Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Au Revoir, Hubby! Solo Travel Trend; Women Seeing the World without Partners

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Au Revoir, Hubby! Solo Travel Trend; Women Seeing the World without Partners

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Byline: Tonya Turner

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THERE has never been a more exciting time to travel, with more destinations, experiences and affordable options than ever before -- and solo travellers, especially women, are signing up in big numbers.

No longer stigmatised as lonely hearts, solo travellers are choosing to travel independently for a number of reasons, often leaving partners or loved ones at home.

The safety of group tours, the opportunity to meet like-minded souls, the desire to connect with a sense of self, and a rising confidence to explore the world alone are all playing their part.

Brisbane-based company Albatross Tours specialises in European holidays and has seen a 20percent increase in the past three years in bookings made by solo travellers.

Marketing manager Michele Zavaglia said one in every five travellers at Albatross were unaccompanied.

"The younger baby boomers in their 50s are now starting to travel more," she said.

"Many are divorced or never married, however they have reached a time in their lives where they can afford to travel. We also have lots of women travel with us and leave their partners at home, as their partners have no interest in travelling."

Online travel agency Global Journeys, based in Noosa Heads, offers more than 4000 tours and cruises worldwide.

It has experienced a sharp increase in the number of solo travellers in recent years, with most aged either in their 20s or over-65 and women accounting for a huge 80percent.

According to CEO Campbell Harris, travel accessibility and a broader range of experiences from luxury tours to camping trips has opened the doors for solo travellers. …

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