Traveling Solo: The millennial movement that’s taking off

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By Chantelle Kincy | Wealth of Geeks

Travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth reports solo travel is on the rise. 42% of Americans polled say they plan to take a trip by themselves this year. Younger generations lead the trend. The American Express Global Travel Trends Report finds more than 75% of American millennials and Gen Z say they’ll ditch traditional group travel for solo adventures this year.

Six in ten of those considering solo travel this year intend to take two or more such trips, with 66% doing so as a form of self-indulgence.

Intrepid Travel, a small-group travel company that organizes trips for 75,000 people annually, reports that more than 50% of their bookings are from solo travelers. This trend is mirrored by Overseas Adventure Travel, which has increased its single-space availability by 76% in response to growing demand.

Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean now offer solo cabins without charging the typical double occupancy fare seen in the past.

No Longer Lonely

Solo travelers’ digital footprint grows as they build community, share their journeys, and connect with like-minded adventurers. Instagram searches of “#solotravel” yield 7 million results.

Why is solo travel capturing the hearts and minds of so many? For one, it offers unparalleled freedom. Travelers can tailor itineraries to their preferences without compromising or negotiating plans. This level of control can lead to more authentic and immersive experiences.

The rise of the mobile workspace also catapulted solo travel to the forefront. Millennials in remote positions can work anywhere and freely travel while keeping their jobs. Most older generations are settled in and remain in traditional workspaces that offer less travel freedom.

Solo travel often fosters personal growth and self-discovery as individuals independently navigate new environments and cultures.

As a travel advisor and writer, I recently took my first solo trip, and it was the most wonderful experience I’ve had in all my travels. Despite suffering from anxiety, fears of inadequacy, and self-doubt, I set off from Scotland to England via train and stayed in York for five days alone.

I slept in, walked through the streets, ate food, and drank coffee alone. I even went on a tour solo. I never once felt lonely, sad, or scared. Instead, I felt energized, independent, and fulfilled. This personal journey reinforced the benefits of solo travel that I often advocate for clients.

Jessy Hamel, a frequent solo traveler, shares her experience. “I’ve been traveling solo since 2018. I’ve made several solo visits to the following locations: London (x3), Edinburgh (x3), Inverness (x2), Amsterdam, Lisbon (x2), and throughout Italy. I started traveling solo because of a broken heart that woke me up… I decided I couldn’t wait for the right person to travel with me the right time to go, or the right amount of money. I just had to go… so I did. It was scary at first but so worth it. It inspired me to take women to Europe in small groups so they’d be brave enough to get out there.”

Safety remains a priority for independent travelers; many seek destinations known for their security and traveler-friendly infrastructure. Some of the safest and most popular solo travel destinations include:


Japan is a top choice for unaccompanied travelers. The region, particularly Tokyo, boasts low crime rates, efficient public transport, friendly locals, and well-lit streets. Solo travelers can easily explore historic temples, bustling markets, and serene parks.

New Zealand

New Zealand offers a safe and welcoming environment with its stunning landscapes and adventure tourism. Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital, is perfect for solo travelers seeking activities like bungee jumping, hiking, and skydiving. The friendly locals and well-maintained facilities make it an ideal destination.


Iceland’s breathtaking natural beauty and low crime rates make it perfect for those seeking tranquility and adventure. The safe capital of Reykjavik offers easy access to stunning landscapes like the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, and Northern Lights tours.


This European gem is praised for its safety, hospitality, and vibrant culture, making it ideal for solo exploration. Lisbon’s safe and welcoming atmosphere draws individuals with its historic neighborhoods, vibrant street art, and delicious cuisine.


Canada provides a safe and varied travel experience with its diverse cities and vast wilderness. Vancouver is a safe city for solo travelers, offering a mix of urban and natural attractions, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, and nearby mountains for outdoor adventures.


Scotland is a great solo travel destination known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and friendly locals. Edinburgh is particularly safe and offers a blend of historic sites like Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, vibrant festivals, and cultural experiences.


Famous for its pristine landscapes and efficient public transport, Switzerland is perfect for solo travelers. Zurich is a safe city with a rich cultural scene, a picturesque old town, and easy access to the Swiss Alps for hiking and skiing.


Australia’s diverse cities and natural wonders appeal to solo travelers. Melbourne is known for its safety, vibrant arts scene, and nearby attractions like the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. The city’s well-connected public transport makes exploring easy.


Known for its cleanliness, safety, and efficiency, Singapore is an excellent destination for independent travelers. The city-state offers a mix of modern attractions like Marina Bay Sands and historic neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India. Its efficient public transport makes getting around easy.


With its friendly locals and picturesque landscapes, Ireland is a welcoming destination for solo travelers. Dublin, the capital, is safe and offers a mix of cultural sites like Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse, lively pubs, and music scenes.

The rising trend of solo travel highlights a broader shift toward individual exploration and personal fulfillment. As more people travel alone, the travel industry evolves, offering more options and support for single adventurers. Whether driven by the desire for freedom, personal growth, or the joy of discovery, solo travel is here to stay.

This article was produced by Media Decision and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.