Whether you want to walk the roads less travelled in Portugal or explore the rich culture of Japan, discover the best solo trips for the solitary wanderer.
Solo trips are not only soul-stirring and liberating experiences but are a fast-track way to get to know yourself. The freedom of solo trips means you can go where you want, when you want and tick off the experiences you’ve dreamt about without having to compromise with your travel buddy.
So, buy that plane ticket, pack those bags and set off to climb those mountains, dive into crystal-clear waters and dare to eat foods you mightn’t have tried otherwise. We’ve handpicked some of the world’s best destinations that are perfect for your first-ever solo escape.
Seek solitude in Slovenia
If you’re more of a mountain loving, soul-seeking kind of traveller then this European country is the right pick for your solo adventure. Famous for its ski resorts, shimmering lakes and scenic backdrops, Slovenia has epic sights to behold. The great part about travelling solo is no distractions – take in the beauty of Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs where you can enjoy a quiet soak. Take a stroll through the charming streets of Ljubljana and embark on a culinary journey: try Slovenian dumplings, kremma rezine (custard squares) and pork sausage. This small yet breathtaking part of Europe that will own a piece of your heart forever.
Best time to travel: June to August.
Check out Luxury Escapes' Slovenia tour here.
Be wined and dined in Portugal
Portugal is an excellent choice for a solo trip, thanks to its friendly locals, UNESCO World Heritage sites and year-round sunshine. Located along the Atlantic Ocean, the country is famed for its salt cod (Bacalhau) and grilled sardines – a must-try for all daring foodies. Let loose on the Algarve beaches and set on hikes along the coast if you’re feeling adventurous. Tackle the hills of Lisbon or opt to see the city aboard the iconic yellow number 28 tram. Raise a toast to your trip with some amazing port wine in the coastal town of Porto. By the way, did you know the coastline of Portugal is over 800km?
Best time to travel: March to May.
Check out Luxury Escapes' Spain & Portugal tour here.
Embrace the old & new in Japan
Ancient castles, cherry blossoms and high-tech cityscapes – this confluence of old and new awaits in Japan. Choose to join a guided tour of the intriguing capital – Tokyo – and walk the vibrant streets, check out the wild and whacky vending machines and spend an afternoon admiring art at the Yayoi Kusama Museum. For nature-loving solos, a day can be well-spent exploring Mount Fuji and its wondrous sights, as well as cruising the waters of beautiful Lake Ashi while listening to the blissful silence of the sparkling waters. A true solo travellers paradise.
Best time to travel: March to May or September to November.
Check out Luxury Escapes' Japan tour here.
Viva la Vida in Cuba
Cha cha cha your way through Cuba and learn some Cuban dance moves on your solo adventure in this vibrant country. This is the perfect choice for the high-spirited solo traveller who prefers to grab life’s experiences by the horns. Cuba has hidden beaches for solitude lovers (we recommend the palm-fringed Playas del Este), American classic cars and scuba-diving thrills for those who want to experience the world below the blue blanket of mystery. While you’re here, don’t miss out on sipping a well-mixed mojito in Havana while enjoying a live salsa show.
Best time to travel: December to March and July to August.
Experience the great outdoors in Iceland
The phenomenal Northern Lights, magnificent volcanoes and glistening glaciers are some of the biggest highlights of Iceland. Soak in the Blue Lagoon, walk through the ancient Leidarendi Lava Caves and lose yourself in the roar of Gullfoss Waterfall. Iceland is food for soul in every possible way. A treasure trove of sublime natural landscapes, Iceland is a classic choice for the nature enthusiast solo globetrotter who is keen to explore the geothermal magic of Iceland and make new, like-minded friends along the way.
Best time to travel: July and August.
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