There are so many places out there just waiting to be explored but as a solo traveller you may not feel comfortable going to certain destinations. Some places aren’t that safe and others are more challenging so you may want to leave these until you’re more of a seasoned solo.

Going somewhere that you feel you will really enjoy can be a great start. The destination should also be somewhere that you would feel comfortable.

If spending a week lounging on a beach isn’t really your thing, why not centre your holiday around your hobby? Whether you decide to visit a famous city to admire the landmarks or delve into history at the ancient ruins in Greece, going somewhere that you’re excited about that has activities to suit your personality will ensure that your solo trip is much more fun.

If you’re unsure where to go and need some travel inspiration, you’ll find some solo trip ideas in this article. These resources are a great read for all types of Girls about the Globe to give you some generic ideas. For trips that are more specific to your favourite activities, keep scrolling down.

Solo Trip Ideas For all Solos 

Which Solo Traveller are you?

Although there are thousands of us solos travelling the globe, not all of us have the same interests and search for the same types of trips. Even within solo female travel there are different types of travellers. Below is a list of different types of Girl about the Globe (GatG), and the destinations suited for each solo. 

First-Time Solo Traveller

It’s your first time and you’ve researched and got the facts but you’re feeling cautious about going on your own. You want to travel, your friends don’t, can’t or just don’t share your obsession with Sudan. So what are you meant to do? Stay at home, wait until one of the change their mind or just throw caution to the wind and go there anyway (we know which one we’d prefer).

Places for First-Time Solos – Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, USA, Canada, South East Asia, Bali.

Seasoned Solo Traveller

You’re becoming accustomed to the world of travel. You’ve done the round the world ticket and travelled through the easier countries. You’ve surpassed yourself by visiting countries you didn’t expect to and you realise it’s actually not that hard. You’re ready for the next step and your feet are twitching for somewhere new.

Places for the Seasoned Solo – South America, Central America, India, Europe.

Solo Traveller Pro

You’ve backpacked through India, camped your way through Africa and all without a guide book. You’re a hardened traveller, you’ve seen enough waterfalls and mountains for a lifetime and are branching out to less trodden destinations where you can’t speak the language and don’t know much about it but you need something different – you want to know where you can go that will get those travelling juices flowing again.

Places for the Solo Pro – Jordan, China, Mongolia, Russia (and anywhere else on the map!)

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Types of Travellers

Adventure GatG

  • Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Lake Bled in Slovenia, New Zealand.
  • South Africa – shark cage diving.
  • Mexico / Philippines – snorkelling with whale sharks.

Amusement Parks: The USA, Australia, France, Germany, Brazil. * Read: Best Theme Parks in The World

Helicopter Rides: Las Vegas, Kings Canyon, Great Ocean Road, Dubai, Mount Everest, Iguazu Falls, New York City, London, Bora Bora, Victoria Falls. * Read: Best Places For Helicopter Rides

Motorbiking Destinations: Vietnam, Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand. * Read: Solo Motorcycling Trip Destinations 

Trekking GatG: Bhutan, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru.Recommended Read: Best Places For Solo Hiking or if it's mountains that you want to conquer, read: Best Mountains To Climb in The World

Water Sports GatG: For surfing – Fuerteventura, Portugal, Peru, Indonesia. For kite surfing – Spain, Bonaire. Dominican Republic

Winter Sports GatG: If you are ready for some skiing or snowboarding adventure then pick one of these destinations: Andorra, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Finland, Montenegro, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy. France, Canada, New Zealand, Austria. * Recommended Read: First Ever Solo Ski Trip

* Recommended read: Best Destinations for Solo Luxury Sporting Getaways

Architecture GatG

Austria, Barcelona in Spain, Cuba, Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Paramaribo in Suriname, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey.

  • Castles – England, Scotland, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia
  • Desert Castles – Jordan
  • Chateaus – France
  • Buddhist Temples – Myanmar, Tibet, Sri Lanka
  • Ruins – Belize, Cambodia, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Rome.

Arty & Museum GatG

Amsterdam, Berlin, Cairo, London, Mexico City, Paris.

Beach GatG

  • Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Caribbean – Anguilla is stunning! Fiji, Jamaica, Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand, Zanzibar. * Recommended Read: Best Beaches For Solo Female Travellers
  • Black Sand Beaches – Saint Lucia, Canary Islands, Iceland, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Korea, St Vincent & The Grenadines

City GatG

Europe, Christmas Markets, Dubai, Hong Kong, Medellin in Colombia, Panama City, Singapore, Tokyo U.S.A – New York, San Francisco.

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Coffee GatG

Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Rwanda. 

Cultural GatG

Every country is cultural even your home country has its own culture, but if you are looking for somewhere completely different then take a trip to these:

  • Bhutan, Easter Island, Chile, Faroe Islands, Guadeloupe – French and Creole traditions, Guatemala, Iran, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Malaysia.
  • Folklore traditions – Moldova, Slovakia
  • Tribal GatG: Botswana, Cook Islands, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, U.S.A – Red Indians.

Dancing GatG

Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turkey. * Recommended Read: Dances From Different Cultures

Desert GatG

Chile – Atacama Desert, Dubai / Abu Dhabi / Oman, Egypt – Sinai Desert, Mongolia – Gobi Desert, Morocco / Tunisia for the Sahara Desert.

