You know what’s trendy right now in the tourism world? Solo travel. That’s right! What was once considered ‘strange,’ is now taking the world by storm. With 54% of adults thinking about taking a solo trip this year, it’s time to hop on board and start planning.
A 36% increase from 2022, solo travelers are planning trips throughout the year and are on the hunt for the best spots to visit alone. If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of solo travel, now’s the time to hop on the bandwagon and join in the fun!
Taking the hard work out of decision-making, Planet Cruise recently ranked the world’s best solo hotspots on factors such as friendliness and safety to round up the top 5 winners this year!
Alright, alright… First things first! “I’m going to get bored solo traveling..” wrong! Tokyo ranked number one as having the most attractions on the list. The buzzing city has 10,000 to be exact, meaning if you’re alone, you really will never be bored!
The Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Skytree, and Ueno Park.. need we say more? If attractions aren’t enough, Tokyo also received the fourth-best safety score at 76, meaning you won’t have to worry about walking around as a solo traveler.
Having traveled to Prague twice myself, I can confidently say I felt incredibly at ease traveling around the city alone. With a vibrant hostel culture, hundreds of other solo travelers, and easy streets to navigate, it’s a solo travelers’ haven.
Prague scored the second highest on Planet Cruises safety index- and for good reason! Proud people through and through, Czechs love to share their culture, language, and food. If you visit any local pub, prepare yourself to leave with a few new friends.
You know where it’s cheap to travel? Asia. If you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of a city mixed with a little preserved culture, then Beijing may just be the travel spot for you.
You know how I’ve met 90% of my travel friends? Group tours!! With 2,000 group tours available around the city, it’s fairly easy to meet fellow travelers on the road in Beijing.
Beijing is the perfect central hub to extend your trip around China if you have enough time to explore at leisure! Plan a day to the Great Wall of China, browse the Summer Palace, or climb the steps to the Temple of Heaven. Whatever it may be, you’re bound to find a friend or 2!
3,934 group trips!! You read that right. Ranking number one in the trip category, Hanoi offers so many opportunities for solo travelers to meet new people.
An architecture buff’s paradise, Hanoi is one of those places where you can explore for hours. Meander up and down the busy streets and eat your way through all the local restaurants.
Begin your day wandering around the many museums the city has to offer, and then meet your new friends for a few light bites at the weekend night markets. Friends, good food, and a lively new culture? Sounds perfect to us!
Closing the list at number five is the populous city of Shanghai. With 23.4 million residents, if you’re looking to awaken your senses in every aspect, look no further!
With a safety score of 70.1, you’ll have no trouble wandering the busy city as a solo traveler- and Shanghai really has a little something for everyone.
Relax in the serene Yuyuan Gardens by day and experience an incredulous sunset over the skyline by night. You’ll be in awe of just how much this Chinese city has to offer.
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