“The person who goes alone can begin today but he who travels with another must wait until that other is prepared.” – Henry David Thoreau
When the statistics are any indicator, many travelers accept Thoreau. In growing figures, folks are traveling on your own as opposed to just awaiting others to participate them.
Solo travelers recently have totaled 21 million in only the united states and United kingdom combined. According to a different You are able to Occasions article in November. 2012, Internet looks for “solo holiday packages” were up 60% within the prior year. The United States Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (“OTTI”) reported that the staggering 42% of U.S. citizens/residents that went abroad this year traveled alone. Of individuals individual travelers, 38% traveled for leisure in order to visit buddies & relatives (“VFR”) and 66% for business. Similarly, inbound solo travelers from abroad totaled 36.2%. Of individuals, 23.6% were on leisure journeys and and 62.2% for work. E-commerce and lifestyle phenomenon continues to be growing tremendously.
Who’re solo travelers?
Solo travelers are a much wider group than simply the only population. They might be:
• Two-career couples on business travel or “DINK’S” (Dual Earnings No Kids).
• Individuals with relatives or buddies abroad.
• Family people going after separate sports/hobbies overseas.
Abercrombie & Kent’s Jill Fawcett has described their solo travelers as: “frequently… married and have partners, however the spouses don’t share exactly the same interest… They would like to travel with like-minded people and also the select few provides them some interaction. They return to the privacy that belongs to them room… 25% of people that go for our Extreme Adventure series are (also) solo travelers,” she stated. “People feel a bit more secure inside a group when the destination is intimidating or there is a language barrier.” Solo Travel Keeps Growing in a Rapid Rate Phil Hoffman travel blog, 10/25/11.
Based on Grand Circle Corp chairman Alan Lewis, “Women really are a growing pressure within the solo travel market… in which the solo market is continuing to grow from about 20% to 25% of [Grand Circle’s] overall bookings in the past 5 years.”