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Millions of Brits planning to embark on solo travel

As many as five million Brits are planning to travel by themselves this year

As many as five million Brits are planning to travel by themselves this year, new research has suggested.

Findings from Mintel have revealed that the number of people travelling on their own has increased by around five per cent since 2004.

According to the market research organisation, the increasing demand to travel independently has been met by a new supply of products.

Sharron Livingston, editor of the travelmagazine.net, explained that solo travel is "increasingly popular".

"It is not just that divorce rates are high, but also married couples sometimes like to travel separately due to different tastes," she said.

"So joining a group of other singles on a packaged holiday is the easiest, most sociable way of doing this."

Ms Livingston added that the most popular European destinations for solo travellers are Barcelona, Nice, Rome and Prague, all of which have a number of hostels catering for singles’ demands.

Mintel also revealed that one in eight long-haul flights are taken alone, which compares to one in 20 overall.

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