Go Find Yourself: the 10 Best Destinations for Solo Travel

Wanting nothing more than to get away? Need an adventure that feels a world away from reality? A fairytale destination that makes you question if Harry Potter is indeed actually real? Here’s our top 10 best destinations for solo travel if you want to live the adventure…


10. Ireland

Ireland has been ranked the 11th most safe country in the world, so if safety is your concern there’s no issues here. It’s as cliche as you imagined – green, rains a lot, lots of open space. The perfect blend for an Irish road trip to wander at your own pace and experience some of the world’s most underrated scenery. Don’t know where to start? try 8 places you must visit in Ireland.

fairies and giants in scotland

9. Scotland

Rough, rugged and some of the world’s most stunning scenery – Scotland is a great adventure for the solo traveller. Be sure to check out Edinburgh for a few days before you head to the Scottish Highlands to get off the grid – think James Bond scenery without the blowing up of houses.

Melbourne Aquarium

8.ย Fiji

You might be tempted to believe that somewhere as beautiful and scenic as Fiji would be expensive for travellers, particularly solo travellers, however that is surprisingly not the case. Fiji is great choice for backpackers on a budget looking to enjoy the island life.

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7. Australia

As one of the safest countries to travel to but also home to some of the world’s deadliest animals… Australia is an adventure like no other. It’s also a great choice for English speakers as you won’t have to deal with a language barrier, and the people are very laid back/down to earth.

Patagonia Chile

6. Chile

Chile on the list!? This might come as a surprise to you, but after travelling throughout Chile this year I must say it has been one of the best countries to travel solo in. There’s a great range of diversity from Patagonia through to the Atacama desert, all the way to Easter Island if you REALLY want to get off the grid.


5.ย Thailand

Known to most as the ‘land of smiles’, Thailand has been dubbed to have the happiest people in the world residing there. It’s impossible not to love Thailand. The beaches, outdoor adventures, FOOD, oh the food… You will also find many solo travellers in Thailand so it’s a great choice if you want to meet new people and make friends on the road.

costa rica

4. Costa Rica

Costa Rica could be considered the capital of adventure. If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that you’ll spend a great deal of your time outdoors exploring, enjoying the scenery, soaking up the sun, and getting back in touch with nature. Think zip lines, hot springs, hiking, kayaking… just to name a few. This is also one of (if not the most) safest countries to visit in Central America, filled with expats and wandering souls.


3. Canada

Safe, scenic, and home to some of the best winter scenery you can feast your eyes on… Canada is a great choice for the active traveller looking to keep themselves busy with endless possibilities.

narnia finland

2. Finland

When I first visited Finnish lapland I promptly declared to my followers on instagram that I had found the real life Chronicles of Narnia. I’ll stand by that for as long as I shall life. Finland is such a beautiful country with so much diversity, from the winter wonderland that is Lapland, through to the rich autumn colours to be found in Savonlinna, close to the border of Russia. Finland is great for adventurous solo travellers and incredibly safe for foreigners.

reine norway

1. Norway

Norway is ranked 9th on the Global Peace Index – so you’re pretty safe here. With 21 national parks and iconic fjords pretty enough to break your camera lens, there’s no doubt you’ll manage to find peace and quiet here in Norway. It’s the ideal getaway if you really want to get away.

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    Karina Ramos
    April 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Hey, What a great list =) Check out this list it’s similar but focused on Caribbean destinations!

    February 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    nice and interesting article

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    November 1, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Great summary. I’d also add Spain to the list. It was ranked by Travel + Leisure as number 1 country for solo travelers! Also If you like traveling but not a big fan of going solo, hereโ€™s an awesome free resource: Tripolette helps you find other travelers with similar plans. Lots of travelers are already connecting and sharing trips together. Join the community! Never start a trip cold. Always have company!

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      November 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

      I haven’t seen much of Spain yet but I hope to explore more soon! So far have only been to Alicante and Barcelona – loved both:)

        November 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

        Ahh Barcelona! I love that too. You should definitely visit Andalucia (Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Malaga!) I love the Moorish influence with European culture all mixed together. If you need any tips on this region, I’d be happy to share with you ๐Ÿ™‚ I just came from a month of vacation all over Spain, from Basque country in the north to Andalucia in South. Spectacular!

