With a flourishing singles market and a raft of helpful booking and meet-up apps at their fingertips, women are ticking off their bucket lists without a travel buddy. No longer viewed as ‘brave’ for going it alone, women are embracing solo holidays and prompting a seismic shift in the industry.
Cathy Winston is editor of 101 Singles Holidays. An award-winning travel writer published extensively in national newspapers and travel magazines, she has visited over 60 countries, travelling solo to many of them.
Tasmin Waby is a Lonely Planet destination editor for Australia and New Zealand and a solo travelling veteran, who travels with a well-thumbed guidebook and an open mind.
Stephanie Meyer-Scott is Head of Product Marketing and Communications at WeSwap, a travel currency provider which won Best Travel Money Provider in 2018.
Bernadette Fallon has been a journalist and editor for over 20 years and has worked for some of the most famous media brands in the world, including The Times and Good Housekeeping, as well as leading organisations such as Rolls-Royce and the Knowledge Transfer Network. She is the author of several travel and design books, published in the UK and internationally.
In 2017, just 58% of women in the UK and 50% in the US met national physical activity recommendations. But shifting gender norms mean that women are now unapologetic for wanting to be fit and physically strong – as demonstrated by the 5.3 million Instagram posts tagged with #strongwomen. While crossing the finish line of an Ironman event or swimming across an icy lake may once have been the reserve of weather-worn and muscled men, women are increasingly eschewing the gym in favour of more physically demanding activities such as hiking, open-water swimming and long-distance cycling.
Budget flights and envy-inducing Instagram feeds have fuelled Britons’ sense of wanderlust, contributing to the record 70.8 million overseas trips they took in 2016. But who are they bringing along for the ride? Canvas8 spoke to 20 people to find out what company they like to keep on vacation.
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Planning a trip has never been easier, with metasearch engines helping people find the best flight and hotel deals for any destination. Yet this glut of choices can leave some feeling overwhelmed – a problem that Pack Up + Go addresses by creating surprise itineraries for locations across the US.