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The info: Solo travel in numbers

Travelling alone is on the rise year-on-year according to ABTA's latest Holiday Habits Report. But what's the breakdown?

Published 25 Jan 2019, 08:00 GMT, Updated 5 Nov 2020, 05:27 GMT
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Solo travel has increased threefold since 2011, according to British Airways Global Solo Travel Study 2018. 1 in 6 people has chosen to go on holiday by themselves in the past 12 months. Wi-fi, smartphones and travel apps have made navigating easier and staying in touch more accessible. Hence, a rise in the options available for solo travellers including group activity trips and cruises. 

Here are the stats:

Why solo travel is on the rise
76% — To do what I want
63% — To take some time out
37% — To explore a new destination
31% — See it as a chance to meet new people (down 10% on previous year)

Almost half of women are choosing to travel on their own:
16% take their first solo trip before they are 25
75% of women are planning a solo trip in the next few years
16% from the UK will jet off alone in the next few months

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Published in the January/February 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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