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27% of travellers leave partners at home

Airline hand luggage30/5/14

By Will Roberts 

Over a quarter of people in relationships are opting to take trips without their partner, according to a recent survey.

The poll by LV= travel insurance found that in the past year some 27% of people in a relationship chose to go away without their partner, compared with just 10% a decade ago.

According to the poll, which surveyed 1,000 people who live with their partner, the main reason for travelling apart was to spend time with friends.

The next most common reason was to have "me time" or to pursue a hobby or interest which did not appeal to their partner.

Travelling apart

Other reasons for travelling apart were work or other commitments, and different leave patterns. 

Another reason was a failure to agree on a choice of a destination.

Meanwhile, 4% of those who travelled without their partner said it was cheaper to go alone, while 3% left a partner behind to look after the children or pets.

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."

Solo trips

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

Of the solo trips, 52% were made by women and 48% were made by men.

The research showed that women opted for city breaks with friends, spas and short-haul beach trips.

Men, however, seemed to prefer activity-based trips such as golfing holidays and fishing expeditions.

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