Solo travel has been the number one travel trend of recent years.
In fact solo travelling was up 7% in the past year alone. It’s no surprise as it’s attractive to all ages, from mature travellers who haven’t had time to explore the world as they’d like until now to young people in Generation Z in their late teens and early twenties.
So what’s the appeal?
Travel journalist Suzy Strutner summed up the main reason of many for travelling alone when she wrote: “Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of others’ expectations.”
Taking a trip alone means you can craft the itinerary to suit you, see what you want to see, and have experiences you’ll love.
That allows us to come back to our friends and family refreshed and buzzing with excitement from our new experiences.
There are many other reasons why we like to take solo trips.
They include going to destinations our loved ones don’t find attractive, wanting to take time out to refresh ourselves from work and daily life, and wanting an adventure.
Many people are now unmarried, divorced, or separated, too, which is another reason here is strong demand for solo holidays.
How has cruising changed to cope with this trend?
Cruise lines have changed what they offer travellers to ensure solo passengers have a memorable trip.
They understand that people who travel solo want to meet other people and make friends as they travel on board ship and explore ports.
Here’s what the cruise lines have done to cater for them…
- No more single supplements for some ships – Many cruise lines now have ships with dedicated solo cabins which are all in the same area and have a lounge area so you can meet fellow solo travellers. Many solo travellers resented paying single supplements for the use of double cabins.
- Dedicated activities for solo travellers – From coffee mornings to excursions in the day, entertainment and mixers in the evenings, there are lots of things which solo travellers can choose to participate in and meet other people.
- Hosts who look after solo travellers – Some cruise ships provide dance hosts and some have ‘gentleman hosts’ for solo ladies, for example.
- Easy dining – Some cruise lines have dinner tables hosted by officers – perfect for solo travellers, allowing them to meet and chat while they eat. There are also buffets where dining is informal and people can mix and chat.
It’s now so much easier for solo cruisers.
Isn’t it time that you organised the solo trip you’ve always wanted to take?
As the writer Paul Coelho said: “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”
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Jeff Joseph owns his own blog and has 7 years experience in cruising around the world on some of the most amazing cruises ships ever made.