Table for One: The Truth About Solo Travel


Traveling alone can be a great way to soak in the culture of a city. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Being alone doesn’t have to be lonely … especially while traveling. In fact, strolling solo around a new city can be filled with exciting experiences that you might have missed if you were with a group.

Yahoo Travel conducted a survey to see just how many people travel solo, and the results were a bit surprising. Of the 2,000 people we talked to, 53 percent of respondents said that they travel with a spouse or significant other, 31 percent travel with friends, and only 12 percent travel alone. The remaining 4 percent travel with co-workers.

Of those 12 percent who travel alone, going solo isn’t just a special event, it’s a regular occurrence. On average, those who travel alone have taken 10.9 trips solo. When it comes to gender, men are more likely to travel alone.

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Men are more likely to travel alone. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Clearly, if you have a spouse or significant other, it’s probably less common to travel solo, but that doesn’t mean it never happens. While over half of people don’t regularly travel alone, according to the survey, 58 percent of people have done it at least once.

Even the strongest couples need some time apart, and when asked if they ever traveled without their significant other, 34 percent of those surveyed revealed that they do every once in a while. Even more interesting, if their spouse wasn’t supportive of the trip, seven percent admitted that they have lied to their significant other about going on vacation. Men tend to lie more than women, in case you were wondering. 

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So if you’re dying to take a trip, but your friend or significant other doesn’t want to tag along, consider going solo. Cities like Paris, Vienna, and London are great locations because they are walkable, safe, and filled with solo-friendly and culture-filled activities. Now is the time. If you’re waiting for others to travel with you, you might be waiting forever. 

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