Solo Adventure: The 10 Best Places to Solo Travel

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  • Arts & Culture

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  • Croatia

  • Iceland

  • New Zealand

  • Portugal

  • Spain

  • Scotland

  • Vietnam

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Solo Adventure: The 10 Best Places to Solo Travel
Curator’s statement

The call for the solo adventure is undeniable, and as a fellow travel enthusiast, I understand the longing to explore on your own terms. While I'm fortunate to have a travel partner, I've witnessed the transformative power of solo travel firsthand. Embarking on this path requires careful planning, and choosing the right destination is crucial. That's why I've curated a list of the 10 best places to solo travel in 2024, catering to first-timers and seasoned explorers alike. From cultural immersion to exhilarating adventures, get ready to discover unforgettable experiences that will quench your wanderlust and ignite your spirit!

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Croatia beckons solo adventurers with stunning beaches, captivating history and mouthwatering cuisine. This budget-friendly haven boasts friendly locals and diverse experiences. From sun-kissed relaxation to exploring the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik's Old Town, steeped in history. Indulge in fresh seafood or truffle pasta in charming seaside villages, then hike the cascading waterfalls and vibrant turquoise lakes of Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO gem.

Pro Tip: Consider extending your trip to Slovenia for a two-week adventure that blends culture, beaches and breathtaking nature.


Iceland's draw transcends its otherworldly landscapes, although that is the number one reason most travelers make the trip to this stunning Nordic country (myself included!). Consistently ranked the most peaceful country globally, Iceland offers a worry-free playground, making it a haven for solo travelers seeking both adventure and tranquility.

Hiking on a glacier, riding ATVs on black sand beaches, exploring in ice caves, snorkeling between continents and even descending into a dormant volcano are some of the most sought-after experiences in Iceland. You can also soak in natural hot springs, chase the Northern Lights, or go whale-watching – the possibilities are endless. With a well-planned itinerary, Iceland becomes a fantastic choice, even for your first solo travel adventure.


New Zealand beckons solo adventurers with its breathtaking landscapes, ranking as the world's second-most peaceful nation. Picture: majestic fjords, emerald rainforests and cascading waterfalls - a visual feast for nature lovers.

Embrace your inner explorer with heli-hiking on Franz Josef Glacier, conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing's volcanic vistas or delve into the enchanting Waitomo Glowworm Caves. For a relaxing escape, Waiheke Island awaits. Lord of the Rings fans can frolic in the Hobbiton Movie Set, while Milford Sound's towering cliffs and waterfalls inspire awe. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and geothermal wonders in Rotorua.


Portugal isn't just one of the best places for solo travel because of its stunning sights, but for its welcoming soul. Consistently ranked among the safest and friendliest nations, it's a breeze to navigate and find friendly faces. Crave history? Wander Lisbon's Alfama, savor seafood at the Mercado da Ribeira, or soak up views from São Jorge Castle. Immerse yourself in Fado music's melancholic beauty. In Porto, stroll the Douro River, explore the Ribeira district and delve into historic wine cellars. For serenity, escape to the Douro Valley's terraced vineyards or take a scenic train journey.

Beyond these hotspots, Portugal offers diverse experiences. Sintra boasts whimsical palaces and gardens, while Madeira provides volcanic landscapes and breathtaking hikes. The Azores archipelago promises whale-watching, geothermal wonders and lush greenery – perfect for solo adventurers. But the real magic lies in the atmosphere. English is widely spoken, and solo travelers can easily mingle with locals or join group activities. Whether you seek cultural immersion, outdoor adventures or relaxed exploration, Portugal offers a safe, friendly and endlessly charming landscape for your solo journey.


Spain's vastness defies easy summaries, but for solo travelers, it offers a wealth of diverse experiences. Foodies can tantalize their taste buds in Barcelona's La Boqueria market, then unwind on the sun-kissed shores of Barceloneta Beach. History buffs will be mesmerized by Gaudí's whimsical Park Güell and Sagrada Familia's architectural grandeur.

Beyond Barcelona, Spain offers many other opportunities. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Seville, or wander the historic streets of Madrid. Hike through the Picos de Europa mountains, or relax on the golden shores of Mallorca. Whether you crave culinary delights, architectural wonders or outdoor adventures, Spain's welcoming atmosphere and diverse landscapes promise an unforgettable solo journey.


For solo travelers seeking adventure steeped in myth and postcard-perfect landscapes, Scotland can be the perfect destination. From Edinburgh's charming cobbled streets to the mysteries of Loch Ness, this safe and welcoming haven offers a unique blend of history, outdoor escapades and self-discovery.

