Traveling solo has never been more popular, according to a March 2013 Travel Guard study. For a variety of reasons — life changes, a wider embrace of independent living, an increasing desire to pursue personal interests — there’s been a marked uptick in the number of unaccompanied vacationers. Of course, single people have a built-in edge over group travelers when choosing vacation destinations: They only have to please one person — themselves. If you’re planning to spend some time vacationing by yourself, consider the following vacation spots for solo travelers this fall:
- Ireland. Internationally renowned for its friendliness, Ireland is also one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Small though The Emerald Isle is, there’s a lot to see; if you only have a week or so, research the regions, choose one or two, and plan ahead.
- Perth, Australia. Virtually anywhere in Australia is a nice destination for single vacationers, but Perth in springtime (September-November Down Under) is particularly appealing. The wildflowers are in bloom, the weather’s warming but not hot, the beaches are buzzing, and the nights are alive with culture. Plus, Perth offers a variety of attractions, both in the city and nearby.
- Hilo, Hawaii. Located on the “Big Island,” Hilo offers easy access to the tropical paradise and gorgeous scenery of ’Akaka Falls State Park; the Rainbow Falls of Wailuku River State Park; the Japanese landscaping of Liliuokalani Gardens; and the other-worldliness of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Best of all, if you’re going to Hilo for the beaches, you’ll love your options.
- Copenhagen, Denmark. An ideal spot for solo travelers, Copenhagen boasts the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken, but you’ll probably want to see other landmarks. Be sure to check out Rosenborg Castle, Christiansborg Slot, the canals of Christianshavn, the world-class architecture, and the various other diversions for which the city is known.
- Ottawa, Canada. The capital city of our neighbors to the north, Ottawa is a bilingual hotspot for vacationers who love museums and galleries, guided tours of all kinds, cultural entertainment, outdoor fun, and simple country fare. (Or you could take a different approach to your visit.)
- Malaysia. Adventurous solitary trekkers will enjoy Malaysia, a country about the size of New Mexico in Southeast Asia. With territory on both the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo, Malaysia offers coastal resorts, the oldest rainforest on the planet, and a variety of mountains. Tourists can also explore the Mulu Caves, a rehabilitation center for orangutans, the Cameron Highlands, and an assortment of other attractions. (Just keep an eye on the weather if you want to avoid the monsoon.)
These are just a few of the many vacation spots for solo travelers this fall. And when you make reservations through Travel Plus (and pay for them in U.S. dollars), you’ll earn 5% cash back for your travels. Leave us a reply with your recommendations for solo-travel destinations!