Why solo travel is now the number one travel trend after Covid
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Now that Covid has finally been brought under control and more and more countries are feeling the urge to reopen to tourism, international travel is back in force. Passenger numbers for 2022 are already (far) exceeding the past two years, and amid the surge, some pretty interesting travel trends are emerging: the the growing fascination with solo travel is part of it.
The darkest days of Covid may already be behind us, but judging by the latest statistics on remote work, many of these “temporary” pandemic-era adjustments may be permanent. As it is an essential part of life, trips reflect these changes in behaviorand we may continue to see the revival of once-dormant trends.
Why then is it solo travel set for world domination In the coming months ?
The World Has Changed Forever – International Travel Too
While solo travel has been around for years, being the central concept around which an entire global community of travelers revolves, only recently has it really gained momentum. Specifically, until the pandemic hit, social restrictions affecting daily life were introduced and our lives were turned upside down.
Long daily commutes have become a thing of the past, misplaced relationships online, and our whole perception of routine, including work, suddenly changed. We’ve been forced to spend a lot more time with ourselves, especially those who are single and/or live alone in big cities and can’t access a support system as easily.
Being forced into extended “alone time” can be particularly difficult, especially when lockdowns and social restrictions are in place, but it also promotes self-knowledge and has the power to radically alter his perception of “quality time”. After all, we don’t need to be with our friends, family, or loved ones all the time to fully enjoy ourselves.
And that includes travel.
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As rated by Solo traveler’s world, a site specializing in the category, 77% of people travel alone because they want to “see the world” and not “wait for others”. In addition, they want to do what they want, when they wantare generally interested in meeting new people and “personal development”, and like to be “free” and “independent”.
For many, however, traveling alone is a huge step to take: especially when it comes to foreign destinations, there is anxiety getting on a plane all alone, flying to a brand new country where you don’t speak the local language or understand the customs local, and the old social stigma making you think of yourself as a “loner”.
Anxiety is OK, and in fact, you’d expect it when talking about international travel. No matter how hard you plan it, there’s always something wrong, whether it’s delayed flights or annoying tourist scams. But it’s still it’s all part of the experienceand it’s the ups and downs that help you grow as an independent traveler.
As for the “lonely” part, that couldn’t be further from the truth: Traveling with partners and/or friends can be fun, and it’s definitely where some of the best memories are made. Traveling alone, however, can be just as exciting: there’s nothing better than landing in another city, one you’ve never been to before, and realizing that it’s to discover.
Traveling alone is an act of self-love
Solo travel is empowering and will make you see the world in a way you wouldn’t if you were accompanied by a band. It is, purely and simply, an act of self-love. Nevertheless, there are many different profiles of solo travellers, and we shouldn’t make the mistake of viewing those participating in the solo travel wave as a homogenous group.
Some people are just looking new “first times” when they embark on a journey on their own, and new offerings like Oceania Cruises can provide just that. These travelers are more comfortable booking independent vacations lately and are eager to see the world after being confined to their rooms for two unbearable years.
On the other hand, there are those who have joined a more specialized community of travelers, which still attracts millions of followers around the world: the digital nomad lifestyle. They are travelers who make a living through remote work as they travel the world. Needless to say, in the wake of the Covid crisis, this is an incredibly attractive prospect.
Are digital nomads driving the wave of solo travel?
Digital nomads are usually found in the nearest coffee shop or coworking space, and they aren’t interested in ticking off so many countries on the to-do list in the shortest possible time. They are slow paced travelersand generally have a preference for in-depth exploration of new countries while working in more scenic/relaxing environments.
A number of nations have recognized the invaluable impact these nomads have on their local economies and have implemented a specific residence permit, called Digital Nomad Visa, allowing them to stay longer instead of changing countries repeatedly due to restrictive tourist visa rules.
Some places like Bali even allow nomads to live there for up to five years without paying any form of local tax. Some countries in Europe, a continent known for its strict immigration and tax laws, have jumped on the bandwagon and opened the doors to digital nomads under more flexible entry regimes, such as Croatia, Italy, and Europe. Italy and Malta.
In total, 45 countries have introduced some form of digital nomad visaafter the number of teleworkers increased by an additional 15% in 2021. According to others statisticsthere are now 6 million more digital nomads in the United States compared to the pre-pandemic era (11 million in total), and the global figure has already reached 35 million.
An estimated 36% of digital nomads use home rental platforms like AirBnB, and while the exact percentage may vary depending on the study, the platform itself has confirmed that bookings made by solo travelers represent now 26% of total reservations. Most important, more than half of long-term stays were made by solo travelers.
You get our point: exploring solo has never been so trendy than it is now across all age groups and socio-economic segments. The question is: is this the right decision? for you?
Everyone should travel alone at least once in their life
We strongly believe that everyone should take at least one big trip, on their own, to try to get out of your comfort zone and see the world through their own unique perspective; not having someone to lean on to meet challenges along the way and find out what makes their most excited to travel.
At the same time we understand some people may not be ready to tap into their more adventurous plans side right now. A few years of living in a dark reality can leave you scarred, and now that it’s all over, spending time with loved ones and sharing the joys of traveling together again might feel like the right thing to do. And that’s fine too.
Solo travel isn’t going anywhere, and all of those amazing new features designed just for solo adventurers will still be there when you decide to give them a whirl. For now, whatever your travel style, just be sure to get there now that the Big C has finally been defeated, and create amazing memories – some your own.
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