The number of people travelling solo has significantly increased over the last decade.
Statistics show that internet searches for solo holidays have quadrupled since 2020, cumulating at a new high in 2022. It is not only the younger generation but travellers of all ages taking more trips alone or joining group tours. This trend has forced the travel industry to think again about its strategy for the future.
Travelling solo while exploring new places introduces you to other cultures and expands your knowledge of our ever-changing planet. Could Olivia Coleman’s holiday in her film the Lost Daughter, in which she travelled alone, have inspired a generation of British women? Elizabeth Gilbert certainly inspired me when I read her book Eat, Pray, Love.
There are many more reasons to go it alone, some of which I will explore further. For me, taking time out and going alone to a writing retreat was beneficial in terms of getting on with my writing edits. But not only that. It was also a tonic, and I think it’s important to take time out as both a parent and an adult, without feeling guilty about it.
Visiting unknown places alone can prove a real challenge, but this growing trend has its benefits; overcoming obstacles and knowing you did it on your own increases your self-confidence and makes you decisive and assertive. In addition, you will meet new people, perhaps even forming lasting friendships. These benefits far outweigh the negativity that surrounded solo travel in the past. Perhaps it’s something we should all consider giving a go at least once in our lifetimes.
Putting Your Own Needs First
When travelling with family and friends, it can be difficult to plan something that will suit all parties and be able to budget accordingly. On your own, you don’t have to worry about pleasing others, which many of us are prone to do. So, whether you are planning a relaxing indulgent break or an adventurous holiday you have the flexibility to find what fits your budget and mindset. Imagine being in a new place, fully immersing yourself in the moment, taking in the sights and sounds without any distractions.
Ultimately, it is about balancing your needs and expectations: whether meeting others, staying on your own or joining in with a group, it will be on your terms. You won’t have anyone to discourage you from trying new activities such as bungee jumping or water skiing (if that’s your thing!). Equally, if you wish to laze on a beach, enjoying the sunshine, the choice is yours.
Enjoy The Luxury
As a single traveller, it is often easier and better value to upgrade to first class. This could include luxurious accommodation, fine dining, massage and spa treatments, as well as excellent customer service during your trip. Cruises are a good example. With Explora Cruises, single travellers can enjoy indulgent ocean travel alongside opportunities to integrate into the onboard lifestyle without feeling awkward. On a cruise, you get the time and breathing space to relax, maybe watch a film or immerse yourself in that book you have been meaning to read. The choices are many and entirely yours. As another example, if life at sea isn’t for you, Lochs and Glens show how on a coach holiday, you can still enjoy luxury whilst exploring some beautiful countryside.
Boost Your Self Confidence
The good thing about travelling solo is that it forces you to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. An article on Medium describes this as being different for everyone. It makes us stronger. It boosts our self-esteem purely due to the challenges and obstacles getting out there on your own can bring. However, there is a sense of achievement that comes with finding the best way to travel, the right accommodation, overcoming any problems and figuring things out by yourself. Making new friends, integrating yourself into groups on an excursion, joining in with dancing or a celebration are all opportunities to give you a friendlier and more approachable outlook to people from all walks of life.
We don’t always realise how much influence people have on our lives. By being independent, making your own choices and depending entirely on your feelings, you can discover just how strong you really are. In essence, this valuable time alone is a rare opportunity reflection on both the good things and bad things in your life.