The best countries to visit when traveling alone
If you’re the sort of person who likes to throw their bags in luggage storage straight upon arrival and get out there exploring a new city on your own, then have you ever thought about setting off on your own solo adventure?
Whether your friends haven’t quite caught the travel bug like you, you hate being burdened by having to plan around other people, or you simply want to set off with a backpack and see where the journey takes you, there are plenty of reasons why traveling alone can be a super rewarding experience.
Solo travel opens up a lot of opportunities and freedoms, allowing you to make your own agenda, make new friends, and grow as a person.
But whether you’re straight out of high school embarking on a gap year or looking for a new experience later in life, traveling on your own can be a pretty daunting experience, so we’ve analyzed a number of destinations around the world to find out which are the best, safest, and most affordable places for solo travel.
We used various online articles and lists to build an initial list of countries considered to be good for solo travelers, before analyzing each one on the following factors.
We then gave each country a normalized score out of ten on each of the factors, before taking an average across each of these scores to reach our final overall score out of ten.
The number of attractions listed on Tripadvisor, per 100,000 people.
The number of bars listed on Tripadvisor, per 100,000 people.
The number of restaurants listed on Tripadvisor, per 100,000 people.
Group activities/tour guides
The number of group activities and tour guides listed on Tripadvisor, per 100,000 people.
Cost of public transport
The average cost of a one-way ticket on public transport according to Numbeo.
Cost of a hotel stay
The average cost of a nightly hotel stay on a Friday or Saturday night according to Kayak, based on hotels selected by users in the last two weeks (as of 03/09/2021).
Number of hostels
The total number of hostels listed on Hostelworld, per 100,000 people.
Quality of hostels
The average review score for hostels listed on Hostelworld.
Crime & safety
The level of crime and safety according to survey responses to Numbeo, with a lower score being better in terms of crime, and a higher score being better in terms of safety.
The mean annual temperature according to World Bank Group’s Climate Knowledge Portal .
The mean annual precipitation according to World Bank Group’s Climate Knowledge Portal .