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Solo holidays double following the pandemic as more women opt to travel alone

No men needed: Solo vacations double after the pandemic as more single women opt for ‘Shirley Valentine’ travel, luxury travel agents reveal

  • Luxury travel agents have reported an increase in solo bookings since the start of the year
  • More women are choosing to travel alone after the coronavirus pandemic
  • Some go without their male companions after breakups and divorces

According to luxury travel agencies, individual vacations have doubled after the coronavirus pandemic as more women choose to travel alone.

Black Tomato said the number of ladies who decide to travel alone has risen from 30 to 50 percent of all single bookings, which has doubled since the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, luxury vacation expert Scott Dunn said the number of solo escape requests had increased eightfold compared to the same period in 2019.

Speak with The timesLaura Kirkbride, 36, an NHS project manager, explained how she booked a holiday alone to Ibiza after going through a difficult split last year.

According to luxury travel agencies, individual vacations have doubled after the coronavirus pandemic as more women choose to travel alone.  (stock image)

According to luxury travel agencies, individual vacations have doubled after the coronavirus pandemic as more women choose to travel alone. (stock image)

‘I learned through social media that [my partner] had met someone else by the time he ended it with me,” she said. “I live in a small town, everyone knows each other’s businesses, and I wanted to keep myself out of it.”

Elsewhere, Jess Thorpe, 28, a social media content creator, also opted for a solo trip to Ibiza after being single during the pandemic and suffering the death of two friends, as well as a family member who had suffered a heart attack.

“Being forced to stay home alone in lockdown made me realize that I can only survive and create my own happiness,” she said.

During her journey, she woke up early and set out to explore – and although she was initially concerned about having evening meals alone, she soon found that no one was focusing on her because they were too busy with their own dinners.

Mansi Shah, 42, an author, enjoyed a single vacation to the Maldives last month after realizing that “life is too short” amid the pandemic.

Vacations to process a breakup have been part of popular culture for years;  the 1989 film Shirley Valentine (pictured) depicts a lonely housewife who gets a trip to Greece with a friend before embarking on a journey to discover herself

Vacations to process a breakup have been part of popular culture for years; the 1989 film Shirley Valentine (pictured) depicts a lonely housewife who gets a trip to Greece with a friend before embarking on a journey to discover herself

Carolyn Addison, head of Black Tomato, said the main activity is still families and couples traveling, but added that “it’s gratifying to see so many women” starting to make their own travel plans without waiting for someone to come. to go with you.

Simon Lynch, global sales director at Scott Dunn, said 60 percent of solo travelers are women.

More than 20 percent of solo trips went to Africa, including Botswana, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Travel Queen’s Melanie Stephens also told the publication that many of her female clients are on her all-women tours because of a breakup or divorce.

Vacations to process a breakup have been part of popular culture for years; the 1989 film Shirley Valentine depicts a lonely housewife who gets a trip to Greece with a friend before embarking on a journey of self-discovery.

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