Reader Survey Outcomes: Right here’s What You Needed to Say

Yearly you inform us what you need extra of on Solo Traveler and yearly a brand new journey begins as we attempt to meet your wants, have enjoyable and journey solo!

You’re superb!

We obtained 1004 responses to our 2017 Reader Survey. That’s an enormous quantity!

We actually recognize you taking the time to offer us your suggestions as a result of we’re a small crew and we’ve to make use of our time properly. Together with your assist, we will.

Based mostly on suggestions in earlier years, we establish our three priorities as:

  • Inspiration
  • Data
  • Advocacy

We attempt to be sure that each resolution we make, each submit we publish and each challenge we tackle serves no less than one in every of these priorities. This 12 months’s Reader Survey will assist us superb tune our work in an effort to ship what you want.

Understanding Extra Helps Us Assist You

In previous years the survey was a mere 10 questions lengthy. This 12 months we expanded it to 26 questions and so a lot of you hung in there proper to the tip giving us a lot of info to work with.


One of many causes for the extra detailed questions was to assist us with our advocacy function. The higher we all know you the extra firms we will persuade to deal with solo vacationers properly. This, in spite of everything, is our mission. It was the rationale behind the Solo Journey Awards and why we publish the Solo Journey Offers web page and mail the Offers Advisory (join within the inexperienced bar above) each month.

I’ll be publishing a submit on the statistics and demographics of solo vacationers quickly however this submit is all about you – what you need extra of from us.

What You Need From Us at Solo Traveler

The sort of articles you need extra of. We gave you 4 selections and also you ranked them on this order.

  1. How-to recommendation
  2. Cash-wise recommendation
  3. Security recommendation
  4. Inspirational tales

In fact, we’ll proceed to offer a variety of posts on all subjects on Solo Traveler however it’s useful to know what you need most.

This nearly traces up with one other query we requested.

What prevents you from touring extra? Right here’s how the alternatives we gave you ranked.

  1. Cash
  2. Time
  3. Duties
  4. I journey as a lot as I would like
  5. Inexperience

So cash continues to be the large barrier to extra journey with time and obligations being shut on their heals. But it surely was nice to see that nearly 10% of you journey as a lot as they need.

Your ideas for enhancing Solo Traveler. Right here’s what you needed to say.

  • I would like the web page to submit extra pictures of a metropolis simply to encourage individuals!
  • Extra about going off the crushed path.
  • Embrace extra US cities and cities.
  • Eco-travel
  • Encourage story-sharing by way of Instagram.
  • Movies
  • Perhaps there may extra complete itineraries of offbeat places… or hidden gems in mainstream vacationer places…
  • Extra journey guides for cities! I like these.
  • Moral journey
  • Journey e-book opinions
  • Simple lists of what to do at locations
  • Journey merchandise – worth (value and high quality) esp. strolling footwear (consolation, climate), clothes, love getting hints, data/how and what to do/not do.
  • Extracts and teasers similar to Fb posts and in addition on the weblog posts key studying factors to help you benefit from the website even when having restricted time.
  • Extra LGBTQ subjects
  • Easy methods to get previous language  limitations
  • Publish the ugly aspect of solo journey in addition to the great. As an unbiased traveler I do know it’s not all rainbows and unicorns on the market and the world generally is a dodgy place
  • Extra articles from a wider vary of individuals we meet
  • Extra alternatives to spotlight followers and provides publicity to  our readers’
  • Be inclusive. To a lot concentrate on solo ladies vacationers. Embrace considerations for homosexual vacationers’ security and inclusivity.

The way you interact with Solo Traveler: These are the highest 4 ways in which individuals interact with the data we share.

  1. You’re a member of the Solo Journey Society on Fb.
  2. You touch upon the positioning
  3. You share posts on the positioning with associates.
  4. You ahead Solo Traveler emails with associates.

Thanks for all of your interplay. Each time you can we get a greater really feel for the neighborhood and new concepts for what we must always do subsequent.

You Gave Me Shivers

Generally we’re useful to you. Simply as usually, maybe extra usually, it’s members of the Solo Traveler neighborhood that ship the data and inspiration you want. Both approach, we’re blissful you might have been helped.

After we opened up a query so that you can say something you needed, you had some ideas and in addition many variety phrases, a few of which gave me shivers. Right here they’re, in italics are my responses.

  • My first journey was to Elephant Nature Park, in Thailand. An thought from one in every of your followers. –  I like how readers help every different, even with out understanding it.
  • LOVE you guys and ALL you do! Thanks! My gratitude can’t be expressed in phrases. – Wow. Thanks!
  • Extra is best, to make solo journey an accepted mainstream exercise moderately than an aberration. – That’s a part of our mission! 🙂
  • Your website may be very useful for a few of my analysis – however want there was extra info on choices that meet my funds constraints; excursions geared to single vacationers primarily. – We’ll maintain engaged on it. We need to make solo journey reasonably priced for all. 
  • I discover the Solo Journey web site encouraging and inspirational. – We’re glad as a result of that’s precisely what we need to obtain.
  • I like that articles on the positioning are up to date. Would love extra FB interplay posts i.e. questions for vacationers to reply. Solutions from the neighborhood are nice. Good thought!
  • I learn your emails religiously and your weblog posts, however I by no means thought to search for your Instagram or Pinterest accounts. Perhaps including hyperlinks to the underside of your emails would assist unfold the phrase in your different social media accounts? In any other case, thanks once more for being one of the best location for solo journey confidence and offers! – Nice thought. Thanks!
  • Hold rocking it! – We are going to!

And Generally You Made Me Smile

We gained’t be capable to fulfill everybody’s wants. There are simply too many opinions on the market. For instance, these two feedback on enhancing the positioning got here one after the opposite.

  • Much less concentrate on being a journey agent (i.e offers) and extra on the journey expertise.
  • Plenty of particular offers, affords please.

Sure, our actuality is that we’ll be capable to please a few of you the entire time and all of you among the time. However please be assured, we’ll maintain attempting.

Thanks from all of us at Solo Traveler,

Tracey, Simon, and Janice


Final up to date: 13th November, 2017