9 Best Places to Travel Solo
There is a great thrill in exploring a destination on your own. But while it is exhilarating to travel alone, it is important that you complete your research on places to visit beforehand. Here is our pick of 10 places that demand you leave the pack and travel solo:
The lush setting to Lord of the Rings movies, travellers in New Zealand can expect adventures on glaciers, in rainforests and on the peaks of the Southern Alps in addition to more extreme sports like bungee jumping, jet boating, and hiking. New Zealand is also home to some of the most friendly and open-minded people in the world - always a plus for the solo traveller.
A trip along this 1,000-mile long country is best explored on one of the Hurtigruten streamers that sail along the coast of Norway, into the city of Bergen and through some of the most breath-taking fjords.
Switzerland is perhaps best known for chocolates and timepieces. But the main reason why solo travellers love this country is because of the locals who always seem to mind their own business. Get yourself a good pair of hiking boots and a Swiss Rail Pass that will give you access to every train, tram and lake steamer in the country, and start exploring. Start in pedestrian-friendly Zurich, then head south to Lake Geneva for bistros and nightlife, and the lovely museums of Montreux and Lausanne.
The original home to adventurers, Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world, according the Happy Planet Index rankings. This Central American country draws tourists who love to surf, go white water rafting or wander off on long walks through the cloud forest.
Street life is colourful and safe in Vietnam's large cities, from Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City or in Hanoi’s massive Dong Xuan Market. Practice tai chi with hundreds of others by the Hoan Kiem Lake before heading into the mountains of the Central Highlands.
Chileans as friendly and welcoming and as such are always a bonus for the solo traveller. This country is home to deserts, mountains and a seemingly endless coastline and whether you head north to the magical Atacama Desert or south to Patagonia, you will find yourself a guest at a family asuado, or Chilean Barbecue, and experience life in Chile like a local.
Spend a few days in the labyrinth megapolis of Tokyo, then hop on a bullet train for a ride to old Kyoto, as panoramas of Mount Fuji fill your window. You can stay at stately ryokan inns or modern hotels, all designed with single travellers in mind. Experience the communal hot spring baths, meditate in a Zen garden, or dine at the counter of a sushi restaurant - all of which are favourite activities with solo travellers.
Picture temples, yoga on the beach, cheap food and lodging, and massages to help you unwind. No wonder Indonesia draws backpackers, hedonists and spiritual seekers like moths to a flame. Bali is the single most popular destination for solo travellers in Indonesia. But if you prefer a place less touristy, go to Lombok instead, an island off the coast of Bali that is almost like travelling back in time to Indonesia of the 1970s.
Cafe culture and a European vibe are the reasons that solo travellers flock to Buenos Aires. Tango salons are open late, the food is amazing and life outside the cities can be equally fascinating. Visit the wine region of Mendoza, the starkly beautiful Salta and go on horse rides with gauchos.
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