Traveling solo is completely different than traveling with family or as part of a group, as it gives you the freedom to explore a destination on your own terms. While some destinations may be better suited to group travel, there are others that are actually much better explored when you are on your own. Here are OROGOLD’s picks of the top solo travel destinations around the world.
The Virgin Islands
Whether you choose the British or US Virgin Islands, the Caribbean is a great place for solo travelers to visit. Although it may have a reputation for being the favored spot of honeymooners and couples, the world-famous beaches and vibrant nightlife makes it a popular choice for solo travelers as well. Island hopping is a great activity if you’re on your own at the Virgin Islands, as you will be able to meet other like-minded people and enjoy the warm hospitality of locals. For those of you who like to party, the Bomba Shack on Tortola is the place to go, especially if they are hosting one of their ‘full moon’ parties, which attracts party-goers from all over the world.
Traveling through China can often be difficult on your own, especially if you don’t speak the language. This is why Hong Kong is a great place to start, as it is a diverse blend of East and West, with its British heritage meaning that English is widely spoken. It is also considered to be one of the safest cities in the world, so venturing out alone at night won’t be a problem. When it comes to things to do, Hong Kong has plenty to keep you busy, from its many sights and landmarks to its shopping to its food culture.
Bali, in Indonesia, is a destination that attracts a huge number of solo travelers each year, making it a great place to visit if you are hoping to meet new people and make some friends. With its beaches, organic eateries, spas, spirituality, yoga classes, and its many natural wonders, there is plenty to do, no matter how long you may be staying for. If you are a nature lover, OROGOLD highly recommends a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, an ecological reserve for the Balinese long-tailed macaque.
Paris is an ideal destination for those of you hoping to soak up some European culture. With its mix of chic cafes, decadent pastries, famous landmarks and high-end shopping, a trip to Paris is a great way to treat yourself. There are a few restaurants in the city, such as Les Deux Magots, where solo travelers tend to congregate, so this is the place that OROGOLD would recommend you go if you feel the need for some English-speaking company. OROGOLD also suggests that you take a look at some of the Franglish events that are frequently held around the city. This is similar to speed dating, but without the dating part. Instead, you rotate tables with native French speakers, so that you all have the opportunity to practice your language skills.
Solo traveling is extremely rewarding, but, if you are worried about the thought of being lonely, OROGOLD advises that you choose accommodation with communal areas. Nevertheless, whether you are in Bali or the Virgin Islands, the locals will always be welcoming to solo travelers, and will usually be more than happy to help you out whenever possible.