Monthly Archives: August 2014

Join us on an incredible Thai Experience

Do you want to get a taste of South East Asia? Feel like experiencing a different culture without the hassle of moving around from city to city on tour? Why not join us on our Thai Experience – 8 days taking in the highlights of Thai Culture, Cuisine, History and activities, with the option to extend to Chiang Mai for 7 days and experience the fantastic north of Thailand. Or if you want some sun and sand we can help you extend for a few days in Phuket.


 Departs 18 July 2015

7 Nights in the  Bangkok from $2400* per person twin share

This Package showcases the highlights of Bangkok including Wat Trimitr, Temple Of The Golden Buddha, Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, Rice Barge Cruise, Moprning Coking Class, Kanchubari and the River Kwai, the Tiger Temple, Ayutthaya and more

This Package includes: Return Flights with Thai Airways including all taxes & Surcharges, Return Airport Transfers in Bangkok, Accommodation in 4 Star Properties, and touring as detailed in the itinerary. Fully Escorted with a minimum of 10 Travellers

6 Nights Extension to Chiang Mai from $980* per person twin share

This Package showcases the highlights of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rei, including Wat Phra, That Doi Suthep, Mae Sai Elephant Camp, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Hilltibe Village Encounters, the Golden Triangle and more

This Package includes: Return Flights with Thai Airways including all taxes & Surcharges from Bangkok Return Airport Transfers in Chiang Mai, Accommodation in 4 Star Properties, and touring as detailed in the itinerary. Fully Escorted with a minimum of 10 Travellers

For more details visit our tour page via the above menu or click here!


Cruise Week Is Coming!


Looking at going on a cruise? Looking at joining one of ours? 01 September to 08 September 2014 is CLIA’s International Cruise Week here in Australia and we will have dozens of specials available from dozens of cruise lines. We will be posting as many as we can here for the single travellers but if you want to get away with a friend or family, by all means give us a call to see what is on offer

1 to 8 September 2014

Save On USA

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Considering Joining Us In Exploring Western USA In 2015?

We have a fantastic trip headed to the states in October 2015, exploring the best of the Natural and Constucted sites in the Western States, for those joining we have some fantastic limited time specials. 10% discount for those that put down their name and deposit at the Travel Expo (25th September) or make a deposit by the 10th October 2014. Thats a saving of AU$535.90 per person in share twin. If that is too soon to make a commitment we can still offer a 5% discount for those that book and deposit by 31 March 2015 – a saving of AU$267.95 per person in share twin. So if this sounds great come and join us as we explore Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, Mammothg Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Sonora, Sacremento, Wine Country, San Francisco, Monterey, the 17 Mile Drive, Carmel, Solvang and Santa Barbara

Book & Deposit by 10 October 2014 save 10%

Book & Deposit by 31 March 2015 save 5%

For more details please look at the itinerary under our tours section, or contact us!

Discover the Golden West

Come Join Us as we discover Americas “Golden West”

Los Angeles, Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Mammoth Lakes, San Fransisco and more.
Departing 21 October 2015 for 18 Days Sydney to Sydney from AU$5359 per person share twin

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Spend 16 days visiting hot spots throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada. Overnights include 2 nights in Los Angeles, 1 night in Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Mammoth Lakes, Sonora, Monterey, Solvang and San Francisco – with three overnights in Las Vegas. There’s plenty of time to get to know these two spectacular cities without feeling rushed. Other stops along the way include Palm Springs, home to 90 golf courses; Yosemite National Park, home to El Capitan (a 3,000-foot vertical rock formation and a mecca for climbers); Sacramento, California’s historic capital; and wine country, home to many well-known wineries.

For more details take a look at our detailed itinerary here

To book contact us at My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven solo sisters now!

Telephone (02) 4421 5577 or E-mail:

Avalon Solo Specials

From one of our trusted partners in travel we have a fantastic range of well priced 2014 and 2015 cruise specials available in Europe – all without Single Supplement costs, so if you want to get away and don’t have a travelling companion, then perhaps these are the cruises for you!

Avalon Solo Specials

A Sneek Peek at 2015 & 2016

We thought we would let you ladies and gentleman have a bit of a sneak peak and advance warning of what we will be putting together for you for 2015 and 2016 – and wow do we have a number of fantastic programmes coming for you solo travellers (and couples are always welcome of course).


Experience Programmes

In July next year we will be launching the third of we are now terming our “Experience” programmes, these will be journeys to a great destination with a number of days activities but plenty of free time for the travllers to get out and experience their own desires whether those desires are shopping, art galleries , sport events or otherwise. Our 2015 Experience Programmes will see us journey to Bangkok in July and then Hawaii in November, in 2016 we visit Lord Howe Island in February, Singapore in March and then Dubai and the UAE in October.

Special Interest and Events

For those that are seeking something different we have three special programmes in the works for 2015 starting with a Golfing tour in March to New Zealand, this is followed by a fantastic indulgence package in February taking in a cruise, some wineries and a spa-cation, then in December we are off to Germany to take in the incredible Christmas Markets and Romantic Road.

