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Some people find the notion of navigating foreign countries alone daunting. Others are thrilled by the chance to embrace freedom and travel on their own terms.

I would say it’s time to step outside your comfort zone and feel the wanderlust running through you.  Don’t let your gender, finances, fears, and other obstacles inhibit your dreams. There are many female, budget, and solo traveler-friendly spots across the globe.

destinations for solo travelers: woman on the street of San Francisco

Young woman standing at San Francisco crossroads. Photo by Camila Rubio Varon via Unsplash

So, are you ready to embark on a solo adventure and have the time of your life? Out there, a fairytale destination is waiting just for you. Here are 5 must-see destinations for solo travelers that should be on your bucket list.

The Highlands, Scotland

The pristine and majestic scenery of the Scottish Highlands leaves no one indifferent. It is a rugged and rough landscape all right, but that is exactly the beauty of it. You are able to get off the grid a bit and feel the pristine nature around you. Let your imagination run wild; you might even spot a fairy, giant, or the Loch Ness monster!

destinations for solo travelers: Scottish Castle

Scottish castle walls. Photo by Mary Anne Alejandro via Unsplash

All in all, the Highlands is a great wild frontier for those who adore active vacations and don’t mind getting their heart pumping a bit. There are also more castles than what you see in an entire season of Game of Thrones. In addition, you can stop by Edinburgh for a few days; just resist the temptation to stay in the comfort of the city and get out an explore!

Byron Bay, Australia

When thinking about Australia, booming cities like Sydney and Melbourne first pop into mind, but what about something a bit calmer and different, a place where you can unwind? Well, Byron Bay is a well-kept secret with a population of about 5,000 souls. It is a mesmerizing coastal town with iconic beachside locations.

destinations for solo travelers: Byron Bay Beach

Group at Byron Bay beach. Photo by Delphine Ducaruge via Unsplash

The good news is that finding suitable Byron Bay accommodation is easy. There are some amazing resorts you should consider. You are surrounded by the rainforest where you’re able to enjoy the bliss of day spas, poolside cocktail sipping, high-grade restaurant menus, stress-melting yoga classes and other amenities. Finally, you also get a chance to visit Cape Byron, the easternmost point of mainland Australia.

Fiji, South Pacific

As a solo traveler, you may think that a tropical paradise is outside your financial reach — but think again. Fiji is a popular destination for backpackers who are traveling on a budget. This dazzling pearl of the South Pacific Ocean is actually an archipelago of 330 islands.

destinations for solo travelers: Sunrise in Suva Fiji

Sunrises in Suva Fiji. Photo by Chad Mcmillan via Unsplash

Everyone can find a serene sanctuary out there and live some time like a local, in tune with the blessings Mother Nature so generously offers. English is one of the official languages of the country so you can enjoy the island life without any fuss. Soak in the tropical sun and lie on white sands while the waves lull you.

Easter Island, Chile

Chile is a solo traveler’s dream come true. Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, it is one of the longest countries in the world with a slew of attractions for tourists. The range is simply out of this world: you can visit towering summits, marvel at the glaciers and fjords, explore the world’s driest desert, and head to the Easter Island if you really want a primeval experience. I would not miss the chance to visit the world’s most isolated island. Of course, you can see 887 well-preserved monumental statues, called Maoi, whose origin is shrouded in mystery. Apart from that, people come to this remote stretch of land for diving, beach life, and surfing.

Lapland, Finland

Finland is a true winter wonderland. The magical nature enthralls with its untamed wilderness, but if you want a bit of comfort, you can easily visit some of the many towns and ski resorts. In the summer season, you have 24-hours of sunlight, while winters invite darkness to overtake the land.

destinations for solo travelers: Northern Lights

The Northern Lights. Photo by Niilo Isotalo via Unsplash

So, yes, you can do things like catch sun rays at midnight and if you are lucky, you may witness the spellbinding Aurora Borealis, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. One great plus is that Finland is incredibly safe for foreign solo travelers. So, find your peace and quiet and expand your horizons up North.

The world is your oyster

For many travelers, solo adventures are risky and scary. Still, done right, they can be utterly indulgent, smooth, and delightful.

In fact, you can rest assured that traveling solo is one of the most liberating and rewarding experiences of all. It’s not some sort of a last resort, but a voyage of self-discovery and empowerment.

destinations for solo travelers: beautiful mountain and lake

Mountain lake with an island. Photo by Olga Stalska via Unsplash

So, don’t hesitate to take matters into your own hands. Weigh your options and dive in. Wander the world with the wind in your sails and explore awe-inspiring sites and scenery. Get away from the daily hustle and bustle and go find yourself out there.

About the Author

Olivia Jones is a psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. She’s a mother of two beautiful children and a proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is a passionate writer, a traveler, and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.  Twitter | Facebook

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    February 16, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Great batch of places! The Scottish Highlands is so otherworldly, and it couldn’t be safer. The most danger you’ll get there is tripping on a rock. Dying to go to Fiji though, but the flights are insanely expensive

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    Carmen Edelson
    February 15, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I love the phrase the world is your oyster but am curious to how it started! Scotland is one of my favorite countries and I’d love to explore more. I’m also adding Fiji to my list but might want to go with my husband 🙂

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    February 15, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Great choice of places here for solo women travellers. I’m fascinated by Easter Island and the 887 Maoi statues. The last picture in your post is so beautiful. Which place is that?

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    February 13, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I travel solo often, and love these suggestions. I haven’t visited any of these places yet, but Chile is high on my list.

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    February 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I have to admit, I always have been a little scared of traveling alone! I always hear nothing but good thing about it though. All these places listed, especially Scotland and Finland, would be incredible to visit! Seeing greenery and numerous castles in Scotland would be so fun. I also would love to see the northern lights someday! Being in 24 hours of night would be something new and different to enjoy too. Great summary to start for solo travelers!

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    February 13, 2018 at 1:41 am

    I also travel solo but my solo travels were limited to Asia, primarily due to budget considerations. I’d love to visit all places listed here, especially Finland or anywhere else to see the Northern lights.

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    February 12, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I am mostly a solo traveller by choice. I find it very liberating and also refreshing to find nuances about a new destination. Finland and Scottish highlands is on my destination list. Thank you for sharing!

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    Carolina Colborn
    February 11, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    The destinations you highlighted are all far away from the hustle and bustle of cities. Is that a definition for solo travel? Is it because big cities are more crime-infested? But aren’t distant places riskier for one traveling alone?

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    February 11, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Those are must-see spots for everyone. 🙂 Fiji is the one on your list that I am most interested in. Mad we skipped over it on our recent travels through the region. One day. Thanks for sharing!

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    Michael Hodgson
    February 10, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Haven’t solo traveled seriously in quite a while, but your post highlights some very cool places for solo or couples travel. Spent 2 weeks a number of years ago sailing around Fiji and it is a remarkable country. The people are so welcoming and the many islands draw you in.

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    Kavita Favelle
    February 10, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Five really beautiful places to visit, I love that you’ve emphasised natural beauty of the landscapes, and picked five such hugely varied and stunning places.

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    Anthony (One of Four Friends One World)
    February 10, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Yes the world is our oyster! We could not agree with you more. This is a great list of 5 places and adventures everyone should experience in their lifetime. Sadly some people will never taste even one of them.
    But I have a feeling that between you and us, your friends, we will make up for all those home bodies and experience all the adventure this wide diverse planet has to offer.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

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