The overseas Indian population, excluding the South Indian subcontinent, in 2001 was estimated at 17 million. Indian Americansconstituted the second largest group, outside Mynamar and are now believed to have overtaken that country as well. The top 10 countries accounted for almost three quarter of all overseas Indians and just 25 countries for almost 95% of all overseas Indians. Country Indian PopulationMyanmar 2,902,000United States 1,678,765Malaysia 1,665,000Saudi Arabia 1,500,000United Kingdom 1,200,000South Africa 1,000,000U.A.E. 950,000Canada 851,000Mauritius 715,756Trinidad & Tobago 500,600Guyana 395,350Fiji 336,829Oman 312,000Singapore 307,000Kuwait 295,000Reunion Islands 220,055Netherlands 217,000Australia 190,000Suriname 150,456Qatar 131,000Bahrain 130,000Kenya 102,500Yemen 100,900Tanzania 90,000Thailand 85,000Italy 71,500Portugal 70,000France 65,000Jamaica 61,500Indonesia 55,000New Zealand 55,000Hong Kong 50,500Israel 45,300Guadeloupe 40,000Philippines 38,000Germany 35,000Madagascar 29,000Spain 29,000Nigeria 25,000Mozambique 20,870Zimbabwe 16,700Russia 16,044Switzerland 13,500Zambia 13,000Libya 12,400Uganda 12,000Austria 11,945Lebanon 11,025Sweden 11,000Japan 10,000Maldives 9,001Botswana 9,000Brunei 7,600Belgium 7,000Greece 7,000Norway 5,630Seychelles 5,000Ghana 3,800Ukraine 3,400South Korea 2,700Barbados 2,200Panama 2,164Denmark 2,152Brazil 1,900Syria 1,800Taiwan 1,800Eritrea 1,753Argentina 1600Ireland 1,600Bhutan 1,500Sudan 1,500Egypt 1,390Finland 1,170Kazakhstan 1,127Papua New Guinea 1,000Jordan 930Poland 825Iran 800Ethiopia 734Uzbekistan 690Venezuela 690Chile 650Afghanistan 500Belize 500Romania 491Benin 450Czech Republic 420Mexico 400Tajikistan 400Morocco 375Vietnam 320China 305Burundi 300Cambodia 300Cote d’Ivoire 300Cyprus 300Turkey 300Djibouti 280Azerbaijan 250Cameroon 250Andorra 200Armenia 200St Lucia 200St.Vincent/Grenadines 160Peru 145Gambia 135Chad 125Laos 125Iraq 110Namibia 110Kyrgyzstan 100Slovakia 100Belarus 70Tunisia 70Comoros 50Vanuatu 50Algeria 45Angola 45Mongolia 35G.Bissau 25Guatemala 22Senegal 21Bulgaria 20Colombia 20Dominica 20Mali 20Solomon Islands 20Costa Rica 16Croatia 10Ecuador 5North Korea 5Lithuania 5Cape Verde 4 Related Items
Travelling alone can be daunting, especially if you normally travel with a friend or family member, but those who have made the journey believe it to be a life changing experience. With many benefits such as the chance to meet new people, try things you may not have been able to do with an unwilling travel companion and have control of your own itinerary, more and more seniors are including travelling solo in their retirement plans. Having faced fears you will return with a new found confidence. So what options do you have when it comes to solo travelling?Escorted ToursEscorted tours with small groups can be a great first step into solo-travelling. There are plenty of options available with providers such as Titan Travel who operate tours across the world. These include US National Parks, Route 66, India and China, by road, and rail. Generally the majority of travellers on these trips are singles so you won’t feel alone amongst couples, and as tours are created with solo travellers in mind you’re likely to avoid the dreaded single supplement. With a planned itinerary, optional tours and extras, a local tour guide and an ideal balance between freedom and peace of mind.CruisesAlternatively, a cruise offers a variety of options, from short 7 night Mediterranean cruises, to 3 month long around the world adventures. A typical cruise consists of a number of stops in key port cities where you can spend the day exploring the city of your own accord, onboard you will find lots of activities, group dining and lots of opportunities to socialise and relax between ports. Look out for cruises with single occupancy cabins, these are in short supply, and as they are an increasingly popular option for solo travellers they sell out fast. Research in advance and book as early as possible. Activity HolidaysIf you have a hobby or interest which isn’t shared by friends or family members an activity holiday can be a great way to immerse yourself into your hobby, travel and meet many others who share your interests. Like the escorted tours, activity holidays cater for solo travellers. Yoga, pilates, cooking, photography, walking and painting are just a few of the many activities offered from tour operators such as Destination Yoga, Flavours Holidays and Authentic Adventures. Cooking holidays are available in countries with distinct cuisines such as France and Italy – you will learn how to cook the popular dishes of the country using local produce and explore the regional wines to pair with your dish. As well as cooking lessons many trips offer free time for day trips into the local area. BackpackingBackpacking around the world, and the nomad lifestyle is popular amongst single travellers, especially in destinations such as Thailand, Australia and Vietnam. Backpacking offers the potential for long term travelling whilst sticking to a budget, an option for those looking to explore the world during their retirement. Although this is more popular with the gap year travellers and bloggers, more and more retirees are making the trip. If you’re not too keen on the idea of sharing rooms in hostels an alternative is house-sitting, a popular choice for those looking to stay in a particular area for more a few nights. If you’re planning on travelling through a variety of destinations, our multi-city flight search can assist. Read more: 10 best backpacking tips and tricksHave you travelled solo? Share your experiences with us in the comments below. RelatedAdventure Travel Around the WorldAdventure travel expert Catrionna Grant from Tucan Travel introduces the world’s top spots for exciting travel options50 insider travel tips & tricks: what we’ve learned about travellingFrom the philosophical to the funny, the serious to the silly, we present our list of learnings from travelling the world.Travelling Solo? Ask Skyscanner!Travelling Solo? Ask Skyscanner!