Traveling alone is one of the most unique and interesting experiences anyone can do.
Contrary to what some people think, traveling alone is actually quite common and you’ll be able to meet other travelers very easily at places like hostels, bars or while going on tours. You’ll be able to move around on your own time, within your own specific budget and easily meet many of the locals.
If you’re considering a solo vacation, here is a list of the ten best destinations for traveling alone.
A great destination for traveling alone is Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, and located next to the Mediterranean.
Barcelona is a great place for a solo vacation because it’s loaded with museums, theatres, art galleries, and an impressive nightlife. Barcelona is a city that rarely sleeps. Clubs are almost empty at 1 a.m., but start to fill up after then and go on until 6:00 a.m.
During the day, you can spend time on the beaches or explore “Las Ramblas,” a large pedestrian area that is loaded with different boutiques and outdoor cafes.
Spain’s peak season is summer, but during this time, its extremely hot and locals tend to go elsewhere. The best time for a solo vacation in Barcelona is mid-September to mid-November, where you’ll have the city to yourself.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, and is one of the most beautiful major cities in Europe. There are waterways everywhere and more than 24,000 rocky islands that make up the local archipelago.
Stockholm is a great place for a solo vacation because of it’s amazing architecture and shopping. Old Town has a series of cobblestone streets that lead you around various boutiques and charming buildings. Located also within Stockholm is the royal palace.
The best time to travel to Stockholm is during the summer because this is when Swedish weather is at its best. It remains light out until often 11 at night.
Berlin is Germany’s biggest city and is a great place for traveling alone. Berlin symbolizes the meeting of east and west, the place where eastern and western Europe come together, and this was symbolically done through the Berlin Wall.
This exciting metropolitan area is a great place for a solo vacation because it’s loaded with different cultural interests like world-renowned museums and amazing buildings. One popular way to explore the city is by going on a bike tour.
Berlin’s nightlife is well known and has been in full gear since the 1980’s. The scene is extremely lively, with one of the most diverse crowds in the world.
The best time for a solo vacation in Berlin is between May and September, when weather is at its best.
San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the world, with over 16 million annual visitors. Located on the west coast of the United States, this liberal city is also known for the Haight-Ashbury area, a 1960s hotbed for hippies and beatniks.
San Francisco is a great destination for a solo vacation because it’s a very charming city. It has numerous hilly and winding streets, with many cable cars that move through the heart of the city. Fisherman’s Wharf on the waterfront is a lively and popular area, as well as the famed Golden Gate Bridge.
The best time to go on a solo vacation in San Francisco is autumn, around October. The weather is more predictable and stable during this time.
The capitol of England, this city has plenty of medieval attractions and an extraordinary cultural life. Home to Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, there are plenty of things to see.
London is a great place for a solo vacation because there is a little bit of everything for everyone. There are numerous world-class galleries and museums. London is also a global center for entertainment and fashion, with over 30,000 shops. When it comes to nightlife, there is also great variety, from hip clubs, to various pubs and taverns.
September is the best time to take a solo vacation in London is the last two weeks of November, when it doesn’t rain as much.
Known as “the City of Love,” and is the capitol of France. Paris is the home of the Eiffel Tower and the world famous museum “Louvre.”
Paris is a great place for a solo vacation because it’s a place to get away in order to see a city that favors style and romanticism over practicality, which is often seen in its architecture and how the locals approach life. The nightlife is busy, filled with Parisians that are stylish and at the same time flirtatious.
People often visit Paris for the first time during the springtime. If you’re looking to avoid crowds, try another season.
Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world, and is a hotbed for cutting edge technology and has a rich cultural life.
Taking a solo vacation in Tokyo is great for people watching. With a population of over 12 million people, there is no shortage of people. The nightlife is nonstop, with some buildings having several floors dedicated specifically to nightclubs, with one different club for every floor. Popular districts include Roppongi and Shinjuku.
Often people like to visit in the summer, where most of the festivals occur.
One of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, Rome possess a long history that can be seen through its remaining buildings and architecture, as well as its rich culture.
People often go on a solo vacation in Rome just to see the historical sites alone, with some notable attractions being the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum and the Spanish Steps. In Rome, someone doesn’t have to search for restaurants. Pasta, red wine, and pizza are in abundance.
Summers are very hot in Rome, so the best time to visit would be springs or autumn, even though there tends to be more rain the fall.
Dublin might not have some of the sex appeal that the other cities have and the architecture isn’t as interesting as in other places. What Dublin does have is a lot of personality, making it a charismatic city.
People should take a solo vacation to Dublin, if anything, just to see the different shops that line the cobbled squares, the different pubs and the taverns. Traditional music of fiddles and pipes often set the tone to have lively conversations with the locals
The best time to visit is summer months of July and August, where it’s warmer and there are about 18 hours of daylight.
When it comes to warm sandy beaches, great food and interesting culture, Thailand is one of the best places to go for a solo vacation. The best beaches can be found on Phi Phi Island, Phuket, Krabi, Hua Hin, and Koh Chang.
Besides the warm weather, one of the great reasons to take a solo vacation in Thailand is to slow things down and to relax. Most people who come to Thailand repeatedly come back every year, while some plan to retire in this country because of its calming effect. It doesn’t hurt either that most western currencies go a long way in Thailand, allowing you to stay at 4 – 5 star locations and to eat very well.
The best time to visit Thailand is when you want to get away from winter at home. Otherwise, the rain season is often between July – October and most people don’t travel there during this time.
Tips For Solo a Vacations
If you are traveling alone in Europe, one way to save money is to go through Ryan Air, a discount airline. Flights can run as low as $30 and you can hop from one European country to the next.
It’s very common for people to also stay at hostels while on a solo vacation in Europe. This keeps the costs low and gives you a chance to meet a lot of fellow travelers.
Otherwise, most cities have lots of hotels in the center of the city, with quick access to attractions.