The advantages of travel for singles are many: peace, tranquility, relaxation, autonomy and absolute freedom. Traveling alone can be the ideal getaway you’ve always dreamed of. You can go where you want, when you want and how you want without ties or discussions. Perhaps the solo trip will end with a return home in company. Who knows!
Here are the top 10 travel destinations for singles to have a great time, as well as tips on when to travel, to take advantage of the best social events in each place to meet people.
We begin our selection of destinations in Greece. The largest island in the Dodecanese is located just 17 kilometers off the Turkish coast and offers idyllic beaches with crystal clear waters. The small town of Lindos is a true gem that shines with its own light in the distance. Rent a car and travel the entire coast of this Greek paradise. The beaches on the western coast have more atmosphere than those on the eastern coast, but while the latter are sandy, those are pebbly.
Have a Mythos (typical Greek beer) in one of the many taverns that you will find along the way and join the festive spirit that is breathed in the city of Rhodes, where half the population of the island resides. In this environment you will not feel alone for a moment, although you have been the one who has planned a trip alone.
When to travel: in May the whole city of Rhodes turns upside down with its medieval Rose festival, where you can attend exhibitions, concerts and plays, for example. And during the summer months the Rhodes Cultural Society frequently organizes concerts, both classical and modern.
Flights to Rhodes
For many it is an obvious destination, but it is true that it is the perfect place for those who like to travel alone, backpack on their back and by bicycle. Meeting people in any downtown bar or venue will be little more than child’s play.
The Cheese Museum is a cozy place where you can try delicious Dutch cheeses for free, while the house of Anne frank It allows you to know in detail its sad but fascinating history during the Nazi regime. If you are looking for a truly original museum, view the Heineken Museum. End a perfect day with a cocktail next to one of the canals that run through the city.
When to travel: Amsterdam is one of those destinations where it is impossible to get bored, because there are events throughout the year. The most popular is undoubtedly King’s Day, which is celebrated every April 27 in honor of the country’s monarch and attracts thousands of visitors, not only from the Netherlands, but from all over Europe. It is also one of the best destinations to celebrate New Years Eve.
Flights to Amsterdam
Paradise beaches, breathtaking landscapes, clear waters, excellent temperatures … Krabi is a dream destination for any solo traveler. A five-hour bus ride from Phuket, this Thai treasure also includes the Phi Phi Islands and is perfect for exploring by boat. It is perfectly adapted to enjoy a quiet holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For a unique experience that will give you incredible views, get ready to climb the 1237 steps that will take you to the gates of Wat Tham Sua.
When to travel: Laanta Lanta festival is a good reason to travel to Krabi in March. During the three days of the festival there are numerous music and dance performances, as well as traditional games and sports competitions, in addition to many exotic food and drink stalls.
Flights to Krabi
In each country there is always a city that sees the sun rise before the others. In Italy it is Otranto, in the southern Salento. Salento is ideal for all trips for singles looking for a getaway in a sunny place, with atmosphere, good beaches and delicious gastronomy.
Gallipoli, Porto Cesareo, Roca Vecchia, Porto Selvaggio and Punta Prosciutto are just some of the municipalities that you can visit in this area frequented by young travelers. If you want to spend a typical Salentina night, meet people and dance until dawn, do not miss the night of Taranta, where you can learn the pizzica, the typical dance of the Apulia region.
When to travel: summer is perhaps the best time to travel to the beach destinations of Salento. At the end of June the annual San Pietro e Paolo festivities are held in Otranto, a unique opportunity to taste the delicious food of the area. In July a three-day jazz festival also takes place in this municipality.
Flights to Brindisi
The Canary Island is an excellent destination for traveling for singles in Spain. Although you should know that one should never go to Fuerteventura alone, but accompanied by a good surfboard and a complete hiking equipment. This island of volcanic origin and landscapes that seem taken from Mars is a Mecca for many surfers, and the temperatures are pleasant all year round and the wind creates incredible waves. With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Fuerteventura receives tourists throughout the year, but guarantees rest at the same time. If you are looking for a quiet environment to fully enjoy your solo vacation visit the towns of El Cotillo and Pájara. If you prefer places with more atmosphere Corralejo and Puerto del Rosario are good alternatives. In any case, remember to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
When to travel: If you want to enjoy an unbeatable party atmosphere, plan your trip to Fuerteventura in winter, so that it coincides with Carnival. In 2018 it will be held from the end of January to the middle of February, so there are enough holidays to play with when planning the dates of your trip.
