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solo travel guide

Travelling with friends or family is grand, but sometimes it's nice to do a spot of intrepid exploring on your own.

There are some pitfalls to watch out for, with many hotels charging solo travellers a 'single supplement' if they stay in a room that could accommodate more than one person, however you can often get around this by choosing to travel outside of peak season, or by negotiating with the hotel directly.

why travel alone?

There are so many reasons why people choose to travel alone. It can be a rewarding experience and one that you may find more enjoyable then travelling as a group.

  • Solo travel can be the ultimate in self-indulgence, you get to go where you want, when you want. Ultimately solo travel is all about you!
  • Meeting new people is easy! Becuase your riding solo you have more chances of meeting other solo travellers. Which means more chances to make life long buddies.
  • Trip planning is much easier. When you travel alone, only your needs matter. You don't need to worry about someone elses travel plans.
  • The amount of ME time that you'll get is unrivaled. You’ll learn a lot about yourself in a way that’s simply impossible when you're travelling with others.
  • You don't have to negotiate! Where will you stay? What will you eat? Who’s planning the itinerary? Is everyone onboard with this plan? What if you can’t do everything that you want to do? No need to worry about any of these questions when you're travelling alone.

where to go

Here are our top 10 picks of places that embrace the solo traveller.

1. Ireland

Who said solo travel isn't social? Take up the opportunity to have some craic with Ireland's extremely friendly locals, 'craic' being a local term for fun, great banter and an all-round good time. Make a beeline to the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival - the largest of its kind in Europe - if you're eager to make some new friends of the romantic variety.

2. Iceland

Iceland is a tranquil waterfall-strewn wonderland, with a vibrant music and arts scene in the hip capital of Reykjavik. If you're driven by a quest for silence in your solo mission, head for the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and take in the majestic ice floes, or sink into the geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa while enjoying the view of snow-capped peaks in the distance.

3. Japan

With one of the lowest crime rates in the world, you're sure to feel a sense of calm in Japan. It's also one of the few countries in the world with hotels that cater to singles - a great way to keep costs down. Once you're settled in, why not let your hair down with the locals, immersing yourself in the karaoke bars and sipping away at sake. You'll make so many friends you may need to revise your solo travel plan.

4. Australia

Why not travel around your own country? When it comes to stretching out of your comfort zone you won't be stretching far. Plus Australia is one of the safest countries by far. Most people speak English and you most likely know a fair bit about the best places to see.

5. Thailand

Known as the ‘land of smiles’, Thailand has happy people, amazing beaches, outdoor adventures and food to die for! Many people choose to solo travel in Thailand so it's a great opportunity to meet other solo travellers like yourself.

 

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