Latest solo travel news headlines May 2014

Welcome to solotravel world’s first headline news post, this will become a monthly feature where news from around the web will be posted.


Technology is a vital resource for tourism brands and companies need to embrace it to stay ahead of the competition and encourage new business: that is the message that has been sent out across the global industry for months following reports and forecasts but it seems some travel agencies are still ignoring the potential of social media. Because the market is so saturated, companies need to establish their niche and clientèle and social media is the ideal way to create an individual, online presence and build on successes.



Online and mobile travel booking is often perceived as being a young man’s game, with some companies understandably targeting the more youthful demographic that seems to be constantly attached to their smartphones; however, research shows that 23% of the total internet population is over 55, a sizeable portion of users that shows that senior travellers are heading online more readily than the tourism industry may have suspected.


Europe has done studies that show that potential Chinese tourists are currently found to be around 100 million people, and experts believe that they will reach 220 million by 2023. Chinese tourists have a special preference for France and they are “obsessed with Bordeaux wines,” a recent analysis done by The Economist indicated.



The number of the booked cruises in Europe reached its all-time high of 6.4 million in 2013. That corresponds to an increase of 4 percent as opposed to 2012 and a doubling of the European cruise ship market in only eight years. The source market Austria – with an absolute emergence of more than 134,000 passengers in the previous, not at all considered a giant – evolved even stronger.


The forecasting index indicates a more marked progression in the second half of this year. In 2014, the Italian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow by 1 percent with business travel following suit. This is what is shown by the figures of the business travel sector revealed by the Uvet Travel Index, the statistical model developed by the Uvet Group with the scientific back up from The European House – Ambrosetti.


The problem with creating forecasts for sector growth for the year to come and predicting global travel trends is that any event, big or small, can have an potential effect and positive and negative outcomes can come from unlikely sources. Events that seem so far away and inconsequential to American business travel could have a bigger impact that first imagined but, at the same time, situations much closer to home may not have been as damaging as suspected.


There is a new trend emerging in Germany of visitors spending the night in hotels over the weekend rather than during weekdays. Data for room occupancy in German hotels from the MKG European Hospitality Report shows that rates rose to 67.6%, putting the country only marginally behind the European average of 67.9%.


10 Ways Travel Will Change Your Life For The Better

Many of these points are valid for solos too

Thought Catalog


Travel is transformational. It changes who you are to your very core. Out there on the road, without any baggage, you encounter life in a way that’s not always possible when you are working all the time. I know I’m biased since I write about travel but my experience meeting others has shown me that travel changes you for the better. It brings out the best version of you possible. Here are ten ways travel will better your life and why you should start planning your next trip away:

You become more social

It’s sink or swim on the road. You either get better at making friends or you end up alone. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable approaching new people. You get better at the small talk. When I first started traveling, I was an introvert and uncomfortable talking to strangers. Now, I…

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Going solo in Melbourne Australia

Australia has to be one of the number one destinations in the world for the solo traveller and Melbourne is one of the most exciting cities for sure! You could spend weeks exploring the city and beyond.

There are several reasons why you should go to Melbourne, Australia. Because of its enchanting scenery, good foods, and amazing places and many many more. From Federation Square to river foreshores, from historical attractions to city laneways and observation decks.


You can’t experience and absorb Melbourne, Australia by a few clicks on you camera, you have take yourself personally to fully enjoy beauty and wonder.

The Yarra River

The Yarra foreshore is picturesque and a great place for walks from Federation Square. Across Princess Bridge is the Southbank arts and entertainment precinct.

It is recommended to take a tour through Yarra Cruises or Willamston Ferry. Taking River Cruise is a wonderful and ambient experience with vivid views of Melbourne Skyline, city foreshore, urban parklands, sports arenas and Melbourne Docks.


Melbourne City Attractions

One of the most Melbourne’s popular tourist destination is the  Melbourne Observation Deck, which will provide a great view of Melbourne Port Phillip Bay, and on a good day all the way to the Dandenongs and surrounding areas.

Over the Yarra River, there is the love Melbourne Aquarium, Australia’s only Southern Ocean aquarium. Its state-of-the-art aquarium has over 1000 various types of sea creatures, including giant sharks and stingrays, is well worth a visit.

