One of the biggest challenges you face when planning a solo trip is deciding where in the world to go. In every continent, there are beautiful beaches, incredible historical sites, and amazing people to meet; it’s hard to pick where to go first.
If you’re traveling alone, you have the benefit of choosing exactly where to go, without having to compromise with your partner or friend. In this post, we take a look at some of the coolest places in the world that you can travel alone, meet some people, and have a great time.
An unsurprising entry at the top of this list, Thailand is a breath-taking country that has something for everyone. You can get lost in the exciting metropolis of Bangkok and meet people from all over the world in the capital’s endless bars, nightclubs, and hostels.
Bangkok is a great place to start your trip in Thailand, and you can hook up with tour groups that are arranging trips in the rest of the country. You can head south and go to the stunning islands like Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui, where the white sand beaches and emerald waters are like nowhere else on earth.
Conversely, you could head north and explore the city of Chang Mai, laced with historic temples, elephants, and a whole host of interesting other places. Wherever you go in Thailand, you will meet awesome locals and interesting tourists and sample the most delicious food the Asian continent offers.
Are you surprised to see the ‘Pearl of Africa’ on this list? You shouldn’t be. Uganda is an incredible country. Home to the endangered mountain gorillas, elephants, leopards, lions, and so many other wildlife species, Uganda is perhaps one of the most under-rated countries in which you can travel solo and organize your own safari.
You can hire a car and drive to one of several national parks, where you can sleep under the stars and sip a cold beer at sunset while mingling with travelers from all over the world. Uganda is also a really safe country with some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world.
In the capital city, Kampala, you can meet ex-pats and locals who can become life-long friends. A hidden gem, Uganda is waiting to be explored and is an excellent destination if you’re traveling alone.
Europe is an excellent destination for solo travelers, and Germany is a great place to start. Frankfurt airport is one of the busiest transit hubs in the whole of Europe, so you can get really cheap flights into this northern German city. From Frankfurt, you can explore the whole of Germany, and the rest of central Europe.
While in the north, we recommend a trip to the port city of Hamburg, where you can enjoy some of the best nightlife in the whole of Europe. No trip to Germany is complete without a few days spent in the capital city, Berlin, where there is so much history to enjoy, and you can explore some of the many sites associated with Nazi Germany and the Second World War. Heading south, you must visit Munich, the capital of Bavaria, where the famous Oktoberfest takes place every year.
Enjoy the best beer in the world while meeting travelers from all over the world. Germany is a superb option if you are traveling alone, and you should utilize the excellent rail network to make the most of your trip.
South America is a backpacker’s paradise, as there are so many countries to visit and explore. Each south American nation offers something different, but we recommend Bolivia as the standout place to travel if you’re alone. The capital city, La Paz, is a culturally rich destination in which you can mingle with tourists and locals alike, and you can arrange to see so much of the country and plan a trip with new friends.
When you’re in Bolivia, be sure to visit the Uyuni salt flat and get your camera ready, as you will witness nature like never before! It would help if you also visited Lake Titicaca, where you can enjoy an abundance of wildlife and see a collection of Incan ruins. Bolivia is like a microcosm of South America and is a great place to travel alone.
Europe’s second entry on this list, Scotland, is a magnificent country and can be easily explored alone. Flying into Glasgow, Scotland’s largest airport, you can take in a football match at Ibrox, the home of Glasgow Rangers, the world’s most successful football team with 54 domestic titles to their name.
From Glasgow, you can take a short train ride east to the capital city of Edinburgh, where you can visit the castle and enjoy a meal in one of Scotland’s many cafes and high-end restaurants. But the beauty of Scotland lies in the north, starting at the famous Loch Lomond and continuing into the Highlands, where you can get lost in nature and enjoy some of the most breath-taking scenery anywhere in the continent of Europe.
With more than one billion people, India is one of the most populous nations in the world. There are so many magnificent sites to see in India, from the famous Taj Mahal to the Amber Palace. India has a reputation for being excruciatingly busy, which is valid for many large cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
However, if you head down south to the states of Kerala and Goa, you can enjoy a much slower pace of life and spend your time in the company of some of the friendliest people in the world. Take a train ride down to the south coast, and you won’t be disappointed by the beautiful scenery and the delicious food. India is a great place to travel alone as you can meet people everywhere, and it is cheap to move around, so you don’t have to rely on paying expensive fares for private cars or flights.