These locations are where you should be going if you are planning to travel alone. Whether this is your first time traveling alone or your 50th there is somewhere for everyone in this list, so take a look!
This location was recommended by Akiva Spiegelman from iTravelJerusalem
Jerusalem is very simply the center of the world. The meeting point of east and west, of inspiration and innovation, of the ancient and modern worlds. Around every corner awaits history, and in every step lies inspiration. This city has an incredibly rich heritage and culture.
The city holds within it an endless amount of activities suited for everyone and anyone. One can easily take a tour of the Israel Museum, quietly and without worries, as the exhibits come to life while telling the silent story of the artist behind them. One can also take a stroll in the Jerusalem Forest and enjoy a unique experience that will fill you with energy.
At Jerusalem’s heart, its Old City is around 3,000 years old and surrounded by a city wall. Inside the walls are important holy sites of three major religions. This part of the City is the original Jerusalem, and is made up of four quarters; Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian. The quarter’s narrow alleyways lead past centuries-old synagogues, churches and mosques. A slow walk in the streets of history will provide peace and tranquility to any visitor.
Jerusalem is a city that never sleeps and yet is peaceful in its special way. Alone or together- Jerusalem has it all.
This location was recommended by Jovan Milenkovic from KommandoTech
For an underrated European country that you can travel solo and enjoy on a budget, I would recommend Serbia, in Eastern Europe. You can start the adventure in Belgrade, where you can book an Airbnb for $10 per night, which is cheaper than hostels in major European cities. There are many old fortresses, churches and historical places to visit that were built by both Romans and Ottomans in Belgrade.
Once the crossroads of Europe, this land was fought over for many centuries by empires seeking to secure Serbia’s strategic location. Serbian people are very welcoming, and their level of English is excellent considering it’s their secondary language, so communication is never an issue. You will make local friends in no-time, and have a great time traveling there by yourself.
There is a large Couchsurfing community as well, so you can definitely meet international friends and enjoy the local experience if your traveling solo and backpacking. The food in Serbia is amazing since most of the produce, meat, and dairy are locally sourced and GMO-free as Serbia isn’t part of the EU yet. So technically it’s not Europe and doesn’t use the Euro, which is also why everything is very cheap.
You can have a burger from the various grill-houses for a couple of bucks that can feed two-full sized humans. If you go fine dining, you will be hard-pressed to spend more than $50 for a 4-course meal for two, including drinks and live music at some of the best restaurants in town.
This location was recommended by Nina Ahmedow from Lemons and Luggage
Lisbon is one of the best places to travel alone because tourism has become quite popular, and people are very used to seeing tourists. The people of Lisbon are very friendly and will help you out if you need anything, and there are always people around for you to ask for help. There are also enough things to do alone in Lisbon, such as visiting museums, castles, but even attending concerts or other performances. You will never get bored if you travel to Lisbon alone.
Lake Naivasha- Kenya
This location was recommended by Rashad McCrorey from N/A
This past January I took a trip to Lake Naivasha in Kenya. Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake along the Great Rift Valley. Lake Naivasha is quite, peaceful, and serine. The only sounds you hear are from the various birds chirping thoughtout the lake, and from the boats giving guided tours to other travelers.
I was able to meditate and decompressed after a busy holiday season of work and travel. I felt like I hit the reset button. As I most lodges in Kenya where i stayed during my 8 day visit the lodge didn’t have WiFi in the bed room as a way for us to get away from social media, our phones and the outside world. It was a special experience getting reconnected to nature. I don’t think it was a coincidence that I was able to come up with some great ideas in regards to future promotions.
These promotional ideas turned out to increase my sales right before COVOID-19 temporary halted the tourism industry. These ideas provided a steady stream of income at just at the right moment to help me weather the storm of almost a complete hault in travel sales. Being from New York City. I always take out time to breathe, meditate and ground myself. I practice the art of mindfulness regularly and often I visit natural environments to help me gather myself and cleanse my thoughts, and recharge my body.
This location was recommended by Rameez Usmani from PureVPN
Wengen, Switzerland is one of the picturesque villages in the world that got me to feel like heaven on earth. When you try to picture what the Swiss Alps look like you may have in mind: no cars, green meadows, mountains all around and forest surrounding the village. The car-free village is perfect for hikers, vacationers and for anyone seeking peace and quiet in the Alps.
Wengen is located high enough to get plenty of snow in winter, so there are several options for snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing, and other snowing activities. Wengen is pretty touristy like most popular villages that have all facilities including basic shops, hotels, and transportation systems, which is the only way to get there, so it is easy to experience the Jungfrau region without hassle. At the same time, there are large shopping centers and fast food places with no traffic at all.
