Top 5 spots for Solo Travel

13 November 2018

There are plenty of great reasons to travel solo. You can go (or not go) wherever you want. Plus, travelling on your own means more opportunities to meet new friends and mingle with locals along the way. Take a look at this list of the easiest, safest and most exciting cities to explore on your own.

1. New Zealand

Often considered one of the safest and friendliest countries in the world, it’s no wonder New Zealand makes it onto this list. Everyone speaks English, so chatting to locals, reading signage and getting directions is a breeze. And don’t get us started on all the outdoor fun you can look forward to! New Zealand might be tiny, but you have entire glaciers, rain forests, mountains, national parks, fjords, glow-worm caves, black-sand beaches and more to make your playground! Go horse riding, skiing, hiking, kayaking, bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, whitewater rafting and pretty much any other outdoor activity you can think of. Hire a car to get around from city to city, or hop on a ferry to travel between the North and South islands.

2. Thailand

Thailand isn’t known as the Land of Smiles for nothing. The locals are super friendly and the thriving backpacker scene means you’ll always find some friendly fellow travellers to chat with over an ice-cold Chang beer. Getting around is super easy with trains, buses, taxis and tuk tuks available wherever you go. And boy are there lots of places to go! Bustling Bangkok is buzzing with a vibey nightlife scene, the dazzling Grand Palace, crazy Khao San Road and more. Head to the islands for white sand, water sports and beach parties galore. And go up north for a rich cultural experience inland. Prices are pretty cheap too, so it’s also a great option for travellers on a budget.

3. Sri Lanka

As a mostly Buddhist country, Sri Lanka is a super chill destination for solo travellers to find their Zen. Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, spectacular beaches, lush botanical gardens, ancient cities, sapphire waterfalls, national parks and sprawling tea estates, Sri Lanka is perfect for travellers who can’t get enough of the outdoors. Train travel is slow, but it’s a great way to see the countryside. And home-stays with locals provide comfy accommodation and a way to experience the local way of life.

4. Paris

Sure, it might be the most romantic city in the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it alone! Paris is a very pedestrian-friendly city, so taking leisurely walks to all the best sights is easy. Stroll along the Seine to the Latin Quarter, the city’s coolest neighbourhood. Window shop along the Champs-Élysées. Check out the impressive Arc de Triomphe. Meander the sprawling halls of the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. Explore the ancient crypt beneath Notre Dame. The head to a quaint bistro for a baguette, bottle of wine and some people watching.

5. Amsterdam

Ah Amsterdam! Easily the friendliest, safest and most open-minded city in Europe. This one’s a no brainer for solo travellers. In fact, it’s often referenced as one of the safest destinations for women to travel alone. Criss crossed with canals and lush cycling paths, getting around the city is a dream - which is great because there are so many things to see! Visit the Van Gogh Museum and the epic Rijksmuseum. Experience a dose of sobering history at Anne Frank House. Shop for tulips in the Bloemenmarket. Track down the travelling "I Amsterdam" letters and snap your iconic selfie. And that’s just to start!

Tips for TravellingSolo

Pack light
Plan ahead (at least one nigh in advance).
Get to know the layout of the city you’re in.
Choose accommodation with communal areas so it’s easy to make friends.
Let friends and family back home know where you’re going.
Don’t forget travel insurance!
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