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As travelers have become more prone to travel alone, one of the benefits of taking a solo trip is having complete control of your itinerary.

If you want to go to more popular destinations, such as Paris, New York City, or Dubai, there is nothing wrong with that. You will never be bored as they are popular for a reason with many attractions.

Some major cities can be too expensive. But, there are many wondrous places off-the-beaten-path that are worth exploring too, especially when you are on your own and on a budget.

Here are 7 affordable off-path destinations perfect for a solo trip:

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Puducherry, India

Why not visit a truly unique place with a blend of multiple cultures? Puducherry (or Pondicherry) is a beachside city away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai and New Delhi.

French and Indian cultures are a staple in this charming, quaint town. Solo travelers will find themselves in awe walking the streets along colonial-era buildings.

Beaches here are highly underrated and a big draw to those who know they exist. Solo trippers who are into yoga and meditation should look no further as the town welcomes those looking to better their mind, body, and soul.

This town is an amazing place to experience French cuisine and authentic cafes without stepping foot in France. The average cost of a cappuccino is $1.75, according to Numbeo.

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Bratislava, Slovakia

When you think of taking a European trip, Bratislava may not immediately come to mind. Just across the border from Austria lies a quirky city well worth exploring on your own.

Full of charming cobblestone streets surrounded by magnificent castles and a UFO-themed bridge, this city is full of treasures.

It's easy to find a hostel, even with a private room, at an affordable price point. Seeing the city on foot is best because you just never know what you might run into.

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Santa Ana, El Salvador

The President of El Salvador has taken controversial steps to lower the crime rate to combat its negative reparation in mainstream news.

The U.S. still classifies this Central American nation as Level 3 with a “Reconsider Travel” advisory.

Despite that warning, many solo travelers come to El Salvador for its enriching culture, phenomenal cuisine, and to experience nature, whether surfing or hiking.

Santa Ana, in particular, is known to be the safest city in the country, and residents are proud of this fact.

Home to extremely affordable pupusas that will leave your mouth drooling for more, low-priced accommodations, easy access to charming small towns, and the scenic Santa Ana Volcano, this city should be on your radar.

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Muscat, Oman

Oman recently changed their visa policy to make itself more appealing to travelers. Very safe and rich in culture, solo travelers will fall in love with its beaches, savory cuisine, and the warmth of the locals.

Muscat is the capital of Oman and the perfect gateway into Omani culture, whether it's your first stop or only stop.

Accommodations are relatively inexpensive, as well as cheap cuisine and transportation around the city to explore the markets and beaches while taking in the view of its majestic mountains.

Although, tours can be very pricey. With a little research ahead of time, travelers can save some dough sightseeing on their own.

@thechaosdiaries 👇Things to do in Muscat, Oman Whether you’re looking to explore traditional souqs, visit stunning mosques, or simply relax on the beach, Muscat has it all. The warm hospitality of the Omani people, combined with the city’s modern amenities make it a must-visit destination that should be on your travel list 🇴🇲 Here’s just a few things to do in this stunning city: 🕌 Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque: This beautiful mosque is one of the largest in the world, with a capacity of up to 20,000 worshippers. 🔆Explore the Mutrah Souq: This traditional market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, spices, and Omani handicrafts. 🌊 Take a stroll along the Corniche: The Corniche is a picturesque waterfront promenade that offers stunning views of the harbour and the city. 🎭Visit the Royal Opera House: This impressive building is not only a world-class venue for music and theater, but it’s also a work of art in its own right. 🏰Visit the Al Alam Palace: This stunning palace is the ceremonial residence of the Sultan of Oman and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains. 🌅Go up Mutrah Fort for the sunset: Perched on a hill overlooking the picturesque harbor and offers stunning views of the cityscape. #muscat #muscatoman #muscatlife #oman #visitoman #oman🇴🇲 #omantourism #omantravel #traveltheworld #thewanderingtourist #uktravelblogger #femaletravelbloggers #femaletraveler #citizenfemme #escapetheeveryday #culturetrip #girlswhotravel #dametravel #dametraveler #femmetravel #prettylittletrips #womenwhoexplore #girlsthatwander #travel #travelgram ♬ Miracle – Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

Bulgaria has become more popular for travelers as of late, especially for digital nomads. The traveling on their own in this part of the world may have passed through Sofia, the largest city in Bulgaria.

However, it's this small town among the Sredna Gora mountains that suits solo travelers. Every home in Koprivshtitsa is a different color among other eye-catching attractions, such as the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town district.

A visit here will make you feel like you're in a storybook while sticking to a tight budget.

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Omatepe, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is no stranger to solo travelers, as many often make their way to the lovely town of Granada. However, this stunning island is just as worthy of visiting, maybe even more.

Omatepe offers comfortable hostels and many activities to explore its stunning nature, including sunsets overlooking vast volcanoes.

Hiking and swimming are also very popular here. And, of course, it's always fun to chase waterfalls.

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Salvador, Brazil

While most travelers jetting off to Brazil will go to popular destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, there are some other amazing cities worth checking out.

Salvador is a coastal city with nice beaches. It's the perfect place to experience Brazilian culture without the tourist traps.

The food is always fresh, whether from the sea or locally grown fruit. Travelers can wander around the city taking in its vibrance and charm with picturesque cobblestone streets and colorful buildings.

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Chevalier de Balibari

Friday 14th of July 2023

Puducherry's French quarter looks charming if you're looking up, but look at the street and it's a different story. Typically India, if that's your thing.

Patrick Leary

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Why are you recommending Iman to visit????? Their stance on gay rights is disgusting! Get with it!!!!!

Christine

Wednesday 19th of July 2023

@Patrick Leary, are you thinking of Iran? While as a Muslim country it is criminalized, Oman is far from the worst for gay rights. However you may be executed in Iran. Also in nearby Qatar. Homosexuality is also illegal in UAE. As in Dubai.I know that's a major tourist destination. I thought Oman was amazing

Angela

Friday 14th of July 2023

@Patrick Leary, I would be more concerned about women having to wear hijabs.. what does it say about the men

Chevalier de Balibari

Friday 14th of July 2023

@Patrick Leary, It's OK if you're not a single gay traveler, which is 98% of travelers?

Khan mohammad

Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Love tourism ♥️

Henrique Ghidetti

Monday 10th of July 2023

Sorry to say, but Salvador is not so off the grid as you may think. It is a beautiful town, has nice beaches and great attractions in its surroundings, but it is a big touristic place, maybe the second to Rio de Janeiro.

Hasina

Sunday 9th of July 2023

Love it. ❤️