The idea of exploring the world alone may be intimidating to some, but research shows that travelling solo is becoming increasingly popular.
Analysis of 100,000 holiday bookings by travel inspiration website 101 Holidays shows that holiday companies which run group tours in the UK and abroad are reporting that 35% of their clients are single travellers.
101 Holidays has launched a new website, 101 Single Holidays, as a result of the predicted surge.
Solo travelling is most popular with women, as 58.3% of single travellers were reported to be female. When broke down by holiday types those figures rise for more active trips including walking holidays (64%) and African safaris (60%).
“Travelling solo has lost much of the lonely hearts stigma it once carried. Not everyone holidaying alone is single, with more women leaving husbands and partners at home as they tick items off their bucket lists,” says Winston.
To meet the demand for solo holidays, holiday companies are now offering incentives to attract single travellers, including dedicated solo travel holidays and the scrapping of the single supplement, a premium charged to people who take a room alone.
Here are a few of our top tips to stay safe when travelling solo:
1. Leave all valuable possessions at home. Flashy watches and sparkly chains are not needed while catching a bus in Thailand or even sunbathing by the pool in Tuscany. Keep them in your jewellery box at home.
2. Always keep a small emergency stash of currency (dollars are best as they can be exchanged easily) somewhere that no one will find. If you do lose your wallet / purse you’ll have something to get you by.
3. Avoid arriving somewhere late at night. If you don’t know the place, get there during daylight hours. Being able to see your surroundings will make you feel safer.
4. Leave photocopies of your passport, visa and travel insurance with people at home and carry your embassy and insurance company’s number with you. If you lose your passport or insurance details, you have back up.
5. Keep a checklist of the important stuff – money, passport, camera, keys, ticket, etc. And every time you leave a room, bus or plane you can tick them off.
Whether you are planning on vacationing solo or with someone else don’t forget to choose insurance that will allow you to enjoy your holidays without making a dent in your spending.
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