A recent survey commissioned by Skyscanner, a leading global travel search engine, revealed that 70% of Indian women travellers have either gone on a solo trip or are planning one. The survey, which studied the travel habits of Indian travellers, highlighted that 37% of Indian women travellers have done a solo trip while 33% are open to the idea of travelling solo.
“It is encouraging to see that Indian women are increasingly breaking stereotypes and travelling alone. The results reveal that Indian women solo travellers prefer domestic destinations as much as overseas ones, and there is a huge potential for the travel and hospitality industry to tap into this growing segment. At the same time, there is an opportunity to further promote Indian destinations to solo travellers all over the world. With Skyscanner’s search “Everywhere” feature, we hope to inspire solo travellers all over the world by providing them with most comprehensive global coverage to choose from,” said Kavitha Gnanamurthy, Senior Marketing Manager, Skyscanner India.
The Skyscanner survey revealed that while 33% of women travellers preferred a well-planned itinerary to avoid last minute surprises, 26% of respondents preferred a mix of planned and unplanned elements to discover and explore new places in their chosen destination. 19% of women were more comfortable planning their solo travel through trusted agents, while 16% of respondents prefer to explore their chosen destination without a planned itinerary or tour.
Barriers to solo travel
31% of women travellers avoid taking solo trips due to safety and security concerns across domestic and international travel. Fear of boredom (23%), family disagreements (13%) and leave from work (8%) were contributing factors to barriers to solo travel.
Top solo destinations for male and female travellers from India
Based on the flight searches performed by Indian travellers on Skyscanner, the most favourable domestic destination for Indian solo travellers is the capital city of Delhi with its amalgamation of various cultures and traditions as well as historic value. This is followed by Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Kolkata. While major Indian cities remain the domestic hot spots for solo travellers, the capital city of London with its blend of Roman history and modern culture emerges as the favourite International destination amongst India’s solo travellers, followed by Toronto, Bangkok, New York and Dubai.
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