The results of our Women Travel Survey are in – and what an adventurous bunch of young ladies you all are!
Our survey of 100 women travelers conducted with Lost Girls World (who have a novel about their adventures coming out soon) found that more and more women are backpacking than ever before.
Solo women’s travel is more popular than ever – whether it’s to escape the recession, take a career break or go on a gap year, a staggering 74% of women consider themselves ‘solo travelers’, and 67% travel alone once or twice a year.
And what are the best places to go if you’re traveling solo? A city break with bags of culture and cool nightlife – 62% of solo women travelers picked Europe as their destination of choice, with London, Paris and Barcelona the top three cities.
For single girls traveling alone, hostels are the accomodation of choice – a whopping 76% said they would stay in hostels most or some of the time on their trip. 60% would even consider sleeping in a mixed dorm if it meant saving more money. With more and more hostels for women springing up, this should come as no surprise – from female only floors to girly sanctuaries with hairdryers and mirrors, hostels are now well equipped for women on the road.
Women travelers may by budget-savvy, but they won’t scrimp on safety – they are more likely to choose a hostel ‘in safe area at night’ and their top travel advice for single girls is to ‘be alert and aware of your surroundings’.
The biggest shock on our survey? That despite their safety concerns, over half of participants did not do any research on solo women’s travel before they went off!
So to help out these backpacking beauties, we’ve launched a series of top women’s travel resources, with destination guides, safety advice and packing tips for every continent. With these handy travel guides for girls, even more of you can travel solo safely.
And if you’re a little nervous about swapping a handbag for a backpack, check out our girly guest posts, chock full of beauty and fashion tips for solo women travelers. Our experts Chelsea Duke, author of High Heels and a Head Torch: The Essential Guide for Girls who Backpack, the Beauty Terrorist of St. Christopher’s Inns and Lauren Resnick, author of Princess with a Backpack will help you stay stylish on the road with their backpacking beauty tips.
Thanks to all the girls that took part in the survey, and if you’ve got any more top travel tips for women, there’s still time to enter our book competition. Just email your best travel tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the title ‘Women’s Travel’ in the subject line by the 30th August, and you could win a copy of High Heels and a Head Torch: The Essential Guide for Girls who Backpack by Chelsea Duke, courtesy of Pan Macmillan publishers. We’ll publish our favourite tips here on the blog, so stay tuned!