Traveling alone is the best option if you are an adventurous person because you are free from any kind of obligation and responsibility. The only one you answer to is you!
You can move like a free bird without any kind of tension. Solo traveling can prove to be the most rewarding, as you travel according to your own choices. Traveling alone can be more of a journey of self-discovery as you get to spend some time with yourself and get to learn more about yourself.
Whether you just need to sit across the beachside and relax, or you want to explore a major city, it’s totally on you. But you need to keep yourself safe and secure because when a tourist travels alone, they are most at risk of exploitation.
Anyhow, here is the list of the best places to travel alone which you can enjoy and explore solo!
Table of Contents
- Best Places to Travel Alone in the World
- 1. Portland, Oregon
- 2. Toronto, Canada
- 3. Taipei, Taiwan
- 4. Dublin, Ireland
- 5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 6. Bangkok, Thailand
- 7. San Francisco, California
- 8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 10. San Jose City, Costa Rica
- 11. Brussels, Belgium
- 12. Stockholm, Sweden
- 13. Melbourne, Australia
- 14. Auckland, New Zealand
Best Places to Travel Alone in the World
1. Portland, Oregon
Portland, OR is located on the West Coast of the United States where the Williamette and Columbia rivers meet. It is one of the best places on the West Coast and this welcoming city is perfect to travel alone and explore.
Arguably the best thing about this place is the delicious and cheap street food, but there are plenty of amazing brick-and-mortar eateries too. If you have got a sweet tooth, go visit Voodoo Donuts (which I MUST visit every single time I’m in town).
Strolling the city’s peaceful Japanese Garden at your own pace is also an ideal solo trip for a few hours in Portland. Get some pictures clicked there for Instagram while you’re at it!
Or if you just wanna chill, hit up one of the local coffee shops or a dispensary. Either one will see you greeted with a smiling face. Portland is also a relatively affordable city and a great destination to make solo trips on a budget.
If you’re not entirely solo and traveling with a furry friend, check out the awesome, pet-friendly hotel The Hi-Lo (Autograph Collection) in Downtown Portland.
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2. Toronto, Canada
The city of Toronto is situated in Southern Ontario on the North West shore of Lake Ontario, Canada. It is a city that never stops and has a huge population of friendly locals as well.
Don’t believe me? Sign up for a tour from a Toronto Greeter and make new friends! This awesome program has you paired up with a local tour guide from the area you’re visiting who will show you the best parts of their neighborhood.
Toronto is a great city for solo travelers and the excellent, affordable public transport helps. For city solo trips, you need to explore the 15 Toronto Islands. Hop on a local ferry, and you are ready to go. Their natural beauty will leave you awestruck.
It’s also worth noting that Toronto is one of the top destinations in North America for solo female travelers.
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3. Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei is located at the northern tip of Taiwan on the Tamsui River. It’s the country’s capital and welcomes solo travelers looking to enjoy Taiwan’s cuisine. If you are a foodie, you must try the street food out here at extremely affordable prices. If you need to scratch your shopping itch, Taipei is awesome for those who love fashion and accessories.
You can find top brands in all of the city’s best retail districts without having to pay the prices you would in London, Paris, Milan, New York, or Tokyo.
Apart from mouthwatering food and great deals to be had, Taipei is also home to incredible natural and cultural delights. Check out the gorgeous Shifen Waterfall in the Pingxi District. I’d also recommend the colorful Taipei National Palace Museum, home to 700,000 pieces of Chinese artwork and history.
Public transportation in Taipei is cheap as heck, but pickpockets are known to target tourists. Solution? Try not to look like a tourist! If you’re carrying a bag, get yourself a discreet theft-proof bag, and when out and about keep an eye on your belongings.
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4. Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is one of the best destinations in Europe when traveling solo. The Irish capital city is located near Ireland’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey. It was once settled by interloping Vikings and is famous for its marvelous museums and (literally) ancient pubs with traditional live music.
The city has a rich heritage and enthralling history that is worth exploring – and it’s all best explored on a solo journey. You can also visit the Guinness Storehouse which is just like a beer lover’s Disneyland which will make the (drunk) child within you come out. Kilmainham Gaol, a beautifully preserved old prison is also an amazing day out.
