Just a little over 13 months ago I started traveling solo – and I fell in love. I strongly encourage everyone to travel at least once solo in their life. The things you are going to learn about yourself are going to change you. You are strong, you are fiercely independent, you are a problem solver, and most importantly, you are going to learn to love your company – because you are enough.
Here are 11 trips to travel solo this year:
- Iceland – it only seems fitting that I would start with my first solo trip. Iceland changed me in a way I will never be able to comprehend into words for you to read – but just know that this country, this small island, is full of magic around every corner. From waterfalls to the Northern Lights to glaciers – you are going to love it.
- Singapore – this trip was one of my favorites. Singapore is this small country full of diversity and amazing things to do. Most famous for having the tallest and biggest infinity pool in the world on top of the Marina Bay Sands and the fairy tale like Gardens by the Bay. A stay at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore will give you amazing views of the city and make sure to get a room with a bathtub overlooking the city. Treat yourself!
- Go on a Caribbean Cruise – Norwegian Cruise Line has singles rooms on a lot of their ships now – and as an added bonus, you get access to solo travelers lounge and activities they arrange just for you. Of course you can stay anywhere you want on the ship, its your vacation – but if you are looking for an extremely easy way to meet other solo travelers, this is the way to go.
- Bali – I could not leave Bali off the list – mostly because you are going to fall in love here. I spent two weeks here in December and it was just the most amazing experience. The Balinese hospitality is second to none, the food is unreal, the villas are unbelievable, and the massages are like $6USD (make sure you leave a very nice tip). I haven’t been every where in Asia, but currently this is the country I would pick if I could only send you to one place there. Move around while you are there: stay in the city of Ubud or in a little bit more countryside of the area, go to Jimbaran, Seminyak – all the places!
- Orlando, Florida – It doesn’t matter how old you are – Disney and Universal are always going to let you be the inner kid that you are. I, like many people, never went to Disney as a kid – but I went as an adult and I feel like I have a much deeper appreciation for it. Universal Studios is also this incredible place of theatrics, areas that look like popular American cities, and even the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
- Philippines – I do have a thing for SE Asia, I won’t lie. This was my first trip here and I spent nearly a month island hoping and exploring this amazing destination. Did you know the Philippines are made up of over 7,000+ islands? That is pretty spectacular. Your money will go far here, the food is incredible, the beauty of this country is insane, and you are never going to feel lonely – because in the Philippines, everyone is your friend. Here are my best tips for visiting. The nice thing about the Philippines is that it is easy and relatively cheap on the wallet to island hop – don’t miss El Nido, Bohol, Davao, and of course, Manila!
- Dubai – I did not travel solo here – I traveled with another girlfriend – BUT I would go back in a heartbeat and I would go solo. Both of us spent time apart exploring and time together. I never felt safer while I was here. Dubai is this grand country full of towering skyscrapers, luxury hotels, yachts, amazing food, mind bending attractions – this is a place you will never get bored. Whether you are exploring all the new offerings of Dubai or heading to Old Dubai to ride an Abra and explore the souks, you are going to love it.
- Mackinac Island, Michigan – easily one of my favorite places in the world and hopefully the place I will retire one day and open a shop of some sort. This island is nestled in between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Only accessible by small plane or ferry and no cars allowed on the island. You can walk or ride your bike throughout the island or even take a horse carriage. The island is small, only about 8 miles around – so catching a sunrise and sunset is going to be easy. The island offers two big hotels: The Grand Hotel and Mission Point Resort – then has a plethora of bed and breakfasts or smaller hotels to stay in. The island is beautiful and only operational between the months of May-October(opening and closing slightly before May and closing in November).
- Paris – I did not like Paris the first time I went. I was jet-legged and everything seemed to be going wrong in the 2 days I gave myself to adventure there. You need more than 2 days if you are coming from a far place – at least for your body to adjust. But I went back last summer and I loved it. I explored the city mostly by foot and its really this beautiful place that I could spend months just roaming around in. The buildings are beautiful, the smell of fresh baguettes fill the air, the sweet sound of the french language surrounds your ears, and its just this place that I have come to love.
- Ireland – I am Irish and Scottish and dreamed of visiting here one day. Last year I made that a reality. I stayed in Dublin and took a day trip out to see the Cliffs of Moher. The island is so green from all the rain it gets and is deserving of its title “The Emerald Isle.” Get a pint of Guinness, make friends with an Irish Lad, get a milkshake the size of your face and have no shame in finishing it, and mostly – walk away with a million memories.
- Lake Tahoe, California – Full disclosure, I only went during the summer and man, is it magical. I am not a hiker but I think my trip there may have inspired me to give it a shot. I found Lake Tahoe to be this mesmerizing nature lovers paradise. If you only go one place in the United States this year – go here. The sunsets are unreal, the morning fog nestled in the mountains and waking up with coffee to watch it lift – that is going to be a great morning.