If you’re considering taking a trip on your own this year, you’re not alone. More and more people are planning solo travel

Lower Waterfowl Lake
Thomas J. Story
Lower Waterfowl Lake, off the Icefields Parkway

“Traveling alone can be a unique experience, and it’s something that a majority (66 percent) of Americans either have done or would consider doing,” according to YouGov, a market research and data analytics firm that recently surveyed U.S. adults about solo travel.

According to the survey, 46 percent of respondents said their motivation to  travel alone  was to have the “freedom to choose their own itinerary without input from others.” The second most popular reason, selected by 37 percent of respondents, was that it’s “easier to relax and unwind when they’re alone.”

The other reasons people chose solo travel included bolstering their own sense of independence and self-confidence (32 percent), wanting to go to destinations that their family and friends weren’t interested in (32 percent), and finding it easier to meet new people alone (17 percent).

As for where these solo adventurers want to go, 57 percent of responders said they’re interested in taking a trip to another U.S. city alone, 50 percent want to hit the open road for a road trip, 40 percent want to visit a foreign country, 37 percent want to take a cruise, 30 percent are feeling a beach vacation, and 25 percent said a solo camping trip is for them.

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