I know, traveling solo or even just planning a solo trip can be stressful. Been there, done that.
There are A LOT of questions in your mind, but no answers in sight!
But listen, once you get to know more of what solo travel is all about your stress will fade away. And you will be able to focus on planning and enjoying the travel!
To answer your questions as well as encourage you for a solo trip I have gathered all of THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION on solo traveling with overall travel trends, statistics, FAQ and stories from other travelers…
THIS IS YOUR ULTIMATE SOLO TRAVEL INFORMATION SOURCE!
Why people travel alone, and why you should too, starts with the urge to travel altogether.
I would like to say that solo travel is a more basic and clean version of traveling as we know it. It’s the willingness to hold a superpower, while watching the Avengers movie with friends.
I mean, it is great and all, but you still wish to experience something more personal.
In other words, there is something completely natural and primitive in willing to travel alone even if it’s just for one time.
So I want to take a look at the big picture. Because when it comes to answering specific questions and understanding solo travel, you have to keep in mind that it’s about everything.
Personal experiences and advice are reflecting in overall trends that are backed up by statistics.
And now we are going to go the other way by starting with the stats, details and finding out what is the foundation of travel and why people chose to go at it alone.
Statistics prove solo traveling to be more popular and safer than ever before
There’s no doubt that solo travel is a growing trend and we have seen it gain some great popularity over the past year or so. There are many articles all over the web about how solo traveling is becoming the next big thing in the travel industry altogether.
But it’s not only solo travel that has been growing and is continuing to do so.
The whole travel industry altogether has been growing and as of last year, it counted for more than 10% of the world GDP.
In different countries, the number of people arriving for temporary visit is affected by a lot of factors, which of course affects overall travel trends as well. With decline in travel activity in some countries, the world trend is still growing and holds a strong position.
Which only means that more people are taking the step to explore, discover and enjoy the world.
Among all of that, solo traveling is continuously gaining more popularity within the travel society. I want to point out that this positive trend itself answers a couple of the frequently asked questions on solo traveling.
Let’s talk: women solo travelers and safety
That is about the safety of solo travelers. In a couple of words: if solo traveling would not be safe, this trend would not be growing and gaining this kind of popularity.
And when it comes to this aspect of solo traveling, it is also worth mentioning that approximately 70% of all solo travelers are women.Approximately 70% of all solo travelers are women Click To Tweet
This is one of the facts I always want to point out when asked about safety of women, who travel alone.
What is more, there are some specific reasons behind women choosing to travel solo much more often than men do.
And when it comes to showing interest in solo travel and asking questions on the safety and other factors of solo travel, it is important to look at these stats. Simply because they say a lot and can give a good look into what you are going for.
So if the example of others make you feel safer about the decision to travel alone, you can also start with the most popular destination. And for women travelers it’s Europe, but of course not for entirely all women.Europe is the most popular destination for women solo travelers. Click To Tweet
However, there is not a single best destination for all solo travelers. And that freedom is exactly what makes solo travel so special and widely loved.
Keep in mind that your desired destination has a lot to do with the amount of money you are going to spend on the way. And this is where an interesting phenomenon appears.
Millennials have less money, but more time. Therefore they are taking longer travels, that leads to spending more.
This is how much it could cost to travel alone
But keep in mind that the amount you spend on the way is directly related to how you plan your trip and the decisions you make on the move.
I many cases, significant part of all spending goes towards accommodations. So it’s important that you do at least some planing on that, if you don’t want to waste too much money.
But it is all a part of the price you need to pay, to see the things you want to see and enjoy what ever it is you want to enjoy. I don’t want to say that solo traveling is cheap, but it definitely lets you cut the costs on things you simply see as useless.
82% of people who travel alone spend less than $4,999 per trip and only 16% spend $5,000 to $10,000 per trip.82% of people who travel alone spend less than $4,999 per trip Click To Tweet
Some might say that this is not cheap in any way. But there is something you have to keep in mind.
Solo travelers will usually go on longer trips than others. Simply because there is less to worry about and not as many reasons to return home after a week of traveling.
Traveling with facility means at least one parent has to return to work, the kids have their things to do and it is just not comfortable to be traveling for a long time.
As for solo travelers there is complete freedom. That is why they will go away for up to 2 or 3 months. Even more for some solo traveling enthusiasts. This is the reason why the price for travel seems to be higher with solo travelers.
Just to point out the importance of accommodation it is worth mentioning that about 82% of all travelers have not chosen an accommodation provider when starting to plan a trip.
Making smart decisions, saving money and feeling safe
For you travelers, this is where you could cut some costs of the travel by planning ahead and using services that allow you to book great deals. What is more, I suggest you use services that allow you to change things on the move.
As for travel related businesses, this is your chance to provide travelers with what they are going to be looking for.
