Travelling by yourself is an incredible experience. Your itinerary is entirely up to you, giving you the chance to soak up your chosen destination’s wonders and culture by doing whatever it is that you want to do. Apart from that, it’s also a good way of becoming entirely immersed in the new world around you and leave all your concerns elsewhere, providing the feeling of a stress-free getaway in its truest sense.
We’ve picked out some destinations that are ideal for those travelling alone. The selections are based on how suitable their offerings are to solo travellers as well as their general levels of ‘how-likely-it-is-to-be-an-unforgettable-experience’. Here they are:
1. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Formerly (but more commonly) known as Saigon, this city blends old-world mysticism with all the things one may expect to find in a modern day metropolis. This means your time can be spent wandering about magnificent pagodas and ancient temples or discovering treasure troves of spices and silk at markets. In the very same city, you will also be able to find bustling malls with designer shops and restaurants.
2. New York City, N.Y.
If walking the same streets that you’ve seen in movies throughout your life isn’t enough for you, you can also satisfy yourself with the fact that you’ll be in one of the most incredible shopping destinations in the world. New York isn’t one of the world’s four fashion capitals without good reason. Apart from that, there are, of course, some famous landmarks to see like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. And you cannot leave without having a hotdog from a sidewalk vendor.
3. Marrakech (Marakesh), Morocco
Marrakech has so many sights, flavours and activities for you to fit into your solo holiday, that hours will feel like minutes. Pack lightly – you’re likely to leave with many curious from your trips to street markets and stalls that have everything from handmade wool products to exquisite tin lanterns.
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is a haven for explorers and adventurers. From here, you can travel to the gigantic Vatnajokull glacier as well as some impressive waterfalls. You can also hike Landmannalaugar or get the chance to touch two continents at the same time when you go diving at Silfra. If you want a bit of downtime, you can head back to the city, which also has numerous art museums and galleries to explore.
5. Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Starting out as a village in 1535, Montreal has become place that is just as well-known for its areas with gorgeous Parisian streets as it is for hockey and lively nightlife. The city’s Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal) boasts works of Picasso, Rembrandt and Monet.
Moreover, Montreal features a number of spas where you will delve into a level of relaxation so deep that you will be forced to forget about the rest of the world entirely. Make sure to stop at the Strom Nordic Spa.
6. San Francisco, California
Home to Golden Gate Bridge and its hypnotising accompanying cityscape, San Francisco somehow manages to be a bustling city while simultaneously having a relaxed atmosphere. Some interesting stops include the famed Alcatraz prison, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park’s beautifully landscaped greenery, museums and shopping at Union Square.
7. Rotorua, New Zealand
Solo travellers will absolutely delight in the relaxation of Rotorua’s hot springs and mud pools. If you’re after a bit of solo adventure travel, there will be no shortage of things for you to keep yourself preoccupied with. This destination offers everything from hikes and canopy tours to Zorbing – a sport in which you roll down a hill in a large, transparent plastic orb.
8. Buenos Aires
As the capital of Argentina, you can expect an amalgamation of cultures, historic sites such as the El Zanjon de Granados, along with a mecca of shopping spots that will keep you busy for days. Going to a tango or salsa club is an absolute must while visiting this spirited city. Both group and private lessons are readily available and all inhibitions will quickly melt away once the dance embraces you.
Grab a bicycle and enjoy a serene breeze as you cruise through a café-lined city that is loved by all who visit it. Here you will find picturesque canals and historical sites, along with over fifty museums to explore. These include the renowned Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum as well as the Van Gogh Museum.
10. Costa Rica
This gem in Central America offers both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines on which you can laze about or go snorkelling and surfing. That’s not all this destination is known for, however. Here, you can also go rafting, hike in dense forests or even go visit a volcano.