I, as a self-reliant person never really like to wait for others approval or a nod for accompanying me on my travel journeys. For me, solo trips are fulfilling and a great way to be unapologetically myself. There are neither no obligations nor any dependencies and definitely no need for approvals when you are on an adventure of your own.
To get lost in a city’s hustle bustle or to find yourself while hiking those volcanic mountains; what kind of a solo journey would you choose for yourself?
Below, I have listed the top 20 international destinations for solo travellers, a comprehensive guide for the lone-wolf in you.
Best Trips for Solo Travelers
Being world’s second biggest country where six time zones are needed, Canada hosts a variety of landscapes and experiences to choose from. You can easily backpack for months travelling around Canada. The county offers great opportunity for skiing and snowboarding as well as caving and hiking in national parks. You can go meet the sweetest and the friendliest people of Canada in Nova Scotia.
Top places to visit in Canada
- You can visit the traditional fishing settlements in Newfoundland. Alberta in North Canada is not be missed because of its emerald Moraine Lake.
- Whitehorse in Yukon is a small isolated place where locals are extremely friendly and thus this destination in northwest Canada is a must to be experienced by solo travellers.
- A little to the cityside, you can make cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver as your base to indulge in the nightlife, see museums or take road trips to the national parks. Pacific Rim National Park in Canada is a popular national park.
- Banff is a popular mountain town with excellent hiking trails.
- Sunshine Village, Whistler Blackcomb, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, and Mont Tremblant should also be on your list.
- Don’t forget to see Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Canada
Key Events/Festivals in Canada
- Osheaga in Montreal (August)
- Winterlude in Ottawa & Quebec (February)
- Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival in Toronto (August)
- Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto (September)
- Pride Toronto (26th June to 28th June)
- Folklorama (2nd August to 15th August)
While exploring the ancient Mayan ruins, you will fall for this country. And from there on, in Mexico, the journey shall become pleasantly never-ending. This country’s rich culture, tasty food and friendly people make it the best place to travel alone to. From north of Mexico to the south of it, you can discover the Aztec cities and lay down at the gorgeous beaches. While in the Mexico City, you are sure to find urban hustle bustle with its own worldly charm.
Top places to visit in Mexico
- You can explore cities like Mexico City, Tulum, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de las Casas and La Paz. The markets of these cities are full of places offering traditional food and artefacts from ancient Mexican civilizations. The City of Mexico also has Plaza de la Constitución with ancient Aztec temple.
- Guadalajara city is known for its tequila and mariachi. Oaxaca state is the cultural centre. The Aztec pyramids can be found at Teotihuacan.
- If you are looking for something bizarre and offbeat to experience, then visit La Isla de la Munecas island.
- Costa Maya will be an authentic experience where you can indulge in some kayaking. Cozumel on the other hand gives a great diving experience.
- Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan city is a must to experience thing from Mexico.
- Find cenotes to swim in Yucatan.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Mexico
Key Events/Festivals in Mexico
- Día de Muertos (02 November)
- Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca (22nd -27th July)
- Carnival in Veracruz & Mazatlán (February 20 to 26)
- Las Posadas (16 December)
- Festival de México in Mexico City (March/April)
- La Morisma in Zacatecas (August)
Thailand is called the land of smiles and it sure is that kind of a place which will leave the traveller in you only dreaming about your next great escape to Thailand. The country has everything for every kind of traveller. You will find travellers in groups, honeymoon couples and of course, the backpackers. There are beautiful temples, scenic beaches, meditation retreats and untouched islands for scuba diving. Not only it is overall a safe place and an ideal destination to take your first solo trip but it is also one of the best places for solo female travellers. And before leaving the land of smiles, you can get Sak Yant tattoo, a traditional Thai tattoo from a monk itself.
Top places to visit in Thailand
- Chiang Mai has laidback hippie vibes whereas Bangkok’s charm lies in its rush. The beaches of Koh Samui are not to be missed. Experiencing diving with whale sharks in Ko Tao, kiteboarding in Hua Hin and Ko Phang Nguan’s meditative retreats.
