Planning a solo vacation?
Chances are you’re Irish.
According to research on Google, more people from Ireland search for solo vacation information than from any other country. In fact, North America falls behind Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia when it comes to their interest in a solo vacation. Canadians are just a smidge ahead of Americans on the list.
Why would the Irish rank so high for ‘solo vacation’?
This is a curious bit of information. What is it about the Irish, Brits and Aussies that makes them more interested in a solo vacation than their counterparts in North America?
Is it the fact that there are so many options within a short distance? The cheap flights to the continent? Does the EU make people feel more connected? Is it the opposite for Australians – does extreme distance send them traveling to connect with the world? But, hold on… this may explain the travel thing but it doesn’t explain the specific interest in solo vacations.
Twitter thoughts on who takes a solo vacation
Determining the cultural reasons behind this phenomena would require much analysis for which I don’t have the time or inclination. So I took the next most scientific approach – I polled my followers on Twitter. Here are what my Twitter friends had to say in 140 characters or less:
@Canadiantimtam – I think that backpacking & gap years are a rite of passage in the UK and Oz, less so in N America. Travel is ingrained early.
@Lilitree – Irish, Brits & Aussies see solo travel as safe. Canadians & Americans don’t, we trade lots of solo travel horror
@CailinONeil – I think because they are more knowledgeable of the world and N. Americans are not, therefore afraid of the unknown. stories.
@artistatlarge – I love solo travel! But I think N.Americans travel in packs out of fear of the unknown. It’s the only reason I can figure…
@CynatNovaScotia – Seems like in North America, it’s a family drive or a trip overseas where it seems far, your less likely to want to go alone.
@niall72 – Historically we’ve always done so. We’re quite happy to get lost, sidetracked etc. Not sure N Americans share these traits.
So… what do you think? Please submit your ideas on different cultures and the solo vacation in the comments section below.
Thanks to everyone.