The 10 Best Countries for Solo Travel

I understand that solo travel is a terrifying idea to those who haven't done it. But don't knock it till you try it. I believe traveling on your own is something everyone should try at least once in their life. You'll get out of your comfort zone, make new friends and discover yourself in a way you wouldn't think possible.

So if you're debating doing a trip alone, I say GO FOR IT! Here's my list of the ten best countries for solo travel.

Fiji



This Polynesian island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world without the hefty price tag. Accommodation, food and attractions are very affordable making it an ideal destination for solo travellers. Fiji is cheap as chips and also a safe country at the same time. As a solo woman traveller, I felt comfortable at all times during my trip and couldn't believe how welcoming, helpful and kind the locals were.

The UK


If you're planning your first solo trip and want to take baby steps, I'd recommend vacationing in the UK. With a similar culture to North America and no language barriers, you'll be able to get around and meet new friends easily. The UK also offers so much to the solo traveler. Stunning scenery in Scotland, Stonehenge in Wiltshire and the bustling metropolitan of London are just some of the many destinations you can explore.

Japan


Japan's crime and violence rates are extremely low making it a very safe country for both locals and tourists. I loved walking alone at night in Tokyo and feeling completely at ease. There's also an endless list of things to do and see in this destination. Ancient temples, phenomenal food, scenic mountains and futuristic cities are all waiting for you to discover.

New Zealand


If you really want to get out of your comfort zone, head to New Zealand, home to almost every extreme sport you can think of. Even though you can jump out of planes and fall off cliffs, New Zealand is still considered one of the safest countries in the world. If you aren't into extreme sports, that's okay! Check out the impressive landscapes, immerse yourself in Maori culture, relax in hot springs and more.

Belgium


If you love waffles, beer and chocolate, then Belgium is the place for you! Not only does Belgium offer exquisite food, it's also a backpacker hot spot. Stay at a hostel and I guarantee you'll never eat alone. The transportation system here is also superb making it very easy to get around the country. Also, if you're into music festivals, hit up the coveted Tomorrowland, which is hosted in the tiny city of Boom every July.

Australia


You'll never be alone down under. Australia attracts a ridiculous amount of solo travellers every year. This means a lot of people are in the same situation as you. If you travel to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin or up the Gold Coast, I promise you'll make friends at the hostel in a heartbeat. Enjoy adventures with your new found mates which include learning how to surf, partying your faces off and cuddling koalas.

Portugal


Portugal is a great place to lose yourself and discover yourself as well. Here, you'll feel like you've gone back in time as you take a stroll through cobblestone streets. Be sure to wander into the many ancient churches and enjoy getting lost in a maze of historic alleyways. Don't forget to indulge in Portuguese cuisine! My favourite dish is arroz de marisco, a type of seafood risotto that will blow your mind. Locals will also be more than happy to chat you up and show you around.

Cuba


All-inclusive vacations to Latin America have always been a popular travel choice for North Americans. However, with conflicts in Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica and other countries in the region, tourists are recommended to stay within their resort compounds. In my opinion, this is no way to experience a country. If you want to take an all-inclusive vacation but also want the freedom to roam around, head to Cuba. Crime in Cuba is almost unheard of while locals are always willing to help tourists out. Don't waste your days at the pool bar. Get out and discover Cuba's unique history and culture.

Thailand


Thailand is a backpacker's paradise. The parties are wild, the food is out of this world and the beaches will make you believe you've died and gone to heaven. You'll also meet a ton of other travellers on the road so don't worry about being alone. Money will never be an issue here either. Everything is very affordable so enjoy living like a king or queen while you're there!

Singapore


If you want to travel to Asia on your own, Singapore is a great place to start your journey. English is the national language so you won't have to worry about communication. It's also considered one of the safest nations in the entire world. While you're there, try all the delicious food at hawker centres, walk through the many alluring gardens and experience the vibrant nightlife in Clarke Quay.


What other countries do you think are great for solo travellers? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

3 comments:

  1. Nice round up! I've been to a few of these (not alone, except the UK, kind of, cos I live here!) and agree. Tokyo felt super safe at all hours!

    My travel blog is TheWanderlustEntries.com x

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    1. So jealous you live in the UK! Will definitely check out your travel blog :)

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  2. Except Belgium those are all countries I've never visited and I really hope I will .... one day !

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