13 The Best Destinations for Solo Travellers
By Seeker Editors @seeker
Stuck trying to find inspo for your next solo adventure? Or are you brand new and looking to wet your feet? Don't worry seeker, we have you covered. Across the world, we have chosen our favorite destinations complete with safety, excellent public transportation, and endless activities to fill up a dynamic itinerary. Enjoy a cafe au lait along the Seine river in Paris or embrace solitude in the tranquil rainforests of Costa Rica, the opportunities are endless. Whether you would like to meet like-minded folks in an eclectic hostel and party the night away beachside or eat, pray, love yourself through a transformative escape into the culture of unexplored terrains, we have selected the top destinations for solo travelers around the world so that you can relax and finally start planning your adventure.
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Kyoto is the beautiful ancient capital of Japan, with so many preserved traditional roads and plenty of fresh matcha treats, its no wonder Kyoto attracts tourism from both Japan and abroad. Kyoto is an extremely safe city with clean and reliable public transportation that will be your guide to some of the most beautiful destinations in and around the city. Explore the endless Tori gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha, stroll along the Geisha district of Gion, or make a wish at the Golden temple, Ginkakuji, these breathtaking attractions and more are what make up the fabric of cultural heritage that is prevalent in every aspect of Kyoto. Spend the night in a traditional Japanese ryokan and sample world-famous authentic sweets such as red bean paste buns and creamy matcha ice cream. Kyoto is a dream city that is perfect for anyone seeking natural wonders and a little sample of ancient Japan.
Home of Poutine, fries covered in squishy cheese and gravy, and the center of art and culture in French Canada, Montreal is a slice of Europe tucked into North America. Canada is an extremely safe country to adventure alone, and while caution and street smarts are recommended, Montreal is one of the safer cities on the continent to explore solo. Montreal is incredibly walkable, with clean and dependable public transportation, and the majority of people are perfectly bilingual in both French and English. Enjoy the picturesque Old Port along with plentiful elegant boutiques and museums spread out throughout the dynamic city. We are big fans of both poutine and breakfast food- two things Montrealers take pride in, so be prepared for some hearty meals which will be easily walked off in your explorations of the charming city. We recommend Montreal for first-time solo travelers due to the vibrancy and friendliness the city provides.
- Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a dynamic destination that has been heavily influenced by both Chinese and British culture. This sprawling metropolis is vast in experiences, including a vibrant nightlife, gorgeous climate, high-end shopping boutiques, and plenty of multicultural influence that affects all aspects of the city. The city is incredibly well maintained with an incredibly reliable public transportation system, and many locals speak both English and Cantonese. An international hub of innovation and culture, Hong Kong is perfect for those seeking to expand their horizons with amazing food and fascinating history. Attracting tourists from every continent, you are sure to make interesting friends throughout your journey and soak in the sunlight along with picturesque city views.
Sydney is the biggest city in Australia and is often recognized as a cultural hub boasting plenty of cool tourist attractions and delicious restaurants to try. This multicultural destination offers incredibly scrumptious culinary options, often at a decent price, and reliable public transportation that is also easy to use. We recommend getting an Opal Card to get around, this rechargeable card allows easy access to trains, ferries, buses, and the metro in both Sydney and the surrounding area. Sydney is truly a sparkling metropolis, and also quite safe, only needing basic street smarts to avoid any trouble. Enjoy the gorgeous view of the Sydney harbor, and the plentiful events and attractions at this location down under.
Dublin is considered one of the best solo travel destinations in the world, the famous city is nestled in the very safe and friendly country of Ireland. Dublin boasts plenty of free museums, galleries, and historical monuments to fill up an itinerary. Along with quirky hostels to meet like-minded folk and elegant hotels, Dublin also has no shortage of famous Irish Pubs to enjoy conversing with locals and munch on, our favorite staple, fish & chips. Dublin is a great pit stop to any European adventure, as well as a safe option for first-time solo travelers.
Seattle is known for rainy weather, but the cool attractions, friendly people, gorgeous landscape, dependable public transportation, and world-famous coffee make the city one of the best places to travel in the world. Seattle is one of the safe cities in the US and is primarily inhabited by trendy residents as well as boasts an abundance of comfortable coffee joints, 420 friendly activities, and a thriving art scene. Indulge in delicious food from across the world served in this melting pot of a city and enjoy gorgeous tourist attractions from the Space Needle to the Waterfront. Seattle is great for adventurous and artsy loners who are seeking new grounds for exploration in North America, the sprawling natural landscape made up of rocky coasts and hidden waterfalls is easy to access from the city.
