UPDATE: 8 best American trips for solo travelers
By Catey Hill, MarketWatch
Where to go and what to see if you're traveling alone
Alone doesn't have to mean lonely -- at least when it comes to travel.
Roughly one in four people say they will travel solo in the next year -- and that's on the rise, according to survey of 2,300 people by marketing firm MMGY Global. Furthermore, more than one in 10 adults say they plan to try solo travel for the first time in 2016, according to a survey of more than 44,000 travelers by online travel company TripAdvisor.
The rise in popularity of solo travel is due to a number of factors, experts say. For starters, one in four people now live alone (up from fewer than one in five in the 1970s). And technology has made solo travel easier, says Cheryl Rosner, the chief executive of independent hotel booking site Stayful.com (https://stayful.com/). "There are a ton of new apps and services that help travelers figure things out on the go and stay safe while doing so," she says.
Plus, traveling alone has perks that are appealing to many. You make fewer compromises, says solo traveler and writer Charles McCool (http://www.McCoolTravel.com). "Where to eat, where to stay, etc., are travel aspects that do not have be negotiated with travel partners," he says. "As an introvert, I value the alone time that solo travel presents." One big plus: It's also possible to meet more people than if you were traveling as part of a couple -- and there are now cruises and tours that cater to solo travelers, as well as meet-up groups for those traveling alone.
Of course, there are downsides to solo travel. For some people it can be lonely. For others, it "can be more tiring than traveling with others: Solo travelers are responsible for figuring out each detail, whether that's dinner reservations or directions, says Rosner. Plus, it can be pricey: Travel companies and many cruise lines may charge a single person supplement fee (since most rooms are booked as double occupancy) and you don't have another person to split things like hotel rooms with.
Still, its rising popularity speaks to its appeal for many. Here are 10 U.S. destinations where you can easily go it alone: