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Hot Spots for the Solo Traveler

Traveling alone can be just as rewarding – if not more – than traveling with a friend or loved one.

“The biggest appeal is the freedom of it,” said Sarah Schlichter, editor of IndependentTraveler.com."You make your own itinerary, see what you want to see and don’t have to make allowances for anyone else.”

In fact, that’s the No. 1 reason travelers cited for why they like to go solo in a poll on IndependentTraveler.com: Fifty-six percent said freedom, followed by 45 percent who said it’s developing a sense of independence and confidence and 30 percent who said it was meeting new people along the way.

“Traveling with a partner or friend, you’re in your own little unit,” Schlichter said. When you’re on your own, “You’re more likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger instead of spending most of your time talking to each other.”

And guess what else? When you’re by yourself, there’s no one to fight with!

And the confidence boost people get from traveling alone can’t be underestimated, especially for people going through a life change like those who are recently divorced or widowed, said Tammy Weiler, the president of fun and adventure for Singles Travel International.
“It’s a super booster of self-esteem when you decide to take a trip,” Weiler said. “You aren’t going to wait for someone else to take a trip.”

And, thanks to the Internet, which can allow you to stay connected to your life back home even when you’re halfway around the world, traveling solo is becoming a lot more common.

When choosing a destination to travel alone, you should consider how much there is to do there, how easy it is to get around and how safe it is to travel alone there. Here are 10 of the best places to travel alone from the editors at Independent Traveler.

By Cindy PermanPosted 8 Feb 2011

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