Embrace 2017 Travel Trend: Solo Holiday

Pink shoes. Black dress. Super skinny jeans. Double cheeseburger. Strawberry-kale smoothie. Trends are everywhere and in everything you do. In fact, if you search for “latest trends 2017” on Google, you will find results describing the fashion trends of last season, the fashion trends of the season of come, the automobile industry trends, the digital technology trends, the hairstyle trends, the home décor trends, the team leadership trends, the makeup trends, the wedding trends, and even an article about the pathological need for trends developed by the modern society. Here’s a spoiler alert for you: People follow trends because they need social approval for their behavior and choices. Trends are more than a social attitude; they are the key to integrating to your community. So, it’s no wonder that there is a trend – or more than one in most cases – for everything. When it comes to travelling and discovering the world, the latest trend has been set for single travel. Indeed, more than half of travellers, according to a recent survey by BookYogaRetreats, are planning on taking their next holiday alone. This trend that is shared by all age and gender groups across the world has brought to life a very active and generous online community of travellers who are sharing their pictures, advice, and concerns with each other. So, if you haven’t already, you should consider putting the solo travel trend on top of your bucket list of experiences for 2017. Dive into the magical world of single holidays and learn to understand its features and possibilities.

What Are The Different Types Of Solo Travels?

There is more to solo travel than just packing your luggage and disappearing on the first plane. For a start, the modern single traveller has nothing to do with the solo holidaymaker than you might know from your favorite Agatha Christie’s novel. You wouldn’t find anymore people who travel on their own and book a room for a month in a coastal hotel. The modern solo traveller is looking for adventures, and for the discovery of a new culture. These are not quite the sort of things that you could use to describe an Agatha Christie’s holiday novel. Admittedly, the novel generally involves a murder, but let’s focus on the adventurous and cultural discovery side of the holiday. In truth, there are two very distinct types of solo travellers. You will find some holidaymakers who are keen to explore the world on their own. Whether they need to reconstruct themselves after a difficult experience in their lives, such as a broken relationship or a stressful time at work -, or whether they simply want to enjoy a fuller experience of the world, these holidaymakers choose to visit the world as an isolated entity. They choose a hostel to keep their budget under control and focus primarily on safe areas. Then, the second type of solo travellers are the people who book a group travel where they can combine the pleasure of belonging to a small community with the delight of not sharing the, hopefully large, bed every night!

Where Can I Go On My Own?

If you are feeling a little adventurous, and you want to develop your sense of independence, travelling on your own is the best option for you. Beware, though: Single travellers will need to prepare their holidays in advance. You can’t simply book a flight to any place with a better climate and hope for the best. It’s also a lot more difficult to book an unexpected, cheeky weekend getaway. If you want to travel on your own, you need to plan very carefully for it. This means that your first step will be to prepare a large mug of tea or coffee and to spend the next few hours browsing the web to gather information about the different countries of your interest. While the general rule about travelling says that you can go anywhere, and even if you agree wholeheartedly with it, you need to avoid all the most dangerous places, such as areas of conflicts – surely, there’s no need to explain why -, areas of deadly infections and viruses – even though you could get all your vaccines up to date, it’s better to travel to those places in pair in case of troubles -, areas where the climate is not at its friendliest at the moment – avoid rain season in the tropical regions, for example -, and areas where the social and political life is constantly on the move. As a first choice destination, most solo travellers turn to Europe, which is not only rich in history and culture, but also very modern and dynamic in its societies. As you start getting to know the locals, you will find it easier to establish a bond with cultures, such as European, that share a lot of common values with your own.

What’s The Advantage Of A Group?

If you don’t fancy the idea of being on your own all the time, or maybe if you don’t feel confident caring for yourself in unknown areas, then you can book your single holiday with a group travel agency. The main advantage for people who travel in groups is in the preparation time before you can book your holiday. Indeed, while travellers on their own need to research the best area for their trip thoroughly and to book their accommodations in advance, all you need for a group travel is to decide between the different packages that the travel agency has to offer. The agency is the one responsible for the research, and the booking of the accommodations – without mentioning the booking of the flights, the visits and generally the catering service too. In short, relax, they take care of everything for you! Besides, while you keep your independence, you are alone but not on your own, you have the possibility to meet new people and make new friends a lot more easily and safely than you would if you were indeed completely alone in a foreign country. Additionally, it is not uncommon for group travellers to enjoy separate visits, and even group discounts, in the local museums, monuments, and attractions: More pleasure,less stress, and at a lower price, it would seem silly not to love group travels!

Why Is Solo Travelling A Trend?

The big question, in the end, remains: Why is solo travelling a trend. There are numerous reasons that seem all equally valid. But let’s have a look at the facts first. According to a recent survey by Marybeth Bond at the Gutsy Traveler, “The average adventure traveler is not a 28-year old male, but a 47-year-old female. And she wears a size 12 dress”. That’s quite precise, you might say, and it is indeed. The survey, however, focuses primarily on US travellers. However, it is very likely that the rest of the world will follow similar trends. The Gutsy Traveler expects the Asian and Pacific population to become an increasing part of solo travellers within the next few years, so it is likely to have an impact on the stats. Yet, some truths are common everywhere: Women travel more on their own than men. This seems to be related to the discovery of a sense of empowerment that they develop on the road, so to say, as they embrace new cultures and reinforce their independent skills. The majority of female travellers are either in their golden years or at the beginning of their professional career, something that you can find amongst men travellers too. It’s not difficult to imagine why: It’s easier to travel on your own when you don’t have a set career or children to look after. All solo travellers agree on their desire: They are looking for adventure and they want to find a sense of self.

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