Top 40 best things about travelling solo – including not having to compromise

Over a third of Brits (37%) prefer going on holiday by themselves rather than travelling with others – with the top benefits including making your own decisions, and simply feeling free.

Two-thirds of holidaymakers said they have taken themselves on a solo trip – and the poll of 2,000 adults revealed their favourite things about independent travel.

Being able to do everything you want to do, not having to compromise, and going to bed or waking up when you want to, also appeared on the top 40 list.

One in three like to go it alone just to have a break, while 34% claimed it helped them learn a lot about themselves – and 39% felt it helped them to step outside of their comfort zone.

And 30% enjoy being able to treat themselves – while 17% booked a solo holiday as a way to reconnect with themselves after a break-up.

Gary Anslow, head of UK and Ireland business at Norwegian Cruise Line, which commissioned the study, said: “We can see from the survey that enjoying the beauty of travel on your own enables a truly authentic experience, and provides for self-discovery and growth.

“Plus, meeting fellow solo travellers can even lead to long-lasting friendships.”

The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found that, of the 34% who are yet to travel alone, almost a fifth (18%) would like to.

A cruise (19%), a relaxing getaway (28%), and a city break (27%) score high on their wish lists.

Reasons for wanting to experience a solo trip included to treat themselves (43%), have a break from reality (38%), and to prove to themself and others they can do it (26%).

Looking ahead, 31% who have travelled solo before have booked another trip alone for 2023.

It also emerged that, on average, independent jet-setters have been on four trips alone – with popular destinations including France (16%), Spain (14%), and Italy (13%).

Outside of Europe they have visited North America (10%), Australia (10%), and Africa (9%).

But many still enjoy being sociable with other holidaymakers, with 29% claiming they’re still good friends with fellow travellers they met on vacation.


  1. Making your own decisions
  2. Doing what you want to do, when you want to do it
  3. Eating where or what you want
  4. Planning your day with no-one else to consider
  5. Feeling free
  6. Having the whole day to do what you want with
  7. Taking your time exploring
  8. Doing everything you want to do
  9. Spending as much or as little money on what you wat
  10. Not having to go somewhere just because someone else wants to
  11. You can be as sociable or as anti-social as you want to be
  12. Going to bed when you want
  13. Not having to compromise
  14. Not waiting around for others to get ready to go out for the day
  15. Not having to commit to social plans with others
  16. No annoying habits to put up with e.g. snoring, moaning about walking far etc.
  17. Free time to reflect or think
  18. Shopping without feeling like you're dragging someone else around
  19. Stepping outside of your comfort zone
  20. Waking up when you want
  21. Watching what you want e.g. if having a night in watching TV
  22. No drama or fallings out
  23. Not having to be somewhere at a certain time
  24. Increased self-confidence
  25. Being adventurous
  26. Meeting new people/fellow solo travellers
  27. Being your true self
  28. Feeling less stressed than when travelling with others
  29. Learning to navigate by yourself
  30. More cost efficient
  31. Not having to share a bathroom
  32. Napping when you want
  33. Reading without interruptions
  34. Only carrying your own bags/belongings
  35. Booking onto group tours and meeting others
  36. Silence
  37. Improving your language skills
  38. Ticking things off your bucket list
  39. Getting freebies
  40. Not having to be someone else's photographer

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