Solo Travel Today [Infographic]

Daniel Sendecki July 21, 2014 6

Last year was a record-breaking one for travel, clocking over 1b tourists—a greater-than-ever proportion of whom travelled solo. From Toronto to Tasmania, researchers have identified travellers who live alone but travel in a group as the fastest growing type of ‘solo’ traveller. Here’s an infographic that maps this trend—follow its route to explore some of the factors at play, discover the nationalities most likely to travel solo, and take in a plethora of interesting stats about how and why people travel solo.


At G Adventures, we’re no stranger to solo travel’s incredible growth. In fact, we’ve seen a 134 per cent increase in solo travellers since 2008—and solo travellers now make up ~40 per cent of our travellers. Furthermore, ~65 per cent of these are women—a number that has grown nearly one-and-a-half times in the past five years! What all of this adds up to is that more and more travellers—especially women—are deciding to get out there and see the world on their own. It’s a growing, wonderful trend that’s allowing more and more people to see the world on their own terms.

Getting There

G Adventures runs a number of departures encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater for different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you this big blue planet of ours— check out our small group trips here.

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  1. Octav Brandon July 26, 2014 at 3:45 am - Reply

    I am a widower and I travel alone at least three times a year
    I just cam back from a beautiful trip – not in a group – to Spain, Portugal, France and Switzerland

  2. B. Jane Kirkwood July 26, 2014 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Simply put, no need for at least a 100 words – I am a widow so travel on my own. I just hate having to pay a supplement travelling alone seeing thee are so many singles we should not have to???

  3. Casadora July 27, 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Love to travel solo but hate the “single supplement” charge. Is there a list of companies that do not add this charge?

    • Elizabeth August 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      I agree and would love if someone had some info on tour companies that do not charge a single supplement or if they do, it’s not so expensive. The single supplement is one of the first things I look into when traveling. If it’s too much, I try to find another way to do the trip.

  4. Dianne Clearwater July 28, 2014 at 1:25 am - Reply

    I like travelling solo because it offers the opportunity to meet new friends from around the world. It is very unlikely that you would ever have a chance the people you meet when you join a tour. I have had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful friends who would never have crossed my path unless I was on a GAdventure Tour. There is something invigorating about experiencing new places, new foods and a host of new things with new friends. I highly recommend getting out there and travelling solo.

  5. Donna Burton July 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I love to travel to places that my family and friends may not be intersted in or able to afford. I am not letting that stop me from the travel I love. I do a combination of by myself then join a group in one trip to see everything I want. I don’t need to be as security aware when with a group.

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