There was once a time where not having anyone to join you on holidays was the end of the road for travel plans. But now, as the solo travel trend continues to pick up speed, travelling on your own isn't just a forced necessity, it's a choice...and a popular one at that.
Heading out solo is a must-do for anyone wanting to discover the power of independence and learn to be their own best friend. With that said, we’ve rounded up the top destinations for solo travellers (side note: also pretty much the best Contiki tours for singles) to inspire you to embrace your own company.
Queenstown, New Zealand
This buzzing hub of activity isn’t just for snow bunnies. With some great night life action, beautiful scenery and thrill seeking adventures like bungee jumping and jet boating, you won’t run out of ways to occupy your time. Make friends and hit the town or ride the slopes at every ski field all day, the choice is yours.
SEE TRIPS TO: QUEENSTOWN
The incredible history of the German capital can captivate anyone’s heart, but it’s a special treat for solo travellers. Grab a bike and pfannkuchen (a Berlin ~exclusive~ donut) and ride around town, visiting as many museums as you can before going camera crazy at the East Side gallery. Plus, Berlin = 24-hour party paradise, which always = new friends.
SEE TRIPS TO: BERLIN
Portugal is probably the hottest travel destination of 2017 and there’s zero reason solo gals and guys should miss out on the action. Of course this being Portugal, one day has to be pretty much dedicated entirely to hunting down the prettiest tile patterns around – not hard given every building in Lisbon is basically a ready made Instagram. Then, get to know why Portugal’s beaches have such a good rep by making the short journey to Cascais, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, hire a car for the day and journey over (via catamaran) to the pretty, sleep but utterly divine seaside town of Comporta.
SEE TRIPS TO: LISBON
Besides the fact Iceland is probably one of the safest countries in the world to travel to, we’d go as far as to say the endless glaciers and lush hot springs it has to offer are actually better seen alone. If you were ever going to have a moment of clarity or find yourself, it’ll be while you’re gazing at the Northern Lights in sub-zero temperatures.
SEE TRIPS TO: ICELAND
You couldn’t run out of things to do in Japan’s capital if you tried. Will you head to a quirky restaurant first (we recommend a robot themed one), or shop up a storm in some of the gazillion stores? Make sure you pencil in some time to cross the famous Shibuya crossing too, a feat best pursued solo anyway…
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According to the ancient Greeks, this gorgeous island was home to a beautiful river nymph who captured the heart of Poseidon, god of the sea. Surprised? Neither are we. If you’re looking to harness your god/goddess vibes or have been dying to give water sports a go, Corfu is the place you’ve always dreamed of.
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Ain’t nobody got time for feeling lonely when you’re smashing this bucket list item! Hiking up the hills and entering the long-lived Incan monument is an awe-inspiring moment that no matter who is around you, you’ll always hold in your own heart.
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With wineries, trams aplenty and a pretty cool bridge to cycle over, San Fran is a solo explorers dream. It’s not as crazy as New York and much easier to navigate than Los Angeles, meaning you’ll feel at ease to take your time and discover the city your way, whether that’s hanging out at Fisherman’s Wharf, exploring Alcatraz, or taking it easy in the Japanese Tea Garden.
SEE TRIPS TO: SAN FRANCISCO