Free Spirit: 7 Best Destinations For Solo Travel
Solo travel is quickly becoming a popular travel trend. Whether you’re looking to break away from city life or immerse yourself in another country’s culture, some trips are just better done alone.
From an African safari to the beaches of Thailand, find out where some of the world's most solo travel-friendly destinations are:
1. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Stretching along the Southern coastline of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula, Amalfi Coast is a popular holiday destination for honeymooners and solo travellers alike. With luxurious accommodations of grand villas, terraced vineyards and famous lemon groves, this Mediterranean landscape is home to some of Italy's finest hotels and restaurants.
Some parts of Italy are known for being extra friendly to tourists, especially to those travelling alone (read: single). With small beaches along the turquoise seas and pastel-coloured fishing villages, the only thing you'll have to worry about as a solo traveller is who'll help you take your postcard-like pictures.
2. Koh Samui, Thailand
Pack your swimwear, grab your favourite book and head to Koh Samui. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the country's second largest island renowned for its sandy beaches, mountainous rainforests and luxury resorts and spas. Other than the rainy seasons in October and November, this island provides summer weather all-year round.
Some vacations are meant to be taken easy, and Koh Samui is the spot to do just that. From sunbathing on a beach to loosening up with a traditional Thai spa session or visiting the island's spiritual temples, Koh Samui is an ideal choice for solo travellers wanting to get some alone time.
3. Botswana, South Africa
A landlocked country in South Africa, Botswana is one of the most exclusive safari destinations in Africa. With a diverse landscape of wildlife habitat in their national park and game reserve, this spot is definitely a trip of a lifetime for couples, families and solo travellers.
Ideal for those with an appetite for wildlife and adventure and wildlife, travelling solo to Botswana means you can come face-to-face with wild animals such as the blue wildebeest, endangered African wild dog and African elephants and have exclusive bragging rights among your friends and family.
4. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Located in southern Croatia, Dubrovnik is known for its distinctive Old Town with stone walls completed in the 16th century (which was where much of Game of Thrones was filmed). Brimming with history, the city is basically a living museum with preserved architecture ranging from baroque style churches to renaissance palaces.
Solo travellers will not be bored as they stroll along on the city's limestone pavements, kayak around the Old Town and indulge in the city's mix of old and new shops, restaurants and bars. Plus, the many walking tours offered around the city will have you making new friends in no time.
5. Byron Bay, Australia
A popular holiday destination, Byron Bay is a coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales. With spectacular beaches all along the coast, Australia is perfect for a yoga retreat, beach holiday or whale-watching adventure.
Australia is a place where you'll never feel alone, with the local culture being so warm, friendly and chatty. Combined with the fantastic weather, strong coffee and hip, alternative vibes in Byron Bay, you may never want to leave.
6. Seville, Spain
A famed Game of Thrones filming location, Seville is the capital of southern Spain's Andalusia region. Packed with major landmarks that have retained its history from the Moorish Almohad dynasty, this is a city that is as known for its historical past as its theatrical culture.
There's lots to do as a solo traveller in Seville, including sightseeing all the major monuments, watching a flamenco show (or even taking up a lesson), visiting the food markets and of course, chowing down on tapas.
7. Niseko, Japan
North of Japan's Hokkaido Island, Niseko is a well-known ski destination during winter time. With Mt. Yotei in view near most of the slops around the area, there is also an abundance of onsen resorts perfect for a quiet relaxation session after working the slopes. During spring, blooming sakura trees steal the spotlight in the city.
With activities to do in town all year round, Niseko is a great holiday spot for those who want to unwind and soak in a hot spring or simply indulge in the variety of Japanese cuisines. Known for being one of the most polite nations in the world, solo travellers will find it very easy to navigate and communicate with the locals (even if you don't speak the same language) around the city.