Un hombre rema por el río en una de las típicas barcas en Hoi An, Vietnam

The best destinations to travel alone

International tourism

There are few things more exciting than traveling alone. Make new friends, discover the wide world and even know yourself better. No matter where you go with your backpack, the experience is worth it.

Here is our list of the safest and most interesting places to visit if you are traveling alone.

Bordeaux, France

A man paddles down the river in one of the typical boats in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, a well-preserved ancient trading port on the central coast of Vietnam, is a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles. The city is famous for tailoring. Here you can buy everything: T-shirts, shorts, men’s suits or dresses. They can even custom-make them for you at a reasonable price.

You cannot drive through the center, so you will have to explore the old town on foot. Check out all the cafes and quaint little houses that line the canals and winding alleys. The best thing is to do like the locals, get a bike and cycle around the city. You can even bike to Ang Bang Beach, which is just 5 kilometers away.

Vietnamese gastronomy drinks from different sources: Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese. Many restaurants offer cooking courses, so while you’re at it, why not try it? Don’t leave without eating a bowl of cau lao, a typical Hoi An noodle soup.

Ghent, Belgium

 Tourists stroll through the beautiful center of Ghent

Tourists stroll through the beautiful center of Ghent

You will find the best of Belgium in Ghent, in the Flanders region: good beer, waffles and chocolate. It also has a medieval castle and some buildings with fairytale facades. In short, the city looks like something out of a postcard.

The best way not to miss the most beautiful views of the city is to take a boat trip on the river. If not, wait until night falls and stroll along the riverbank, when the entire shoreline lights up. Buy yourself a waffle from a stall in Vrijdagmarkt, the market square, and you can also take a beer in one of the traditional bars such as the legendary Dulle Griet, famous for its eclectic decor and its Belgian beer menu with more than 250 options.

Stroll through the colorful Patershol neighborhood, located in the north of the city. It is the most artistic area, with a bohemian atmosphere and full of modern bars and cozy restaurants, where you can eat food from all corners of the world.

Split, Croatia

Get the ball! Join a game of picigin, a game that was born on the Bačvice beach in Split

Get the ball! Join a game of picigin, a game that was born on the Bačvice beach in Split

Walking around Split is like traveling back in time to the time of the Roman Empire. The ruins of the diocletian palace, built in the 4th century AD. C., now make up the old town of Split with its historical buildings and narrow alleys that extend within the walls of the fortress. Cross the Bronze Gate, one of the four entrances to the city, of which there are remains of pillars and porticos, and arrive at the coastal promenade known as Riva. Take a look at the fish and vegetable market to buy fresh products, but if you want to eat good seafood, don’t miss the typical taverns installed in wineries like the one in Konoba Matejuska.

The city of Split is full of hostels perfect for the tourist who travels alone, but who wants to socialize: bar routes and nightclubs abound. To counteract the hangover, try playing a game of picigin on the Bačvice beach. Picigin is a game that consists of throwing and catching a ball in water, in the part that does not cover, and that was invented here in Split. Or you can also continue the party on a boat trip that lasts for several days along the Dalmatian coast.

Banos, Ecuador

Socialize and meet the locals in the thermal baths of Baños and take advantage of its views of the waterfall

Socialize and meet the locals in the thermal baths of Baños and take advantage of its views of the waterfall

Rent a mountain bike and take a tour of the waterfall route. Here you will discover steep paths that go through the jungle and meet huge waterfalls. Baños, as its name suggests, is a town famous for its natural baths, which feed on the thermal waters of the Tungurahua volcano. To fully enjoy them, go to the Pool of the Virgin, a natural pool located at the base of a huge waterfall.

If you want to take a photo that impresses your friends, take the bus to the Tree House. There is a huge swing hanging there. Once in motion, you will be flying over the jungle and in the background you will have the impressive volcano.

Although it is one of the safest towns in the country, robberies are frequent, so keep your valuables out of sight, try not to walk home late and if you need to withdraw money, do it during the day and never carry large amounts cash on top.

