Travel experts reveal 5 cities that are perfect for solo travellers, from a 1,500-year-old hotspot with ‘welcoming locals’ to ‘one of the safest countries in South America’

Travelling alone can be pure joy – as there’s only one person in charge of the itinerary. You.

However, pick the wrong destination and the ‘alone’ part of the deal can suddenly become a problem. Especially if there are safety issues.

So where are the ‘right’ destinations? 

See below. We’ve spoken to travel experts from The Points Guy, Aditi Travel and Travel City for their top tips on the best cities and countries for a solo adventure, from the ‘safest country in South America’ to spots where making friends is a breeze thanks to ‘welcoming locals’ and plentiful hostels.

Scroll down for more – and don’t forget to vote in our poll for your favourite solo destination… 

Tbilisi, Georgia

Solo travel expert Helen Youngman recommends the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi (above), for a getaway for one. She says that the ‘welcoming locals’ are one of many plus points 

Helen Youngman, who runs solo-travel holiday firm Aditi Travel, recommended 1,500-year-old Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, which stands at the intersection of Europe and Asia.

Helen told MailOnline Travel: ‘Tbilisi is a creative and eclectic city with a historic old town, colourful Ottoman architecture and warm and welcoming locals, which makes it perfect for exploring solo. 

‘Relax in the city’s famous sulphur bathhouses, enjoy wine tasting in cosy basement bars and for a taste of famed Georgian hospitality and cuisine, book a meal at a local family home.

‘Stay at: Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, which is located in a beautifully restored building and is a great base for exploring the vibrant local culture.’

Santiago, Chile

Nicky Kelvin from The Points Guy said Santiago (above) is 'one of the safest countries in South and Latin America' with 'stunning natural scenery' and 'a huge hostel culture'

Nicky Kelvin from The Points Guy said Santiago (above) is ‘one of the safest countries in South and Latin America’ with ‘stunning natural scenery’ and ‘a huge hostel culture’

Nicky Kelvin, travel expert and Editor at Large at The Points Guy, recommended a hotspot in South America that’s surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains – Santiago, the capital of Chile.

Nicky explained to MailOnline: ‘Chile is considered one of the safest countries in South and Latin America, and the capital city has an especially low crime rate. 

‘Once you venture beyond Santiago, you can enjoy skiing in the Andes, trekking in the Atacama desert and even enjoy bicycle wine tastings. 

‘In terms of stunning natural scenery, the wild Chilean landscapes are hard to top. 

‘Plus, the entire country has a huge hostel culture (with both budget and high-end options), making it easy to find new friends. Prefer to stay in town? Santiago has many accessible lookout points, fantastic museums and delicious restaurants, too.’

Berlin, Germany

Nicky recommended Berlin for a solo European city break, noting its 'excellent public transportation, high level of spoken English' and the plentiful hostels

Nicky recommended Berlin for a solo European city break, noting its ‘excellent public transportation, high level of spoken English’ and the plentiful hostels 

Travellers who want to explore Europe are spoilt for choice – but Nicky recommends the German capital for those heading out alone. 

He noted: ‘Berlin is a city with a low crime rate, excellent public transportation, a high level of spoken English and progressive vibes that will make pretty much anyone feel at home. 

‘With plenty of hostels and free tours, you’ll be able to easily meet other solo travellers in a low-pressure environment. 

‘Berlin also has a fantastic public art trail, so wandering the city on foot is especially easy – and entertaining.’

Melbourne, Australia

Lee Dobson, co-founder of Travel City, suggested Melbourne, because it has a 'vibrant cultural scene, diverse neighbourhoods, and welcoming locals'. Above - Melbourne Flinders Street railway station

Lee Dobson, co-founder of Travel City, suggested Melbourne, because it has a ‘vibrant cultural scene, diverse neighbourhoods, and welcoming locals’. Above – Melbourne Flinders Street railway station

Lee Dobson, co-founder of Travel City, which offers reviews and suggestions about where to go, recommended holidaymakers venture down under.

He told MailOnline: ‘Melbourne stands out as a great city break for solo travellers due to its vibrant cultural scene, diverse neighbourhoods, and welcoming locals. 

‘The city is known for its street art, coffee culture, and numerous festivals. Solo travellers can visit the National Gallery of Victoria, explore the laneways filled with unique shops and cafes, and relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens. 

‘Melbourne’s extensive tram network makes it easy to get around. The city is also a gateway to natural attractions like the Great Ocean Road and the Yarra Valley – perfect for day trips.’

Taipei, Taiwan

Nicky Kelvin recommended Taipei for solo holidaymakers, noting that it's 'right up there with Japan in terms of safety' but 'much cheaper' than Tokyo. Above - Taipei's National Concert Hall in Liberty Square

Nicky Kelvin recommended Taipei for solo holidaymakers, noting that it’s ‘right up there with Japan in terms of safety’ but ‘much cheaper’ than Tokyo. Above – Taipei’s National Concert Hall in Liberty Square

The Points Guy’s Nicky suggested that solo travellers who want to explore Asia should venture to Taiwan, an island country off the east coast of China.

And while there, he recommended making a beeline for Taipei. 

He explained: ‘Taiwan is right up there with Japan in terms of safety – and [capital city] Taipei is much cheaper for a solo traveller to visit than Tokyo. 

‘With an immense offering of budget and boutique properties, as well as large brand hotels that are also well-priced (think Kimpton and Hilton), solo travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to lodging options. 

‘Free walking tours are offered in many neighbourhoods and are an excellent way to link up with like-minded travellers, as are street food tours. 

‘An additional bonus: Taipei’s metro system is clean, organised and safe. It even plays classical music when the trains approach.’



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