Survey: Solo travel or nothing, say women today

New survey by Hostel Bookers reveal that more women today travel solo for freedom, adventure and learning about onself.


The initial idea of women travelling by themselves in a country so infamously known for its gender gap and violence against women is nothing less than frightening. But a new survey shows that despite recent negative media attention, women still love to travel alone. Created by social media collective, #WeGoSolo founded by Mariellen Ward of Breathe Dream Go and budget accommodation specialists HostelBookers, a budget accommodation website with over 22,000 hostels in 3,500 destinations across the world). Findings from the “Going It Alone” survey show women balance their desire for freedom and adventure with a healthy sense of caution.

More than 1,000 women responded to the June 2013 survey, revealing that:
Female solo travellers are adventurous
82% of women surveyed said they had travelled alone
“Freedom” (28%), a “sense of adventure” (17%) and “learning about yourself” (15%) were cited by respondents as the top reasons for travelling solo.
54% have travelled solo for a month or longer.

Female solo travellers are concerned about safety, and tend to change their behaviour when travelling solo:
“Safety concerns,” “fear of loneliness” and “pressure from family” were the three top reasons cited for NOT travelling solo.
54% said they project a more confident attitude when they travel solo so they are not seen as targets.
46% limit their alcohol intake when travelling alone.
37% of solo female travellers go home earlier at night, while 29% of women dress more conservatively while travelling solo and 15% said they don’t do anything differently.
One of the most interesting results was the answer to the question: “What is the most important bit of advice to give to someone thinking of travelling solo?” By a wide margin, 40% said, “Be open to people, experiences and cultures.”

The survey also revealed that the Europe, South America, USA, and Oceania were the most desired countries for solo travel while women were least likely to travel solo to the Middle East, Africa, and China. India provoked strong feelings both ways, polling as one of the ‘most desired’ and ‘least likely to travel to’ solo destinations (Check here for survey results).

Travel bloggers Mariellen of Breathe Dream Go, Amanda Williams of A Dangerous Business, Sherry Ott of Otts World and Shivya Nath of The Shooting Star are the four main ambassadors of the social movement.

#WeGoSolo is an online movement to support and encourage female solo travellers to travel safely, wisely and well. The weekly #WeGoSolo tweetchat is on Wednesday at 11 am EST.

Related post: Read an #untravel tweetchat discussion on women travelling solo.


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shivya quit her corporate job at age 23 to travel the world. She runs one of India's most popular travel blogs called The Shooting Star, tweets @shivya, and can be reached at shivyanath@gmail.com. more

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Shivya quit her corporate job at age 23 to travel the world. She runs one of India's most popular travel blogs called The Shooting Star, tweets @shivya, and can be reached at shivyanath@gmail.com. more
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  • Nishi Jain

    It’s heartening to see the changing trend. Quite ironical that India features in both desirable and undesirable destinations for women. The country is as warm and welcoming as it is dangerous for female travellers.