The Best Places for Solo Travel

Friendly locals, outdoor activities and loads of cultural attractions make these destinations great for exploring on your own.

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New York City

New Yorkers are surprisingly welcoming when it comes to meeting strangers—or showing them a good time. Step into a local diner, or a hidden “speakeasy” cocktail bar, and you may come away with new friends (or, at least, interesting stories).

Havana, Cuba

The colonial-era streets of Havana are perfect for wandering alone. Stay in a local’s home at a casas particulares (bed and breakfast) for the full Cuban experience.

Glasgow, Scotland

The pub culture of Scotland makes for great people-watching, especially in Glasgow, which is known for its live music scene. Wander the gothic and Georgian streets, then settle in for a pint and some jazz at Dukes Bar in the city’s West End.

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, you’ll be too busy having one adventure after another to require company. From surfing and rafting to visiting cloud forests and volcanoes, it can all be safely enjoyed alone in this welcoming, Central American country. Stay at an adventure lodge or quaint B&B, and bond with your fellow travellers.


In a bustling city like Dublin, you’re never really alone. Wander the cobblestone streets and take in the historic sights, or sign up for the free City of a Thousand Welcomes program that pairs locals with visitors. Over a pint or cup of tea, these Dubliners are happy to share city travel tips.

Sedona, Arizona

If you’re looking to get away from it all, head to the desert. Sedona is brimming with luxury spas and myriad spiritual retreats that are inspired by the area’s purported energy vortexes. And you’ll want to spend time outdoors hiking or biking among the towering, red-sandstone buttes that surround this small city.

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