Gyeongju, South Korea

 Bulguksa Temple, one of the biggest attractions in Gyeongju, where many national treasures are kept

Bulguksa Temple, one of the biggest attractions in Gyeongju, where many national treasures are kept

If you travel alone to Gyeongju you will take a trip in search of your inner peace, especially if you walk through the Gyeongju historical areas. These areas, which are Unesco World Heritage Sites, protect the Bulguksa temple, a masterpiece of Buddhist art and where many national treasures of South Korea are kept. Millennial pagodas, bridges, and stairs lead to the bronze Buddha statues and sariras (Buddha’s relics). If you look behind the roofs of the temples you will find colorful decorations and lotus flower motifs.

Complete this visit with another visit to the beautiful Seokguram Grotto, located near the temple. The seated Buddha, surrounded by stone guardians, is so fragile that groups of tourists can only stay for a moment and photography is prohibited. Follow the gaze of the Buddha and enjoy the views that stretch from Mount Tohamsan to the Sea of ​​Japan.

To close this quest for peace, explore the tranquil Gyeongju National Park, or head down to Homigot Beach, located in the neighboring city of Pohang. There you will see how two giant hands come out of the sea. The hands are a symbol of harmony and coexistence. Stick your feet in the sand, open your arms, look at the sky and you will have managed to find the desired peace.

Florianopolis, Brazil

 Soak up the sun, surf or just rest on one of the 40 beaches that surround the island of Florianópolis, like this one here in Praia Mole

Soak up the sun, surf or just rest on one of the 40 beaches that surround the island of Florianópolis, like this one here in Praia Mole

Floripa, as the locals call it, is a paradise island for students and backpackers looking for a party and perfect beaches. The yellow arches of the Public market they shelter a multitude of stalls and shops where they sell local products. If you have to choose one, try the plate of anchovy grelhada, (grilled or fried blue fish).

In the afternoon, sunbathe on one of the 40 beaches on the island, the worst thing will be to choose between the wild Praia do Matadeiro and Jurerê, full of beach bars. The hustle and bustle of the day fades into a whisper … It is then that the music of the nightclubs takes over and the neon lights of the dance floors come on. When you return home, enjoy the view of the Hercilio Luz suspension bridge, which connects to the mainland part of Florianópolis, and delight in its lights that are reflected in the water.

Dublin, Ireland

 Temple Bar: Dublin's cultural hub after a rainy day © Nico Kaiser

Temple Bar: Dublin’s cultural hub after a rainy day © Nico Kaiser

Dublin is a city of contrasts, proud to show its more than a thousand years of history, but also with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and contemporary architecture. In short: you will fall in love with Dublin instantly.

For those most interested in history, there are city tours that traverse the narrow cobbled streets and visit the ancient bell towers. In addition they also travel a route with the famous Georgian-style houses, inhabited in their day by personalities such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce or Bram Stoker. But if history is not your thing, get lost in one of Dublin’s many green spaces, such as Phoenix Park with its beautiful herds of wild deer.

Although the Irish are known for their upbeat character, the best way to win a local’s heart is with a good beer. Go to one of their traditional Victorian pubs (there seems to be one on every corner!), Head to the bar and in no time you will be drinking a Guinness and making new friends. In Dublin you don’t have to look for the good times because the good times find you.

Havana Cuba

A typical street in Havana, Cuba

A typical street in Havana, Cuba

If you are looking for a spicy and sensual touch for your next solo trip, then you will not find a better place in the world than Havana. The safety of travelers (particularly those traveling alone) here is taken very seriously, which is why the policemen in the most visited neighborhoods speak several languages ​​and often give you advice on the best place to eat or drink. .

Try the fried croquettes from the walking stalls, then go see the most modern Cuba, where you will find the fashion shops run by the island’s entrepreneurs and where they sell local products. You can also see the workshops or cafes that are more than 500 years old in Old Havana.

