With the summer holidays coming to an end, it appears not everyone had the relaxing, fulfilling holiday they had hoped for. According to new research from Travelzoo published today, 70% of group holiday-goers said they did not get to do everything they wanted to on their last trip, making solo travel the perfect antidote to this stress.
Compromising on activities (20%), high peak season costs (20%) and noisy children (19%) are the top three bugbears for Brits on their last holiday, followed by not being able to switch off and relax (17%). The only way to guarantee that you see and do everything you want to on holiday is by going solo, but this comes at a price with 65% believing solo travelers are penalised financially by having to pay a supplement. In addition, 51% are put off by social anxiety, loneliness and the stigma of being seen alone, for example being a solo diner.
However, the research found that solo travel offers many benefits including not being answerable to anybody else (60%), with 60% citing wellness as the primary goal for travelling solo – this is made up of 30% doing so to take time for themselves, almost a fifth for recharging batteries and 15% for self-discovery.
Aston spoke to Honey Langcaster-James, TV psychologist to discuss the positive impact that solo travel offers and explore why some people are still worried about the stigma around traveling around alone.