solo travel

Insights into the world of solo traveller tribes

It has been several months since the launch of Tribd on the App Store and with over 3000 users of the app, we thought we’d put together some interesting travel trends and tell you more about solo traveller tribes using the App.

We are growing our community of solo adventure travellers and many of our users are not the first-time travellers.

Trekking Photo by Evan Kirby via Unsplash

Trekking Photo by Evan Kirby via Unsplash

If you are using Tribd, we hope you will find these insights useful in planning your trips and connecting with adventure travel buddies through our platform. If you aren’t, it is still interesting to see the world of solo adventure travel.

According to the latest report by Adventure Travel Trends Association one in four people take solo trips. It is estimated, that by 2020, 148 million people will take solo trips every year and that number will continue to increase. [1]

Solo travellers don’t do typical sun and sand holidays in Costa Blanca, but travel to places such as Sri Lanka, Costa Rica or Nicaragua and make own travel plans and decisions, often pursuing “off the beaten path destinations”, seeking authentic experiences and blending with local cultures.

Travelling nowadays is easier than ever and our behaviours are different to those from years ago, as our society and demographic change. Millennials are the largest demographic in travel today and it is no surprise, that majority of Tribd users are 18-34 years old. But we also have plenty of people in their 40s on the App, and as we have learned, the age is the least important factor when selecting compatible partner.

Majority of solo travellers using Tribd come from the United Kingdom, Germany, USA, Australia, Canada and The Netherlands. Interestingly, whilst many Tribd users are based in different towns and cities, London is the city where we have the largest number of solo adventure travellers per city.

At the moment, majority of Tribd users are male, but the gender demographics on Tribd tend to vary from month to month, as new people join the platform every day.

Actually, women travelling solo are driving the solo travel boom and according to the World Tourism Organisation, the latest gender demographic in solo travel today skew slightly female (53% to 47%)[2].

For many women, having a travel companion is quite important while taking solo trips, especially if going for the first time on a solo adventure and without booking with a travel company.

Tribd allows users to select their travel destination using Google Maps and we have applied special filtering for selecting the destination, aligned to the decision-making patterns of travellers, so they are not limited to specific countries alone, but can choose Australia’s Gold Coast, Alps or Bali to find a travel buddy. This is also a part of our matching algorithm.

Even though, the choices are plenty, for now, the vast majority of our users plan trips to specific countries or cities, and we can already see, which countries and destinations are winning in popularity contest. Australia and Bali are fighting for top spot in destination popularity contest since the release of Tribd in the summer last year, followed by Europe, Thailand and Portugal.

Many solo travellers are planning trips to Europe, USA or Australia and within those regions, we can see that Spain, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Sydney, California and Australia’s Gold Coast are the most popular areas and countries they want to visit.

Interestingly, we also see truer “off the beaten track” destinations, such as Uruguay, Namibia, Tibet, or Sint Maarten. As our user base grows, it will be interesting to see, which more unique countries and destinations are on the rise.

Our tribe also plans city breaks and currently Barcelona, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Berlin are top cities, which solo travellers want to visit.

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But since Tribd is also a platform for adventure sports enthusiasts, helping them to find adventure buddies, our early adopters’ community are surfers, scuba divers, snowboarders, as well as people in the pursuit of hiking trips, volunteering or travelling to learn a new language.

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We have compiled the ranking of the most popular activities on Tribd App.

What is also interesting about this particular trend, is that when looking at combination of destinations and activities, we can also identify destinations, which according to people on Tribd, offer the most diverse adventure type opportunities.

We can also see which destinations are the most popular for different adventure types.

For example, Australia, Thailand and USA are top three backpacking destinations. Surfers also want to travel to Spain, Portugal and Indonesia, whilst Canada is popular for those into hiking, skiing or kayaking. Those into spirituality and yoga are looking at Indonesia, Australia or Sri Lanka.

And lastly, whilst many solo travellers plan trips throughout the 2019 already, there are plenty, who have no fixed dates yet and are flexible on time.

Spontaneity in this case has its advantages, as those solo travellers can browse through the App and have more options to match, chat and get to know their tribe better, before deciding who they would like to travel with, or meet at their next destination.

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It is interesting to see the world of solo traveller tribes through our platform and we hope to help our tribes in their travel decisions by not only publishing about travel trends but providing this information within the app.

If you enjoyed reading this, have comments or are interested in anything else that is happening in our world, please do not hesitate to comment or feel free reach out to us on contact.us@tribdapp.com and subscribe to our newsletter through the website.

