Travelling doesn’t always have to be a group activity. There are plenty of reasons to see the world solo – you’ll learn a lot about your destination and yourself simultaneously. Solo travel destinations have a distinct flavor to them, with more priority and more budget friendly to solo travellers. With that being said, here are seven of the best places to visit as a solo traveller.
Best Solo Travel Destinations
Known to be one of Southeast Asia’s friendliest and most easy-going destinations, Vietnam is the perfect choice for any traveller. And Hanoi, the capital of the country, has it all going on – from vibrant locals to delicious food, it’s a traveller’s haven that may actually be best seen solo.
Despite Hanoi’s considerably subdued personality, it’s definitely bustling and alive throughout – the streets flow constantly with locals and tourists alike, making for a unique blend of cultures and people that gives the city its charm. The locals here embrace visitors with classic traditions and delicious food – rice wine and pho bo are just two of the things you’re likely to consume, both as delicious as each other. It’s also one of the best places for coffee, as echoed by the Secret Traveller.
Queenstown, New Zealand
If you’re the kind of traveller who likes an adventure, there’s no better place for it than New Zealand’s Queenstown. Full of opportunities for thrills unparalleled by any other town in the world, it packs a lot into its small size. Bordering a sprawling lake, both the town itself and its surrounding areas make for an incredible getaway.
From New Zealand’s highest bungy platform in the form of Nevis Bungy, to the endless snow sport opportunities, all the way through to the potential for hiking, Queenstown truly does have it all in spades. Be sure to try a Fergburger whilst you’re here – they’re often said to be the best burgers in the entire world.
For the perfect escape from reality, Ubud should be your primary port of call. Most tourists heading to the island of Bali flock towards Kuta, what with its standout beach and developing centre. But Ubud offers a quieter, more subdued experience, perfect for the solo traveller looking for some peaceful alone time.
That doesn’t mean there’s a lack of things to do and see here, though. From the Monkey Forest to the multiple rice paddies throughout the town, it’s simultaneously one of Bali’s most luxurious and culturally relevant destinations.
It’s arguably underrated as a destination for travellers, but Iceland’s capital city is worthy of your attention – especially if you’re travelling solo. Reykjavik offers a perfect blend of natural and manmade wonder to discover, from the striking Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral to the renowned Blue Lagoon, a spa that has been visited by the likes of the Kardashians in the past.
Despite Reykjavik’s multiple offerings, it often goes unnoticed by travellers – so for a destination unspoilt by tourism, this could be the place for you whether you want an energetic experience or a quiet getaway.
New York City, USA
Of course, there’s no better city in the world than New York City – and although you may think there’s too much to do alone, it might actually be the way to conquer the city without distraction. With so much to do, see and experience, you may want to do so alone, which is perfectly understandable.
If you’re a newbie to the city, make sure to stay mainly in Manhattan to see all the sights – the observation deck atop the Empire State Building is a must for stretching views of the city and beyond. However, if you’ve done the sights and want to explore further, head to one of the surrounding boroughs and discover a more cultural side to New York. Brooklyn is surging forward as a prime destination for residents and tourists alone, so be sure to discover it before it’s overcome.
Paris is also known as the city of love. But that doesn’t mean it’s meant for couples alone. It’s also a great place to start your solo backpacking trip across Europe. With several hundred backpacker lodges, AirBnb’s, hostels , Paris is a great city to explore at a small budget. Once your are checked in , get yourself a one week metro card and start your sightseeing trip . Many attractions are free if you’re under 21 and also available at discounted rates if you book it online.
Explore the history and architecture of the French, starting from the Pantheon to the Louvre museum, Opera Garnier, Arc Di Triomphe all the way till the majestic Eiffel Tower. If you are in the mood to visit a palace, head down to Versailles and immerse in the beauty of the Palace of Versailles & Marie Antoinette’s estate. If you’re planning a trip, do check out my 3 day Paris Itinerary.
Just a 4 hour train journey from Paris, Amsterdam is a spectacular city you should definitely visit solo! Known for its canals, tulip gardens, red light districts , museums, art centers, cheese and the legalized marijuana, you can get to explore Amsterdam in full glory. Amsterdam is a beautiful city to be explored on foot or you can always hop on to one of those small trams that zips through the streets.
Money wise, it’s far cheaper than Paris in terms of accomodation, food and travel. A travel ticket for an entire day is less than 8-9 Euros only. Do check out my 2 day Amsterdam itinerary that I have written earlier.
What places have you visited alone? Be sure to let us know your best solo travel destinations and leave your suggestions in the comments below.