10 Perfect Solo Travel Cities

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Making the decision to travel solo is a big leap of faith for many, for others it is an absolute adrenaline rush and for some, it is completely out of the question. Wherever you are on the spectrum, it is comforting to know that there are some great choices on offer and selecting one of these perfect solo travel cities will ensure a great solo travel experience. Here they are (and why they’re so perfect for solo travellers!)

Time Travel Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong was the first city I ever travelled to solo. I was 20 years old and really excited about my trip away (heading onwards to Europe on a solo adventure) and Hong Kong was a great starting point to break the ice. For a city that is chaotic with heavy pedestrian traffic, it might come as a surprise that you’re seeing it here on the list – but rest assured, Hong Kong has a way of making you feel more connected to your surrounds than you could imagine! As everyone around you goes about their daily lives without a fuss, you soon realise that we’re all doing it alone — just sometimes, there are others around us. Hong Kong is also a very modernised city (one of Asia’s most developed), making it a really comfortable getaway. But for the “old Hong Kong”, head over to Mongkok neighbourhood and you’ll be sure to uncover some hidden gems.


Verona, Italy

There are many Italian cities that are more renowned than Verona, but this particular city is perfect for solo travellers thanks to its history, laid back lifestyle and great food. The city is home to the balcony where Juliet stood whilst Romeo declared his love for her, so this is a great pitstop for the romantics (or those looking to rekindle their faith in love). Throughout the city you’ll find plenty of street food stalls and even markets, so be sure to make the most of this as there’s oodles of great produce on offer – especially coming in to summer! The strawberry, chocolate and cream extravaganza you see above really was as delicious as it looks. And the best part about doing it solo? Aint nobody there to tell you you can’t have two… or three.


Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal’s capital has become incredibly popular over recent years and for good reason. The colours, culture, and incredibly friendly locals are reason enough to make your way over to Lisbon to begin a Portuguese adventure. There are also many young people in the city and start up/design culture is becoming really big… making this a great city to source inspiration! Alfama is my neighbourhood of choice and you absolutely cannot miss a trip to Pastel de Belem for those warm, gooey custard tart pastries (or try the recipe at home).

Vancouver at Sunset


Vancouver, Canada

It is entirely possible that there are no people on earth more friendly than Canadians… and they probably don’t come more cool, calm and collected as they do in Vancouver. There’s a really large student population here and with so many young people to meet, you’ll quickly forget you arrived solo! This city really is a top choice for meeting people and if there’s anyone more likeable than a Canadian, it will be news to me!

Sedona Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

If you find yourself road tripping around the United States, it won’t take long for you to realise that you’ll have a better solo travel experience going off the grid and away from the major cities. Sure, you can still have a really great time in cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, but arguably the best/more authentic experiences where you’ll meet many locals is in the heart of the USA in the many small cities and towns. Sedona is one such town that made me feel extremely welcome and with so many great hiking trails to switch off and tune into yourself, this is a perfect stop for solo travellers. (Read more: the most underrated cities in the USA)

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Berlin, Germany

I loved Berlin so much that I decided to move there for a couple of months amidst my travels and try it out to live. My circumstances changed shortly after my little stint (I found the love of m’life elsewhere in the world), but if I had my time again I’d totally move back to Berlin, arguably one of Europe’s coolest cities to live in for young people. The start-up culture here is huge, as are the communal vibes. Everyone is super friendly, super chill, and just super… Berlin. Oh! And the food is really cheap and really good. A great stop for solo travellers.

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Glasgow, Scotland

When considering a trip to Scotland most travellers think straight to the fairytale city of Edinburgh, or the ethereal isles in the North. Whilst both are exceptional, a trip to Glasgow is by far and large the most favoured choice in Scotland for solo travellers. Citizen M hotels are a breakthrough in the solo travel landscape, offering cheap hotel accommodations a significant step up from hostels, but with that same communal vibe. The city comes to life in the evenings with the huge student population and believe me when I say the locals love to mingle with visitors!

