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12 destinations that should be on your bucket list for solo travel

Solo travel offers you time and space to get better acquainted with yourself and go inward on the journey of self-discovery and spiritual rejuvenation. Being in charge of your itinerary and rhythm will allow you to embark on the journey of self-discovery while ticking places off your bucket list, one adventure at a time.  

Check out these 12 places that you should explore as a solo traveller as soon as it is safe to travel again. Now, we have done the research, bookmark your favourite places and all you have to do is book a ticket – this time for just you!   

Ladakh, India 

Double humped camels, also known as Bactrian camels, are unique to Numbra Valley in Ladakh. (Image: Hans-Jurgen Mager/ @hansjurgen007/ Unsplash)

Also known as ‘the land of high passes,’ Ladakh is a scenic city that will appeal to every solo travel enthusiast. Capture the essence of raw and rugged Himalayas over a bike trip to Khardung La or enjoy the tranquillity of icy blue Pangong Tso lake on a day trip. If you love camping, then you should visit Markha valley.   

Don’t forget to check out the very Instagram worthy Nubra valley to watch the white dunes and enjoy an evening safari on the double-humped Bactrian camel. The local high-latitude delicacies such as Thukpa, Chhutagi, Skyu, Tingmo and Butter Tea are healthy and will keep your body warm from inside.   

When planning a trip to Ladakh, Make sure to keep a minimum of two days free for acclimatisation to avoid altitude sickness. 


As night falls, Singapore comes alive with the twinkling skyscrapers and fun-filled activities. (Image: Larry Teo/ @larrytwh/ Unsplash)

A global metropolis, Singapore lives up to high expectations for solo travel. One of the cleanest cities in the world, Singapore is a go-to place to experience a multi-cultural environment, high-end luxury shopping, fine dining and architectural eye candies. Sentosa Island, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, Little India, Orchard Road and Singapore Zoo are noteworthy attractions not to be.    

The country is also home to Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios Theme Park. Pencil in a day to enjoy the many rides and shows here. Do try the local favourites like Teh Tarik (pulled tea), Satay, Murtabark, Parotta and Chili Crab.  


Northern lights in Iceland
The northern lights appearing over a lake in Iceland. (Image: Joshua Earle/ @joshuaearle/ Unsplash)

There are so many compelling reasons to put this Nordic Island on your bucket list – the awe-inspiring northern lights, distinctive black sand beaches made with volcanic lava, endless series of snow-covered mountains, cosy geothermal spa lakes, ice caves, majestic waterfalls and active volcanoes. 

The peak viewing season for the northern lights or aurora borealis is from September to March when nights are longer. The best way to witness this phenomenon is to book a guided tour. A night out around the capital city Reykjavík, snowmobiling or ice caving are some other activities you can indulge in. 

If you have the time, visit Þingvellir National Park which houses the glacial spring Silfra fissure, famous as one of the world’s top sites for snorkelling and scuba diving. 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Kuala Lumpur
Head to level 86 of Petronas Twin Towers for a breath-taking view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. (Image: Nour Betar/@nourdt/Unsplash)

The capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is home to the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers — the Petronas Twin Towers. The bustling city is a confluence of old and new with carefully curated cuisines, preserved collections in polished art galleries, illustrious shopping malls and nightlife like no other.   

Batu Caves is a must-visit place where 272 colourful steps will lead you to three major limestone caves on a hill and other small ones. Jalan Alor and Petaling Street are popular street food destinations with hawkers and air-conditioned restaurants serving South Asian specialities.   

Koh Samui and Bangkok, Thailand 

Koh Samui
Koh Samui is a stunning island oasis in the Gulf of Thailand. (Image: Sumit Chinchane/@sumit_ac/ Unsplash)

Thailand has garnered a reputation for being one of the safest destinations in Southeast Asia and Bangkok is a great place to start. Tasting street food, touring the beautiful temples, experiencing the floating market, a relaxing Thai massage or just walking around Lumphini Park are just a few of the many things you can do in this city.   

To soak up the tropical sun on a luxury vacation – Koh Samui, the second-largest island after Phuket, is the place to be. The island exudes a glamorous castaway feel with private palm-fringed white sand beaches, high-end luxury villas, idyllic snorkelling spots, picture-perfect rainforest and gourmet cuisine, rightly deserving the title of the ‘jewel of Andaman Sea.’   

Costa Rica 

Costa Rica
Visit Costa Rica to spend time in some of the most remote and pristine rainforest. (Image: Christina Victoria Craft/@victoriabcphotographer/Unsplash)

The wonderland of natural attractions, endless stretches of beaches along the Pacific coast, lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, volcanoes and a real island atmosphere, Costa Rica has something for every traveller. Arenal National Volcano Park, an active volcano, is home to hanging bridges, waterfalls, hot springs, butterfly gardens, hiking trails and much more.    

No matter how clear the day look, pack some waterproof clothing or quick-drying layers whenever you are planning a trip into the rainforest.     

