Travelling solo is the epitome of freedom, especially if you want to explore the world on your terms without compromise. It is exhilarating and liberating…but it can also be daunting, especially if it’s your first time striking out on your own.
Even so, you’re not alone. Whatever your reason for travelling solo – whether it’s for personal growth, enjoying your own company, or having different interests than your friends, the number of solo travellers is increasing.
Data from the travel search engine Kayak shows that searches for single traveller flights are 36 per cent higher for 2023 travel than in 2022. In addition, the World Travel Market states that solo trips are estimated to account for 17 per cent of worldwide travel since the pandemic.
So, are you ready to jet off to exciting places alone? If so, where should you go? On a guided tour, you will have the perfect balance of freedom while still enjoying small group. To help you plan your independent adventure, here are destinations perfect for a first-time solo traveller with Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, and CAA Travel.
Iceland is a unique destination with stunning natural landscapes, exciting outdoor activities, and a safe, welcoming environment. The country’s vibrant capital, Reykjavik, is a great place to start your trip. Explore the city’s colourful buildings, visit museums and art galleries, and soak in one of its many hot springs. You can also take a day trip to Iceland’s incredible natural wonders, such as the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, or head out of the city to search for the Northern Lights.
Visit Nepal on Insight Vacations’ “Classical India with Nepal” tour.
For good reason, Nepal is a favourite location for first-time solo travellers. This magical nation has breathtaking scenery, hospitable citizens, and rich cultural history. Start your solo journey in Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling city, where you can take in vibrant street life, explore historic temples, and peruse bright markets. After that, proceed to the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara, where you may start a climb to the renowned Annapurna Circuit or take a tranquil boat ride on Phewa Lake. Thanks to the friendliness and warmth of the Nepalese people who create a welcoming environment, you will feel at home.
Explore Japan on Luxury Gold’s “Majestic Japan” tour.
Japan is a safe and fascinating country that is easy to navigate, making it an excellent choice for your first solo vacation. Tokyo, the bustling capital city, is a must-visit destination with its cutting-edge technology, vibrant fashion, and unique cuisine. You can also explore Japan’s rich cultural heritage by visiting Kyoto, home to over 2,000 temples, shrines, and traditional gardens and teahouses.
Discover Portugal on Insight Vacations’ “Country Roads of Portugal” tour.
Portugal is an excellent destination for individual travellers who want to experience a different side of Europe. It is a safe and welcoming country with friendly locals and stunning landscapes. Start your journey in Lisbon, the capital, and explore its charming neighbourhoods, historic buildings, and lively nightlife. You can also head to the coast to enjoy some of the country’s best beaches or explore the picturesque towns of Sintra and Porto.
Explore Chile on Insight Vacations’ “Classic South America” guided tour.
With a mesmerizing combination of scenic beauty, welcoming locals, and reasonable prices, Chile is a great destination for first-time solo travellers. Start your journey in the energetic capital city of Santiago, where you can delve into its fascinating history and explore its bustling markets. From there, venture to the picturesque coastal town of Valparaíso, known for its vibrant streets and bohemian vibe. You may enjoy scrumptious seafood and traditional meals in Chile without breaking the bank. Travel south to the stunning Torres del Paine National Park, a common ground for hikers, if you want outdoor adventures.
Adventure in New Zealand on Luxury Gold’s “The Endless Shores” itinerary.
New Zealand is a beautiful island nation rich in natural wonders for adventurers who want to explore the great outdoors. The country is safe and easy to navigate, where plenty of thrills await, such as hiking, skiing, or bungee jumping. In addition, you can tour the country’s stunning landscapes, from the snow-capped mountains of the South Island to the geothermal wonders of the North Island.
Discover Ireland on Insight Vacations’ “Country Roads of Ireland” tour.
Are you seeking a mix of culture, adventure and relaxation? If so, go to Ireland for your next trip. It offers a rich history, stunning natural landscapes, and welcoming locals. The capital, Dublin, is a great place to start your holiday, with its lively pubs, historic buildings, and cultural attractions. You can also explore the country’s scenic countryside, visit charming towns like Galway and Cork, and experience the warm hospitality of the locals.
Explore Australia on Luxury Gold’s “Inspiring Australia” tour.
Australia is vast and diverse and offers endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. The country’s vibrant cities, stunning beaches, and natural wonders make it a great destination for those travelling alone. You can navigate the multicultural city of Sydney, visit the Great Barrier Reef, drive the coastal states along the Great Ocean Road, or visit historic and unique Outback towns like Longreach or Alice Springs. Australians are known for their laid-back and friendly nature, making it easy to meet new people and make friends along the way.
Adventure through Vietnam on Luxury Gold’s “Spirit of Vietnam” tour.
Vietnam is a great choice if you want to travel but keep to a budget. The country’s rich history, stunning scenery, and delicious cuisine make it a great destination for those seeking a mix of culture and adventure. Explore the bustling cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, take a boat trip along the Mekong, or relax on one of the country’s many beautiful beaches. In addition, Vietnamese people are known for their hospitality and warmth, so you can connect with locals and possibly make new friends.
Admire South Africa on Luxury Gold’s “Spectacular South Africa” tour.
South Africa offers a mix of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and culture. The country is home to iconic landmarks like Table Mountain, Kruger National Park, and Cape Town, making it a perfect destination for adventure-seekers and nature lovers. You can also explore the country’s vibrant cultural scene, sample the delicious cuisine, and connect with locals through community-led tours. Take a walking tour through Cape Town, for example, to visit the colourful Bo–Kaap neighbourhood and eat a traditional meal at the restaurant Biesmiellah.
Enjoy Italy on Insight Vacations’ “Best of Italy” tour.
Italy is a beautiful and welcoming destination, ideal for individuals who want to immerse themselves in history, culture, and food. The country’s historic cities, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine offer plenty to see and do for those seeking both adventure and relaxation. While here, you can discover unique ways to sample world-renowned cuisine and wine by taking a Spritz and Spaghetti cooking class in Rome or grab a glass from a hidden wine window (buchette del vino) in Florence.