Ideal Cities for the Solo Traveller

By Maria Barillaro

Whether you’re looking to experience adventure or escape into peace and quiet, a getaway on your own might be for you.

Ideal Cities for the Solo Traveller
Photo: Hoi An, Vietnam, by iStock

The beauty of solo travel is that you can choose what you want to see and when. Here are some of the safest cities in the world guaranteed to meet the solo traveller’s needs.

1. Hoi An, Vietnam
When travelling alone, people tend to form new friendships more easily and Hoi An is a great place to do so. The city offers up the best of everything: beaches, historical landmarks, lavish hotels and more. With so much to do and so many friendly locals to meet, you’ll never feel lonely.

2. Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is known for being one of the friendliest cities in the world, according to surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, so the single traveller will feel right at home. An affordable city with lots to see, such as the Civic Theatre, the Sky Tower and the harbour foreshore, Auckland is a wonderful place to visit on your own.

3. Vienna, Austria
One of Europe’s finest and most beautiful cities, Vienna has so much to offer, you can’t possibly get bored. You can opt for a museum tour, a morning exploring historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a cruise of the Danube, or visit St. Anton, known for being the best ski party city in Europe.

4. Napa, California
While many consider Napa to be a romantic destination for two, it’s also an attractive spot for the solo traveller. With its beautiful vineyards, Napa is the perfect getaway from the everyday, where you can enjoy fine wines and five-star accommodation. Many hotels are equipped with private pools and lounging areas, so you can enjoy a relaxing environment.

5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Travelling alone here will allow you the luxury of soaking in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings, affordable luxury hotels and fine cuisine, without worrying for your personal safety. Plus, the city is rich in architecture, magnificent mosques and historic sites.

6. Lahaina, Hawaii
Located in West Maui, Lahaina is a perfect destination for the single traveller. Hawaii is considered a safe place to visit, and not only are the beaches serene and beautiful, but there is no shortage of adult-only resorts for guaranteed relaxation. A plethora of five-star hotels offer beach access, private pools and spa amenities. Shopping and fine dining are only a skip away from most hotels along the beach. Single travellers may also enjoy taking some surfing or kayaking lessons.

7. Sydney, Australia
In case there weren’t enough reasons to visit Sydney (historical landmarks, beautiful sights, beaches, botanical gardens, and more), it’s also a safe spot to visit solo. Mild temperatures, fine restaurants and a fantastic nightlife for singles are a few more bonuses to visiting this amazing city.

8. Singapore
As Singapore is one of the safest cities in the world, it is ideal for a solo escapade. There’s no shortage of good hotels and the locals and hotel staff are known for their friendly nature. Take a walk through Chinatown, spend a day at Jurong Bird Park, hit the shops on Orchard Road or simply watch the world go by at Clarke Quay.

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