It finally feels as though travel is making a comeback. Although there are still restrictions in some destinations 2022 definitely feels like a year of optimism.
If you haven't yet made plans for your next solo travel trip, I've put together a list of the 2022 Solo Travel Destinations to inspire you. This diverse list covers countries in Europe, South and North America, Africa and Asia (all countries are listed in alphabetical order). You don't even need to go far to explore one of these destinations. I hope that this article inspires you to book somewhere new.
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Top 25 Travel Destinations
Let’s face it; who doesn’t want to visit the seventh continent? If you’re on a ‘want to see all continents’ mission hopefully 2020 is the year to make it happen? You may need to take out a credit card for this destination though.
More of a ‘cold spot’ than a hot spot, Antarctica is the coldest continent on Earth so it’s not really the type of destination that you want to visit if you’re hoping to get a tan. Instead, it offers penguins, icebergs, whales, more icebergs and a journey through the Drake Passage. Antarctica is a destination for the adventure Girl about the Globe, Wildlife GatG and Winter GatG.
Another stunning country with amazing architecture and a great rail network. You can even do your own walking tours in Vienna or Salzburg with the free maps that you pick up in hostels or join a ‘Sound of Music’ tour instead.
Vienna is the capital and one of my favourite cities. Here you’ll find modern architecture, old taverns and coffee houses as well as tons of galleries and museums to look around. Salzburg is not just known for the ‘Sound of Music’ it’s also been nicknamed ‘The Rome of the North,’ because of its churches and cathedrals. Don’t forget to visit the monastery where monks brew their own beer! Then there’s Innsbruck, a mecca for adventure seekers with you can do practically any outdoor activity you’ve ever desired. Austria has amazing ski resorts, great hiking and fantastic sightseeing.
If you've ever wanted to dance the tango or eat an Argentine steak, head to Argentina. The capital, Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of hidden gems. Then there's Cordoba, and the wine region of Mendoza, not to mention Patagonia – an area of glaciers, icefields and mountain peaks. Argentina can be described as electric, passionate, and stunning and whether you want to party hard or fall in love with the scenery, Argentina is amazing.
Bali is a popular choice with solos. It appeals to the Adventurous Girl about the Globe, Cultural GatG, Digital Nomad GatG, Nature GatG, Party GatG, Surfing GatG, and Wildlife GatG.
Climb Mount Batur at sunrise, indulge in a traditional Balinese massage, soak in the hot spring, go river rafting, surf at Kuta beach, see the monkeys at Monkey Forest in Ubud or take a bike tour here, and discover all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And if you have time visit the Komodo Islands to see the largest living lizards in the world.
I know that I’m biased with this country having lived there for 18 months but there's a reason that I love it. Although stereotyped with drug cartels and violence, Colombia’s reputation is gradually changing to one of entrepreneurship, transformation and hope. Admittedly, parts of the country are still out of bounds for tourists but Colombia has come a long way in the last decade and is now a place of magical realism with coffee plantations, Caribbean cities and mountain landscapes.
Now a cosmopolitan capital, Bogota is known for its street art, and the funky vibe of La Candelaria, but there is more to Colombia than its capital. Explore the old colourful streets of Cartagena, dive off the Caribbean coast, see the tall wax palms in the coffee region, or fall in love with the mountain valley known as Medellin. They’ve even got a desert!
Best time to visit Colombia – it really depends which area you travel to. If you go to the Caribbean coast, Cartagena is hot and humid all year round. Visit Medellin and it’s always Spring (except sometimes it rains), and go to Bogota between December to March.
How to get around – You can take a bus which can be more like a minibus but having so many mountains means that the roads are quite windy. If you don’t want to spend hours taking buses you can fly instead. Viva Colombia is a cheap airline to get around Colombia.
Croatia is stunning. It's also becoming a digital nomad hub too. It's a country for the History Girl about the Globe, Movie GatG, Old Town GatG and Sailing GatG.
Walk the 2km trail along the Ancient City Walls to the highest point of the Old Town. Allow approximately 2 hours for the walk. Explore the Medieval magical of the Old Town. Enter through the Pile Gate and you’ll find historic sights to explore the other end such as the Sponza Palace, a 16th-century palace, and the Church of St. Blaise with a beautiful facade and stone carvings above the door.
