December 14, 2010 11:18 ET

More UK Holidaymakers Are Travelling Alone

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2010) - A prominent UK travel insurance provider has recently discovered that the number of British travellers who travel alone has doubled in the past two years. This trend is expected to increase even further within the next three months.

According to the insurance provider's research, a third of all British adults have travelled alone at some stage, with 41% of these people being in relationships at the time of travelling solo. France tops the list as the number one place to visit alone, followed by Spain, the USA, Germany and Australia.

The most common reasons for this emerging trend is believed to be because it allows for unencumbered exploration, it broadens horizons and because most people prefer their own company, especially when their partner of choice is unable to afford the trip. Of all British solo travellers, only 24% admitted to feeling nervous before departing and 60% of them said that they had a fantastic time, with one in ten saying that their solo holiday was the best holiday they ever had.

Surprisingly, only 8% of solo holidays are attributed to backpacking, with city breaks comprising 22% of these solo holidays, making it the most popular form of retreat for individuals. However, there are a few safety precautions that should be taken when travelling alone. If staying at a hotel, always carry the hotel's business card or store their number on speed dial. This is especially helpful in cities where taxi drivers speak little or no English.

Other important tips include keeping important documents close by at all times. This is vital in the event of a medical emergency. Try not to attract attention, don't wear anything that suggests affluence and never accept drinks from strangers. Also vary sightseeing schedules and try not to come and go at the same time every day.

Regardless of whether you're travelling solo or with someone, travellers should ensure they have Endsleigh annual travel insurance cover before departing. Get a free online quote from Endsleigh today for added peace of mind while on holiday.          

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