- You definitely have to visit at least one floating market in Thailand. Khlong Lat Mayom is the best floating market in Bangkok. Wat Rong Khun is the white temple and an architectural marvel of Chiang Rai.
- Varied Thai experiences like eating Pad Thai, Thai cooking classes Thai massage, enjoying sunsets from rooftops, sky bars and spending a day learning from ethnic elephant tourism at nature parks; all of these things make Thailand a perfect fit for an international solo travel destination.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Thailand
Key Events/Festivals in Thailand
- Full Moon Party at Koh Pha Ngan island (The night of the full moon, every month of the year)
- Phi Ta Khon/Ghost Festival in Dan Sai Town (weekend of the 6th full moon of the lunar calendar)
- Chinese New Year in Yaowarat, Bangkok (25th January)
- Yi Peng/The Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai (November)
- Boon Bang Fai/Rocket Festival in Issan (May)
- Wonderfruit Music and Arts Festival in The Fields at Siam Country Club, East Pattaya (12th to 16th December)
Apart from the world-famous Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia is a land of unseen temple beeches and a diverse countryside. It is a great place to experience the coexistence of Cambodians with man-made temples, nature’s abundance, wildlife’s gifts and traditional know-how.
Top places to visit in Cambodia
- Kratie, a town that lies on the banks of Mekong River is a great winter destination from Cambodia. The French buildings from this town are a must-see.
- Sihanoukville is a quiet and lazy beach and a good spot for diving activities.
- The town of Siem Reap has a silk farm, ancient ruins, boat tours, rice fields and traditional markets. When here, you can and you must visit the temples of Koh Ker.
- Phnom Penh has a lot of palaces. The iconic Angkor Wat temple, a UNESCO world heritage site isn’t to be missed. Krong Ta Khmau is one of the best places to visit in Cambodia with temples, pagodas, including the famous Wat Kropeu.
- Koh Rang is a paradise island offering a true tropical adventure.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Cambodia
Key Events/Festivals in Cambodia
- Meak Bochea Day (January/February)
- Khmer New Year/Choul Chnam Thmey (April 13th or 14th)
- Pchum Ben (October 8th to 10th)
- Royal Plowing Ceremony/Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl (April/May)
- Vesaka Bochea/Buddha’s Birthday (May)
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Stretching 800 kilometres along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is a scenic country with a Mediterranean view-vibe at most places. It is a small yet exciting country with islands gracing its land area. The European destination is known for its splendid sandy beaches and spectacular national parks.
Top places to visit in Portugal
- Lisbon, on the banks of River Tagus, is a charming capital city with a beautiful waterfront location. It contains a fine balance of heritage and modern architecture.
- Sintra, recognised by UNESCO for its remarkable cultural landscape has some royal castles piercing the city skyline.
- Agit’Águeda is an umbrella town in Central Portugal. Évora has preserved the historical pieces of architecture very well. The pretty town of Óbidos has a variety of whitewashed cottages, cafés and handicraft stores.
- Porto city by river Douro is living in a neoclassical era.
- Coimbra has the Velha Universidad, a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
- Lagos, known for its fabulous beaches, is a must-visit spot in Portugal for a different kind of tropical experience midst rock formations, cliffs, natural grottos and clear pools.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Portugal
Key Events/Festivals in Portugal
- Iberian Mask Festival in Lisbon (16th to 30th May)
- Lisboa Dance Festival (9th March)
- Sintra Festival in Sintra (June/July)
- Festa dos Rapazes in Bragança (24th to 26th December)
- Essência do Vinho wine festival in Porto (February)
- Cascais Festival of the Sea (Late August)
For an average backpacker, it is not a big deal to find a friend instantly in an Irish bar, you just need to buy them a pint, that’s how easy it is. This is what makes Ireland a solo-traveller friendly destination with welcoming locals.