Step inside the Dominican Monastery in the Old Town to admire the renaissance and gothic cloister and collection of art. Take the cable car to the top of Srd Hill for some breathtaking panoramas of the Old Town and its islands. The Museum of the Homeland War is also at the top. Don’t forget the islands too! If you want to avoid tourists, visit outside of the cruise ship season. You could also combine Dubrovnik with a sailing trip across the Croatian islands.
I love Estonia. I visited this country a few years ago and found it so cheap. As one of the Baltic States, it’s growing in popularity as one of the new hot spots for European breaks. Although there are a shortage of girls travelling alone here, the Baltics are incredibly safe, great for those on a budget, and are popular with travellers who travel from north to south or vice versa.
You’ll find all sorts of activities from staying overnight in a former Soviet prison to bobsledding or husky dog sledging. It’s got a cute colourful old town and fab nightlife making it really easy to meet others here. Plus there are so many hostels to choose from, most with a friendly, social vibe. Why do I think it's a destination for 2022? Because Mindvalley is holding their Mindvalley University this year! So If you do want to go, make sure you go outside of this event to ensure you have accommodation.
Best time to go to Estonia – It does get cold in the winter so visit between May to August if you can.
How to get around – Transport is cheap, getting from the capital to capital costs approx €20 with Ecolines or Simple Express.
Accommodation – The Monk’s Bunk Party Hostel is a great spot in Tallinn, the capital. With an onsite bar they regularly hold bar crawls and are perfect for those seeking Estonia’s nightlife.
I love visiting emerging destinations and one of these growing in popularity is Georgia. Georgia may not have been on anyone's radar before but it is definitely growing in popularity. I found it easy to travel here alone and there are several day trips you can do if you want to base yourself in the capital. It's also possible to combine with Armenia and Azerbaijan due to the overnight train services.
Georgia has ancient cave cities, monasteries and plenty of mountains to explore. It's also very cheap and has fantastic cuisine. From the Black Sea coastal resort of Batumi to the Winelands of Kakheti. If you're looking for a budget destination that has culture, Georgia promises culture, monasteries, and mountains. This country is definitely one for the intrepid explorer.
If you love beautiful islands, history and ancient temples, then stick Greece on your solo bucket list. This European country with its breathtaking islands and vibrant contemporary culture make Greece a must-visit stop on any itinerary. The country offers something for everyone whether you are a history buff, beach babe, foodie or party-goer (or a mixture of all of them!)
Greece is generally very safe for solo female travellers as locals are friendly and helpful. Visit Athens for the Acropolis or skip the mainland and head straight to the islands. Santorini has to be the most beautiful of the islands but if it’s too romantic for one then travel to Kos, or Mykonos instead to meet other travellers. If you prefer to see as many islands as you can, a sailing trip is not only perfect for island hopping but it’s also a fun way to travel with like-minded others. Make sure to spend time in Athens, Santorini and Paros.
How to get around – For travelling around the mainland, the country’s bus system, KTEL, is your best bet. KTEL is reliable, comfortable, safe, and goes almost everywhere in Greece. Use the ferries to island-hop.
Accommodation – Chameleon Youth Hostel is in the heart of Athens with great views of the city. Bars and shops are all within walking distance.
Full of towering skyscrapers, upscale shops, and some of China’s best restaurants (don’t forget to sample the city’s delicious dim sum!), Hong Kong is an interesting destination for solos, especially if you’re after a change in culture. Expect a bit of culture shock as it is still part of China. When you tire of city life, turn your eye to the city’s outlying islands, many of which are home to exquisite beaches and forests. Discover the giant Buddha statue on Lantau Island and old stilt houses or learn about the fishing heritage on Lamma Island.
Best time to go to Hong Kong – The best weather in Hong is usually July and August.
How to get around – The easiest way to get there is using the local bus service which operates from outside the airport. Touring around by us takes you to the main Bay in Hong Kong Island. If you’re travelling overland from China, take an epic train journey from Yangshuo.
Accommodation – Campus Hong Kong is more than just a hostel. It has a gym, sauna and views of the sea. Plus it’s only 5 minutes from the beach and has female-only dorms.
