Travelling solo can be an amazing experience for you to see the world your way. People often use it as a way to find themselves or learn more about the world we live in, but it’s also a great way to meet new people and explore different cultures.
However, there are some draw backs to travelling solo, with the main issue being your safety. Being alone may seem daunting; not having anyone there to help you if you end up in a sticky situation is most peoples nightmare. That’s why in this blog we’ve picked out the best places for solo travelling, giving you the chance to explore freely without the worries.
What is a ‘good’ solo travel country?
If you’re thinking about travelling alone you’ll probably want to choose a country that:
- Has a good level of safety and low violence or crime rates.
- Is a well-travelled destination and has known routes within the solo travel community.
- Is budget friendly so your free to explore as much as you want.
One of the most popular places for solo travelling is without doubt Thailand. It’s a well known destination for first time solo travellers, packed with rainforests, ancient temples and a culture much different to ours; it’s all there to explore.
For accommodation, cheap hostels are ideal for anyone on a budget, with private rooms starting at around $20 a night. However, if you are there to meet new people, sharing dorms may be more suited to you, giving you the chance to meet other travellers.
In Thailand we would recommend visiting Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Krabi.
What’s the best part of travelling around Indonesia? Let’s take a quick look; Temples, world class diving, stunning beaches, 51 national parks… the list goes on! And how could we forget the cliched chance to ‘find yourself’ whilst on the spiritual island.
Indonesia is very popular with solo travellers, especially in the picturesque island of Bali. One of the best ways to get around the island is to hire a motorbike, then it’s up to you where you go. Take a trip to Ubud to browse the local grafts or explore the temples and mountains of Java. Here you can find the world’s biggest Buddhish temple, Borobudur.
The Gili islands can be easily combined with Bali when visiting Indonesia. The atmosphere here is much livelier as Gili is typically known as more of a party place, however it’s also great for water sports and yoga.
In Indonesia we would recommend visiting Bali, the Gilis, Jakarta, Lombok or Yogyakarta
If you’re thinking about travelling around Spain, then Barcelona is an absolute must. A great city destination with a mild/hot climate all year round makes it easy to explore what Barcelona has to offer. Just let your feet take control and follow the cobbled streets, you never know what you might find. The only thing to watch out for is pickpockets.
Whether you’re a football fan or not, don’t miss the chance to visit Camp Nou, the home stadium of Barcelona FC, plus the largest stadium in Europe.
Although on the opposite side of Spain, the Camino de Santiago trek is also a top experience for solo walkers. It’s a great way to escape modern day life and meet other solo travellers on the walk too.
In Spain we would recommend visiting Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Cantabria or Madrid
For meeting new people or teaming up with other solo travellers, Vietnam is the best destination. Its elongated shape means there’s just one travel route going between the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, plus everyone is going the same way (heading either north or south). Ho Chi Minh is a chaotic city with a electric atmosphere however, it’s also a good base to visit the nearby Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter then just head away from the city. Follow the diverse terrain where there is space to spend time sailing on beautiful bays, trekking in the mountains, or exploring old French Colonial towns.
In Vietnam we would recommend visiting Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Halong Bay or Hoi An
Mexico City is renowned for having exquisite street food. On every corner expect to find delicious corn, cheese and meat combos daring you to try them. Do take care when trying street food, sticking to stalls that seem to have many people eating at them. For all coffee loves out there, we suggest you visit one of the city’s independent cafés. Here, you’ll probably find your coffee bean options are far more diverse and local in nature compared to anything you’ve had before.
Mexico has a well-worn travel trail running from Mexico City down to Oaxaca state and on to the Yucatan peninsula, making for a great solo trip if you have at least several weeks to spare. Although difficult to imagine, once you leave the urban city you’ll soon find right on the outskirts one of their many national parks, perfect for hiking round.
In Mexico we would recommend visiting Mexico City, Zihuatanejo, Guadalajara or San Miguel de Allende