Last month, I announced a contest on my blog tied to a survey about how and why women around the world travel solo. The response to that post was fantastic — more than 130 comments! — and the response to the #WeGoSolo survey was even better. Over 1,000 people took the “Going It Alone” survey sponsored by Hostelbookers, and we've spent the past couple of weeks analyzing the results.
The verdict? Female travelers are pretty badass. They travel solo, stay in hostels, and live for the sense of freedom that comes along with it.
Check out this infographic detailing all the results of the survey:
I loved reading the responses ladies left on my original post about their dream solo destinations. They were so varied — from New Zealand to Spain to Central Asia to Iceland — and the outpouring of support for solo female travel was inspiring.
I'm also pleased to announce the winner from that post, chosen randomly to win 150 Euro worth of accommodation from Hostelbookers. That winner is:
Sofie @ Wonderful Wanderings
Congrats, Sofie! And a HUGE thanks to everyone who entered the contest and took our survey. Even if you didn't win, I hope you've been inspired to follow your solo travel dreams.
Also a big thanks to Hostelbookers for sponsoring the survey and contest, as well as my fellow #WeGoSolo ambassadors:
Mariellen Ward of BreatheDreamGo.com
Shivya of The-Shooting-Star.com
Sherry Ott of Ottsworld.com
Join us on Twitter on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. EST for the weekly #WeGoSolo chat, which encourages female solo travelers to travel safely, wisely, and well.
Do any of the survey results surprise you?
I was surprised by that, too, a bit. I guess Europe is just seen as a part of the world that’s really easy to travel through.