Diving GatG

Cayman Islands in the Caribbean, Great Barrier Reef & Ningaloo Reef in Australia, Grenada, Caribbean, Gozo in Malta, Indonesia, Koh Tao in Thailand, Mauritius, Maldives, Oceania – Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau in Micronesia, The Philippines, Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, Utila in Honduras.

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Eco GatG

Costa Rica, Dominica, Guyana, Serbia, Suriname, Tonga

Festival GatG

Croatia, England, Spain, USA. * Search festivals here

History GatG

  • Silk Road – Armenia, Iran, Uzbekistan,
  • Ancient Civilisations – Greece, Rome, Egypt, Easter Island, China
  • Viking History – Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden,
  • Battlefields – Europe
  • Slave History – Dominica, Ghana, St Vincent, Zanzibar
  • Pirate history – Bahamas and other Caribbean islands
  • Monarchy history – England, Estwani

Dark Tourism GatG

We can learn a lot from visiting places which have played a dark part in our worlds’ history.

  • Armenia, Auschwitz, Bosnia, Cambodia, Chernobyl, Germany, Transnistria, Vietnam.
  • Russia – Cold War
  • France – D-Day History

Movie GatG

Austria: Sound of Music, Croatia, Ireland, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Tunisia, USA.

Nature GatG

Antarctica, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Dominica, Georgia, Greenland, Guatemala, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Nicaragua, Patagonia, Scotland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Taiwan,

  • Fjords – Norway / Greenland
  • Jungle – Papua New Guinea, Belize, Amazon, Peru, Borneo, Belize, Costa Rica, Uganda. * Recommended Read: Best Places With Jungles
  • Lakes – Malawi, Peru, Rwanda, Slovenia, Chile, Italy, Bolivia, UK, Iceland, USA
  • Northern Lights – Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Alaska, Canada. * Recommended Read: Solo Travel Northern Lights
  • Waterfalls – Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Africa
  • Canyons GatG – Armenia, Grand Canyon, Greece.
  • Tea Plantations – Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka

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Party GatG

Albania in Sarande, Amsterdam in Holland, Australia – East Coast, Belarus, Berlin in Germany, British Virgin Islands, Budva in Montenegro, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Bulgaria in Sunny Beach, Cancun in Mexico, Croatia, Cyprus, England, Estonia, Ibiza, Marmaris in Turkey, Miami, Odessa in Ukraine, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand, Tbilisi & Batumi in Georgia * Recommended Read: Best Party Destinations in Europe

Sailing GatG

The Caribbean, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Whitsundays in Australia

Seven Wonders of the World GatG

The Seven NATURAL Wonders of the World

  • Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights, ALASKA/NORWAY/ICELAND
  • Grand Canyon – Arizona USA
  • Paricutin Volcano – MEXICO
  • Victoria Falls – Zambia/Zimbabwe AFRICA
  • Mount Everest – border of NEPAL/TIBET
  • Harbour of Rio de Janeiro – BRAZIL
  • Great Barrier Reef – AUSTRALIA

The Seven Wonders of the ANCIENT World

  • The Great Pyramid of Egypt – EGYPT
  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon – IRAQ
  • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia – Peloponnesus GREECE
  • The Temple of Artemis – Ephesus TURKEY
  • The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – Bodrum, TURKEY
  • The Colossus of Rhodes – GREECE
  • The Lighthouse of Alexandria – EGYPT

The Seven MAN-MADE Wonders of the World

  • Chichen Itza – Yucatan, MEXICO
  • Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
  • Colosseum – Rome, ITALY
  • Great Wall of China – CHINA
  • Machu Picchu – PERU
  • Petra – JORDAN
  • Taj Mahal – Agra, INDIA

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Shopping GatG

Aruba, Dubai, Kuwait, Milan in Italy, Istanbul in Turkey, Monaco, Marrakech in Morocco, New York in USA, Tokyo. * Recommended Read: Best Shopping Streets in The World

Spiritual

Armenia, India, Jerusalem in Israel, Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Monserrat in Spain, Nepal, Stonehenge & Averbury in England, Vatican City. * Recommended Read: Spiritual Trips To Find Yourself

Spooky GatG

If you love haunted mansions and ghost towns, here are some places to get you spooked: Bolivia, Namibia, Port Arthur in Tasmania, Tunisia.

Stargazing GatG

Chile, La Palma in the Canary Islands, Oman.

Wellness GatG

  • Budapest in Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, St Lucia, Jordan for the Dead Sea.
  • Hot Springs – Iceland, Greenland, South Korea, Japan

Yoga GatG

India, Portugal, Tulum in Mexico

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Wildlife GatG

  • South Africa / Namibia / Botswana – Safari parks
  • Uganda / Rwanda / Cameroon / Gabon – gorilla trekking
  • Borneo – Orangutans
  • Komodo Island, Indonesia – Komodo dragons
  • Madagascar – lemurs
  • Antarctica – penguins, whales etc
  • India – tigers
  • Sri Lanka / Thailand – elephants
  • Sri Lanka / Belize – wild cats
  • Gibraltar – monkeys
  • Kalahari Desert, Africa – merekats
  • Canada – polar bears, moose
  • Galapagos Islands – Ecuador

* Read: The best destination for solo wildlife adventures

Birdwatching GatG: Ethiopia, Channel Islands in England, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Denmark

Whale Watching GatG: Argentina, Canada, Gibraltar, Kaikoura in New Zealand, Madeira in Portugal.

Wine GatG

France, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, South Africa, Spain.

Final thoughts… There are so many places to go around the globe. You could spend years visiting countries which interest you. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for your next solo trip.