    Bakeka Incontri Roma
    October 23, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Awesome places!

    October 2, 2015 at 10:26 am

    This is really good information. My next destination is Ireland so this is helpful. Thanks!

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    August 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    All the reasons stated are great reasons for solo or group travel. The level of Peace and serenity does help though. -Jackson

    August 8, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Hey Brooke,
    Great list!
    I am looking at travelling to Chiang Mai solo, I was just wondering if you or your readers had been here as a solo females?
    Thanks x

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    July 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I want to visit Costa Rica so badly. Itโ€™s so close to Trinidad, yet so far away.

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    June 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Wow that’s great havent seen before thanks for sharing wonderful article keep posting.

    June 8, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Ireland, Scotland, Norway… I kind of want them all! Great list!

    May 18, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    The argentinian side of Patagonia has also stunning landscapes: San Martin de los Andes, Bariloche and Villa la Angostura are called “the place where God lives” for most visitors, including me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 18, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Why is Japan not on the list?! It’s so safe, so orderly, so organised, great food, nice people, etc.
    One thing I noticed: there are always solo people eating at dining establishments. You don’t have to feel weird at all! Ramen chains are specially made for solo diners.
    Language barrier wise, you may get a bit of mystery food but otherwise it’s alright. Transport wise, signs are in English and there are helpful apps to help you navigate the subway.

    South Korea is also a good and safe location too!
    Thailand is hardly safe! Even though I’ve been there alone, I wouldn’t call it a great place for solo-ers.
    Not too sure about Ecuador too…

    Minh Nguyen
    May 9, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I’d love to nominate Busan in South Korean as a gorgeous place that suits a solo travel. That city has stolen my heart by its exotic beauty. It’s a perfect combination of ocean and mountains along with deliciously fresh food. It’s my favourite destination so far!

    Jerry Lloyd
    May 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Mauritius and Reunion Islands are amazing islands worth visiting solo.

    Living in London
    April 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Yes! No NZ is weird. When I saw Australia on the list and not NZ, I knew the author was an Aussie!

    April 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    That pic from Patagonia is still my favourite! Absolutely dying to go to Norway – maybe on my next trip! Booked my trip to Europe later this year – Munich, Salzburg, Prague and Berlin at the end! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Marianne Robson
    April 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Interesting choice for your top 10… two points:
    1. Surely the Easter Islands belong to Ecuador, not Chile?!
    2. I’m a bit surprised that New Zealand is not on the list… bigger than the UK, and with only 4 million inhabitants, there’s plenty of space , wildlife and adventures for both groups and solo travellers!

      Marianne Robson
      April 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

      My bad, the Easter Island DO belong to Chile!

    March 28, 2015 at 3:49 am

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    Molly @ Molly On the Move
    January 14, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Great list, Brooke! My first ever solo trip was to the Isle of Skye in Scotland and it was truly one of the most rewarding trips I’ve ever taken. I’m headed to solo to Costa Rica next, so I’m glad to find it on this list ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    January 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    hi brooke, your list is very good and I totally agree in a lot of Points. As a Swiss Girl, I’m sure you also could add Switzerland to your list, next to Scandinavia one of the safest countries in Europe. In Asia I would also add Singapore, never feel so safe!

    Doree Weller
    January 8, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Great post! I’m interested in traveling to these places, especially Ireland, Fiji, and Costa Rica. I’ve pinned your post so I can come back to it when it’s time for vacation planning.

    January 7, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I am lucky to be living next to Thailand for last 5 years and have been there numerous time. It is one of the best place not only to travel but living permanently there. I plan to retired as you can see they have beaches, health service, food, transportation, and most importantly Friendly people.

    A Liza Julao
    January 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    The freedom to explore…

    Thank you for being an inspiration…

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    December 15, 2014 at 5:04 am

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    December 9, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I’ve been to several of these wonderful these places in your post. I feel so lucky to live so close to the Canadian border, and I can see the Canadian Cascade mountains from my back yard deck as I look out over the Puget Sound. I plan on retiring to another place on your list soon, in beautiful Thailand. They are such a warm and happy people.

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    November 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Great post! Taking all of these into consideration while planning my first solo trip!

