Best destinations for solo travel

04 March 2020

Whether you’re eager for an unforgettable long-haul adventure or simply wanting a revitalising personal getaway, holidaying solo can be one of the most rewarding ways to travel. With an ever-expanding list of hotels, resorts and attractions catering to the rapidly growing number of solo travellers, there has never been a better time to make your next trip an individual journey to remember. 

Short haul Trips

Portugal: Lisbon

Lisbon hosts a rich variety of activities, landmarks, and attractions that are perfectly suited for solo travellers. Marvel at the stunning sights of the Belem Tower and the Castelo de S. Jorge, admire captivating ceramics at the National Museum of the Azulejo, or browse local treasures at Feira da Ladra - Lisbon’s biggest and oldest surviving flea market. Spend your evenings enjoying the soulful sounds of Portuguese Fado across the cities enchanting bars and delightful restaurants.

Germany: Berlin

Those looking for an unforgettable urban solo adventure will thrive in the culturally dynamic city of Berlin. Immerse yourself in Berlin’s colourful culture at Mauerpark where you’ll enjoy vibrant local markets and an eclectic variety of music played by local musicians every Sunday. Admire astonishing artwork at the unique open-air East Side Gallery. Indulge in a tantalising variety of delightful cuisine across the Bergmannkiez and Hackescher Markt areas of the city or enjoy an idyllic picnic at the Großer Tiergarten, the city’s most popular urban park.

“In Berlin there is great nightlife with hundreds of pubs and clubs to choose from. Berlin is a city which appeals to all ages and interests. It has an amazing range of accommodation from affordable hotels right up to super deluxe. “

Cathie, Travel Counsellor

Croatia: Zadar

For those looking for a cultured city break there is surely no better place to travel solo to than the pristinely beautiful city of Zadar in Croatia. Home to sun-kissed beaches, classic Romanesque architecture and a charming culture, this gorgeous landscape also features majestic churches and cathedrals. Enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets alongside the Monument to the Sun, an interactive solar powered lightshow that has dazzled spectators since it’s opening in 2008; or unwind by the Sea Organ where you’ll be soothed by music created by waves lapping against the promenade. 

Long haul adventures

New Zealand

With easy-to-navigate highways, brilliant public transport, sensational hiking trails and a friendly welcoming culture, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is a favourite amongst solo travellers from all over the World. Explore the wineries, beaches, hiking trails and volcanoes of Auckland, where you’re sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. For an enthralling adventure, visit New Zealand’s largest lake, Taupo - the perfect place for bungee jumping, mountaineering, white water rafting and sightseeing. Alternatively, relish in the eclectic beauty of the city of Wellington where you’ll be captivated by incredible panoramic views, sublime cuisine and spectacular gardens.

Costa Rica

Abundant in natural wonders, unique experiences and sensational beaches, Costa Rica is paradise for solo travellers wanting to explore a gorgeous tropical landscape or simply unwind on beautiful beaches. Home to the greatest density of species in the world, Costa Rica boasts an unrivalled wealth of fascinating wildlife, luscious forest, and waterfalls that can’t be missed. Topping the Happy Planet index for the 3rd time, Costa Rica produces 99% of its electricity from renewable sources and provides residents and visitors with an enriching environment, making it the perfect place for solo travel.

“Costa Rica is the ideal place to combine wildlife with both adventure and relaxation. Since there’s lots to see and do it’s the perfect destination for a multi-centre itinerary which can be tailormade to suit your specific requirements.”

Emma, Travel Counsellors

Canada: Montreal

With a wealth of historical landmarks, a plethora of blissful parks, and a rich variety of sensational cuisines, Montreal provides everything needed for an unforgettable solo city getaway. Take a local food tour where your palette will be pampered by sublime cuisines ranging from gastronomic delights to indulgent treats. Marvel at the astonishing Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, explore the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or the unique Biosphere Environmental Museum.

On the first Friday of each month, North America’s largest gathering of food trucks comes together at Parc Olympique for the First Friday Montreal food festival, where an unrivalled banquet of street food is served up to adoring customers. With unique activities, exquisite restaurants and stunning nearby hikes, Montreal is a phenomenal place to enjoy the unique experiences that solo travel provides.  

If you’re ready to take an unforgettable solo adventure, contact your Travel Counsellor today. You’ll take advantage of our exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.

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