The Motivation Behind Most Solo Travel Endeavors Might Surprise You

There’s something undeniably unique about venturing off on a solo journey. Whether you’re headed across town or across the world, embarking on a getaway all by yourself has plenty of perks.

A new study reveals the motivations behind the increased popularity of solo travel. The study, carried out by market research firm YouGov, indicates that 46% percent of solo travelers are motivated by the desire to enjoy complete freedom while planning itineraries and activities. In addition, 37% also cited the ability to fully unwind and relax after a day of exploration.

In the era of “Eat Pray Love,” it’s easy to assume that most solo travelers choose to explore new destinations alone in the hopes of enjoying some sort of revelatory personal experience. According to YouGov’s study, though, just 32% of respondents are motivated by the desire to build self-confidence and 12% are excited by the opportunity to meet new people while traveling on their own.

Another motivating factor listed in the study was the freedom to visit locales that might not interest friends or family members. Sound like a few great reasons to hit the road and enjoy a journey without the company of others? Start planning: after all, a solo adventure can lead to endless fun.