This location was recommended by Michelle George from Diamond PR
Primed for solo travelers, the recently renovated JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is an ideal destination for beach bums, adventure lovers, foodies, or anyone who can relish in having nowhere else to be. Perfect for a relaxing digital detox, solo travelers can stash their devices and rest easy knowing Bali-style day beds, brunch baskets, cocktails by the infinity pool, restorative spa treatments, and gourmet culinary experiences await.
One look at the ombre-blue waters will have solo travelers beelining for the beach. For the ultimate in-room spa experience without the price tag, guests can draw a steamy bath as every room features free-standing tubs and complimentary aromatic bath salts. Fully customizable Mayan-inspired massages and sound healing extend travelers’ inner zen.
When it’s finally time to retox, guests can choose from classic, modern, fusion or exotic margarita categories on the 150 Margaritas Menu. For a touch of adventure, cenotes and Mayan ruins are a quick drive away, making JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa an ideal home base for a dynamic Cancun itinerary.
This location was recommended by Michelle George from Diamond PR
When solo travelers are in need of a little solo R&R, they look no further than sunny Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island with more than 35 cove-like beaches, clear-blue waters, and unique colonial architecture. The best part — a trip to Curaçao can be tailored to any solo traveler. Willemstad, the vibrant and bustling capital city in the heart of Curaçao, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thanks to its colorful pastel buildings and iconic Handleskade backdrop, Willemstad feels like a slice of Europe in the Caribbean. Solo travelers can get lost in the city’s beauty, explore Pietermaai (the trendy area similar to Miami’s Wynwood), paint their own ChiChi doll (created in honor of big sisters and the protector of the family), grab a bite to eat at an old fort, cathedral or governor’s mansion, and shop along the old cobblestone streets.
For a touch of adventure, take a day trip to the uninhabited Klein Curaçao with the most Insta-worthy lighthouse, take flight with a cliff jump into the cobalt blue waters, go on a food-truck crawl, or ATV across the Caribbean’s tallest bridge to a secluded beach.
Tel Aviv, Israel
This location was recommended by Leia Kalani from Tropical Topics
When you’re traveling alone it’s important to take certain precautions but sometimes, depending on where you go, you don’t need to take as many precautions. Tel Aviv is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever traveled in, and as a woman traveling alone I’ve never felt safer. Walking around at night alone is completely in the norm and completely safe there.
There are so many amazing restaurants and beautiful beaches. The cafe scene there is one of a kind. The cafes are a fantastic place to just relax and get some free wifi during the day. One of the most amazing things is people just casually smoke weed at cafes, as long as they are in a smoking section, and no one says anything!
English is spoken by almost everyone, and people on the street are quick to help you with directions or recommendations. People are a strange balance of friendly and impolite, almost like you’re already close friends with them. Traveling alone I never felt safer and had no trouble meeting new people and having one of my best times abroad.
This location was recommended by Patricia Palacios from España Guide
Spain’s 4th largest city is a laid-back cultural hotspot that is perfect for the solo traveler. Sevillanos are known for being über friendly. Chat someone up on a bus or in a bar and, before you know it, you already have a friend in a new city. The locals are outgoing and passionate for life. Here, people don’t live to work, but instead they work to live.
While Seville may not be the biggest city, it definitely has a lot to do and see. In fact, I think it offers much more than Madrid or even Barcelona. Visit the impressive Alcazar castle which is leftover from the Muslim rule or wander through the massive Plaza de España, Spain’s most beautiful square. In addition, there are several impressive palaces such as the Casa de Pilatos, which are scattered throughout the city and are a testimony to Seville’s golden age.
At night, make sure you check out a flamenco performance. Flamenco was born in the south of Spain and Seville has a long heritage of famous dancers, guitarists and singers. For a more authentic experience, check out La Carbonería bar where shows are held every night at 10PM. It’s another great place to meet locals and fellow travelers.
This location was recommended by Matt Kiefer from Hostelgeeks
Vietnam is an absolute wonderful travel destinations with many different and unique things to do, such as jungle trekking, cruising the Ha Long Bay, kite surfing, visiting Cu Chi Tunnels, motor bike tours, cooking classes, abandoned water parks, waterfalls, tiny and affordable resorts, fire-spitting bridges in a form of a dragon and so on. Why is is great to travel alone? Because it has amazing social hostels all over the country. It is easy to meet more people. It is easy to join social activities and tours.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
This location was recommended by Satwinder Singh from Citrus Holidays
Siem Reap is the lively epicentre of Cambodia, with plenty to keep solo travellers entertained day and night. Siem Reap holds an abundance of history, as well as delicious cuisine, great nightlife and a fun cultural scene. Any trip to Siem Reap must include a visit to Angkor, ruins of an old city which is home to over a thousand temples. Angkor Wat, one of the best-preserved temple complexes, is also the largest religious monument in the world.
