Solo travel destinations inspiring you to be your own travel buddy.
Whether it’s your first or hundredth time taking a trip alone, solo travel can feel daunting. However, the thrill of independence is also accompanied by self reflection, personal growth, learning experiences, and a whole lot of stories.
Seeing the world doesn’t have to be a group affair, so here are six countries that are top-rated, not only in safety, but in how easy it can be to have a great time sightseeing alone.
With its solo dining options and high safety index, Japan prevails as a perfect destination for solo travelers. The size of the country makes it easy to pack as much as you can into your schedule and immerse yourself in every geographical region. From the technologically advanced cityscapes of Tokyo, the nature-shrouded temples in Kyoto, and the white sand beaches in Okinawa; in Japan, there is always something to do.
Japan boasts some of the lowest crime rates internationally, as well as a culture where its perfectly acceptable to do things independently, such as enjoying a meal or a drink. In fact, Japan provides travelers with a plethora of solo lodging and culinary options, making it the perfect country to explore on your own. Japanese locals are polite, and will not mind lending a hand despite the language barrier.
Japan is also a safe option for female solo travelers, offering female-only train cars to diminish chances of public harassment.
Solo Travel Must See: If you’re a sushi fan, indulge in a private (and affordable) Omakase dining experience, or, for even more solitude, check out restaurants with private dining cubbies such as the renowned Japanese ramen chain, Ichiran Ramen.
Waterfalls, geysers, and glaciers, oh my!
Iceland is arguably one of the safest destinations on the planet, for anyone, with a crime rate at almost zero. According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland was rated the most peaceful country in the world as of 2022. (Institute for Economics and Peace) Additionally, walking alone at night isn’t as much of an issue if you choose to visit during the summer, because, around the summer solstice, it’s daylight (or at least twilight) 24 hours a day.
However…pro tip: Go in the late fall through early spring months if you wish to see The Northern Lights!
Solo Travel Must See: Popular things are sometimes popular for a reason. Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon is one of them. Take a soak in the steamy geothermal spa and allow your worries to slip away!
Some of the most beautiful sceneries available to the human eye are found in New Zealand. If you are (or aren’t) the outdoorsy type, a solo trip to New Zealand is sure to be right up your alley.
New Zealand provides hiking and exploration opportunities for travelers to embark on with one another, so if you’re looking to connect with like minded individuals, there is nothing better to bond over than a mutual new experience in the great outdoors.
From the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Mt. Cook National Park (pictured), the rushing waterfalls in Milford Sound, or the Bay of Plenty; the wondrous splendors of New Zealand are sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Solo Travel Must See: Are you a wine fan? Waiheke Island is a popular day trip from Auckland City, and hosts rolling vineyards and a wide selection of top-notch wines.
Heading over to Scandinavia, Denmark is a destination centered around safety and self care.
In stylish and bustling Copenhagen, you can find a modern and colorful haven to enjoy a positive atmosphere with so much to offer. Not to mention, Copenhagen is incredibly clean, the only thing littering the pristine streets being the bike lanes dispersed throughout the entire city. Copenhagen is known for providing an active lifestyle for its citizens with less air pollution and emissions contributed by vehicles.
Copenhagen is not only safe, but has good tourism infrastructure, a well recognized restaurant scene, and provides a lot of costless activities for travelers to enjoy during the day, such as the well known Tivoli Gardens and numerous free museums.
You can also choose to hop aboard a train and explore other Danish cities such as Aarhus, Odense, and Vejle.
Solo Travel Must See: The Nyhavn waterfront in Copenhagen stretches from Kongens Nytorv to the harbor just south of the Royal Playhouse. Nyhavn offers a spot to grab a drink, have a meal, or simply talk a walk and admire the eye-catching architecture and glistening harbor.
Near Nyhavn lies the Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK art institute) as well as The Rosenborg Castle Gardens (Kongens Have).
Finland is a paradise for nature lovers, with its vast forests, crystal-clear lakes, and a beautiful coastline. It is a country rich with culture where saunas and reindeer are part of everyday life. Finland’s vibrant capital, Helsinki, is a great starting point for exploring the country. One of the must-visit landmarks is the Helsinki Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that dominates the city’s skyline.
In Finland, transportation is easy to navigate and public spaces are designed to be easy to enjoy.
Solo Travel Must See: Another must-see attraction is Suomenlinna, a World Heritage site located on a group of islands just off the coast of Helsinki. This sea fortress offers breathtaking views of the Baltic Sea and a glimpse into Finland’s military history.
Ireland’s rolling green hills, quaint pubs, and magnificent cliffs (not to mention Irish coffee) will sure to astound you as you bask in rich culture and glorious scenery. Locals are known to be friendly; welcoming tourists with open arms. Additionally, English is widely spoken, so you don’t have to sweat the language barrier.
In Ireland, you can spend a day hitting both urban and rural environments – either way, transportation will be a breeze. In Ireland, you can immerse yourself in music, nightlife, and folklore while still having access to the vast countryside and unobstructed starry night.
Whether you’re sipping a Guinness in a cozy pub, kissing the Blarney Stone, or soaking in the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, you are sure to feel content doing so alone.
Solo Travel Must See: Stay the night in a fairytale castle, many offering rentable rooms similar to a bed and breakfast! Travel favorites include Huntington Castle in County Carlow, Ashford Castle in Cong, Co. Mayo, and Dromoland Castle in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.