to learn about traditional ceremonies. Other highlights include a trip to the holy city of Moulay Idris, touring the Rif Mountains, shopping in the souks of Marrakesh and taking a guided camel caravan to dinner in a tent in the Sahara Desert.
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March 19, 1989 | POLK DuBOSE, DuBose is a Las Vegas free-lance writer. and
"Single supplement" is a familiar term to readers of tour brochures. In the most basic terms it means that if one prefers to sleep alone on a tour, paying the single supplement is the only way to go, the specified number of extra dollars guaranteeing private accommodations sans roommate. That's what it means but, as my old psychology teacher used to say: "There's more to it than that." At least that was the case with the tour I took four months ago.
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February 9, 2003 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
You can make a case that the solo traveler is discriminated against more than any other person on vacation. Just look at the costs: The dreaded single room supplement increases a single traveler's accommodations expenses by 50% to 100% over the amount charged per person to members of a couple traveling together. Yet the single traveler is a mighty force in the industry. Nearly one-quarter of all U.S. travelers, or 34.
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July 16, 2006 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
IN the hotels of Xian, China, three kinds of Americans can be found: tourists who go there to see the 7,500 terra-cotta warriors at an excavation site just outside of town; couples and single women seeking to fulfill the residence requirements for adopting a Chinese child (Xian is a major center for adoptions); and some intensely committed visitors, most single, who have signed up with Global Volunteers to teach English at an elementary school.
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July 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For those who like to travel solo and on foot, this summer hiking trip to Glacier National Park in Montana covers a lot of terrain. Participants on the guided tour from Vermont-based Country Walkers take moderate to challenging hikes during the six-day trip. Destinations include the Highline Trail below the Continental Divide, Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Glacier and the summit of Scenic Point. Nights are spent in historic lodges such as Lake McDonald Lodge , a chalet-style structure built in 1913 that overlooks the park's largest lake, and Glacier Park Lodge, built the same year and known for it's lobby with massive Douglas-fir columns.
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April 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Joining a group as a solo traveler often costs extra — sometimes to the tune of hundreds of dollars. Here are some international trips that offer relief from the so-called single supplement on a variety of destinations. Deal 1: Go Ireland offers five- and eight-day itineraries for "Hidden Kerry," a guided walking tour that covers seven to 11 miles a day in some of Ireland’s most spectacular countryside. Group size is eight to 16 people. Trip prices per person start at $945 and $1,245 respectively, excluding tax, fees and airfare.
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May 3, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Adventure Life's eight-day " Machu Picchu 100th Anniversary Celebration," led by local guide Marcos Palamino, includes attendance at the centennial anniversary and an exploration of the Sacred Valley. Itinerary: Lima, Peru, to Cuzco, Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco and Lima Dates: July 20-28 Price: $2,045, double occupancy (single supplement $400), including lodging, daily breakfast, two lunches, one dinner and six days' private guide service.
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October 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Cool casitas, gourmet meals and surf lessons ratchet up the outdoorsy factor for women who want to learn how to ride the waves in Mexico 's Baja California. Outfitter Mountain Travel Sobek offers a week-long "girls-only" surf trip that's based in the town of Todos Santos on Baja's west coast. The Baja Surf Retreat for Women spends mornings with a yoga class before hitting the water at Los Cerritos Beach and taking lessons from veteran local instructor Mario Beceril . The trip is good for beginners and moderately proficient surfers.
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July 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For those who like to travel solo and on foot, this summer hiking trip to Glacier National Park in Montana covers a lot of terrain. Participants on the guided tour from Vermont-based Country Walkers take moderate to challenging hikes during the six-day trip. Destinations include the Highline Trail below the Continental Divide, Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Glacier and the summit of Scenic Point. Nights are spent in historic lodges such as Lake McDonald Lodge , a chalet-style structure built in 1913 that overlooks the park's largest lake, and Glacier Park Lodge, built the same year and known for it's lobby with massive Douglas-fir columns.
