Solo Travel is the biggest travel trend of 2018, and if you like the idea of travelling the world on your own, but find the whole idea a tad daunting, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a whole new market out there for independent travellers, and solo travel is now more widely accepted and encouraged than ever before.
According to ABTA, the popularity of Solo Travel has soared by 150 per cent over the past 7 years, with one in six British adults now choosing to travel alone. That number jumps to one in four in the over 75 age group, although it’s the 35 – 44 year olds who are the biggest solo travellers, with the number of traveling singletons trebling in just a year.
Advancements in technology is listed as one of the key reasons for the sudden rise in Solo Travel, quite simply because people don’t feel cut off from their friends and family back home. All you need is a Smartphone and an internet connection of book your travel arrangements, share your holiday experiences, and keep on top of everything that’s happening at the office (if you really want to know), and so navigating the world alone is much less frightening than it might have been some 10 years ago,
So now that you know you are not the only one, where should you be heading on your first Solo Holiday? Well, Asia is hugely popular for singletons right now, so you could head off to the beaches of Thailand, take a magical mystery tour of Cambodia and Vietnam, or take a trip to Malaysia for cooking lessons, hike Mount Kinabalu, or volunteer at one of the many Orangutan and Elephant rescue centres.
Southern Africa is another great destination for Solo Travellers who are looking for a multi-destination holiday, with countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana combining perfectly to create the ultimate African adventure. It’s easy to meet new people on an African safari holiday, so you never have to worry about being on your own, and the locals will welcome you with open arms.
Adventure holidays such as Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Climbing Kilimanjaro, Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, and Hiking Everest Base Camp in Nepal are another popular choice for single travellers, quite simply because they bring people together from all over the world.
When it comes to Solo Travel, the world really is your oyster, so stick a pin in a map, pack your old kit bag, and head off on your first independent adventure – it’s all out there just waiting to be discovered!