Across the globe, travel has been on the backburner. But as the possibilities of exploring the world become a reality once more, many travellers are planning solo getaways.
We’ve compiled the best travel tips along with some inspiring destinations that will help travellers make the most of their valuable alone time. From cherry picking the most adventurous activities, to navigating public transport like a pro, our guide will help you plan an incredible solo trip.
1. Eat like a local – Bangkok, Thailand
Follow your stomach through the food markets and taste local delicacies like Pad Thai noodles
Many foodies plan their whole trips around the grub on offer, but for those travelling alone, the idea of reserving a table for one in a restaurant can be daunting. Luckily, street food is made for singles, and you won’t find it better than in Bangkok. Its streets are bustling with vendors selling delicacies to enjoy, one bite at a time. For a culinary adventure, find your feet at the Old Capital Bike Inn and then go on the hunt for local specialties, including spicy papaya salad or the internationally-renowned Pad Thai noodles.
2. Get off the beaten track – Chajarí, Argentina
Explore the Argentinian countryside, then kick back by Estancia La Violeta's pool
One of the main benefits of travelling solo is doing exactly what you want, without having to compromise. With all that freedom, why not walk the road less travelled? Chajarí is a hidden gem in the north-east of Entre Ríos province, where you can discover the South American countryside in all its green and luscious glory. You’ll also meet plenty of friendly faces along the way, especially at hotel Estancia La violeta. Let your new buddies take you round their stomping grounds – there’s nothing like a local guide to introduce you to those tourist-free spots.
3. Unearth the city – Porto, Portugal
Stroll through the old town and admire the view from the terrace of Wonderful Porto Design Apartments
Not all solo trips need to be about finding yourself on a mountain top – a short city escape can be just as rewarding. Porto is an ideal weekend getaway, with warm sun, good food and a healthy dose of hustle and bustle. The country’s second city is famous for its port wine production, but it has plenty of culture to entice even the most discerning traveller. Stroll along the Douro River or traverse the old town to truly experience what Porto has to offer. After a long day’s wandering, find your zen at Wonderful Porto Design Apartments – the view from the terrace is incredibly calming.
4. Shop ‘til you drop – New York City, USA
Embrace the fast pace of New York City by combining shopping and sightseeing
Embarking on a trip to a new destination can be a great opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy. New York City is a no-brainer for fashion lovers – particularly savvy shoppers even plan their trips around sale season. Explore iconic stores and uncover new brands – and if you can squeeze in some sightseeing between boutiques, you might like to visit one of NYC’s other infamous attractions, too. The Jewel, a Club Quarters Hotel, Opposite Rockefeller Center is just a few minutes walk from Fifth Avenue, so you won’t have to carry your shopping bags too far.
5. Enjoy some TLC – Sydney, Australia
After wandering around the harbour, soak in the golden hour at Bondi Beach
Going away on your own usually means one thing – taking plenty of time to relax. If you want to unwind on the beach with your head stuck in a book, or take leisurely coastal walks to breathe in that fresh sea air, Sydney is your kind of place. This city really dazzles when it comes to letting go, with idyllic white beaches, a breathtaking Opera House and trendy eateries galore. As for accommodation, you can easily loosen up at one of Sydney’s uber-luxurious spa hotels, like The Darling at The Star.
6. Do something unforgettable – Reykjavík, Iceland
Marvel at the northern lights in Iceland
Reykjavík regularly attracts people from all over the world who want to dive right into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether it’s to see the elusive northern lights or go whale watching, Iceland is full of activities that will satisfy any adventure-hungry globetrotter. Don’t forget to keep your camera handy, because you’ll want to relive every moment when you get home. After a day of exploring the wilderness, CenterSpot Apartments is found in the centre of Reykjavík and its light, airy rooms are well equipped for a rejuvenating night’s sleep.
7. Get around with ease – Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo's bustling Shinjuku Station will take you to the city's best attractions in no time
There’s no better way to experience a city than by zooming around on public transport. Not only is it a great chance to see more of your surroundings, it’s also cost-effective. Tokyo is famed for, among many other things, its advanced metro and train system. Jump on the subway and cross the mega city, revelling in the sites where new and old exist side by side. Download the local map before you set off, or don’t – sometimes it’s fun to get lost. Grids Tokyo Ueno Hotel&Hostel has a 24-hour front desk and shared kitchen, so you can come and go as you please.
8. Choose the right stay – wherever you go
Take in Scotland's breathtaking views, all while staying connected to the modern world
Comfort is key when traveling alone, so do your research before picking your home away from home. Always check the amenities on offer – free Wi-Fi could be a must for some, but unnecessary for those looking to switch off. It’s also a good idea to see how easy it is to get to the accommodation by public transport, or figure out if you’ll need to order a taxi, or rent a car. The best advice, however, comes from fellow travellers, so make sure to read guest reviews before you book. Dunnet B&B Escapes is found on the remote northern coast of Scotland, complete with idyllic views and bike rentals. This B&B regularly receives top scores from visitors – a great reason to give it a visit.