A fifth of UK women solo travel more than once a year, with the over 55s topping the charts. They cite freedom, flexibility and the desire to visit places their partner has no interest in as the main reasons for solo travel. Spain and India are the most popular destinations. 

One in five women (22.6%) in the UK travel unaccompanied at least once year and over a quarter (25.1%) every 1-2 years, despite almost 60% (57.2%) being married, new research has revealed. 

It seems men are much more shy about going alone with only one in ten (11.5%) admitting to doing it once a year and 14% less often.  

Single, separated, divorced and widowed women are also increasingly seeking independent adventures with many choosing to travel alone to meet new people or visit family or friends who live abroad.  

The research, conducted by tour operator, Jules Verne, found that for many of those surveyed, the main reason they choose to travel alone is to visit places or take part in activities their partner/spouse has no interest in, as well as having more freedom and flexibility to do as they please. 

The survey also looked at the reasons why people choose not to travel alone. The main reasons that topped the list included: less fun, loneliness, fear, expense related, and health/stress levels. 

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Plaza Mayor, Madrid; Spain is the top destination for female solo travel.

The cultural diversity of sunny Spain and ethereal promise of India are the most appealing solo travel destinations.  

Top places for solo travel overall (by country): 

1.      Spain  

2.      India 

3.      USA  

4.      New Zealand 

5.      Italy  

The over 55s are in the majority when it comes flying solo with one in three (30%) doing so more than once a year however, a quarter of 18-35 year olds are also regularly seeking lone adventures.

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When it comes to cities, Sheffield residents are most in need of solo travel, with 50% doing it at least once a year, followed by Edinburgh at 47.1%. Almost half (47.1%) of Bristol residents would never travel alone. 

Prini Patel, Head of Marketing at Jules Verne, said, “The stigma surrounding singles holidays has largely disappeared and solo travel is increasingly popular and more appealing for both men and women. Despite the misconception that there might be additional costs associated, there are many trips available that don’t come with a premium, and offer genuine no single supplements.  

“Fear and loneliness can also prohibit people from taking the plunge however, solo travel within a group of likeminded holidaymakers always offers opportunities for meeting new people to share experiences with, which can often be priceless.”