10 Solo travel destinations that will tempt you to start exploring

Embrace the nomad in you and explore some of the best solo travel destinations in the world.

So maybe hopping on a plane and landing in a country you’ve never been to sounds daunting; but trust me, it isn’t! This little world of ours has so many great corners worthy of exploration that it seems a shame to waste it sitting at home.

Picture yourself meditating in Bali, hiking in New Zealand, tingling your tastebuds in South Korea, or swimming under a waterfall in Croatia. Or maybe your budget is making you leave your passport on your bedside table? Then be closer to nature in the stirring Northern Territory or be Instagram-trendy with a trip to a pink lake. Whatever type of holiday you crave, the adventure doesn’t stop because you don’t have a buddy and with these solo travel destinations, it be easy to see the world on your own.


Imagine stepping into the future, you look up and see sky-high glass buildings and flickering neon-lit billboards – welcome to Japan. Step into the busy Harajuku district with all its pastel colours, adorable lolita dresses hanging up on display and shops that sell ice cream cones in the shape of cute animals. Take a walk on Odaiba island next to a smaller version of the Statue of Liberty, soak in the quiet of Meiji Temple. If you prefer things at a faster pace, catch a bullet train to get you where you need to be. Japan truly is a place full of extremes all existing simultaneously.

I know what you might be thinking: this is all too much for one person? But solo travel in Japan isn’t as daunting as it sounds. Locals here are extremely helpful when asking for directions (and if they don’t speak English, they’ll try to find someone who does!) and when travelling in bigger cities, most street signs tend to be bilingual.

Although the country often gets a bad reputation for being rather pricey, if you go off the beaten path to lesser-known districts and towns, you can really get bang for your buck. Visit local izakayas for great lunch deals or if you’re in a rush, supermarket bento boxes aren’t too shabby (7/11, anyone?).

But Japan is more than just mesmerizing neon-lit cities, solo travellers are also drawn to its mountainous landscapes and hot thermal springs around Nagano. Complete one of the pilgrim walks through lush forests on Kii peninsula or visit the snow-covered mountains of Honshu.

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Experience a stay in one of the country's infamous capsule hotels


Whilst travelling around Japan, one iconic hotel experience you should try is the infamous capsule hotel. Originally designed for busy businessmen who only needed a quick place to rest their heads, capsule hotels are now accessible for everyone. Be aware that many are still exclusively reserved for men.

One hotel that is inclusive and right in the heart of Kyoto is Nine Hours Kyoto. Expect a sleek design, futuristic feel and high-quality amenities at this minimalist hotel. Your bed faintly resembles a space capsule and is furnished with a light-based alarm clock, a specialised pillow and high-grade linens. Separate floors accommodate men and women, and should you require the internet, you have free access to Wi-Fi in the lobby or you can make use of the on-site internet station.

The hotel is just a two-minute walk to Kawaramachi Train Station, while JR Kyoto Train Station is a 10-minute drive away. So you’ll be in a prime position for exploring all that Kyoto and its neighbouring towns have to offer.

Nine Hours Kyoto

8.4 Very good (69 reviews)

Tokyo by day, Yokohama by night


If you seek refuge from the bright lights and busy centre of Tokyo, Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is ideal. A 45-minute journey, thanks to the JR train connection, you can spend a day exploring Tokyo and still make it in time to watch the sun set down by the Yokohama harbour.

All hotel rooms are placed between the 52nd and 67th floor of the Yokohama Landmark Tower and feature carpeted floors, minibar, flat-screen satellite and an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub. Make use the indoor pool at the fitness centre, and then pile back on those calories at one of the eight on-site dining facilities.

Yokohama Royal Park Hotel

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (2797 reviews)

South Korea

Many solo travellers probably haven’t considered including South Korea on their travel list. But, it is just as easy to explore as is Japan and more affordable. You will inevitably start your trip in the capital, Seoul, which could keep you entertained for weeks as each district has its very own charm.

From international labels to local Korean beauty stores, your high-end shopping dreams will come true in Myeongdong. Or if you’re a foodie, head over to Itaewon for classy dining, or stroll through the old American quarters and gaze into the quiet antique stores with stacked chairs and shining chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

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Be in the thick of the action in Gangnam-gu


To really dive into the nightlife and shopping experience, stay at Grammos in Gangnam-gu. The hotel’s funky and hyper-stylish rooms will make you feel as if you have been transported into the future and will provide the perfect vibe to compliment being in such a modern city.

