6. The number of single-person households has surged dramatically in recent decades, with proportions reaching 31% of all households across the UK in 2017, as well as up to 60% in some cities in Europe and North America.
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This rising trend indicates the rise of living alone, which also plays a part in the increasing popularity of solo travel especially among the western population.
7. In terms of education, the vast majority of solo travelers (84.5%) hold at least a university/ college degree or a diploma.
8. About 1 in every 10 solo travelers holds a high school degree or equivalent.
Solo Travel Trends & Behavior
Why and how do people travel solo?
9. Google trend data in 2021 showed that ‘Solo travel’ has risen in popularity by 761.15%.
10. Solo travelers take longer trips than other travelers at an average trip length of 19 days.
11. The most common motivation for traveling solo is the desire to see the world without waiting for others.
12. Nearly half of solo travelers are also motivated by the sense of independence and freedom they get from solo travel.
13. Finally, 20% of respondents in a solo travel survey also claim that they’re motivated by the ability to meet like-minded solo travelers.
14. A 2021 survey revealed that over 65% of solo travelers from the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia wanted passengers and staff to be vaccinated when traveling.
29. European solo travelers with the lowest average budget came from Italy, at only €225 spent on flights and hotels.
American Solo Travel Statistics
30. Solo travel is one of the main motivations for taking a trip among American travelers (20% of respondents).
31. Out of the US-based travelers who planned to travel alone, roughly one quarter were Generation X.
32. In 2021, 22% of US-based male travelers were planning to travel solo in 2022.
In 2021, 22% of male travelers in the US planned to take a solo trip in 2022. This percentage is higher than female travelers based in the US, showing that solo male travel is more common even within the US.
33. Men are also more likely than women to camp or stay in a cabin on a solo trip. 20% of male solo travelers expressed interest in camping solo.
34. In terms of transportation, female solo travelers from the US are more likely to fly, while 60% of men preferred to drive a personal car.
35. In the US, there were approximately over 3 million VanLifers in mid-2022.
In mid-2022, there were a recorded total of more than 3 million VanLifers in the US. VanLifers refer to people who travel, live, and work in their RVs or vans. Meanwhile, RV ownership has grown by over 62% between 2001 and 2021.
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