Solo travel is on the rise. Some 13% of us holidayed alone in the year to August 2016, says ABTA – while 17% worldwide are planning a first holiday on their own, says TripAdvisor, rising to 25% amongst millennials worldwide. Yet ABTA found that over 65s are the most likely age group in the UK to travel alone at 18%. And travel firm 101 Holidays reports that 58% of its solo holidaymakers are women.
But what’s the secret of solo travel? Perhaps it’s a state of mind: a willingness to empathise with other cultures but also being able to build rapport with people wherever you go. Here’s our guide to travelling solo, including our favourite forensic mind reader, Colin Cloud, who gives us some tips on how to get in tune with anyone.