Female solo travel rises

SINGAPORE, 6 March 2015: Female solo travel is on the rise in Southeast Asia, according to the latest segment survey conducted by TripAdvsior, but being savvy about safety precautions was an essential element.

Just days before International Women’s Day, (8 March) TripAdvisor released details of its Women’s Travel Survey that interviewed 9,181 female respondents globally and 431 female respondents in Southeast Asia.

The findings reveal that solo travel is on the rise with 48% women in Southeast Asia who say that they have travelled alone before, compared to 36% in 2014.

The survey indicated that solo travel is on the cards for three in four women in Southeast Asia less than for European female travellers but  expected to grow in 2015.

BackpackerWhen asked about the precautions Southeast Asian women take when travelling alone, safety was identified as the top con concern.

The majority of women avoid going out late at night (71%), avoid quiet streets (55%) and avoid behaving like a tourist (42%). They also want to feel safe with their choice of accommodation (65%) with independent or boutique hotels the most popular choice when travelling on their own (62%).

TripAdvisor travellers have also contributed similar safety tips for female solo travellers in the TripAdvisor Travel Forums, including “being aware of your surroundings”, “dressing modestly” and “being careful who you talk to and never divulge too much personal information”.

inside no 9.1Of those who said they travel alone, 79% of women in Southeast Asia say they were planning to travel alone this year, higher than the global average of 74%. In fact, almost half of the women in Southeast Asia surveyed (47%) are planning two to four solo trips this year.

The majority of the women in Southeast Asia say that they travel alone because it gives them the freedom of doing whatever they want (60%), they like the independence and challenge of travelling on their own (45%) and their family or friends do not have the time or resource to travel with them (32%).

Travelling alone has helped them to be more independent and self-reliant (62%), to be more confident (39%) and to learn something about others or other cultures (38%).

Seventy-seven per cent of women in Southeast Asia are planning to travel alone within Asia, followed by Europe (41%) and North America (14%).

The survey was conducted in February 2015 with 9,181 female respondents globally in Australia, US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia and Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand).  inside-no-9.1

Top reviewed Asian destinations by global solo female travellers

  1. Bangkok
  2. Singapore
  3. Siem Reap
  4. Bali
  5. Hong Kong

Top reviewed long-haul destinations by global solo female travellers

  1. London
  2. Paris
  3. New York
  4. Rome
  5. Barcelona