No matter what time of the year you visit, the hotel rooms will keep you cosy with heating facilities and cool in summer thanks to the air-conditioning. After a long day, you can get really comfortable in either your in-room seating area or head straight for your comfy bed.

Other perks include an outdoor swimming pool and a business centre, as well as luggage storage and laundry services. Moreover, Yeoksam Subway Station is just 300 metres away and will allow you to freely travel throughout the capital city with ease.

Grammos Hotel

8.4 Very good (2027 reviews)

Enjoy a taste of island life on Je-ju


Much quieter and slower paced than Seoul is Jeju island. This is where South Koreans love to vacation thanks to its warm climate and lush vegetation. The volcanic island has quite a lot to offer, ranging from natural wonders to quirky theme parks.

Book a stay at View Tower Resort in Downtown. Not only are you staying right within Jeju City district, but major island attractions aren’t far either, such as Shilla Duty-Free, Jeju National Museum and Samyang Black Sand Beach. The hotel overlooks the ocean and dunes. Make sure to admire the view while getting comfy in one of the garden’s lounge chairs.

View Tower Resort

7.4(65 reviews)


Thailand might be known mostly for its beaches and full moon parties but solo travellers can experience can experience a more quiet version of this lively country! Picture lush tropical forests covering rugged mountains with quietly bubbling streams rushing over the smooth rocks in the North.

You can easily find peace and quiet even in big cities like Bangkok, where the traffic never ceases, its constant murmur is heard from afar. Just turn a street and you will find serenity at a temple decked out with golden ornaments, gently smiling Buddha statues and rising temple domes.

An absolute must to experience all of this at once is Chiang Mai. It houses many solo travellers from all walks of life, both living here short term as well as those only travelling through. Sit in one of the many hip cafes, such as Cloud Nine with its fairy floss drinks, hike Doi Suthep mountain or meditate at one of the temple retreats.

A dose of nature and spirituality


Immerse yourself in nature and spirituality at Narittaya Resort and Spa just a little outside of Chiang Mai. It is nestled in nature and yet close enough to the city’s central temples and the Golden Triangle for day trips. Plus, it also features an on-site spa.

Narittaya Resort and Spa

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Chiang Mai
8.6 Excellent (25 reviews)

A beach getaway in Phuket


If you want to book a beach getaway, Phuket is always a good idea. It is an island with short distances and a string of beaches for optimal tanning, seaside activities and nightly events.

Banthai Beach Resort & Spa is right by Patong Beach and offers a free shuttle to Phuket Town to its guests. If you’re a social butterfly who likes to make friends, it is close to the main party beaches or you can get to know fellow travellers by the pool.

For local food, choose from one of the many restaurants by the shopping plaza and alongside the beach promenade. Should you seek to spend some time shopping, the Jungceylon Mall is only 500 metres away from the hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort

Patong Beach
8.3 Very good (2483 reviews)


You pick up the plumeria flower that was lying on the serving tray in front of you while your freshly brewed latte sits next to a bright pink smoothie bowl served in half a coconut. The sun sparkles on your sunnies and you lay, feet outstretched, by your private villa pool. Welcome to Bali!

With days filled with bright sunshine, clear skies overhead and the green rice fields flying by as you scoot around the island, you will feel as if you have indeed landed in paradise.

One of the easiest places to explore Indonesia still is Bali, though the nearby islands of Gili and Lombok are close contestants. There are a multitude of reasons Bali attracts tourist groups and solo travellers alike throughout the entire year. Getting around via taxi is easy and there are tours catering to solo travellers who want to get off the beaten path and right into the green centre of Bali.

A Bali hotel if you love to party


Party lovers will want to stay in the South of Bali, such as Kuta and Seminyak, with its busy shopping streets and soft sand beaches. Have a look at the upscale hotel U Paasha Seminyak, which offers guest suites with a private balcony, flat-screen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and an iPod dock.

More than that, you are close to the city’s nightlife, bars and restaurants. Petitenget Beach is a mere five-minute drive away, but you don’t have to go far for a swim on a hot day. The hotel has its own roof terrace pool, as well as a gym in case you want to work on your “bikini figure.”

Cross Paasha Bali Seminyak

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (1985 reviews)

Ride the waves in Nusa Dua


The South of Bali not only has shopping, nightlife and food opportunities on offer, but surfers also will not be able to resist the waves. The area of Nusa Dua is without a doubt a prime spot for grabbing your board and riding the morning swell.

