Ever thought of traveling by yourself? Think about it! It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone when traveling with a friend, and you also have someone else’s wants to consider. Traveling solo opens up so many freedoms and gives the most authentic cultural experience. Now the next question is, where are the best spots to brave it on your own?

 

Taipei, Taiwan

 

Solo 1Photo Credit: Lonely Planet, Pronto Hotel

 

On the top of the list is Taipei, Taiwan. From the busy street markets to the breathtaking hiking trails, Taipei is nothing short of an overwhelming experience in all the best ways. This large city is affordable and has easy public transportation, which makes this one of the best places to travel alone. 

Where to stay: Hotel Quote is a boutique hotel with a unique design and convenient location. The aesthetic is a combination of retro furnishing with minimalist design: clean and simple. The location is perfect, right in the center of the city.

 

Iceland

 

Solo 2Photo Credit: Extreme IcelandThe Guardian, The Black Tomato

 

Another top destination that should be added to your list is Iceland. It’s not too common to hear of people flying over to pay a visit to this unique, beautiful land, making it a low-key spot. Iceland is easier to get to than you think, offering a ton of direct flights from many U.S. and European cities. Not to mention, this country is home to some of the most stunning views and incredible nature that is out of this world. There are glaciers, waterfalls, lava fields, mountain ranges, and the list goes on. The Blue Lagoon is a phenomenon in itself, with its naturally heated powder-blue waters set amidst a jet black lavascape.

Where to stay: Hotel Borg. This art deco style boutique hotel is elegantly appointed yet offers an extensive array of modern amenities. It overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, AKA the center of the old town, which is in the heart of Reykjavík across from the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. 

 

San Francisco, California

 

Solo 3Photo Credit: RTBVentJDV HotelsHere Comes the Guide
 

Finally, another fantastic destination for an independent trip is San Francisco, California. There is so much to see and do, from getting a cup of clam chowder down at the Fishermen’s wharf to hiking your way over to the Golden Gate Park, you are sure to stay entertained. There are so many cool boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts that you may have to stay at multiple places during your trip, because each place is truly unique and gives you a whole different experience.

Where to stay: We couldn’t decide! Dinah’s Garden Hotel is just 3.5 miles from downtown Palo Alto. Here, you will almost forget you are in California. Surrounded by large lagoons filled with koi and waterfalls, it will feel more like you are waking up in an Asian oasis somewhere. At Hotel Vitale, the slogan is “It’s time to have some you time” — a perfect scenario for a solo traveler. You can relax and rejuvenate while enjoying stunning views of the Embarcadero waterfront, or take in the view of the downtown city from the penthouse level spa. 

You don’t need to wait for anyone’s permission to see the world. Where will you go?

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