Flights to Fuerteventura
In a dream setting and surrounded by ancient ruins and idyllic beaches, the Yucatan is a perfect oasis of peace, tranquility and unique experiences. What was one of the most prosperous regions during the Mayan Empire preserves archaeological remains that are well worth a visit. Once you land in the city of Mérida, you can increase your knowledge of the Mayan culture at the Anthropological Museum and visiting Chichén Itzá to see the Kukulcán pyramid. Remember to bring one of the most important travel companions in this area: the hat!
After a day of absolute relaxation on San Bruno beach, you can explore the incredible underground lake of Ik Kil (this area of Mexico has many underground lakes). Tulum is the place to go if you want a little more movement, fun and new friends.
When to travel: The International Festival of Mayan Culture, held annually at the end of October, will give you the opportunity, in addition to meeting people, to learn and discover things about this ancient civilization. Each edition has a different main theme and some of the topics covered in previous years have been architecture, science, time or language.
Flights to Merida
If a Robinson Crusoe-style vacation is what you have in mind, New Zealand is your destination, with its deserted beaches and movie landscapes (scenes from The Lord of the rings. The photos that you will find in various municipalities will help you to recognize the shooting scenes).
Landing in Auckland will allow you to start your journey in the north, and then cross the first of the two great islands of this splendid country. Hiring a van will allow you to explore the islands at your own pace and admire beautiful panoramas at every turn.
Don’t miss the Milford Sound fjords, Abel Tasman Nature Park, Hot Water Beach, Mount Cook and Curio Bay. This last corner is perfect to see penguins. These are some of the magical corners that this part of the world hides in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A solo trip to the confines of reality will give you movie landscapes.
When to travel: If you like music and the arts, you may want to put the World Buskers Festival and the Splore festival on your calendar. The first takes place in Christchurch in the second half of January, with ten days packed with shows and performances. The second is held in the Tapapakanga Regional Park, an idyllic setting to enjoy three days (and nights) of live music, workshops and exhibitions.
Flights to New Zealand
From the waters of the Pacific we sail to the waters of the Indian Ocean to enjoy the paradisiacal Zanzibar. Sun, sea, endless beaches, hidden islands, good gastronomy and absolute relaxation. If you are looking for all this away from the urban bustle, Zanzibar is your best option. With the most classic trip to do alone you will have all the time in the world to take advantage of everything that this island of Tanzania offers. It is a place with much to discover and where you can take advantage of the diving courses offered by the company Diving Ocean and explore the seabed.
When to go on a singles trip: Sauti za Busara has become a cultural symbol of Zanzibar and is one of the largest music festivals in East Africa. It is celebrated every year in the first half of February and artists covering all kinds of musical genres perform here, not only from Africa, but from all over the world.
Flights to Zanzibar
Beaches, history, good food, sun, nightlife, concerts, museums and friendliness. All this is Lisbon. Get ready to walk through the narrow streets of the old town and admire a beautiful panorama from the top of the Castle of São Jorge. Do not miss the splendid beaches of Cascais or the Belén tower and conclude the day with a night visit to the lively Barrio Alto, cocktail in hand or in the Alfama district to the rhythm of fado.
When to travel: Lisbon has a huge cultural agenda that includes relevant events practically every month of the year. The Web Summit Lisbon, one of the most important conferences in Europe in terms of technology and entrepreneurship, stands out in a special way. For a few days of a purely festive atmosphere, visit Lisbon in June during the festivities of its patron, Santo António, and enjoy music, dance, typical food and festivals and all kinds of activities and shows.
Flights to Lisbon
San Francisco (USA)
From the 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon we moved to the Golden Gate of San Francisco, in California. We have included this destination in our selection because all the trips for singles who visit it fall in love with the city and want to extend their stay to the maximum.
San Francisco is the most European-looking American city and has symbols that have made it famous throughout the world, such as its picturesque or the red Golden Gate Bridge over the Pacific Ocean. In this city you can visit one of the best known roads in the world: the 49-Mile Scenic Drive. Posters with a white seagull will show you the best places to take pictures or where you will have the best views.
When to travel: Pride celebrations in San Francisco are some of the best in the world, so June is certainly a good month to visit the city and enjoy a festive, happy and very social atmosphere. Festivals run throughout the summer, so check out a few to keep in mind: Union Street Festival (June), Fillmore Jazz Festival (July), and Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival (September).
Flights to San Francisco
With these 10 destinations your single holidays will have no limits. We hope our diverse selection will help you plan the next solo trip based on your personal preferences. Remember that you will never be alone. Download our travel app and choose the hotels that best suit you to enjoy a well-deserved vacation with momondo.