27 August 2018
There’s something about travelling solo.
It might be the absolute freedom of doing what you want when you want to do it, or deviating from your plans if you find something better along the way.
It might be the confidence you gain from successfully navigating your way around a new city on your own.
It might be the intriguing conversations you have with other travellers and locals that you wouldn’t have had if you had a travel companion. Solo Traveler, a website aimed at those who travel on their own, has published a selection of solo travel statistics drawn from a variety of travel industry studies that show there’s been an increase in the number of people who travel on their own.
What was established in short:
- Booking.com survey found more and more baby boomers (those born from the early- to mid-1940s until the early 1960s) are travelling solo
-In the same survey, 34% of respondents indicated that they regarded a solo trip they’d done as one of their top five trips and a trip they would like to go on again
-Roughly a quarter of respondents in a survey of 2 300 people by American marketing firm MMGY Global said they’d travel solo this year (2018)
-There was an increase of about 40% in Google searches for the term “solo travel” over the three years from January 2015 to December 2017