It is a truth universally acknowledged that travelling alone in your twenties is an enriching experience. The challenges of navigating different languages and cultures (often while broke), the fascinating foreigners you meet in backpacker hostels, the florid romances that play out across international borders. But travelling solo is not just for those born in the ’90s. If you need a break from everyday life – and want to be selfish with your time, money and energy – booking a trip by yourself might be just what you need.
Numbers of solo travellers are on the rise. Whether it’s relaxing at a health retreat in Bali, castle-spotting in the UK, hitting the ski slopes in Japan, or something else entirely, there are plenty of options for people wanting to get out of town – without bringing the townspeople with them. We are increasingly opting to enjoy our own company, embracing sentiments expressed by the American actress, Ellen Burstyn: “What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.”
So what’s the number one destination when we want to decompress by ourselves? We’ll give you a hint; it’s a country that’s beautiful, safe and utterly unique, complete with friendly people, great food and sights so beautiful, your Instagram will be overloaded with likes.
Read on for a count down of the top 15 places traveller, travelled solo in 2018.
9. United Arab Emirates
8. United Kingdom