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What:Intrepid Travel has unveiled “For Solo Travelers” tours for 2018. Though none of Intrepid’s itineraries require a single supplement fee, these six new tours are designed entirely for the solo traveler market. Currently, 50 percent of Intrepid’s clients travel solo.
Why It Matters:The launch follows last year’s sold-out success of the three solo-only tours within Intrepid’s pilot program, as well as the operator’s 40 percent growth in solo travel over the past five years. If that isn’t proof of solo travel’s increasing demand, a OnePoll survey commissioned by Intrepid found that four in 10 Americans have traveled solo, while 75 percent feel it is more acceptable than ever to do so. What’s more, 65 percent say they would feel comfortable traveling abroad alone with a tour group, versus 32 percent who say they would prefer traveling alone. (www.intrepidtravel.com)
Fast Facts:- The “For Solo Travelers” tour range includes Beautiful Bali; Best of Morocco; Golden Triangle; Vietnam Express Southbound; Mexico Real Food Adventure; and Classic Peru.
- Respondents of the OnePoll survey included 2,000 American travelers.
- The OnePoll survey found that the top three benefits of solo travel include challenging yourself to try new things (36 percent), visiting a bucket list destination (32 percent) and meeting new friends around the world (30 percent).
- The survey also found that the top five reasons people like traveling alone include lack of pressure to do certain activities (57 percent), relaxation (45 percent), an easier learning experience (31 percent), an easier way to meet new people (27 percent) and “friends do not have the same time off” (20 percent).
What They Are Saying:“Intrepid Travel’s new tour range will provide a completely dedicated product for solo travelers,” said Leigh Barnes, regional director of North America for Intrepid Travel. “As one of the fastest-growing markets in the travel industry, it’s time we start celebrating solo travelers, not just accommodating them.”