Tour Operator & Travel Agency
Encounter Travel was founded on a simple idea; that solo travellers could join travel groups with like minded travellers – no longer on the fringe of groups made up of couples. We're the two time winner of the global Solo Travel Awards. 100% committed to creating amazing experiences for solo travellers that love to travel, but not alone.
We are an accredited tour operator and travel agency. When you book your tour with us you have the option of asking us to arrange your flights, travel insurance and if there's any other travel plans you'd like to add, we can take care of that also.
We bring the colour of travel to solo travellers - witnessing friendships blossoms, seeing new doors open, and listen to the stories of our intrepid solo travellers encountering unimaginable discoveries.
Meet the Team
Find out more about us since our beginnings in 2006.
Share your journey, without the drawback of big coach tours or the solitude of being alone.
Not all tours are made the same – we love small groups, and it’s backed up from our solo traveller feeback that they do too!
There’s less queues, less waiting, more chance of getting to know your fellow travellers, plus enjoy more interaction with your local tour guide – all up, a more personal, and authentic travel experience.
You’re probably starting to get the picture of the difference between small and large groups.
Because of our small groups, we have more freedom to find the dining experiences where not just tourists dine – you won’t just be ‘hotel dining’, night in and night out. And, where large coach tours are restricted to the big hotels we have the option to use boutique hotels with the charm of the destination.
We're the global Solo Travel Awards winners for our 'Solos Only' choices across land and water.
Our 'solos only' choices include small group tours only for solo travellers around Australia and across the globe. And if touring is not your style, we include 'Solos Only' groups with resort escapes and cruise groups.
Not all solo travellers are the same.
We have six travel styles. You'll find one or more that suit you.
Discovery - leisure touring
Get Going - walking and adventure tours
On The Water - ocean and river cruise gorups
Combo - a tour & cruise combination
Relax - our resort escapes
Essentials - budget minded but not scrimping on value
Read more about our travel styles
A key ingredient to our solo travel tours is age-matched groups.
Our widest choice is for solo travellers 45 years and over, and our Cruise Circle for Solos cruise groups are best suited to cruise fans 40 years and over.
Recently we introduced our Under 39's with our first tour to Sri Lanka for 21 to 39 years.
Our age-matched groups have a proven track record, and you can read the countless testimonials from your fellow solo travellers.
Long before others, we saw a gap - solo travellers didn't have the same choices as couples and families when it came to their touring choices.
We've already racked up over 13 years of experience creating and delivering the best ever holidays for solo travellers. As a boutique tour operator, we delight in detail, delivering personal service and finding your next best memory. We take on board from feedback from our solo travellers; it's critical to our continual pursuit for delivering the ultimate solo traveller memories. It's why we take feedback seriously and offer every traveller the opportunity to share their journey with us with our online surveys we send out after each tour.
What you see is what you get.
There's no endless list of optional tours because we've created itineraries with all the best included. But we also know that many of our solos that join us are independent travellers, who seek out their own time. It's why you'll see a balance in our Solos Only itineraries for group time and the time to make your own discoveries.
100% Australian, welcoming solos from across the globe
We are an Australian travel company and you would expect our travellers to be from Australia - this is true. But, we also welcome with open arms, friends from other countries who’d like to travel with a friendly group of Australians.
The founder is Australian born and bred, widely travelled, and an experienced solo traveller who knows first-hand the mindset of solo travellers. Her adventures are from one extreme to the other; she’s backpacked, trekked, skied, camped, gone solo (countless times), travelled in groups big and small, chilled out at resorts, ventured on safari, travelled on a shoe string, indulged in five star experiences, and lots of stock standard two to three star touring; she’s covered all the popular options for solo travellers.
She's been away on short jaunts and longer journeys. She understands the feelings of first time solo travellers and also the confidence that comes with being an experienced solo travellers; All of her experiences are drawn on to deliver our range of tours, cruise and resort packages for Australian solo travellers.
Just getting started on your solo travel adventures? Jam-packed with practical tips and advice, you'll find out how to get started, plan and prepare for your travels and, of course, have the best holiday ever! Read this book and your travels have just begun!