Best Cities To Travel In The World – I spent most of my twenties traveling the world alone. And in all the years I’ve lived out of a suitcase on the road, I’ve never regretted it. Even when I went down the mountain of Death Road in Bolivia or jumped off the world’s highest bungee jump in Macau. No matter how nervous or scared I was, every leap of faith was a leap into who I am today. And I wouldn’t change a thing! So if I’ve already convinced you to travel alone (or maybe you don’t need convincing), these are the best cities in the world to travel alone.
Tokyo will always be one of our favorite cities in the world. But why is it so great for solo travelers? Nowhere in the world is Tokyo as big and exciting, yet humble, friendly and good-natured. Add to that the ability to be completely anonymous, and Tokyo is a great city to explore on foot or by public transport without feeling unsafe or nervous.
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At first glance, Tokyo can be intimidatingly large. It may seem intimidating at first (just because of the sheer size), but there’s such a sense of security and peace in the chaos that you quickly feel at home.
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Tokyo is a year-round destination, but if you’re into pop colors and aesthetics, you can’t beat cherry blossom season in the spring and fall foliage season.
I have always had the best experiences in New York. Sometimes alone, sometimes with friends or family, but it’s always been fun. New York is one of my favorite cities to travel alone for several reasons. That means there are endless things to do, museums to wander, East Village bars and bakeries to discover throughout Manhattan and beyond. There is just so much to do! It’s also a great city for solo travelers because of its diversity. People come to New York from all walks of life – all education levels, all nationalities, all ages and all interests. So, no matter who you are, you will feel comfortable and accepted in this melting pot of cultures.
When to Go: Shoulder seasons are the best time to enjoy New York. April and September are less crowded but pleasant weather.
It’s impossible not to love a city like Melbourne. With its cafe culture, the best brunches in the world (if you ask me), social outdoor dining and even a beach not too far from the city, Melbourne has such vibrancy. Being a social city, Melbourne is perfect for solo travelers who want to meet other travelers, interact with locals and become a part of the city almost overnight.
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When to go: Summer is when the city really comes alive, especially in January when the Australian Open comes to town. However, if you prefer to avoid the crowds and high season prices, head to Melbourne in March or April to enjoy the city before winter sets in.
I’ve been to Vancouver a few times now and it never gets old no matter how many times I visit Vancouver. Vancouver is a young and youthful city, making it a great choice for travelers in their 20s and 30s who want to mingle with the locals. Vancouver is also home to many expats, with many Australians working year-round at nearby Whistler ski resorts.
As for activities, downtown Vancouver can be explored in a few days. As the city is more compact than other cities (like Toronto), it’s easy enough to walk around. But definitely rent a bike for a day and walk in Stanley Park. This urban oasis truly feels like the heart of Vancouver and deserves at least half a day to explore (it’s huge!).
When to go: March-May and September-November are the best times to enjoy the mild temperatures and low hotel prices.
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When I first visited Amsterdam, I traveled alone in Europe. It wasn’t my first time to Europe, but it was my first time to Holland. From the very first trip, I was hooked! I’ve been back to Amsterdam twice since then and it still feels like the most romantic and charming city in all of Europe.
But don’t let the romantic vibe fool you (romantic party for one, anyone?) Amsterdam is a great city for solo travelers because it’s easy to get around and you can see the city just by walking. But if you want to go to the other side of the city by public transport, Amsterdam has very easy and efficient public transport. And since it’s a social city with lots of students and young professionals, it’s easy to meet people and interact with locals.
Paris is now and forever my favorite city in the world. Now I know this is a big call, but I’m going to go ahead and stick with it! I just love this city so much. I have been alone in Paris most of the time. And no matter how many times I visit, I never get tired of it!
There are many ways to enjoy Paris on your own. Start with a visit to the Eiffel Tower at sunset, complete with a bottle of bubbly and a box of macarons to set the scene. And if you fancy turning your shell upside down, pick up a Shakespeare & Co book and park by the Seine. Finally, on Sundays there is nowhere to be but Le Marais. Work all day at the many cafes and patisseries and dine at L’as Du Falafel before heading out. I have dreams about these pita sandwiches!
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When to Go: I’ve been to Paris in all seasons, and no time of year is more pleasant than April. Paris in spring is so charming that words cannot describe it – you have to be there to understand it!
They say all roads lead to Rome…and I have to agree! I have been incredibly lucky to have visited Rome three times, each time with a different travel companion. And not to take anything away from those trips, but I truly believe this is a city we enjoy on our own. Why do you ask?
There is so much to enjoy in Rome – history to see, culture to discover and incredible food served in simple family restaurants. This is truly an insider city that knows where to go.
If you’re traveling to Rome alone, make sure you focus on exploring Rome’s famous landmarks. It’s a great way to focus and keep your mind occupied while your eyes are full of wanderlust and excitement at any given moment.
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Hong Kong was the first city I traveled to and later the first city I visited alone. I was only twenty years old at the time and on my way from Australia to Europe I stopped in Hong Kong, a city I already felt comfortable visiting.
I’ve been back a few times since then on my own – and it’s safe to say I still love the city. As one of the most developed cities in Asia, Hong Kong is a mecca of skyscrapers, high-end dining and fun night clubs in Lan Kwai Fong. There is always something new to discover as restaurants, bars and cafes are always buzzing in this urban metropolis.
But what makes Hong Kong a great destination for solo travelers is the city’s simplicity. Public transport is perhaps the best in the world – cheap, efficient, clean and with plenty of stops on the MTR. It’s also a lively city with plenty of activities for visitors, from a tram ride up Victoria Peak to a day trip to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha.
When to go: October to December is the best time of year to visit Hong Kong. This way, you will avoid the monsoon season and get better room rates.
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Many of my picks are for the best cities for solo travel in Europe. That’s because the area is really full of great cities for solo travelers! And another city that I enjoyed visiting alone was Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
There is only one reason not to visit Copenhagen as a solo traveler and that is the cost of the city. It has a reputation as one of the most expensive cities in Europe, but luckily hostels are plentiful and incredibly safe and clean. Apart from that, there are good reasons to visit Copenhagen! Walking around the city is easy, people mostly keep to themselves and the city is wonderful to visit.