Song Yu, 34, a freelance writer in Beijing, said he traveled a

“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with

me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou

te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”

Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec

ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.

“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu

res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con

necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.

In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.

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