In new data released by the app, 9.9% of UK members have named the USA as their top destination for a solo trip this September to November. Following the USA’s lead, the most popular short-haul destination for TourBar’s UK travellers is Spain (8.5%), thanks to its cooler climate after the sweltering summer months. Taking a break at home also proved popular amongst TourBar’s UK members, with 7.3% claiming they were planning to take a staycation ahead of the gloomier winter months. Other destinations popular with UK travellers this autumn include tropical Thailand (7%), faraway Australia (5.9%) and picturesque Italy (3.7%).
Looking at the favourite destinations across all of TourBar’s one million global members, an autumn trip to India (8.9%) secured the top spot, thanks to its iconic landmarks and incredible scenery. It seems that solo visits to the US are a global trend too, since 8.3% of all members worldwide are keen to take a trip there in the coming months, closely followed by Spain (5.1%) and Turkey (4.4%).
For those busy planning a trip alone this autumn, TourBar offers the ideal opportunity to find a travel companion, as members simply register their travel plans through the TourBar website or app, to meet with like-minded travellers who are also planning to visit the same destination. Alternatively, for those who are intending to stay cosy at home this autumn, members can also register as a Guide to tour foreign travellers eager to take a stroll through the golden-coloured countryside.
Now that the streets have cooled off following the summer heat, sightseeing during the off-peak season proved popular with 27.1% of UK members taking a trip this autumn. However, 9.3% of UK travellers listed catching the last of the sunshine at the beach as their main priority during an autumn trip and 13.1% plan to take a road trip. Other activities popular with travellers included enjoying a destination’s cuisine (9.3%) and attending a festival or concert (7.3%).
A post-summer solo trip appears to be most popular with younger travellers, since 40.6% of those travelling this autumn are aged 25 – 34 years old and 24.8% are aged 35 – 44 years old. Likewise, the majority (68%) of those travelling solo this autumn are male.
TourBar’s Public Relations Manager, Anastasia Zolotova, added: “Travelling during the autumn months is not only a great way to save money following the peak summer months, but also a fantastic option for avoiding the crowds. For solo travellers, TourBar offers the perfect opportunity to find travel companions for sharing autumnal walks and cosy comfort food with – you might just ‘fall’ in love!”