Why are more women traveling alone?

February 27, 2018

Women dominate solo travel in a 63/36 split, based on the findings of a survey of the 225,000 followers of the Solo Travel Society group on Facebook released on February 13.

This research is consistent with the personal travel experiences of Janice Waugh, who manages the Solo Traveler community. “I see women traveling solo far more often than men,” she said. “In one case, I was on a train in India and, randomly, there were four female solo travelers in one row: a Brit, a Canadian, and two Americans.”

But with the cost of travel so high and the dangers inherent in going it alone, why do women travel solo more than men? Posing this question to the members of the Solo Travel Society resulted in a variety of answers, with 250 people responding in more than 300 comments.

Among the primary reasons the women provided were the following;

  • 46% said the traveled alone for the freedom and independence. They said the chance to do what they want when they want is important to them.
  • 22% said they weren’t willing to wait around for others.
  • 15% said they travel solo to challenge themselves and gain confidence.

“Essentially,” said Waugh, “solo travelers want a break from accommodating other people’s needs. But they get more. Solo travel, being responsible for every aspect of your travels, delivers a confidence boost that can’t be experienced any other way.”

Finally, a bit of humor from the discussion on the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. From a man: “I’m not sure why there are more women than men. But as a single guy traveler, I’m not complaining at all!”

Research contact: Janice@SoloTravelerWorld.com

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