Solo travel has many advantages. It is a great way to make friends, savor new cuisines without distraction and sleep in if you so wish. You can also change your schedule as you go along without the fear of inconveniencing travel partners.
However, for reasons of safety, suitable accommodation, and other considerations, not all destinations are necessarily equal when it comes to solo travel. Following is a list of 5 of the best solo travel destinations.
Excellent quality hostels make this an ideal destination for the solo traveler. In addition, there are incredible beaches, lively nightlife, and English is also widely spoken. The vibrant city of Lisbon offers charming cobbled streets and historical sites waiting to be explored.
There is a wide selection of centrally located hostels in Lisbon, some of which offer round-the-table social dinners for the nights you do not wish to dine alone.
Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city to the north is small, safe, and friendly. Book a walking tour to get acquainted with this World Heritage site with its picturesque old town and its famous 6 bridges.
During the tour, you can also get to meet other travelers and make new friends. Alternatively, you can explore the riverside area and dine at one of the numerous iconic restaurants found there.
The solo traveler seeking a quiet retreat for reflection and a chance to recharge will find that Bali and particularly Ubud is the perfect destination. The Ubud district is tranquil, surrounded by a rain forest, green hills, and rice terraces.
Renown as the cultural center of Bali, Ubud is safe and offers numerous activities for the solo traveler such as visits to museums and galleries, night spas, fine dining, and mountain climbing.
Enjoy the cultural gems of Paris at your own pace. Home to some of the world’s greatest museums, Paris offers historic treasures that will keep you busy for days. A centrally located B&B is recommended for the convenience of having the best sites within walking distance.
In addition, numerous hostels come highly recommended that offer pristine private rooms amongst other amenities. Relax at a pavement café, watching the world go by as you bond with the locals.
The most visited destination in South America, Costa Rica offers quality accommodation, safety, and a well-developed infrastructure for the solo traveler. It is easy to get around, and you will find that most of the locals are friendly and helpful to strangers.
Nature lovers will be enthralled by the rainforests, the exotic wildlife, and birdlife. There are also beautiful waterfalls to be seen, unique sights such as suspension bridges and volcanoes and beach resorts on both the Pacific as well as the Caribbean coasts.
An adventurous solo traveler seeking an adrenaline- filled breakaway will find it in Queenstown. Here, you have the opportunity to go paragliding, bungee jumping, zip lining or even ride the biggest swing in the world over the Nevis River.
Or perhaps, you prefer to savor the joys of this charming resort town renowned for its unusually large number of bars found here, concentrated in an area that measures a mere 1.45 miles. For a quiet afternoon, you can take a stroll around Queenstown gardens and enjoy the rose gardens, gazebo and duck pond.
There is no doubt that it takes courage to venture out as a solo traveler. However, stepping out of your comfort zone opens up the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime.