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Solo travel on the rise for women

A demand for solo travel for women has rocketed.

A study by Klook Travel has revealed that 76 per cent of the 21,000 surveyed have either already travelled solo, or are considering it in the future, whilst a separate study by Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) claims more than 60,000 women have travelled solo in 2018 and 2019.

There has also been a rise in travel agents offering experiences for women, with Jugni one of these.

Its founder Nitesh Chauhan said: "They are earning well enough to travel on their own. Also, travelling has become a hobby now, just like reading books and listening to music. Jugni was started with the idea that most women feel unsafe when they travel. So, when we plan trips in small batches of 10-12 people, I tag along. There's always some initial hesitation and fear as to how the trip will turn out, but when it actually happens, it gives their confidence a big boost. It tells them that despite their inhibitions, they made it happen, and so they can move past any challenge in life."

And small group trips with women have become a popular way for solo females to see the world but also feel safe.

Women on Wanderlust (WOW) Club's founder, Sumitra Senapaty, said: "Like-minded women can travel solo, but with the security that a group provides. While safety continues to be an issue, women today aspire to travel more and discover the world. Essentially, you need be aware of what kind of trip you are looking at. Is it adventure, wellness and rejuvenation, nature and sightseeing, or shopping? Reading up about the place you are going to visit is extremely important and essential, too."

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