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The rise of solo travel: the joys of travelling on your terms

Are you planning your next vacation and considering going solo? You aren’t the only one. Solo travel has been trending for the last few years. But in 2024, Canadians are reaching for the horizon with unprecedented enthusiasm. According to Google 2024 travel trends, searches for solo travel from the Great White North have soared to new heights, suggesting that more people than ever before are contemplating the leap into a solo voyage.  

So, what’s driving this trend toward solo travel? And what should you know before you plan your solo adventure? Our travel experts share their advice on what you need to know. 

Why is travel solo so popular?

Woman tourist visiting Ronda in Andalusia, Spain. She is watchingn the famous Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda in the morning.

Several factors contribute to the rise in popularity of travelling alone. One of the biggest draws of solo travel is the freedom and flexibility it offers. When travelling with others, compromises must be made on destinations, activities, and schedules. However, when you go solo, you have full control over your itinerary, allowing you to explore at your own pace and indulge in activities that truly interest you.  

Moreover, travelling solo provides an opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth. Stepping out of your comfort zone and navigating to a new destination can be empowering and build confidence. It also allows for greater introspection and the chance to disconnect from the distractions of daily life.  

Another factor contributing to the rise in this type of travel is the increase in solo group trips available or cruises offering solo cabins without an extra surcharge. This opens a whole new world of possibilities for those who may have hesitated to travel alone due to financial constraints or were afraid to travel alone.  

Of course, solo travel has practical benefits, such as avoiding conflicts or disagreements with travel companions and making last-minute changes without consulting anyone else. 

I’m hesitant to travel solo due to safety concerns. What can I do?

A happy woman against the background of the ancient Spanish city of Besalú
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Solo travel has this magnetic pull, right? But then, safety worries start creeping in. So, what can you do? Knowledge is key. Research your destination beforehand or ask your travel consultant to do so. You’ll want to know about travel advisories, local customs, laws, areas to avoid, what well-reviewed accommodations to stay at, and map out how to navigate to all the sights you want to see. Additionally, always trusting your instincts is key. If you have a bad feeling or concern, talk to your travel consultant or skip going to that location. 

Whether it’s your first time or a seasoned solitary adventurer, going on a group solo trip is a great way to ease your worries, offering safety in numbers while letting you break free for your own sightseeing.  

Together. Groups by CAA Travel has departures for all kinds of travellers; the newest one is Solo Crete, which is the perfect opportunity for individuals to travel solo together. This itinerary will take a group of independent adventures through Crete and Athens, where they’ll stay at a hotel that caters exclusively to solo travellers. 

Why should I pick a group trip for solo travellers?

Church of Agios Paisios near Damnoni Beach in Rethymno Region on Crete, Greece
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Group travel has so many perks! Everything’s all sorted out for you, taking away the hassle of planning. With a group, you gain access to unique places and experiences that are not easily accessible. Plus, you can enjoy safety in numbers.  

Group departures often offer inclusive pricing covering airfare, meals, and accommodations. It’s an excellent choice for social individuals seeking camaraderie and enriched experiences. These types of voyages aren’t about getting from A to B; it’s a whole journey where you might make new friendships and create new unforgettable memories. 

How to pick a group trip for solo travellers?

Two blonde women are walking on the beach in Crete. They look happy and carefree in the sun, holding cameras.
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Choosing a solo trip doesn’t necessarily mean navigating foreign lands alone. Group departures offer individual explorers the perfect blend of autonomy and companionship. But what makes a group trip truly enriching?  

You should focus on key factors like itinerary quality, group size, and inclusions such as meals and excursions that match their preferences. Seeking departures that encourage building connections with others is crucial. For example, the Solo Crete experience caters exclusively to adventurous solo explorers, providing the opportunity for shared experiences and creating lasting like-minded individuals who love to travel. 

Ready for your solo adventure?

Contact our CAA Travel Consultants, they can answer your questions and inform you about upcoming solo departures from Together. Groups by CAA Travel. Book an appointment online. 

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