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Why These 3 Small European Countries Are Popular With Solo Travelers

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While it certainly feels as though nowhere is quite as safe as it once was, it’s important for solo travelers to keep their dreams on track and wits about them.

As you embark on your adventures, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little uneasiness with what’s happening around the world, but certain events are leaving travelers wondering where the safest spot to visit for solo travelers really is!

View of Talinn, Estonia

Europe is generally a safe bet for first-time solo wanderers, and while a slew of countries are ranked on different factors, sometimes the safer options are the lesser-known spots.

Long gone are the days when Western Europe stole the spotlight.

Northern and Eastern European countries are creeping into the ranks, showcasing their historical pasts, distinct cultures, and affordable prices. 

estonia nature

Estonia

Across the sea from Finland and bordering Latvia, this small Baltic country has a lot to offer those lucky enough to visit.

Estonia is an advantageous starting point for solo travelers looking for a safe country to explore within Europe, and its charming architecture doesn’t hurt either!

Get lost along the winding cobblestone streets as you meander past craft stores, charming pubs, and the welcoming city square. With its colorful buildings and burnt orange rooftops, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of wonder and magic when visiting Estonia. 

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Latvia

Just below Estonia, Latvia makes an appearance with its intricately decorated buildings and narrow walkways. A relatively small country, Latvia is often overlooked by those visiting Europe.

Communal markets, Old Town squares, and a stunning coastline – why wouldn’t you want to visit? The Gothic capital of Riga is the best starting point to explore this incredible country.

With museums, historical sites, castles, & a vibrant sauna scene, Latvia has something for everyone.

Lithuania sky views

Lithuania 

Sense a theme? You can visit all 3 of these countries in one trip! South of Latvia and you’re in your next solo travel spot: Lithuania.

As the largest Baltic State, this historical country is again often overlooked by most American tourists. 

The perfect mix of nature, culture, and delicious foods, this is one not to be missed. The capital city of Vilnius is incredibly attractive to those who can appreciate a good architectural piece or two. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is dotted with charming buildings and tree-lined streets.

Lithuania nature

Why Are These 3 Countries Good For Solo Travelers?

Easy to Navigate:

Sometimes the biggest question we have as solo travelers is “how am I going to get around?’ Trust me, unreliable transportation, taxi scams, and infrequent buses are a hassle, but when you’re venturing to smaller countries, it’s a liiiittle easier…

If you rent a car – even better! The roads in all 3 countries are easy to navigate, and thanks to their size, you can get from A to Z in no time.

If you choose to stay within the cities, they’re also incredibly walkable and safe for solo travelers to wander around.

latvia old town square and bridge

Affordability:

Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia – whichever you choose, you’re in for a treat when it comes to cheap prices! Hostels are often found for under $20/night and beer is sometimes 1 euro or less.

See a breakdown of costs for all 3 countries below:

Safety, of course:

If you’re traveling alone anywhere in the world, always stay alert regardless of where you are! While certain neighborhoods are to be avoided, all 3 Baltic States are safe for solo travelers. 

Thanks to welcoming locals and a welcoming backpacker scene, these countries are a great option for your next traveling adventures across Europe!

TEstonian folk dancers in traditional clothing at the song festival grounds in Pirita during the song festival 'laulupide' held every 5 years in Tallinn

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