I’m single and approaching retirement, and I would like to know more about solo travel. What can you tell me about retirees who travel on their own? Can you recommend any resources? I trust that people will start traveling again in 2021.
Interesting questions. Actually, solo travelers these days have lots of company.
Several studies in recent years have found that solo vacationing is becoming a big part of the travel business. In 2019, for instance, solo travelers accounted for 18% of online travel agencies’ global bookings, according to Travelport, a U.K.-based travel technology company. That figure was up 7% from a year earlier.
Yes, many of these go-it-aloners are on the younger side (read: millennials). But I have spoken with a number of retirees who have tried, and enjoyed, the solo route. Among their observations:
• Solo doesn’t mean solitary: Many solo travelers in retirement join, and take trips with, small groups that have a particular focus—such as photography or scuba diving. You might not have a spouse or partner traveling with you, but you immediately have something in common with other members of the group. A good example: Boston-based Road Scholar, a leader in educational travel, where nearly one in four of the nonprofit’s participants flies solo.