What makes a destination great for solo travellers? There are a number of factors in play, including safety, ease of travel and cost. Of course, these are concerns all holidaymakers share, but become particularly relevant when travelling alone. Here, we have picked five fantastic destinations for 2019, in no particular order, that solo travellers will love because of their affordability, direct flight routes or the abundance of tours.
Tokyo and Osaka, two of Japan’s largest cities, are among the safest metropolises in the world (first and third respectively), according to The Economist’s Safe Cities Index 2017. Capital Tokyo is also regularly ranked among the most ‘liveable’, given its public transport infrastructure and the quality of life its citizens enjoy. There are plenty of tour operator options. Just You operates an 11-night Japan Revealed itinerary that takes in Tokyo, a Mount Fuji and Hakone bullet train ride, Kyoto, Nara Sake, Hiroshima and more. Wendy Wu, G Adventures, Intrepid Travel and others also run tours there.
With British Airways and Royal Jordanian offering direct flights from the UK, Jordan capital’s Amman is one of the Middle East’s most accessible cities. It’s also a gateway to Petra and Al-Khazneh – the breathtaking structure carved out of a sandstone rock face – and the Dead Sea. It’s affordable, making it great for travellers who want to completely go it alone and explore the wide region, but there are also plenty of tour and cruise options. Cosmos runs a seven-day Passage to Petra tour that includes Wadi Rum, the largest ravine in Jordan, and Mount Nebo, the holy site where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land.
British holidaymakers don’t need reminding of the delights of the Greek Islands. It’s been a summertime staple for decades, but mostly for families, couples and friends, particularly given how affordable villas can be. But being relatively cheap, easily accessible, and featuring great diversity across the islands, it makes perfect sense for the solo traveller, too. There are an increasing number of tours here. Saga runs A Taste of the Greek Islands for Solo Travellers, which takes in Santorini, Paros and Naxos. If island hopping isn’t your thing, Solos runs ClubSolos properties in Santorini, Crete and Corfu, which are adult-only and exclusively for solos.
British Airways operates direct flights from London Gatwick to Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, making Peru an irresistible destination for British holidaymakers. South America, on the whole, is a growing market for solo travel, but some of the Peru tours in particular have caught our eye. For example, Cox & Kings operates an 11-day Treasures of Peru Nights itinerary, which begins in Lima and takes in Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu. Intrepid Travel offers a similar tour, as do Tauck and Titan. Whether you like trekking or exploring bustling cities, Peru is a country that offers it all.
Austria is an incredibly diverse country. Capital Vienna is one of the safest, happiest, cleanest and prettiest cities. With a fantastic café culture, beautiful gardens, ornate buildings and, of course, plenty of classical music, it’s one of Europe’s great city breaks. But there is plenty to see beyond Vienna – be it Salzburg and the Alps or the vineyards and pretty towns that line the Danube. Numerous operators, from Shearings to Solos and Intrepid, run trips to the country suitable for solo travellers, whether they want lakes and mountains or a city break. There’s also the option of cruise: the likes of Rivera Travel, Avalon Waterways and Tauck run Danube cruises that take in Vienna, the Wachau Valley and Melk, with no single supplement.