Want to travel the world solo but unsure where to go? As a full time solo traveler that has visited over 40 countries, here are my top picks for the best countries to currently travel to solo and have a great time while you’re at it…
The Best Countries to Visit as a Solo Traveler
The food… of course. Italy is a great place to start in Europe for the solo traveler because the food is great, the people are great, the weather is great, the architecture is great…. it’s all just…… great. Think beyond Rome to the likes of the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and everywhere in between. Ideally the solo traveler could spend 4-8 weeks traveling throughout Italy soaking up the summer sun.
Australia is incredibly diverse, with beaches, the outback, hiking trails, busy cities, and so much more. The solo traveler would ideally travel to Australia for 8-12 weeks and travel throughout the country to really get the full Aussie experience. Start in Sydney, then make your way up the Eastern coast stopping at beach towns and end at the Great Barrier Reef. From there, fly back down to Melbourne to experience Australia’s most eclectic city and don’t forget to include a road trip to Great Ocean Rd. You can then spend a few weeks traveling through the Aussie outback and if you please, make your way down to Tasmania (pictured above) – a true hidden gem!
Not only is Nepal one of the cheapest countries you can visit as a solo traveler, it also has some of the most (if not the most) surreal hiking trails in the world. Be sure to take your time and travel slowly throughout Nepal – there’s plenty to see, do, experience, and explore.
Solo travelers will thoroughly enjoy South East Asia – affordable, dynamic, and great street food. Vietnam is one of the highlights and still one of the cheaper options in SE Asia. Be sure to visit Hoi An on the coast for a week of leisure – it’s an unsung hero if ever there were one.
Thailand is commonly known as the land of smiles – so you can’t help but to enjoy your time here. Be sure to start in bustling Bangkok – one of South East Asia’s most thriving cities. From there, explore the country at great length and leave no island unvisited. Take your time… Reality can wait.
Egyptians have been commonly referred to as the friendliest people in the Middle East. Unfortunately in 2014 the country is facing some difficulties leaving travelers reluctant to visit, but most part of the country are without unrest as the demonstrations are primarily in Cairo. Don’t let the media deter you – this is still one of the most beautiful countries in the world to discover!
The Netherlands…. land of liberal thought, bike culture, and the laid-back Dutch way of life. For the solo traveler there’s no better place to visit to free your mind and think for yourself!
Expenses aside, Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries to explore for the solo traveler. Think stunning scenery, surreal mountains, and some of the most polite and well-mannered people in the world.
As one of the hot picks to visit in South America, Chile has a lot to offer the solo traveler. It’s a diverse country to visit, so while you might start in Santiago to begin with, there’s much more to explore beyond the cities in this scenic gem.
It might surprise you that Ireland snuck on to the list…. it surprised me too when I visited for the first time in 2014. But Ireland is full of surprises. Some of the friendliest people in Europe live here (who love to chat), there’s so much to explore, stunning scenery, and Ireland is affordable for the solo traveler if you choose to stay in B&B’s.
Another surprise of 2014 was Portugal. So surprising in fact, that I have vouched to return ASAP to this fascinating country. Portugal is also very cheap for the solo traveler and reasonably safe to visit. Lisbon is fascinating, but the locals will tell you to venture North or South if you really want to discover Portugal.
It’s important to note that everywhere and anywhere will suit the solo traveler. There’s nowhere in the world you should rule out because you are traveling solo… but there are of course those more safe and solo-friendly, especially for first timers going it alone. Just remember that you can go anywhere solo! The world has no limits!