Best Places to Travel Solo
Travelling solo is completely underrated! You don’t have to wait for anyone else to be ready, wait for anyone to save up the money, or compromise on the destination so that it suits two people. It’s just you and your backpack so wait no longer and read on to get planning your next trip.
Speaking from experience I know Australia to be one of the best places to start your solo travel experience, especially for long-term travellers. It has customs that are likely similar to home, they speak English-(ish), the currency is simple and it is quite literally teeming with like-minded travellers. You may well find that when travelling the East Coast it is common to bump into the same few people in different locations. People are generally either going north or south, so it can be super easy to make friends to travel with, as you will likely be going the same way and planning on making the same stops.
Now obviously Australia is a rather vast country, and trying to decide where to go and what to do can be a little daunting. Not to mention that once you have flown to the literal other side of the world, probably the last thing you really want to be doing is setting up bank accounts and phone numbers. So why not enlist the help of the awesome team at Intro to help?
Their expert help will take a load of pressure off you, so you can get back to the important stuff, like wondering what the hell a Schooner is.
The backpacker culture in Australia is strong, with hostels in abundance in every location you are sure to meet people in your dorm room, or at the hostel bar. Many bars and clubs are very backpacker friendly with social events on almost every day of the week and drink specials to go along with them.
Many people to go to Australia to have their first taste of travelling, so don’t be afraid if this is your first solo trip, you certainly will meet people who are also in the same position. So you can join forces and tackle the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and Uluru together because let’s face it, there are only so many selfies you can take before you need someone to get that epic shot for you!
New Zealand is another amazing country that you may want to consider if you are planning on heading off on a long solo trip. With one or two-year work visas up for grabs, you will have plenty of time to explore this gorgeous part of the world, and you’ll find plenty of other solo travellers to explore with too.
Similar to Australia, you may well find that many travellers either start in the North in Auckland or in the South in Christchurch/ Queenstown and work their way up or down; again making it simple to plan your route and to find travellers with similar plans.
There are also really easy and cheap local bus companies with routes that will take you to most major towns along the way allowing you to meet other travellers. New Zealand is a great country for outdoor exploring, hiking and adrenaline activities! I don’t think there is anything that brings people together more, than the build-up to a bungee jump, the nervous chatter of anticipation, encouraging each other, willing each-other on and of course sharing in the triumph! Or maybe you’ll find your new bestie geeking out and exploring Hobbit holes at Hobbiton with a fellow Lord of the Rings enthusiast.
Auckland and Queenstown are two cities that attract long-term holidaymakers and ex-pats, who have made a home away from home while they save up and earn some money for the next trip. So you are sure to find some travellers here to befriend if you choose to stick around.
With a new Lord of the Rings TV series on its way, you can expect to see New Zealand starting to top some must travel destination lists soon. So get yourself over there and check it out.
A perfect place to start your Epic Asia adventure! Many people are choosing the land of smiles as a destination to travel solo to and for good reason.
Known affectionately as the gateway to South East Asia you can often find cheap, direct flights here from Europe, Australia and many places in the US. Meaning that if your mates aren’t ready to travel with you, it’s not too long of a trip on your own.
For me, it is a great introduction to the culture, customs and food in Asia too. So if it is your first trip to Asia it won’t be too overwhelming. You will find many people speak at least some English too, so if you haven’t perfected your Thai don’t worry you’ll still be able to order your Mussaman curry.
There are many solo travellers who choose to visit Thailand year-round, and it easy to see why. Thailand’s warm reception and friendly hospitality make it a perfect place to add to your solo travel bucket list. We get many solo travellers joining our Intro Travel Thailand tours, with a group leader who will help introduce you to your new group of mates as well as showing you some insanely beautiful locations.
What could bring you and a bunch of other travellers together more than a day of exploring temples, beaches or jungles together before kicking back with an ice-cold beer, or splitting a mojito bucket at the end of the day?
It really has everything that a solo traveller could hope for, and you’d be hard-pressed to leave without a group of new friends.
Bali, the stunning island located in the archipelago of Indonesia is a perfect spot for solo travelling. Bali is only 95 miles from east to West, and around 69 miles from north to south. So you won’t have to do hours upon hours of travelling to get around from place to place. So if you are heading to Bali solo there are always plenty of people around to socialise and explore with. There are so many great hostels in Bali with a really chilled out vibe and social culture which makes meeting people natural and easy. Plenty of epic beach bars and restaurants also provide a great setting to hang out with your new friends.
There is so much to do in Bali. It’s a great spot to learn to surf if you haven’t tried it before, or perhaps if you are feeling energetic you can hike to the top of an active volcano to watch the sunrise! Once your friends back home hear about what you’ve been up to you’ll struggle to get away on a trip without them and your solo travel days will be behind you.
There are some must-sees along the way that all travellers in Bali will want to stop off at such as Ubud, Gili T, Nusa Lembongan and Canggu. These locations are your best bet for meeting other travellers where you can explore the sacred monkey temple, go turtle spotting or on a coastal hike together. We also hit all these spots on our tours!
Travellers who join us on Intro tours often stay for a few more days after their tour to explore on their own or hang out with their new bunch of friends, topping up their tans at beach clubs or perfecting their surfing skills. Making Bali one of our most recommended places to travel to solo!
Japan may come as a surprise to some as a top pick to travel to solo, but its charm, hospitality, great street food and unique destinations will win your heart in no time. Japan’s increasing popularity among travellers is well-founded. It is another country with a very safe reputation and a low crime rate that will put solo travellers at ease. Although don’t let your guard down too easily, we always recommend using common sense and taking precautions when travelling, even in one of the safer countries in the world.
Japan prides itself on order and structure, and this is quite clear to see in the day to day life and is reflected in its culture. You may find many people are relaxed about leaving their cars unlocked, and there’s no need to constantly look behind you if you walk alone at night.
It is hard to imagine what Japan is going to be like before you get there. Try to picture ancient temples on a mountain-side and also the most hi-tech and modern cities on the planet in the same country. Old traditions are highly revered, yet so is innovation and embracing the new.
There is also a wide array of activities to immerse yourself into in Japan. There are pristine temples, castles and shrines to visit and discover how life was in the old ways, before moving onto a sushi rolling class and learning about how to make the most delicious and fresh sushi rolls. You can then take a stroll through a bamboo forest or take a Japanese Samurai sword class to test your skills!
Japan is highly developed but can also prove tricky to navigate at times. Not everything is translated into English, so the old ‘point and nod’ method of ordering food can come into play from time to time, also when travelling around it can get a little tricky. English isn’t spoken by everyone and those who do speak some can be a little shy about speaking it with a native English speaker so if you are looking for directions you may need to ask around a bit. Don’t be discouraged from heading to Japan though, as locals are super friendly and will help out where they can!
If you are planning on heading to Japan solo, Intro Japan has got you covered! As one of our newest and most diverse trips, it is proving ever more popular for solo travellers to jump on with us for 13days and experience the best of Japan with a crew of like-minded travellers and of course, an expert Intro Group Leader to help maximise your time there organise any more solo travelling you want to do after the tour.
So there you have it!
There are so many fantastic destinations for solo travellers to head out and explore, and just because they didn’t make the list it doesn’t mean they aren’t just as good to check out! You may also want to check out Sri Lanka or the Philippines.
Don’t be afraid to take a solo trip, because in reality, you won’t be alone for long. Memories that are created and shared with friends you meet along the way are twice as sweet, and you are able to reminisce about past trips as well and plan new ones with your new travel buddies!
So let’s get pumped and start planning your next solo trip. Check out our group tours here!