Flying solo! Brits admit to holidaying alone without their partner

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More travellers are choosing to holiday solo and enjoy some quality "me time", according to a survey.

Many are even leaving their partners behind.

In the past year as many as 27% of those in a relationship went away without their partner, the poll LV= travel insurance found.

Ten years ago, just 10% admitted having a holiday without their partner.

Based on responses by 1,000 people in live-together relationships, the survey showed that the top reason for holidaying apart was to have time with friends, followed by wanting "me time" or to take part in a hobby or interest in which a partner was not interested.

Around 13% took trips at different times from their partner due to work or other commitments, while around the same number holidayed separately as they had different leave patterns. Failing to agree on a choice of a destination was also a cause of solo trips.

Somewhat unromantically, 4% said it was cheaper to go away without their partner, while 3% left a
partner behind to look after the children or pets.

The solo holiday is slightly more popular with women, who took 52% of the apart-from-partner trips in 2013, than men.

The poll also showed that women tended to prefer going away with friends for city breaks, spas and short-haul beach tips, while men opted for activity-based trips including golf and fishing.

LV= travel insurance managing director Selwyn Fernandes said: "The way we travel has fundamentally changed in recent years with people going away more frequently and taking part in a wider range of activities.

"People no longer have to spend all of their holidays with their partner or compromise on where they both go on holiday."

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