Iran was once part of the Silk Road, an ancient trade route between the east and the west. This country has stunning mausoleums and incredible landscapes, and you can travel along the world’s most famous trading route staying in Caravanserais, as the ancient merchants once did. Iran remains a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. It's a destination for the cultural and history Girl about the Globe and is still on my travel wish list.
Take a road trip along Chalus Road, one of the most scenic roads in the country with natural springs and stunning mountainside passes. Visit Persepolis, the former capital of the Persian Empire; Chogha Zanbil, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 13th century. See Naqsh-e Jahan Square to admire both the Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace.
Take a boat ride at Anzali Lagoon to see stilt houses and spot birds, visit the Valley of the Stars on Qeshm Island, or marvel at the architecture at the many Bridges of Esfahan. If you’re an adventurous Girl about the Globe then make your way to Babak Castle, a castle surrounded by deep gorges and a place not for the faint-hearted. For certain nationalities, you can only visit here on an organised tour.
Why Japan? It’s got Mount Fuji for a start which is the highest peak in the country. This active volcano is not only an inspiration for many artists but it’s also a place of pilgrimage, although you can just see it from afar if you don’t fancy hiking it. Then there are the islands in the Yaeyama archipelago, and Ishigaki – Japan’s premier beach destination with clear blue waters. Visit Hiroshima, a city that has recovered from the atomic bomb, or Kamakura – a seaside resort with a relaxed vibe and a huge bronze Buddha amongst its temples and shrines.
Takayama is one of the best-preserved old towns in Japan where you can experience the rural side of the country. You can’t miss enchanting Tohoku either – home to idyllic mountains and more of Japan’s zen temples. But the main reason to come here is of course Tokyo, Japan’s crazy capital with a fast-paced way of life. Where tall skyscrapers meet historic Asian temples (don’t forget the cat cafes either). From ancient temples to traditional villages steeped in history, there is more to Japan than meets the eye.
Best time to go to Japan – To see Japan at its prettiest, visit during the cherry blossom season in March and April, otherwise visit Tokyo between September and November. See Mount Fuji at its most beautiful between July to August.
How to get around – With the best trains in the world, you simply have to travel by bullet train.
Accommodation – Space Hostel Tokyo is a short walk away from a metro station and a good choice for this uber modern city. As well as having curtains around each dorm bed they have heated toilet seats too!
I may be biased as London is the capital of my home country but every time I visit this city it never fails to amaze me. It's one of the top cities in the world and a popular choice with solo travellers. London has so much to see and do that you’ll need at least a week here. Highlights include the British Museum, the view from the top of the Shard, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, window shopping in Harrods, Camden Market, Covent Garden and so much more…
Who for? Arty and Museum Girl about the Globe, History Girl about the Globe.
From Europe to Central America, Nicaragua is not only cheap but it’s beautiful too. There are so many volcanoes here that you won’t know where to begin. Volcano boarding in Leon should definitely be on your list as well as the Leon Cathedral with its stunning, white rooftop. Explore the iconic yellow cathedral in Granada and take a day trip to Laguna de Apoyo – a natural lagoon inside a volcanic crater.
Isla de Ometepe is a unique island. Formed of two volcanoes it sits in the middle of a large freshwater lake. It’s the perfect place to escape the mainland. Or take a flight to the Corn Islands, two Caribbean islands in the middle of nowhere. I loved Nicaragua so much that I stayed here for a month. Is it safe? yes, but you do need some Spanish to be able to get around and you may get a bit of attention in areas such as Leon.
Best time to go to Nicaragua – It’s hot all year round but February is the best month.
It may be an expensive country to visit but it has to be on the bucket list especially as a destination to watch the Northern Lights. It's the perfect place to cruise through the most stunning fjords, go whale watching and learn more about Viking history. What I love about it is that it is so safe. I've spent 6 weeks here exploring Oslo, Bergen and Tromso in the Arctic Circle and loved the country. Whether you decide to visit in the summer to experience the Midnight Sun or in the winter for skiing, husky sledging or the Northern Lights, Norway promises breathtaking scenery.
