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Skyscanner survey: 7 in 10 Aussies happy to travel alone

October 9, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

A survey on Skyscanner Australia (skyscanner.com.au) found Aussies to be avid travellers who would gladly brave the world alone with no concerns. 71% of Aussies indicated that they have travelled solo, of which one in five (22%) have been on at least 11 or more solo trips.
The survey, which was also conducted in seven countries across Asia Pacific1 , revealed Australia as the top country with the highest percentage of travellers who had done a solo trip.

Who is the solo traveller?
Men were found to go on more solo trips than women with 46% indicating they have taken at least six solo trips where only 36% of women have. The age group with the highest proportion of solo travellers was the 20-29 year olds.
% of men and women who have travelled solo Men 73% Women 70%
Top concerns for travelling alone
72% of those who have travelled alone also indicated that they had no concerns, but of those who did, safety was the top concern (60%) followed by a fear of feeling lonely or homesick (14%) and cost of the trip was the third highest rated concern (12%).

Top motivations to go solo
While the primary driver for all survey respondents to travel alone was to simply be by themselves and explore new places alone (26%). 22% of solo travellers also indicated that having ‘no one else to travel with’ was a reason why they travelled alone. Diving deeper into the findings found 20% of women travelled alone to go on a journey of self-discovery, while 18% of men travelled solo to meet new people.

What about the non-solo travellers?
Of those who have not yet embarked on a solo trip, 46% indicated that they had plans to do so with 29% going on a solo trip within the year. Safety remains as the top concern for the non-solo travellers who intend to give travelling alone a try. For those who are not at all keen on going solo, 48% shared other concerns such as family commitments and preference to travel with other people as its more
enjoyable as reason to why they would rather not go on a solo trip,. Keeping safe when travelling solo With safety as the utmost concern for travellers going solo, Skyscanner Australia shares some top tips to stay safe when travelling alone:

1. Leave a message with your family or friends back home, tell them your whereabouts or plan for the day and check-in when you’re back. Alternatively, let the front desk know what your plans are and get some local insider tips while you’re at it.
2. Know your limits – It’s a holiday but always stay alert and sober. Avoid testing your alcohol threshold when you’re alone, or if feeling adventurous make sure you’re familiar with the alcoholic contents in the drink. If you’re too tired, factor in the journey required to head back to your accommodation and make sure you can stay alert till then.
3. Know exactly where you need to go and how you’re going to get there before heading to the location. Also, read up on reviews or ask other travellers to find out if that place is worth the visit – you will know exactly what you’re in for and it makes you seem less like a tourist withoutGoogle Maps chiming at every turn.
4. Keep your valuables safe and secure. Make sure your passport, credit cards, devices are well stored, whether in the room’s safe or locked in your luggage. Never store all your cash in the same place, it’s good to split them and put them in pouches that don’t look like wallets – such as a resealable sweet packet (clean it first, of course).
5. Dress appropriately. Never draw attention to yourself by wearing flashy clothes, accessories or an expensive watch. Keeping your attire simple can save you a lot of trouble and keep baggage light. We suggest you do some research prior to your visit to the country and find out how locals tend to dress. This will give you an idea of how to pack and dress appropriately. The main idea here is to blend in like a local.

Feature article: http://www.skyscanner.com.au/news/top-tips-for-solo-travel-how-to-stay-safe
Best destinations for a solo adventure
Where in the world should Aussies jet off to for their first unaccompanied adventure? Aussie solo travellers surveyed recommend these destinations:
• Europe (34%): United Kingdom, Italy, France
• Southeast Asia (17%): Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore
• North America (13%): United States, Canada
• Oceania (13%): Australia, New Zealand

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