Kiwis flying solo

New research commissioned by has revealed what an adventurous bunch Kiwis really are.

The survey results show that New Zealanders are wholeheartedly embracing the daunting yet exciting prospect of going it alone when they travel. Most Kiwis (65%) have already travelled alone before, while 25% are planning to undertake their first solo expedition in 2017.

While travelling alone for the first time can seem intimidating, most agree it’s a positive experience and 100% worth it. Solo travellers report experiencing feelings of freedom, happiness and excitement.

Of course, a few pre-trip nerves are standard, but those who have travelled alone before believe any anxiety felt prior to their trip soon dissipated, with three in five people stating their nerves have usually been unnecessary.

So, where are these venturesome Kiwis planning on taking their first independent trip?

The top 10 destinations for first-time solo travellers from New Zealand are:











The research, which questioned 500 Kiwis, also found that travelling for the first time dramatically improved confidence, with 68% of people saying they felt more self-assured after venturing to foreign shores for the first time. picked the brains of more than 15,000 globally experienced solo travellers for their most valuable snippets of advice:

  • Ensure you know some basic phrases in the local language (18%),
  • Pack less than you think you need (18%),
  • Carry your passport with you (24%),
  • Secure accommodation in advance of arrival (30%),
  • ...but most of all, relax and enjoy every minute! (40%)

Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer at comments:

Travelling solo can be a fruitful, life enhancing and even a life changing experience. So, for those looking to undertake their very own first time travel experience, is here to help. We have over 1.1 million unique properties with over 23 million bookable rooms and more unique places to stay than any other travel company in the world,” says Pepijn Rijvers, Chief Marketing Officer at

So why not step out in to the great unknown alone and discover the seemingly life-altering experience that is solo travel!





For further information, contact the New Zealand Press Office: / 021 0270 1136


Research commissioned by and independently conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 respondents from the USA, Brazil, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Germany, China, India, and 500 respondents from the Netherlands, Croatia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Denmark, Belgium, and Sweden. In total, data from 15,077 respondents (18yrs +) was collected from 11 January to 30 January 2017.

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