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The ultimate guide to the best places to travel alone

We know that travel is especially difficult right now. But alongside the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates, we want to continue to inspire you with new travel content so that when the world opens its doors again, you'll be ready.

The best places to travel alone conveniently happen to be some of our favorite destinations on Earth. Whether you’re a first-time solo traveler or a seasoned professional at traveling alone, certain places around the world are exceptionally perfect for adventuring by oneself.

A high availability of good-quality hostels in these locations makes it easy for solo travelers to spend less money and socialize more. Getting from place to place is (typically) simple thanks to a range of domestic transportation options.

The following countries are all accustomed to tourism and friendly toward foreigners. Plenty of opportunity for unique adventures can be found, whether it’s surfing, waterfall trekking, sampling the local food and drinks, hiking or exploring cultural sites.

Check out the best places to travel alone:

  1. Thailand
  2. Croatia
  3. Portugal
  4. Japan
  5. Ireland
  6. Canada
  7. Mexico
  8. Colombia
  9. Greece
  10. Australia

Whenever you’re ready to travel again, make sure to be prepared. Set a Price Alert on Skyscanner to get notified when flight prices drop to your dream solo-travel destination, and then book flexible tickets and accommodations. And be sure to always check governments guidelines before booking travel.

The following destinations are overflowing with activities for solo backpackers. We find them to be simple to navigate around, easy to communicate in and generally safe. Learn more about the top 10 best places to travel alone:

1. Thailand

The ultimate backpacker destination, Thailand is unequivocally one of the best places to travel alone. This Asian kingdom is overflowing with everything you could want on a solo adventure. The smiley Thai people are notoriously welcoming to Western tourists, and the backpacker’s route through the country is well-worn.

Beaches, jungles and cities are all worth exploring here, and it’s easy to visit all three during your journey. Street food is inexpensive, delicious and abundant. If you plan your trip accordingly, holidays like Loy Krathong and Songkran provide unforgettable cultural experiences.

In particular, the magical, northern city of Pai is a remote oasis for visitors on solo journeys.

Please noteThailand’s borders are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A solo male traveler looking at the water in Thailand

2. Croatia

The royal-blue Adriatic Sea surrounds towering city walls and orange rooftops climb up the hillsides: this is the image of Dubrovnik that draws in travelers.

As you venture outside Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls, waterfall-strewn national parks and seaside promenades are ideal spots to meander alone. Whether you want to stay by yourself and escape the world for a bit, or you’re looking to meet like-minded travelers, you can escape to Croatia’s islands to find the tranquility and/or the wild nightlife you’re searching for.

Please noteCroatia currently has restrictions to entry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check government guidelines before booking travel.

waterfalls and trees with clear water in Croatia

3. Portugal

According to the Global Peace Index, Portugal is the #3 safest country in the world. Many of the best hostels in the world are in Lisbon, making it a backpacker-friendly place to mingle and explore.

Beyond Lisbon, this small but diverse country offers endless ways to entertain yourself: surf in Ericeira, beach-hop the Algarve, wine taste in the Duoro. Most importantly, if you hear the words “local cuisine” in Portugal, be sure to get involved. For solo travelers who are both foodies and adventurers, Portugal is one of the best places to travel alone.

Please notePortugal currently has restrictions to entry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check government guidelines before booking travel.

A woman traveling alone, looking out at Lisbon, Portugal

4. Japan

In terms of safety, it doesn’t get much more secure than Japan. Like Portugal, it’s one of the top 10 safest countries to visit (ranked 9th in 2020!).

Sushi train restaurants are perfect for eating alone (no-judgment zones!), and it’s a very simple country to navigate, even for non-Japanese speakers. Japan’s public transportation system is one of the most intuitive and punctual in the world. City lovers can explore Tokyo and Osaka, while Kyoto and Nara have impeccable temples and nature.

Please noteJapan’s borders are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check government guidelines before booking travel.

Solo traveler looking up at a colorful tree in Japan, one of the best places to travel alone.

5. Ireland

Ireland’s beauty for solo travelers is in its simplicity. Irish people are generally humble, friendly and happy to advise you on how to best experience their beloved country.

