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Where’s the hottest destination for Aussie solo travellers?

Solo travellers may be at a disadvantage in some ways, but Aussie adventurers are still going it alone in droves.


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So where is currently the hottest international destination for Australian single travellers? 


Accounting for nearly one fifth of all one-person bookings from Australia in 2017, travel site agoda found Japan to be the most popular overseas spot for solo travellers.


With 40% year-on-year growth in solo travel to Japan registered in 2017, overall singles travel has risen by an average 14% since 2015 (20% for international, 8% for domestic).    


“As the far-flung corners of the world are becoming easier to reach, travellers are more willing to experience destinations with the freedom that comes from travelling alone,” agoda brand and communications global director Andrew Edwards said.


Speaking to Japan specifically, Mr Edwards said the Asian nation appealed to solo travellers in a number of ways.


“With food and accommodation options for every budget, hospitable locals, and diverse experiences on offer, Japan is the perfect solo travel destination,” he said.


“In recent years, we’ve seen the rising popularity of capsule hotels catering for solo travellers who are wanting a cheap and easy way to travel around Japan solo.”


Away from the island nation, other popular solo international destinations include: China (up 15%), Indonesia (13%) and the Philippines (12%). 


The Japanese destinations with the highest YOY growth for Aussie solo travel are Fujikawaguchiko (up 84%), Osaka (65%), Sapporo (65%), Kyoto (55%), Hiroshima (50%), Hakone (48%) and Tokyo (43%).


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 24 January 2018

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