When I first started traveling again, it was incredibly important to not be alone. As someone who lives with OCD and travel anxiety, it felt reassuring to have someone by my side. The idea of solo travel seemed too daunting. Then, two opportunities arose that I couldn’t decline.
This fall, I traveled to both Jackson Hole and El Paso alone. Despite being nervous, they ended up being great trips! While I missed having a traveling companion at times, traveling alone wasn’t the torture I’d imagined. In fact, Josh joined me on my next trip to New York City. We had fun, but part of me missed my complete independence. Did I really prefer to be on my own?I’ve thought a lot about my conflicted feelings and wondered what it meant. Turns out, those feelings are pretty common.
The recent Klook Solo Travel study showed that we have a love-hate relationship with solo travel. The top motivations for traveling alone include enjoying “me time” or rewarding ourselves. At the same time, the biggest fear associated with solo travel is loneliness.
An astonishing number of respondents globally have either traveled solo (or are considering it), regardless of age, gender, and nationalities. This is remarkable because vacationing is often considered a group or social activity. Are we witnessing a major shift in the travel industry?
What Is Klook?
If you’re unfamiliar with Klook, a world-leading travel activities and services booking platform, you need to go to their site as soon as you’ve finished reading this post. I’ll admit that I didn’t know about them until last year, and now that I do, they are a HUGE part of my vacation planning.
For our trip to Japan, we’d planned to visit Universal Studios Japan and Fuji-Q Highland. We struggled to understand the official websites as the way theme parks are run in Japan is very different. Plus, the translated web pages made it very hard to understand what we were doing. That’s why I found Klook and it changed EVERYTHING!
Not only did we find the tickets we were looking for, everything was incredibly clear and the prices were AMAZING. We booked everything through the website interface and then downloaded the app. When we got to the park entrances in Japan, all we had to do was pull up our bookings. It worked seamlessly.
Plus, you will find great inspiration (and deals) for things to do at your destination. We’re hoping to visit Japan and South Korea in 2020, and we’re already scouring Klook for ideas. They even have BTS-inspired tours in Seoul for K-Pop fans like us!
Klook Solo Travel Survey
Solo travel is a growing phenomenon, so Klook set out to understand this trend. What they’ve discovered is that regardless of age, gender or nationality, more and more people are vacationing on their own.
Klook polled nearly 21,000 respondents across 16 markets and discovered that 76% of them have either traveled alone or are considering it. Then, they broke it down in to generational preferences and found this to be true among:
- 80% of Generation Z (18 to 24-year-olds)
- 79% of Millennials (25-39)
- 73% of Generation X (40-54)
- 71% of Baby Boomers (55+)
- 74% of women
- 78% of men
WOW! That’s absolutely incredible. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I really wasn’t expecting that number to be so high for Baby Boomers, but that’s a sign of just how much we are changing as a society. People are living longer and trying to enjoy the time they’ve got on this Earth without needing the approval or companionship of others.
While the interest in solo traveling has increased globally, one market stands out from the rest — Asia. “Between 69% and 93% of travelers from Asia have either traveled solo in the past or say they are open to the idea,” Klook explains. “In western countries, by comparison, that number hovers between 60 and 69%. When asked about their reasons for flying solo, half of the respondents said they wanted to enjoy uninterrupted ‘me time’ or reward themselves, which suggests that travelers value their independence more than ever.”
If there’s one place I’d feel safe traveling alone, it’s most of Asia. I’ve walked the streets of Japan late at night many times in the past 20 years and I’ve never felt scared. I’m hoping to see South Korea and Singapore in the near future. Asia is my happy place!
Explore the Best Solo Travel
Considering solo travel? Klook has an entire section on their blog offering tips, destination guides and reasons why you’ll love adventuring on your own! I’ve been spending a lot of time checking out their Guides and Itineraries sections while working on my travel plans for 2020.
It will be our first time taking Josh to Asia, so we’ve been really looking at the Klook site, scouring for deals and ideas. A few things (see below) stood out for a few reasons because they’d be great as a group or on our own as solo travelers!
- Top 10 Things to Do in Osaka (you know Dotonbori and Universal Studios Japan is on there!)
- The K-Pop Fan’s Insider Guide to Korea (we have this bookmarked!!!)
- 15 Must-Try McDonald’s Menu Items From Around The World (we loved the unique McDonald’s food in Japan and Orlando!)
Whether you’re an experienced solo traveler or you’re planning your first independent vacation, Klook is a great resource for finding amazing things to do at a fraction of the cost. This is NOT a sponsored post or an ad, by the way. We just happen to really love Klook! We use them every chance we can get and can’t recommend them enough!