A study of over 600 women from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia has revealed that women in South-East Asia are embracing independent travel. This was according to the findings of TripAdvisor's Women and the World Travel Survey.
The study by the world's largest travel site has found that one in three (36 per cent) travel alone for leisure, with 43 per cent planning at least two solo trips this year.
Additionally four in five women (80 per cent) in South-East Asia cited the ability to do whatever they want without worrying about others as the main reason for travelling without friends or family.
When it comes to the destinations for solo travel, four in five (81 per cent) are planning to venture within Asia, followed by exploring their home country (36 per cent) and Europe (36 per cent).
Of those who travelled alone, three in four (75 per cent) women reported that the experience has changed them, with feeling more confident; learning something about themselves; and becoming more aware of their surroundings, as the top three changes they experienced.
The survey also found that two in five women (41 per cent) go on leisure trips with other women, with more than half (53 per cent) planning at least 2 trips this year.
The majority of them mentioned the ability to enjoy the same activities, followed by bonding with other women as the motivating factors for travelling with other women.
Their favourite activities when travelling with other women are shopping (76 per cent), experiencing local cuisine (67 per cent) and indulging in beauty and wellness activities (54 per cent).
*The TripAdvisor Women and the World Travel Survey was conducted with 636 female travellers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia from 26 February to 5 March 2014.