Top 10 Countries for Solo Travellers
If you dream of travelling the globe but have no one to go with you – don’t worry, there are plenty of countries that are ideal for solo travellers.
They’re safe, you’re bound to meet dozens of fellow travellers, and there’s lots of activities to do even if you’re flying solo.
So instead of searching for someone to go with – just book your flight. You might be surprised how fun it is to travel solo – and the amazing people you meet along the way.
If you’re just starting out travelling solo, then Japan is a good place to begin your adventures. Japan is very safe, the locals are friendly, and it’s easy to get around with dozens of modern and efficient transport options.
If you’re keen to meet people, stay in a hostel. Japanese hostels are very modern and clean.
In Japan, you’ll find many travellers are headed in the same direction as you. Most travellers start in Tokyo to explore traditional shrines, discover the bright lights of Shibuya and Shinjuku, and savour the excitement of a city that never sleeps.
From Tokyo, most travellers then head onto Kyoto via Hakone or Lake Kawaguchiko for panoramic views of Mt Fuji. After exploring more shrines and forests in Kyoto and nearby Nara, wanderlusters tend to head onto Osaka to indulge in traditional Japanese food.
The options are limitless when travelling to Japan. A trip here will always be action-packed with activities and lots to see with the vast difference between the hustling capitals to the serenity of smaller cities.
Not only does Japan have beautiful rainforests and bright lights, but incredible skiing destinations. Hakuba and Niseko are the main ski villages to visit, with the season running from Late December to March.
You can get around Japan safely using bullet trains, buses and a sophisticated metro system.
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If it’s your first time in South East Asia as a solo traveller, Malaysia is a good place to start.
Malaysia is safe, modern and easy to get around. It also offers a mix of city life, nature, culture and history.
Start in the capital of Kuala Lumpur – a city that never sleeps. In Kuala Lumpur, you can visit modern highlights such as the Petronas Twin Towers, or get your foodie fix in Chinatown.
From Kuala Lumpur, head north to see unique street art and nature in Ipoh, before travelling to Georgetown for more street art as well as a range of food choices. South of Kuala Lumpur, Malacca is also a must see to learn more about Malaysia’s history.
Malaysia offers modern and clean hostels, and you can easily get around by the light rail or bus networks.
Must-Do Activities in Malaysia:
- Explore the beaches and islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
- Go on a trek in Pahang’s Taman Negara National Park
- Ride on cable cars in the Genting Highlands
- Visit the rescued orangutans in Sepilok
- Go diving in the Perhentian Islands
Where exactly is Georgia I hear you say? It sits under Russia and is pretty much an extension of Europe.
So why is Georgia so good for travellers flying solo? Because there’s lots of other people doing the same thing.
I hardly met a person in Georgia that hadn’t started there as a solo traveller. But by the end of it – we were all travelling together.
Georgia is safe, everyone wants to see the same places, it’s very affordable and it’s quickly gaining in popularity among the backpacking crowd. I guarantee you will make friends for life on a solo trip to Georgia.
The most common tourist trail in Georgia starts in the capital of Tbilisi. From there, travellers continue on to the hiking meccas of Kazbegi or Mestia. After hitting the trails, you can head to the seaside resort town of Batumi from Mestia – or go exploring the wine region and pretty old towns in eastern Georgia such as Signaghi.
To get around Georgia, you can go via marshrutkas (mini bus), train or team up with other travellers and get a ride in shared taxis.
You’ll likely meet other travellers on one of these transport options – or in your hostel or guesthouses.
And if you planning on travelling during the Indian summer, you’re in luck! Georgia is also in summer from June to August, boasting beautiful 70-85 degree Fahrenheit weather (20-30⁰ Celsius), making the coastal towns a tropical delight.
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There’s lots to see in Italy and it’s very popular for solo travellers. It’s also very easy to get around by using the train and Flixbus network.
You can go see ancient ruins in Rome, wine tasting near Florence, roam the canals of Venice , trek between the Cinque Terre villages or have some beach time on the Amalfi Coast.
The best way to meet people in Italy in by staying in a hostel. Italy offers clean and modern hostels in tourist hotspots such as Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan.
There’s so much to see that you’ll keep yourself amused even if you don’t meet anyone along the way. And hey, they’ll be no one to judge you when you consume four gelatos a day and stuff yourself with pizza and pasta!
Best places in Italy for a Solo Traveller:
- Cinque Terre
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Vietnam is soaring in popularity and it’s an easy country for solo travellers to roam. Being close to home, Vietnam offers a fun-filled adventure which means you will definitely make the most out of your trip!
