12 of the best countries to visit as a solo traveler

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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

Eatily (Italy)

Why Go?

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.

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Why Go?

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!



Why Go?

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.



Why Go?

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.

bali bali or phuket


Why Go?

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.

giza egypt


Why Go?

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!



Why Go?

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!



Why Go?

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.

Volcano Hotel Chile


Why Go?

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.



Why Go?

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.



Why Go?

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.


Everywhere, Anywhere….

Why Go?

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!

Need more help? See the Guide to Solo Travel!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!



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    January 20, 2016

    Almost remain to your point and most visiting solo traveler just be consists for your countries Traveler.

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    Suzan@private tours SanFrancisco

    November 26, 2015

    I love San Francisco. everyone is known for being extremely friendly and you will surely meet some amazing characters along the way.

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    April 12, 2015

    I’m really enjoying your blog. I have done the solo traveling to a few places. As I was reading your 12 best place to travel solo, I laughed a little when I got to Australia. I had done the same trip mentioned in 2004. It was one of my most memorable adventures.

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    October 27, 2014

    Hi! I am Loving your blog so much! You’really right in so many things, I think that I’m going to travel solo, I just finished university and I need to find myself!
    I’m Portuguese, so I can say that you need to see a lot more of Portugal, you’ll fall in love! Go to Coimbra (my city, and the city of students, J.K. Rowling was inspired in our university clothes “traje universitário ” for Harry Potter), you must go to Sintra, Porto, Costa Vincentina, Mafra, Algarve, Alentejo . This are only some of the most amazing places we have here. I’m sure you will love it! Can’t wait to read more! Safe travels!

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    October 7, 2014

    So true! Portugal was my biggest surprise too! Lisbon is amazing but you were so right that the locals told me that Lisbon is not that even amazing??

    Tuscany is beautiful – I lived in Australia for 12 years, so I am biased – but I do think it is a fantastic country to visit.

    What about New Zealand? I am also planning to travel there in January 2015!

    Happy traveling everyone!

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    August 31, 2014

    I have a question. Is the first picture taken in Parma Italy? I think I have been on that bridge!
    Thanks! 🙂

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    July 24, 2014

    Although I would love to visit Egypt everything going on in and around that area is much to crazy. Although you can get away from the radical demonstrations it is still not completely safe especially as a women. I would suggest going on your Country’s state department website and researching the travel warnings. Also always register with your country’s consulate in that country for the safest possible travel.

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    July 21, 2014

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    July 15, 2014

    I’m surprised that Egypt made the list, although it is beautiful. I visited in 2012 “solo”, but as part of an organized tour. I think that is definitely the way to go. There is minimal signage/information at tourist sites so it is tough to get anything out of it unless you have a tour guide. Even if you speak Arabic. It was also easier to get around and I felt like I saw a lot more of the country than I would have otherwise.

    I spent 8 days there that included time in Cairo, the Pyramids, a train to Aswan, the Nile River on a boat with various stops along the way, a flight to Abu Simbal, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, Hurghada on the Red Sea, and back to Cairo.

    My boyfriend visited Egypt with a friend in 2010 and they did their trip themselves. He’s a seasoned traveler but when I came back from my trip he pointed out how much more I learned than he did and how I had a better experience in general because we had a local tour guide who lead our group and gave us tips and information along the way. My boyfriend felt like he was being ripped off all of the time, whereas I knew how much to tip everywhere and stood my ground (although I did have to jump out of a moving buggy to escape one such experience).

    It also isn’t a very safe place for tourists, especially women, to travel solo. There are people always following you around trying to sell you things, and I did have a woman reach into the outer pouch of my bag even though I was in a group and was holding onto my bag tightly. They’re gutsy and the country isn’t in a great state so people are desperate.

    Egypt has a great history and is a beautiful country, but I would recommend an organized tour of Egypt for anyone, solo traveler or not. You can get so much more out of it. That’s why I’m surprised it’s on this list specifically directed towards solo travel.

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    July 15, 2014

    Nice list!!! I always say skip Italy, and do Croatia instead. Plus as a solo female traveler, Croatian men were always respectful or just didn’t say anything to me, Italian men not so much..

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    July 15, 2014

    I think most of the countries in Asia are perfect for solo traveling, I traveled some myself and loved it 🙂

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    July 15, 2014

    I think a lot of countries in Asia are perfect for solo travel, I did some myself and loved it!

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    July 14, 2014

    Love your blogs. And I agree. Solo is the way to go… at any age!

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    Lauren @ Sweet Home Australia

    July 14, 2014

    Great recommendations! I may be a bit biased, but I think Australia is the best place for beginners looking to get their feet wet in solo travel 😉 Australians are extremely kind and welcoming, it’s a very safe country, and English is spoken!

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    Betty J. Ogburn

    July 14, 2014

    …Almost every one of these places is on my list!!…Which is your personal favorite, though???…

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