Man traveling alone with map and luggage sitting along train tracks.

Traveling alone is both exciting and scary. You have the freedom to do whatever you like, but tackling a foreign city solo can feel lonely and overwhelming to some.

If you’re new to solo travel, it can take some getting used to. However, choosing the right city for your first independent adventure can make all the difference.

Here are seven of the best cities in the world for travelers looking to explore on their own.

1. Paris, France

Paris is a relatively easy-to-navigate city full of culture, art, and food, which means you’ll never run out of things to do. As one of the biggest cities in the world, you also don’t need to be fluent in French to get around. Spend a day exploring the Musée du Louvre or enjoy a bottle of wine and baguette along the Seine.

2. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm has both a storybook and a big city vibe that creates the perfect location for a solo traveler. Sweden is one of the safest countries in the world for tourists and most locals speak English, meaning they can help you get around if you’re lost. From party-all-night clubs to rich history and excellent food, Stockholm has something for everyone.

Cartoon of man traveling alone sitting at cafe with an invisible friend.3. Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is a great place to meet other friendly travelers or just explore on your own. With attractions like the Guinness Storehouse and iconic bars like The Temple Bar, it’s easy to find someone to share a pint with. Dublin residents are also extremely friendly. They’re happy to share recommendations, give you directions, or otherwise help you experience their beautiful city.

4. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is home to a vibrant art scene and a mix of different cultures––perfect for the solo traveler looking to explore something outside of their comfort zone. It’s also conveniently located along the Great Ocean Road, making it easy to take a day trip drive to other coastal towns and sites.

5. Vancouver, Canada

Canada has a reputation for being one of the nicest countries in the world––and Vancouver is no different. Located on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver is diverse, English-speaking, and only a 2-hour drive from famous mountain resorts, like Whistler––making it a perfect solo destination no matter the time of year.

6. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand is full of sites, adventure, and rich culture to experience. If you’re looking to travel alone, Chiang Mai is just the place for you. Stay in the old city if you want walking access to the night markets or Tha Pae Gate. Schedule group tours to the various temples as a great way to meet other travelers while exploring everything Chiang Mai has to offer.

7. Brisbane, Australia

The city of Brisbane is a calmer Australian alternative to Melbourne or Sydney, making it the perfect solo trip destination for someone who wants to sit back and relax but still have plenty to do. Brisbane is home to the Koala Sanctuary, as well as botanical gardens and art museums.

Whether you’re new to solo travel or you’ve been doing it for years, the location you choose can make all the difference. Check out these seven top locations, or explore a bit on your own!


About The Author

Erica is a former digital nomad, having traveled the world as a freelance writer. She is now a writer at Scribewise and lives in Philadelphia. Her favorite travel destinations include London, Prague, and Bali.

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