Going it alone? 10 of the best countries for solo travellers


Solo traveller in La Havana city, Cuba
Solo traveller in La Havana city, Cuba

Travelling alone can be a great way of discovering things you never knew about yourself and getting out of your comfort zone. But where are the best places to visit? We explore…

With the help of GetGoing who have produced an in-depth travellers manual that looks at all aspects of travel, whether it’s safety, language tips or hearing from those that have been there, we explore the perfect places for anyone looking to broaden their worldview.

Top three solo traveller countries

When it comes to what to see, everyone has very different ideas and budgets, but these countries are most deserving of being ticked off any bucket list:

  1. Japan: Taking the top spot in the ranking, Japan is a place where ancient tradition and culture is intertwined with modern life, all amongst the most Instagram-ready backdrop. Whether you are looking to visit the atmospheric Kyoto Temples and Gardens or experiencing the neon-lit streetscapes of Tokyo, Japan has it all. Safety is a great concern to many solo travellers, so it’s worth noting that Japan also has the lowest level of crime out of all countries in the index, with the addition of being in the top 10 of the world’s Global Peace Ranking.
  2. Cuba: Rich in both character and history, the Caribbean island boasts eclectic architecture and ranks as one of the top locations for solo travel. Safety is always a high priority, backpackers can rest assured that the island is a great place to visit with a low level of crime. If that is isn’t enough, Cuba also ranked among the best in terms of price for a beer.
  3. New Zealand: Taking the bronze medal in the solo travel ranking, the islands of New Zealand are littered with sublime forests, imposing mountains and stunning beaches ready for any keen explorer. Backed with the highest Global Peace Ranking of all of the countries in the study which leaves you stressing less and enjoying your trip more. When it comes to the local cuisine you’re spoilt for choice, with a host of eateries.

Rounding out the top 10

Spain, Germany, Canada, Ghana, Australia, Indonesia and India round out the top 10 respectively. 

A spokesperson from GetGoing commented ”Travelling solo is one of life’s most inspiring adventures; no matter where you do it or how it has the ability to renew a passion for understanding the world around you and all that is in it. Yes, it’s very daunting at first but that’s just part of the journey.”


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