The Story Behind the AstridTravel Club
Astrid Clements has been traveling the world as a solo traveler for decades, and throughout the years she’s developed a signature style, something she likes to call “affordable luxury”.
Early on in her travel career, Astrid recognized the gap between tours and excursions tailored for budget travelers and those tailored for luxury travelers. Thus, she began the endless quest for the middle ground: luxury travel experiences that come at a fair price.
Friends and family began to notice that Astrid had an affinity for crafting trips that were fun, unique, culturally enriching, luxury in style and reasonably priced, and they began to request that she share her secrets and recreate these trips for others.
That’s what led to the creation of Astrid Solo Travel Advisor and now, the AstridTravel Club.
About the Astrid Travel Club
Today, more and more travelers are seeking to travel in affordable luxury. This combined with the growing number of solo travelers has led Astrid and her team of Solo Travel Advisors to create a club designed specifically for the affordable luxury solo traveler.
Our goal is to create a diverse network of individuals from across the globe who are bonded together through the love of travel and share an interest in affordable luxury experiences. Having a modern-day club with members located worldwide presents new challenges, but also new opportunities.
Through virtual platforms and specially-designed trips around the world, AstridTravel Club members will be able to meet, learn from and travel with people who share similar interests, yet hail from diverse backgrounds.
Who is the AstridTravel Club for?
Whether you are a seasoned solo traveler, or you are looking for inspiration to finally take that first solo trip, the AstridTravel Club is open to you. We are looking for members who are independent, fun-loving, open-minded, curious and value affordable luxury.
As a member of the AstridTravel Club, you will receive the following benefits:
You will be the first to know about any upcoming AstridTravel Trips and will be offered the chance to sign up before the trips become public.
You’ll have access to the member-only AstridTravel Club digital forum, where we will host discussions and online meetings tailored to travelers interested in affordable luxury
We’ll send you a custom-made travel journal designed to serve as a guide on all your travels
Members receive a $100 discount on one AstridTravel Trip per year
Members are afforded the option to customize any of our existing trips to suit their needs. This means that, as a member, you can request a new trip date for any existing tour. Whether you'd like to take this trip solo or with a small group of your own, we'll take care of it all.
About AstridTravel Trips
The AstridTravel Club offers members an opportunity to travel “solo” without being entirely alone.
All AstridTravel Trips will be luxury in nature, yet affordably priced. Participants will stay in 5-star or boutique hotels, dine at some of the finest restaurants, be led by expert guides and become immersed in cultures through hands-on experiences and behind-the-scenes insight.
The style of trips
Many solo travelers are familiar with the concept of a “single supplement”, which is a fee charged by many tour companies in order to make up for the presumed loss of revenue from placing a single traveler in a double occupancy room. A single supplement can raise trip costs anywhere from $100 to $1000+. All AstridTravel Trips are priced per person, per private room, with no single supplement.
Each trip will comprise of a small group of approximately 6-8 people.
Most of our trips will focus on 1 city per trip. This eliminates the hassle and stress of packing and unpacking. More time in one place leads to a more immersive experience.
Each trip will include plenty of planned excursions and activities led by expert or local guides, but we will also allot ample leisure time on each trip. This allows the solo traveler to explore on their own terms, and have personal time to relax and reflect.
Participants in all AstridTravel Trips can feel confident that they will have something in common with their fellow travelers. All trips will be loosely designed around a theme in order to ensure a level of common interest and group cohesion.
We intend to utilize Astrid Solo Travel Advisor’s global reach to bring solo travelers from around the world together on AstridTravel Trips, fostering greater diversity and thus greater opportunity for learning.
We will offer both women-only and mixed-gender tours, as we have received express interest in both of these categories. Given enough demand, we will be happy to provide men-only tours as well. Please contact us with any special requests.
Most trips will cost $2,500 - $5,500
Trips priced per person
Members will receive $100 off of one AstridTravel Trip per year
This year, we have two trips planned that are available for you to join. Click the links below to learn more about each one:
The AstridTravel Club Forum
Unlike a traditional “club” the AstridTravel Club will not host regular physical meetings. Instead, we would like to offer members of the AstridTravel Club the opportunity to come together virtually through the AstridTravel Club Forum.
This forum will be a place to share ideas, ask questions, discover the best hotels in Paris, the best restaurants in Cuzco, what not to do when taking a taxi in Greece, and more. Members can log-on any time they wish, but will also be offered the opportunity to join occasional scheduled webinars.
This online member-only forum will be a place where people can share their solo travel experiences, ask questions, and connect with like-minded travelers. The problem with a lot of aggregate review websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor or even Reddit is that reviews vary widely depending on the person leaving the review and their needs. A family of 4 might give a raving review of a particular restaurant, but just because it was a great restaurant for them doesn’t mean it will suit the needs of a solo traveler interested in affordable luxury. Our vision for this platform is to create a space that members can turn to to find the answers they’re looking for.
Members will be able to tailor their experience by electing to “follow” certain “threads” (discussions) centered around everything from “Must-Visit Hotels Around the World” to “Tips for Solo Travelers Visiting Egypt”.
As a “thank you” for joining the AstridTravel Club, you will receive a copy of our one-of-a-kind AstridTravel Journal. We have worked very hard to craft this travel journal which is designed to provide guidance and help travelers adopt the right mindset while traveling. Each journal contains 15 key questions intended to help you obtain the most memorable, enriching and valuable travel experience.
AstridTravel Club Subscription
Price: $50 per year
Our desire to create a community of active members in the AstridTravel Club led us to the decision to charge an annual fee of $50 USD. The fee exists in order to cover the costs associated with the upkeep of the club, and ensures that the members who join are as committed to this club and its concept as we are.
Furthermore, all AstridTravel Club members will receive $100 off one AstridTravel Trip per year, meaning if members book one trip per year, they will receive their money back - and then some.
If we’ve piqued your interest, and you’d like to learn more about the AstridTravel Club, please feel free to reach out to us via email! If you’re ready to get started, click the button below to subscribe and become a member today. Once you subscribe, we will contact you by email with an invitation to join the member-only online forum and provide your $100 trip discount code.
We thank you for supporting our vision, and we are eager to welcome you into the AstridTravel Club!