Krakow is one of my favourite cities. It’s safe, a budget destination and there is so much to see and do whether you are into history, or just want to explore the salt mine and marvel at crystal salt chandeliers and sculptures. Learn more about the history of Krakow in the historic Jewish Quarter. See the fusion of architectural styles of Wawel Castle: people-watch in Market Square, the heart of Krakow Old Town: see the Barbican, the remaining gatehouse of the old medieval city: and listen to the buskers at St Florian’s Gate.
Go underground and explore the chambers and chapels of Wieliczka Salt Mine, explore the Royal Castle in Warsaw, and learn about life under Nazi rule and the Uprising at Warsaw Rising Museum. Or learn more about the sombre history of the largest concentration camp at Auschwitz.
If you're a Budget Girl about the Globe, a Dark Tourism GatG or History GatG, Poland should be on your wish list. Make sure to visit Warsaw and go skiing here too.
Last year I spent another 2 weeks in Portugal. Having previously spent time in Lison, the city that everyone is flocking to, I wanted to see more of the country and experience the food. Lisbon is the country’s hilly capital and it's the ideal starting place for the country. See the medieval Tower of Belem, the Moorish castle named Castelo de S. Jorge which sits upon a hilltop, Jeronimos Monastery (a World Heritage Gothic monastery) or just relax and find a cafe to people-watch at Praca do Comercio. If you visit in the summer months, enjoy one of the nearby beaches too.
Lagos is more for the nature Girl about the Globe with its colourful cliffs and natural wonders. Just south of Lagos is Ponta da Piedade you can also explore on a kayak or boat. Hike down the nearby steps at Praia do Camilo to see this gorgeous little cove. Explore the historical Old Lagos with its whitewashed houses and see the monument from the former slave market at Mercado de Escravos.
Just along the border from western Spain is the area known as Douro, an area that is known for its production of Port wine. Pay a visit to the UNESCO city of Porto, with its historic centre and baroque churches, (and pop into a world-famous port wine house or two).
Trek to traditional villages in the Montemuro hills marvel at prehistoric rock art in the Coa Valley which dates back as far as 10,000 BC. Or simply get pampered in the Algarve, an area known for its thalasso spa treatments. If you're a Digital Nomad Girl about the Globe, Foodie GatG or a Sightseeing GatG, there is so much to see in Portugal.
Best time to go to Portugal – Visit in Spring to see flowers at bloom or September to October for autumn.
How to get around – Taking the train can be a scenic way to travel around plus they are cheap too.Take a scenic train journey through Pinhao, Regua and Pocinho. There are also buses which can be quicker depending on your route.
Accommodation – If you like funky designs then PILOT Design Hostel & Bar in Porto is a very cool choice. They have female-only dorms and a cinema on site, not to mention a communal barbecue to make it easier to meet the other guests.
This gorgeous island in the Caribbean is part of the U.S with a Spanish flair. I love Puerto Rico and spent 5 weeks here! The island has a fusion of cuisine, plenty of salsa dancing and two additional islands: Culebra, and Vieques. You can spot wild horses, kayak in a bioluminescence bay, or just sunbathe on one of the World's best beaches. Puerto Rico promises music, cuisine, and a Latin flair, and if you're in the USA and haven't yet visited, you should definitely go!
With a rise in sustainable travel, one of my predictions as an emerging destination this year will be Rwanda; a country with a capital city that has banned plastic bags! Rwanda has a very tragic past with the Rwandan genocide that happened in 1994. Now, more than twenty years since the genocide, Rwanda is overcoming its ethnic differences and is building a new identity. The country is very welcoming to travellers with minibuses taking you around the country.
Things to do here include gorilla trekking of course! See chimpanzees at Nyungwe Forest National Park, See Rwanda’s Art Renaissance, and learn more about the Rwandan genocide that happened in 2014 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. Rwanda is a safe country for solo females to visit and a perfect choice for the nature and wildlife Girl about the Globe. You may prefer to take a tour to see the best of this country.
Not only are the Scots friendly but they are surrounded by beautiful nature. Scotland oozes traditions and you don't have to be completely solo either as there are fun tour companies to take you throughout the country stopping at whisky factories and the Isle of Skye. The scenery in the Highlands really is breathtaking and there is so much culture and history here too. Scotland promises lochs, whisky trails, and plenty of kilts, and if you're a solo traveller, it's really friendly too!
