There are many reasons to travel solo, from not having to coordinate with others’ schedules to getting to spend time doing only what interests you most. Plus, many destinations offer easy transportation, lots of activities and relatively safe environments that make them ideal for exploring alone. Here are some of the most solo-friendly locations around the world to consider for your next getaway.
For those who love the outdoors, this charming village in the Rocky Mountains offers plenty to do in both winter and summer. Hop in a Colorado Mountain Express shuttle at Denver International Airport and travel about 130 miles west to your hotel, home or condo. Beaver Creek Resort offers free shuttle service for travel anywhere within the resort, so you’ll have no trouble getting around. Ski and snowboard to your heart’s content in winter, or enjoy solitary hiking, mountain biking or sitting by a peaceful mountain stream during the warmer months. Don’t miss local restaurants like Beano’s Cabin (which you can visit on horseback), the Beaver Creek Chophouse and Toscanini.
Known for its friendly locals and outstanding cuisine, the latter of which has led many to call this island the culinary capital of the Caribbean, Grand Cayman is easy and affordable to reach on airlines like Southwest. It’s also simple to get around using taxis or public buses and offers plenty of solitary activities. Be sure to take a charter to Stingray City, where you can touch stingrays as they look for food. Other must-dos include snorkeling or scuba diving with one of 40-plus operators like Ocean Frontiers and unwinding at luxury resorts like the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Seven Mile Beach.
Paris is an extremely walkable city, ideal for individuals exploring on their own. Mass transit, including the Métro and bus system, are also easy to navigate, and a Paris Visite travel card covers unlimited trips for a set number of days in its fee. Grab a Paris Museum Pass and admire the amazing artwork at the Musée du Louvre (try Friday night when it’s less busy), the Centre Pompidou and the Musée d’Orsay, or make like a local and find a spot along the Seine to enjoy a baguette and bottle of wine. The Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera is close to many attractions on the Right Bank, while charming vacation rentals are plentiful on the Left Bank.
There are so many options for where to go and what to do in San Diego that it works for many types of solo travelers. Visitors can sunbathe and surf at Pacific Beach, go shopping and get up close to seals in La Jolla or enjoy the nightlife in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. If you love comics, be sure to arrive in July so you can attend Comic-Con International, the largest annual convention dedicated to comics and pop culture in the U.S. Or, soak up some California sun while hiking through a nearby state park or wandering around the spacious Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo. As for accommodations, travelers can stay at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton on Coronado Island or opt for a quieter getaway at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla.