Taking off onto your first solo journey overseas? No worries!
There are several places you can go that are extremely friendly to the single solo traveler. In fact, many travelers claim that when traveling abroad, this is the best way to get the most out of your experience.
As for me, I believe that both single & couple travels have their pros & cons.
Destinations for singles holidays come in a variety of areas and provide the perfect opportunity for you to try something new. In fact, during the first several years of my travel career I never traveled with anyone other than myself. During this time I learned that it’s easy to make friends overseas and, with these newfound friendships, you could do things such as whitewater raft in Nepal, dive with sea turtles in Hawaii, or even go far off-the-beaten-path.
Needless to say, solo travel is something I highly recommend for you to experience at least once in your life. So the question standing is, where should you go? Well, the following locations are easily some of the friendliest and most outstanding areas I’ve found for solo travelers to enjoy!
Solo adventure travel destinations
1) Traveling solo in Costa Rica
As the very first place I’ve ever traveled to internationally, I found Costa Rica to be extremely friendly for not only the first time traveler, but the solo traveler as well.
The people were extremely friendly, the seafood some of the best I’ve ever had and, of course, there are a surfeit of activities. My favorites were easily hiking Arenal Volcano, searching for toucans with a local, hitchhiking to Montezuma and going on an excursion into the jungle.
2) Solo travels in Panama
Sitting as the mainland stretch between the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans, Panama is known around the world for one thing: the Panama Canal. Recently, however, the mixture of Afro-Caribbean, indigenous & Spanish traditions have created a tropical fusion unlike any other.
For places like Bocas del Toro, travelers flock to their full moon parties and beaches creating the perfect atmosphere for any solo traveler to meet new friends and have a little fun!
3) Experience solo travel in Puerto Rico
Traveling to Puerto Rico is always a fun time. The beaches, fun Spanish Colonial towns, historical Fort Castillo San Cristobal and jungle hikes into El Yunque make it about as close to a backpackers paradise as you can get.
The amount of guest houses make it easy to make friends and the nightlife is pretty unreal. So unreal, in fact, that you may find yourself waking up the following morning at some secluded beach next to a smoldering bonfire without ever knowing how you got there!
4) Traveling alone in Thailand
Khaosan Road isn’t the only place in Thailand for single travelers to meet like minded people. In fact, Thailand is one of the friendliest countries in Southeast Asia for solo adventurists; shaping their way to making it extremely backpacker friendly.
5) Experience the Republic of Laos
Suffused in the past years with war and isolation, Laos is making a change for the better. Backpackers come from all around the world to visit places such as Luang Prabang and the Northern Territories amongst many other areas.
And who wouldn’t; the traditional lifestyle is still quite alive here. You can find locals roaming the streets, a plethora of monk-inhabited temples and quite the budget friendly lifestyle mixed with adventure. One things for certain, if you’re looking for that trues Southeast Asian experience, you’ve got to visit Laos.
6) Solo adventure travel in Vietnam
Exotic and riveting, Vietnam is quite the charming destination for single-solo backpackers. The people were easily the friendliest during my tour through Asia and the rice fields some of the most breathtaking I’ve ever seen.
It easily makes my list of Solo-friendly destinations because downtown Hanoi has a spectacular night scene, the Northern town of Sapa offers perfect backpacking opportunities and the food is…how do I say…out of this world!
7) It’s safe to travel solo in China
Both cultural and up-to-date with todays modern world, China is an ecstatic mixture of modern-day technology as well as old world lifestyles.
On the East Coast you can find major cities such as Shanghai & Beijing, South you can explore Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Laos. If you’re looking to really step back in time, make a trip out West towards the highest train in the world to Lhasa where you can find tours taking you through Tibet.
8) The best solo adventures in Nepal
With mountains towering well over 25,000 feet, Nepal is the outdoorsman’s haven and swamped with opportunities for solo travelers to explore & make new friends.
During my tour I made many friendships were formed from all around the world. Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is a ideal for exploring bustling markets and popping nightlife. But if you’re looking for something a bit on the slower pace, Pokhara is definitely the right speed as you can go on numerous excursions such as whitewater rafting the Kali Gandaki, visiting the World Peace Pagoda or go underground to see a waterfall!
9) Friendly solo escapades in Canada
The land of the friendliest people in the world offer much more than just loonie’s & toonie’s. In fact, I’ve found Canada to be one of the best places to go as a single traveler. Sure, it’s a bit on the pricier side but if you’re looking to splurge a little, Canadian hospitality is where it’s at.
Not to mention nearly every season boasts of new outdoor activities. Ski Banff during the winter, go on hikes in Alberta, visiting the Badlands in the Summer or take a peak into French Canada. You’d be surprised at exactly how diverse the country and it’s people really are.
10) Travel solo in Hawaii
Hawaii will always be inter-twined with the term paradise. After all, the seemingly endless line of deserted beaches, turquoise waters, outdoors and, of course, a constant flow of bubbling lava.
But what makes the destination so great for single travelers? Each island has it’s own specific reasons. Between shark diving, deep sea fishing, hiking, tours, cruises, excursions, nightlife in Honolulu and authentic Polynesian culture at a luau, you’ll never run out of things to do or places to meet new people coming through!
What do you think is a great destination for single and solo travelers?