Do you plan to travel solo this year? Well if the answer is yes – you’re not alone! According a recent survey by travel experts, lastminute.com.au they found nearly 32 per cent of Australians intended to ditch their mates and go travelling lone-wolf style.
In fact the trend of ‘going it alone’ seems to becoming the norm with 61 per cent of the 4,100+ respondents stating they have travelled solo previously, while the 25 per cent of those who haven’t would still like to ‘at some point’.
Commenting on the survey results is lastminute.com.au spokesperson, Louise Ryan who mentioned the “freedom and the ability to do what I want to do, when I want to do it was the overwhelmingly number one reason for Australians to travel alone,”
“From wanting to celebrate ‘me time’, to the desire to unapologetically pursue a personal interest such as yoga, surfing, shopping or cooking classes; the research revealed both sexes are equally likely to enjoy a solo holiday adventure.”
So where do you fit in on the solo-travellers’ reason scale? Below are the five key reasons why Australians enjoy travelling alone:
- Freedom: doing exactly what I want to do, when I want to do it (53%)
- I can be spontaneous and change my plans (17%)
- Meeting new people (15%)
- Getting to know myself better (5%)
- Total cultural immersion (4%)
Not one for solo travel? A great tip for those who are a bit hesitant is to simply dip your toe in by spending a night or two away at a new domestic destination. This way you’ll know whether independent travel is your thing or not. You never know if you don’t try!
So if you’re looking to travel solo this year, here are three wicked destinations to consider:
The perfect Australian destination to spend your days getting lost in its quirky laneways, jumping on a tram, sampling its funky coffee shops, browsing the eclectic galleries and hitting up the boutiques along Chapel Street or the stalls at Queen Victoria Markets.
The Island of The Gods is an incredibly popular solo destination thanks to Julia Roberts’s solo adventure in movie Eat, Pray, Love. Whether you are after a yoga style retreat, surfing escapade, or a flop ’n’ drop style resort holiday, Bali is an accessible, affordable and relaxing escape for solo travellers.
New York, USA
Who needs a travel companion when you have New York! The ‘I heart New York’ branding says it all right? Famed for never sleeping – you will be memorized and too busy soaking up its atmosphere, chic culture and extraordinary sights to notice your by your lonesome self. From the Empire State Building, Central Park, Wall Street, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway and many more – the options in New York are endless.
Are you travelling solo in 2015? If so, where are you visiting and if not, how come?