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May 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you can't decide between a European tour and a transatlantic cruise this year, YMT Vacations offers a fall trip that combines both. It starts with four days in Amsterdam touring the canals, the Skinny Bridge and a diamond factory.  From there it's on to the German cities of Bremen and Hamburg, before hopping a ferry to Denmark. After seeing the Little Mermaid and other landmarks in Copenhagen, the 14-day transatlantic cruise on the Norwegian Sun begins. Ports of call include Lisbon and Funchal, Madeira, before arrival in Miami.
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April 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Twenty years ago, Asia Transpacific Journeys started a tour to Vietnam , Laos and Cambodia under the unifying theme Passage to Indochina. The trip has become the company's most popular small-group tour. "We pioneered this combination of activities when these countries were just opening their borders," Marilyn Downing Staff, founder and president of Asia Transpacific, says in a statement. The Passage to Indochina trip takes 17 days to explore the region.
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December 12, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Pedal to vineyards and medieval towns in northern Spain on a seven-day bicycle tour of La Rioja. The rural countryside, villages and castles in the foothills of the Pyrenees are the stars of this trip, which features easy hikes and five to 30 miles a day on a bike (easy to slightly difficult terrain). The trip begins and ends in Pamplona and stops at Puente La Reina, a winery in Olite, to sample Spanish wines, the castle and town of Ujue, Calahorra, a church in Laguardia, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, the hill town of Ezcaray and more.
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December 5, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Franz Kafka hardly conjures a light, romantic image. But a summer tour of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic highlights the love affair between the author and the little-known Dora Diamant. The story unfolds in the streets of Prague,  Czech Republic, where the German author was born, moves to the Jewish Quarter of Krakow, Poland, where Diamant organized plays and ends in Berlin, where the couple lived the Bohemian life in the early 1920s. Kathi Diamant (no relation), who wrote the book "Kafka's Last Love" and heads the Kafka Project at San Diego State University, leads the Magical Mystery Literary History Tour that includes meeting with Kafka scholars and descendants of Dora Diamont too. Proceeds from the trip support the nonprofit Kafka Project, which seeks to recover lost letters, journals and notebooks by the author.
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November 10, 2002 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
Much of our attention lately has been focused on the top fall and winter transatlantic bargains: the Ireland fly-drives, the weeklong air and hotel packages to London, Paris and Rome for far less than you would have paid for air fare alone in summer. But the same factors that have driven down prices to London, Paris, Ireland, Spain and Italy (Sept. 11 jitters and an economic slowdown at home) have also made best buys out of the more remote European destinations.
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May 14, 2006 | R.J. McClure
Plan ahead and save on an escorted 12-day trip to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in Italy during the fall and winter. Prices start at $1,329 per person, double occupancy, for trips booked by May 31 for travel in November and February. Single supplement is $261. The tour includes accommodations for 10 nights, transfers, 15 meals (including wine with dinner), sightseeing, local guides in major cities and entrance fees. International airfare is not included but can be arranged.
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November 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Flash sales have definitely hit a wacky sweet spot. Ready to pack your bags and leave for ... Antarctica? If it's on your bucket list and you're ready for some face time with penguins, Quark Expeditions starts a flash sale Monday on 12-day expeditions this month that cost $6,190-$7,790 for the first person and $1 for the second. The deal: Quark Expeditions marks its first flash sale with savings on four Antarctic Explorer trips and/or half off the single supplement. Each cruise begins and ends at the tip of Argentina at Ushuaia, then crosses the Drake Passage and stops at the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
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October 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
It's no accident Egeskov Castle was built in the middle of a lake atop thousands of oak pilings in the 16th century:The water was intended to deter outsiders, though these days it has the opposite effect. The castle, fishing villages, Viking ships, the real Little Mermaid and other attractions are part of an eight-day bicycle tour of Copenhagen and the Danish isles. Suitable for families, the trip begins and ends in the capital with nights spent in Helsingor, Svendborg and Faaborg.
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