Whether it’s a short staycation or extended career break, more women are exploring the world solo. The number of UK women taking international solo trips on Airbnb in 2022 rose by 55 percent compared to the previous year. Overall solo travel by women in the UK – including domestic and international trips – rose by 27 percent, making up one fifth of all nights booked by women in the UK.
Airbnb teams up with personal safety app WalkSafe+
As the clocks wind back and the days continue to get shorter, Airbnb and female-founded personal safety app, WalkSafe+, have joined forces to share expert tips to help women stay safe when travelling alone. It comes as new data from WalkSafe shows the number of women downloading its app in the last month has increased by 90 percent.
WalkSafe+, which has nearly 1 million , enables people to map a safe route home by leveraging real-time safety information like crime data, taxi ranks and police locations. The app also allows users to share their route with loved ones and highlights ‘safe spaces’ on the map, meaning users can access accredited venues and premises that have undergone safety training.
WalkSafe’s founder, Emma Kay, has shared her top tips on staying safe while travelling on Airbnb:
The most popular time to travel on Airbnb is in your 30s, according to Airbnb data
In 2022, 30-39 year olds made up a third of all solo travel by women from the UK, followed by 25-29 year olds (27%) and 40-49 year olds (19%).
Airbnb reveals the top solo travel destinations for women
This year’s top international destinations on Airbnb for women from the UK are:
Women from the UK are opting for a combination of cities and seasides for their solo staycations with London, Cornwall, Edinburgh, Bristol and Brighton and Hove topping the list for the most visited domestic destinations in 2023.
Helping women travellers stay safe with Airbnb’s solo travel safety feature
In addition to its work with WalkSafe, Airbnb has developed new products to help guests, including our Solo Traveller Safety feature. When a guest books a solo trip on Airbnb, they will automatically receive a specialised in-app experience that gives guests an easy way to share their Airbnb itinerary and listing details with anyone they choose; and includes prompts from Airbnb suggesting important questions to ask the Host about their listing and neighbourhood. In addition, we have launched our:
Airbnb shares the most wishlisted listings on the platform, for you to consider for your next solo trip
Skyview Host mixed room
The moods Catedral
Endless Views & Privacy
Athens Skyline Apartment
Spacious Retreat With Sunny Garden
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All listings included in this press release are intended to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not endorse or promote these listings or any other accommodations or experiences on the platform.
Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed over 1.5 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.
Founded in 2020 by Emma Kay, WalkSafe gives people the information they need to stay as safe as possible while they’re walking alone on UK streets. App users can plan their routes using police and community-provided data. WalkSafe also offers hundreds of ‘safe havens’ for people seeking immediate safety while out alone — in conjunction with its growing list of partners.