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Travel Forums General Talk Alone or not alone

1. Posted by nah (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Does anybody have any idea of the proportion of travellers that go alone? as there seems to be an awful lot of us when I read the forums. I would guess that we are the majority.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 10y

Based on my experiences I'd say couples form the majority of backpackers (didn't really encounter non-backpackers, so couldn't say about tourist-travellers) at about 50-60%. Solo travellers and larger groups would then account for about 20-25% each (in that for every four person group, there's four solo travellers). Very very rough estimates, those, but they show the proportions.

I think there's two reasons there seem to be more solo travellers on these forums: 1) Experienced travellers often prefer to travel by themselves, and hang out here to give advice, and 2) Those just starting out by themselves often need just a bit more support or want to do a bit more careful planning to help them overcome the initial weirdness than they would when travelling with others.

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Hmmm. Depends where you are. In Europe for example, there seem much more single sex pairs and small groups than couples. Vietnam was 95% couples (or, at least, oppoite sex duo's)

In general, i would say maybe half are couples or opposite sex duo's [there are a chunk more of them out there than people generally realise. A M/F duo is automatically assumed to be a couple, but not all. Maybe as much as 10% of "couples" aren't, although in many cases that distinction gets kind of blurred], and maybe 2-3% groups, with perhaps 35% single travellers and 12-15 as same sex duo's.

Agree completely with Brendan's statement of

I think there's two reasons there seem to be more solo travellers on these forums: 1) Experienced travellers often prefer to travel by themselves, and hang out here to give advice, and 2) Those just starting out by themselves often need just a bit more support or want to do a bit more careful planning to help them overcome the initial weirdness than they would when travelling with others.

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Quoting Gelli

Agree completely with Brendan's statement of

I think there's two reasons there seem to be more solo travellers on these forums: 1) Experienced travellers often prefer to travel by themselves, and hang out here to give advice, and 2) Those just starting out by themselves often need just a bit more support or want to do a bit more careful planning to help them overcome the initial weirdness than they would when travelling with others.

Brendan?!
Did you miss Brendan or does Sander have another name?

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y