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In recent years solo traveling has been growing in popularity, and for good reason, solo travel gives the individual an unobstructed freedom to choose the best holiday for them individually and maximise their personal experience. Anyone who has had input in planning a holiday with friends will be able to tell you that satisfying everyone’s unique needs and interests is an uphill battle, the outcome of which is compromise. But sometimes compromise isn’t good enough and we need to focus on our own needs. Going on holiday by yourself allows you to do you – with no compromise!
Visiting a country by yourself can be the best way to experience it, let us walk you through some of the most popular destinations for single person travellers to help you kick start your solo travel journey.
Hike across Iceland with Walking Tours - Iceland
Iceland is quickly becoming a hotspot for travellers of all kinds, especially solo travellers. There are many reasons for this, for one Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world and has been for some time. This helps to ease any doubts travellers may have before their first solo excursion, when safety is among their greatest concerns. Because of this, Iceland is also considered one of the safest travel destinations in the world for women.
It’s friendly people and relatively low crime rate paired with its sunning natural landscape contribute to the peaceful and calming environment that Iceland fosters. As a product of this many travellers see Iceland as the perfect locations for solitude and soul searching, with many resorts, retreats, holidays providers serving to facilitate this aspect of the Icelandic experience. For example, our walking tour in Iceland offers an unfiltered access to the radiant beauty and culture of Iceland through guided tours and relaxing location based meditation sessions.
Sunset at Komune Resort and Beach Club
The beautiful Indonesian island of Bali is world renowned as a hub for travellers seeking an active nightlife, beautiful landscape, and cultural experience. Its reputation as a hub in combination with it relatively small size contributes to the unique experience of the island – you’ll never be too far from other likeminded travellers.
The urban areas are densely populated with young people – with 63.8 percent of international travelers in Indonesia being between the ages of 18 and 24 as of 2021.This provides you with a wealth of opportunity to meet new and interesting people as you take in all that the Balinese nightlife has to offer. Or if the hustle and bustle of the city isn’t to your liking, Bali offers a host of luxury spa, wellness, and fitness retreats perfect for any traveller seeking a perfect solo adventure. For example, Komune Resort & Beach Club places you in the heart of the Balinese countryside to engage with complex array of relaxing yoga and fitness activities.
Beach front view at Kamalya, Thailand
Everyone already knows about Thailand – it’s inexpensive luxury holidays and radiant natural beauty has made it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. With travellers only spending an average of ฿3,246 (£68) per day on expenses and a further ฿2,023 ($55) per day for accommodation!
Its inexpensive nature paired with the sheer amount that it has to offer has made it a hotspot for solo travellers seeking a luxury experience on a budget. Whether you’re looking for a busy city environment or a serene rural landscape, Thailand has something for everyone. Those seeking a luxury spa or fitness retreat will be spoilt for choice as Thailand is just brimming with options for this. For example, the luxury spa resort Kamalaya offers a range of spa, fitness and relaxation holidays suitable for solo travellers seeking relaxation and serene views.
Relax by the pool at Conrad Algarve
Portugal is quickly becoming a hot spot for solo travellers from Europe, with the top four leading countries of origin for international visitors being Spain, France, the UK, and Germany. Travelers from these countries can be within the Portugal’s borders in a matter of hours, this is an enormous advantage to budding solo travellers who might feel that the process of getting to their destination would be incredibly monotonous by themselves. Regardless of where you are coming from, Portugal is the perfect environment for holiday makers of all kinds.
Those that gravitate towards the city life for its food and music culture can find this in Lisbon or Porto – being the two most popular cities in Portugal for travellers. Or those that wish to soak up the sun and relax in the warm Iberian climate of the country need look no further than the Algarve and its many, many delightful wellness retreats. Such as Conrad Algarve and their comprehensive range of relaxation, sports, and fitness holidays.
We understand that the prospect of solo travel can be quite daunting to many people. But once you can get over these very natural reservations, a singles holiday can distil in you so much personal confidence – and you’ll certainly want to repreat the experience once you’ve tried it. There are so many more destinations and retreats in the world to be discovered. Arguably the best way to discover them is dive in headfirst and just go for it!