Interest in solo travel has hit an all-time high, with plenty of happy travelers heading out to explore as a party of one. In fact, solo travelers made up 70 percent of passengers on Intrepid Travel’s U.S. trips in 2018. If you’re ready to vacation but don’t have a travel buddy, don’t despair — there are all kinds of reasons to strike out on your own.
Reasons to Plan a Solo Vacation
Perhaps your significant other doesn’t have the same time off work as you; your kids don’t share your fondness for driving through redwoods; or your friends aren’t interested in pounding the pavement to find the best sample sales and microbreweries. Maybe you just need a little time to yourself, to recharge while setting your own schedule — whether that’s hitting snooze on the alarm or waking up in time to do sunrise yoga on the hotel’s rooftop terrace. Solo travel can be a great way to indulge in self-discovery, partake in relaxation or simply take a break from the wants and needs of others.
Now that you know why solo trips are worth your vacation time, learn how best to plan and travel by yourself. Remember, even if you have grand ambitions — like a few months of trekking with just a pack strapped to your back — you can start by finding your single traveler’s feet with a weekend or even a day away. Got a layover in a city you’ve wanted to visit? Extend your two-hour wait into an overnight. If your husband can’t get off work until a Friday but you’ve got the PTO to start your trip on a Wednesday, fly out early for a solo adventure and then enjoy the rest of your vacation together.
1. Define the Purpose of Your Solo Trip
First, figure out the goal of your trip. Are you keen to see the bright lights of a big city, hopping between cocktail bars, cultural centers and high-fashion boutiques? Or would you prefer something a little lower key, like strolling quaint cobblestone streets with heaps of Southern charm? Before you book it, think about what kind of getaway will make you feel great.
Put it in action in Seattle: Solo travelers can experience the best of both worlds with city perks like a seaside farmers market (try the chowder) and terrific craft breweries, plus spectacular access to lakes, the ocean and snow-capped mountains in the great outdoors.