Traveling alone sounds boring, but wait till you’ve had your first solo trip. Chances are you’ll realize that traveling solo is the best way to travel. The entire point of visiting a place is discovering unfamiliar surroundings and embarking on experiences that expose you to different cultures, allowing you to meet and interact with different kinds of people.
But where do you go? Not all places can offer the best experiences to solo travelers. We’ve put together an awesome list of the top destinations for solo travelers to introduce you to destinations that not only steal your heart, but also help you discover the true meaning of travel.
Scandinavian countries are famous for their friendly locals and safe locales, making them ideal destinations for solo travelers. And while Iceland seems to be gaining a burgeoning reputation in recent years, you’d be wise not to ignore places like Bergen, the second-largest city in Norway. It is the perfect base for exploring all those stunning fjords, and should you time your travels right, you’re in for a special treat in the form of Northern Lights. While away from an excess of nature, you’ll want to explore the UNESCO-listed city center, its beautiful buildings and that fascinating roadside cuisine.
Visiting New York City sounds like a no-brainer. There’s always something to see, something to do, and no matter how many times you’ve been here, there’s always something new to become a part of. NYC is one of those few cities where it’s all good, a place that attracts all kinds of visitors and goes out of its way to ensure that there’s something perfect for everyone. Nightclubs and cocktail bars are a huge draw, but the city is also known for its unique events, grand shopping, exotic cuisines and exciting things to do. There’s an energy to it, a unique sense of belonging that makes you feel like the city was somewhere within you all along.
Prague often loses out to European giants like London or Paris, but ask anyone who’s been to the city, and you’ll realize that the city has a fun-filled, quirky adventure in store for you. It boasts of some of the best beer in Europe as well as a relaxed drinking culture, so visiting pubs is sure to be high on your list of things to do. The public transit system is easy to use, and the centuries-old history ensures countless sights and attractions to choose from. Make sure you’re visiting the Castle District, known for its people watching and stunning views, but don’t forget to add heavyweights such as the Lennon Wall and those strange public sculptures into your itinerary either.
Barcelona really does know how to party, and it’s at it all night long! Don’t forget to take an afternoon siesta before a night out on town, but make sure you don’t end up missing the city’s fascinating tapas culture, exotic cuisine or those stunning manmade creations that attract travelers from all over the world. A trip to Barcelona is also about visiting those sun-drenched beaches, enjoying long, leisurely walks, followed by a quick dip and water sports. Inexpensive wine, excellent multi-course lunches, a rich history and a fascinating culture, the city really does have it all!
A rich history, a friendly city, plenty of things to see and do and a bustling nightlife. Just about everything you’d want in your dream destination. Start your adventure with a trip to Temple Bar, the entertainment hub of the city. Full of narrow cobblestone streets, street performers, restaurants and pubs, this neighborhood ensures you always have a good time. Spend the next few days exploring iconic sights such as the Cliffs of Moher, Trinity College and the Little Museum of Dublin, but don’t forget to reserve some time for that Guinness. It really does taste better than anywhere else in the world.
Hawaii doesn’t need any introduction. You’re already aware of the stunning natural beauty and excitement that the islands command. What you probably don’t know is that it isn’t just a place for couples or groups. It’s great for the solo traveler as well! There’s a lot of adventure to be had and some of the hottest bars and nightclubs of the US are located here. The balmy weather does wonders for its reputation and those endless opportunities to meet new and interesting people are always welcome.
As one of the most visited cities on the planet, London has something special for all sorts of travelers. Its rich and remarkable history ensures the presence of larger-than-life attractions, places whose stories and legends are often as intriguing as their stunning architecture and artifacts. Its multicultural boroughs are ideal destinations to take advantage of the global cuisines and vintage shopping experiences. There’s antiquity everywhere. Many of the city’s buildings have a timeless feel to them, yet ingenuity and innovation is all around you. There are a number of peaceful parks and gardens, and most of its museums are free for visitors. The underground, an experience in itself, gets you wherever you want to go, and you always feeling safe, even in the dead of the night.
British Virgin Islands
The Caribbean sounds like the last place you’d want to visit without a loved one, but believe you me, there are many destinations in the region that are a haven for solo travelers. Places like St. Thomas and Tortola have a burgeoning reputation when it comes to nightlife and their wild parties attract solo travelers from all over the world. Most people are incredibly friendly, and if you’re planning to do some island hopping, it is quite easy to make friends and yacht-hop all day long. There are those exotic full moon parties to become a part of as well! And despite being Her Majesty’s territory, there’s hardly anything British about the land, apart from the fish n chips of course.
Particularly known for its vices, Amsterdam has obvious charms that attract solo travelers. And despite the legalized drugs and prostitution, Amsterdam is actually one of the safest destinations on the planet. You’ll rarely find yourself alone at night, and your most memorable experiences are often on foot or on a bike. Buy that city card to get discounted entry into most of its best-known sites and attractions, but don’t forget to spend time in its street markets, including the only floating flower market on the planet. Spend your time admiring the best of art for the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Museum het Rembrandthuis and Hermitage Amsterdam and their millions of artworks are all located here. Wander into a bygone era, discovering hidden distilleries, spending time in one of those cafes and visit the famous red light district, if only to see what the hype is all about. Amsterdam is incredibly comfy, offering an intimate location that often makes you forget all about your worries, at least until it’s time to leave the city.
Doing things on your own can be a great form of therapy. Having a meal alone lets you appreciate your food. Going for a walk lets you see things around you. Traveling all by yourself is the perfect route to personal growth and self-discovery, and these destinations ensure that you’ve always got the excuse to leave the company behind.
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