Despite negative media attention, new survey shows women still travelling solo
The WeGoSolo / Hostelbookers survey about female solo travel revealed that while women travellers balance their desire for freedom and adventure with a healthy sense of caution, they still love to go it alone.
In June, WeGoSolo — the online movement for female solo travellers that I founded in February of this year — launched a contest with Hostelbookers called Your Solo Dream Destination. To enter the contest, participants had to fill out a survey and leave a comment on this blog, stating their dream solo destination. Altogether, 157 people left comments and to pick a winner, I asked Twitter for a number. WeGoSolo regular Andrea Rees chose 63, so I counted down 63 comments and picked the winner: Jayme Job said she wanted to go to Tokyo, Japan. Good choice, as I have actually lived in Tokyo and know it to be an exciting city.
So congratulations to Jayme and thank you to everyone who entered and who took the time to full out the survey. For survey results and a neat infographic, read on.
WeGoSolo and Hostelbookers announce contest winners and survey results
The survey results revealed that women travellers balance their desire for freedom and adventure with a healthy sense of caution.
- Female solo travellers have a great sense of adventure. Many of them (65%) have travelled to another continent; and many (54%) have travelled alone for a month or more. Their number one take-away from travelling alone is a feeling of freedom. Number two is a sense of adventure. Number three is self-knowledge.
- Female solo travellers are practical and cautious. Many have actually changed their behaviour, with safety in mind. They do things like deliberately project more confidence (54%), limit alcohol intake (46%), go home earlier at night (37%) and dress more conservatively (29%).
- The respondents were about evenly divided on whether they let media reports about women coming to harm while travelling influence their decision to travel alone: 53% said no, and 47% said yes.
India is indeed a special destination
One of the most interesting results of the survey to me was that India appears on both the list of top dream solo destinations AND on the list of places where women are nervous to travel alone. This concurs with my feelings about India, that it is a challenging destination, but one that most adventurous travellers want to tackle, at least once in their lives. People who have travellers’ souls seem to instinctively understand that travel in India is magical; that it will be life-changing; and they they will never see the world or themselves in quite the same way again. You have to be ready for this.
WeGoSolo / Hostelbookers survey infographic
Thanks to Amanda of A Dangerous Business for creating a fun infographic that summarizes the survey findings. And thanks again to Hostelbookers for sponsoring and organizing this very worthwhile survey. As you can see from the infographic below, hostels are the favoured accommodation choice for female solo travellers — see this page on Hostelbookers for high-design hostels and hotels!
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