More than ever, Australian travellers are opting to go it alone, embarking on solo trips that inspire the freedom to go wherever, whenever they choose. With this in mind, leading provider of assistance services,Allianz Global Assistance (AGA) has released ‘The 5C’s For Solo’, a safety guide for solo travellers to ensure they remain vigilant and enjoy a worry-free trip.
Over 13 million Aussies went travelling in 2015, of which 1.7 million went it alone, a jump of 3.5 per cent on the previous year. Most significantly, travellers aged between 18 – 24 years led this charge. Not surprisingly, solo travellers were the only group that has grown in the past decade, with no signs of slowing down.
Allianz Global Assistance General Manager of Travel and Medical, John White said, “The past ten years has shown a steady increase in the popularity of solo travel amongst Australians of all ages.”
“When travelling solo, the safety net of travelling with friends or family is non-existent so it’s important to remain vigilant and prepare adequately ahead of a trip. We advise travellers to ensure they have the basics such as, a mobile phone to stay connected, cash in case of emergency, some basic knowledge of the local language and of course, travel insurance.”