Solo Vacations: The 30 Best Places to Travel Alone – Part 3

2021-08-16

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Soak up some sun, art and delicious cuisine on a solo trip to this fun-filled Florida destination. If you’re looking to get around the city in style, use the free water trolley system to travel from place to place. After a day of lounging on your private resort beach (favorites include The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood and the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach), explore FATVillage or the MASS District to see local art displays. Or, shop until you drop on Las Olas Boulevard. When hunger strikes, sit down for pizza and fresh pasta at Heritage restaurant, or take in the views of downtown Fort Lauderdale at the Lobby Bar at The Dalmar. End your day with a stroll down the beachfront promenade for people-watching and cocktails.

Galápagos Islands

This collection of islands, which you can fly to from Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador, is a safe natural paradise known for its protected wildlife, including sea lions, coastal birds and marine iguanas. Because of ongoing conservation efforts, multiple travel documents and an entrance fee are required upon arrival, so traveling through a tour company is often the easiest way to visit. The Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise offers Voyager cabins for solo travelers, allowing for more contemplative time alone. The cruise goes to less visited areas of the islands, has lots of places to get away from others on board and offers kayaks, paddleboards, small boats and snorkeling gear for exploring the area at your own pace.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a walkable city filled with friendly locals, historic homes, gourmet restaurants and charming boutiques. Solo visitors won’t want to miss the chance to bike or take a carriage ride through the historic downtown area. Travelers should also save time for a tour of plantations like Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. A boat trip to Fort Sumter National Monument and a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium are additional must-do’s. For accommodations, consider staying at The Ryder Hotel, which is centrally located on Meeting Street, or the HarbourView Inn, a 1930s indigo cotton warehouse with a rooftop terrace. The inn offers a solo vacation package that lets solo travelers serve at a local community kitchen before eating dinner at Hank’s Seafood Restaurant.

Sydney

Australia’s most populated city may take some time to reach, but its ample activities and world-renowned attractions make it a superb spot for solo travelers. Water lovers can explore Sydney Harbour or surf at Bondi, Manly or Cronulla beaches. Those keen on enjoying a solitary stroll can head to the Royal Botanic Garden, which offers free tours daily, or try the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Other top Sydney sights include the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Sydney Cricket Ground Museum. All are accessible by light rail, train, bus or ferry. To save on fares, visitors can request a free reloadable Opal card, which comes with ride discounts.

Athens, Greece

Imagine exploring Greece on your own as you marvel at its magnificent ruins and artifacts. Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, is where you’ll find top-notch institutions like the National Archaeological Museum and the Benaki Museum, plus the famous Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. You can get around by trolley, metro or bus, and a tram is available for travel to and from the local beaches. A quiet walk along the waterfront makes for a lovely evening, as does exploring Athens’ historic city center, which is one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe, by foot or bike. When you need a break from sightseeing, stop for a drink at a local cafe or bar.

Venice Beach, California

Consider a solo trip to Venice Beach to immerse yourself in Southern California’s beachy, bohemian atmosphere. The region’s year-round warm weather makes it possible to rent a bike and explore the beach up to the Santa Monica Pier, kayak through the Venice Canal Historic District or flex your abs at iconic Muscle Beach no matter when you visit. In the evenings, head to hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for dinner and a drink; you’ll even find fleets of food trucks on the first Friday of each month. Book a beach bungalow or an area apartment through Vrbo or Airbnb to feel like you’re a local.
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Austin, Texas

It’s easy to get around Austin, whether you’re driving, riding the bus or MetroRail, renting a bike or hiring a pedicab. This relaxed Texas city, known for its superb music scene and creative atmosphere, is a safe and exciting getaway for solo travelers. Visit one of 250-plus live music venues, have a drink on happening Sixth Street or walk or jog along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. The W Austin, with its rooftop pool overlooking downtown Austin, makes for a hip and luxurious stay. If you have a car, drive outside the city to the Texas Hill Country, which boasts historic towns and more than 20 vineyards where you can enjoy a glass or two of wine.

Sri Lanka

Located off the southeastern coast of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka appeals to individuals who enjoy nature. The island is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as stunning beaches, botanical gardens, waterfalls, national parks and almost 500,000 acres of tea estates. To get from point A to point B, the country has trains, taxis and air taxis. Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, also offers double-decker buses for sightseeing tours. There are two international airports on the island, which are served by major airlines, including Korean Air, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific Airways. Vacations to Sri Lanka can also be booked through tour companies like G Adventures and Audley Travel.
Singapore is the best place to travel alone

Singapore

Singapore’s well-lit streets and safe public transportation system make it a worry-free option for solo visitors. What’s more, this modern metropolis’ plentiful shopping, nightlife and nature-focused attractions draw travelers with varying interests. Explore neighborhoods like Little India and Chinatown by foot, browse Orchard Road’s boutiques or the shops in one of several malls, or get a dose of greenery at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Gardens by the Bay or Punggol Waterway Park. Marina Bay Sands – an architectural wonder with a rooftop designed to look like a massive ship – is a bucket list lodging option. Or, opt for Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, which serves as an oasis of rest and relaxation near Singapore’s action-packed business and shopping districts.

San Francisco

Getting to and around San Francisco on your own is a cinch thanks to the city’s large international airport, cable cars, electric trains, streetcars and buses. Can’t-miss activities to add to your itinerary include exploring Telegraph Hill’s Coit Tower, taking a Big Bus sightseeing tour across the Golden Gate Bridge and walking through the city’s historic Chinatown neighborhood. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, savor a classic seafood dinner at the Fog Harbor Fish House (which overlooks the bay) before retiring for the night to the Palace Hotel, Hotel Zoe Fisherman’s Wharf, Hotel Zephyr or one of San Francisco’s other top hotels.

Courtesy of USNews

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