With travel well and truly back in our lives, there's no better time to book a solo trip. I spent my twenties living out of a suitcase, calling many cities and countries in the interim. Whether I'm renting an apartment in the heart of Berlin for the month of October or spending a week learning how to make macarons in Paris, I'm bound to learn first-hand which cities and countries are best for solo travellers. So here we have the best places to travel solo in 2023 around the world.
The best places to travel alone in 2023
I bet you're wondering, what exactly makes a great destination for solo travelers? Overall, I've selected this destination based on its rating in several key categories. Those that offer safety, affordability, accessibility, diversity of attractions and social opportunities are those we have selected as the ideal destinations for single travelers.
So, without further ado, these are the best places to travel this year if you're a solo traveler.
Known for its friendliness, safety and efficient transportation system, Japan is a popular destination for solo travelers. There's lots to see and do, including exploring ancient temples, visiting bustling cities, and enjoying delicious Japanese cuisine.
Favorite city: Kyoto
Favorite attractions: Fushimi Inari Shrine
Best for: Train travel with ease
Iceland is a great place for those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature. It is also a safe and easy country to travel to, with many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, whale watching and exploring ice caves. While the climate can be harsh and changeable, it really adds to the excitement of an Iceland road trip.
Favorite city: Reykjavik
Favorite attractions: Diamond beach
Best for: Beautiful road trip
With its stunning scenery, friendly locals and relaxed atmosphere, New Zealand is a great destination for solo travellers. The country is also famous for its adventurous activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving and rafting.
Favorite city: Queenstown & Wanaka (tie)
Favorite attractions: Wanaka Puncak Roy
Best for: Slow road trip by van
Costa Rica is a great destination for solo travelers who love nature and adventure. The country has lush rainforests, beautiful beaches and lots of opportunities for activities like surfing, zip-lining and hiking.
Favorite city: old harbour
Favorite attractions: Manuel Antonio National Park
Best for: Relaxing atmosphere & immersion in nature
Amsterdam is an easy city to navigate and has many attractions for the solo traveler. From the Van Gogh Museum to the Anne Frank House, there's lots to explore. It is also known for its relaxed atmosphere, making it a great place to meet other travelers.
Favorite attractions: Van Gogh Museum
Best for: An urban escape with small town charm
If you're looking for countries in Europe that stay off the radar, look no further Slovenia. From being home to Europe's most underrated capital (Ljubljana) to the odd lake that is said to be the continent's most romantic (Lake Bled), there is plenty to see and do throughout the country. A week is the optimal time to explore by train or rental car.
Of all the best places for solo women's travel, Bali has gotten to the top of that list. Perhaps no other place in the world is as fulfilling to the soul as Bali. My favorite area to stay is Canggu, which has become very popular over the last few years. Regardless, this is where you'll find the best cafes and co-working spaces, so it's perfect for female entrepreneurs!