Travel has long been considered a group activity. However, travel trends are changing. In recent years, more people have embraced solo travel in order to satisfy their desire for alone time. Solo travel often involves individuals searching for an enlightened approach to their everyday existence, and the focus can be on relaxation, wellness, adventure, stress management or even romance. Solo travelers report that traveling alone can enhance one’s sense of self-awareness and inner tranquility.
To investigate this growing phenomenon, Klook, a travel activities and services booking platform, commissioned a solo travel study conducted by YouGov which found that the vast majority of travelers are interested in hitting the road alone, regardless of age, gender or nationality. The study found that 76% of them have either traveled alone or are considering it. When comparing generational preferences, 80% of Generation Z (18 to 24-year-olds) respondents and 79% of Millennials (25-39) said they have already traveled alone or would be keen to plan a trip. Though one might expect younger travelers to be more adventurous, Klook’s data also reveals similar trends among the older generations. Roughly 73% of Generation X (40-54) and 71% of Baby Boomers (55+) said they were interested in traveling alone. There is also little difference between genders, with 74% of women and 78% of men saying they have either already experienced or would be interested to pursue solo travel.
Here are popular destinations for solo travelers.
The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Waikiki, Hawaii
With 278 days of sunshine, Hawaii is a year-round go-to-getaway for travelers seeking much needed alone time to decompress. For the quintessential Hawaii experience, travel to the iconic Waikiki Beach and book the retro inspired Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. There, solo travelers can soak in Hawaii’s sunshine poolside at the customized Wish You Were Here pool, enjoy live music by the pool and participate in a curated collection of experiences like a Silent Disco and Salsa Night.
Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, Willemstad, Curaçao
Tucked into the coast of Curaçao, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort reopened after undergoing a $40 million renovation in 2019 redesigning the entire property. The hotel is ideal for the solo traveler looking to escape and discover a space to work, rest and think, while indulging yourself in all the island has to offer. Each room is designed with luxury amenities, spa-like bathrooms and a Caribbean designed esthetic. The hotel offers many packages for travelers and are constantly updating depending on their needs.
Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection, Meads Bay, Anguilla
Anguilla’s glamorous hideaway overlooking the sugar-white sands of Meads Bay and Turtle cove awaits solo travelers with 63 chic spacious rooms and suites, over-the-top indulgences at The Spa at Malliouhana, immersive Auberge Adventures that allow guests to discover hidden Anguilla, and a vibrant culinary scene that invites guests to enjoy the island’s most inventive and authentic cuisine with toes-in-the-sand dining at Leon’s, fresh takes on Caribbean-inspired classics at signature open-air restaurant Celeste, and Mediterranean-infused island fare with the island’s best sunset views at Bar Soleil. When they’re not lounging in the spectacular infinity pool or soaking up the sun on Meads Bay, solo travelers can enjoy immersive activities such as Poolside Pilates, moonlight paddleboarding, Sunrise Yoga, kayaking, snorkeling, biking and much more.
Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri
In spring this wilderness bursts with unexpected outdoor adventures, lush greenery, wildflower blooms and star-bright nights. This off-the-beaten-path getaway in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains is a fresh and fun destination whether you’re traveling solo or running with a pack. Big Cedar is a “choose your own adventure” destination with countless activities both on property and nearby places to explore (Dogwood Canyon Nature Park) Solo travelers can take a swing on the golf course, venture through the MO waters fishing, horseback ride through the mountains, or even perfect their shot at the shooting academy. For those who desire seclusion, Big Cedar even offers private cabins tucked away in the timber of the lakeside. Each unique interior creates a cozy atmosphere, complete with a wood-burning fireplace and luxury tub. Well-equipped kitchens and expansive decks, complete with a gas grill, provide a perfect way to grill out while staying in the personal log cabin.
JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa, Sonora, Texas
Located in the center of Texas Hill Country, JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa is a working ranch and luxury resort. For solo travelers, JL Bar offers numerous standalone accommodations and an array of activities such as ATV rides, cooking classes, horseback riding, and more. For those who are visiting for a solo adventure and looking to reconnect with nature after months spent at home and indoors, JL Bar also offers a Horse Psychology class led by equine experts Jon Joseph and Sydney Béïque. Guests can learn about horse psychology, the basics of horse behavior, and how to be comfortable around horses; for example, guests will learn that a round pen makes it easier to train horses and techniques for optimal upkeep and engagement. This provides a deeper appreciation for the majestic animals as well as a fun, engaging way to immerse yourself in Texas Hill Country ranch culture.