Looking to live on the edge and experience some of nature’s best? Head to the stunning Cliffs of Moher, where you can dangle your feet over the edge of a lush green precipice and gaze out over the wild Atlantic.

If you want to party your solo trip away, down some Guinness at any bar in Dublin. Not feeling too talkative? Head to Cork, kiss the Blarney Stone, and enjoy the gift of the gab you’re rumored to receive.

Please noteIreland currently has some entry/quarantine restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check government guidelines before booking.

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, one of the best places to travel alone.

6. Canada

Pick any city in Canada to begin your journey and it’s sure to be the start of an epic adventure. Canadians have a well-deserved reputation as a friendly bunch and the natural landscape there is unparalleled.

Canada is at its best in every season, from winter skiing in Whistler to kayaking on Banff’s lakes in the heat of summer, you can’t go wrong. The national parks are jaw-dropping for planned solo hikes and every major city is safe and enjoyable to explore. This is why we’ll always choose Canada as one of the best places to travel alone!

Please note: Canada’s borders are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check government guidelines before booking.

A woman looking out at a landscape in Canada, one of the best places to travel alone.

7. Mexico

Mouthwatering tacos and salsa-drenched street food. White sand beaches on Carribean blue seas. Ancient Mayan Ruins in magical jungles. Deep sea fishing. Underground cenotes of crystal clear waters. Vividly painted cities of every color. Tequila-fueled fiestas. A lake of seven colors.

There is so much to experience across Mexico, it’s absolutely one of the best places to travel alone. Take it all in at your own pace.

Tulum is a hot spot for solo travelers looking to combine the best of Mexico’s beaches, local life, nature, and historical sites.

Please noteMexico currently requires a health form to be filled out prior to travel from the U.S., and entry is not allowed via land border. Be sure to check government guidelines before booking travel.

empty swing above water

8. Colombia

Colombians are more than happy to shed any negative, outdated image of their country and in doing so, they’re welcoming travelers to their homeland with open arms.

The must-visit cities of Cartagena, Medellin and Bogota all have a huge network of hostels, full of solo backpackers, and it’s incredibly easy to make friends for adventures off the beaten track.

Whether you want to spend a few nights in the middle of Minca’s jungles, camp in the desert or lose all touch with the outside world on a pristine island, it’s all part of the solo traveler route in Colombia.

Please note: Colombia is currently open to American tourists, but check current guidelines before traveling during COVID.

Solo traveler looking out at a lush tropical landscape

9. Greece

Greece is one of the best places to travel alone if you’re looking for a relaxing, inexpensive getaway.

Island hopping by ferry is an easy way to experience different parts of the country, and hostels can be found on all the popular islands. Pita kebabs are perfect for a personal picnic on the beach, or you can share some mezes and a carafe of local wine among new friends.

Please note: Greece’s borders are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to check current guidelines before booking travel during COVID.

Solo traveler look out at the water in Greece, which is among the best places to travel alone

10. Australia

Australians are some of the most well-traveled people on the planet and likewise, they know how to welcome visitors to their home turf.

Hike through the bush and be on the lookout for wild kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, parrots and more. Find surfers’ paradise near Bells Beach, The Gold Coast or Perth. Sail, snorkel and venture between rainforests and white-sand beaches on the Whitsundays. You’re bound to find friends Down Under, in both the friendly locals and the fellow wanderlust-filled visitors.

Please note: Australia’s borders are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to check current guidelines before booking travel during COVID.

Woman traveling alone, looking at the sunset from the side of a vehicle.

Whenever you’re ready to get back out there, don’t be afraid to go it alone! Always check local government regulations before booking and setting off. And keep your eye on our news site—we’ll always provide travel tips and inspiration if you want even more ideas for new destinations to explore.

FAQ about traveling alone

Where is the best place to travel alone?

There is no one best place to travel alone, which is why we had to choose our top 10! One of the most popular choices, though, is Thailand.

Where should a single woman travel alone?

It is safest for single women to travel alone to countries that are well-accustomed to travelers and have low crime. Check our guide to solo female travel for safety tips.

Where can I go alone to find myself?

Some of the best places to travel alone in order to find yourself include Thailand, Greece, Australia, Mexico and Colombia.

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