Stay close to the beach at Meliã Bali. This resort is ideally located next to the beach, allowing for excellent sunrise views. Besides the ocean shore, you will also have access to a large lagoon swimming pool and landscaped gardens. Work up a sweat at the tennis court or relax at the spa before dining at one of the hotel’s five on-site restaurants.

Melia Bali

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Nusa Dua
8.5 Excellent (3602 reviews)

New Zealand

Standing high on top of the mountain, feel the wind in your hair and the grass swaying at your feet. It’s hard not to feel on top of the world. Nature is king in New Zealand and you don’t have to go far to truly feel immersed in the endless greens.

Picture turquoise-coloured lakes surrounded by deep purple lupine flowers in the South, sky-high redwood trees in the North and playful sea lions by the east coast, and you right in the middle. For a solo traveller craving a stay in nature, this just might be the best option for you. And with a great selection of accommodation country-wide, you won’t have to rough it to conquer the beauty of Aotearoa.

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Explore laid-back Auckland


Auckland is a laidback city on the North Island offering a pleasant mix of city life and possibilities for outdoor adventure. Visit local museums and attractions, such as the Auckland War Memorial Museum or the Auckland Art Gallery, or maybe you’d prefer the coast to coast walk for a scenic afternoon of yachting harbour views. Make sure to pencil in a day for island hopping in Auckland’s Bay, ferry over to Waiheke or Rotoroa Island.

Base yourself in the charming Heritage Auckland, right in the Central Business District. From here, you’re only a five-minute walk away from Skytower, Viaduct Harbour and Queen Street. Furthermore, the hotel houses two fitness centres, a tennis court, and a hair salon. If you like a splash, make use of the two swimming pools, either the indoor or the outdoor heated rooftop pool. Upon arrival, you receive 2GB of complimentary Wi-Fi each day, and the elegantly decorated hotel rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and a refrigerator to store all the tasty L&Ps you’re bound to drink.

Heritage Auckland, A Heritage Hotel

8.3 Very good (2345 reviews)

Wake up lakeside in Queenstown


Whether you arrive in the winter for its snow-capped peaks or during the spring for picturesque hikes, Queenstown is a must-visit. Book a stay at Kamana Lakehouse and you will feel like you’ve been transported to the European Alps. What makes this location perfect during your stay is you’ll be close to all the classic New Zealand sights, such as Milford Sound, the Wanaka Tree and the abandoned Tekapo house by the lake.

This hotel offers glorious views over Lake Wakatipu and the mountains known as the Remarkables. All rooms come with air-conditioning, premium beds, USB charging ports, free Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth speaker and an outdoor seating area.

Kamana Lakehouse

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9.3 Excellent (623 reviews)


You don’t have to travel far to find a suitable solo travel destination when you have this great land of ours at your doorstep. Travelling within Australia, solo, is ideal – you don’t need to find a currency exchange, you speak the language and you won’t get a hefty bill for turning on your 3G.

For tropical holidays among lush rainforests, white beaches and constant temperatures, opt for Queensland. You’re bound to have some aquatic fun when you hop on a catamaran and set out to the Great Barrier Reef. As you lie in the net spun over the side of the boat, the waves will gently play with your feet. Dive right into the deep and don’t forget your snorkelling gear to see the lively fish and coral in all their splendour.

But for those who want to uncover the true beauty of the outback, then you’re better off heading up north, where you can inspect preserved aboriginal rock art in Kakadu National Park. As you climb your way up the red rocks, your breath will stop for just a second when you take in the sweeping views over the plateaus below with their gentle rivers and dots of green trees.

Start your adventure at the top of Australia


With so many iconic sites in the Northern End, such as Katherine Gorge, Cobourg Peninsula and Litchfield National Park, staying close by is a good idea in the pleasant city of Darwin. More specifically, make yourself comfortable at One30 Esplanade, from where your Australian adventure can begin.

Before you head off on a day of sightseeing, have a dip in the on-site pool surrounded by tropical plants and swaying palm trees (you are in the always sunny Darwin after all!). After a day of adventure, watch the sunset over the ocean before you head back to your spacious, air-conditioned one-bedroom apartment.

One30 Esplanade

8.7 Excellent (302 reviews)

A home-away-from-home in bustling Melbourne


If you want to start simple with your solo travel escapades, but still want to do something interesting, visit the ever-so-hip and edgy Melbourne. Coffee lovers will never want to leave thanks to the city’s specialty coffee culture. Artisan coffee shops are constantly popping up all over the city, popular districts being Richmond and Fitzroy. Art lovers, however, will be in raptures, toom with museums like the National Gallery of Victoria or the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

To soak up everything Melbourne’s bustling city centre has to offer, get settled in one of the tasteful rooms at Milano Serviced Apartments. Having your very own space with access to a fitness studio, pool and being in close proximity to shopping facilities will make you feel right at home in one of the world’s most liveable cities. Plus, you are only 450 metres away from Queen Victoria Market and a 20-minute walk from Federation Square, which constantly hosts live events and performances.

