The Safest Destinations for Solo Travelers
Wondering Why You Should Travel Alone — You get to decide exactly where and when you want to go to and what you want to do once you reach there and all this at your own pace. You can discover the off beaten paths or socialize along the way or just keep to yourself, you get to choose every little thing when you are traveling solo. So, go on an unforgettable solo adventure, feel liberated, indulge in self-discovery and stretch your comfort zone, take a trip that you will cherish until your last breath.
From the cultural hotspots of Europe to the exotic landscapes of the Far East, there are many incredible destinations across the world that are safe to travel around solo. Some destinations may be safer than others but the world is not as scary as some people think of it to be. If you keep a positive attitude and are generally street smart there are many places where you can feel safe and secure on your own.
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Some of the safest destinations for solo travelers
Iceland is a land of striking contrasts be it the climate or the geography or the culture. Travelers can see the extremes in everything. Iceland is a very popular destination for solo travel. The country has one of the best medical care systems in the world. As the country has extremely low crime rates it is an ideal place for solo travelers. Some of the largest glaciers in Europe are found in Iceland. It also has some of the most active volcanoes in the world. Iceland is called ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’
Travelers who like a busy schedule have a lot to see with so many active and inactive volcanoes to explore, a large variety of museums in Reykjavik including the Perlan, with its ice cave. For those who want to slow down, relax in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, or opt for a guided tour for the chance to witness the famous Northern Lights during winter.
New Zealand comes in at the number 2 spot in the Global Peace Index rankings, which means it is one of the safest countries. New Zealand gets a lot of British tourists every year and most of them have a good and safe experience. Tourism is an important contributor/sector of the New Zealand economy. New Zealand boasts of a clean and green adventure playground. Milford Sound, Abel Tasman National Park and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing are typical tourist destinations. Activities like bungee jumping, rafting, skydiving and whale watching are very popular tourist attractions. There is a long list of thrilling activities like bungee jumping, rafting, skydiving, caving, canyoning and skiing for the adventure seeking traveler. When it comes to water activities too there is a lot of options like kayaking, sailing, surfing, diving, fishing for travelers wanting to indulge their passion for the water.Hiking is the best way to see the country’s most spectacular scenery, the beautiful landscapes and explore the vast wilderness areas of New Zealand. For the culture buffs the fascinating Maori culture, museums, art galleries will give satisfaction.
Portugal is one of the best value destinations in Europe having a rich culture, unusual cities and beautiful countryside. It has a diverse landscape, in the north, you can see green mountains, in the center rocky cliffs and waterfalls, desertlike in Alentejo and laid back beaches in Algarve. Golfing is a popular activity and some of Portugal’s golf courses are among the best in Europe. Another popular sport in Portugal is Surfing. Since it is located in the extreme southwest of Europe and it is only a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world. For solo travelers, its growing hostel culture is affordable and allows for a chance to meet new people. The country’s public transport links enable travelers to navigate around its fantastic cities with ease. Visitors to Portugal should take food and drink tour to taste the delicious port wine in Douro Valley or the pastel de Natas custard tart in Lisbon and spend time with fellow solo travelers along the way.
Austria landlocked country is a federal republic in East-Central Europe. The Alps mountain range dominates Austria in the west and the south. The capital of Austria, Vienna, is the largest city in the country. Ranking fourth on the GPI, Austria is one of the safest countries to visit. Vienna its capital, was ranked sixth in the world for personal safety. Sports like snowboarding, ski-jumping and mountain skiing are popular here. Austria shares its borders with Italy and Slovenia in the south, Germany and the Czech Republic in the north, Liechtenstein and Switzerland in the west and Hungary and Slovakia in the east. Austria is known for its winter activities, classic wine tours, rich heritage, nature parks, wonderful lakes and the mighty Danube River. Austria has much to offer to both nature enthusiasts and art and food lovers. It is also well known for the cafes and bistros and offers travelers some outstanding desserts to satisfy their sweet tooth. Travelers can enjoy the winter sports in the snowcapped alps or visit the unique museums, parks and hike the famous Wachau Valley during the summer months. Plan a trip to Hofburg Palace or take a hike in the Gesäuse National Park there is plenty to do here. When in Salzburg, be sure to take the “Sound of Music” Tour and see exactly which hillocks Julie Andrews danced and sang around on. Take the cable car up to the summit of Kitzbüheler Horn, which is nearly 2,000 meters high, to enjoy dramatic scenes across the valley.