Ireland’s green countryside and other areas are easily connected to each other. Convenient and affordable transportation in the form of a bike, rented car or via public modes is available across Ireland.
Top places to visit in Ireland
- Skellig Michael and Croagh Patrick are Ireland’s top sacred sites.
- Dublin is the home to UNESCO City of Literature. Strolling around Grafton Street’s bustling shops will keep you busy thought the day.
- The harbour city of Galway takes you even close to Irish culture. And away from the cityside, you can either go to Aran Islands to see archaeological sites and medical forts or Moher’s cliffs for some surreal views.
- Killarney National Park with the 19th-century Muckross House, Gardens, and Traditional Farms are set to leave you enchanted. Also take Ireland’s most scenic route, Ring of Kerry.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Ireland
Key Events/Festivals in Ireland
- Vantastival in Beaulieu House and Gardens in Co. Louth (May)
- Galway International Arts Festival (July)
- Willie Clancy Week in the coastal town of Milltown Malbay (30th June to 9th July)
- Castlepalooza at Charleville Castle (4th August to 6th August)
- Fleadh Ceoil in Fleadh (13th August to 21st August)
Spain has a really easy public transportation system and this is what makes it a top destination for solo travellers. Gaudi’s architecture is sure to revive the history buff in you. Once thorough with city tour, you can head to the beaches of Spain which are away from the city hustle bustle. South Spain is the friendliest region. You get to dance with strangers on Spanish beats and share Tapas with them.
Top places to visit in Spain
- In Spain, Barcelona and Madrid aren’t something to be missed. The city has grand gothic churches, old markets and great museums. Nearby Spain, you can spend a day relaxing at Ocata Beach and Socorro Beach in Tenerife.
- In Málaga, you can hike along the famed Camino de Santiago.
- The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada will take your breath away. The Great Mosque of Cordoba is a fine example of Moorish architecture in Spain. Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is a destination in itself with regular contemporary exhibitions and an iconic building structure.
- Seville’s churches are a great architectural addition to your Spain itinerary. Toledo’s Old City holds a spectacular blend of different kinds of European architectural styles.
- The White Towns of Andalucía looks like a whitewashed painting atop a hill.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Spain
Key Events/Festivals in Spain
- Feria de Caballo (Horse Fair) in Jerez (May)
- Las Fallas De Valencia (Festival of Fire) in Valencia (March)
- Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Seville, Malaga, and Castilla-Leon cities of Valladolid and Leon (April)
- Feria De Abril in Seville (April)
- Cordoba Patios Festival in Cordoba (May)
- Boloencierro in Mataelpino (June)
- Saint John’s Eve in Galicia (June)
- Haro Wine Festival in Haro (June)
- San Fermin in Pamplona (July)
- Festa Major De Gracia in Gracia (August)
- Amorevore Food & Arts Festival in Ibiza (October)
On most of my solo journeys, I get a chance to establish more meaningful connections with the people I meet on the road and then alter my plans a bit to include them with me for a few hours or even days.
You shouldn’t think twice before taking a solo trip to the happiest country of the world. Costa Rica in central America is a hub to outdoor and adventurous activities with national parks, waterfalls, hot springs and beaches. It’s an eco-destination in true sense because Costa Rica prioritizes environmental preservation.
Top places to visit in Costa Rica
- Do experience white water rafting down the Reventazón River and hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park. You can visit a tropical beech as well at Manuel Antonio National Park.
- Tamarindo, Santa Teresa, Puerto Viejo, La Fortuna and Nosara are some amazing destinations to start with your solo journey in Costa Rica. Puerto Viejo is famous for beaches, party atmosphere and surfing.