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, at the center of art, fashion, and cuisine, Paris is a dreamlike paradise perfect for anyone who is a romantic at heart. While at popular tourist attractions be wary as there are often scammers targetting tourists, but as in any big city across the planet if you keep to yourself and remain smart this shouldn't be an issue. Stroll along the Seine river which flows through the picturesque city and admire the sparkling architecture beneath the Eiffel Tower. We love starting our Parisian outings with a fresh croissant and some cafe au lait from the local cafes, seated outside to admire the elegant fashion of passersby. In Paris, it is very culturally acceptable to be enjoying cuisine and exploring by oneself. We are big fans of this destination and with plenty of museums, boutiques, and historical monuments to explore, there are endless opportunities to enjoy a solo vacation in Paris.
- New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world, with a humble but friendly population. This easy-to-navigate country attracts plentiful amounts of solo travelers from across the globe, so whether you want to be one with nature alone or connect to like-minded adventure-seeking individuals, New Zealand makes it easy. Natural hot springs, massive volcanic craters, beautiful islands, and more make up just some of the vast landscape of this breathtaking destination.
Thailand is one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia and for good reason. This vast country offers life-changing experiences and plenty of welcoming tourist activities. Mouthwatering street food, great hostel, and hotel options, as well as a lively party atmosphere, make Thailand easily one of our favorite places when traveling solo. In case you are seeking some more outdoorsy activities, there are also gorgeous hiking treks and other options to connect with the sprawling nature that surrounds you. Thailand can be a little risky in terms of scams for tourists, but with simple street smarts, this is something that can be easily avoided.
Tokyo is a hectic metropolis that is one of the most densely populated and sprawling cities in the world. Despite all the action of this neon-lit destination, Tokyo remains one of the safest cities, making it perfect for solo travelers. With restaurants often catering to the solo businessman, plenty of top ramen and sushi shops around the city have singular seating so you can enjoy authentic Japanese dishes by yourself easily. Along with one of the best public transportation systems in the world, plenty of English-translated maps and directions, and an incredibly helpful population, Tokyo is perfect for your adventure. Explore top spots like Shibuya and Asakusa but make some time to also take day trips to adorable surrounding areas such as Hakone or Kichijoji.
Iceland tops bucket lists worldwide for a good reason. This incredibly safe country is perfect for first-time solo travelers, with a small but friendly population, countless tourism activities, and a vast surrounding landscape ripe for exploration, the capital city of Reykjavik is the best touch-down spot for an Iceland adventure. We recommend spending some time exploring the thriving art and fashion scene of the city, enjoying cozy cafes and Icelandic comfort food, and also signing up for some nationwide tours. The golden ring of Iceland is our favorite tour offered daily from Reykjavik, the tour takes you on a comfy bus ride to some of Iceland's top tourist attractions. Enjoy a live geyser and a towering waterfall along the rocky lava landscape of the country, and return to the city in time to enjoy fancy cocktails and Spanish-influenced Japanese cuisine at the trendiest spot in town, Sushi Social.
- Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known often as a party destination with gorgeous beaches, and yes, if that is what you are seeking then you are sure to be satisfied- but there is so much more also offered in this gorgeous country. Enjoy authentic cuisine in bustling San Jose, or embrace serenity deep in the rainforest, with countless retreats and tourist activities across Costa Rica, there is something for everyone. Costa Rica is incredibly open and friendly towards tourists and makes for a popular destination for solo travelers.
Vancouver is perfect for any nervous solo travelers, incredibly safe, amazing public transportation, and a major tourist destination, you will fit right into this eclectic city. Enjoy free walking tours of gorgeous downtown, take on some adventurous outdoorsy activities in the sprawling natural landscape just minutes away from the city, and relax beachside with a tasty drink, Vancouver is a vast destination encompassing everything we love when traveling solo. We recommend fresh seafood which is king in Vancouver city, located along the pacific coastline and boasting a diverse population, Vancouver has plentiful options of delicious meals, but this is one of the rare destinations in North America where you can find world-class sushi for a fair price.