The 10 Most Popular Countries For Solo Travel
Thanks to relatively cheap hostel accommodation and a welcomed proliferation in budget airlines, solo traveling has never been more comfortable. Each year, millions embark on their own adventures to places far and wide in the hopes of creating memories that will last a lifetime. So look no further as the Travel Lane goes through 10 countries that are perfect for the solo experience.
From the golden beaches of Australia to the neon-dappled streets of Tokoyo, these countries experienced more solo bookings last year than any other according to Hostel World, so read on below to find out what makes them so popular with solo travelers.
Where do we start with America? The Land of the Free is home to a stunning and diverse landscape where people from all walks of life live. With a geography as unique and wide-ranging as America's, you're bound to meet like-minded travelers and find parts of the country that tailor to your interests.
If you want to get away from the urban dwellings of your home city and create a spiritual connecting in the mountains, then look no further than Montana. If Montana's too cold, head west and mingle with the artists and surfers in L.A. Heck, you could even do two days in L.A. and then head straight to New York City, where a whole host of amenities and experiences can be had.
That said, America extends far beyond its two big cities. Head south, and you'll be met with Southern Hospitality of the highest order, whether your downing shots in the febrile party capitals of Miami and New Orleans or channeling your inner zen in the tranquil coastal towns of North Carolina. For these reasons and many others, you won't be all too surprised to know that America saw the highest number of bookings for solo trips in 2017.
Steeped in history, and nicknamed The Land of Smiles for its friendly and majority Buddhist population, a solo adventure in Thailand is a must, especially for those keen to get away from the stresses and strains of working life and seek a better understanding of themselves.
Bearing this in mind, vast areas of the country are increasingly becoming party enclaves, but if you stay off the beaten track and explore the less commercialized islands of Koh Lanta and Koh Chang, you'll adapt to a carefree way of life.
Second only to America as the most booked solo holiday of 2017, London is a mecca for solo travelers, with its history, culture, and amenities making for a mishmash of everything one could want in a global metropolis.
While first-time travelers may only want to stick to the more traditional sights and monuments (Big Ben, the ever-popular Buckingham Palace and a revolving tourist wheel otherwise known as the London Eye, etc), London is also home to a thriving night scene should you be adventurous enough to mix it with the locals and explore it. If you're a hipster, you'll love Peckham and Dalston. For a more trendy, upmarket night out, the areas of Soho and Brixton are also great.
At the risk of being a London-centric traveler, you could spread your wings and head to other areas of the country. You can start by taking in the rustics University towns of Oxford and Cambridge. Once you've had your academic fill, head North, and you'll experience England's second city, Manchester, a powerhouse in industry and music and the birthplace of many prominent thinkers such as Karl Marx and the Gallagher brothers (he he).
Spain has a festive, vibrant culture packed full of sun-kissed faces and affable locals. Being a solo traveler in Spain won't be as overwhelming as it could be in less friendly parts of the world, but it's worth noting that Spain isn't easy to navigate. You have a landscape that varies from verdant hillsides in the north to near-equator temperatures in the southern areas of Sevilla and Malaga.
But getting lost every once in a while shouldn't be a bad thing- especially when you're lucky enough to be in sunny Spain! For art lovers, Spain's spoilt for choice, with the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and Bilbao's celebrated Guggenheim Museum just two of many spectacular exhibition centers. Foodies can also rejoice.
For meat lovers, your taste buds will be transported into another galaxy if you dine in a good tapas restaurant. If you find Barcelona too touristy, head to Madrid and take in a soccer match at the famed Bernabeu. A chant of "Hala, Madrid," whether you are watching at the stadium or in a local bar will automatically endear you to the locals.
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