- Cahuita, a tiny town next to a national park is a place to relax. You can visit Costa Rica’s version of the Amazon rainforest, Tortuguero which means Land of Turtles.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Costa Rica
$30 – $50 USD/day
Key Events/Festivals in Costa Rica
- Fiestas de los Diablitos (December and February)
- Fiestas Palmares
- Límon Carnival (October)
- Fiestas Zapote (January)
- Ocaso Underground Music Festival
- Envision Festival in the beach forest of Uvita
This country’s topography is an assortment of mountains and paddy fields, all panted in shades of green, straight out from nature’s very own colour palette. Apart from the topographical wonders, Vietnam has many ethnic groups as well, thus embracing a lot of cultural variety on its land.
Top places to visit in Vietnam
- Hang Sơn Đoòng is the largest natural cave in the world, make sure you give it a visit.
- You can take cruise rides from Hạ Long. My Son is a ruined temple city you must visit.
- World Heritage-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is the best place in Vietnam for caving.
- Ho Chi Minh City is great to know about Vietnam’s history and gorge on some tasty street food. And on the other hand, Hanoi has some great cultural and historical sites. Hue is Vietnam’s one of the most historic towns where all the royal tombs and pagodas can be covered on a day cruise.
- And finally, into a wonderland landscape, Sapa’s countryside is nothing short of a dreamy sight.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Vietnam
Key Events/Festivals in Vietnam
- Hoi An Lantern Festival (14th day of every month)
- Lunar New Year/Tet in Hnaoi (January/February)
- Perfume Festival in Hnaoi (Mid-February/March)
- Lim Festival in Lim Village (Mid-February)
- Buddha’s Birthday in Hoi An (Early May)
- Phu Giay Festival at Phu Giay Temple (Late March to Early April)
- Mid-Autumn Festival at Thu Bồn River in Hoi An (Mid-September)
Think of Indonesia and what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Its pristine beaches! And that is absolutely what makes Indonesia worth every day of exploring it. Indonesia’s active volcano sites are definitely a unique experience.
Top places to visit in Indonesia
- Bali, a meditative and tropical getaway full of paddy fields with unforgettable beaches, is the most famous destination of Indonesia with Ubud as its cultural capital. Don’t forget to visit Nusa Penida which is in proximity to Bali.
- Lombok and the Gili Islands are undisputedly the best Indonesian destinations to experience and to learn to snorkel, dive and surf. To experience the best nightlife in Indonesia, choose to stay in Gili Islands.
- Visit Raja Ampat Islands to explore Rare Species of Corals.
- Kelimutu Lake and Nusa Tenggara Timur are a must-visit for dramatic volcanic peaks.
- Mount Bromo, an active volcano site, is of the most exotically beautiful sites in Indonesia.
- Relish the Toraja tribe Culture at Torajaland in South Sulawesi.
- Visit the world’s largest Buddha temple in Java, the Borobudur Temple.
- Visit Seminyak for the most stunning cafes in Indonesia.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Indonesia
Key Events/Festivals in Indonesia
- Rambu solo ceremony (May)
- Nyepi in Bali (March)
- Jember Fashion Carnival (August)
- Baliem Valley Festival in Papua (August)
- Waisak (May)
- Dieng Culture Festival (August)
- Cap Goh Meh (March)
- The Kesodo Ceremony at Mount Bromo (August)
- Krakatoa Festival in Java (August)
Another closely located country to India, Nepal is a melting pot for ancient Hindu culture and related traditions. It is the home to world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. People who come to Nepal get mesmerised by the high-altitude treks and the facilities available in these tough regions. The country has a mix of temples, stupas and the Himalayas that are its protecting force.
- Kathmandu, the cultural capital of Nepal has a long history of Kingdom regime which can be seen in its Durbar squares of Bhaktapur, Patan and Basantpur.
- Thamel is the place where you should stay because it is full of cafes, restaurants, hostels and hotels.
- You can visit Newari settlement of Kirtipur and the Kopan monastery in its proximity to this. Nuwakot is a little hidden paradise with a rich history.
- The area around Begnas lake and Phewa lake, Pokhara is worth spending a week at. Pokhara has some of the best sunrise/sunset spots.