The next thing is to find the right way to communicate to your audience. And there is something here that travelers can also keep in mind – make videos for travelers! As for travelers – watch videos to find the perfect location you want to stay at and visit.
For travelers, the video format still is truly important. Out of every 5 travelers, 3 are influenced by online videos when it comes to making decision on activities, destinations, accommodations and brands they will be using.
Out of every 5 travelers, 3 are influenced by online videos Click To Tweet
I would also like to say this since we are talking about videos. If you ever doubt yourself on traveling solo for the first time, take a look at the experience of others. You will be thrilled and excited to a level where nothing is going to stop you from going.
Of course it all depends on the reasons behind why you want to travel.
So why do we choose to travel alone…
I know that for a lot of solo travelers this is simply the urge to go into something unknown. But as statistics show, there is a significant part of solo travelers who travel for specific reasons.
This goes specifically for women solo travelers who as mentioned make up 70% of all solo travelers.
Reasons why women travelers choose to travel solo.
We could say that a typical solo traveler is a woman who is looking for unique destinations for inspiration, independence and self-discovery. 59% of female solo travelers plan to travel again in the next 12 months.59% of female solo travelers plan to do again in the next 12 months. Click To Tweet
This just shows that solo traveling is kind of addicting and no fear that you once had will hold you back.
If we look at all solo travelers together, there are still some clear trends in why more people are choosing to travel solo.
And what are those?
The one main reason is simply INDEPENDENCE.
In fact, 55% of all solo travelers point this out as the single most important reason for the decision to go at it alone.
How solo travelers choose destination.
With all that said, people really do doubt themselves and the idea of traveling solo. I can understand that because I too had some questions when I traveled solo for the first time.
FAQ and the answers you need to hear
So here are some of the most popular questions and answers I hope will help you.
The answers are a combination between my personal answers and other opinions.
These resources provide more answers on specific questions
You can find more answers to convince yourself from more bloggers.
Hear me out on this one!
These are all mostly opinions, but they can be just enough to get the feeling of what solo travel is like. So there is a good reason to follow up with other travel bloggers. HERE ARE SOME ARTICLES you should go thru:
- The Subtle Art of ot Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
- Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job and Travel by Yassine Laaroussi
- Travel Alone – Where and How from Solo Traveler
- Best Cities to Travel Alone from The Blonde Abroad
- Why I Travel Alone as a Married Woman from Huffingtonpost
- Ultralight Backpacking Tips by GearJunkie
- Hiking in Hot Weather by TrailMaiden
- Ten tips for surviving solo travel by Rough Guides
- 20 Tips for solo travelers by Hostel World
- 23 Items to pack for every solo trip from Travel And Leisure
- Best solo destinations for 2017 by Girl About The GLobe
- Best budget destinations for solo traveler by Janice from Solo Traveler World
- 20 unexpectedly awesome destinations for solo female travelers by Kristin from Be My Travel Muse
And that is not all..
Only official answers from your government or other institutions should be taken seriously for some specific questions. Here are some that might come in hand:
Use Travel Alerts and Warnings for information on states that are currently dangerous for travelers. This information is crucial and might in fact save your life.
Another important question is travel Visas. U.S. travel and work Visas are an important part of the travel if you want to visit this country. The same goes for UK Visas. This actually is one of the things that you have to look for some more information up in regards where you are from and where you are going. Informative sites like this, can be truly helpful.
Then there is this site that allows you to compare passports and see how visa-free they are.
Interviews that set a good example for You
But what is behind these statistics and who gives the best answers to your questions? Well.. It’s the people who dare to travel alone and are always looking for new horizons.
I talked to some of them and asked them 5 simple questions:
- The most important lesson you have learned from traveling?
- What makes you get up and go out?
- How do you capture and save your memories?
- Your dream trip?
- What is the one thing no-one should do when traveling?
And these are the answers I received.
By the way these will give you some EXTRA DOSE OF INSPIRATION and a better look at why we travel.
So what does this all mean..
There are a lot of questions and doubt when it comes to traveling solo. Even more if you are doing this for the first time.
But THAT SHOULD NEVER STOP YOU from doing what you want to do!
All of your questions have answers. All you need to do is look for them. And if there is anything you think we should add to this article, contact us and we can work on that together.
Because the ultimate goal here is to provide you with all of the information you might need in a single article.
What we can see already is that solo travel is a growing trend and people love it. For different reasons of course, but there is something that all these travelers hold in common.
And if you need any inspiration, just look up some awesome travelers and look at how they are doing. Their experiences will most likely make you get up and go ASAP.
Well, if there is anything you want to say, feel free to do so.
..if you got what you were looking for, go out and explore!
One more thing, share this with your friends and family, so they would find the answers they have been looking for and would understand better, why you want to go solo.