General Tour Programmes

Then we have our true travel gems – our dedicated group departures. If you’ve been following this site you would have seen what we have in the works for Canada and Alaska in May and for Europe in September 2015, and there are still spaces on both these departures with some fantastic discount offers still in play. In addition to those we have some fantastic tours that will start appearing here in the near future. The first is an  American Mid-west in October 2016 taking in San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Mammoth Lake and Yosemite. We then have a fantastic tour of Egypt in the works for January 2016 taking in the highlights of Cairo a Nile River Cruise , Abu Simbel and Alexandria. In April 2016 we journey to Italy to take in Rome, Florence, Venice and the true highlights of this fantastic destination. July 2016 sees us headed to East Africa as we set out on Safari in Kenya and Tanzania – a perfect trip for people of all ages. In September 2016 we travel to visit two countries linked through centuries of combined history – Morocco and Spain. Then in December 2016 we head out to visit one of the gems of south east Asia aas we journey through Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

So keep your eyes peeled as we prepare to launch our 2015 and 2016 Group Schedule

Getting Out To Asia with Travel Indochina


When people talk about getting away, a lot of feedback and questions we have are along the lines of where is worth seeing and what is within my Budget? For us the list of destinations and things to do is longer than our arms, and the options to fit within budget will vary from destination to destination. What we could recommend though that is generally within many peoples budget ranges is a trip to Asia, and there are a number of wholesalers including Wendy Wu, Peregrine and Travel IndoChina who have some fantastic options for single travellers.

Asia has a fantastic array of destinations where you can get out and see some incredible natural sights, areas of unique cultural and historic, and there is always special interest and river cruises. China, Mongolia, Vietnam, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand .. there are literally dozens upon dozens of options to think about! There are even more ways to get out there and experience what there is to discover. One of the more popular ways is small group touring – which Travel Indochina specialise in. Small groups usually of between 10 and a maximum of 16 travellers allow you intimate access to guides and sites without the bustle of a large tour group.

For example here are 4 of Travel Indochinas 2014 Itineraries that are great introductory tours that showcase the highlights of their destinations

Vietnam Insights: 11 days in Vietnam from AU$2610 per person in share twin. This trip takes in the base highlights of Vietnam – Hanoi, Halong Baym Danangm Hue, Hoian and Saigon including the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels.

China Panorama: 15 days in China from AU$4250 per person in share twin. This trip takes in the major highlights of China starting in Shanghai, then to Zhuijiajiao, Guilin, Yuangshuo, Longshen, Chengdu, XiÁn and Beijing.

Iconic India: 17 Days in India from AU$3985 per person in share twin. This journey soome of the true highlights of India – Udaipur, Jojawar, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra (including the Taj Mahal), Orchla, Bandhavgarh National Park, Khajuraho, Varanasi andDelhi

Burma Revealed: 13 days from AU$4080 per person in share twin. Burma is a fantastic destination and this tour covers the least of what one would want to encounter – Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw and Inle Lake.

Please note that all rates shown above are subject to availability as well as varying terms and conditions. These and many other itineraries are available and we can provide costings for specific dates for across Asia with Travel Indochina.

TravelIndochina_LARGEWhich is my next point – why is Travel Indochina someone we would recommend that a Solo Sister Member consider travelling with? The simple answer is that on their small group departures there are some fantastic options in regards to sharing and pricing that work in favour of the  single traveller.  Travel Indochina on their small group departures will offer to match a single traveller “with a stranger”, which means they will attempt to match you with someone of the same sex (and hopefully age) for the duration of their tour. As a bonus on their small groups should they not be able to find someone to match you with, and you then need to have a room to yourself .. they won’t charge a single supplement. This is a great opportunity for a single traveller who doesn’t want to fork out the additional for a guaranteed room of their own and who doesn’t mind sharing.

So if you have been considering a trip to Asia, why not drop by My Travel Expert / Shoalhaven Solo Sisters and speak to us about the opportunity presented with Travel Indochina

Delightful Dolphin Daytrip

We have been given a fantastic offer for the Dolphin watching cruise in Huskisson for our friends, members and potential travellers – an afternoons cruise (leaving at 2pm) for AU$25.50 per person (that is a saving of AU$9.50), should we get 35 people coming. So if you would like to join us then please just get in touch and let us know!

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APT & Travelmarvel Solo Specials

We have had a fantastic response from a number of our travel industry partners in regards to product that works for the Solo Traveller – from APT, Wendy Wu, Peregrine, Uniworld and many more. As part of our attempt to keep you abreast of some of these fantastic options we have as we can, been posting notices and letting you know what is available outside our dedicated group departures. Keeping that in mind we have been advised of some fantastic Solo Specials from APT and their sister company Travelmarvel which we thought we would share. For any further information on these please contact us at My Travel Expert / Shoalhaven Solo Sisters on (02) 4421 5577 or by e-mail on

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