Known for the Big 5, South Africa doesn't have to be explored solo. There are many companies offering safaris but if you do want to be alone, explore the Q&V Waterfront in Cape Town and take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for amazing views. I've been to South Africa solo and also joined a camping tour. It's such a fascinating country and one for the wine and wildlife lovers. South Africa definitely promises tribes, safaris and plenty of nature.
Sri Lanka may not be on your radar but this country has lots to offer. Beautiful beaches, traditional fishermen on stilts, and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy are just some of its attractions. With three thousand odd years of history, eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a giant rock (Sigiriya Rock) for you to explore, Sri Lanka promises Asian mystery, Buddhist culture, and timeless history. It's definitely a country for the cultural solo. Sri Lanka isn't really a first-timer destination so if you feel a bit apprehensive about travelling here, consider a group tour instead.
Although it is more expensive than other countries, you simply cannot beat Switzerland for scenery. Take the train to the top of Europe for snowy peaks, relax around one of the many lakes, or go chocolate shopping in Zurich. If I had to sum up Switzerland in one word it would be ‘stunning.’
Visit Zurich during August for the Zurich Street Parade, See the former residence of Albert Einstein, see the ‘Dying Lion of Lucerne’ one of the country’s most famous monuments, take the panorama gondola up Mount Pilatus before riding the world's steepest cogwheel railway en route to Alpnachstad, go bungy jumping or hand gliding in Interlaken or just explore the mountains and lakes. Take the Jungfrau Railway to the ‘Top of Europe.’ Hike the valleys in Lauterbrunnen, and visit Trummelbach Falls. And whilst in Switzerland, don’t forget to try a fondue!
Best time to go – May to August.
How to get around – Switzerland has a fantastic travel system but the trains are quite costly so consider a Swiss Pass if you’re staying a while which includes unlimited travel by train, bus and boat for the whole of Switzerland (within a time span)
Accommodation – Balmers Hostel is a great social place to stay if you’re planning a trip to Interlaken – the Swiss adventure playground for adults.
Yes, Thailand is on the list again. I don’t think this Buddhist country will ever not be good for solos. If you’ve never travelled solo before then Thailand should be your first port of call. The people are incredibly friendly (it’s not called ‘The Land of Smiles' for nothing) and there are so many travellers here following the same routes that you’ll be looking for those hidden gems to escape the crowds.
The capital, Bangkok is one of Asia’s most exciting and culture shocking cities. The beaches are every cliche under the sun and there are so many to choose from especially along the Andaman Coast but its real magic lies in its Buddhist culture and stunning temples. With dreamy beaches, a cultural north and hedonistic south, Thailand can be whatever you need it to be.
Best time to go to Thailand – Thailand does have a monsoon season so travel between March to May for the South. November to December for the North.
Accommodation – Even if you’re on a budget here you can still live like a queen. There are bungalows on the beach, hostels, and hotel rooms are really cheap too. Home Base Hostel in Bangkok has really helpful staff and is in a quiet location, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of Khao San Road.
With a newfound interest in the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan is definitely a destination for this year. It has good tourism infrastructure with high-speed trains along some of the routes, hotels in UNESCO World Heritage Cities, and it's cheap too.
Standing in front of one of these enormous mausoleums for the first time is completely awe-inspiring. With more tourist infrastructure than its neighbouring ‘Stans,’ you may not find that many solos here but there are tourists. The fast-speed trains are good, tour guides speak English and the old city of Bukhara feels as though you have stepped back in time and onto a movie set. With entry to the country via eVisa, Uzbekistan is now more accessible than ever.
There are so many monuments to see in the country. The most famous is the Registan in Samarkand but there are plenty of other impressive monuments in the capital. See the Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, the final resting place of Timur: the Shah-i-Zinda with the meaning ‘Tomb of the Living King.’ Stay in Old Bukhara and see the Ark, the country’s oldest structure before admiring the Kalyan minaret lit up at night. Visit a silk factory in the west, or if you make it to Khiva, the Tosh-Hovli Palace is a must-see as well as the Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum.
Uzbekistan promises: ancient history, mausoleums and (of course) the Silk Road and is one for the Architecture GatG, History GatG, Shopping GatG, and Spiritual GatG. It's a relatively easy country to explore independently too.
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