Top 5 destinations for solo travel

Reader's Digest Editors

If you are looking at travelling solo here are 5 top destinations to add to your bucket list.

1. Austria

Nestling at the heart of Europe, Austria is a country of beautiful scenery, rich history and artistic treasures. Its patchwork of fairytale forests and snow-capped mountains make it the perfect place to let your mind wander into the romance of the past, while its vibrant and culturally rich cities offer plentiful opportunities to discover something new and inspiring. From the slopes of the Hochschneeberg mountain you can see as far as Hungary, while riding the Salamander train that winds along mountain passes is the best way of taking in the picture-book villages, gleaming lakes and stunning gothic castles that dot the landscape. In Vienna, a feast of delicious culinary treats awaits, as do world-class museums and classical music concerts. Click here to check out this Austrian Alps walks & Treks holiday.

2. Antarctica

For those in search of adventure and self-discovery, what could be better than heading to the ends of the earth? Sailing from Ushuaia in Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, and passing through The Drake Passage, visitors to Antarctica – or perhaps intrepid explorers would be a more accurate description – are guaranteed a truly life-changing experience. It’s the perfect trip for anyone looking to escape the daily grind and go in search of the awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife that define the remotest place on earth. Aboard the expedition vessel there’s the opportunity to spot whales and learn about this stunning place from experts in their specialist fields, while upon venturing ashore, you’ll find yourself in a crystal world of gleaming glaciers and ice that is home to thousands of penguins and seals.

3. Corfu

The Greek Island of Corfu was described by the writer Lawrence Durrell as offering ‘the most beautiful view in Europe’. And he wasn’t exaggerating. Olive groves, medieval villages and pristine sandy beaches lie in wait for visitors to this enchanted isle, while the laid-back and hospitable nature of the locals will ensure a warm welcome around every twist and turn of the Roman trails that traverse the landscape. The traditional local cuisine is simple, healthy and delicious, and the perfect way to relax and unwind after a dip in the Mediterranean. And the traditional tavernas scattered around the landscape are ideal places to stop off and quench your thirst when the stunning vistas, ancient oak forests and clear blue skies all become a little too overwhelming. Click here to check out this Corfu holiday - the accomodation is only for solo travellers.

4. Morocco

Morocco has been enchanting travellers for thousands of years. Europe’s gateway to Africa, it combines a mix of architectural styles, culture and history that make it quite unlike anywhere else on earth. The Agadir beach resort is a stretch of golden sand with a backdrop of tree-lined boulevards and bars, as well as the vibrant and bustling bazaars where you can haggle your heart out – an essential part of any visit. Not far away are national parks and, further inland, opportunities to visit authentic traditional towns and villages in the mountains. The desert sun gleams off whitewashed Portuguese-style buildings, while the unique Berber customs and hospitality make Morocco a must for the solo traveller in search of relaxation and adventure in equal measure.

5. Copenhagen

Denmark’s capital manages to pack a lot into a little. That is to say, it’s easy to explore on foot – or by bike, as many of the locals prefer – and the sense of cosmopolitan sophistication that pervades the place is matched only by the down-to-earth and unpretentious atmosphere that exists all over the city. From the Tivoli Gardens – a traditional theme park that offers historic architecture and botanical treasures as well as roller coasters – to the Nyhavn district with its multi-coloured housefronts facing onto a picturesque yacht-strewn harbour, Copenhagen is a great place to meander around alone or in a group. From the top of the Runetaarn – or Round Tower – you can take a look out over the rooftops of this pretty old town, and descending its incredible sloping stone helix back to street level should let you work up an appetite for a visit to one of the city’s many fine restaurants or world-class food markets. Click here to check out this Copenhagen city break.

If you want to travel solo with a group of like-minded people all seeking the same thing - whether that be adventures off the beaten track, city breaks or if you are simply seeking some sun and relaxation then head to Readers Digest Solo Travel to find out more. We have partnered with solo travel experts Solos Holidays to bring you a variety of holidays tailored for single and solo travellers. You can also phone 0844 826 8515 to find out more.

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