Great Destinations for the First Time Solo Traveller

I bet your biggest question when you do decide to do a solo travel is,

“Go where?”

When you google the words “great destinations solo travel”, the results can be pretty overwhelming. Sometimes it even makes the entire itinerary planning more complex. But really it should not. To help you nail down which destination you should go first, it would be best to be honest with yourself. If you want start out slowly and get a feel if solo travel is really for you, try to pick a destination that is closer to home.

There are amazing destinations that pretty common for old timers and first timers alike. Read on and maybe there is a destination listed here that you have always wanted to go to.  Maybe you can include them on your itinerary too. And maybe after you have travelled to that destination, you find yourself.

Read: Ultimate Guide to Your First Solo Backpacking Trip

Southern Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam

Backpacking between the southern islands of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam is always a good idea especially if you are embarking on your first solo travel. If you have 2 weeks of travel dates, passport and a good ol’ reliable backpack then you’re good to go. This part of the Southeast Asia is pretty common for tourist too, so maybe you will meet a lot of new friends and find out that you were never really solo!

For this trip, you can fly into Phuket, Thailand and go island hopping around Phuket. Travel thru Cambodia’s Siem Reap by air, and see the world’s largest religious monument, the Angkor Wat. From Siem Reap, you can travel via buses and mini vans to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital. After a day or 2 in Cambodia, you can hop a bus and head for Vietnam’s Halong Bay. There are a lot of tour operators offering tour packages for this route. You can check on them select the option which best fit your travel style and personality. There are a lot of solo travellers here too so you are not really alone. Immerse yourself into their culture and be surprised at how it can change you!

Costa Rica

I have never been here, but it’s on my list! I saw this post about female solo travel to Costa Rica and I’m sold. Good news for Philippine passport holders, no visa required if you are staying for less than 30 days in Costa Rica. Say no more.

Amsterdam

The canals of Amsterdam are amazing to just view from the sidewalks. You will be amazed at how the canal steerers make their way thru some of the narrow canals that lead to the inner part of the city. You have to do a day of biking here too, it’s a must do here. You can rent a bike from Mike’s. Amsterdam has always been listed in the top safest cities to travel solo so no excuses to miss Amsterdam.

Boat watching in the canals of Amsterdam

Boat watching in the canals of Amsterdam

Read: 5 Essential Things You Need to Know When Visiting Amsterdam

New Zealand

Going solo in New Zealand is a breeze even for first timers. Its safe and easy to get around. If you love the country side, wine vineyards and adventure then I highly recommend New Zealand to be added on your list for 2016 travels. The country is divided into 2 main island, North and South island. The country’s capital, Wellington, is located at the south tip of the North Island. This city is so zen and relaxing and I totally fell in love with their winter beef pie (I don’t recall the exact name). For wine tasting, just go driving around Marlborough and there’ll be lots of vineyard to choose from.

My very nice host in one of the vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand

My very nice host in one of the vineyards of Marlborough, New Zealand

Read: 4 Day Itinerary to Happiness in Wellington, New Zealand

Scandinavia

Scandinavia region in northern Europe is composed of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland.  In 2013, UN cited these countries as one of the happiest countries on earth. Some reports say it has something to do with genetics. When I visited Copenhagen and Kiruna, Sweden, everyone I bumped into seems to be smiling at me. The shop owners have always short stories to tell while you are shopping for souvenirs. The hotel owner is the same guy putting up the christmas ornaments in the reception area and while doing his task, he stops to ask my how my day was. In Helsinki, I noticed that everyone is jolly, even asking me if I want my photo taken here or there, even fixing my camera settings for the best shot possible. You gotta see and experience the happiness on this side of the earth.

solo travel Photo Credit: Flickr | Katie

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is one of the more developed tourist destinations in Indonesia. Travelling solo here doesn’t like going solo at all. I’ve met some of the friendliest tourists going solo here too. If you’re into surfing activities, then this is the destination for you. I’ve met a number of surfers here from Australia travelling solo too. For other day activities, you can go visit the Uluwatu Temple and have dinner by the sea in Jimbaran Bay Beach Restaurant. The sunset view here is to die for and is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Take note of some judgement here when you are opting to do some activities late at night.

Sunset, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset, Bali, Indonesia

Read: Top Sights in Kuta Region, Bali, Indonesia

Yangon, Myanmar

When I visited Yangon, I felt like I travelled backwards thru time. It seems that people here are comfortable moving at their own pace and in their old fashion way. Men still wear the traditional long skirt and collared shirts even when just going to the market. I highly recommend this place for solo travellers especially those who have just started going solo. The lifestyle is simple, people are generally nice and shy, rarely talk loudly. Even the cab drivers are very helpful with directions. You just have to be firm about haggling.

yangon myanmar

Read: A Small Town With Big Pagodas

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If you have other places that you can add, feel free to comment below. Maybe I haven’t been to those places too and we can work on a plan together. I will update this post to include some itinerary ideas that I did when I travelled to these places.

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Danielle Des - last year Reply

Agreed I felt safe traveling in Amsterdam alone.

Eric || The Bucket List Project - last year Reply

Love this post. I think a Solo traveler can go anywhere. I loved Spain, Portugal, Trinidad & Tobago, Peru, and Thailand as a solo traveler.
I hope to visit Yangon, Myanmar next year so I was very happy that you put that on the list.
I think one of the things people have to think about is if they are wanting to be alone as a solo traveler or wanting to make travel friends too. That can often help decide where you want to go.

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