Start in Ho Chi Minh City, and explore the cultural highlights of Vietnam’s largest city. Extend your trip to take in Hue’s royal tombs, the lantern lit streets of Hoi An, and the buzzing capital of Hanoi. You can also take side trips to Halong Bay and go hiking in Sapa Valley.
Vietnam is an inexpensive destination for travellers – and you can get around by bus, train, minibus, scooter or even fly cheaply within the country.
If you want to make some friends, you’re likely to meet other solo travellers going the exact same destinations as you – and you’ll meet them in hostels, or on buses or trains.
And because there’s many other solo travellers, it’s very safe on the east coast tourist trail between Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City.
#6. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a great country to explore with its rich history and culture – and it attracts thousands of solo travellers every year. Just below India, Sri Lanka is an underrated travel destination with plenty of things to keep you busy.
Sri Lanka is safe and inexpensive for solo travellers. To get around, you simply hop on the buses that cruise the major roads, take the train or if you find a group to spend your time with – you can even hire a driver.
Major destinations include Hatton to climb Adam’s Peak; Ella for more hiking, tea plantations and beautiful nature; Mirissa, Tangalle and Hikkaduwa for some beach time and Galle to explore an impressive Dutch fort.
All travellers will start their Sri Lanka adventure in Colombo. The majority don’t spend long in Colombo, and instead quickly head east towards Hatton, Kandy or Ella, or head down to the south coast beaches.
You’re sure to meet plenty of other solo travellers heading the same way as you. The best place to meet other travellers is in hostels.
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#7. New Zealand
New Zealand is teeming with travellers getting around in their brightly coloured Jucy vans to traverse the country’s fabulous scenery.
New Zealand is very safe – and you can get around by car or campervan – or by regular buses plying tourist routes.
The landscapes and adventure activities on the South Island attract much of New Zealand’s tourist trade, and most travellers will start in Queenstown.
If you want company on your journey, start off in Queenstown and you’re likely to find travel buddies in the hostels to join you on the rest of your trip.
Queenstown is a hub of activity, and visitors can choose from hiking, white-water rafting, road tripping, skydiving, bungee jumping and much more.
From Queenstown, travellers are likely to plan stops at Te Anau, Milford Sound, Lake Wanaka, Mt Cook National Park and Lake Tekapo.
If you’re planning ahead for your trip, you might even be able to secure a spot on New Zealand’s popular tramping trails such as the Milford and Routeburn tracks.
If you’ve got more time, head across to the North Island to Wellington and Auckland, and the many beautiful nature destinations such as Tongariro National Park.
You can’t get much safer than Iceland. Start your Icelandic adventure in Reykjavik and you’re sure to make plenty of new friends who are keen to hire a car and drive around the island.
Take a dip in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or other less well-known thermal baths, visit impressive waterfalls on the south coast, and drive through miles of spectacular scenery and cute villages by taking the island’s Ring Road.
You can get around Iceland easily by hiring your own car, or there are many tourist operators running regular buses.
Iceland is very safe so it’s easy to travel around on your own – however it is also expensive so sharing the costs with fellow backpackers for transport is a good idea.
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Australia is another very safe country and is a dream destination for many travellers. There are beaches, mountains and lots of unique wildlife, as well as buzzing, modern cities. The weather is pretty good too with plenty of sunny days and mild winters.
You’re sure to meet plenty of other solo travellers on the east coast of Australia between Cairns and Melbourne as they visit the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne. You can tag along or do you own thing very easily.
You can get around Australia’s east coast by bus, hiring your own car, or flights on budget airlines.
Most travellers start in Sydney or Melbourne and work their way north to take in the sights, sounds and scenery of Australia.
#10. Costa Rica
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Costa Rica is a popular destination for many travellers, especially Americans given its proximity to the USA. While Costa Rica is more expensive than the rest of Central America, it is also more developed.
Start your trip in the capital of San Jose before heading up to La Fortuna for a dip in hot springs and setting your sights on volcanoes. From La Fortuna, travellers head up to Costa Rica’s adrenaline capital, Monteverde. Get your heart rate up with ziplining, canyoning and bungee jumping, or simply walk along scenic suspension bridges high in a cloud forest.
You can get around Costa Rica by bus – or it’s easy to join a tour with other fellow travellers to see the main sights.
With 10 options of countries to visit solo, you can’t say no to starting out on a globetrotting adventure. Don’t let heading out into the world solo stop you from your travel dreams – you’re sure to meet others in the same boat.
Lisa Owen is a pint-sized Australian following her dreams to travel to as many places as she can, and loves to share her photography, travel hacks, hiking adventures, and food discoveries along the way. At last count, she has travelled to more than 80 countries in between working in public relations and discovering hidden gems in Australia's great outdoors. Instagram: @thelittleadventurer. Facebook: The Little Adventurer Australia.
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