Solo travelers' biggest concern is security and safety, according to a new survey from Allianz Global Assistance.

The survey, administered online in October and garnering 1,501 responses, found that just shy of 70% of respondents have traveled alone.

Among all respondents, safety and security of accommodations was the biggest concern (26.6%) when traveling alone.

Other concerns varied by gender. Women were concerned about being out after dark (26.3%), violence/terrorism (15.7%), natural disasters (9.6%), riding public transportation (9.4%), security/safety of drivers (7.8%) and visiting a restaurant or bar (3.7%).

Women are less likely to travel alone than men (35.2% haven't, compared to 25.2% of men), and they are more likely to feel unsafe when they travel -- 39.7% of women have felt unsafe, compared to 23.4% of men.

Almost 60% of women said they avoid walking at night and 47% tell others where they are. To a lesser extent, solo women travelers also avoid talking to strangers, dress in a way that won't draw attention, moderate their alcohol consumption and avoid tourist areas.

Male solo travelers were concerned with violence/terrorism (17.8%), natural disasters (17.8%), being out after dark (14.8%), riding public transportation (10%), security/safety of drivers (6.9%) and visiting a restaurant or bar (6.9%).

Nearly 35% of men traveling solo avoid walking at night and 22% tell others where they are. To a lesser extent, men also dress in a way that won't draw attention, avoid talking to strangers, moderate alcohol consumption and avoid tourist areas.

Some solo travelers research safety advisories before traveling. According to Allianz, 34.8% of survey respondents regularly do so, while 29.3% do sometimes. Women are more likely to research advisories than men (40.6% compared to 28.7%).

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