With more and more people traveling alone or planning to do so in the future, finding the best destinations to visit on your own can seem tricky at first - but the good news is that there are plenty of fantastic places. In Europe, most countries and cities are very welcoming to solo travelers, and with a wealth of social hostels to stay in and activities to join in with others, making friends along the way has never been easier either. Here are some of the best destinations to travel to if you want to go alone.
If you want sun, sea, sand and plenty of parties, you can’t go wrong with Ibiza as a solo traveler. This party island might be known for drunk clubbers, but the fact is that it has many different sides to it - and quite a lot of it is very beautiful and quiet compared to the buzz of the center. Whether you want to party the night away at the big clubs like Pacha, or lounge on a quiet beach with a glass of sangria, you can have it all here. And, this island is one of the most welcoming to solo travelers; many people visit here on their own and a quick online search will make it easy for you to find groups of other solo travelers in the same area as you at the same time to meet up with.
Russia might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of taking a vacation, but it’s actually really interesting - and an ideal choice for solo travelers with so much to see and do that it won’t matter that you are on your own. Whether you want to visit museums, eat traditional food or explore the countryside by rail, Russia has so much to offer that you’ll have a hard time deciding which parts of it to fit into the time that you have for your stay. Check out these award-winning Russia tours that are perfect for solo travelers.
Head to Scandinavia and you will find a group of friendly countries that are ideal for anybody who is looking to travel on their own. And Iceland is such a beautiful country that even if you have nobody else there to share it with, it won’t matter because you will be too focused on taking in your amazing surroundings. And with plenty of social hostels to choose from when it comes to accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to stay and meet new people. Why not travel Europe by train, go through Scandinavia and stop in Iceland along the way?
Portugal is such a friendly and welcoming country and there’s something for everybody whether you want to lounge on a beach, hike in the countryside or explore the cities. From Lisbon to the Algarve, you can feel like you are visiting several different countries instead of just one when you explore this wonderful place. And, with friendly locals and plenty of tourists visiting every year, it’s an ideal choice for solo travelers who should have absolutely no problem finding others to socialize with.
The UK is an ideal choice for solo travelers purely because it’s not a very touristy country in the first place. Whether you’re on your own walking down the street or eating in a restaurant, you are going to fit in here and nobody will think it’s weird, so it’s an ideal choice if you are worried about being on your own when nobody else is. And, there are plenty of things to do and attractions to see on your own. Start in London and get a London Pass which gives you easy access to all the various attractions for one price.
Head to Berlin, Germany if you want to spend your time in a hip, modern city that’s an ideal choice for solo travelers. Explore the artwork on the East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall remains or step back in time at the DDR Museum. There are several great hostels that you can stay in with both dormitories and private rooms to choose from and buzzing, busy bars and restaurants where you can mingle with other solo travelers. The area is a very popular choice for students from all around the world, making it an ideal option for young solo travelers who’d like to find some friends their own age.
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