Milano Serviced Apartments

7.9 Good (4760 reviews)

Explore the ocean and the outback in South Australia

To really get to know the bushland and diversity of Australia’s natural landscape, pick the lesser known Eyre Peninsula. Before heading inland, you can swim with sea lions at Streaky Bay, go diving with tuna a little offshore or stroll along the rugged cliffs worn out by constant wind gusts.

Check in at Lincoln Navigators in Port Lincoln to take advantage of the best town life has to offer. The hotel is only five kilometres away from the port and has its own on-site garden and sun terrace. Perfect for the solo traveller, the hotel offers single rooms that are equipped with a desk and a private bathroom stocked with amenities, such as free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Navigators Motel

Port Lincoln
7.4(80 reviews)


Nowhere in Europe can you see as many waterfalls in one place as in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park. Stroll along wooden pathways past a chain of 16 terraced lakes that are connected by waterfalls, both big and small.

After a refreshing dip below waterfalls at nearby Krka National Park, jump on a boat and take a ride along the picturesque stream to an isolated monastery set on an island that is just the right size for it before venturing into the dense forests.

Croatia is one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations in summer, but what many people are missing out on are the mild spring days and colourful autumns. For solo travel, the country is easy to traverse as there is a good public transportation network with the main hotspots being connected by buses.

Island life on Hvar


For a taste of Mediterranean lifestyles along the Dalmatian coastline, ship yourself over to Hvar island. It is one of the most underrated islands of Croatia but has an excellent connection to the mainland.

Come just before the lavender harvest in June and July to bask in the fresh scents. While Hvar used to be a major lavender exporter, these days the fields grow wild and look much more unkempt than you might be used to seeing from pictures of the Normandy, for instance. This has its very own charm!

When looking for a place to spend the night, Hortenzia Apartments are perfectly situated in the old Hvar and are minutes away from the city centre and the theatre. You will enjoy a homely feel as you can choose from a studio or two-bedroom apartment, both with a private bathroom.

Hortenzia Apartments


Your HQ for exploring the Dalmatian coast


After your island adventure, head back to the seaside town of Split. It makes for a fantastic spot to head out on various day trips, for instance to Dubrovnik, Plitvice and Krka National Park.

Split itself is well worth a visit thanks to its Old Town with the fortress-like Diocletian’s Palace and over 200 historic buildings. Plus, white sandy beaches are within walking distance.

Reserve a bed at Prima Life Spalato to secure mesmerising city views both during day and night. Hotel rooms include a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine, wardrobe, walk-in shower, free toiletries and a working desk.

For your convenience, the hotel has a 24-hour front desk and cash machine. It can also provide airport shuttles for a fee so you don’t need to worry about booking a cab or figuring out the public bus schedules.

PRIMA Life Spalato

8.4 Very good (328 reviews)


Sadly, a lot of solo travellers opt to explore the well-trodden tourist paths of Western Europe and neglect to seek out hidden gems in Eastern Europe. This is good news for the more curious solo traveller as beautiful Bulgaria isn’t crowded with tourists. Picture an odd UFO-shaped Communist building high atop a mountain, pink healing lakes or an actual desert with stone pillars. There is a lot that begs to be discovered.

If you are seeking a fun holiday by the sea, opt for Burgas. There are many beaches along the coastline and thanks to the party scene and beach bars, you will easily make new friends. The local airport is close by and attractions, such as Pobiti Kamani, Lake Atanasovsko and Sozopol, are accessible via buses and taxis.

Get a taste of traditional Bulgaria in Arbanassi


To get a taste of traditional Bulgaria, visit the quaint village of Arbanassi next to Veliko Tarnovo, which is also referred to as one of the prettiest places in Bulgaria. The architectural reserve is full of well-preserved aristocratic houses and historical churches and monasteries.

You can even stay in a traditional house at Hotel Sevastokrator, which comes with secure underground car parking. All rooms in the elegant building feature an LCD TV, a minibar, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Treat yourself to a trip to their modern spa centre, which offers a range of treatments, and then sip a cocktail by the lobby bar. Alternatively, take a seat at the outdoor pool in the garden, from where you can overlook the pretty town of Veliko Tarnovo.