If you want to unwind or to tranquil or to smell fresh flowers, try visiting Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne — you will find a wide variety of plants and the chance to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Historical Attractions

If you are into history or if you just want to know Melbourne better, you can find wide range of museums out in the city. Throughout the city there are many heritage buildings as well as stunning new constructions along its wide tree-lined avenues and in its intimate lanes.

You would like to visit the ‘Gold Treasury,’ ‘Melbourne City Museum,’ ‘The Immigration Museum,’ and ‘The Old Melbourne Goal to have a better understanding of city’s pasts and historical events.

This is only a short list of long tourist destination of Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is one of the places in Australia you shouldn’t miss visiting.

Solo in Northern Queensland

Cairns serves as an international gateway to Great Barrier Reef and Tropical North Queensland and Cairns is known worldwide for its magnificent beaches in Queensland. Because of its inexpensive atmosphere and its beautiful scenery, this tiny city in Australia is great tourist attraction. If you have tight budget, Cairns offers a variety of hotels — from budgeted ones to luxurious, to make have a wider variety of options to choose from. For those who want to bring their family, Cairns offers luxurious hotels and resorts for homely feel.

Alluring and enchanting beauty, that’s what Cairns features, that really appears to tourists. This city appeals so much to the tourists is because of tourist attraction like Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, Rainforestation Nature Park and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. This is also the best time for adventurer seekers to enjoy. Great range of mammals, reptiles, etc can be expected in the forest. There are also water sport adventure here like, snorkeling, diving, sailing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, scuba diving, and some other water sports.

The most fascinating bars and restaurants are located at Esplanade area in Cairns. They offer wide variety of good food, beer, seafood, and many many more. Additionally, they also have different milk bars and small cafes for the local people all over the city. As the nighttime bites, you can see different pubs, clubs, bars, and night market. Night market stalls caters local people, especially tourists.

Most hotels and resorts in Cairns are residing on the wide stretch across the beach.

Some of the world renowned hotels are located in Cairns. Two of the most prominent five-star hotels are Hilton and Sofitel that offers deluxe and luxurious accommodations.

There are lots of places you can visit in Cairns, just tour around the city and be amazed and dazzled what this city can offer.


We have spent the last few days exploring the Daintree Rainforest (the world’s oldest rainforest) from the ground; now it was time to see it from above the canopy level. Fortunately the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is located just outside of Cairns.
This is one of the do not miss Daintree Rainforest experiences. 7.5 Km of cable opened in 1995 and now brings passengers from near sea level up to 545 meters at its highest spot. Cable cars are becoming more innovative these days – select cars have a glass floor so you can look down on the passing canopy. And other cars (available starting April 2014) are completely open to the air – more like open cages hanging from the rails.
Three stations are located along the length of the cable – local Djabugay Aboriginal guides can be arranged to guide you at the first two stops. Being in this incredible bio diverse rich region is a fantastic experience in and of itself, but having a guide with you who grew up in the area and has an intimate relationship with this particular rainforest is a valuable asset.
Jeremy, a local aboriginal guide provided unique insights into the rainforest. He pointed out a red berry which if you crush it and put the juice in a drink, you will go blind for up to two days. Not a nice party trick. Or the “wait-a-while” vine with its razor sharp thorns – you get hooked by this, you “wait a while” and slowly remove yourself – rather than running!


Cheap airlines not satisfying!

Loud children, inconsiderate passengers and lack of leg room have topped the list of complaints of Australian air travellers.

The survey of 1803 people by TripAdvisor found one in three respondents do not believe air travel has improved in the last five years.

Common complaints included uncomfortable seats, being seated next to loud passengers or children, unpredictable flight delays, the inconvenience of multiple airport security measures, and expensive airfares.

Sixty-one per cent said they no longer believed budget airlines were cheap once additional costs and taxes were added including needless travel insurance.

More than two thirds, 69 per cent, said they would willingly pay 20 per cent more for the same flight if they could fly with a full service carrier.

