When travelling alone there’s a whole list of destinations that you’re expected to visit. Pretty much everywhere in Europe is where you’d expect to find a solo traveller, as well as some cities in the US and Australia and New Zealand.
But there are so many places around the world where solo travellers belong, no matter how long or short the flight is, or how rich or poor the country is.
Solo travellers can have a whole lot of fun all around the world, so, without further ado, here are our 6 unexpected solo travel destinations.
Most people see Dubai as a place to go with ‘the girls’ on an expensive hen do, or with their partner for a romantic and extravagant getaway. However, Dubai has so much to offer that it is a great place for solo travellers, especially with so much to look at explore.
From the Burj Khalifa to the Burj Al Arab and the desert camel rides to the Mall of the Emirates. Dubai is an awe-inspiring city, and due to its many sightseeing and shopping opportunities, it is indeed one of our 6 unexpected solo travel destinations. We bet you’re looking at the price of a flight and a hotel now!
It’s fair to say that Las Vegas is not a place you’d associate with solo travel. It’s for couples willing to explore the Sin City openly and together, or for a ‘lads’ holiday, or even a ‘girlie’ trip. For just one person to go to Las Vegas, people usually suspect the seedier side of things there at work. But it doesn’t have to be, and Vegas is certainly one of the 6 unexpected solo travel destinations that is a rewarding place to go.
As with Dubai, there are plenty of attractions that don’t require a date, immediately allowing for a solo traveller to get stuck in. From getting tickets to Vegas shows like Celine Dion at Caesar’s Palace to walking down the Strip and soaking up all of the high-stakes and emotions circulating it. And if you’re a solo traveller, you won’t have the problem of spending way too much on gambling and alcohol as you’ve got no one to poorly influence you.
A lot of people head to India on organised group trips, or with their significant other. Solo travellers are present, of course, but there aren’t really all that many from the West due to perceptions of the country being unsafe. However, India is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and it is a place that will change your life undoubtedly.
India as a solo travel destination is great because you’ll meet so many new people while travelling there and will get the chance to be taken under a lot of people’s wings. You will be able to see all of the sights you would with a group and participate in all of the activities you would with a group too. From wildlife-spotting tours to walking down market streets, India is one of the best 6 solo travel destinations on our list.
Thailand is increasingly becoming a popular tourist spot for young couples who want to experience something a little different than usual for their annual holiday. And while its romantic white beaches and aquamarine sea are perfect for couples, they also make for stunning vistas for the ambitious solo traveller too.
As many are discovering, Thailand has many volunteering opportunities in genuine wildlife sanctuaries which are popular among tourists. For a solo traveller, these are perfect opportunities and ways to get totally involved in Thailand and to give back to the world in one small way. We would always advise erring on the side of caution when it comes to picking out wildlife sanctuaries, however, and make sure they are genuine and the animals are being well looked after.
Last on our list of 6 unexpected solo travel destinations is the rainbow nation of South Africa. A country packed with amazing things to do and see, it is perfect for solo travellers who want to see some of the most spectacular sights on planet Earth.
Solo travellers in South Africa can expect to be blown away by the safaris offered to them, where they can spot lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants and so much more. Instead of waiting around to find someone to go on safari with, book up for a safari in South Africa yourself. You will have a great time.
Plus, you’re never alone in the African bush. There’s always a spider watching. Or a buffalo.
BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.