As some of you might know, this winter I will be visiting Iceland! It is my first solo trip, so I’ve been reading up on how to stay safe and make the most of it. While doing research, I realized that I have many readers who may want to solo travel for the first time; so, I’ve decided to create a series with helpful information. In this post, we’ll explore some of the best places to travel solo.
Of course I had to include this one first, since I’m going there! There are only 300,000 people in the entire country, and its crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. You also will not have a problem with communication, as almost everybody there speaks English. On top of that, Iceland is just gorgeous. I’m choosing to go in the winter; there will only be a few hours of daylight, but it will be absolutely beautiful. And… two words: Northern Lights. Yes, please!
Reykjavic is also a great place to stay, because of its location. It is about a half hour away from the airport, and you can book all sorts of tours when in the city. I have signed up for a whale watching cruise, a northern lights tour, a full-day south shores adventure tour, and a trip to the Hot Golden Circle. If you would prefer to adventure on your own, you can rent a car and see whatever you’d like.
Barcelona is an awesome place to travel solo; it’s considered to be one of the friendliest cities in the world, and it’s very easy to navigate. There is a plethora of activities that you can do; from shopping on La Rambla, to hitting the beach, or perhaps checking out the Basilica. Barcelona is very culturally rich; if you love art and history, you will be well taken care of. The city is quite large, but there is a modern transportation system that is easy to navigate. You can buy a multi-day pass to save money, if you think you’ll be using it a lot.
Austria is one of my favorite places in the world; its focus on art, culture, and its stunning architecture really tug at my heart. Vienna may be the capital and largest city of Austria, but it is compact, easy to navigate, and quite safe. A few activities to consider include: visiting the Hofburg Palace, wandering through the Tiergarten (Zoo), or perhaps attending a concert at the Opera House. Austria also has a rail network that you can easily use to go to other cities in the country. I would highly recommend checking out Innsbruck!
Kyoto is incredibly beautiful and spiritual, and is the perfect place to go if you want to go on a self-discovery trip. English is not quite as prevalent in Kyoto as it is in the cities listed above; however, this will not impede you. In fact, you may end up enjoying the challenge and the feeling of being someplace so completely different from what you are used to. A few things you may want to do in Kyoto: visit one (or more) of the region’s 1600+ temples, observe a Japanese Tea Ceremony, and sample some Kyo-wagashi.
There are so many amazing cities in Canada, but I think Vancouver really has something to offer for everybody. First of all, it’s located between mountains and the sea. You can take a trip up into the mountains and go for a beautiful hike on one day, and you can explore the sea port another day. You could even take a ferry across to Granville Island, and check out the crazy public market. Nature, culture, cuisine; Vancouver has it all.
Dublin is a wonderful place to travel solo; the people are friendly, the city is safe, and transportation is a cinch. You can easily access attractions in Dublin, as well as beautiful rural spots. In Dublin, you may want to partake in one of their many walking tours, such as their Literary Tour or Historical Highlights Tour. It may also be worth your while to make a day trip to Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, or the Cliffs of Moher. Ireland is just filled with so many beautiful things to see!
After writing this post, I want to visit every single one of these places! I may do more posts like this, and explore some more destinations. Are there any cities that you would like to travel to solo?