Per a GMA Network report, loneliness is the biggest concern for Filipinos solo travelers.
In the survey conducted by research firm YouGov, 49% of PH respondents said that feeling lonely is the biggest obstacle stopping them from going on trips alone. Meanwhile, planning an itinerary and having no one accountable for them ranked second.
Many individuals also shared that they wanted to travel solo to reward themselves for some ‘me time‘ away from work.
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The fear of being lonely may be attributed to the psychological trait of Filipinos known as ‘pakikisama‘, where we have an intrinsic need to connect with one another in all aspects of life – and maybe even travel.
Despite the fear, the stigma on traveling solo is slowly coming to an end as 58% of millennials worldwide are more willing to travel alone compared to 47% of (ok) Boomers.
With apps like Airbnb and MeetUp on the rise, travelling alone is being seen not as a lonely alternative, but a legit experience to be had.
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