If you are considering taking on a trip alone, it is time to commit. Solo travel is the ultimate relaxation method and is delightfully self-indulgent.
Traveling solo allows you to experience the world without the influence of a friend or partner's tastes, prejudices, or preferences.
Doing what it is you want to do will likely lead to a voyage of self-discovery. It's the ideal opportunity to try something new, challenge yourself, explore new cultures and broaden your horizons.
You can selfishly plan every minute of your trip and not worry about the desires or interests of a travel companion as you solely are in charge. Planning is not a problem as do so however you want, and you don't have to worry about compromising and making sacrifices.
A recent Booking.com poll asked 15,000 people from 20 countries about solo travel. They found that one in three people are planning to travel solo for the first time in 2017. The poll also took advice from experienced solo travelers which included:
- Secure accommodation in advance of arrival.
- Carry your passport with you.
- Pack less than you think you need.
- Ensure you know some basic phrases in the local language.
So now with all this knowledge, where should you go? Below are 11 must-visit travel destinations, broken into six international and five domestic destinations:
1. Caicos Islands
Club Med Turkoise is located in Grace Bay, Providenciales and is Club Med's only property that is exclusively for adults.
The all-inclusive resort offers gorgeous beaches, colorful bungalow accommodations, thrilling sports and nightly entertainment. Activities include Club Med's signature trapeze, wind surfing, sailing, tennis and more.
2. Dominican Republic
Located in exclusive Cap Cana, the contemporary AlSol Tiara Cap Cana resort is perfect for singles looking to relax, yet be social while on vacation. Resort guests can meet other guests in the pool as soon as they exit their swim-out suites, or at the pool's swim-up bar.
For those single guests looking for some rest and relaxation, the pristine beach and the Caribbean's first BABOR Signature Spa await. If planning an evening out, guests can head to the new Sanctuary Town to experience a variety of dining and drinking options.
3. Tel Aviv
Located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline, the global city boasts to be the “City that Never Sleeps” in the Middle East due to its lively nightlife.
Stay at the The Poli House, the very grown up Neverland in the epicenter of Tel Aviv's cultural core or the art-deco Hotel Montefiore and dine at the Alla Rampa, an open-air tapas bar, or the landmark Joz v Loz.
Head over to the Milk & Honey Whiskey Distillery for a L'chaim and the Beer Bazaar to imbibe and when the sun is up stroll down Allenby St. straight to the beach. When looking to let loose, head to Rothschild 12 (R12) for the best happy hour cocktails in Tel Aviv, then dance the night away at The Block.
Nestled on a pristine beach of the Pacific Ocean just an hour north of Cabo San Lucas, Rancho Pescadero is offering two wellness retreat concepts that are perfect for single travelers.
The boutique luxury resort will be hosting their second annual Body, Mind & Soul Yoga Retreat in addition to a new Yoga, Surf & Nutrition Retreat.
Another option is Temptation Cancun Resort, the best adult only all-inclusive experience. It offers a vibrant and passion-infused, topless-optional environment with spicy entertainment.
Known as “One Happy Island” Aruba offers gorgeous weather year-round (as the island is underneath the hurricane belt). You'll encounter friendly and humorous locals, delicious island eats and activities galore.
Set on Palm Beach, just steps away from action and relaxation, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has nine restaurants and bars, two pools (including a swim-up bar), a private adults-only floor and lounge, daily entertainment and a plethora of activities.
To spend some alone time and/or meet other travelers go on off-roading Land Rover excursions, venture off on group snorkeling and sunset sail boats and take private windsurfing, kitesurfing and beach tennis lessons with local experts.
There's an exciting-yet-casual nightlife scene in Aruba, plus a party bus called the Kukoo Kunuku that takes visitors around to the island's hotspots.
6. British Columbia
Canada's westernmost province offers a picturesque travel destination defined by its Pacific coastline, mountain ranges and nature areas like Glacier National Park.
If you are looking for a true backcountry experience, the Nelson, British Columbia, Mountain Trek one- or two-week program, offers guests a boot camp vacation, while also providing a resort experience at their lodge.
Emphasis is placed on solo travelers (only one couple is allowed during each weekly program), which allows solo-travelers to reset their wellness habits and reboot their lifestyle.
From tailored calorie-controlled meals and activities including hiking, yoga, massage therapy, detox treatments, and a variety of fitness and nutrition classes, travelers can recalibrate and feel renewed.
7. Las Vegas, NV
Singles needing an escape should look no further than Las Vegas as the city embraces adult freedom. Remember, “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.”
Have an all-star stay at one of their luxurious hotels like the The Venetian, The Palazzo or ARIA Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Dine at the new Momofuku and Milk Bar at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas or play over-sized games and drink from a wide variety of beer at Beerhaus at The Park.
After your hunger has subsided, go clubbing at one of the country's hottest nightlife venues at locations like the XS Nightclub at Encore, JEWEL Nightclub or Drai's at The Cromwell. If entertainment is your thing, there is no shortage of concerts, shows and plays across the city.
8. Jackson Hole, WY
Nestled in the Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole holds genuine charm and sense of place along with being a popular ski resort.
Located just 45 minutes north of Jackson Hole the unbridled wilderness of Teton Country, Turpin Meadow Ranch offers travelers an inspiring and luxurious stay.
Guests create their own adventure, whether it be horseback riding in the pristine wilderness, hiking to unforgettable vistas, fly fishing a Wild & Scenic river or excellent wildlife viewing.
You can also enlist a friendly and experience guide who can provide a personalized introduction to the wild. Stay in one of their luxurious and private one-room cabins and enjoy the 100+ year old lodge's Western hospitality with world-class farm-to-table dining that will indulge and delight.
9. Austin, TX
As the "Live Music Capital of the World" and home the notorious 6th Street Entertainment District, Austin is one of the top visitor destinations for music lovers.
From the city's exceptional cuisine to local haunts and unique cultural events, solo travelers will find a memorable experience for any occasion.
While there, stay at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, the No. 1 golf resort in Texas, boasting four nationally acclaimed championship courses, a full-service Three Springs Spa and more. Singles can choose to relax under the care of trained masseuses, play a round of some of the best golf in the country or take advantage of some of the unique resort activities to meet other guests.
10. Waikiki, HI
At the beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, Waikiki is on the south shore of the island of Oʻahu, famed for its five beaches and public parks.
From outdoor adventure to an epicurean journey, singles can check into the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, designed for the travelers who are explorers, wayfarers and individualists. It is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in local culture and search for experiences that can't be found in a guide book.
Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States and is internationally known for golf, tennis, auto racing, water sports and its tropical weather.
First stop is South Beach, the epicenter of the state's social scene. Perched directly on the sands of Ocean Drive, Marriott caters to both beach bum and active travelers, and is perfect for solo travelers.
They offer “Mingle in Miami" tip cards listing best places to meet & mingle with other singles.