- Chitwan National Park is a must-visit for its wildlife richness.
- In case you are on a lookout for treks that can be attempted solo then you can go for Annapurna Circuit trek, Everest base camp trek, Annapurna base camp trek etc.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Nepal
Key Events/Festivals in Nepal
- Gai Jatra in Bhaktapur (August)
- Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur (April)
- Buddha Jayanti in Kathmandu (April)
- Indra Jatra (August/September)
- Dashain (October)
- Tihar festival (October)
The country of the Vikings and a cultural jewel in between Northern Europe and Scandinavia, the land of the Danes can surely be regarded as one of the best trips for solo travelers.
Copenhagen in Denmark definitely can be categorised as one of the best international destinations for solo travelers. The picturesque laid-back city can be explored on foot or a cycle, which you find most locals doing as well. It is the only place where more than cars, you will find cycles. The harbour street outside Copenhagen is like a dreamy set location for anyone looking to capture some gorgeous cityscapes.
Top places to visit in Denmark
- Start with the colourful houses of Copenhagen, moving towards Tivoli gardens and to Nyhavn later on. Also, visit the Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød.
- Visit the migrating sand dunes in Rabjerg Mile and Ribe which is the oldest town in Denmark. Bornholm is a scenic island in the Baltic sea with windmills, churches and artsy towns.
- Gilleleje, a prominent fishing town, is worth a visit. Aalborg, a Danish town has many historical buildings.
- Elsinore/Helsinger is a beautiful city in Denmark and is a perfect spot for history connoisseurs.
- Skagen in northern Denmark can be visited for a uniquely Danish experience in the 700-yr old village.
- Mols Bjerge National Park, Jammerbugten and Møns Klint Biosphere are some unexplored territories of Denmark.
- Rosenborg Castle, Christiansborg Palace and forest Rold Skov are some other great places in Denmark.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Denmark
Key Events/Festivals in Denmark
- Night of Culture in Copenhagen (September)
- Aarhus Food Festival Aarhus (4- 6th September)
- Festivals in Odense (16-26th August)
- Moesgård Viking Moot Aarhus (25 – 26 July)
- Tønder Festival Tønder (27th August to 28th August)
- Christmas in Tivoli Gardens (December)
- Aalborg Carnival in Aalborg (May)
- Copenhagen Distortion (May/June)
- NorthSide in Aarhus (6th-8th of June)
Germany has an artistic and architectural side to it. It has grand castles sitting on hill tops and tiny flea markets within its architecturally rich lanes. Friendly Germans are welcoming to foreigners and won’t let you leave without a glass of beer.
The country is particularly safe country and has all the major cities connected to each other via a great transportation network.
Top places to visit in Germany
- Berlin’s museums, historical sites, cafés, nightclubs and parks can be explored on a cycle. Munich’s beer gardens are a must-visit.
- Castles in Baden-Wüttemberg are not to be missed, though there are about 20,000 castles in Germany. The gothic beauty of these larger-than-life structures will make Germany etched in your memory forever. On that note, Neuschwanstein Castle is truly a marvel.
- Take a drive through Black Forest Panoramic Route, a beautiful upland region in northwest Germany with lush green hills.
- Upper Middle Rhine Valley section, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has more than 40 castles and 60 medieval towns.
- Bamberg and the Bürgerstadt are two well preserved old German towns which can be toured on foot.
- Rügen, another beautiful Baltic island, has a diverse landscape. Take a walking tour of the old Franconian imperial city of Rothenburg.
- Lastly, the Mosel Valley is Germany’s Disney land and is staggeringly beautiful.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Germany
Key Events/Festivals in Germany
- Oktober fest in Munich (September-early October)
- Karneval in Cologne (February)
- Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart (Late-September-mid-October)
- Wurstmarkt in Bad Dürkheim (1st & 3rd weekend of September)
- Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin (Mid-February)
- Weihnachtsmarkt in Berlin (24th November-24th December)
Sri Lanka, a close neighbour country to India, is full of sacred ancient sites, elephant parks, dreamy-blue beaches and tea plantations.
