Aren’t we all sometimes seeking a way to get away from everything and everyone we know? One of the best things to do in such moments is definitely to go on a vacation to a new place all by yourself. Solo traveling is a very special and unique thing to do — you’ll get to know a new culture, meet some cool people, and in the end get to know yourself a little bit better and push your own limits a bit. If you’re looking such experience and don’t know where to start, check out the list of the 5 best countries for solo travelers.
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According to U.S. News, more and more people are deciding to go on a solo trip, and the top 5 countries to try to do so are Spain, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, and Australia.
Spain is a gorgeous, diverse country, with 50 provinces, 17 autonomous regions, and at least 5 languages. There are so many different and unique natural and architectural wonders, cultural heritage is very rich and eating, drinking and having fun is a very important part of a day in this amazing country. You must visit Spain at least once in a lifetime, and if you’re looking for an idea for a solo trip it’s a perfect choice.
Spanish people are known to be very friendly, warm, and chatty, so meeting some new buddies should be pretty easy. Just be sure to learn at least a few phrases in Spanish, and it will happen even easier.
If you’re looking for recommendations on the best cities to visit in Spain, visit one of our previous blog posts and learn a little bit about those gorgeous cities: “5 Most Beautiful Cities in Spain”. Our all-time-favorite is Barcelona for sure, but you cannot make the wrong decision.
We’ve been to Italy a thousand times, and there’s no city that we didn’t like — every little (or big) city in this beautiful country is amazing. This lovely Mediterranean country is full of old, historic towns, so rich with cultural heritage that you’d explore for days. You can never get bored when in Italy — that’s one of the reasons why it’s perfect for solo travelers. Just keep wandering around, and don’t be afraid to get a little bit lost. The other reasons are its extremely friendly people with whom you’ll have endless fun.
We have written a few blog posts about the amazing Italian cities, so feel free to read more and find the perfect destination for you:
- 6 Most Beautiful Cities in Italy
- 7 Amazing Places to Visit in Italy for an Epic Vacation
- Best Wine Road in Tuscany: Taste the Best Wines of Italy
- Best Things to See in Milan FOR FREE
- Top 7 Instagrammable Places in Venice
Milan — Piazza del Duomo
Greece is another Mediterranean country very rich in cultural and historical heritage, and if you’re really into learning a lot about other cultures it might be best to thoroughly explore it on your own. No matter what time of the year you choose to visit Greece, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do — there are tons of astonishing museums, archaeological findings, and gorgeous palaces to see. Of course, if you decide to go there in the summertime, there are so many beaches to enjoy, no matter if you decide to visit a coastal town or one of its many, many islands.
Also, as it is the case with other Mediterranean countries, people are super nice and friendly, so you won’t have any bad times — just enjoy your time. Whatever city or island you choose for your solo trip to Greece you won’t make a mistake, but we recommend Athens for the first time. Check out one of our previous blog posts to learn a little about the gorgeous Greek capital: “Ultimate Must-see Places in Athens You Cannot Miss”
The View of Athens
New Zealand is one very calm, chill, and safe country, and it became a frequent destination for solo travelers. It’s not a that big country, and getting around is quite easy, which could be a reason to decide to choose it for your first solo trip. There are many people choosing New Zealand for their solo trips, so you’ll probably meet some fellow travelers. Locals are very friendly and eager to help travelers that are passing by, so your stay should be very pleasant. Also, you don’t need to know any languages besides English if you plan to travel to New Zealand — convenient, right?
This lovely country is super green, and beautiful. You’ll meet some cute animals (no threatening ones, we promise), breathe in the fresh air, and just enjoy the wilderness. We totally understand why it’s in the top 5 of this list. You should probably know that New Zealand is not fully developed when it comes to technology, so you might have some issues with your cell reception and the Internet — perfect excuse for being completely offline for a couple of days and enjoying your surroundings.
Nature of New Zealand
If you’re having some thoughts about visiting Australia we highly encourage you to do so — it’s one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Australia has it all, from the amazing natural wonders, perfect beaches, to cosmopolitan cities and urban jungles. Australia is the perfect destination for a solo traveler — there are so many people who travel alone to the Land Down Under that you actually won’t feel alone. But in case you’re not feeling very social, there are quite a few places in Australia where you can be totally alone.
Fun fact: Australia is one of the safest countries on Earth, so it’s another thing that makes it perfect for traveling solo. Just like in New Zealand, you only need to know English if you’re traveling to Australia, which makes it so much easier.
If you’re looking for recommendations on the best cities to visit in Australia, you can read about a few in our previous blog post: “7 Best Places to Visit in Australia”. We especially loved Byron Bay — it seems just perfect if you’re looking for a place where you can totally relax and meet new people.
The View of Sydney Harbor
Have you ever traveled solo, where did you go? How did it go, how did you feel, did you have a good time? Let us know in the comment section, we’d love to hear about some awesome destinations for solo travelers.