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Solo holidays = happiness for two-thirds of women

Well for the majority of women it seems that the ideal break abroad would give them the chance to indulge in their independent spirit. This is according to the findings of a poll of more than 2,000 holidaymakers conducted by accommodation website Booking.com, which found that almost two-thirds (64%) of women felt that holidaying alone gave them a bigger confidence boost.

Acclimatising to a new culture, grappling with a new language and dealing with differences in etiquette are just some of the challenges that we need to overcome when heading to a new country. As a result it is no wonder that female travellers feel a sense of achievement when they master these tasks without a travel buddy by their side. Further figures from the research revealed that more than half (54%) of women felt that they were more likely to head off on a foreign escapade compared to five years ago.

Among the reasons cited behind this shift towards solo travel for women is the sense of freedom it affords this group. 61% of those questioned argued that felt energised and refreshed after a stint alone in a foreign country. Two thirds of the women questioned also felt that they could be themselves when travelling alone, while almost half (47%) felt that solo travel gave them the opportunity to focus on their own, rather than their partner’s, travel needs.

Commenting on the research findings, Paul Hennessy of Booking.com, said: “Our research suggests that the phenomenon of the female solo traveller is one that is here to stay,’ says Paul Hennessy of Booking.com. “A third of British female travellers are looking for that freedom to set their own agenda, and to find that boost in confidence that a solo break provides.”

And when they are alone on their travels, it seems that company for this group of women comes in the form of social media. 75% say using social media helps to guide them as to what to see and do in a travel destination, increasing their confidence, while 62% use social media to stay in touch with family and friends. If you are heading off on the holiday of a lifetime in the coming months, it is important to organise travel insurance before you head off.

Date Created: 01 May 2014

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