    October 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I’m so proud Norway made it to the top here! Though I’m Norwegian myself I always find peace exploring our fantasic nature. And because of the variable seasons we have it all. Sunny summers by the sea, midnight sun, northern light, snowy winters in the mountains, spectacular fjords, deep forests and huge flat areas of untouched nature. I love traveling outside the Norwegian borders and visiting other countries, but to find real peace I absolutely prefere to explore my own.


    Sofia Livro Noronha
    October 24, 2014 at 1:54 am

    You had me at Ireland! ^^

    Olga L.
    October 23, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Brilliant list!! I’ve never been to any of these places, but all of them are on my plan, however, i’ve never thought of them to be good for solo traveling. Thanks a lot for tips, i should take them into consideration ๐Ÿ™‚


    Nikki Vargas
    October 19, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Have you ever solo traveled to London? Heading there next month on assignment and it will be my first time visiting. Wondering if you have any tips on places to check out as a solo female traveler?

    Grace@Green Global Travel
    October 19, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Great list, Brooke! It’s important to feel safe when you travel solo, so you can really enjoy yourself. I’m glad to see that you included Ireland:)

    October 19, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I love everything about this post. It’s what travel blogs are all about. You have made me want to start traveling alone and see each of these countries. The photos are breathtaking!

    October 19, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Wouldn’t recommend a longer stay in Norway if you are on a budget, but if you do venture into the country I highly recommend you walk in the mountains and use the tourist cabins ( If you want to get in contact with people, the mountain is a great place.

    Personally one of my favorite destinations in Europe as a solo traveler must be Malta. Super easy to get around all over the islands and it is simply stunning.

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    October 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

    thanks for this great post! I’m starting to gather the courage for a solo trip to spain in december after my travel buddies all flaked out ๐Ÿ™ if you or any of your readers have any tips for spain in the winter, please pass them along!

    October 17, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Awesome roundup. I would say Japan as well. I’ve only spent a few days in Tokyo and Kyoto but seriously, some of the nicest and most helpful people I met were in Japan!


    Betty J. Ogburn
    October 16, 2014 at 8:54 am

    …I only have one of these crossed out–I REALLY need to step up my A-game!!…

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    October 16, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Hi Brooke ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am one of your French readers. I just wanted to say hello as I read your blog every day and I really enjoy it ! Youโ€™re so lucky to be able to travel as much as you do. For now I am a 18 female student but I hope Iโ€™ll be able to do that one day. I also hope we can meet one day (I am also a good fan of Harry Potter so we have already that in common lol) !

    Your blog really inspires me to travel. I realized when reading your travels that I also wanted to explore the world. Iโ€™ve discovered so many places I didnโ€™t heard about since I started reading your blog ! I donโ€™t fear to travel solo, I think it is something I could deal with.

    Recently Iโ€™ve started to think about going on a solo travel next year when I have my summer vacation. Iโ€™ve worked a couple of weeks this summer and I saved my money just as you did. What country would you recommend to me ? I am tempted by India or Australia.

    I also think about going to London just before Christmas this year. My friends canโ€™t come with me and even if it makes me sad I know that I am able to go without them. But my parents and particularly my mom are worried for me. My mom said sheโ€™d prefer I wait for my friends to come with me, because she doesnโ€™t want me to go alone. What can I say to reassure her ?

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    Kelly @ Endlessly Exploring
    October 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I’m planning on going on my first real solo trip next year. A few of these places are already on the list, but I will definitely be looking into the other places as well now! Thanks x

    tinne @
    October 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Still a lot to tick of my list…. I did Australia, mainly solo, which was a great experience! One that I’d definitely recommend to everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ !

    October 15, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Brian you are wrong. The picture is in Banff National Park in Canada, the lake is called Moraine Lake. On a side note, I really want to visit Chile and Norway!

    October 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    The picture of canada is actually a picture of Colorado.

    Occasionally I may...
    October 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Great list! I guess first I have to handle going to the movie theater solo before traveling by myself.

    October 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

    amazing places. i travelled alone through Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Italy. It was a great trip and I always felt save!

    October 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Would love to go to Costa Rica!

