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Winter Travel

Vacation options for single seniors and gays and lesbians

The offerings tailored just for you are growing.


More than 16 million Americans over the age of 65 are unmarried, according to the 2010 Census, but you wouldn’t know it by the travel industry’s “double occupancy” default, which often dings solo travelers with punitive surcharges. But there are vacations that waive those fees or offer free roommate-matching services — meaning your single status doesn’t have to deter your wanderlust. “Don’t let age be a reason for losing touch with inherent spirits of adventure and curiosity,” urges Diane Redfern, the Vancouver-based founder of Connecting: Solo Travel Network (

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