Jean-Paul Sartre famously said, “Hell is other people.” Well, we reckon other people are just fine if they’re bringing you a cocktail as you lie on a secluded beach.
Ask any solo traveller, though, and they’ll tell you it’s about more than getting away from it all or finding yourself. Sometimes the travel companions you meet along the way prove more interesting than the tourist sights.
That’s why our definitive list of places to go 2017 offers the opportunity to meet new people. (If you want to.)
Table for one in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a mecca for single travellers. And the local’s favourite mode of transport – the bicycle – embodies the city’s independent spirit. You can grab a public bike straight out of Centraal Station and go explore. Drive by Bloemenmarkt – the world’s only floating flower market. Dodge trams at bustling Dam Square. And park outside Rijksmuseum for a peek at some Golden Age Art. Don’t sweat if you get peopled-out. You can grab a table at EENMAAL, the world’s first one-person restaurant. Reserve a table for one at: http://eenmaal.com/
Easy riding in the Highlands
The road trip. The ultimate holiday to let your hair down, put on the power ballads playlist, and go all Thelma and Louise. Forget Route 66 though; there are plenty of epic roads in the UK to explore. Take the Highlands, for example. The road from Loch Lomond to Glencoe will steer you through eerie Rannoch Moor before it drops down between Glencoe’s impossibly high mountains. And some days, you won’t see another car for miles. If England’s more your scene, check out our English Countryside Destinations You Have To Experience. And the car? It has to be a Mini Cooper, come on!
Your private island, anywhere
We all have the Robinson Crusoe gene. It longs for a secluded sandy beach, crystal clear waters, and unremitting sun. Thankfully, the 2017 solo traveler doesn’t have to hunt for their food. Luxury hotel resorts can give you the desert island experience with fine dining thrown in. You’ll find hotels around the world at: http://theluxauthority.com/experience-world-accor-hotels/ and can choose which end of earth you want to lose yourself in.
Get lost in translation in Tokyo
Tokyo offers the biggest culture shock – and adventure – a solo tourists can get. Skyscraper billboards straight out of Blade Runner. A national dish that isn’t even cooked. And some of the world’s quirkiest hotels to lay your frazzled head down. If a sleeping pod isn’t your thing, try a drink at Park Hyatt Tokyo’s rooftop bar. It’s where Bill Murray meets Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation. Follow in their footsteps and duck in for karaoke at the Shibuya district. Then fuel up on sushi at Ichikan – the restaurant where they share fortune cookies. You can read up on this vibrant Tokyo district at: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3007.html
So, whether you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone or kick back in luxury, our definitive destination list for 2017 ticks all boxes for those going solo.
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