The rise of solo travel

21 July, 2023

Since COVID, many South Aussies have returned to travel at the drop of a hat – but with many are choosing to leave their partner or friends behind for the ultimate solo adventure.  

Online searches for single person flights were up by 36 per cent in 2022 and the travel industry is seeing travellers from age 18 through to 80 plus on route to their dream destinations.  

RAA Travel General Manager Gina Norman said more and more experiences are being tailored to solo travellers as the sector continues to boom.  

“It’s often a misconception people are travelling solo because they are single or an older demographic, but it’s actually because people want different holidays from their friends and family and ideal destinations may not match up,” Ms Norman said.  

“For those who are interested in travelling solo, booking a guided tour is a perfect option which takes the hassle out of travelling. 

“Cruises are also a great choice because you can mix as much or as little as you want with other guests. You only need to unpack once, but you still get to see so many amazing destinations.” 

Ms Norman said more tour operators were not charging a ‘single supplement’, which was previously an additional expense for solo travellers as the cost for accommodation and tours are often more expensive than dividing costs in two as a couple. 

“Tours are forgoing the single supplement which used to hit solo travellers hard, so it’s making solo travel more accessible and affordable,” Ms Norman said.  

“We’re seeing companies like Norwegian Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages offering solo cabins, which is such a great option. 

“Our top tips for going solo for the first time are to choose a destination that is tried and tested by other solo travellers. 

“Destinations such as Italy, Spain, Egypt, New Zealand, Vietnam and even the UK all have amazing solo holiday options.”  

Talk to your local RAA Travel expert to book your solo adventure, or book online at RAA Travel