2017 is the inaugural year of the Solo Travel Awards.  Four categories make up the awards:

Tours | Specialty Tours | Packaged Trips | River Cruises 

And, our big news!  Encounter Travel was awarded the WINNER - SPECIALTY TOURS

Coming up against global competition, we are chuffed to have earned the recognition of the panel of judges and to be awarded this honour.

The judges of the Solo Travel Awards include:

  • Spud Hilton, travel editor, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Keith Jenkins, CEO, iambassador and publisher, Velvet Escape
  • Andrew McCarthy, director, award winning travel writer, and actor
  • Tracey Nesbitt, editor and contributor, Solo Traveler
  • Oneika Raymond, publisher, Oneika the Traveller and in-house travel expert for CTV’s Your Morning


Solo Traveler is an online resource and community dedicated to solo travelers. Established in 2009, it is regarded as the definitive source and community for those who travel alone, with over 300,000 travelers from 159 countries engaging with the community every month. The Solo Travel Awards were launched in 2017 to recogniSe the companies who are effectively catering to the solo travel market. 

World Nomads is a fast-growing online travel company that provides inspiration, advice, safety tips, and specialized travel insurance for independent, volunteer, and student travelers traveling and studying most anywhere in the world. Their online global travel insurance covers travelers from more than 150 countries and allows you to buy and claim online, 24/7, even while already traveling.  While they are not a healthcare provider, their insurance focuses on what is really important to the traveler: emergency medical and evacuation costs, baggage, trip cancellation costs, dental and personal liability (depending on the customer’s country of residence ... please read the policy wording for full details on what is covered). They also cover more than 200 adventure activities and tech gear.  Their policies are underwritten by a global suite of premier-tier insurers and emergency assistance providers making them the No. 1 choice for many of the world's leading adventure and youth travel brands.