If you love travel and adventure and would like to meet other like-minded people for your next trip, download Tribd on iOS. Tribd helps you find travel buddies with similar travel plans and interests. 

Have you taken any trips with your adventure buddy met on Tribd App yet? We would love to feature stories from our community, so please reach out to us through e-mail or social media!

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[1] United Nations World Tourism Organisation 2017 Report (international travel trends) and Millward Brown, Visa Global Travel Intentions Study 2015 (solo travel trends)

[2] World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Global Report on Adventure Tourism, 2014

 
 

How travelling helps us to rediscover ourselves

This post is a little bit more philosophical in nature, but comes from the experiences of our guest blogger Mirka, who left the comfort of the London life and her career, to travel the world. After months of travelling around South East Asia, she came back to London, but only lasted a year in her old ways of living. She and her boyfriend caught the travel bug, so they decided to leave for good. Their life is split between India, Indonesia, Thailand, other South East Asian countries and occasionally Europe. Read How travelling helps us to rediscover ourselves by Mirka Duchnovic.

Annapurna Trek, Nepal

Annapurna Trek, Nepal

What drives us to leave the comfort of our life and go travelling?

People have been travelling since their existence on this planet. Some have been doing it out of necessity, others out of curiosity.

Since I adopted the travelling lifestyle, I have been thinking about what drives us to leave the comfort of a modern life and take on travelling. Through my travels, personal experiences and exchanging views with fellow travellers, I have come to see how travel changes us and possible reasons why.

It usually starts this way…

At certain point of their life, some people feel that the space in which they live, becomes too small and shallow for their needs and dreams.

When the opportunity arises, they take a chance to travel, explore the world and rediscover themselves. It might require some courage to decide and stick to it. But once it’s done, it seems to be quite a natural process and one of the easiest things to do.

By jumping into the unknown, people thrive to discover new possibilities. Some of us find new ways, others come back to the old ways and the life they had. However, the time taken for discovering new avenues is never wasted. Because through travelling experience, something else happens - the expansion of mind.

There are many people, who managed to redirect their lives completely through travel, especially solo travel. Every place I have been to, I have met at least few people who have taken the journey to the unknown. Those who came back home, are not the same anymore, a new view of the world and expansion of mindset has changed them.

Do we need to prepare for our travels?

Logically thinking, yes. We should at least have an idea where and why we are going. But it is not necessary to plan it any further.

If we leave our page blank and venture into an unknown, we experience more and give the opportunity for expansion to occur. No matter how well prepared we are for our travels, there is no way to anticipate everything. Thus, the less prepared we are, the more flexible we become. Things which usually have annoyed us, suddenly become “no problem”.

By doing so, we are stepping out of our comfort zone. But why would we put ourselves through an uncomfortable situation? The answer is quite simple. Whatever our internal reason for travel is; subconsciously we do so to expand our mind. For that expansion to take place, we must first experience the unknown, which is often associated with discomfort. That doesn’t mean putting ourselves in a horrible situation, but the situation we haven’t experienced before. Diving into unknown, with no fixed plan or schedule might feel uncomfortable at first.

By being in uncomfortable situations, we learn to exist in them, often experiencing new thoughts and emotions, leading to a new space opening within us. Suddenly we have new ideas or have better understanding of ourselves.

The change we experience through travel

The process of change we experience through traveling is gradual and happens silently, without our mind permission. As we digest new experiences, meet new people, experience new cultures, we transform our mindset into a new space. Often, only realizing that we have changed, once the process of change has occurred.

Why people subconsciously or consciously look for that expansion to take place?

In my humble and not scientific opinion, it happens because people are creative creatures. The life patterns we nowadays follow, greatly suppresses our natural ability to express ourselves with ease. That new space within us helps connect to that creativity, eventually giving us a feeling of contentment, because it allows us to be ourselves. Eventually, the creativity helps us to rediscover and understand our unique nature. But we need to undergo the transformation, first. Once we connect to our creative force it will never leave us. It’s like a tattoo, letting us to experience much more than mundane routine, in which we are all caught.

Above thoughts have been taken from personal travelling experiences. There is no scientific proof of any kind. I am just sharing and hoping to encourage people to discover themselves through travelling. If you feel, that the space around you is too shallow to satisfy your inner needs, allow yourself to step out of the comfort zone and bring new ways to your life.

I would be happy to hear your stories of how travelling has changed or changing yourself. Please share them in the comments.

If you would like to meet other people whilst travelling, download Tribd on iOS. Tribd helps you to find travel buddies and connect with other solo travellers who have similar travel plans. 

Follow @tribdapp on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for stories and travel inspiration and join our group of solo travellers on Facebook!