Once you get used to the narrow, winding, cobbled streets, Dublin is an incredibly accessible city. Public transportation is reasonably priced and prolific, and Dublin is also a bike-friendly and walkable city. Not only that, it provides easy access to some of Ireland’s gorgeous beaches and national parks.
Another reason Dublin is one of the best solo travel destinations is that the city can be a bit expensive as far as the accommodation is concerned – don’t expect to find anything half decent for less than $100 a night. One of several top castle hotels in Ireland, the Clontarf Castle Hotel is a great place to treat yourself like a King or Queen on your solo trip.
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5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It is one of the most breathtaking cities in the world and one of the stereotypical destinations for a solo traveler on a sabbatical. The things which make the city beautiful are its mountains, beaches, forests, and of course, Christ the Redeemer looming over this unique city. A solo walking tour to JC is a great way to get some views of this incredible place and meet fellow travelers.
This city has a rich culture with beautiful churches, museums, and historic monuments. The food and nightlife here are also to die for.
If clubbing wasn’t enough partying, don’t miss the beaches; you need to explore them too. They are thrumming with bars, stalls, and every kind of character out to have a good time in this LGBTQ+ friendly (and clothing “suggested”) haven.
The city is expensive, especially the hotels near the beaches. Flying to Rio de Janeiro here is quite cheap as is getting around – but do be on the lookout for pickpockets in the less touristy parts of town.
Also, even if you’re the kind of solo travel cat who lives on the edge, be extremely wary of Rios 2 Favelas. Yes, I grant you that visiting them will be the solo travel experience of a lifetime, but the law (and its protection) doesn’t really extend to the Favelas.
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6. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is a bucket list city for any traveler, but it is an especially ideal destination for solo travelers. Home to Natural beauty, cultural marvels, and a modern metropolis, the energy and spirit of the city are so vibrant that you might go crazy out here – good thing you chose to travel solo!
It is popularly known as the Venice of the East, and the city’s waterways and historic attractions help it earn that moniker. The Buddhist temples are a must-visit – they are movingly beautiful.
Apart from that, the city offers a lot of variety in food which can be explored through the waterways by boat. If you are a bachelor or bachelorette then this city is for you to explore everything that you have not explored yet, especially the spas and (ahem) massages! Famously, accommodation and food are both quite cheap in Bangkok and public transport and taxis are just pennies.
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7. San Francisco, California
The one-and-only city of San Francisco is located in Northern California and it’s a top spot on the West Coast for solo travelers. The city is mostly famous for its cafes and lounges which offer lovely food and an even greater ambiance. When you need some “me time”, visiting a café is the best option.
San Francisco is home to some incredible sights and so many travelers visit this city to enjoy a good walking or guided tour. You need to see the marvelous Golden Gate Bridge and get some pictures there. Alcatraz Island is another essential spot to visit.
From the city, you’re also in a great position to access some of California’s best national parks, including Yosemite National Park and Pinnacles National Park.
One of the main reasons Frisco is on the list of destinations for solo travelers is price; San Francisco can get kind of expensive. A San Francisco CityPASS will help save on tours and top attractions, but paying for only one room at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero will save you a mint!
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8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a city you must visit on your next solo trip. The city is famous for its amazing tourism business just like other Southeast Asian hotspots like Bangkok and Singapore. It is a city of culture, possessing fantastic arts and traditional local crafts.
The city is one of the best places to travel for solo shopping adventures, especially in the Bukit Bintang district. The district is home to several malls and high-end retailers.
Kuala Lumpur is famous for its monkeys which you may find plentiful. While here you simply must try the street food; it’s so inexpensive you won’t have to watch how much you’re spending – just watch out for the monkeys!
The cost of accommodation is also fantastically low, and there are literally thousands of hotels to choose from. You can get a room at the clean, modern Summer Suites Residences for less than $20 a night.
Spend 10X that amount (relax, it’s only $200) and you can get a room at the insanely luxurious W Kuala Lumpur, which has unrivaled views of the Petronas Twin Towers.
9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is a friendly historic city full of colors and is one of every solo traveler’s dream destinations. No one, solo or group traveler, has ever not loved Amsterdam. This city is for everyone, with cultural and historical attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House. Then there are more adult attractions like the Heineken Experience and the Sexmuseum Amsterdam.
