While the idea of traveling on your own may seem like a scary proposition, it’s actually one of the most thrilling experiences you’ll ever try. For starters, you get to spend more on yourself because you’re traveling on your own. You’ll also gain a powerful understanding of your own self now that you have time to be alone. If you’re sold to the idea of traveling alone, here’s a destination suggestion: dude ranches.
Why It’s Time to Saddle Up to a Dude Ranch
Unlike other vacation options out there, dude ranches provide single travellers with a lot of opportunities and benefits, including:
Become a Cowboy/Cowgirl Away from Judgmental Eyes – If you’ve been hesitating to live your childhood dream of becoming a cowboy or cowgirl, you don’t have to anymore. Dude ranches are the perfect place to giddy-up and be whoever you want to be without worrying about what others think. In fact, you get to interact with others who share the same dream, which is another perk of vacationing at a dude ranch.
Befriend Others who Share Your Passion – OnAt the ranch, you’re bound to come across individuals who love the Western culture, horse riding, and the beauty of nature just like you. Rest assured that you’ll be able to make friends for life there. You may even meet The One and return to the ranch for a romantic getaway later on.
Enjoy a Friendly, Family-Like Environment – Most dude ranches are run by their owners and their family members, which is why these facilities flaunt a friendly and intimate environment. In addition to offering group activities, you get to share your meals with others on at the ranch.
Connect with Yourself in Ample Privacy – If you need some ‘me’ time to revive your mind, body and spirit, this is the right place for you. Surrounded by Mother Nature’s masterpieces, these facilities offer you a spectacular view of the mountains, valleys or even the desert. You can head out there for some alone time or simply curl in your room or porch with a book.
Have Fun During Adult-Only Weeks – Many ranches host their own adult-only weeks, especially during the Fall. During these special dates, you can enjoy a range of activities such as wine tastings, country dance classes, themed receptions and cookouts.
Where to Head During the 2015-2016 Season
If you’re planning on traveling alone during ranch season 2015-2016, consider the following options, especially since they don’t charge single supplements.
Crystals Waters Guest Ranch – Nestled in British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin, this guest ranch on Crystal Lake is surrounded by scenic lakes, meadows and forests. Famed for its horseback riding and fly-fishing, the ranch invites you to enjoy its facilities for $199 with horseback riding or $145 without.
Tod Mountain Guest Ranch – Another British Columbia ranch, Tod Mountain ranch is best known for its private cabin accommodation, home cooked meals, and hands-on horseback riding experience. To become part of the fun, opt for the Wrangler Experience Package (starting from $345 in summer and $325 in fall), Ranch Adventure Package (from $527 in summer and $455 in fall), or the 24-Hours Taster Package ($345 in July and August or $325 all other dates).
Free Rein Guest Ranch – In the heart of British Columbia’s wilderness, the 285 acre Free Rein Guest ranch is perfect for those who seek a Canadian adventure. Winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the ranch can accommodate 12 guests. Book your own stay starting from $825 for three nights in May and October or $975 between June and September.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch – Idaho’s Western Pleasure Ranch promises a rustic vacation that is both comfortable and entertaining. For singles, the ranch offers an Adult Horsemanship Week. The five-night program, which is scheduled between September 6 -11, 2015, includes lodging, meals and activities including horseback riding and trail riding. Book your own slot for $1,250 plus tax right away.
Laramie River Ranch – The century-old ranch at Glendevey, Colorado is renowned for its western hospitality as well as range of specialties including fly fishing and wildlife adventures. However, adults only are welcome between August 30 and September 13, 2015 for a minimum of $956 for three nights.
Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch – Since the 1980s, this British Columbia based ranch has offered its visitors an all-natural experience. For solo travelers, Chilcotin Holidays offers its 10 Day Horse Assisted Hiking Trip on August 11-20 and the 7 Day Pack Trip on September 6-12, 2015. Women interested in enjoying a break are also welcome to the Autumn Cowgirl Getaway planned in October.
So don’t worry about traveling on your own and get set to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.