Traveling solo is usually the motif of the
business traveler, but its also a trend to be reckoned with on the
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
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
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
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
And even in this
enlightened age, a bit of a stigma still is attached to a woman
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
A pleasure trip was
defined as a trip involving two or more nights away from