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Mirka and her partner in Indian Himalayas

Mirka and her partner in Indian Himalayas

 

Are you a tourist or a traveller?

“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu

Let us introduce to Mirka, who quit her corporate job years ago and went backpacking to South East Asia. Little did she know that the months will turn into years and backpacking will turn into something else - trying to find a place in the remote parts of Indonesia she could call home. Today, Mirka will share her perspective on solo travel, having travelled all around South East Asia for years, and how that has changed from her first backpacking trip all those years ago.

Are you a tourist or a traveller?

By Mirka

Nowadays travelling is easy, affordable and lately also fashionable, ever since the social media wheel started to turn.

So much so, that we came to the point that hosting countries started to shut down places to prevent complete nature destruction. For example, Thailand’s most famous beach where The Beach movie was filmed has recently been closed for tourism activities. Similarly due to the environmental destruction caused by mass tourism, a well-known Boracay Island in Philippines was also shut down for a number of months. It is quite possible more places will follow soon.

It becomes more difficult to find unspoiled places and if you find one, better keep it to yourself.

Most people who take upon travelling, stick to the places discovered long time ago and only few move on to find new destinations for themselves. This is precisely what travelling should be called. If you consider yourself passionate about adventure and travelling, here are a few tips to consider. Especially if you are thinking of taking time travelling, going backpacking or spending your gap year seeing the world.

Firstly, there is no need to pre-book your travels including flight tickets back home, hotels or any other things. Who knows, maybe you will come back on camel… (This sounds more like a traveller’s spirit!)

When taking up travelling and backpacking, booking return tickets will not make you more adventurous and quite often lead you to more expenses. You may end up changing the date on your flight or departure point. With the return ticket in your hand, we tend to plan carefully our moves. The return date in your head limits us from going too far from the point of pre-set departure or venturing to off beaten paths or non-existent paths. It also happens that our mind cannot relax completely, often thinking and worrying about how is it going to be when we will come back home.

Pre-booking hotels or guesthouses limits that travelling spirit inside you. Best practice is not to book any room, only if you arrive late at night. Finding accommodation on the spot is usually much cheaper. This way you can choose better-located place, support local people by choosing to stay in locally own place and identify the place where you can meet and socialize with fellow travellers.

To be a traveller, who people ask for advice is not as easy as it seems. Almost every passionate traveller will agree that their priority is experience. Therefore, it means that they are prepared to see good and bad things eventually balancing these two, by patience and understanding. To gain that experience they travel to unknown places where comfort is less, but authenticity is more, that’d be a nature, culture or any other thing what a traveller is looking for.

But please, do take your travels gradually. Especially if you have never been to the remote places. Start with popular places, familiarize yourself with customs of country you will be dealing with, learn a bit of local language. If you are girl travelling solo - find a travel partner. To avoid disappointment, choose places where you will want to be - wisely, do not rely on guidebooks or well-advertised websites. They are often misleading and full of biased opinions with hidden selling tricks and well edited pictures.

In general, to avoid disappointments do not rely on anything.

Go – See – Experience – Form Own Opinion.  People are different and tend to enjoy different things, so their opinions will only create images in your head, often leading to disappointment, because it can turn not as good as you have imagined. What actually gives that traveller’s feeling is coming to the place without prior detailed research and embracing things as they stand.

Apart from detailed preparation, the crucial thing that distinguishes traveller and a person on holiday, is that a traveller decides to be on the road not only for self-indulging reason. He does not want to limit his journey to see beauty in it, but on the contrary puts himself into uncomfortable situations to discover new ways and himself. No matter how exiting this may sound, travelling with purpose or without purpose at some point becomes a routine. It manifests in the way that things are no longer perceived with excitement. If you come to this point – your traveller spirit has been tested. So what to do? Go to Katmandu?

Relax…. but the last thing one should do, go back to the old lifestyle back home. Believe me, you will not be satisfied and will become even more miserable. The traveller spirit that you have been developing for many years will not leave you alone. There is no perfect answer for this question, because all of us need to figure it out on our own. No matter what you do, keep smiling, you have been privileged to see the word this way.

The future of travelling lies behind adventure with an open mind. Hopefully travellers will exist long after the fashion is gone.

Blessings to all the people with travelling spirit. Hope to see you on the road!


Travelling the world solo can be overwhelming and lonely at times. But you can always download Tribd on iOS. Tribd helps you to find travel buddies and connect with other solo travellers with similar travel plans. 

Follow @tribdapp on social media for travel stories and travel inspiration and join our group of solo travellers on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/Tribdapp/ 

#findyourtribe