Top places to visit in Sri Lanka
- Explore the city of Columbo in a tuk-tuk. The city of Kandy is the home to most sacred Buddhist sites. Galle is another incredible city in Sri Lanka with villas, sea-side views and the Galle Dutch Fort.
- And in between Kandy and Ella, travel to Nuwara Eliya via one of the most beautiful train rides in Sri Lanka and in the whole world as well.
- Watching baby elephants play at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage can be a true treat to the eyes. If you are more inclined towards wildlife, then do visit the Yala National Park as well.
- Arugam Bay beach is a must-visit.
- Go to Ella for some breath-taking views of Sri Lankan mountains.
- Nuwara Eliya, a hill station developed in the 19th century, has an unforgettable landscape.
- Climb the top of Sigiriya rock or the mount of remembrance for a 360-degree view.
- The Dambulla Cave Temple will give you a historic touch in Sri Lanka.
- Spot the best sunrise/sunset from Adam’s Peak.
- Learn about the locals at a fishing village called Mirissa. Vedda Village is another worthy spot for an authentic village experience. Or have a relaxing time at one of the yoga retreats in Ulpotha Village.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Sri Lanka
Key Events/Festivals in Sri Lanka
- Vel Festival in Colombo (July or August)
- Sinhala and Tamil New Year (April)
- Vesak Poya in Colombo (May)
- Kandy Esala Perahera in Kandy (July or August)
- Kataragama Festival in Kataragama (July or August)
- Thai Pongal (January)
A country home to uncountable cultural identities but 121 languages and 700 tribes, India is a perfect solo travel destination where exploration is just a phase to start with. For many nationalities, it is a pocket-friendly choice with friendly and welcoming people.
Top places to visit in India
- Rajasthan with vibrant cities like Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, is the land of Kings and their historical palaces. It is a great city to start your solo travel in India with.
- Moving to the South of India, Kerala and Goa are great tropical states to explore the beaches of India. Hampi in Karnataka and Varkala in Kerala are some similar offbeat options.
- And if you are a mountain person, visit Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh in the North of India. Himachal Pradesh is a host to many short and long treks.
- And while you are in North India, do not miss to see one of the seven wonders of the world during sunrise, the Taj Mahal in Agra.
- The capital of India, Delhi, is home to a prominent Mughal history with some significant monuments and the seven old cities of Delhi.
- Cities like Rishikesh and Varanasi by the banks of the holy river Ganga are a must-visit to understand the Hindu culture better.
- Towards the Punjab region, Amritsar is the right city to experience the Sikh culture and visit the sacred site, the Golden Temple.
- Other significant cities are Mumbai-home to Bollywood, Kolkata-first Indian capital under British rule, Ahmedabad and Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, Gangtok in Sikkim, and Mysore and Gwalior as well.
- Moving towards the north-east Indian region, there are lesser explored states like Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura. Majuli, the largest river island in the world, is a must-visit in Assam.
- And the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is definitely a lesser-explored Indian state.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in India
$20-40 USD /day
Key Events/Festivals in India
- Camel fair in Pushkar (October/November)
- Jaisalmer Desert Festival in Jaisalmer (February)
- Diwali in Varanasi or Jaipur (November)
- Holi in Pushkar or Vrindavan (March)
- Christmas in Goa (December)
- Durga Pooja in Kolkata (October)
- Onam in Kerala (late August to September)
- Pongal in Madurai
- Hemis Festival in Ladakh
- Lodhi in Amritsar
Belgium chocolate and Belgium breweries- two instant reasons to plan a trip to Belgium. Rent a bike (cycle) to hop to a few breweries out of the 150 that are in a small region across Belgium. The country is tiny but is definitely packed with beautiful spots of which many are UNESCO world heritage sites. Diverse beers and diverse landscapes with regional food specialities, Belgium is a little wonder.
