If you're anything like us, you're probably using January to lay out all your travel plans for the year. Here's a thought: let 2019 be the year you embark on a solo trip. Based on the experiences of our crew of travel-addicted pirates, here are ten of the best solo travel destinations around the world.
Friendly For First Timers
Dublin is a great choice for a first-time solo traveler. Everyone speaks English, the locals are friendly, and there are lots of castles to see and Guinness to drink. You can easily fly there on budget airlines from the U.S., too, and it's the perfect spot to start a solo European adventure.
Most tourists follow the same schedule in Cairns: adventure by day, party by night. There is an abundance of nice and affordable hostels in the city, and they'll help you arrange activities like scuba classes, snorkeling, and rainforest adventures. Keep an eye out for free beer and food promotions targeted at backpackers.
Party Of One
Tokyo is a city that embraces single travelers, from its famous capsule hotels to restaurants with booths for one. The city has a reputation for safety, and female travelers can find female-only hotel floors and train cars. Even if you don't speak or read Japanese, locals are generally happy to help you in whatever way they can.
Europe On A Budget
As more and more travelers are starting to discover Budapest for the gem it is, you may want to plan a trip soon. With extremely cheap hostels and restaurants, it's great if you're on a budget. And activities like thermal baths and ruin bars are great ways to connect with fellow backpackers as well as locals.
Looking For Friends
Seoul is a city where it pays to stay in a hostel. The culture celebrates groups, and some restaurants have a two-serving minimum order, so use your solo trip to connect with other backpackers. A solid public transportation system, vibrant nightlife, and fun shopping scene mean that you'll always have something to do and a way to get there.
No, those orange roofs aren't in Croatia, but in its neighbor Montenegro. A perfect alternative for solo travelers looking to escape the Game of Thrones crowds, this Balkan country has gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, abundant hiking, a tight backpacker community, and some seriously low prices.
Kathmandu is a wild city, but it has a strong community of expats who will gladly show you the ropes. Food prices are insanely low, even at backpacker-favorite Himalayan Java. Lots of tour companies will help you arrange monastery visits, mountain treks, and jungle safaris. The city shuts down at night, so use the time to catch up on reading or writing.
Seeing how you can fly to Iceland for less than $200 round trip and in less than 6 hours, it's very accessible for a weekend trip. You can join a tour to see the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon, or rent a car to see them on your own. Save money by buying food at gas stations—seriously, they make some good sandwiches.
Close To Home
With a plethora of Airbnbs and tiny houses, you can easily find somewhere cute to stay during your trip to this Northwest city. There are many things to explore solo, from Portland's well-loved coffee shops to their excellent microbrewery scene. And there are outdoor adventures too, like hiking and kayaking.
Perfect For Nature Lovers
Belize it or not, the official language of this Central American country is English. Between that and the fact that the Belizean dollar is tied to the U.S. dollar, you'll have an easy time exploring the incredible coral reef and jungle-shrouded Mayan temples.