The Best Solo Travel Destinations
Whether you were inspired by the likes of “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Wild” or you’re just looking to explore the world in a new way, solo travel is becoming increasingly popular. All around the world, restaurants and hotels are developing new ways to serve solo travelers, removing the stigmas often associated with dining out alone. But of course, some are more ahead of the game than others, and still, even more are simply safer to wander alone.
These destinations are not just some of our favorites to explore — we’ve also taken into consideration their safety ranking, types of activities they have and friendliness of the locals because traveling solo doesn’t mean you’re a hermit.
Despite Germany’s stereotype for being pretty serious and to-themselves, the picturesque countryside and vibrant cities are not only chock full of history — they’re also a joy to visit. Germans are extremely helpful, friendly and love a good joke (especially when it’s over a beer), so you won’t have a hard time finding someone to chat with when you’re at the bar alone. Not a nightlife person? Stop at any of the small towns along the Rhine river for hiking, castles and amazing food.
Turns out not all stereotypes are inaccurate. Canada consistently ranks one of the friendliest in the world and it’s also in the Top 10 for safety rankings in 2019. Strangely, it’s not a very common travel destination. The vast country has everything you can imagine, from authentic cuisines and scenic hikes to vibrant nightlife, museums and restaurants. If you have the time, we recommend taking the Great White North by car for a cross-country road trip.
Costa Rica may be firmly planted on every must-see travel guide, but it’s for good reason. Incredible food, beaches, wildlife and even extreme sports activities. If you’re a thrill-seeker, zipline through the rainforest. If you’re looking for lounge-worthy beaches, Costa Rica has more than plenty. There’s no shortage of things to do or see here — so don’t worry about feeling lonely on your own.
If you’re the type of traveler who wants to try a little bit of everything, Spain is the place for you. It has museums, architecture, mouthwatering food, coastal beaches and a nightlife scene — just to name a few. Plus, the perfect cure for that tendency to go, go, go is the afternoon siesta when everything shuts down for some mandatory rest. To top it all off, Spain is incredibly cheap compared to other Western European countries.
For some reason, Malaysia continues to be one of those places that people hear of but hardly visit. But with unbelievable wildlife, pristine beaches and incredible food, it seems strange that this so regularly gets forgotten. For solo travelers, in particular, it’s marked in the Top 20 safest countries in the world and the locals are notoriously happy. Take our word for it and head to Malaysia for some authentic cuisine and top-notch sites to see.
- Lifestyle Staff