Solo travellers don't go alone because they have to, they do it because they want to, a new QUT study has found. Solo travellers are choosing freedom, uncompromised fun and meeting new people over the desire to have a companion to share their experiences. In a study published in the International Journal of Tourism Research, Professor Bianchi looked at the drivers of satisfaction and dissatisfaction for solo travellers, given the growing numbers of holidaymakers travelling alone. "Research shows the fastest growing tourism segment and Australian figures support this with solo traveller numbers increasing by almost 20% between 2007 and 2011. Understanding tourist satisfaction and dissatisfaction will help tourism operators ensure solo travellers are not being ignored."