Hostelworld has seen a 42 per cent rise in the number of solo bookings made between and , a more dramatic spike than in any other sector for the site. Airbnb, too, has been seeing an increase in lone bookings.
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Its fastest-growing spots for solo guests include Cancun a per cent increase , Ho Chi Minh City per cent , Cologne per cent , Playa del Carmen per cent and Johannesburg per cent. Even cruise operators have had to adjust their offerings to cater for higher numbers of passengers traveling alone. Norwegian Cruise Line spied the trend all the way back in , when it first launched studio rooms designed especially for single travellers. This year, Riviera Travel introduced solo cabins with no single supplements across their river cruise programme and due to demand — 18 per cent of their customers are now travelling alone — this year introduced two new dedicated river cruise itineraries specifically for this sector.
As far as younger travellers go, according to data from the Abta, almost one in eight year olds reported going on a holiday by themselves in In , this question was asked to year olds and the figure was just 4. According to Hostelworld, the number of solo bookings made by Britons has increased 60 per cent over the past three years, the highest rise globally.
Hitwise says that since January, the audiences driving searches for solo travel have been women 55 per cent of them aged between years old and living in London. Unique Home Stays says that in , the average age of its solo traveller was 46, made up of 22 per cent men and 78 per cent women. In , the average age was 47, with 84 per cent being female, and only 16 per cent being male. But [there has since] been a huge shift in attitude.
I need peace.
I need quiet. And most of all, I really, really need to be alone. Less than one per cent of them travel in July or August. More people today, it should be noted, remain single for longer, or indeed forever.
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The Office for National Statistics ONS reported that 51 per cent of people in England and Wales were single in , the last time a census was published, compared to 47 per cent in We polled a Facebook group consisting of hundreds of female writers and heard from countless single women who travel alone. But we also spoke to several who were married or otherwise attached, and actively choose to leave their other-halves at home when travelling.
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