Updated: Sep 25, 2019
Most people think that traveling alone is a no-no and people are refraining from it. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Solo traveling is a trend that is very much on the rise throughout the world.
It is a trend that is seen across all demographics from millennials to baby-boomers. Booking.com did a study in 2018 that revealed that 40% of their baby-boomer age customers had taken a solo trip within the previous year. Under30Experiences, a millennial-focused tour company, found that 80% of their travelers are going solo.
There are some difficulties that solo travelers face in planning their trip, but many tour companies are beginning to cater to these travelers in a number of different ways.
Not Really Alone
One of the great things about traveling, whether going alone or in a group, is meeting new people from all over the world. Many tour companies are adopting an outlook of travelers going solo but not really being alone. They are creating tour groups of individual travelers from all over the globe. It is a way for solo travelers to be surrounded by like-minded people who want to travel solo, but definitely not alone.
Tour companies understand that solo travelers want to be able to have a great time while feeling safe and secure. This has spawned increased itineraries for solo travelers. This includes step-by-step directions with great GPS directions. They have also made sure to include options for small cars instead of the minibusses that many of them use. They have also done a great job in finding great self-guided excursions for the solo traveler.
Accommodations can be difficult for solo travelers because one of the issues they run into is what is known as the single supplement. This is an extra charge that companies charge for people who are staying alone. This is so that they can make up for the lost income due to a single occupant. It really gives solo travelers a feeling of being ostracized while traveling.
Due to the uptick in solo traveling, companies are really starting to address this issue in a number of ways. Some are doing away with this charge altogether. Others are doing things like going to hut or dormitory-style accommodations for solo travelers. There are even companies that are setting aside particular rooms just for solo travelers.
Solo travelers can rest assured that there are companies out there that are really starting to address their needs and wants when it comes to their travel plans. It can be a daunting task to plan a trip for yourself, by yourself. There are plenty of resources out there to make sure that your solo journey goes off without a hitch. All of these things also help to ensure a travelers are safe and secure during their trip.