The popularity of overseas solo travel is increasing rapidly

Traveling alone to overseas destinations has become popular during the last few years. Who are these people who like to explore the world on their own way and how do they do it? An experienced solo traveler from North America has collected valuable information on the rising trend. Here are the key data points.

a traveler admiring the Atlantic Ocean in Cascais, Portugal The globetrotters of the publication Solo Traveler have plenty of tips and information on all things related to traveling alone. Here are some statistics that indicate how widespread the trend is in North America.

    – About 25% of people who are going to travel in 2018 are doing it alone.
    – It is not all about doing it alone, however, as the popularity of guided tours increased from 21% to 46% among solo travelers.
    – Solo travelers are frequent travelers: about three trips a year.

Solo Traveler: age groups
If I had to guess the age of an average solo traveler, I would say it is likely to be a twenty something person who wants to explore the world for awhile. That’s almost correct, because an equally large group of solo travelers is 55-64 years old people. The third largest group is 45-54 years old, making middle aged and older the largest solo travel group.

Women are more likely to go solo than men. A survey estimates 63% of solo travelers are women and 36% men. Another survey indicates even higher split between sexes: 85.7% women and 13.7% men.

Solo travelers like to plan their own itinerary (94%), and decide what they see and where they eat. Cruises and luxury travel are the least popular ways to travel, but budget, city destinations and adventures are popular.

Solo Traveler: way of travel
Three activities that majority of solo travelers like to do on a trip are: seeing the key sights, exploring local life outside tourist places, and enjoying food and drink.

Solo Traveler: activities on a trip
The rise of new kind of travel-office-accommodation services, like Outsite or Roam indicate that the world may be in the beginning of something new in how work, leisure time and travel are considered. At the moment, the new services tend to attract young professionals who may stay in a coliving/working suite in Asia for a month, and then travel to Europe for another month.

I sometimes travel solo and I always wonder where all the other soloists are hiding. People I often meet on my trips tend to be locals or couples – for one reason or another. The best explanation I have been able to think of is that solo travelers blend into the local scene better than people who are traveling in groups. Does this make any sense to you?


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