Intrepid Travel has a new range of “For Solo Travellers” tours for 2018.
The tours come as a result of 24% growth in Intrepid’s solo trip bookings in 2017, with 40% growth in solo travel over the past five years.
The tour operator now takes more than 150,000 travellers each year, 50% of whom travel solo. While its 1,000-plus tour itineraries remain single supplement free, the dedicated tour range was specifically designed to cater to this emerging market.
Results of a recent survey commissioned by Intrepid confirmed the increasing popularity of solo travel. The survey of 1,000 Canadian travellers showed that four in 10 Canadians have travelled solo and 71% feel it is more acceptable than ever to do so. Other significant findings include the top-three benefits of solo travel being challenging yourself to try new things (55%), visiting a bucket list destination (51%) and meeting new friends around the world (47%).
The survey also found that travellers appreciate there not being pressure to do certain activities (45%), solo travellers find it is more relaxing (38%) and it is an easier learning experience (29%). Only 44% said they would feel more comfortable travelling abroad completely alone, and 75% said they would feel comfortable travelling abroad alone with a tour group.
The new range of tours include: Beautiful Bali – For Solo Travellers (nine days); Best of Morocco – For Solo Travellers (15 days); Golden Triangle – For Solo Travellers (eight days, featuring Delhi, Agra and Jaipur); Vietnam Express Southbound – For Solo Travellers (10 days); Mexico Real Food Adventure – For Solo Travellers (nine days); and Classic Peru – For Solo Travellers (nine days).