Five of the Best Locations for Solo Travel

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As we steer further away from the stigmas attached to solo travel, the impetus for those who want to ‘get up and go’ see the world grows stronger. Gone are the days where the words “table for one” are frowned upon, as travelling on your own is a trend that is here to stay.

Five of the Best Locations for Solo Travel

You might be a digital nomad seeking a harmonious balance between remote work and spending time experiencing life in different countries. Or perhaps you simply want to escape on your own and spend time discovering yourself. Whatever the case, there are plenty of options for solo travellers. The following five locations are ideal for those who are looking to embark on a memorable journey, whether it’s a weekend break or a few months away from daily life.

#1. Bali, Indonesia

Retreat to the serene Indonesian island of Bali, where you’ll find an abundance of spiritual sanctuaries and breathtaking landscapes. The island provides travellers with the best of both worlds: nightlife and parties are popular here as well as wellness retreats.

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As with any trip, preparation beforehand is essential, especially when travelling alone. Before heading to Bali, ensure you have updated vaccinations and proof to bring with you. Top tips are to avoid drinking the water and be aware of ‘Bali belly’, as a funny tummy on any adventure (alone or not) is something we all want to avoid!

#2. Kyoto, Japan

The timeless charm of Kyoto is another location that offers solo travellers a peaceful escape from the day-to-day. The ancient city is renowned for its traditional Japanese architecture and rich culture dating back to its time as Japan’s capital, where Japanese Emperors reigned for over 1000 years. It’s almost impossible to run out of things to see in Kyoto, as 2000 temples are dotted across the city. A couple of must-sees include the golden Kinkaku-ji temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine.

#3. Reykjavik, Iceland

The ‘land of fire and ice’ is perfect for nature fanatics in search of an escape surrounded by some of the most dramatic landscapes. In 2023 Iceland was declared as the safest country in the world by the Global Peace Index (GPI), so for those travelling alone, rest assured your safety should be a concern.

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With caves, black-sand beaches, volcanoes and glaciers, Iceland’s natural beauty is unparalleled. Fly into the capital Reykjavik to experience the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, or hire a car to uncover the depths of the Nordic Golden Circle.

#4. Barcelona, Spain

A vibrant city bursting with extraordinary architecture, Barcelona’s cultural tapestry makes it one of the most visited cities in the world. Gaudí’s influence reaches all corners of the Catalan capital, from Parc Güell on Carmel Hill all the way to the infamous Sagrada Família. The metro makes it an incredibly easy city to get around, whether you want to visit the Gothic Quarter or spend an afternoon sunbathing on the beach.

#5. Queenstown, New Zealand

A backpacker’s paradise, New Zealand and its buzzing hubs such as Queenstown are great for solo travellers looking to spend time exploring the best of what nature has to offer.  Queenstown has over 150 bars, restaurants and cafes, so meeting new people will not be a hard task in this friendly country. It is also recognised as the “Adventure Capital of the World”. Bungee jump or skydive anyone?

Not only is solo travelling a rewarding and empowering experience, it gives you the chance to meet people from all over the world and experience different cultures, all whilst sticking to your own schedule!

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We overland. We eat plants and fungi. We live outside as much as possible. We are all connected. A female travel blogger overlanding and writing about ecotourism, ethical and sustainable travel, socially conscious travel and housesitting. An online travel magazine since 2015.


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