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12/4/2017 9:13:24 AM

Trending cities for solo travellers, according to Airbnb

While some people find the thought of travelling solo daunting, exploring a city alone has a certain appeal for many intrepid explorers. If you want to know where solo travellers are heading – and maybe try it yourself – Airbnb has released new data on what destinations are trending with solo travellers.

A woman relaxes in a hammock in Mexico City. Image by Rodrigo Snchez / EyeEm / Getty Images

The home rental site says that in top cities for solo travel – like Buenos Aires, Toronto and Oslo – between 14 per cent and 27 per cent of all Airbnb bookings are for one person. And there’s a number of trending destinations that have seen an increase in solo bookings compared to last year, according to the company.

Haeundae District at night, Busan. Image by ©RYNTEN /500px

Travel to Mexico has seen a boost from folks who have hit the road alone. Mexico City has seen a 109 per cent increase in bookings by solo travellers this year, and while the inland capital has seen a boost, the beach destinations of Cancun and Playa del Carmen have seen a much larger increase in interest, at 170 per cent and 141 per cent increase respectively.

Aerial view of the Fine Arts Museum in Mexico City. Image by ©Jess Kraft/Shutterstock

Other destinations around the world are piquing the interest of solo travellers. Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam saw a 146 per cent increase in interest, while Cologne in Germany was close behind at 142 per cent. Interest has also spiked by 135 per cent to Johannesburg, 128 per cent to Sao Paulo, 114 per cent to Auckland, 106 per cent to Charlotte and 103 per cent to Busan.

The top city for solo travellers on Airbnb overall are London, Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Barcelona, New York City, Toronto, Madrid, Berlin, Seoul, Osaka, Lisbon and Vancouver.

Bui Vien Street (backpackers' hotel area) on December 1, 2016 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Scooter traffic in Saigon tourist district with Bitexco Financial Tower in background. Image by ©David Bokuchava/Shutterstock

Solo travel is a growing trend in 2017 according to a survey conducted last year, in which 51 per cent of respondents said they would take their next holiday on their own./.

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