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Not a backpacker but still want to head out on the road companion free? This may be your year, says the UK’s Express.
“Once upon a time traveling solo was reserved for backpackers roughing it around the globe. Fast forward to 2017 and it appears everybody will be doing it,” writes Claudia Cuskelly.
There are several reasons for the rapid growth of this trend, according to the founders of a new app, Zipskee, which was designed for solo travelers.
“There's something very special about connecting with people on a one-on-one basis while exploring the world. People become the best version of themselves when they travel alone — they're more willing to try new things, let their walls down and push their boundaries,” Evan Hung tells Express.
Traveling alone also puts you in control of your trip.
“The beauty of solo travel is that you have the freedom to go wherever you'd like and do whatever makes you happy,” Hung tells Express.
Because of access to technology, we’ve reached a point where information is at our fingertips, making planning to go solo even easier.
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“Twenty years ago, one would have a much harder time figuring out the weather, where to stay, what foods to eat, or how to get around,” says Hung. “Though it may be a bit intimidating, solo travel is a great way to immerse oneself in an environment, connect with culture and make lasting memories.”
For more on traveling alone, including suggestions on where to go, read on here.