Traveling alone on leisure is not so uncommon

Traveling solo is usually the motif of the business traveler, but its also a trend to be reckoned with on the leisure side.

A surprising 40% of Americans have hit the road on their own for pleasure trips in the last three years, according to new data from Fodors Travel Publications.

Based on a recent Roper poll, the survey data suggest that people see both the upside and the downside of traveling alone.

On the one hand, survey respondents overwhelmingly recognize the value of liberation.

Eighty percent of those polled said that traveling alone allows them the freedom to do as they please.

Meanwhile, 71% said traveling solo offers a fun way to meet people.

On the other hand, a large number, 44%, agreed that traveling alone is perceived as odd.

Also, Fodors said about 40% of those polled believed that eating all of their meals alone would be one of the most difficult things about traveling solo.

And even in this enlightened age, a bit of a stigma still is attached to a woman traveling alone.

Fodors called it astounding that 55% of Americans agree it is more acceptable for a man to travel alone than for a woman to do so, noting that equal proportions of men and women share this view.

Survey results are based on telephone interviews conducted in February among a nationally representative sample of 1,005 adults in the U.S.

A pleasure trip was defined as a trip involving two or more nights away from home.

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