Solo traveling has slowly been picking up, as more and more people are packing and venturing out to discover, explore and travel. With everything available on the internet, solo travel is no longer for the niche explorers, but for anyone who is up to a trip. Even though solo travel comes with own joys, choosing the destination can make a lot of difference between a successful experience and a nightmarish one, because as it is everyone looks at places through one’s own perspective.
We bring you a list of the best travel destinations in the world so you can choose the one that suits you the best, and will make sure you’re as alone as you want to be. In big cities that have been included, there is an inexhaustible list of things to do and places to see. You can also naturally mingle with the locals whether you go into a dance bar or a museum. Not only this, solo traveling in big cities makes you anonymous and doesn’t attract so much attention. If you’re looking for adventures while your trip you can go to any of the places in Southeast Asia, the Carribean or South Africa. Local festivals also make sure that you immediately be a part of a tribe. So, wherever it is that you want to experience, we have a list for you to choose from.
Solo Travel Destinations
1. Stockholm, Sweden
This city is spread over 14 islands which are all connected by bridges. Not only this, it is very famous for its bountiful gardens with one of its island being public park, which make it a mix of a fairytale and a metropolis. It is a very safe city, which makes it a great visit for female solo travelers. If you want to take the tourist route, you could stay in the most lavish hotels that your budget allows, and go on to explore the various royal residences and the Drottningholm palace along with the various other museums and bars. You could also get a Michelin starred meal if you’re into cuisines. If you want to have an adventure, you could go to Hammarbybacken, which is famous for its ski resorts. Also, you can go island billing as bikes are easily available.
2. Costa Rica
If you’re looking for something more exotic and adventurous backpacking, Costa Rica is for you. Its coastlines are the most diverse and you can assure yourself to spend a large amount of your time soaking up the sun and enjoying the sea. To start as a solo Traveller, you can choose anywhere from the hubs of Tamarindo, Santa Teresa, Puerto Viejo, La Fortuna, and Nosara. The list of adventure sports is endless, and you can try scaling volcanic peaks, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, jungle ziplining, basically anything you can fit into your schedule.
If you’re looking forward to a trip immersed in the culture, Singapore is your go-to place. It is one of the most culturally diverse countries and is usually overlooked by solo travelers. It has temples, world-class museums, beautiful green spaces and most of all the most diverse cuisine you could get. It is home to vintage shophouses, as well as temples, Chinese pork shops, and Tokyobike stores. Another bonus is the fact that everybody speaks English so there is hardly any language barriers, and that the city is very friendly and safe for any solo travelers. Your trip to Singapore mostly depends on which kinds of experience you want.
4. Belfast, Ireland
Even though The Troubles have become the reason tourists have shunned Belfast, it is one of the safest cities in the world, where crime rates are very low. And the city center of Belfast is home to various hotels, shops and bars, all contributing to any solo traveler’s amazing experience. Almost nine-thousand years of Irish History lies in the Ulster Museum, Belfast, a stop you can’t ignore while making your itinerary. Also home to shipbuilding, Belfast houses the Titanic Museum, which has intriguing facts about the sunken ocean liner. There is so much more you can do, while you’re in Belfast. You can go to the Botanic gardens, explore the Belfast Castle and City Hall and have an adventure in the Giant Causeways.
5. Austin, Texas
If you’re a foodie and want to gobble a lot of new dishes while you’re at a place, then Austin is for you. Home to over a thousand food trucks, Austin has the best street food you’ll ever get. Not only this, you can rent bikes and go around Lady Bird Lake and also paddle and walk around. The Blanton Museum of Art and the Bullock Texas Date History Museum are not to be missed. You can also go swimming and climbing in the Baton Creek Greenbelt and have a relaxing time. Austin is the ultimate place for a traveler looking to relax and just enjoy.
The second biggest Courtney in the world has one of the most diverse landscapes spread across six time zones. But what makes it truly ideal for backpacker and adventurous solo travelers is the fact that you can take up almost any adventure, whether it is kayaking or rafting the South Nahanni River, or even strolling across the rugged Stanley Park in Vancouver. And if you head north from Vancouver, one comes across the town called Dawson in the Yukon Territory which offers a piece of Canadian culture to any interested ones. In the winter months, Dawn is the home to various snow activities, whereas you get to bike and hike in the warm summers.
Dominica is a land of beautiful volcanic coastlines that is away from the resorts and pricey honeymoon packages. Due to not having white sand beaches, it is not a very popular tourist destination like other islands in the Carribean. But, it is home to the rarest flora and fauna species and is also any nature lover’s paradise. More than a hundred waterfalls lie in this little land covering an area of 754 square kilometers, and the most famous waterfall is perhaps, the twin falls, which are only a 20-minute drive from Roseau. The Boiling Lake in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park is not to be missed. After Hurricane Maria hit Dominica in 2017, it is still recovering, so perhaps your visit can make a change to lives.
8. New York, USA
On a lookout for a city break? New York is your go-to destination that doesn’t give a damn to who you’re. And in this big city, you’re never alone, you’re never bored and you’re never going to be sticking out. Solo travelers can see more than any travelers and it is assured that you’ll never regret it.
Going to New York means a lengthy to-do list for anybody. So, take your time, and enjoy your stroll in the Central Park, or be amazed at the masterpieces that line the walls of the Metropolitan Museum, or maybe stroll along the Broadway. The best part is that breezy Subway rides make sure you reach anywhere I’m very little time. Plus, dining solo can be a very relaxed affair at most of the places.
Thailand is an idyllic beauty in Southeast Asia, which is maybe the most famous for its markets and massage centers. Everyone loves a relaxing massage, and this is why the Thais offer massage courses along with the cookery, yoga, scuba, and others. It is the best place for any transformational solo travel, and the fact that it has a well-trodden route makes it safe for solo female travelers. You can dive with whale sharks off Ko Tao, or maybe learn martial arts at Hua Hin in the South.
With 800 kilometers of coastline, Portugal has all kinds of beaches and so you can do as much surfing as you want. Also, there are various zoos, Botanic gardens, and forest parks if you want to go explore. Beyond the beaches, you can go explore the traditional villages in Beiras, hike the peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês. Not only this, Portugal is very different from its European counterparts. This means that you can always find a rock festival down the coast and also will you never dance alone in the Portuguese bars.
11. Melbourne, Australia
Being a very safe area for international travel, Melbourne I’m Australia is another choice any solo traveler can opt for. Not only can you experience the bustling coastline, but you can also soak the sun on the beautiful beaches. It’s good to walk and bike around, and English being the most spoken language, it is assured that you won’t face any language barriers. The Federation Street, the Collins square and Queen Victoria Market also add to the fun. The National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Zoo can also be visited.
Home to the highest unclaimed mountain- the ‘Gangkhar Puensum’, Bhutan is another beautiful cultural solo destination. Though you can only travel to Bhutan on a pre-booked tour, you can soak yourself completely in the Buddhist culture and visit the various Buddhist monasteries that line the Bhutanese landscape. There are various hike trails, and mountain viewpoints, which make the trip amazing. You can also go Whitewater rafting at many places and also hop on to the Asian elephant safari.
These are the best destinations for solo travel, each of which has its own specialty. You can maybe embark on a solo trip soon and have the experience of your lifetime.