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Stockholm, Sweden

Although the expense of Stockholm might turn a few travellers off, those who do make the investment and visit are bound to fall in love with the city. With so many interesting people doing interesting things, I really don’t think there is another city quite as inspiring in terms of youth culture. Stockholm street style is a category of fashion on its own, but the trends of the city usually follow the attitude: laid-back, effortless and chic. I really can’t see a reason not to love this city!

Melbourne Hot Air Balloon

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is by far and large Australia’s coolest city. With an incredible cafe culture that guarantees great coffee and a great nightlife scene (check out the rooftop bars for something a little different), there really is no reason not to love Melbourne. This is particularly a great city for solo travellers as there is just so much to do and the locals are more than keen to show off their city to visitors.

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium

Last but never least, a small city in Belgium that has long been considered as cool as they come, Ghent is another great stop for solo travellers. The city has a large student population who are always eager to meet a new face, plus the locals are very friendly and eager to show you their great city. On Thursdays the whole city goes vegetarian for the day (or at least, encourages it) and the city itself is as pretty as a postcard.


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    April 21, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Ohhh nice to see my city on this list! Verona is super pretty, glad you liked it! If anyone need any information about it, here I am thanks for the advice on the other cities Brooke!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    March 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Love your suggestions as always. This year, my city trips will be Hanoi, Shanghai and Madrid apparently….

    March 14, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Happy to see Berlin on this list!!! My favourite city in Europe and yes, I do agree that it’s perfectly suitable for solo traveling! For any type of travelling, in fact 😉

    March 11, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I totally agree with lots of these cities, especially Melbourne! I moved here on my own a few months ago from the U.S. and it was so easy to meet both locals and other expats as a solo traveller. There’s so much to do in Melbourne and after being to some other parts of the country I completely agree that it’s Australia’s coolest city! 🙂

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    March 2, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Wow I may have to add Berlin and Verona to my list of destinations for my Eurotrip in June. Thanks for sharing!

    March 1, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I love this post! I completely agree with you! 🙂 Verona and BErlin are my favorite cities! 🙂

    March 1, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Good article, been to a few of the cities in Europe but undoubtedly Verona was the best as I love every part of Italy. Malta should also have been on the list as it is a fairly cheap country, very safe and people are also very friendly, lots of culture and night life as well!

    Anuradha Goyal
    March 1, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I find mid-size cities – almost all of them – a good option to travel solo. I know I can make quick acquaintances and friends somehow there.

    Melanie@Toots + Dill
    March 1, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I really need to get out there and travel!! I feel like I’ve been no where! =)

    Pinning this for my future travel days! =)

    March 1, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I was so scared of traveling alone but now that I tried I know how amazing it feels to reconnect with yourself.
    I will definitely try to travel in one of those cities anytime soon.

    Thank you for sharing.
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    March 1, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I love Hong Kong & any city in Italy. I still have yet to go to Germany, and Berlin’s on top of list!

    Kendall Simmons
    March 1, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Ghent has been one of my all-time favorite cities on my travels so far. Seriously charming, and you’re right that all of the college students were very open and friendly!

    • Brooke Saward
      March 1, 2016 at 7:07 am

      100% agree I am in love with Ghent! <3

    March 1, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Aw thanks so much for your kind words about Canadians (of which I am one)! I’m super-glad to hear you had a wonderful time in Vancouver x

    Crazy Travelista
    March 1, 2016 at 2:17 am

    I second Verona! It has become one of my favorite Italian cities and I have no idea how its not more popular! Working on an article as we speak about it! Also excited to be going to Portugal for this first time in April! I’m actually staying in Alfama so I’m glad you mentioned it! 🙂

    Tag Along Deb
    March 1, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Great solo travel cities are also great for tagging along on a spouse’s business travel (which is a lot like solo travel). As a female, assessing whether a place is one where I can feel safe and confident to explore while my spouse is occupied with business is one of the ways I decide if it’s a place worth tagging along to.

