Answer: 1 in 4
According to a new survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Travelex, Americans are feeling their freedom now more than ever when it comes to travel. By that, we mean more and more American men and women are choosing to travel solo, unhindered by anyone else who might hold them back on their next vacation. According to the survey, twenty-two percent of Americans say they exclusively travel alone. Reasons varied, but overall respondents noted that getting some alone time in an increasingly connected world is why they decided to pursue the individual mindful retreats.
That’s not all that was uncovered in the survey. According to the New York Post, “half of the survey respondents (50 percent) said they’d be more willing to talk to locals while traveling alone, and another 46 percent said they’d be more spontaneous when unaccompanied. Over half (57 percent) also said they are much more likely to go out of their comfort zone when traveling solo. And Americans aren’t afraid to get romantic while on a trip, as 42 percent said they’ve found romance while traveling.” Relatively speaking, however, only 1 in 10 said they’ve found romance while traveling completely alone.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest concern Americans have while traveling alone is safety with more than half of the respondents agreeing that traveling solo is less safe than traveling with a partner. Close to half also said they would get lonely. Despite the drawbacks, even if Americans haven’t experienced a solo trip yet, 44% said it’s something they want to experience at some point in their life.