//Solo holidays have ‘increased three-fold’ since 2011

Solo holidays have ‘increased three-fold’ since 2011

More Brits travelling solo, says ABTA

The number of people choosing to take a solo holiday has increased three-fold since 2011, according to ABTA’s Holiday Habits report.

More than one in six people, 15%, have gone on holiday on their own in the last 12 months. Up from 12% in 2017 and 6% in 2011.

The number one reason people gave for taking a solo holiday was having the opportunity to do what they want while away, with 76% of people citing that as the primary reason. The number rose to 92% for 35-44 year olds.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive said: “There has been significant growth in the number of people travelling by themselves over the last few years – with the majority choosing to holiday solo so that they can do what they want.

“Going on holiday by yourself means you don’t have to compromise on your choice of destination, your itinerary or the activities you take part in. Whether they’re single or just want some ’me time’, people now have an incredible choice of holidays and destinations to choose from and it has become so much easier to explore the world. Travel companies have responded to demand by offering a diverse range of options for people booking by themselves.”

Asia was the most popular destination for solo travellers with 22% of solo travellers visiting the continent in the last year, 2% visited either the Arctic or Antarctic – double the number who travel with friends or family.

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.