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HCMC among top destinations for solo travel

Released at: 16:59, 01/10/2018

HCMC among top destinations for solo travel

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Southern city sixth on Agoda list of those popular among solo Asian and Western travelers.

by Doanh Doanh

With longer working hours, constant digital contact, and increasing obligations, it’s no wonder more people are treating themselves to solo trips to (temporarily) get away from it all! According to a survey by Agoda, one of the world’s fastest-growing online travel agents (OTAs), travelers are choosing to go solo to find respite from the stresses of modern living.

Whether for business, leisure or “bleisure” (a combination of business and leisure travel), independent solo travelers are all heading to cosmopolitan cities around the world. According to Agoda’s booking data, Bangkok (Thailand) is the top destination for solo Asian travelers this year, while London is number one for solo Western travelers. Both have a lot of attractions to keep any solo traveler busy, from shopping and nightlife to culture and dining. Tokyo is a popular choice for both Asian and Western travelers, hitting the top three in both groups.

Ho Chi Minh City was listed sixth in the top solo travel destinations for Asian Travelers, which are defined as coming from China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, while Western is those from the UK, the US, and Australia.

2018 top solo travel destinations

Rank

Asian Travelers

Western Travelers

1

Bangkok, Thailand

London, UK

2

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tokyo, Japan

3

Tokyo, Japan

Sydney, Australia

4

Singapore

Melbourne, Australia

5

Hong Kong

New York City, US

6

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bangkok, Thailand

7

Manila, Philippines

Los Angeles, US

8

Bali, Indonesia

Las Vegas, US

9

Jakarta, Indonesia

Singapore

10

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Paris, France

Agoda’s “Solo Travel Trends 2018” survey, conducted by YouGov, found that relaxation and time to unwind is the number one motivator for solo leisure travel globally (61 per cent), which compares to 48 per cent when traveling with friends. Solo travelers surveyed also ranked getting away from routine (52 per cent) and exploring new cultures (45 per cent) as top motivators.

Interestingly, solo Asian travelers are more likely to be younger - millennials (41 per cent) and Generation Zers (38 per cent) - while in the West, solo travel is more prevalent among Baby Boomers (39 per cent) and Generation Xers (24 per cent).

Solo Western travelers are more likely to indulge in solo travel for longer periods, more often taking trips for four to seven nights (34 per cent). They are also twice as likely to go on trips of 14 nights or more (20 per cent versus 10 per cent). Solo millennial and Generation Z Asians tend to take shorter one to three-night solo trips (46 per cent). (“Generation Z” is defined as those aged 18-25, “millennials” 26-38, “Generation X” 39-58, and “Baby Boomers & Older” 59+).

Unsurprisingly, solo leisure travelers spend more time in front of their laptops and phones than any other traveler type - two hours a day (119 minutes), or 15 per cent more time than when holidaying with friends (100 minutes) and 26 per cent more than when with family (86 minutes).

Solo Asian travelers are the most digitally-connected and are more than twice as likely to spend four or more hours a day in front of their screens than their Western peers (31 per cent versus 12 per cent).

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