Traveling alone can be one of the most rewarding personal journeys you can embark upon. From organizing logistics to navigating foreign cities, befriending strangers, and learning a new language, solo travel is full of rich and challenging experiences. But traveling alone can also be daunting — especially for first-timers. So, to help you overcome the safety and logistics concerns that come with planning a solo adventure, we’ve put together a guide to the world’s friendliest countries to visit alone, each chosen for their low crime rates, affordability, and general appeal to travelers.
Whether you’re planning your first solo excursion or consider yourself a seasoned wanderer, here are the top destinations to consider for your next adventure.
Known for its ancient temples, abundant cherry blossoms, and bustling cities, Japan is an explorer’s dream. And Tokyo, in particular, offers plenty of things for solo travelers to do, eat, and see — such as sampling fresh seafood at Tsukiji Fish Market and exploring the city’s Imperial Palace. Those looking for self-care time should visit the hot springs in Hakone just west of the metropolis for a relaxing nature break from the capital.
If you’re interested in exploring farther afield, you can travel quickly on the country’s high-speed trains with a Japan Rail Pass. In addition to its cultural and aesthetic appeal, Japan boasts a welcoming culture and an extremely low crime rate, making it an ideal location for solo travelers seeking peace of mind.
New Zealand’s beauty isn’t lost on anyone. The country is home to breathtaking mountains and golden beaches, vast forests and active volcanoes, making it a great destination for lone outdoor adventurers. Visit both islands for a perfect mix of solo activities — such as hiking mountain trails, touring the country’s many wineries, and exploring the vibrant food scenes in cities like Wellington and Auckland — and be sure to revel in the land’s natural magic. As a bonus, New Zealand is number two on the Global Peace Ranking, meaning that you can travel alone with safety and confidence. And if you find yourself needing a bit of company, Kiwis are never shy when it comes to making friends!
Whether your itinerary includes surfing, skiing, hiking, kayaking, or city-hopping, Canada suits every type of traveler — during every season. Coupled with their country’s high Global Peace Ranking, Canadians are some of the friendliest people in the world, making the Great White North an ideal destination for solo travelers. Once your safety concerns are out of mind, you’ll only need to pick your destination! Need some ideas? Experience the lively arts scene in Edmonton, enjoy Montreal’s Jazz Festival, venture to First Nations sites in Vancouver, or explore one of the country’s 47 national parks.
If you’re looking for another solo trip Down Under, Australia should be next on your list. With its vibrant cities, friendly locals, Aboriginal history, and idyllic beaches, Australia remains one of the world’s top destinations for traveling alone — particularly for first-timers. And in addition to its natural wonders and cultural enclaves, the country is number four on GetGoing’s list of safest countries for solo travelers. Between its incomparable beauty, vibrant culture, and high safety rankings, it’s easy to see why Australia draws so many visitors each year —- and why so many of them stick around (about one in four people living in Australia were born overseas!). Whether you choose to scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef, backpack through its national parks, or tour its iconic cities on a budget, Australia offers a multitude of unforgettable experiences for all who visit.
With its beautiful countryside and lively cities defined by history, food, and nightlife, Germany is a playground for solo travelers. Steeped in history that is palpable on every corner, Berlin is full of hip and inexpensive hostels, great food, and one of the most energetic nightlife scenes in Western Europe. But if cities aren’t your speed, the country’s smaller towns are only a train ride away, and represent a quieter view of German life. Places like Nuremberg and Heidelberg provide scenic escapes from touristic metropolises while offering visitors an intimate look at the country’s culture. Germany’s overall safety rating also makes it an ideal location for lone travelers, which, in turn, makes this vibrant and Instagram-worthy country all the more appealing.
From skiing in the Andes to strolling through vineyards, Chile offers an escape for every type of traveler — and the same can be said about its capital city. Santiago is a dynamic and lively metropolis that is both safe and easy to navigate, making the perfect destination for solo adventurers seeking a taste of Chilean life. Filled with delicious food, music venues, museums, and enchanting neighborhoods, it is often said that Santiago is a world in and of itself. That said, if you have time to explore, consider touring more of the country to experience its breathtaking landscapes — from the mountains of Patagonia to the Atacama Desert.
Like Germany, Spain’s hostel scene offers great opportunities for people traveling alone — not only giving them a bed to sleep in, but also allowing them to make friends on the road, experience local life, and meet other solo travelers. And, famous for its tapas, mountains, beaches, and friendly communities, Spain is a magnet for lone travelers looking for culture and warm weather amid a stunning setting. Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Granada — even the cities’ names evoke images of golden sunshine, mouthwatering eats, and lively streets. And to top it all off, Spain’s crime rate is one of the lowest in Europe, meaning you can wander alone stress-free!
Though cities like Rome and Venice are some of the most stereotypically romantic places for couple-getaways, Italy is also home to some of the best places for solo adventure. Cities like Bologna and Siena are rich with history, color, and, of course, wine. Get lost in the country’s pastel streets, visit the world’s oldest university, and indulge in the (many) local delicacies. And, if you’re looking for a coastal escape, try hiking near Cinque Terre, a breathtaking mosaic of cliffside villages on the Italian Riviera. With all this and more, it’s no wonder that Italy made the list of friendliest places for those traveling alone.
One of the safest countries in Africa, Ghana is an ideal destination for solo travelers looking for a less touristy and more affordable adventure outside of Europe. Cities like Accra, Kumasi, and Tamale offer a taste of the open and friendly culture that is characteristic of Ghana. Similar to countries in Europe, Ghana’s hostel scene provides a great way for visitors to meet fellow travelers, and if you hope to venture farther afield, shared minibuses — or tro tros — can take you all over the country, even on a budget! That said, smaller towns tend to be cheaper and less busy, offering an opportunity for travelers to meet locals, delve into the culture, and experience the true Ghana, found outside its international metropolises.
A magnet for beach-seekers, a retreat for yogis, a culinary haven, and a leader in environmental action, Costa Rica is a 21st-century paradise. If you’re unsure of where to take your next — or first — solo adventure, consider Costa Rica for its stunning scenery, low crime rate, and abundance of activities for every type of traveler. Whether you choose to surf, paddleboard, detox, or explore its vast rainforests, this Central American country will show you the time of your life. In addition, Costa Rica is a bit of a hotspot for solo travelers looking for adventure, so don’t shy away from making some friends on the road or the beach!
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