Top 7 solo travel destinations, recommended by an expert
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For those who relish the idea of vacationing alone, Radha Vyas, co-founder of the travel company Flash Pack, offers up a quirky selection of her favourites adventures. Scroll through for the best solo travel destinations in the world:
The river Thames flowing through central London
ENGLAND : If vibrant and exciting cities are what you’re after, London is at the epicentre of innovation and modernity, with a touch of ancient charm in its cobbled streets and historic buildings. Watch the world go by over dinner in one of Soho’s bustling restaurants—many of which don’t take reservations, so dining alone gives you the best chance of securing a table—before enjoying some of the best nightlife in the world. Whether it’s a night on the tiles or cosying up next to a roaring fire after a hike, England lives up to its quintessential image and packs something for every type of solo traveller.
The vast wilderness of Tanzania
TANZANIA: Spectacular landscapes, majestic wildlife and pristine beaches, what more could you want from an adventure? Start by exploring the vast wilderness of the Serengeti National Park and the lush landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater or sailing around the beautiful coast of Zanzibar. Tanzania is better suited for seasoned solo travellers, although opting for guided safari tours is a great way to meet new people, with the chance to catch a glimpse of the ‘Big 5’ in their natural habitat.
MIAMI: Miami is a unique combination of contrasts, a place where vibrant city meets iconic beach. Spend your days wandering down Ocean Drive, taking in the world’s largest collection of art deco buildings, or go for a scenic kayak in Key Largo. It’s ideal for those looking for a long weekend while travelling alone. Not only is it easy to navigate, but its bustling nightlife scene makes it a great place to meet locals and other travellers. It’s also well-connected for those looking to continue their adventure onto Central and South America, or the Caribbean.
Vibrant Bali with its dramatic scenery
BALI: It’s easy to see why Bali remains a favourite destination for people around the world. It’s a bohemian wonderland where laid-back island living is at its finest; contrasted by an unparalleled reputation for adventure, where surf, yoga and volcanoes are just a stone’s throw away. Ubud is the perfect spot to unwind for solo travellers looking to get away from it all, and the tiny Gili Islands offer a tropical paradise with no cars. Look out for bustling beach bars for fresh ‘sea-to-plate’ seafood and other friendly travellers to share an evening sunset with.
FRANCE: France’s romantic charm, seducing culture and bold national spirit will stay with you for years to come. Although many locals speak a bit of English, French is an incredibly beautiful language and a few simple phrases can help solo travellers as they travel from city to countryside. Paris is the epicentre of shopping and culture, but jump on a train to Provence and you can experience rolling hills, lavender fields and chateau living—the perfect place to unwind, and appreciate the rugged beauty of this country.
THAILAND: This eclectic destination is much more than the tropical beaches it’s famed for. Cities in the north retain a provincial charm with unique temples and ancient ruins and to the south there’s palm-studded beaches and majestic hidden lagoons. Thailand has a lot for those travelling alone, whether it’s a traditional cooking class in Isaan, zip-lining through the canopies of the dense jungle vegetation or scuba diving with whale sharks. It is also a great starting point for solo travellers looking to explore the neighbouring Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
FINLAND: Finland offers up a unique bucket list of experiences, from exploring the winter wonderland on a husky safari, to taking in the mesmerising Arctic skies from a lakeside sauna. Make sure to pick up a daily korvapuusti (cinnamon roll) with your morning coffee—a Finnish snack available everywhere. Dip your toe into the creative hub of Helsinki and then escape to the rolling fells of Northern Lapland. After exploring the white forests, there’s nothing better than settling in front of an open fire for a glimpse of the ethereal Northern Lights.