If you like to travel but find yourself on your own at the moment, don’t let that put a damper on your plans. When you’re between relationships, there are plenty of places around the world that are thoroughly enjoyable for solo travelers.
The following is a list of a few of the better ones, which we’ve broken down for fans of the urban experience versus those who love the great outdoors.
Solo Destinations for Nature Lovers
This Central American country offers travelers coastlines on the Caribbean and the Pacific to enjoy. Tamarindo, Santa Teresa, and Nosara are three towns on the West (Pacific) Coast of Costa Rica, and Puerto Viejo is a town on the Caribbean Coast. They are all known for being excellent destinations for solo travelers. Backpackers will enjoy the trails and terrain, and surfers will love the plentiful waves. Mountain biking, kayaking, and jungle zip-lining are other favorite things to do in this country with many affordable hostels and abundant wildlife.
Grand Cayman Islands
This travel spot is a popular destination for cruise ships, and why wouldn’t it be with its beautiful beaches and clear, pristine waters? Known as being both safe and clean, this is an ideal destination for a solo traveler looking to have a good time and make new friends.
You can go on a chartered boat to look at and even touch stingrays as well as enjoying snorkeling or scuba diving. After you’ve had fun in the sun, you can enjoy the fine cuisine and the exciting singles scene at night.
Contrary to the average temperature in this ideal solo travel destination, most of the residents are warm and hospitable. Another added bonus is that they almost all speak English fluently.
In Iceland, you’ll enjoy breathtakingly beautiful natural wonders. Have fun exploring glaciers and volcanoes while staying connected with their good cell phone and Wi-Fi reception.
If you’re young and money is in short supply, there are plenty of affordable hostels. Visiting in the summer is recommended. Not only is it warmer then, but due to Iceland’s location, there is almost 24 hours of sunlight during this time of year. This means you getting too exhausted to continue is the only thing to stop you from hiking, caving, ice climbing, or cycling for as long as you want each day.
Top Urban Solo Destinations
New York City
This city offers an absurd number and variety of sites to visit, and you can take them in at your own pace when solo traveling.
You can walk through the iconic Times Square, where the world sees the New Year brought in by various celebrities on TV.
Unless you’re planning a long trip, you won’t be able to get to all the museums and other tourist sites. That said, make sure you don’t miss The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History or to take in a show at Radio City Music Hall. Also, it shouldn’t need saying that no trip to New York City is complete without visiting the Statue of Liberty.
Sure, Paris is a mecca for couples and lovers. But it also has plenty to offer the solo traveler.
Given that it’s a very walkable city, you can easily explore many of the more popular sites.
One museum pass grants you access to about 50 different museums, including the Louvre. When you tire of sightseeing, you can enjoy people watching while sitting along the Seine at a cafe with some wine and a baguette and cheese.
With nine million international tourists each year, Rome is a favorite destination for travelers around the world. You can check out the world-famous Colosseum as well as the amazing artwork in many museums. If English is your first or only language, you’ll be comforted by the fact that many Italians speak it well. They are also generally warm and friendly, which is a big plus at any travel destination. If the feeling of being alone on your trip starts to become a bit depressing, you can participate in a group tour to dispel it quickly.
The Freedom of Solo Travel
When you’ve got some time off and are looking for something to do, consider packing a bag and heading to one of the fun, exotic, and cultural destinations above.
If you’re at a loss for travel companions, don’t despair. You won’t need them anyway at these tourist destinations. Traveling alone can actually be preferable at times. You can follow your own itinerary, and stay as long as you like in one place. It’s the ultimate freedom in travel, so what are you waiting for?