Many of us like travelling, sure, but some parts of us prefer traveling alone because we can have the freedom that we don’t get from traveling with partners. So if you’re more of a solo traveler, here are the places that you should definitely visit.
Solo travelers who love adventure will find this country so exciting. For starters, you can go whitewater rafting on the Chiriqui Viejo rivers, then you can zipline through tropical treetops, enjoying how the wind blows while looking at a verdant landscape.
You might be thinking that those kinds of things I mentioned will be more fun to do with a lot of people. However, there are hundreds of waterfalls, hikes, beaches, and island getaways that need to be enjoyed by yourself. Most importantly, these places are not crowded with tourists and the locals are more than happy to show you beautiful spots in their country.
According to Jackson on Indie Traveller, the locals had made him feel like they’re his best friends during his solo travel in Panama. One day, the locals took him to their favorite waterfalls, ate Panamanian food, and taught him Spanish. It’s really nice to see that kind of hospitality when you’re traveling alone, don’t you think?
“You don’t find these kinds of experiences in a Lonely Planet guidebook. You find them on solo travel adventures with locals who go out of their way to make sure you enjoy their home, which they are immensely proud of,” said Jackson.
This European country is famous for its chocolate, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll get nothing else. If you’re an architect or history geek, you can find a lot of historic sites and infrastructure for your entertainment here. Want to see how architecture used to be like in medieval times? Go to Brussels and take a look around.
But if you’re not keen on those things, you can still find other tourist attractions. You can take a lot of landscape photographs in Bruges because the view there is just so stunning. Plus, you can always indulge yourself in the different types of chocolate here. I went there years ago and walking around the town got more fun with chocolate dipped strawberries I bought from a small shop!
A land of ice and fire is probably a good name for this country. The ice in the country’s surface is about 15% but Iceland has also got about 20 active volcanoes. When you visit this country, you can certainly walk on ice and discover caves as well as go to places that offer breathtaking views like in Reykjavik.
Once you’re done sightseeing and enjoying the country’s beautiful nature, you can always go to the capital and be immersed with its nightlife. And don’t you worry about getting mugged or anything. Iceland has a very low crime rates, in fact it’s number one in the Global Peace Index.
Finland is another Scandinavian country just about northeast of Iceland. And just like its neighbor, this country offers you a whole lot of nature-related destinations like Lemmenjoki National Park, which is the largest reserve in Europe. There are also several wild areas and beautiful lakes you can visit. If you fancy northern lights, this is the perfect place too.
If you’re not really a fan of those, don’t fret. Helsinki will give you design stores and museums that are walkable and easygoing. Wanna relax? Have some drinks and snacks around The Esplanade (there’s a market here too!). Art lovers should go to the town of Espoo, while casual strollers should give seaside towns called Hanko or Lohja a try. Bonus: Finnish saunas are great!
Now, if you’re really a lone wolf who loves traveling, you can’t think of a better place than Finland. As you may know, Finnish people really respect personal space and privacy. You don’t need to think about awkward silences or trying to be friendly with a bit of chitchats because they don’t like small talks as explained in Mother Nature Network.
Just like its fellow Scandinavian country, Finland is also very safe to travel alone. In the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, this country is ranked number one.
This country has some of the lowest crime rates in America (north and south), which is already a great reason to visit it alone. To really have good relaxing days, retreat to Punta del Este, which is a famous resort town where you’ll find beaches, monuments, and places to unwind.
If you want to know Uruguay’s history, you can go to Colonia del Sacramento instead. Experiencing the urban side of the country would be done best in its capital, Montevideo.
Advanced technology meets traditions and culture that are centuries old, that’s what Japan is all about. When you want to experience the bustling city life, Tokyo is simply the best place for that. It’s considered the cleanest and best organized mega-metropolis in the world. But if you want some peace as well as city life, Osaka is your best bet.
Did you know that this country is the 6th most peaceful countries in the world? Marek from Indie Traveller seem to agree with that.
He said, “I actually don’t know for sure if Japan is the easiest country to meet other travelers or locals. Then again, the people are incredibly respectful and helpful to foreigners, the country is safe enough to walk into any alley without fear, and it’s a place where you can get beautifully lost even by yourself. I highly recommend it.”
Many say that Austria is a near-perfect country, probably because Austrians enjoy whatever their country could offer like beautiful lush forests, crystal clear lakes, and snow-capped mountain peaks. The landscapes here worth every penny.
For solo travelers, the most comfortable city in this country is probably Vienna. The main reason is because this city is small and compact, making it one of the easiest European cities to navigate. If you’re looking for a smaller city, then Salzburg is the one to go. Basically, the rail network in Austria is highly accessible so you can be wherever your heart desires.
Music geeks would also enjoy themselves when they explore this country alone. There are a lot of concert halls, music museums, and many more things related to music. If you’re not exactly a fan, then you can always take lazy strolls or linger at authentic Austrian cafes.
Women shouldn’t be afraid to travel alone, since Austria ranks at number four in International Women’s Travel Center’s list of the best countries for women traveling alone.
Natural beauty and astonishing landscapes are Chile’s strong points, so solo travelers who are also nature lovers would be head over heels in love with this country. There are tons of places that you can visit starting from Atacama, the most arid desert in the world to Patagonia, a destination that offers you wild natural beauty.
What’s exciting is that Chile also has beautiful camping spots, beaches, and historic cities. The country’s capital, Santiago, has not only various activities that you’ll like, but also gorgeous mountains surrounding it.
So, where do you want to go all alone for next holiday? If you like this article, make sure to also read this one.