Denmark is considered as one of the most livable and happiest countries in the world. Tourism is a major contributor to the economy. Denmark attracts many tourists in the summer as it has long sandy beaches. Denmark is often referred to as a fairytale country. Tivoli Gardens a famous landmark in Copenhagen is one of the oldest working amusement parks in the world. There are roller coasters, ballet shows, puppet theaters, restaurants, cafés, gardens, food pavilions, and even a concert hall. There are many things to do when traveling alone in Denmark, including hiking to the partially buried RubjergKnude lighthouse on the northwest coast. For those interested in Danish history and culture a visit to the National Museum near the Tivoli Gardens is a must do where you can see an impressive collection of Danish artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. The LEGO House in Billund is an attraction that travelers of all ages will enjoy. One of the best ways to get around Copenhagen is by taking a guided group cycling tour of the city. Afterward, you can experience the feeling of hygge in a cozy pub with some of your fellow cyclists.
Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia. It is also one of the safest, ranking sixth on the Global Peace Index. It is a dream location for the athletic solo traveler. Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and its forests, mountains, and lakes make it a great place for camping, hiking, or just wandering around. Canada has more lakes than any other country in the world and it also has the world’s longest coastline which is bordered on three sides by three different oceans, the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific. Travelers can explore the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia and Alberta at their own pace or admire the beauty of Moraine Lake and go whale watching off the coast of Vancouver Island. Niagara Falls is another famous tourist attraction, the majestic waterfalls are located on the border of Ontario and New York. In Toronto you can visit CN Tower one of Canada’s great landmarks, or visit the Royal Ontario Museum to get to know about the natural history of Canada, see art galleries, taste craft beer from some of the many microbreweries and grab tickets for a Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey game.
Singapore is a melting pot of culture and history. It is an extravaganza of culinary delights and has the highest religious diversity. Crime in Singapore is heavily policed, with strong punishments for those who break the law. This contributes to a crime rate lower than in many other countries. Travelers can see Singapore’s most iconic street art in the neighborhoods of Bras Basah, Bugis, Tiong Bahru and Little India. Foodies will love Singapore’s diverse and innovative cuisine. In 2018 alone, 50 eateries were awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for their high standard of cuisine at an affordable price. And, with all the hustle and bustle of the open-air food markets, solo travelers will never feel completely alone in Singapore. Sentosa a tiny island just off the shore is a place bustling with entertainment and amusement. Singapore is one of the cleanest cities in the world.
Slovenia is considered one of the safest countries in Europe. Crime rates are largely low, however, you need to be careful of pickpockets, minor thefts and bag snatching on the streets. Slovenia is placed 8th on the GPL list. Slovenia is rich in culture and offers an incredible range of activities that are ideal for the solo traveler. Slovenia is a mountainous region with numerous caves. Predjama castle is the biggest castle built in a cave on the planet. Slovenia produces some of the finest quality wines in the world with their unique tastes. Ljubljana (meaning Loved One) is the capital of Slovenia. There are a lot of outdoor activities like skiing, walking, cycling and hiking in the mountains. Take a group tour to see some of Slovenia’s fantastic sites. See the scenic views of Lake Bled and visit the island in the middle of the lake, venture into Postojna Cave and discover its incredible 16metrehigh stalagmite, and bask in the thermal waters of the Dolenjska region.
Japan is one of the world’s safest countries according to the GPI list. In 2018, its crime rates hit a record low, particularly in the number of thefts. Japan’s cities have widened the use of security cameras, and an increased police presence has improved the safety of locals and tourists. Japan’s majestic Mount Fuji is the country’s highest mountain peak that must be seen. The Imperial Palace with its beautiful 17thcentury parks is also a must see when visiting the nation’s capital Tokyo. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park lies at the epicenter of the atomic blast and includes a number of important monuments, memorials, and museums relating to the events of that fateful day. Apart from hotels and hostels, capsule accommodation is an affordable choice for solo travelers. This is where you sleep in cozy single pods, which are perfect if you just need a bed for the night. For a fascinating glimpse into local life in Japan, take the unique opportunity to join a family in their home for a traditional home-cooked meal and a chat.
The Czech Republic is located in Central Europe surrounded by Austria, Poland, and Slovakia. It is a beautiful country with ancient castles, monasteries, churches and small towns that look like objet d’art of sorts. The country also has beautiful mountains, vast forests, and gorgeous natural parks. Travelers must explore the Prague Castle which is one of the largest in the world. In 2018, the crime rate in the Czech Republic dropped by 5%. Plan a trip to Prague, a top city-break destination with a medieval Gothic skyline of towering cathedral spires and preserved castles. Alternatively, you could skip the crowds and visit the pretty spa town of Karlovy Vary to unwind with a treatment at one of the establishments in the riverside spa district.
If you want to travel but are not sure if going solo is right for you, an escorted tour can help you meet people as you explore new destinations.