Best destinations to travel alone after Coronavirusby Juan José Herranz | April 17, 2020
These are difficult and uncertain times in all the world, but the Coronavirus pandemic will be over one day. And we will travel again. We don't know yet how the tourism sector will change, but is very likely that we will want to avoid big group tours and overcrowded destinations.
Indeed, it will be the perfect scenario for a solo travel. Traveling alone is something everybody should do at least once in their lifetime. When travelling by yourself, you are presented with daily opportunities to learn and grow and becoming closer to your true self.
Vietnam is our favourite destination for those who are traveling alone in Asia. From Saigon to Hanoi, street life is extremely colourful and surprisingly safe in the largest cities of Vietnam. Whilst there are still plenty of places to get off-the-beaten-track, Vietnam is known for its well-established tourist trail. Running from Hanoi in the north, the route will take you to Halong Bay, Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An, before ending with the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Follow our advice and save some extra days at the end of the trip to unwind in the island of Phu Quoc, where you can live the Asian beach dream.
New Zealand is wide, stunning and one of the safest countries in the world, so it’s no surprise that it is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers in the world. This country is a haven for outdoorsy adventure seekers: you can sign up for a guided tour, take a cruise through the fjords, rainforests, and waterfalls of Milford Sound; heli-hike your way through Franz Josef Glacier; trek part (or all) of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing; explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves; or whale watch in the Bay of Plenty. If you need to unwind after all that, you can take a day trip to Waiheke Island for one of its incredible wine tours.
Solo travellers will find out that interacting with the locals is pretty easy there. The country is not only friendly, it is also extremely beautiful, easy to navigate and very cosmopolitan. You can always find cool activities all year long, making Canada a very versatile destination for any solo traveller. The country’s incredible scenery reaches every corner of it, not just the most popular parks like Banff and Jasper. From Toronto and Montreal on the East side to Vancouver on the West, Canada’s cities will also leave you impressed.
Travelling alone to Canada is also really safe. You will not have to constantly check the safety of your belongings or your surroundings.
Not only is Iceland gorgeous, it has also been ranked as the safest country in the world, which makes it a perfect country for traveling alone. Its natural wonders are endless and, on top of that, it is charmingly small and intimate, to the point that it feels like a big local neighbourhood where everybody knows each other.
Driving in Iceland is pretty easy too. Most travellers drive the Golden Circle or Ring Road, a perfect road trip to do on your own. But if you don’t feel like driving, don´t worry, the local public transportation system is great. The only drawback is that it is a pretty expensive country, but if you have some savings to invest in a trip, you won’t regret it!
Germany, and specially its capital, Berlin, is a perfect destination if it is your first time traveling alone. The country is safe, English is widely spoken, and the locals are generally helpful. You can start with Berlin, one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. One thing is for sure, you won’t get bored: from visiting the art galleries, to joining an alternative street art tour or shopping at the flea markets, Berlin offers endless possibilities.
When you’ve had enough of Berlin, you can take train and discover some of the multiple interesting places that the country offers: from interesting monumental cities such Munich, Hamburg and Cologne to the castles in the rest of Baden-Wüttemberg, where you will also enjoy the beautiful nature.
Another good European option when travelling alone is Austria. You can begin by its capital, Vienna, which aside from extremely beautiful is small, and by far one the easiest cities to navigate in Europe. It has also been named “city with the highest quality of life” eight times in a row. Enjoy its museums, concert halls and cafes and then you can move to Salzburg, which, even though is smaller than Vienna, is just as beautiful, welcoming and solo-traveller friendly.
Thanks to its superb rail network, you can practically get anywhere in Austria, from Graz to Innsbruck. The striking countryside is a hotspot for hikers and alpine explorers.
Switzerland is another perfect choice for those who want to travel alone. Incredibly safe and clean, it boasts a fantastic transport system that will allow you to hike in the most remote areas with no problems at all.
A very good idea is purchasing a Swiss Rail Pass, which is good for each lake streamer, tram and train in the country. You can start your solo trip in Switzerland with a couple of days in the pedestrian-friendly and stately city of Zurich. Afterwards, you can head south to Lake Geneva’s shores for the nightlife, bistros and museums of Lausanne and Montreux and end the trip by going to Ticino, an Italian-speaking region.