Why you should go travelling alone, according to psychology

Saturday 22 August 2015 17:00
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A new study has confirmed what the more intrepid amongst us have known for a long time - travelling solo is the best way to go about it.

The research, published by the International Journal of Travel and Tourism Research, took a small sample of 24 participants who had all recently taken solo holidays that lasted an average of nine days.

It found that most people opted to travel without family members, partners or friends because they enjoyed the 'me time', as well as not having to compete with what other people want to do and easier planning all round.

However, lead researcher Professor Constanza Bianchi of Queensland University of Technology's Business School said the team found that the reasons for taking a solo vacay ran much deeper than that.

Travelling alone for holidays also provided some participants with the feeling that they had more control over their lives and actions... Solo travelling also offered some participants the possibility of reflection and self-discovery.

  • Professor Constanza Bianchi, Queensland University of Technology

So what are you waiting for?

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