Here’s why peo­ple love to travel alone

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Are solo trav­ellers lonely peo­ple who are de­prived of suit­able com­pany and forced to go alone? No, says a study, adding that they are ac­tu­ally the most fun-lov­ing peo­ple who want to en­joy it alone.

Solo trav­ellers do not go alone be­cause they have to, they do it be­cause they want to, says a team from Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (QUT), Aus­tralia. Ac­cord­ing to lead re­searcher Con­stanza Bianchi, there were a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple who pre­ferred to travel alone, de­spite hav­ing fam­ily and friends.

“Re­search shows solo travel is the fastest-grow­ing tourism seg­ment and fig­ures sup­port this with solo trav­eller num­bers in­creas­ing by al­most 20% be­tween 2007 and 2011,” Bianchi said.

The solo trav­ellers were choos­ing free­dom, un­com­pro­mised fun and meet­ing new peo­ple over the de­sire to have a com­pan­ion to share their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Although most of the par­tic­i­pants had fam­ily and friends, they chose to travel alone be­cause they en­joyed it.

Other mo­ti­va­tions were feel­ing free, the pos­si­bil­ity of meet­ing new peo­ple and the op­por­tu­nity for self­dis­cov­ery, the study found.

A par­tic­i­pant said: “You dis­cover a lot about your­self and you learn to be at peace with your in­ner mono­logue due to the time spent alone and the chal­lenges you must over­come alone.”

You learn to be at peace with your in­ner mono­logue due to the time spent alone

A par­tic­i­pant

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