The rise of the solo citizen: how and why more people are going it alone

The solo trend continues to rise in popularity, with recent figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that the number of Brits that are single or living alone is higher than ever. There are numerous reasons for the rise, including a refreshing shift in society’s attitudes towards those who opt to be independent and alone.

Currently, less than half of the women in England and Wales are married – the first time the proportion has dropped so low. Just 49.9 % of women over the age of 16 last year had tied the knot, Office for National Statistics reported.

In 2016, around 7.7 million people lived alone in the UK, with the majority being women. And lone parent families grew by 18.6%, a statistically significant increase; while married couple families grew very little (0.3%) over the past two decades.

The older population is increasingly living alone too. Those living alone aged 45 to 64 increased by 51% between 1996 and 2016. This is partly due to the 1960s’ baby boom generation, as well as a rise in the proportion of the population aged 45 to 64 who are divorced or single never married.

Those aged 65 to 74 living alone saw a statistically significant increase of 16% over the past two decades, too. The number living alone aged 75 and over also increased over the last decade by a smaller percentage of 15%.

Solos Holidays has proudly been serving the solo traveller for over 30 years and we’ve certainly witnessed an enormous growth in the number of people choosing to venture on holiday alone, as well as a positive change in society’s perception of what it means to be a solo traveller. In the past, the concept of travelling alone may have been assumed to be lonely and met with a sympathetic response. Thankfully this is no longer the case – solo travel is now perceived by many as positive, empowering and for the independent-minded. Our holidays are exclusively for solo travellers only and it’s a great way to holiday alone, but enjoy the company of other solos at the same time.

Whatever your reasons for going it alone, whether by choice or circumstance, no one should have to explain or justify their single status.

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