Sevastokrator Relax & Congress

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9.2 Excellent (96 reviews)

Spend a day or two in the European Capital of Culture for 2019


Close to the capital, Sofia, and named the European Capital of Culture in 2019, Plovdiv is another must when travelling in Bulgaria. Book at stay at Park Hotel Plovdiv, and choose between a garden or park view room. The on-site restaurant with its outdoor terrace serves a range of Bulgarian and Mediterranean culinary delights and a daily buffet breakfast.

After a tasty breakfast, it’ll be time to start exploring. The hotel is just two kilometres away from Plovdiv’s Old Town. Once you’ve perused through the Old Town, climb up the city hills to enjoy a stunning sunset. Then sip authentic Turkish coffee at the mosque, gaze at the original Roman ruins, or plan a day trip to Fort Arbanasi or the rose festival in Kazanlak.

Park Hotel Plovdiv

7.6 Good (164 reviews)


One of the most affordable destinations in Western Europe, Portugal offers a lot without breaking the bank. Imagine strolling through the small cobblestone streets that rise steep up hilly Lisbon. Watch out for the iconic yellow trams as you make your way up to the fortress rising high above the city, overlooking the ocean.

Delight in creamy pastel de natal for breakfast and sip from your rich Moscatel dessert wine as you feast on fresh seafood for lunch. If you’re appreciative of coffee, you’re in great company as the Portuguese love drinking two to five coffees a day. And it’s delicious as well!

Enjoy the slow pace of Lisbon


Pick a hotel located in the old centre of Lisbon to get used to the slow life by the sea. Plus, you’ll be within easy reach of the main attractions, such as the historic Alfama district, Belém Tower and the main square, Praça do Comércio.

The latter is only 250 metres away from hotel Turim Terreiro Do Paço. Here, you will immediately feel very well take care of thanks to its homely feel and friendly staff at the 24-hour front desk. Moreover, the hotel offers paid airport shuttle service for fast pickup so no need to figure out how to get to your hotel late at night.

TURIM Terreiro do Paço Hotel

8.4 Very good (1002 reviews)

Spend some time riverside in Porto


Another Portuguese destination that will make you want to overstay is Porto. Located along the Duoro River and filled with cute houses, photo opportunities are found galore. Make sure not to miss spectacular sunsets by staying close at Aparthotel Oporto Entreparedes. You’ll be staying in a safe neighbourhood and only 300 metres away from the promenade. Another big perk is getting fresh croissants and Portuguese breakfast delivered to your apartment each morning, which you should enjoy while looking out over the city.

Aparthotel Oporto Entreparedes

8.0 Very good (401 reviews)


Sweden, with its super friendly people and a wonderfully untouched natural landscape, is well worth a visit if you’re flying solo. No wonder Swedes love to escape the city and reside in their holiday homes near forests by the lake during the summer months.

No matter if you want to explore the North of Sweden with its Northern lights and snow-capped mountains in winter or run through the blooming meadows of the South in spring, Sweden is glorious any time of the year.

Roam the south of Sweden in Malmö


Visit the southernmost province of Scania and the third largest Swedish city, Malmö. It has an exciting laidback flair with a mix of modern and hip quarters. Spend your days exploring the quaint historic core of the town, as well as its many local museums. Then finish the day with a sunset in Västra Hamnen under the Turning Torso tower.

To make travelling throughout the city and neighbouring towns easier, plan your stay near the main train station at Story Studio Malmö. The soundproof hotel rooms come in a modern, sleek Scandinavian style with a 48-inch LED TV with Apple TV, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar on the 14th floor with stunning harbour views from its large outdoor terrace.

Story Hotel Studio Malmo, part of JdV by Hyatt

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (2021 reviews)

Are you more interested in the area around Stockholm?


You need at least a week to fully get a good grasp on Stockholm and its surrounding areas. So why not set up base at the Comfort Hotel® Xpress Stockholm, which is a perfect place to rest your head after a long day of sightseeing.

The archipelago on which the capital sits is full of wonderful destinations. After strolling through Gamla Stan in the heart of Stockholm, wander through the beautiful gardens and fairytale-like exterior of Drottningholm Palace, the royal residence.

On top of that, the hotel’s location makes it ideal for travel as it’s right in front of the main train station and the city bus terminal. And when you’ve finished your Swedish adventure and need to head to the airport, you don’t have to fret with the Arlanda Airport Express Train stopping at Stockholm Central Station, as well.

Comfort Hotel Xpress Stockholm Central

7.8 Good (3683 reviews)

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