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Unpacking Solo Travel: Klook uncovers Filipinos’ love-hate relationship with solo travel

  • In a global survey conducted by Klook, 76% of the respondents from the Philippines stated that they have either traveled solo or are considering it. This is at par with the global average, with 76% of the total participants, regardless of age, gender, and nationalities, expressing interest in solo travels
  • While enjoying ‘me-time’ or rewarding themselves are the top motivations to travel solo, close to 50% of Filipinos indicate that the ‘fear of loneliness’ is holding them back

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — From family vacations, barkada getaways, or office outings, travel has long been considered a group activity. But travel trends are changing: in recent years, more people have embraced solo travel to satisfy desire for alone time. To investigate this growing phenomenon, Klook, a world-leading travel activities and services booking platform, commissioned a Solo Travel study conducted by YouGov, which found that the vast majority of travelers are interested in hitting the road alone ­– regardless of age, gender, or nationality.

Klook’s Solo Travel study polled close to 21,000 respondents across 16 markets and found that 76% of them have either traveled alone or are considering it. In the Philippines, travelers showed great interest in traveling alone with 76% saying that they have either done solo travels or will be willing to do so in the future.

Filipinos travel solo to take a break from work and for ‘me-time’ 

When asked about their reasons for flying solo, majority of Filipino respondents stated taking a break from their day jobs and from their normal, day-to-day routine as their primary motivation. In addition, they also said they wanted to enjoy uninterrupted ‘me time’ or reward themselves, which suggests that travelers value their independence more than ever.

Fear of loneliness ranks the top concern for Filipino solo travelers

Of course, not everyone is ready to explore alone. Klook’s survey also uncovered a love-hate relationship with solo travel: many travelers said they are interested in hitting the road alone, but simultaneously had reservations about potentially feeling lonely. In fact, 49% of the Filipino survey respondents who wanted to travel solo said a ‘fear of loneliness’ has been the biggest hurdle. Aside from loneliness, Filipinos cited planning and booking the itinerary on their own and concerns about safety as their other apprehensions for traveling solo.

“Seeing how Filipinos’ travel interests are broadening from going on group trips to solo trips is definitely an exciting observation. However, we also discovered their love-hate relationship with solo travel because even if they crave for their own personal time, Filipinos are still worried about being lonely while traveling alone.” says Michelle Cruz, Marketing Lead of Klook Philippines. “With the thousands of activities available on Klook, Filipinos can select which activities are perfect for their solo travel plans and discover that traveling alone does not have to be lonely. We hope more Filipinos will be more empowered to explore more places and enjoy their alone time confidently while finding the whole solo travel experience to be fulfilling.”

Solo travel made easy with Klook

So how can solo travelers overcome their fears? Klook helps travelers tap into the many joys of solo travel through interactive, memorable, and affordable activities that can be enjoyed in a group or alone. By joining a Klook experience, travelers instantly tap into a global community of like-minded travelers from more than 180 countries and counting. 

Offering more than 100,000 activities, services and experiences on its trusted travel platform, Klook has something for every type of solo traveler. Whether it’s learning a new dish in an authentic cooking class in Bangkok, experiencing riding world-famous waves during a Bali surf camp, or even taking an uninterrupted rest in an onsen in Japan, Filipino travelers have a wide selection of activities to choose from, making it easy and convenient to plan for a solo vacation.

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