    March 1, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Great list. I so agree with Vancouver! I did a solo female trip there and felt incredibly safe. I even left my bags lying around and my hostel door unlocked… so NOT like me.

    February 29, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Hi Brooke! Thanks for these great suggestions. I’m going to be embarking on my FIRST big solo trip this summer to Europe so I’ll definitely have to hit up some of the cities! Germany hadn’t been on my radar before but I’ll definitely have to look into it after you’ve suggested Berlin and Ghent. They look absolutely beautiful!

    February 29, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I have already done a couple but I would love to visit Verona!
    But first I need to safe money to do that. haha

    Fran OC
    February 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I loved this list!!!

    As for me, I’ve been in 35 countries but still Berlin is my top #1 for solo travel. I would include Tokyo as well.
    Lisbon and Hong Kong are on my travel bucket.

    Mellodie Wittwer
    February 29, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I would also say Singapore is very safe and friendly.

    Ariane Kuijt
    February 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Amazing. I lived near Gent in the past, but I really want to go back!! I am really looking forward visiting Berlin one day, I hear incredible stories about this city. In April I’m going to Malmö, another Swedish city, so no Stockholm for me!

    February 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I would definitely add any city in Japan to this. It’s incredibly safe, and the people are very friendly, even with the language barrier. Also, the hostels are extremely clean and it’s easy to meet fellow solo travellers

    February 29, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Nice post Ms. Brooke! I just started my solo travel and I just got back from Bangkok. Just like Ms. Emma, I can’t find someone with the same interest as mine with flexible budget and schedule so there’s no other option but to travel alone. However, it would be more economical to travel with a buddy since you have somebody to share/split with the room/hostel, transport (esp. taxi), etc.

    Abbie E.
    February 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Great post! Thank you for the travel ideas!
    Abbie E.

    Minh Nguyen
    February 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I’d add Busan in the list. It’s such a nice city with great natural and friendly people.

    February 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Nice, I am happy to see that my city made the list. Us Canadians are pretty darn sweet and friendly if I do say so. If your ever in the area, let me know!!!

    Kate McLennan
    February 29, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I absolutely love solo travel; you get to see and experience everything in a completely raw and beautiful way. Fantastic article! I will have to add the above places to my travel wishlist. I recently started a website on my travels, any tips or comments for improvement would be appreciated! 🙂 X

    February 29, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I just got back from Vancouver 2 weeks ago and I must agree with this whole heartedly. I only travel solo (have no choice) and it was fantastic. Vancouver is a great city and everyone was super friendly

    February 29, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Hi Brooke – thank you for these awesome ideas! I’d love to travel solo, it’s one on my to do list for the next couple of years! (Will have to work up the courage!) I’m used to travelling in the UK on my own but abroad will be a whole different story! Haha! xx

    Ryan Biddulph
    February 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Hi Brooke,

    Super list! I just visited with my cousin from Arizona the other day. He lives 2 hours south of Sedona. Raves about the place. From the weather to the vibe to the healing aspects of the place he’s loved his visits to the world renowned town in Northern Arizona. I would dig a visit to any one of these spots.


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    February 29, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Love to idea of travelling alone. I have worked abroad alone and gone round barcelona alone and loved it! Safety is my main concern, as I want to travel Vietnam, and with no one I know with similar interests, it looks like solo is my only option!

    Great post! Has given me hope

    em xx

    February 29, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Great tips! I dream about solo travel, and I sure need som suggestions where to travel. Thanks a lot!!

    The Southern Travelista
    February 29, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I’ve traveled solo before in Cairns, Australia and it was great. I love traveling solo, it gives you time to find out more about yourself. Thanks for sharing! I need to visit some of these cities!

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    February 29, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Awesome suggestions! Ghent sounds like a dream.