Discovering a new place on your own and taking in the sights, sounds and smells without distraction is liberating and inspiring in equal measure. If you’re considering an adventure for one, these are some of our favourite solo travel destinations.
Expect warm Mediterranean hospitality and ancient history aplenty when you visit Greece. Heading here alone, why not island hop your way across the Aegean around the whitewashed villages of Santorini and unmistakable domed buildings of Mykonos? On the mainland, visit the realms of Gods and Goddesses at Delphi and the historic Olympic site at Olympia.
Perfect for: History and foodies lovers
From electric Bueno Aires to the thundering Iguassu Falls, Argentina does city-to-nature adventures like nowhere else on Earth. One of South America’s most developed countries, Argentina is a safe destination for solo travellers, with plenty to explore. In Buenos Aires, taste the finest beef in the world, dance the fiery Tango and share a drink with the local gauchos. Out in nature, join a group hike down the Macuco Falls canyon and work your way through lush, sub-tropical rainforests.
Perfect for: Those seeking a balance of city and nature
New Orleans, USA
Laid back by day and lively by night, The Big Easy is ripe for exploration at your own pace. Dive into Creole and Cajun cuisine by sampling spicy gumbo and jambalaya at an authentic eatery, or try your hand at cooking it yourself at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Learn the mysterious history of voodoo at Marie Laveau’s Historic Voodoo Museum, spend your time ambling round New Orleans’ colourful timbered townhouses, and explore the local bars for a taste of the city’s legendary live music.
Perfect for: Foodies and music lovers
As springtime approaches in the Swiss Alps, the snow melts revealing lush Alpine greenery, turquoise rivers and unspoiled scenery. Ultra-safe and exceedingly picturesque, the Swiss Alps are a great for destination for solo travellers, especially if nature photography is your thing. Hit the glamorous hotspots of St Moritz, ascend to the dizzying peak of the Matterhorn and chug through valleys and over bridges on the famous Glacier Express railway.
Perfect for: Nature lovers
Friendly citizens, safe cities and those devastatingly beautiful lakes; Canada is a solo-traveller’s dream destination. Get stuck into the cosmopolitan arts and culture of Vancouver or Toronto then head out into the great outdoors. Spend time in Canada’s jaw-dropping landscapes by scaling the snowy slopes of the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park. Round up your trip with a walk around the shores of Lake Louise and a drive over the Athabasca Glacier.
Perfect for: Active go-getters