Explore Edinburgh by bike, uncovering its rich heritage from medieval Old Town to elegant New Town facades. Join a walking tour for deeper insights, or find serenity amid contemporary art collections at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Adventure awaits in the Scottish Highlands. Uncover the legendary Loch Ness, basking in its mystique and stunning scenery. Step back in time at Urquhart Castle, a 13th-century sentinel whispering tales of the past. Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast or simply seeking outdoor adventures, Scotland is easily one of the best places to solo travel.


Vietnam entices travelers with its captivating landscapes, vibrant cities, and rich cultural tapestry. You can explore the colossal caverns of Hang Sơn Đoòng, cruise the emerald waters of Bai Tu Long Bay and wander the colorful streets of Hội An, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Hội An, a UNESCO-listed gem, comes alive during the full moon with lanterns floating down the Thu Bồn River. In Ho Chi Minh City, dive into Bến Thành Market's culinary delights and historical charm. Hanoi beckons with the iconic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Old Quarter's delectable street food.

Beyond these highlights, Vietnam offers endless possibilities for solo exploration. Hike through verdant rice paddies, kayak through limestone karsts or learn the art of making Phở. With its friendly locals, affordable prices and timeless beauty, Vietnam promises an unforgettable solo adventure.


Albania is definitely an off-the-beaten-bath hidden gem, and in part that is what makes it one of the best places to solo travel, especially if you're trying to escape the usual hotspots. Dive into the mesmerizing Blue Eye spring near Saranda, where crystal-clear waters captivate even the most casual photographer. Soak up the sun on pristine beaches along the Albanian Riviera, letting the rhythm of the waves lull you into relaxation.

Seek rejuvenation at Përmet's Benja Thermal Baths, renowned for their healing properties. History buffs will revel in Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nicknamed the "town of a thousand windows," boasting Ottoman architecture, medieval castles and diverse religious sites. Albania offers an unforgettable solo adventure, blending natural wonders, cultural richness and warm hospitality.


Canada's vastness beckons solo travelers with diverse experiences, from cosmopolitan Toronto to the slopes of British Columbia. Language, currency and transportation are accessible to US nationals, making it a breeze to navigate. Immerse yourself in Toronto's vibrant arts scene at the Harbourfront Center, or explore Vancouver's natural beauty by bike, culminating in a thrilling crossing of the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

For nature enthusiasts, Alberta's Banff National Park is a must. Hike amid glacial lakes and Rocky Mountain vistas, spot wildlife and connect with the serene beauty of this iconic landscape. Canada's diverse offerings promise an unforgettable solo adventure.


Japan's efficient bullet trains and well-connected metros make solo exploration a breeze, even with a Japan Rail Pass for cost-effective travel. In Kyoto, delve into history with temple visits, tea ceremonies and cherry blossoms in spring. Immerse yourself in pop culture districts, bustling markets, and the energy of urban life.

Nature enthusiasts can hike the Japanese Alps or relax in Hakone's hot springs. Find tranquility in traditional gardens, a harmonious blend of nature and culture. Japan's diverse offerings, from ancient traditions to modern vibrancy, ensure a fulfilling solo adventure for every traveler.

Need to Know

Traveling solo, especially as a woman, is an empowering and liberating experience, but safety should always be a top priority.

Research Your Destination: whether or not you're working with a travel advisor to plan out your trip, always do some research of your destination(s) leading up to your trip. Get to know the local customs, what to wear, what places to avoid and most importantly, how to show respect for the local culture.

Know Your Surroundings (or pretend like you do): Try to maintain an air of confidence and security while exploring on your own. Walking with your nose in a map or your phone will make you stick out as an easy target, especially in a large city. If you lose your bearings, don't panic and maintain your composure until you can stop at a store or cafe where you can consult your phone or map and regain your bearings.

Keep Your Private Info Private: It's likely you'll make friends while on your solo adventure, but at the risk of sounding paranoid, keep your personal information to yourself. By that I mean, your full name, where you're staying, what your next stop will be, etc.

Know Your Limits: This one is particularly crucial, both physically and emotionally. Give yourself the chance to have down time if your plans include plenty of physical exertion. Emotionally, recognize your travel limits so you can better plan how often you change destinations to avoid travel burnout.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on solo travel. In need of further inspiration? Check out Stephanie Sanchez’s trip report, Wanderlust Unbound: Embracing the Best Solo Travel Destinations.

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