With the trend for solo travel on the rise, eDreams ODIGEO, has polled 10,000* customers across the USA, UK and Europe* to explore the reasons that consumers might choose to travel on their own.
Data from the Solo Travel Research conducted by an independent research company* revealed that Americans are more than twice as likely to prefer to travel without company – a whopping 24% embracing the notion of single travel compared to an average of 9% elsewhere.
US travellers who prefer to go it alone, the highest proportion (27%) believe that 25-34 is the best age to go solo. As compared to just 6% of 55+-year-olds. While most Europeans report that their priority is the quest for culture (38%). More than half of American travelers (51%) report that the key motivation is to meet new people. Also, to be free in their movements. A further 47% who would travel alone “to get to know myself better,” and 44% “just to experiment.”
And the best age? Like all Europeans, the majority of solo American travelers believe the best age to embrace the trend of going it alone is 25-34. Like the 18-24 age group, their priority is very much to meet new people.
Safety is key for Americans. 46% would prioritize a money belt, first-aid kit, and emergency contacts when planning and packing for their trips. Whereas German solo travelers whose first concern is comfort.
Unsurprisingly for such a vast country, regional differences are a factor in solo travel for Americans. Those in the Midwest region are the least inclined (20%) compared to the highest percentage in the West (27%). The Northeast contains those who are most keen on volunteering (57%) compared to the least in the Midwest (44%). For Northeasterners, safety considerations rank significantly higher (51%) than for those in the Southwest (40%).