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Solo Travel: The Best Solo Vacations In the U.S. & Abroad

Have you ever wanted to take a trip but didn't have a companion? Fret not, pirates, as we've created some incredible solo trips to affordable destinations across the globe. Where you'd prefer to stay stateside and chill out in San Diego, explore the beaches and jungles of Bali, dive into Japanese culture in Tokyo, or take in the sights and sounds of Paris, we've got you covered.

Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

Close to home

Portland, Oregon

With a plethora of Airbnbs and tiny homes, 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.

Thrill-Seekers' Paradise

Cairns, Australia

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, Japan

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

Budapest, Hungary

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, Korea

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 a fun shopping scene mean that you'll always have something to do and a way to get there.

Off-the-Beaten Track


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.

Finding Yourself

Kathmandu, Nepal

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.