The latest solo travel statistics paint a clear picture: It’s a skyrocketing trend!
Booking.com (one of Pauline Frommer‘s favorite budget websites) just released a survey of 20,500 global travelers. These are folks who know a thing or two about travel, yet 63% felt they weren’t getting the most out of their experiences. Here’s what the survey found:
- 62% want to visit new cultures
- 51% want to taste local foods
- 39% want to stay someplace new
The numbers seem puzzling to me–shouldn’t those things be an automatic part of travel? The reason we jump on planes and endure jet lag? What’s holding these travelers back? (And why don’t more of them want to eat local foods???)
Maybe they just need to break free and go alone…here are 7 reasons to travel solo.
Solo travel statistics indicate the solution
I’m a firm believer in making things happen. If your travel experiences aren’t curling your toes, then it’s up to you to fix the situation. Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Solo travel is claiming a huge market share as people realize they don’t have to wait around for someone to go with.
Here’s what Booking.com discovered:
- Boomers lead the way, with 40% of the surveyed travelers taking a solo trip in 2017–and another 21% intending to do so in the future.
- Traveling solo was so satisfying that 34% said it was in “the top five trips that they have already been on and would like to go on again.”
- Women are more likely to go solo: 65% of American women travel without partners.
Ready to get started, but feeling unsure? Read 3 Ways to Practice Solo Travel!
Women are more eager to see the world
Why are more females traveling alone? Janice Waugh, founder of the Solo Travel Society, thinks it’s because women are more adventurous than men. They’re also just more comfortable going alone. Waugh, who started to travel solo when she became a widow and empty-nester at the same time, thinks that women find solo travel to be liberating, due to all the responsibilities and restrictions of being a female in today’s world.
Want to learn more about solo travel? Read my series!