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What is a solo traveller: definition of – why not say single travelling?

Life style changes and travelling.

Solo travelling
We live in a world today where the average age for marrying is above 30 in many countries. Even the average age for having a first child is above 30 for many women in the Western World. In the US in 2010 almost 40% of all singles are divorced and 60% have never been married.  So we live in a world where our average age of having kids and getting married is increasing to above 30 years old. At the same time it is very common even if you do get married to get divorced.  In the US the majority of all households today consist of people living alone.

This world of so many singles together with independent couples who either are married or having children opens up for a new problem. Usually it was standard to explore the world as a backpacker either after graduation or together with a partner. Today with the changed life style patterns and everyone being more career-oriented this might simply not be possible for many people anymore.

The singles who are not in a relationship and live alone might not know anyone to travel with. They are passed graduation and the window where they had friends who also wanted to travel. Maybe all their friends today are married with kids or maybe their friends do not have the money or are simply too busy with their careers to join on a backpacking trip somewhere in the world.  It can also be that a group of friends have become so independent that they cannot agree where, when and how to travel and for this reason they do not find out to travel together.

For the couples they might be in a relationship but they might not live together. More and more couples choose to be in a relationship but still stay independent living separate lives. Maybe in a long distance relationship or they just like their freedom.  They are not married and have no kids so for the adventurer there is nothing to keep him or her at home. Maybe they love each other but one of them is more adventurous than the other one. Maybe one of the partners in a relationship has a desire to travel and explore the world backpacking and the other one do not.

In this changing world more and more solo travellers are born.  A solo traveller is a person travelling on his or her own. Making all the planning and decision making alone and do not depend on others.  The solo traveller can be single or in a relationship back home. This is why it is not called “single travelling”.  The motivation for travelling solo might not be because the person does not want to travel with others. It can be a consequence of a modern life style that there are no other options but of course it can also be that the solo traveller just enjoy being free and able to make all decisions alone.

Definition of a solo traveller:

Defined as a traveller who travels solo and do not depend on anyone else. The solo traveller can be either a single person or in a relationship.

If you want to know more about travelling solo try read my story on how I became a solo traveller.


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