Sweet 16 today. Wednesday 24 August 2022.

The timing could not be more perfect for a sweet 16th birthday.  Our birthday this year marks a recovery from a monumental global event that we hope will never be again. Like the rest of the travel industry and travellers around our globe, we can now see brighter horizons ahead.  We also reflect on the silver linings of the last year; with a lot more travel around Australia, and a new award. This last year we added another award to our line up; Luxe Life Best Solo Travel Agency 2022 - APAC

We have exciting plans to reinvigorate solo travel with some of the regular favourites in our travel line up and some new destinations too.

Our birthday month of August was also celebrated with the departure of our first two international trips since travel came to a grinding holt in March 2020. That’s a 29 month wait!   

We are not shy to say we think we do it the best! With 7 travel styles we've got it covered for all solo travellers. Our travel styles have grown over the years and now we can say you can pick from luxury travel, discovery touring, cruising, walking groups, tour & cruise combinations, tours that are budget focussed but not scrimping on value, and resort escapes for solos.

And so, we mark our birthday this year with visions of many more solo travels ahead, across our colourful globe.

New Tours for Solo Travellers Departing Soon

South West Tour Encounter Travel
Best of South West, Western Australia

Best of South West, Western Australia Solos Only
From Fremantle via Margaret River to Albay to Perth. Plus opt to connect it with The Indian Pacific Perth to Sydney rail journey.

Canberra with Encounter Travel
Canberra Highlights, Solos Only

Canberra Highlights Solos Only
City sights and landmarks of our capital; a short break and lovely hotel stay. Stay tuned for 2022 dates!


Encounter Travel is 100% Australian Owned. Since 2006 creating small group tours for solo travellers. Find out where you can travel with us.

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About the author

Justine Waddington

Justine Waddington is the founder and director of Encounter Travel, a company that creates holiday groups exclusively for solo travellers. As a solo traveller with 60 countries under her belt and 15 years of arranging travel groups, Justine is in the unique position of being able to offer tips and advice from the perspective of an experienced solo traveller and also that of a travel agent.

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