Travelling with friends or family is grand, but sometimes it's nice to do a spot of intrepid exploring on your own.
1Cover Travel Insurance spokesperson Kelly Herbert says the market for solo travellers is expanding, with both singles and those in relationships increasingly choosing to go it alone.
There are some pitfalls to watch out for, with many hotels charging solo travellers a 'single supplement' if they stay in a room that could accommodate more than one person, however you can often get around this by choosing to travel outside of peak season, or by negotiating with the hotel directly.
Of course, the most important consideration before jetting off on your own is choosing the perfect destination.
Here are 1Cover's top 10 picks of places that embrace the solo traveller ...
If you're a banter extraordinaire, turn the good-natured rivalry between you and the locals into a chance to make new friends. And what better place to meet true blue Aussies than to veer off the tourist route and experience some lesser-known locations, such as the Northern Territory's magical Arnhem Land or Tiwi Islands? Or you could attend that sports event you just can't seem to convince your pals to go to - you're sure to pick up a few fellow sporting buffs at Melbourne's Grand Prix.
Who said solo travel isn't social? Take up the opportunity to have some craic with Ireland's extremely friendly locals, 'craic' being a local term for fun, great banter and an all-round good time. Make a beeline to the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival - the largest of its kind in Europe - if you're eager to make some new friends of the romantic variety.
Iceland is a tranquil waterfall-strewn wonderland, with a vibrant music and arts scene in the hip capital of Reykjavik. If you're driven by a quest for silence in your solo mission, head for the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and take in the majestic ice floes, or sink into the geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa while enjoying the view of snow-capped peaks in the distance.
In Costa Rica, the saying 'pura vida', (literally 'pure life') is used to convey the sentiment that life is wonderful, making this country a must on your self-discovery itinerary. Extra points for being renowned as the safest country in Central America ... and best of all, there won't be anyone to tease you as you tremble your way through the likes of white-water rafting or zip lining through the forest canopy.
Known as 'the land of smiles', Thailand is a well-explored route on the solo travel trail. A mostly Buddhist country, Thailand's people practise peace and tolerance, making it difficult for those travelling alone to feel lonely. With its sandy white beaches, street food and free-to-visit temples, a stopover en route to the Northern Hemisphere will also help you stick to your solo travel budget.
The Netherlands is known around the world for its liberal lifestyle and chilled out locals. Head to Amsterdam, rent a bike and explore the lively city's impressive history, culture and architecture. Its compact size makes the city an easy place to get around on your own.
If you're keen to check out Asia, but want to ease yourself in, Singapore is a great place to start. With the majority of its people fluent in English, a low-crime rate and an enviable public transport system, you'll be able to sample this hot spot with the familiarity of home.
One word - Zen. Saunter your way through the local temples, take a yoga class or relax on the beach (with no-one to interrupt you as you lazily leaf your way through a book). Bali offers a great backpacking culture for solo travelers, whether you're looking to find peace or a party scene.
What better place to enjoy some solo time than under the aurora borealis? Famously peaceful and quiet, Finland is arguably the perfect place to be alone with your thoughts while ice fishing, meditating or skiing across the beautiful Lapland. Don't worry about not speaking Finnish either - the Finns are some of the best English speakers outside of England.
With one of the lowest crime rates in the world, you're sure to feel a sense of calm in Japan. It's also one of the few countries in the world with hotels that cater to singles - a great way to keep costs down. Once you're settled in, why not let your hair down with the locals, immersing yourself in the karaoke bars and sipping away at sake. You'll make so many friends you may need to revise your solo travel plan.