Best Travel Destinations to Go to for Solo Travelers
Single this Valentine’s Day? Who says you can’t be? You CAN be single AND happy. This year it is time to celebrate you. Love yourself for who you are, who you were and who you hope to become. Best way to do that? Travelling. Find yourself when you travel. Whether its solo travel or you want to travel with a group of friends- here are our top picks. The destinations that we carefully sieved through are all great places of interest for singles and solo travelers alike, all offering something extra, whether in terms of added safety measures, adventure and/or social life.
1. Tuscany, Italy
From wandering around vineyards and getting a taste of their best wines, to indulging in the best Italian foods, Italy’s Tuscany offers plenty for its visitors. Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany has an incredibly rich history and home to some of Italy’s finest cultural cities including Florence and Pisa. 8 other provinces aside from these two are Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa, Pistoia, Prato, Siena and Arezzo, all of which are cities just as breathtaking.
You can also visit Tuscany’s olive groves and keep for yourself a bottle of premium, cold-pressed olive oil while basking in the beautiful landscapes of hillsides and stone houses. There is so much beauty to explore which makes it a great destination for any singles where you can simply bask in its culture and beauty without thinking of anyone else but yourself. Love yourself first at Tuscany.
2. Barcelona, Spain
There is no doubt that Barcelona lures people from all over the globe and it is probably also not surprising to know that a large segment of them travels alone or in small groups. As it is, those who are avid drama viewers or movie buffs might already have the idea that Barcelona is one lively city, and yes, that is all true!
Wander around the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt for a day trip to the Montserrat Monastery. Spend some time at the Gothic Quarter where you can bask in the pedestrian-only streets of a once-Roman village. From beaches to culture and to nighlift, Barcelona have plenty to offer, whether those who came with friends or solo; It is a great place to make new acquaintances and friends, and dance the night away. You won’t feel lonely, and it is always nice to meet other like-minded people who seek for the same thing – some recuperating time alone.
3. Oahu, Hawaii
From basking in the dynamic city life or mingling on the beautiful powdery-white beaches, Oahu is an idyllic getaway for singles. Opt for the thrill-seeking zipline tour on Oahu’s North Shore, go club hopping in happening downtown Honolulu or reinvigorate yourself in one of Oahu’s bars accompanied by live music and great vibes. Travel out a bit and go for a tour at the gorgeous Circle Island or snorkel and marvel at the seascape at Hanauma Bay.
Frequently referred to as a “melting pot”, Oahu is a great host to visitors from all around the world. Whether traveling alone or with friends, Oahu provides a diverse array of things to do and new experiences to seek. You may just be able to find yourself here as you treat yourself to Oahu’s beauty and thrill, or learn about new cultures while you are at it.
4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Netherlands is generally considered a great place for solo travelers, more so for first time travelers where you are just starting out. With laid-back and warm culture, Amsterdam is ready to welcome you. You can begin your day around this Dutch city on bike: start from Vondelpark, move to its massively-popular museums, to its picture worthy canals.
Visit Giethoorn, ‘Venice of Netherlands’, UNESCO-site Beemster Polder, De Hoge Veluwe National to watch rare wildlife or wander at Texel Island, that offers views you cannot see on its mainland, like vast sand dunes, bungalow-lined beaches and salt marshes decorated with lavender. Immerse yourself in the beauty of calm Netherlands, and let your mind wander here and just relax, because you deserve it.
Although many may overlook Luxembourg to visit the nearby Belgium, France or Germany, we are here to tell you that Luxembourg is absolutely worth a stop. One of the four capitals of European Union, the other three being Brussels, Frankfurt and Strasbourg, Luxembourg is an architecturally-beautiful capital city with a rich history. Visit important landmarks like the Grand Ducal Palace, Walls of the Corniche and Place Guillaume II and learn all about its history.
With other UNESCO sites like its Old Quarters and Fortifications, informative museums like the alluringly-rustic National Museum of History and Art and Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM) and its picturesque countryside, there is something for everyone, making it perfect for even those who are traveling solo.
Pictures and videos will not do justice to the beauty of Switzerland. Purchase a Swiss Travel Pass, and treat yourself to a train ride to see the best of the country. From breathtaking waterfalls, lush forests and alluring lakes, many would say this is the best way to see Switzerland.
Get off the train to hike the Alps like the debatably most photographed location in the world – the Matterhorn in Zermatt – or the Jungfrau region. Visit gorgeous medieval castles like the Chillon Castle of Lake Geneva, sip on some Swiss wine, or grab a bar of Toblerone or Lindt to taste these chocolates at its origins. Better yet, go for a chocolate- themed tour in Lucerne or Zurich, or just wander in one of the country’s world-famous chocolate factories. With such alluring landscapes and mouth-watering treats, let Switzerland be your reward for all your past hardwork and as a way for you to love yourself.