Top places to visit in Belgium
- The historic cities of Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent make Belgium visit-worthy.
- Dinant is a stunning town on the banks of the river Meuse in Belgium’s Walloon region.
- Eifel Nature Park must not be missed. The Sonian Forest and Vallee du Ninglinspo will also take you close to nature.
- Ghent can be called as Europe’s best-kept secret for port cites.
- Durbuy has maintained its charming medieval style with stone houses and cobbled streets. In fact, the whole Wallonia region is picturesque.
- Chateau de la Hulpe and Vallee du Ninglinspo are fairy-tale castles and are an hour away from Brussels. La Roche-en-Ardenne is another location to find castle ruins and hills.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Belgium
Key Events/Festivals in Belgium
- Boombal Festival (20th-23th Aug)
- Carnaval De Binche (23rd-25th February)
- Tomorrowland (24th-26th July)
- Salon Du Chocolat Brussels (14th-16th February)
- Bruges Beer Festival (31st January-2nd February)
- Brussels Food Truck Festival (June)
There’s no turn in Morocco which isn’t instagrammable. The magic of Arabesque architecture and blue cities come together to lend Morocco a look like no other city has. Not only the photogenic architectural corners, Morocco also has stunning landscapes of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert.
Top places to visit in Morocco
- The old town of the capital city Rabat is packed with Moroccan Souks (market place).
- Visit the vibrant and historic Marrakech.
- Hike up to see the view from the highest point of the Atlas mountains, the peak of Jebel Toubkal.
- Go to Sidi Ifni for its beaches, especially to the iconic Legzira Beach.
- Asilah is quite popular as a destination thus a safe bet for the solo travellers.
- Don’t forget to visit the Chefchaouen, a destination with blue-painted houses.
- Meknes is a good option for some laid-back city days.
- Explore the 9th Century walled town of Fes El Bali and the Merenid Tombs in Fes.
- Also, spend some time in Essaouira, a small seaside town.
- Erg Chebbi will take you to the edge of Sahara Desert.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Morocco
Key Events/Festivals in Morocco
- Kalaat Mgouna Rose Festival in Kalaat Mgouna (Mid May)
- Fez Festival of World Sacred Music in Fez (June)
- Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival in Marrakesh (July)
- Imilchil Marriage Festival in Imilchil (September)
Oman is said to be one of the safest countries in the Middle-East. It not only has deserts and forts but also mountains and beaches with stunning mosques and historic souqs. You can also swim in wadis in Oman.
Top places to visit in Oman
- The capital city of Muscat should be in your list because of Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, the twin forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani, and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
- At the Wahiba Sands, you can interact with the Bedu people and get involved in camel safaris and dune bashing.
- The 17th-century Nizwa Fort is an interesting place to visit in Oman.
- Jebel Akhdar is the highest point that can be visited in Oman.
- Between May to October, find the hatching turtles at the turtle reserve in Ras al Jinz.
- Visit Salalah during the monsoon months of June to August.
- Majlis Al Jinn gives an opportunity for some offbeat adventure.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Oman
Key Events/Festivals in Oman
- Muscat Festival in Amerat Park, Oman Automobile Association & Naseem Gardens (January 16th to February 15th)
- Salalah Tourism Festival in Salalah (mid-July to late August)
- Eid al-Fitr
Slovenia is fast becoming an upcoming solo travel destination choice because of its valleys and alleys through the Alps, local folk culture in alpine villages and fine wine tasting with the views of emerald lakes.
Top places to visit in Slovenia
- Notice the beautiful Baroque period architecture in the city of Llubljana. Whereas Bled has a lake and a variety of opportunities to indulge in outdoor activities. And if you want to experience Skiing in the Slovenian snowy landscape, then head to Vogel.
- Go exploring in Škocjan Caves which are located inside a giant canyon and swimming in Blejski Vintgar gorge which is outside Bled city. You can go to Lipica since it is known for its horses.
