The year is more than halfway over, so if you’re behind on some of your 2019 travel goals, it may be time to ditch your favorite travel partner and take matters into your own hands. And why not? Unlike the pre-Google days, you now have an interactive map and translation service right at your fingertips — no matter where in the world you end up.
Between technology, affordable flights, and companies that cater to solo travelers, traveling alone is not only easier, it’s more popular than ever. According to Hostelworld, between 2015 and 2017 there’s been a 42 percent increase in solo traveler bookings — with female solo travelers up by an impressive 45 percent compared to a 40 percent increase for men.
“Solo travel doesn’t mean traveling alone, and it shouldn’t be a barrier to those wanting to explore the world. It’s a great way to branch out and meet like-minded people from all cultures and walks of life,” said Breffni Horgan, director of product for Hostelworld in a statement. “The increasing number of solo travelers could be due to a combination of better technology, with apps allowing us to easily discover our next location, that fact that more of us are staying single for longer and aren’t worried about waiting for a suitable travelling companion to come along, or the fact that flexi working can make it possible to combine a job with travel, operating remotely.”
More people may be taking the leap, but safety is still a concern for many, which is why we’ve compiled a varied list of trips that are perfect for a solo traveler. From experiencing local life on the shores of Guatemala's Lake Atitlan to speeding around in a NASCAR race car, these are the solo trips you’ll want to check off the list before the year is over.