The Solo traveller does not have to look for other people’s luggage at airports, nor does he or she have to wait for someone to shop, snooze, or urinate. With a round of shots and a single well-told joke, he may eavesdrop on a new town or become an instant superstar. He can sleep in on whatever day he wants. The solo traveler is a small country with a population of one, controlled by a benign ruler, with just one vote in any popular referendum. Those who want to go out and see what kind of fiery hell we can create with strangers? It’s all in the aye!
In a nutshell, the solo traveler is free, which means they’re free to make a lot of mistakes. To help you succeed, we gathered writers who have traveled to remote parts of the globe where nature absorbs you whole, where locals embrace you, and where you might arrive as a mysterious figure who can return years later to discover people still talking about you. Here is the list of Places To Travel Alone:
1: Seville, Spain
I was terrified when I went to Spain seven years ago, knowing no one. How would I manage in such a socially renowned country? Fortunately, I arrived in Seville.
The south lives up to its reputation as Spain’s most outgoing, open, and welcoming region. Social life in this city takes place in the streets, plazas, and on the cobblestones outside the pubs. One of my friends claimed that despite living in Seville for years, he had never seen the inside of his best friend’s home. As a result, striking up a conversation with locals (assuming you can handle the hard Andaluz dialect) or pleasant study-abroad types is simple.
2: Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok is a concrete jungle filled with diverse personalities and crisscrossing travellers getting along in calm symbiosis. Forging partnerships is rather simple, even for awkward or aggressive people. Thais will take you under their wing, enthralled by your uniqueness. You’ll make friends with people you’d never meet otherwise, brought together by shared experiences — those WTF moments of navigating a chaotic hub that alternates between electric and suffocating.
After a few flutes of Champers at a bar opening or expat mixer, you’ll be squeezed into a tuk-tuk with a motley bunch rattling off to a nightclub or afterparty. Years ago, as a young tourist in Bangkok, I was adopted by a Thai celebrity couple and their entourage during a Lady Gaga concert and treated to a night of VIP bottle service and boogying at the city’s top club. It was a vibrant fortuitous encounter, the kind that only Bangkok can provide. I flew back to Canada, packed my belongings, and relocated there.
3: Wales coastline, UK
If you’re looking for a setting for your next short storey, head to the Welsh coast in the United Kingdom. It has some of the world’s most stunning beaches, including the emerald fields of Barafundle Bay, Tenby’s colourful architecture surrounding the ocean, and Presipe’s jagged rock cliffs. Stay at a bed and breakfast or one of Wales’ many ancient castles, such as Bath Tower on the northern coast, to amp up the charm. Some beach communities (such as Shell Island) also serve as campgrounds, allowing you to pitch a tent and fall asleep to the sounds of the sea.
Wales is a safe country in general, which is a big benefit for solo adventures. The Welch are also a polite and welcoming people.
After graduating from college, I bought an old bike and travelled around Belgium for a year. I asked for directions using my high school French and ended up getting quite lost. I met a sweet little grandmother who persuaded me to try her handmade sausage, despite the fact that I am a vegetarian. I met a man named Pol, whose microbrewery was called Inter-Pol. (He thought this was hilarious.) Belgium is ideal for a bike journey for two reasons. First, there’s the abundance of fantastic breweries. The country is smaller than Maryland, but it is densely packed with world-famous breweries (nearly 150 of them), so you may visit one every day.
Dublin, Ireland is a short flight away from New York. And visiting the gorgeous, stunningly green countryside dotted with a plethora of fluffy white sheep is a simple day or overnight excursion from Dublin. Ireland isn’t particularly large, so you can see a lot of it in a short amount of time. It can be done in a variety of ways: on public transportation, by bike, or by hiring a car. Taking a tour bus down to mediaeval Cork or over to the traditional port city of Galway and the beautiful Cliffs of Moher for a day or two is wonderfully efficient if efficiency is your objective. Is it a tad cheesy? Yes, but it will also give you an easy opening with other solo travellers who are likely to want a pint in a nice bar with live Irish folk music before purchasing a fisherman sweater.
Morocco has something interesting to photograph almost everywhere you look. “The hues of the old architecture draw you in,” says Eian Kantor, who recently visited the North African country with only a bag and two cameras. “The landscapes are paintings,” says the artist. Morocco’s medinas are chaotic yet magnificent mazes.” Each city offers something unique. Chefchaouen nearly begs to be filmed; its blue-washed houses contrast with the wide Rif Mountain region surrounding them and the gloomy or blue skies.
Three hours south of Marrakech, in Fez, you’ll find an 11th-century leather tannery unlike any other. Animal skins are immersed in limestone vats containing cow urine, pigeon faeces, quicklime, salt, and water before being dried and naturally coloured with spices such as saffron.
When we think of vacations to national and state parks in Utah, we typically think of travels taken during the summer. Summer, on the other hand, implies crowds. Go to one of the outdoor sites that are best visited in the wintertime to enjoy some quality solo time during the off-season — the type where you can actually hear yourself think without an ambient chorus of hungry schoolchildren in the background. These are abundant in Utah. Hoodoos, too.
Only 13% of visitors visit Zion National Park during the winter months, making the usually packed trails 87 percent more serene to explore. It’s also a great time to explore the eerie washes of Goblin Valley State Park, where you can see the strange hoodoos that Bryce Canyon National Park is known for without the crowds. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, on the Utah/Arizona border, is a good place to go if you want to go further north.