For most people, vacations mean spending time with a spouse, best friend or even family, but it seems more and more people are preferring to take their vacations alone these days.
A new Expedia survey finds that 60% of travelers expect to take a solo vacation within the next two years. And the site has coined a new travel phrase, “mobilemoon,” since 33% of Americans say they’d prefer to just travel solo with their mobile phone than to bring a traveling companion.
So, why do folks prefer a solo vacation? Well, two-thirds of those polled say it’s about the freedom and the chance to meet new people. Not surprisingly, those in Gen Z (83%) and Millennials (80%) are the most likely to prefer solo travel, with only 40% of those polled identifying themselves as parents, although of that group, 82% would prefer to travel alone.
These solo trips don’t necessarily need to be long, with 30% of solo travelers saying they enjoy a weekend getaway. As for what types of trips solo travelers are taking, 23% prefer an “Island Getaway,” followed by a “Foodie Trip” (16%) and “Event Travel,” to a concert or sporting event (14%).