The World's Best Destinations For Solo Travel

Traveling alone is no longer taboo. In fact, it's trendy to go alone out of choice. Organization as a way to learn about yourself, many people discover the freedom to explore a new place of their own accord. Community groups, meet-ups and a multitude of online resources and digital makes it easier than ever to go solo. Paris is even fun events to improve speed dating-style language. Still not decided? Here are some tips on popular destinations to be safe and where to look in each:

1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavík offers a bewitching combination of village innocence and big-city zeal. It’s populated by darkly cynical citizens (a quality brought very much to the fore by the country's recent near-bankruptcy) who are, in spite of everything, filled with unstoppable creativity and enduring spirit. In summer the streets are washed by 22 hours of daylight; in winter they’re scoured by blizzards and doused in never-ending night.

2. Paris, France
Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world. As a result, first-time visitors often arrive in the French capital with all sorts of expectations: of grand vistas, of intellectuals discussing weighty matters in cafés, of romance along the Seine, of naughty nightclub revues, of rude people who won’t speak English. Solo travelers gravitate towards Café de Flore and Deux Magots, which serve as meeting places for solo travelers to join up to explore the city. Also of note: Paris is a relatively safe European city for women traveling alone.

Arch de Triumph, Paris at night

3. Bali, Indonesia
Indonesia Yoga, spirituality, spas, massages, beaches, organic eateries and markets - are you sold, yet? With such diversity, Bali is a staple for solo travelers from across the globe. People drift into its ease of life and wealth of fellow traveler-settlers. It helps that food is delicious and cheap, as is the cost of living in general.

4. Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand Solo travel and Bangkok have a long and convoluted history. It’s often said that you’d be lucky to meet a Thai in some parts of Bangkok. Luckily, other parts retain deep-rooted authenticity, which still attracts even the worldliest travelers. Temples, floating markets, cheap shopping, and nightlife galore keep the most active visitors busy traversing the city thanks to its excellent infrastructure.

5. Seville, Spain
Spain The capital of Andalusia reflects all the romantic notions of Spain, as it plays home to Moorish architecture, bullfighting, and flamenco. Easily navigable on foot, Seville offers colorful ceramics, cobbled alleyways and mouth-watering markets. The city is a photographer’s dream with inexhaustible charm, luring enthusiasts to stay a while. If any one place comes close to rolling together everything that's quintessentially Andalucian, it's Seville.

Seville, Spain

Photo: Dmitriy Fomenko

6. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia.

7. Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. Its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions are noteworthy, and it is the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland.

River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland

8. Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is a scenic town in the South Island of New Zealand. It's one of the most beautiful regions and offers year round attractions. The town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by the Southern Alps. Travellers often end up staying longer than planned, you’ve been warned! It’s easy to rent a car or join a group trip. The latter is a sure-fire way to meet others travelling through the country reputed on its safety.

9. Santiago, Chile
With its museums, events, theaters, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities, Santiago is the political and cultural centre of the country. Its central location makes it a convenient base point to further explore the country. Due to its proximity to both mountains and the Pacific ocean, It is possible to ski in the nearby Andes and later be on the beach, all in the same day.

Santiago, Chile

10. Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is known as one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, situated in southwest Kenya and is part of the northern section of the Serengeti National Park. Famous for the abundance of the big cats, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress. Independent travellers are joined up with others on Jeep safaris, providing an instant set of friends. June to October is best to witness Migration, a movement of millions of wildebeest. But during low season, many lodges waive single supplements.

Grant's Zebras - Maasai Mara, Kenya

Photo: David d'O

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