Report reveals what motivates Aussies to travel solo

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A new report reveals what motivates Aussies to travel alone – and what stops them from stepping out solo.

The Klook Solo Travel Study, conducted by YouGov, found that the primary reason for Aussies to travel solo is to get away from the drudgery of work (57 per cent), with having ‘me’ time the second biggest motivator (45 per cent).

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Of the 21,000 surveyed, 76 per cent have already travelled alone or are considering it.

Specifically, more than six in 10 baby boomers and gen Xers said that they were interested in travelling alone. Around or more than eight in 10 millennials and gen Z respondents said that they would travel solo or already have.

All generations ranked fear of being alone as the primary deterrent to travelling alone (52 per cent), while 46 per cent said safety was their biggest concern, followed by having to plan and book it on their own (25 per cent).

Have you ever travelled alone? Would you consider it? What prevents you from travelling alone?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

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    I have done a large part of my cruising on my own. Last year I travelled for 5 weeks with a person who I had known I thought quite well for over 2 years.
    OMG it was a nightmare. I had no idea she had a thing about being around too many people. She pushed and shoved her way through crowds at Las vegas/Tokyo. She didn’t come to the traditional dinning we had on the cruises, because the “banter’ of fellow table mates was too slow for her. She had “demands” that she wanted the cruise cabin all to her self every afternoon(sea day). Hello- we are sharing. It was a disaster. I ended up getting
    a cabin to myself for the last 10 nights of our 15 night cruise to Japan. I almost came home early from japan. Then the main person I have cruise with, my cousin smokes – a lot, so she forgets about time and doesn’t turn up for dinner/shows. Another person I took on a cruise(she didn’t pay) I have known her since i was 14YO. She flat out refused to go anywhere near the buffet. I wanted to go to a special show but the timing would mean that we would have to eat at the buffet instead of the main dinning room. She refused, so I missed out on the show.
    I never have problems on my own. I meet plenty of people to talk to. Infact I have to run away from eople, because they assume you are ‘lonely” if you are on your own. Little do they know!
    Travelling Solo definitely has its advantages. But it is not for everybody

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      Leek, I had similar. In my mid 60’s and always single, I hired a motorhome to go touring for 8 weeks. My absolute bestest friend is a guy, purely friendship, a few years older. So asked if he’d like to come with me on one leg of the journey. We have been the closest of friends for nearly 40 years, but I tell you, within 5 days of being with him 24/7, I honestly could have pushed him over a cliff. NOW I know what he was talking about when he tells me tales of when his many relationships fail. I have total sympathy for the girls. Nothing I did was right. I have a photographic memory with directions, but he wanted to be the GPS and he is hopeless with directions. He complained about van parks we stayed at, stops that I needed to make for my dog (whom he loves). There were too many bugs, he didn’t like meals on the road, the bed was uncomfortable (we had 2 single beds with full mattress). Worst of all, nearly all night he snored and cleared his throat. I had to buy ear plugs. We’d get to a place we wanted to see, and he would say ‘is that all?’. Although he lives right on a beach, he wouldn’t walk on any beaches we came across, saying he hated the feel of sand. In the end, we agreed in order to save our friendship, he would fly home from the next airport we came to. We are still wonderful friends, and can joke about it, saying we hope we are not forced to share a place in our dottering old age. We had stayed at each others place previously, but nothing such close proximity all day. Still can. But made one thing clear – I would/could never travel with anyone else. I have a friend ask me to accompany her on a cruise, but as she was a prolific smoker, and I can’t stand the smell of smoke, especially in clothes, declined. Might cost me more, but travel solo is the only way I will go.

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    I agree with you leek. So called friends can be a nightmare. They never want to do what you want to do and waste precious time doing stupid things like shopping when they actually have no money to spend. Some women like to hog the bathroom forgetting that you also need time to put make-up on. I was fearful at first of travelling alone but the more you do it the more confident you become. I always go with a very reputable company as the more you travel with them the more they look after you. I do not go anywhere dangerous and have never had a problem. You might need to save harder or travel less to pay for the comfort but feeling comfortable is part of the journey. Don’t stay home, give it a go.

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    Traveling is about freedom, where to go, how long to stay and where, your choice of area, who you meet and spend time with, how long you stay out or what time you get up.
    Traveling with people you think you know doesn’t always work out once they are out of their comfort zone.
    I’ve been caught out in floods for days, slept in mosquito ridden bus shelters, shanties, slept over night four stories up on the stone floor at the Angkor Wat, stayed in a $900 a night 5 star hotel in Phnom Penh, watched the sun set and rise from the teak wooden deck of a junk boat in Halong Bay Viet Nam. I won’t go on, apologies.
    Finding out about yourself (and others) is part of the journey. Give me a choice, solo travel any day…you will meet plenty of wonderful people on the way and still have your freedom.