A trip to Havana would not be complete without a walk on the Malecon. There you will see American vintage cars and colonial buildings (which, although quite neglected, still stand). But if you really want to mix with the Havana people (that’s what the inhabitants of this lively city are called), put on comfortable shoes, grab a bottle of wine and spend the night dancing in the port.

Toronto Canada

 A woman in a striking dress parades during the Caribana festival

A woman in a striking dress parades during the Caribana festival

Surely you’ve heard millions of times that a city is “vibrant”, but without a doubt Toronto, a welcoming melting pot of cultures, is the one who takes the cake. 200 languages ​​are spoken in Toronto and 6.1 million people live. Those who travel alone are likely to feel at home, as “the most multicultural city in the world” will welcome them with open arms.

The best time to visit it is in the middle of summer, when the streets are full of both tourists and people from Toronton who are eager to party. The Beaches International Jazz Festival It is one of the most important, it lasts 24 days and they schedule free public concerts in the month of July, where the greatest jazz figures perform. Or you can go for something more tropical with the Caribana Festival Parade festival, where the Caribbean communities of the city organize the largest parade in North America.

Timbu, Bhutan

 The Temple of the Tiger's Nest perched on a cliff high in the Paro Valley in Bhutan

The Temple of the Tiger’s Nest perched on a cliff high in the Paro Valley in Bhutan

If you want to travel alone, it probably means that you are willing to explore new frontiers. If you want to live an authentic trip where you can reflect on life, Bhutan is the place to go.

Bhutan is famous for its fortress monasteries located on the slopes of the mountains. This small country, where “gross national happiness” exceeds its GDP, was opened to international tourism some thirty years ago, which is why it is not yet too westernized. In fact, the government is so protective with its roots and culture that you can only enter the country through one of the tour operators approved by the authorities. These agencies offer a range of exotic travel possibilities for the curious traveler who wants to explore this mystical Buddhist kingdom. (However, backpackers can find private operators, which allow for more flexibility.)

And oh, surprise! Buddhists love to party. Festivals Food, music and dance are held throughout the year in Bhutan. So no matter the time you visit it, surely you will find one that is worthwhile.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Mountain bike tour through Queenstown Bike Park © Skyline Queenstown

Mountain bike tour through Queenstown Bike Park © Skyline Queenstown

New Zealand is a country that invites you to travel, it is ideal for those who travel alone and who want to meet other globetrotters who want to have a good time.

You can get lost in the world of The Lord of the Rings, you will find objects related to this saga at the airport of the capital: Wellington. But if you are an adventurer, you better go to Queenstown. This charming lakeside town has truly earned its fame as the adventure capital of the world. Every year it is visited by a million tourists (who travel both as a group and alone) who want to practice a lot of different activities such as rafting, skydiving, bungee jumping or extreme skiing in the stations of the Remarkables mountains.

Gothenburg, Sweden

 The colorful rooftops of Gothenburg, Sweden

The colorful rooftops of Gothenburg, Sweden

The city of Gothenburg, often ignored in favor of Sweden’s beautiful but a little cheesy capital, Stockholm, is a super-open city, full of culture and with that Scandinavian touch that we love. And the good thing is that it is not as expensive as other cities, so it fits in the pocket of the backpacker who travels alone.

It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or not, you have to visit and enjoy the fragrances of the Gothenburg Botanical Gardens, one of the most flowery centers in all of Europe. Then buy yourself something to eat at the market Stora Saluhallen and go on an excursion with paddan boats. On board this relaxing cruise you will get a general idea of ​​the city, as you walk through the center with its 17th century canals and contemplate its 20 bridges.

But in this ancient port city there is much more to see than its old fortifications. Gothenburg is also the hub of new talent from the design world. Take a walk around the shops in Magasinsgatan, the booming neighborhood, and you’ll see what we mean. Also do not forget to visit the fashion and applied arts center, the Röhsska museet museum.