Be sure to look out for the stone faces engraved into the Bayon temple, too. Visitors can also enjoy a boat ride across Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, to see one of the ‘floating villages’, where whole communities live, work and go to school on the edge of the water. You can then head back into the city to grab some street food from the market stalls, or even catch a performance from Phare, The Cambodian Circus. Travelling alone can be daunting, so many people like to choose a package tour to their destination which offers an itinerary of excursions and activities to be enjoyed with other solo travellers.
This location was recommended by Chizoba Anyaoha from TravSolo
Hongdae in Seoul, South Korea is a relatively unknown region that truly comes alive at night. It is very lively and filled with lights, karaoke rooms and dance clubs playing hip-hop and techno music on repeat. For the foodies the Korean food is top notch, from an assortments of different kinds of bibimbap, bulgogi, Korean fried chicken, Korean BBQ and deserts where every bite is a new experience. As someone who grew up New York City, the city that never sleeps, I have to say Seoul is the city of nine lives. The nightlife here really took me by surprise and is a great place to visit for solo travelers who want to enjoy a vibrant nightlife.
This location was recommended by Megan Peterson from Discover Siskiyou
Siskiou is an excellent untapped destination for solo travelers. Blessed with vast and solitary wilderness, alpine lakes and waterfalls, wild and scenic rivers, unique volcanic geography, and dominated by the mystical Mount Shasta, there is no shortage of rewarding outdoor adventure for someone looking to get away from it all or someone who is seeking renewal and reflection.
Siskiyou is also dotted with quaint communities full of small-town charm that are used to solo travelers and backpackers from the annual influx of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail, and love to cater to them. That means everything from hiker’s huts to post offices willing to hold mail to solo traveler pancake breakfast challenges. Best of all, Siskiyou is easily accessible and still under the radar because of its small population and lack of major cities, typically overshadowed by crowded Tahoe and Yosemite. Expect to be wowed by the sheer beauty and magic of the landscape – from mountains of obsidian to primordial forests, to a sky unbelievably full of stars, with views around every corner.
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
This location was recommended by Tara Caguiat from Hostel Jumper
Santa Teresa is one of the best places to travel alone because the close-knit town has everything you need on vacation. On a solo trip to this Nicoya Peninsula surf town you can take surf lessons, yoga classes, lay on the beach and party at Selina Hostel where you’ll easily make friends. There’s delicious fresh seafood and plenty to drink in town as well. When you want to get out of town, drive to Montezuma and enjoy a short hike to Montezuma Waterfall.
New York City
This location was recommended by Melanie Musson from 4AutoInsuranceQuote
You can see and do everything in NYC. When you go by yourself, you have the freedom to spend as much or as little time in each location that you desire. If you want to sit in Central Park all afternoon, you can. If you want to try to get in every top site in a day, you can. New York City is a place where it’s great to be able to decide your itinerary based solely on your own wishes.
Kerala, South India
This location was recommended by Salila Sukumaran from Ayurgamaya
Kerala is the lush serene southernmost tip of India where India slows down, kicks back and takes it easy. Welcoming to all kinds of travelers, Kerala’s biggest draws are its all year round green cover, crisscrossing rivers and backwaters, emerald paddy fields, 600 kms of beaches, biodiversity hotspot forests, and stunning cultural offerings, some of the most unique in the world.
Kerala is also home to Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, India’s gift to the well being of humanity. What makes Kerala extra special are her people. With 99% literacy, development markers at par with a first world country and great emphasis on eco-tourism, it doesn’t get any better. Magical and life-changing is what I usually hear from clients.
This location was recommended by Lauren Maslauski from Portola Hotel
Monterey Bay is surrounded by shopping and fine dining destinations, spectacular coastal trails and beaches, and the rich historical setting of Old Monterey (that serves as the location for HBO’s Big Little Lies, nonetheless!) Go on a solo bike ride along the scenic coastline of the Bay’s famous recreational trail to world-famous Pebble Beach, soak in the scenic view at Fisherman’s Wharf or check out the unique creatures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. For a relaxing day, enjoy some quiet R&R at the Spa on the Plaza (the largest day spa in Monterey County!) or embark on a solo beer tasting at Peter B’s Brewpub or wine tasting tour at the many nearby vineyards.