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Solo Travel, is a good thing, and it appears to be a trend that is here to stay. The latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker reports, “More will pack for one this year, with 16% of travelers planning to hit the road and skies alone, up from 12% in 2011.”

Long gone are the days when women, or men for that matter, are ashamed to travel solo. Today’s solo travelers are empowered, seeking new experiences, cultural activities, culinary opportunities and are looking to meet new friends and try new things sans the shackles of a partner, girlfriend, family member etc.  If you think about it, solo travel is more freeing.  Eat when you want, shop the day away, spend the day in an art gallery, lounge by the pool or go full throttle for a high-adventure escape.

CNN penned a great article on the subject, Five joys of traveling solo. Why not share your joys for solo travel? Ok, I’ll start – not being on someone else’s schedule, and now it’s your turn.  Share your reasons on why you travel solo or why you would like to travel solo.  I’m sure a variety of different reasons will support why this trend is here to stay!