Women are finding their self in travelling, solo. Travelling solo might once have been attributed to someone who didn’t have anyone to go adventuring with. But more and more women are choosing to pack their bags and explore the world alone. Pushing the limits by moving further and deeper, solo travel is now making women travellers feel liberated. Solo female travel is more popular than ever with a drastic increase by 34 percent bookings compared to just 14 percent in past 5 years. It definitely looks more rewarding.
A mix of social media influence and word of mouth is fuelling the growth in solo travel. Full-time female travel influencers like Adventurous Kate, Shivya Nath, Aggie Lal and such women with their millions of followers have certainly inspired more of this social media generation. Book trips without waiting for a partner or friend to be free. And no, women don’t go on a solo trip only when they have a heart break or hit a hard rock in their relationship status. They go because they want to go-just be with self.
Indian women are travelling solo in a very large number and the digits are only increasing year by year. Reports suggest that it’s not just the fearless 20 something, but older women too who are taking the adventurous path. Age range of solo travelling women has changed from 22-28 years earlier to 34-35 years now and also a few mid 40 year olds are joining the trend. There have been several studies and researches by travel agencies and private researches to study this sudden upsurge of solo travel in women. And all those research has shown a minimum of 32% increase in solo women travellers in India every year.
The women are not just seeing places but opting for adventure across soft, medium and extreme activities. Diving and trekking have been the two most sought after adventure activities by Indian women solo travellers. Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Leh, Uttarakhand, Nepal, North eastern states are the top trekking destinations. Andaman, Maldives, Thailand, Bali, Egypt, Mauritius are favorite diving destinations of these women. Besides, cycling, biking, rafting, hiking and sailing are other activities Indian women travellers opt for.
With all these adventurous plans, safety still remains a crucial aspect that women research before booking their tickets. Well, with education, awareness and increasing independence clearly powering this revolution, women in corporate sector are also opting for a business cum leisure trips that would give them a solo-travel kind of an experience. So, whether you want to book a ticket alone or bag pack, this International Women’s Day, we could all benefit from making a little more time in our lives for the things that really make us happy. If solo travel is the way to do it, then so be it.