10 Best Countries in the World for Solo Travel
No matter how hard you try, sometimes it’s just impossible to find someone to travel with. Unless you have a rich friend who’s an absolute travel junkie, most of the time you’ll probably find it difficult to sync up schedules with potential travel companions.
Plus, there’s never a guarantee your friends or family will be at all interested in the countries you want to explore. Of course, the obvious solution to this issue is to just travel solo. But where should you go?
In this list, we’ll go through ten of the safest countries in the world for solo travellers. Any one of these countries offers rewarding travel experiences for solo globe trekkers.
10. New Zealand
Anyone interested in travelling to Oceania might want to look into a trip to the island of New Zealand. Considered by many tourists to be the most beautiful country in the world, New Zealand has plenty to offer the nature lover.
Adrenaline junkies love exploring New Zealand’s many active volcanoes, towering mountains, and inspiring fjords. There are also plenty of first-rate cities to visit across New Zealand, including the capital city of Wellington and the fiercely Scottish city of Christchurch.
The Mediterranean nation of Croatia might not be as famous as Italy or Greece, but it certainly has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller. In recent years, the southern city of Dubrovnik has attracted numerous tourists to its numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Sometimes called the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik has absolutely gorgeous monasteries, churches, and an amazingly well preserved old town dating back to the Middle Ages.
Although Croatia suffered through a major inner-ethnic war from 1991-1995, today the country is extremely peaceful, tourist-friendly, and a proud member of the EU.
The Scandinavian nation of Denmark is a perfect travel destination for anyone who’s never traveled to Europe before. Not only is this country safe, it’s extremely easy to navigate thanks to the country’s super-modern transportation system.
Denmark is also incredibly small, which makes it very easy to travel around. Of course, be sure to spend plenty of time in the country’s charming capital Copenhagen where you’ll discover Danish castles, relaxing cafés, and one of Europe’s most famous waterfronts: Nyhavn.
In recent years, Malaysia has become an economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia. The most popular city to visit is the capital of Kuala Lumpur (aka KL). KL has some of the cheapest 5-star hotels in the world, as well as a wide array of shopping centers, delicious dining options, and an impressive blend of British colonial and modern architecture.
Another beautiful location to visit right on the Malaysian west coast is Penang. Sometimes referred to as the “Pearl of the Orient,” Penang is the unofficial food capital of Malaysia and has plenty of sand and surf for the beach bum in all of us.
Located near the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, the nation of Oman is a wonderful Middle Eastern option for the solo traveller. Believe it or not, this nation is the fourth safest country on earth according to the WEF.
There are plenty of legendary sights to take in all around Oman, including the homes where Sinbad used to live in around Sohar and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites sprinkled throughout the town of Bahla.
Many people visit Oman just to see some of the nation’s astonishing 500 historic forts, while others like to take an adventurous trip up some of the county’s alluring Hajar Mountains.
Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to have a safe and exhilarating solo experience travelling around the Sultanate of Oman.
The East Asian island nation of Japan is well known for its intriguing culture and glorious artistic treasures.
Whether you want to visit the bustling capital city of Tokyo, or perhaps visit some ancient castles and Buddhist temples in cities like Kyoto, Okayama, or Kanazawa, Japan will provide you with everything you need for a truly memorable vacation experience.
Wherever you go, you’ll find plenty to eat and numerous hotel options that cater to single travellers.
Number six on the WEF’s “20 Safest Countries” list is the squeaky clean city-state of Singapore. Known around the world for its high-end shopping, delicious cuisine, and hot nightlife, this former British colonial trading colony is currently one of the most affluent areas on the face of the earth.
Singapore is so wealthy, clean, and safe that it’s often called the “Switzerland of Asia.” Some popular tourist draws in Singapore for a single traveller include visiting the Botanic Gardens, taking a ride on the impressive Singapore Flyer, and walking along the dazzling Waterfront Promenade.
The island nation of Iceland has become increasingly popular with tourists nowadays, mainly thanks to the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones. But you don’t have to be a Game of Thrones buff to absolutely fall in love with the “Land of Fire and Ice.”
Take a dip in one of the many geothermal spas, or go on a walking tour around the nation’s mighty volcanoes. Of course, be sure to spend a few days in the nation’s capital of Reykjavík and ask friendly locals all about their intriguing lives in the most northern capital on earth.
2. Hong Kong
If you’re looking to travel solo in Asia, perhaps you should consider a trip to Hong Kong. This tiny autonomous territory in Mainland China is considered to be one of the safest places in all of Asia.
Although Hong Kong is distinctly Cantonese, the city claims to be Asia’s most multicultural city and is extremely welcoming of tourists from all walks of life.
Whether you’re into fine cuisine, shopping, nature, or history, you’re sure to find something in this fast-paced city to spark your interest.
The northern European nation of Finland recently topped the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) list of the world’s “20 Safest Countries.” So, if you’re an extremely fearful solo traveller, a trip to this environmentally conscious Nordic nation is your safest bet.
Indeed, nature lovers will just love exploring this country’s northern Lapland region and taking in the nightly Northern Lights during wintertime.
People not into nature could always spend their trip walking around the cosmopolitan capital of Helsinki, which boasts plenty of splendid churches, restaurants, and museums.