Traveling is rewarding, but what about traveling alone? Many people say that seeing part of the world on your own is the best way to travel.
Just because you don’t have a travel companion doesn’t mean you shouldn’t travel. In fact, there are many places around the world that a solo traveler will be welcomed just as much–if not more so–than a big group. Don’t let others hold you back, because wanderlust is serious business, and you should be able to see the world. If you are safe and careful, traveling alone could be even more rewarding. And if you aren’t sure where to start, here is a list of the best 8 destinations for solo travelers.
One of the safest countries in the world, Australia is an amazing choice for solo travel. It often tops many traveler’s bucket lists, so why not choose it as your next destination to take in alone? Australians tend to have the most wanderlust of all, so they will definitely accept and welcome you to their country. From seeing the Sydney opera house, to the wildlife of the outback, the vast differences of the country will make sure that every traveler finds something they love.
Thailand has some of the nicest people in the world, and is incredibly affordable. If that isn’t reason enough to make it your solo vacation destination, then consider the fact that it is one of the most colorful places to see. From the bright street markets to the bluest ocean, photographers will always find something to capture here–with no photo editing required. And English is spoken here, so if you aren’t an expert in languages, you’ll still fit right in.
The city of Santiago is sophisticated and trendy, and solo travelers will easily find something they enjoy. In the Bellavista or Lastarria neighborhoods, there are a ton of lively bars, restaurants, and street cafes, so people watching is a must-do. Join in the fun and the tasty food! And for those looking to enjoy the scenery, take a trip south to Patagonia, where the hiking and boating through the fjords will reveal majestic mountains and glaciers. If you’re lucky, you might come across some dolphins or whales that live in the area.
4. Costa Rica
This peaceful escape will keep every solo traveler busy from the minute they arrive to the minute they leave. Lovers of the outdoors will be happy with the many options, from hiking in the jungle, to seeing volcanoes, to soaking in natural hot springs, to learning to surf. And if the wilderness isn’t your cup of tea, you can visit one of the many yoga retreats around. Either way, you’ll be able to get a relaxing break from real life and can easily entertain yourself.
Ireland is easily one of the most beautiful rural landscapes in the world, but it also has many lively cities. Start out in Dublin, where you can grab a pint with locals at one of the hundreds of taverns around. Then make your way around the west coast of the island, on the “Wild Atlantic Way,” which covers 2,500km of the coast, and reveals some of the most breathtaking views Ireland has to offer (a fan favorite is the Cliffs of Moher). And Ireland is populated with many small B&Bs, so you’ll always have somewhere to stay.
6. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
For the beach-loving traveler, you can’t miss this coastal town in Mexico. You can spend the whole day at the beach, from the many beach-side bars, to the private beach clubs, which have not only beach access, but private pools for those who prefer to stay on land. And when you’re tired of lounging around (if that is even possible), take a water taxi to Yelapa, a charming beach town in the Bahia de Banderas. And if you’re looking for nightlife, you can’t miss the lively bars and restaurants at the Malecon boardwalk.
7. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the perfect city for those who don’t have a ton of experience with maps–it has a super easy transportation system for even the most navigation-confused of us. Barcelona has amazing architectural tours, so if you are a fan of the great buildings, go now! Here you can see nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And if you’re a foodie, Barcelona is home to some of the most amazing Spanish dishes, and sitting alone at Tapas restaurants around the city is a great way to make friends.
8. New York City, US
New York City is an incredibly stimulating place, which is great for those traveling alone. From the world-famous art galleries, like the MoMa or the Met, to the amazing stage performances on Broadway, NYC is bursting with activities you can do by yourself. Walk through Central Park or see the famous monuments like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. But no matter what you do, expect to blend in to the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps.
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