May 8, 2021

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The 32 best places to travel alone Part 1

By Sarah Schmalbruch From Business Insider

Although traveling solo can seem daunting, it’s something that everyone should try at some point.

Solo travel allows for more self-reflection, and chances are, you’ll take in more of the culture.

The fjords of Norway are perfect for some self reflection.AdamMajor/iStoc

We’ve put together a list of 32 places that are ideal for traveling alone, from the bustling streets of Taiwan to the beaches of southern Portugal.

Because the majority of the US is safe for solo travel, we decided to focus more on international destinations.

Talia Avakian contributed to a previous version of this article.

Vietnam is considered one of the most female-friendly places to travel in Southeast Asia. In its largest cities, like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, you’ll find a safe and vibrant environment with markets like Ben Thank and Dong Xuan Market.
Hanoi. Nicola Ferrari/iStock

Source: Travel Channel

The city of Vienna is just one of the reasons that Austria is a good choice for a solo trip. It’s perfectly normal to enjoy a treat by yourself at one of the city’s many upscale cafes.
A cafe in Vienna. Radiokafka / Shutterstock

It’s easy to get around in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the city offers great hiking, historic forts, and beaches that offer close-up views of the old town and city walls.
Dubrovnik. / Simone Simone
Source: Huffington Post

Life is slower in the charming seaside villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera; the winding cobblestone roads are great for meandering on your own.
Cinque Terre. Lukasz Janyst / iStock

New Zealand offers plenty of adventure for the single traveler: bungee jumping, boat cruises, bike rides, and hikes. Chances are you won’t even think about the fact that you’re solo.
Bungee jumping in New Zealand. PomInOz/Shutterstock

South Korea hasn’t always been a top tourist destination, but in recent years that’s changed, and will continue to change thanks to the fact that Seoul is hosting the 2018 winter Olympics. Plan a trip for April to see the cherry blossoms and the Lotus Lantern Festival.
Cherry blossoms framing the N Seoul Tower. tawatchaiprakobkit/iStock
Source: Vogue

Norway’s beautiful fjords and high safety rating make it ideal for solo travelers. The OECD Better Life Index reported that the country has low crime rates.
Cabins on the shores of a fjord in Norway. Paffy / Shutterstock

Despite its small size, Switzerland has breathtaking landscapes. Plus, its efficient and clean public transportation make it an accessible place to explore on your own.
The Chapel Bridge in Luzern, Switzerland. Shutterstock / Boris Stroujko

Costa Rica ranked No. 1 on the Happy Planet Index, and there’s plenty to keep you busy: water sports, zip lining, and walking through the famous Cloud Forest.
The Cloud Forest in Costa Rica. veroxdale / Shutterstock

Enjoy the serenity of Ubud, Bali on your own and be sure to pamper yourself at one of the town’s many world-class spas.
Rice fields in Ubud. longtaildog / iStock

Almost everyone you’ll encounter in Lagos, a town that sits on Portugal’s southern tip in the Algarve region, is friendly and speaks English. Chances are, you’ll meet fellow solo travelers in town.
A beach in Lagos. Shutterstock

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