    Of course my personal opinion is based on myself being a solo traveler, it doesn’t mean all traveling groups or couples have a miserable time.
    As leek pointed out, ‘it’s not for everybody’

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      I doubt if any female would even consider doing what you have done Nose Hair Bob. You are certainly a risk taker. I go for comfort travel myself and certainly don’t risk getting beaten up, robbed or contract malaria or worse. Yes you travel to see other places and have different experiences but I don’t wish to end up worse off than when I went there in the first place. All I want to come home with is memories and photographs. I also pay for good travel insurance just in case as not everyone knows who to contact in an emergency. There are more and more travel companies being set up for solo travellers as they realise a lot of people in the older age group who have lost partners still wish to travel. One needs to search the internet for groups in their area. Travel at 60 and Encounter Travel are two I have recently found but have yet to try.

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    Most of my travelling has been done on my own. The last time two years ago, but it was on an organised trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. There were only 6 of us on the trip, and we all got along famously. It was possible to have “me” time as well, which is important to me. Previously I’d lived with the locals in Bali and was readily accepted and saw far more than anyone who goes in a group would do. Alone I don’t face the possible arguments and inevitable compromises that those coupled or in a group face.

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    I have been travelling overseas annually for the last 59 years, always alone. But not by choice.
    I have never married or had a partner. However I have never had any problems or felt in danger. But there is always the feeling of loneliness and not having anyone to talk to and share wonderful experiences or to admire spectacular sights. However I will continue to travel alone as I don’t have any choice in the matter and there is a lot to see and admire. Give it a go even if you are alone. Just be careful and alert.

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    I have been travelling overseas annually for the last 59 years, always alone. But not by choice.
    I have never married or had a partner. However I have never had any problems or felt in danger. But there is always the feeling of loneliness and not having anyone to talk to and share wonderful experiences or to admire spectacular sights. However I will continue to travel alone as I don’t have any choice in the matter and there is a lot to see and admire. Give it a go even if you are alone. Just be careful and alert.

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    I am 81 years of age and have nearly always travelled solo, a lot of the time to remote areas. I was a seafarer so I give cruises a miss. A great part of my enjoyment is comparing and booking flights, hotels, buses, (I recommend BusAbout) trains, etc. In February II am off to Northern Thailand for 5 days at a Kung Fu exercise and meditation retreat, then fly next door to Laos and bus from Luang Prabang through Vang Vieng to Vientiane then back to Oz. What I miss at day’s end is sitting down and having a chat about the day at dinner. But one can always go to a bar and if you see someone of interest politely ask to join them. I heartily endorse solo travel.

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    Wife went on a 2 week trip to Egypt, flew to Cairo by herself, joined a small group of fellow Aussies for trips to pyramids, museums etc. then flew back again by herself on 3 flights back to Australia. Was pretty tired by then but she enjoyed it and was glad I was not there (she knows I dislike crowded places and security checks at funny airports).

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    I travel solo primarily to have my own agenda. I have lost friendships through travel with others. Lost 7 days sleep from others snoring. Have been controlled with others itineraries for the holiday we are both on. I love travel solo I have grown and realised my strengths weaknesses. It’s liberating.

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    I retired in 2011 (age 70) and every year since then I have traveled, on three occasions I had a companion two were good the third was okay. The times I have traveled alone have been great, I met some lovely people on my cruise, we met up for dinner at night, did the shows and sat and listened to music, during the days we did our own thing. I have never felt unsafe in any of the places I have traveled, except for Bangkok so I stayed pretty close to places I knew were handy to the Hotel. My last trip a cruise Amsterdam to Budapest I did with a friend, she snored nearly all night, was very demanding, rude to the crew told the chef how to fry eggs!! and when on land was the navigator?? she always went the wrong way, I would go my way and she would run to catch up, plus she was always right no matter what. She is going away this year and has asked me to go with her, I have turned down the offer as I am now looking for a new house, after selling my house and am going to be too busy!!!! Thank goodness. I will continue to travel alone.

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      I can sympathise, Anistasia, with you and many of the other people’s comments! Over my travel years, I too have shared with a very good friend who snored (Two trips yet! Whatever was I thinking??) and on another trip/cruise have been matched up with another single lady (by the travel company) who not only snored but drank as well, which made the snoring worse! I had ear plugs, but they were next-to-useless against the nightly onslaught! Some nights I had them jammed in so hard it’s a wonder they didn’t meet in the middle! But she ticked me off for getting up early and trying to find my clothes, etc. in the dark. NEVER AGAIN! Now I pay the single supplement, or if on a cruise, either try for a single cabin, which many ocean liners have available, or else wait until I can get a 2 for 1 deal on a river cruise, and talk them into letting me have the cabin to myself, no matter if I don’t get a you-beaut cabin with a glass sliding door! I just love travelling solo, it’s SO much easier!

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