Me, myself and I: 5 best places to travel solo

Women with backpack and hat on standing alone in the desert.

Embarking on a solo adventure is a remarkable way to discover yourself, push your boundaries and create memories that last a lifetime. As a traveling party of one, you have the freedom to choose your own path, embrace new cultures and connect with like-minded individuals from around the world. 

So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery, here is a list of 5 of the best places to visit.

Soak it all in | Iceland

For landscape lovers seeking solitude amidst nature’s splendor, Iceland is the destination you’re looking for. Its volcanic landscapes, stunning waterfalls, geothermal hot springs and mesmerizing Northern Lights, make it famously the “Land of Fire and Ice.”

It might seem overwhelming trying to capture all of Iceland’s beauty, but by touring the Golden Circle you can see all that this country has to offer in just one excursion. Here’s how:

  • Start off with the mighty Gullfoss waterfall located in the Haukadalur Valley. 
  • Stop at the Geysir geothermal area to see the Strokkur geyser erupt.
  • Explore the tectonic rift valley of Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
  • Finally, treat yourself to a little piece of heaven by taking a dip in the world-famous Blue Lagoon
A waterfall leading into the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

Historical marvels | Egypt 

If you’re a solo traveler with a penchant for ancient history, Egypt is a captivating destination, offering a rich blend of history, vibrant culture and remarkable landscapes. 

Standing before the Great Sphinx and exploring the intricate tombs of the pharaohs is an experience you won’t want to miss, which is why your first priority in Egypt should be to see the iconic Pyramids of Giza. Built thousands of years ago, this wonder of the world will leave you in awe of its grandeur and mystery. 

Another bucket list-worthy adventure is embarking on a Nile River cruise. This is a comfortable and convenient way to see Egypt’s treasures like the Karnak and Luxor Temples. Get ready to be transported back in time as you walk through these architectural beauties that thrived years ago.   

The Great Sphinx next to the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Free yourself | Thailand

Looking for a mix of fun and relaxation? Thailand has it all. Bangkok’s bustling streets will provide a sensory overload, while Chiang Mai will allow you to unwind with its famous spas. 

For colorful boats filled to the brim with fresh produce, local delicacies, and vibrant handicrafts, all floating on serene canals, head to the Floating Market in Bangkok. But don’t stop there; you must also take on a Thai cooking class where you’ll gain insights into the techniques, flavors and balance of Thai cooking, so you can recreate these delectable dishes back home.

Ready for tranquility? The country is renowned for its healing traditions, so head north to Chiang Mai and indulge in a rejuvenating Thai massage. Make sure to book yourself a treatment at the Makkha Spa for a truly memorable massage session. And for digital nomads, you can set up shop at their trendy cafes and coworking spaces!   

People in boats going through the Floating Market in Thailand.

Cultural immersion | Japan

With the complete blend of modernity and tradition, Japan is the ideal destination for solo traveling. Step into the world of medieval Japan in Kyoto with a samurai experience as you dress in traditional attire, learn the art of wielding a katana and practice the precise movements of this legendary warrior class. 

Want to learn all about the country’s rice wine, Sake? Take a sake brewery tour and witness the meticulous process of sake production, from rice polishing to fermentation. You’ll learn about different types of sake, their flavors and the intricate craftsmanship behind this beloved beverage.

Heading to Tokyo is a must while in Japan. Witness Tokyo’s cityscape stretching as far as the eye can see at the Tokyo Skytree observation deck. Don’t forget your camera, as the views from the top are simply breathtaking, especially during sunset.

Two women looking down a street at a traditional Japanese building at night.

Adrenaline overload | New Zealand

For those adrenaline junkies, what better place to spend your solo journey than in Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world? Take a leap of faith and experience bungee jumping off the iconic Kawarau Bridge

Not enough adventure for you? Take to the skies and embark on a heart-pounding skydive at NZONE where you can soar above snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes and lush green valleys. 

Someone bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Flying solo

Traveling by yourself is a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, gain new perspectives and create unforgettable memories. Just make sure to bring at least one companion along – Faye Travel Insurance.

These locations and activities are suggestions and Faye is in no way associated with them. This post is meant to give you ideas and inspiration for traveling solo.

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