- Laško has areas with naturally occurring thermal water and can be a good option for a relaxing getaway.
- Learn about the Slovenian culture and traditions at Rogatec Open-Air Museum. And Maribor is perfect to learn about the local wine culture.
- Experience nature’s concert hall in Postojna Cave. And visit the only within-the-cave-castle, Predjama Castle.
- Discover your favourite spots in the pedestrian-only old town of Piran.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Slovenia
$50-55 USD/per day
Key Events/Festivals in Slovenia
- Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival in Ljutomer (10th to 14th of July)
- International Carnival in Ptuj (23rd Feb to 5th March)
- Days of National Costumes and Clothing Heritage Festival Kamnik (6th to 9th September)
- Jurjevanje in Črnomelj (End of June)
- Cherry Festival in Goriška Brda (June)
Ecuador located in South America, is a host to many cultural and outdoor activities thus making it an offbeat destination for solo travellers. The country’s biodiversity with Andean history has a lot to offer as a destination. Island hopping, crater hiking, local exploration, Andean village tours and UNESCO stated national parks, Ecuador is small yet diverse.
Top places to visit in Ecuador
- Quilotoa Lake is a green lagoon beside a volcano. Hike up to the volcano’s crater for a jaw-dropping view.
- Cloud Forest in Mindo provides a great opportunity to photograph hummingbirds.
- Charles Darwin’s evolution theory famed Galapagos Islands are home to over 200 wild species with snorkelling and diving opportunities.
- Also, spend a few days in the highest capital city in the world, Quito. Though Isla de la Platais is an alternative destination to the pricey Galapagos islands.
- Cuicocha Lake trail takes you on another great hike.
Average Backpacker Budget per day in Ecuador
Key Events/Festivals in Ecuador
- Inti Raymi (Sun Festival)celebration in Cotacachi (late June or July)
- Tarpuy Raymi (September)
- La Diablada de Píllaro (The Devils of Pillaro) (1-6th January)
- Carnival (Ecuadorian Mardi Gras) (February or March)
- Mama Negra Festivities in La Mama Negra (September and November)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where should I travel when alone?
You can choose from budget savvy destination like Thailand in South East Asia, India in central Asia or go backpacking in Europe or may be head to South America. All these regions are high on culture and traditions with major festivals happening throughout the year. It will be a good idea to include some of the key events/festivals within your itinerary.
Which countries are safe for solo female Travellers?
Spain, Singapore, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Croatia, Canada and Poland are safest for solo female travellers.
Taking only yourself on a vacation is actually the best thing you will be doing to yourself. It’s a chance to find new friends within locals and fellow travellers. Your management skills will improve and decision making will get stronger. You will find joy in spending once a while on a lavish dinner for yourself.
Solo travel is a journey to self-love. The more you do it, the more you discover yourself, the more you start appreciating yourself as an individual.
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Where should my first solo trip be?
Thailand or Cambodia are my top recommendations for your first solo trip. Thailand is a fit-for-all kind of destination where the locals are friendly and always smiling. The beaches and remote islands are an excellent way to find both company and peace retreats.
Is Solo travel lonely? Is a solo trip a good idea? Should I go on a trip by myself?
Honestly, you might feel lonely on your first and second day but then if you allow yourself to be mingled with the locals you will definitely find someone to share a drink or coffee with. You just have to be open for those unplanned road trips, sudden conversations and hard goodbyes. Whatever little moments you spend with people you meet on your solo travel journeys, they become the most cherished memory later.
And the time that you spend alone is certainly a rewarding one because in that time you think clearly without any external influences and voices, you introspect and thus from here your love for solo travel becomes an addiction for life.
Solo travelling is one of the most rewarding life experiences. New friendships, adventurous experiences, unforeseen sigh-seeing, unexpected happy moments and what now; nothing can come close to a perfectly unperfect solo sojourn.
So, don’t wait for your friend’s long-awaited yes to join you on a trip sometime. Randomly choose a place and go for it.