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Top 10 Destinations for Solo Travelers

Traveling with friends and family is wonderful and it’s awesome to create memories with the people you love, but it has some downsides.  Getting together with others to figure out where you want to travel, figuring out how to split costs, and having to come to a consensus on activities/dining options.  Traveling alone is an entirely different experience.  Solo travelers get to create adventures on their own, make their schedules as they see fit, and engage in any activity that sparks their interest. Exploring new places alone sounds daunting, but it is an unparalleled experience that allows you to learn about different locales in a unique way.  

If you’ve decided to embark on a solo adventure, you should check out these awesome destination ideas! 

10 Destinations to Consider When Traveling Alone 

I’ve included several spots I consider magical places with much to offer. I can tell you that making the final decision will be difficult because all of them are amazing, but keep in mind that you can always make a future trip to any of the other places on this list!

Tokyo, Japan 

Tokyo is one of the most striking cities in the world, with the highest population percentage on Earth. Despite being densely populated, it is one of the safest places for solo travelers. Japan has built its capital with convenience in mind, so the city is quite easy to navigate, no matter how busy it gets. The public transportation system functions really well, and there are multilingual signs everywhere. So, the only way to get lost there is if that is your intention! 

Tokyo is home to unique museums, breathtaking gardens, and striking temples, not to mention Japanese cuisine and the many restaurants in the city's heart. In short, it is the perfect place for an authentic cultural experience!

Rome, Italy


Rome is another gorgeous destination for solo travel. The Italian capital is a place where you get to learn about art and culture. Furthermore, the Italians are known as the friendliest and most hospitable group of people on the planet, so you won’t only absorb cultural knowledge, but could also make some new friends. Checking out the local sights in Rome will allow you to obtain a new perspective. And let’s not forget the heavenly cuisine Italy offers!

If you are craving some rich artistic and cultural experiences, the Italian capital should be on your list of solo vacations!

Tuscany, Italy 

Since I already mentioned Italy, I can’t leave out Tuscany. This glorious region is a true heaven for solo travelers. Tuscany offers beautiful scenery and striking surroundings that will take your breath away. You can spend time exploring different areas of Tuscany on one of the many hiking trails in the region. And if that’s not enough, you can enroll in a cooking class or partake in truffle hunting. Whatever you do, be sure to hit up a winery before you head home - Tuscan wines are renowned as some of the best in the world!

Reykjavik, Iceland 

If you do not mind the cold weather, then you will love Reykjavik. Iceland’s capital is home to gorgeous cafes, shops, and art galleries. However, its landscapes are the highlight of this city. Vacations in Reykjavik can be quite versatile, depending on your traveling style. You can either explore the natural surroundings or opt for a more urban experience.  And why not take the opportunity to see the Northern Lights?

Plus, finding accommodation is a piece of cake, considering Iceland’s capital offers an abundance of affordable hotels, motels, and plenty of Airbnb options.

Seville, Spain 

When you want to get a taste of Spanish culture, your destination should be Seville. The city is the capital of Andalusia's autonomous region, boasting gorgeous architecture and splendid landmarks.  Check out a Flamenco show or go on a tapas tour- it’s all available in Seville.  This city is one of the most convenient destinations for solo travelers because it has a well-developed transportation system and numerous accommodation options. 

Plus, it is a very lively city, meaning you are up for some exciting travel experiences- boredom is highly unlikely. 

New York City, USA 

Who doesn’t want to visit the city that never sleeps? New York City should be on everyone’s bucket list. Visiting the Big Apple is an experience like no other. It is a hub of art, culture, sports, fine dining, and nightlife.  Check out typical tourist destinations like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, or many of the other major sites, or you can check out more unique outings.  

If you want a big city adventure, this city should be high on your list! 

Toronto, Canada

Toronto is a destination known for versatile vacations. Whether you want to have a taste of the 6 (highly touted by rapper Drake) or explore the city’s green areas,  Toronto will offer you everything!  Take a walk around the Music Garden, check out an art gallery, and if you’re visiting at the right time of year, attend the Toronto International Film Festival.

Considering it is in North America, you should prepare for colder weather if you plan to visit in winter. However, with so many indoor activities, winter visitors won’t mind the cold one bit!

Bangkok, Thailand 

For a really cool solo experience, you should consider Bangkok.  Even though it is quite a busy city, you will enjoy admiring the cultural uniqueness Thailand offers in its capital. Visit temples by day and in the evening, hit the nightlife spots you cannot find elsewhere in the world.  Check out markets and get some street food, or dine at the many distinguished restaurants in the city.  This city has a lot to offer.

Queensland, New Zealand 

For a far-flung adventure, you need New Zealand. This is one of the safest and the most hospitable countries in the world, meaning traveling alone can be a dream. Queensland, the adventure capital of the country, offers the most thrilling experiences for adventurous souls and adrenaline junkies. There, you can try sports, such as skydiving, whitewater rafting, or bungee jumping. However, you can also enjoy the simple greenery of the country and explore the landscapes that served as the set of the iconic Lord of The Rings

Lisbon, Portugal 

Lisbon can be a fun trip for a solo traveler. Portugal is one of the most culturally vibrant countries on the planet. Those who have visited Portugal note that it is a very social and hospitable country.  Lisbon has a great public transit system, but one of the best ways to explore this country is on foot.  If you don’t want to explore alone, you can join up with one of the awesome sightseeing tours available in the city.  Check out the local culture, eat some amazing food, and if you have time- head out to the beach, which isn’t too far away!

Traveling on your own allows you to challenge your comfort zone. As always, let your friends or family know where you’ll be in case they need to reach you and plan/prepare effectively for your trip, including safety measures.  The countries mentioned above offer great options for solo travelers and give you the opportunity to strike out on your own in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Whichever destination you choose, you’ll likely have an amazing time.  Happy travels!


Daniella Hapins is a freelance writer who loves traveling and spending time with family. In her free time, she loves yoga and gardening.


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