The Best Cities to Visit as a Solo Traveler
Travelling alone requires a special kind of expertise – the ability to keep yourself company, the bravery to embrace new experiences, a sound, practical ability to get yourself from a to b in one piece, and the positive outlook necessary to make new travelling buddies. Whatever your reasons for travelling alone, you’ll need these mental resources along the way – but one external factor that can make all the difference when it comes to travelling solo, is choice of destination. Some cities seem to embrace the sole traveler in a way which others don’t – whether it’s down to friendly locals, a free-spirited ethos or a hearty back-packing community to embrace, here’s our guide to the best cities to visit, solo.
The Samui Archipelago, Thailand
These three idyllic islands off the Gulf coast of Thailand are a backpacker’s paradise – perfect for lone travelers. Warm water, buttery sand and plenty of iconic palm trees distinguish these picture-perfect islands and you won’t find it hard to make friends here, especially on notorious party island Koh Pha Ngan – it’s beautiful beaches are swarming with travelers from all over the world. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, there’s plenty of hidden beaches away from the party strip that is South Koh Pha Ngan, and for shopping, nightlife and restaurants, nearby Koh Samui is more developed, and even has its own airport. It’s almost impossible not to make new friends by travelling here, so if you’re the social type, hit up the Samui Archipelago to make mates by the metre.
As well as being extraordinarily beautiful, Bali is a soulful, spiritual place – full of yoga retreats, spas, beaming locals and expansive beaches, you won’t be short of activities to try. Whether you’re diving, surfing, sunbathing, pampering yourself in a resort or exploring the multiple temples and retreats around Bali, Bali can offer you the perfect balance between time spent alone, reflecting, and time spent with likeminded travelers, exploring. A predominantly Hindu island with exceptionally welcoming locals, it’s one of few places where you can surf, dive, do the down dog with a Yogi and then head to a restaurant – and you’re bound to have a whale of a time.
Sydney is perfect for solo travelers – as an English speaking country, you’ll find it easy to chat to people and get around, and it’s a huge contrast with England, yet won’t give you too much of a culture shock, nevertheless. With so much to see, you’ll be thrilled you’ve only got your own tune to dance for – and if you fancy some company, Australians are notoriously easy going. Hit up the galleries in Chippendale, take a stroll around the spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens, head to Newtown for a vintage clothing crawl or make your way to Chinatown for the best dumplings you’ve ever eaten – and don’t forget to check out the beautiful people on the famous Bondi Beach. With the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and numerous museums, sealife sanctuaries and wildlife parks to explore you’ll be so busy, you won’t even remember to feel lonely – do if you’re considering a little trip a seul this summer, booking your flights from London to Sydney is bound to offer an action-packed experience.
Whether you’re planning on chilling out on a Thai beach, shopping and sightseeing your way around Sydney or finding yourself on a spiritual retreat in Bali, travelling alone can be a uniquely rewarding experience. We’ve given you the best locations, so now it’s just up to you to take the ultimate traveler’s leap of faith – it might just change your life.
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