As for flying etiquette, the survey found the ire of passengers is raised by people who recline their seats, parents who don’t control their children, and kids who kick the back of seats.

Thirty-five per cent of respondents said they would be willing to pay extra for a child-free flight.

7 Tips for the first time solo traveler!

Here is a number of tips to coming up with your initial solo trip. I hope they assist to steer you to present it go:

1. Treat your trip because the step to independence and liberation that it is! you may be ready to do no matter you please. you’ll keep in bed late, arise at 5am, eat where you wish, go where you wish. It’s pretty cool stuff. Seeing yourself during this new, sceptered lightweight will typically be all it takes to present you the spirit to begin coming up with a primary solo trip.

2. If it helps, consider your travel as a journey to find. this can be your probability to explore components of yourself that you just ne’er knew existed. Take a journal and pay time writing regarding your thoughts, feelings and also the days that unfold whereas you’re away. You’ll be astonied at what quantity you’ll get out of doing this!

3. contemplate your trip to be ‘me-time’! have faith in the items in your life you don’t have time to try and do and relish the concept of doing them after you travel. perhaps you wish to catch au fait reading some Bronte classics, or strive your hand at writing poetry, short-stories or sketching? Or does one wish to get through a full day gazing a number of the world’s finest art during a far-famed depository, or take up a change of state class? the alternatives area unit endless.

4. analysis your destination the maximum amount as potential before you go. conclude wherever the great restaurants near your building area unit, whether or not there’ll be any public events to attend, what the transport system and taxi service is like, if there area unit any ‘no-go’ areas, that days the retailers area unit open, and so on. The a lot of data you have got, the higher equipped you’ll be to relish your initial time traveling alone.

5. build connections before you go. If you’re upset regarding obtaining lonely, analysis the chances for creating friends before you travel, and contemplate golf stroke up with different travellers although the likes of Couchsurfing, WAYN or maybe Trip adviser. CouchSurfing is my favorite, since plenty of the opposite folks on there area unit ‘verified’ and it’s a free service. Also, there area unit cluster activities offered to affix in and plenty of folks offered UN agency area unit wanting to show you around or meet you for a low.

6. follow things during which you’ll chat to strangers. Once you’re abroad, it helps to be assured in having the ability to strike up a speech communication with somebody you don’t recognize – thus do uncountable it whereas reception. Then as before long as you get on the plane, begin chatting together with your fellow passengers. In your destination, book a historical tour and aim to talk to the opposite folks thereon, or raise another alien UN agency is feeding alone if you’ll be part of them (they’ll in all probability be very glad you did!). The a lot of you are doing this, the a lot of you push your temperature and acquire higher at it.

7. arrange ahead for the evenings. These will typically be the toughest to handle as a freshman solo traveler (or even associate degree old-timer). If you meet travellers you’ll exit with for dinner or drinks – nice. however if you are doing finish up on your ownsome, place some thought into what you’ll do. I’d in person wouldn’t move to a club, however i’ll move to a building wherever I’ll feel comfy lingering once my meal with a glass of wine and an honest scan. Cinemas (if language isn’t associate degree issue) area unit an honest possibility, additionally as art events which frequently attract solo folks anyhow. and that i love live music – thus i’ll typically move to gigs. no matter you are doing, don’t simply sit in your space and order space service! a minimum of begin with feeding at the building building.

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3 Top Cities for Solo Travel

Bangkok-Tuk_tuk_whizzing_alongThere are a number of countries that are renowned for traveling solo but what about specific cities? We have chosen 5 cities from around the world.

1. Barcelona

The Catalan capital is a thumping, pumping city with lots to do from beaches, culture and partying!

There are many free walking tours which makes Barcelona a great place to be solo and hook up with other travellers.

2. Bangkok

The capital of SE Asia backpacking and for many the start of the banana pancake trail. The city now boasts more visitors than London or Paris!

There is so much to do and see, try a trip to the royal palace or sit and watch the freak show on Koh San Road.

3. Sydney

The capital of New South Wales and Australia’s number one city is a great base for solo travelers to land before heading off around the country. Indeed many travelers don’t even make it beyond the city itself!

Sydney has beaches, bars and sights galore.