And that’s not even mentioning the regulated Red Light Districts and (ahem) coffee shops! Amsterdam hosts a staggering range of accommodations, catering to all budgets and tastes; great for cheap lodgings or something special. The average cost of a 1-bed queen room is around $150-$200 a night, usually featuring a complimentary continental breakfast.
The Pulitzer, one of the best five-star hotels in Amsterdam, (you can learn more about it here) is classically Amsterdam. Alternatively, you can check into one of the city’s ubiquitous hostels on the cheap, meet other solo travelers, and enjoy the ever-laid-back vibe.
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10. San Jose City, Costa Rica
The view of this city is breathtaking. San Jose is situated in the Central Valley of Costa Rica – one of our favorite destinations for countless reasons.
The weather conditions in the city are always pleasant throughout the year. Traveling solo in this vibrant city is great as you’ll have more time to appreciate the city’s impressive museums. You can also take time to stroll San Jose’s streets and admire the famous street art.
One more thing which cannot be missed if you’re on day trips from San Jose is Poás Volcano National Park. There’s a good range of hotels and rentals in San Jose to choose from at a wide range of prices.
The average price for a great hotel is around $80 a night, just like the Hotel and Casino Taormina San Jose. The food is great there. Actually, the food in San Jose, in general, is top-notch. Get out and taste this city!
11. Brussels, Belgium
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and a hub of global and European Governments, which means this ancient city is a cultural melting pot of other travelers! It’s also one of the top solo female travel destinations in Europe.
Brussels is famous for its ancient buildings, unique monuments, and of course, the Flower Carpet. You’re in the home of mouth-watering Belgian chocolate and all manner of delicious wafers and waffles – with no one else there to tell you; “Ooh that looks nice, can I try it?”
The Atomium can also be explored without anyone talking your ear off about how remarkable it is. Then there is the beautiful Art Nouveau building where you can explore the art and craft of the city, free from distraction!
And just as well! Because Brussels is an expensive city to visit. It’s worth budgeting your trip around Brussels’ fine dining establishments. Brussels is home to 25 Michelin Star restaurants.
I’ve spent a solo night at The Warwick – I gotta say, it’s absolutely tip-top, the staff is wonderful, and it’s right next to some of the city’s best attractions.
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12. Stockholm, Sweden
The Swedish capital city of Stockholm is built around 14 islands, and it’s the ideal retreat for the intellectual solo traveler. The city is as beautiful as the scenery and has a rich history. This city is famous for its delicious fish, baked goods, coffee, and the concept of Fika; a daily ritual where one takes a break from it all to grab a bite, a warm drink, and connect with folks.
Sign up for a Fika tour and meet friendly locals and other solo travelers. The city is also famous for its nightclubs and bars. Although everything here is quite costly, (good thing you’re on a solo vacation) the beautiful views of the city, great food, and unique tourist attractions are ultimately worth making room for a bigger budget.
Spending some of that budget on a room at the Nobis Hotel Stockholm is well worth it! You can save money on getting around the city with Brussels’ impeccable public transport. You can get even more savings by getting one of several city passes that are available.
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13. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is the perfect place to travel alone and meet new faces. A dream destination for many, Melbourne is situated on a large bay and is one of the best beach towns for solo vacations.
You must visit the beaches of Melbourne to soak in some rays, go surfing or swimming, or catch some fish for a beachside BBQ.
Speaking of food, one of the most unique eateries in town is a non-profit chain of vegan restaurants named Lentil As Anything, where the visitors pay according to their financial ability, which is quite an interesting thing to experience. Apart from the occasional creepy-crawly, Melbourne is a very safe city to travel solo.
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14. Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand is famous for its amazing natural landscapes, city skyline, and its historic rugby team. This exceedingly safe and stunning coastal city is also one of New Zealand’s major cultural hubs.
If you are a theater lover, then you must visit the beautiful Civic Theatre. Then there is the incredible Sky Tower to take a view of the whole city in one go.
While good accommodation in Aukland ranges from average to pricey, the food in Auckland is very inexpensive and the range of cuisines available is incredible. The seafood and the lamb are exquisite.
Auckland is also in the heart of some of New Zealand’s best wine counties, so book yourself a wine tour and get quaffing!