New York City, USA 

New York City
A night-time walking tour of Times Square will give you the view of glistening billboards and giant LED countdowns. (Image: Andrae Ricketts/@drezart/Unsplash)

Famously known as ‘the city that never sleeps,’ New York City has quintessential landmarks of phenomenal beauty to tick off your bucket list – Empire State Building, Manhattan skyline, Metropolitan Museum of Art, High Line, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge among others. The city has unmatched energy which makes for a unique experience for every traveller. Sitting in the heart of the Manhattan section of New York, Times Square is home to whimsical lights, digital screens and billboards, high-tech installations and numerous shopping options.   

If you love plays, do catch a show at Broadway theatre. Who knows you may get lucky and catch a Hollywood star performing. 

Barcelona, Spain 

Street performers of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. (Image: Richard Hewat/@richardhewat/Unsplash)

Barcelona is the epicentre of art, couture, aesthetics, jaw-dropping architecture, culinary delights, historical masterpieces and a vibrant nightlife which makes it a must-visit city in Spain. The best way to explore Barcelona is by walking around the town squares and soak up the city’s medieval vibe.   

The city is a delight for architecture lovers. From Antoni Gaudí’s Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, whimsical Park Güell, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà to Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s Palau de la Música and Enric Sagnier’s Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, every building is a work of art.  

Some other attractions to add to your list are the Picasso Museum, Las Ramblas for anything from buying local art to trying local cuisine, Camp Nou Stadium if you are a football fan and La Barceloneta Beach. 


One of many beautiful Alpine lakes with impressive mountain panorama in the backdrop. (Image: Ricardo Gomez Angel/@ripato/Unsplash)

With picturesque landscapes, majestic alps, ski rides of a lifetime, Europe’s most scenic train rides, pristine lakes, chocolates, fondues and cheese, Switzerland is everyone’s favourite. Enjoy the restorative retreats by soaking in their natural thermal spas overlooking stunning Swiss alps in the backdrop.   

Getting around Switzerland is easy, thanks to its seamless transport system. In cities like Bern, Zurich, Geneva, Zermatt, Interlaken and Lausanne you can explore local galleries, museums, medieval arcades and snow-cloaked mountains.  

The iconic pointed peak and one of the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps, the Matterhorn stands tall at 4478 metres in the quaint village of Zermatt. The Great Aletsch Glacier, one of the longest in Europe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are planning to visit Switzerland in the summers, do check out Glacier Skiing at St Moritz.  


Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji seen from Chureito Pagoda, also known as Fujiyoshida Cenotaph Monument. (Image: David Edelstein/@jlhopes/Unsplash)

The land of the Rising Sun, Japan is considered to be one of the safest places for solo travel. From history buffs to spiritual seekers and foodies, Japan has something to offer for everyone.   

The highest peak in the Fuji volcanic chain is the perfectly-shaped Mount Fuji, an active volcano, which sits in the centre of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The principal cultural centre of the country, Kyoto has a rich ancient history with centuries-old architectural marvels and some of the oldest and quietest Buddhist temples. The cherry blossom season here hits full bloom in April and Tokyo’s Ueno Park is the ideal place to witness the splendid cherry tree-lined paths.   

There’s a lot to see in Japan which you may not be able to cover in one visit. So, make sure to not overload your solo travel itinerary and plan your trip accordingly. 

Belfast, Ireland 

One of the most iconic landmarks of Belfast and a symbol of the city’s success – Belfast City Hall. (Image: K. Mitch Hodge/@kmitchhodge/Unsplash)

The vibrant city of Belfast feels like a quaint village in the metropolis. It is full of historical buildings, interactive exhibits and galleries, eclectic museums and fine-dining restaurants full of Victorian charm.  

Titanic Belfast is a distinctive landmark that brings together many Titanic fans to experience the city’s maritime heritage.   

Be sure to also visit the Botanic Gardens, Ulster Museum, St Anne’s Cathedral, Grand Opera House, Belfast City Hall and St George Market. Fans of The Chronicles of Narnia can pay homage to the book’s author at C.S. Lewis Square.   

New Zealand 

New Zealand
One of the most easily accessible glaciers in New Zealand – Franz Josef glacier. (Image: Jackman Chiu/@jackmanchiu/Unsplash)

One of the most sought-after places in the world, New Zealand is renowned for its sublime landscapes, majestic glowworm caves, epic vineyards, glacial mountains, breath-taking backdrops, thermal pools, stunning coastline and adventure activities.   

Visit The Bay of Islands to explore its 144 islands with undisturbed forests and hiking trails, Rotorua for its steaming geysers and unique topography, Auckland for the city vibe, Queenstown for adventure sports, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers for a helicopter ride over the frozen glacial river, Mountain Cook National Park for Mountain Cook peak and Tasman Glacier, and Matamata for the Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, one of the major locations used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.  

Satiate the adrenaline junkie in you by bungee jumping from the country’s highest jump point at the Nevis Bungy, 45 minutes away from Queenstown. 

Main Image credit: S Migaz/Unsplash 

Akriti Sharma
Full-time writer, part-time science nerd, Akriti switched gears to writing when she was at the precipice of her scientific career as a biotechnologist and never looked back. She loves to write every day and believes in pursuing stories with moral force. She is an enthusiastic traveller, photographer, chai aficionado, aspiring minimalist and a strong proponent of the Multiverse Theory.
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