Over the past few years, I’ve started to travel solo more and more. I absolutely love exploring new places on my own, and there’s something really special about taking the plunge and going on a solo trip.
I thought it might be useful to share some of the amazing places that I’ve been to that have been great for solo travel, in case you’re thinking about booking a trip, or need some inspiration as a seasoned solo traveller!
Some of the places on my list are entire countries perfect for navigating as a solo traveller, others are specific cities that I’ve been to and would recommend.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I visited Sweden for the first time and spent a solo weekend in Stockholm, but I was completely blown away.
Yes it was an expensive city, but it was well worth it.
It felt safe and clean. There’s so much to see and do, with a gorgeous old town and lots of interesting museums.
It felt solo-travel friendly in a lot of ways. Some museums open until late evening, giving you something to do at the time that if often most challenging and lonely for a solo traveller, especially if you’re not interested in going out partying.
There were restaurants that catered to lone travellers, and it’s the kind of city where you can just wander and marvel at your surroundings.
Must-see: the Fotograsfika photography museum
Must-do: go on the Millennium film and book tour around the city
Must-eat: the signature dish at Meatballs for the People
Read more: A Weekend in Stockholm
Although not as well known as Geneva or Zurich, Basel seems to attract plenty of tourists with its beautiful old town and many museums.
I travelled there in January which is off-season, and although it was really cold, it made exploring even better as I avoided the crowds.
Like with a lot of cities in Europe, the old town makes it an ideal place for solo travellers to just wander and get lost.
It also felt very safe- possibly one of the safest places I’ve travelled to solo. It feels comfortable to walk around after dark (although you should take the usual precautions you’d take anywhere) and it’s well serviced by public transport too.
Must-see: the beautiful Basel Munster in the heart of the Old Town.
Must-do: wander along the Rhine to check out the beautiful views either side of the river
Must-eat: delicious street food at Klara. The dumplings from Mister Momo are a winner!
I’d heard lots about Iceland with quite mixed reviews before I visited earlier this year. If I’m honest, the only real reason for my trip was that I could do a free stopover on the way back from Canada!
How wrong I was to underestimate this beautiful and unique country, it exceeded my expectations in every way.
It’s perfect for solo travelers in that’s safe, Reykjavik is a great city to explore on your own and there are numerous tours run by different companies to visit the island’s main attractions.
I was also quite surprised by the abundance of solo traveller friendly restaurants and cafes; I’d pretty much expected Iceland to just cater for couples and groups. There are a couple of cool street food markets, including Hlemmur Food Hall, which is perfect for a quick and tasty meal after a busy day of exploring.
Must-see: the views over Reykjavik from Hallgrimskirkja church.
Must-do: a Golden Circle tour with snorkelling in the Silfra fissure.
Must-eat: a famous (and delicious!) hotdog from the Baejarins Betzu Pyslur stand.
Whilst I’ve only visited a small part of the country, Canada has a reputation as a safe and friendly country in general.
I found this to be true whilst I was there, never feeling worried about being alone and finding the locals to be really welcoming. For those of us who are English or French speakers, the ease of communicating is also a plus!
I visited Toronto and Montreal, two of Canada’s big cities. Both felt really safe and had plenty to see and do for solo travellers. Montreal in particular felt very solo travel friendly, with loads of cool places to eat and explore.
Must-see: Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal
Must-do: Segway tour around Toronto’s Distillery District
Must-eat: Poutine at La Banquise in Montreal
For me, Thailand is Asia for beginners. It’s extremely well set up for tourists and there are solo travellers everywhere. It seems to be the setting off point for those travelling longer-term and I think it’s a great place to do or start your first ever solo trip.
Accommodation is varied and cheap, as is the delicious food. You’ll no doubt meet plenty of like-minded solo adventurers and if not, there are plenty of affordable organised tours that you can join.
Must-see: the beautiful islands
Must-do: stay overnight in a floating bungalow on the lake at Koh Sok National
Must-eat: street food Pad Thai
Read more: 9 Great Reasons to Visit Thailand
Like all of the well-trodden parts of South East Asia, Vietnam has plenty of solo travellers. I travelled there both completely solo and as part of a group. Both felt really safe and it was very easy to get around the country.
Visiting Vietnam feels like you get to experience more than one country; each area is so diverse, even down to the regional food dishes. It makes it the perfect place for an adventure on your own, you’ll certainly never be bored!
The prices are also super cheap, including for accommodation. This means that even if you’re travelling solo, you can travel in relative style without blowing the budget.
Must-see: Hoi An ancient town
Must-do: spend a couple of days on a junk boat in Halong Bay
Must-eat: eat your way around Hanoi on a street food tour
Read more: 14 Unique Things to See and Do in Vietnam
For me as an English speaker, Hong Kong gave a real sense of the exotic, whilst being super easy to navigate due to the lack of language barrier.
The city is super high tech and modern with great public transport, but has the buzz and grit of an Asian city. A perfect combination in my opinion!
There’s so much to see and do that you’ll never get bored, and you can even take a day trip to the weird and wonderful country of Macau for an additional solo adventure.
It’s easy to find amazing food places where eating alone if comfortable too.
Must-see: the Lantau Big Buddha
Must-do: ride the funicular up to Victoria Peak for breathtaking views
Must-eat: dim sum at Michelin-starred (but super cheap) Tim Ho Wan
Now for a bit of a wildcard solo option not too far from Hong Kong, in case you’re looking for somewhere totally safe but a little more challenging…
Talk to people who have visited China and they’re likely to say that it’s a challenging place to travel. That said, it’s not impossible, especially as more and more tourists visit!
And as a solo traveller, you should feel really safe. Unlike many places, it also seems like the type of place where females travelling alone are pretty much as safe as males.
China is home to some absolutely incredible sights, and there is such a variety of places to visit that you’ll never be bored even when you’re travelling solo. Add to that the country’s fast and efficient infrastructure (trains I’m looking at you!) and relatively inexpensive costs, and you can see why it’s a great place for solo travel.
I liked the fact that on my solo trip, I was completely pushed out of my comfort zone due to the stark culture change and lack of English spoken. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I enjoy a bit of a challenge when I’m travelling, and China more than delivered on that!
Must-see: pandas in Chengdu
Must-do: hike the incredible Great Wall
Must-eat: Peking duck and pancakes
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve travelled solo in any of the places I’ve included, or if you have any spots you’d add!