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Unlike shoes, scissors or deuces, people don’t come in pairs. During a doubles tennis match, this may be a problem. But when it comes to traveling, being alone is often a blessing. No one understands this better than travel agents, who love sending solo travelers around the world, especially around Valentine’s Day.

While Valentine’s Day is important, teaching the world to appreciate greeting cards, chocolate samplers and the color red; the holiday is lost on a great number of people who are single and loving it. Yet loving the single life can only stretch so far, and the pro-couple mentality that drives Valentine’s Day can weigh heavily on a single person, forcing him or her to suddenly feel more lonely than alone.

Many singles are turning to travel as a healthy way to deal with the Valentine blues. Tour operators throughout the world offer holidays specifically designed for singles, in both a group setting or as a solo journey. Your travel agent knows the value and reliability of these companies, and they can match your personality and expectations with the best fit.

So if being alone on Valentine’s Day gets you down, follow the advice of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), and travel to a new and exciting destination. Some of the most travel-wise people in the world, ASTA members know that when you travel abroad on Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance you’ll end up in some place that doesn’t celebrate it.

Footloose and Fancy Free – Why Solo Travel is Better
Solo travel is not two weeks of playing solitaire in a hotel room. In a lot of ways, traveling on your own provides a richer vacation experience, for it forces you to interact more with other people and cultures, turning you from a tourist into a traveler. And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, you might meet someone during your journeys who turns out to be instrumental in your life, for locals are more apt to approach someone on their own for a friendly chat, and vice versa.

You’ll get to know a lot about yourself; people who previously had never traveled alone often describe their first solo trip as a religious experience. All of the decisions, mistakes, triumphs and glories are yours, as well as the aches and pains of a hard—but glorious—day’s hike. Traveling alone makes you a stronger, more self-reliant individual, as you solve problems, translate bus schedules and find hidden restaurants all on your own.

Most importantly, traveling alone is about freedom—the core of every great vacation. The itinerary, pace and excursions are all up to you. This is an exotic type of freedom; the kind that allows you to erase the concept of boundaries and go—physically and mentally—around the world and back again.

Besides, traveling solo is the best way to get your money’s worth from the trip, for you always get to do what you want, when you want to do it. Don’t be put off by stories of steep single-traveler supplements; some suppliers have noticed the growth in the single traveler market and have changed their policies accordingly. Your travel agent can show you which hotels and cruise lines have special single rooms at discounted rates. The cost of a single person traveling alone should never be more than that of two people traveling together, and with a travel agent on your side, it never is.

Where to Go this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you’ve decided to globetrot alone. Now comes the fun part—choosing where to go! The good news is your options are varied and numerous. You can join a singles tour with like-minded travelers or conquer the world on your own. Either way, the main goals for any solo traveler are to discover new corners of the world, enjoy creative activities and experiences, and always be ready to meet new people.

Below you’ll find a list of general ideas to accomplish all three goals. If any of these spark your interest, consult a trusted travel agent to take care of the details,

Yucatan Peninsula
The Yucatan Peninsula is an exciting locale where history meets paradise, and where the weather on Valentine’s Days will warm anyone’s heart. You’ll enjoy the area’s breathtaking natural beauty and the depth of its thousand-year-old history through nearby Mayan ruins. And you’ll definitely enjoy the beaches, where people mingle all day long. You can stay at a sparkling resort along the Mayan Riviera — such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Cozumel — and then visit Mayan ruins during exciting daytrips. Beach, sun and exceptional trekking around fabled ruins — now that’s a solo journey to remember.

Singles Cruise on the Queen Mary 2
The Queen Mary 2 is not like other cruise ships, and this voyage is not like other singles cruises. Mix and mingle on the waves of paradise around San Juan, St. Thomas and other Caribbean hot spots while enjoying the luxury of the world’s grandest ocean liner. You’ll soon forget that it’s Valentine’s Day, and you’ll soon forget what it’s like to be alone.

Irish Pub Tour
What better way to enjoy Valentine’s Day than a pub tour through the Emerald Isles. Ireland’s pubs are as diverse and friendly as its people, and a tour from village to village is a grand way to see the real country and meet some of the finest, most enthusiastic people on the planet. Toast your way through such towns as Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick and more, while developing a fine ear for the charming Irish music. The sweet tunes and tastes of the Isles will forever stay with you.

Follow Your Passion
The key to solo travel is you. This is your chance to follow your passion in life and explore it to the fullest. It just might be the most rewarding vacation you ever take.

Wherever your passion leads you, always consult a travel agent first. Travel agents are loaded with useful information, steering your in the right direction and saving you time and money in the process. A lot of them have been to the places you want to go and know how to get the most value while you’re there.

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