by Jessica Bisesto
As you know, we love to travel. Sometimes it's not possible to go with a friend, but that shouldn't stop you from exploring another destination! There are many cities where traveling alone can not only be safe and fun, but it can also be an incredibly eye opening experience. The benefits of traveling alone are numerous, and who knows you'll probably make a friend or two on your journey! We've compiled a list of some of our favorite solo travel destinations to inspire you to hit the road.
Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, and it's filled with plenty of activities to keep nature-lovers entertained. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, go whale watching, or time your trip to catch the Northern Lights. Check out Gullfoss Waterfall, walk along Black Sand Beach, and refuel by chowing down on some meat soup.
Anyone whose seen Leonardo diCaprio's performance in The Beach is familiar with the exotic chaos of Khao San Road. Street food, temples, massages and tuktuks make Bangkok a fantastic destination for solo travelers. Young travelers have been flocking to Thailand's capital city for decades because of the affordable flights and established backpacking route.
Dublin is a fantastic destination for solo travelers filled with cobblestone streets, museums, and of course the Guinness & Old Jameson Distilleries. Check out the Dublin Castle or one of several hiking trails close to the capital. The Irish are a friendly bunch who really love breakfast & Gaelic football.
Traveling through Tokyo is easy, with plenty of public transportation options. The Japanese take pride in their food culture, and it's advantageous to sample as much of the local cuisine as possible. Tokyo is the perfect combination of the past and the future- check out the thermal hot springs, karaoke, vending machine phenomena and the beautiful temples.
The mild weather on Canada's west coast, mixed with great public transportation and lots of food options makes Vancouver a fantastic solo destination. Canada is known for being a safe & friendly nation, and Vancouver exemplifies this reputation. Head to Granville Island for the fresh markets, or check out Science Center. If you're into nature, do the Grouse Grind, hike through Stanley Park, or bike around the seawall.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is a very eclectic, cosmopolitan city filled with exciting night markets and some of the best food in the world. If you're into viewpoints, check out the skybridge of the Petronas Towers, or take the train just outside of town and climb the stairs to the Batu Caves. Chinatown and Petaling Street are not to be missed in this lesser traveled city.
Sydney is safe, friendly, and offers lots of attractions to keep any type of traveler busy. Sydney Harbour offers not only a fantastic view, but stairs to climb (if you're not afraid of heights). Public transportation is widely available, which allows visitors easy access to the nearby beaches, museums, and shopping in various neighborhoods across town. Aussie, aussie, aussie!
Also known as the "City of Music", Vienna is a beautiful and liberating city for solo travelers. Filled with gorgeous palaces, a fantastic location along the Danube River, and formerly home to the likes of Mozart, Beethoven & Freud, Austria's capital city does not disappoint. Stroll through the Baroque district, fill up on cakes & coffee, or book a river cruise.
If you're trying to scratch Machu Picchu off your bucket list, this is the place to head. Peru overall is a fantastic option for those on a budget, and it's a great place to learn Spanish. The food is delicious, and there are plenty of hiking trails near this UNESCO city to enjoy. Cusco is not only safe, but it's a beautiful destination filled with Incan culture and incredible landscapes.
Denmark is not only beautiful and safe, it was also recently rated the 'happiest country in the world'. Enjoy an open faced sandwich or a famous hot dog while admiring the Little Mermaid statue. Check out one of many museums, art galleries, or enjoy a river boat cruise. Castles, gardens, a palace or two; what's not to love in this gem of a city?