    October 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    These pics are amazing. i will share them on my blog here:

    October 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Great list! I’ve travelled solo a fair bit and I’ve found most places to be great! Staying in a backpackers always helps too ๐Ÿ™‚

    bakeca Caserta
    October 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    amazing places

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    October 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Norway and Iceland are my dreamy destinations,
    and other Scandinavian countries! Going to plan a big scandi tour one day, definitely.

    Tel Aviv is great for solo traveling too, everyone is super friendly!:)

    Oly from TLV Birdie Blog

    October 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I didn’t realize Fiji would be inexpensive to travel to..will definitely look into it for an upcoming vacation!

    October 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    this is a great list! bookmarking as I plan my year of adventures around the corner ๐Ÿ™‚

    love your posts as always!


    Lee @ Modern Granola
    October 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Gorgeous pictures and great post! I love the idea of traveling solo.

    Jodi Duncan
    October 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This list is great! I’m also super happy that Canada made #3, and I can’t wait to visit all these places.

    October 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Excellent choices – I would especially recommend Ireland because the people are so friendly that you’ll have forgotten you’re even travelling solo after a day or two!

    October 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    wayho, Norway wins again! haha. To bad i already live her… Scotland, Canada and Australia is definitively on the top of my list though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    April Aiken
    October 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Oh it’s always lovely to see your country on such photographs, though I do reckon those snow houses are not from Iceland. We live in lovely water heated houses and yes we are quite laid back, always nice to see things like these.

    October 13, 2014 at 7:17 am

    great list!

    October 13, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I’ve been traveling for 2 months now (10 to go!!) and would say Austria is a fabulous place for solo travels. The people are helpful, cities are beautiful, and there’s always AMAZING desserts if you get lonely and want to eat your feelings ๐Ÿ™‚


    October 13, 2014 at 3:13 am

    oh my goodness, Costa Rica has my heart 10000%

    October 13, 2014 at 2:42 am

    I love Nordic countries! Cant wait to go there again!

    October 13, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Awesome list! Nothing beats the Canadian Rockies in winter, but can’t wait to check out some of these destinations once I’m finished my degree ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Happy Travels from Saskatchewan, Canada

    Vicky (VickyFlipFlop)
    October 13, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I’d love to go travelling in Iceland. I went a few years ago with my family for 5 days, it definitely wasn’t long enough though. Think I might go in November for the Iceland Airwaves Festival.

    Laura D.
    October 13, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Great list! Costa Rica and Iceland are at the top of my list so I am glad to here you think they are great places to go solo.


    October 13, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I want to visit Costa Rica so badly. It’s so close to Trinidad, yet so far away. I would also add Wales to this list. I lived there for three months back in my early twenties and loved every minute of it.

    October 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Love this list! Happy that Canada made #3! I’d love to check out all of these places!
    xo, Laura

    October 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Great Post & beautiful destinations ๐Ÿ™‚
    I traveled to Thailand last year solo dir 2 months and can definately recommand it! Since then I’m in love with Thailand and would always go back! <3

    Greetings from Germany xo

    Diva In Me
    October 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Australia is beautiful! I realized I’ve not been to 8 places you’ve mentioned. Someday I shall =)

    Lili Nova
    October 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    All look amazing! Fiji is my favorite.
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    October 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I’m not travelling solo, but I’m heading to Thailand next month and especially excited for the food!! So many exciting places to travel to, Iceland is definitely on my wish list!

    October 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    beautiful but all so near haha, you seem to be a fan of Europe ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 12, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Your picture of Iceland is actually from a hotel in Finland called Kakslauttanen Finland is actually on Travel+Leisure’s list of best destinations for solo travelers

    E from Helsinki, Finland

    October 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Excellent choices ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Great list! But I’m going to have to disagree with you on Thailand. Unless you stay in the very touristy parts, I don’t think its safe to be a woman traveling alone. I would be nervous to take a tuk tuk or cab alone in most areas.
    Ireland though seems amazing!
    Tokyo is another great place to be a solo traveler. Language barrier is a bit to get past, but its so safe and everyone is so helpful if you can figure out how to ask for help.


    October 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    The igloo picture is from Finland, not from Iceland ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    All look incredible, can’t wait to check the last few off my list!!

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    Emma @ Travels on Tour
    October 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    That’s the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village resort in Finland, I so want to go stay there!