How To Go On A Solo Travel Without Joining Travel Group

  • Recently Updated: Aug 2022

So Does solo travel gets lonely?

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Whenever you picture about tours for solo travel, you might imagine humongous buses loaded with people disembarking at buffet restaurants and tourist places. 

Nevertheless, when I was traveling solo for the very first time with a small group guided tour, I felt like I was a total stranger but the local guide and my fellow groupies made me feel comfortable.

The planning to solo travel destination is no doubt an easy task to undertake once you get the feel of it. Best of all, you don’t need to wait for your travel companions to decide until the cow comes home.

Chaotic by nature isn’t always nice, but as a solo traveler, you learn to be more patient with people around you. You will become a better priority planner on travel places and activities to do on your next solo trip.

The experience that you learn about traveling alone will give you the benefit of budgeting and planning your future solo vacations without having to consult anyone.

26 percent of all nights booked in 2021 were by solo travelers, and more than 50 percent of nights booked for long-term stays during the first quarter of 2022 were for solo travelers – Source AirBNB:

Solo Travel Groups

Whether you’re traveling by minivans, SUVs or walking tour, solo travel groups can sit, eat meals together and chat about the day’s activities or meet up later for night outs.

A group vacation is a fantastic approach to consider when planning a solo trip to your dream holiday destination. Being with a group of people, you’ll enjoy the many conveniences offered by local guided operators.

Special group rates are often offered by tour companies via travel agencies, however, most of the small group tour operators or independent local guides offer a better bargain.

When you do take advantage of small solo travel group, not only do you get to make friends with fellow groupies with similar travel ideology, but the planning process is made a lot easier too.

Best solo travel destinations

  • CHIANGMAI, THAILAND
  • REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
  • SARDINIA, ITALY
  • CEBU, PHILIPPINES

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

Affectionally know as the “Rose Of The North”, Chiang Mai lies in the northern most province of Thailand and pretty much suitable for solo travelers.

With lush greenery, mountains, elephant sanctuaries and much more places to visit and activities, the city is a magnate for tourists looking to spend a relaxing time.

Bangkok is 700 kilometers (430 miles) away from Chiang Mai. There are domestic flights, coaches and train plying from Bangkok to Chiang Mai daily.

So, if you are not in the hurry, taking the train is safe, laid-back and a pleasant trip passing by quaint villages. mountains and rice fields. There are private compartments as well, perfect for solo travel females.

For Europeans who have never visited the northern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai is pretty exotic and you’ll totally feel as though you are out there sightseeing and appreciating a sustainable natural surroundings.

The cost for Chiang Mai hotels and meals are pretty low, so you won’t have to worry about forking a ton of cash for a week stay on a solo trip.

Chiang Mai’s citizens are respectful and law abiding unlike ugly stories you hear on the southern side of the country.

You won’t see as much scams and pickpocket reports from solo travelers as you would in Bangkok or more popular cities in Europe.

In fact, most hotel allows food delivery direct to your doorstep or lobby via Grab Food and Foodpanda food delivery app with most meal orders costing approximately 100 baht.

Even better for women travelers as you can go out for dinner and visit tons of night markets using Grab Rides app.

Costing you around 100 baht to anywhere in the city, most of the vehicles are safe, clean, comfortable and fully air-con. 

You might also like to visit top attractions and find some activities to do while in Chiang Mai. I would recommend you join a guided trip or get connected with my friendly local English speaking guide via his FB page for first-hand information regarding best places to go.    

CEBU, PHILIPPINES

Cebu Island in the Philippines is a fantastic vacation destination for solo traveler to Asia, in my opinion.

In comparison to other prominent Southeast Asian destinations, English is usually understood by the Filipinos and getting things done is easy and fast.

There are tons of International and domestic flights available directly from most countries and super easy transfers to your hotel. 

The Filipinos are generally friendly and accommodating, making this island getaway an exceptional solo travel for women. There are a number of escorted group travel tours that have a mixed of women travelers from around the world.

Cebu is ideal for women travelers who wish to unwind on the beach, experience delectable Filipino cuisine or seek adventure underwater such as swimming with whale sharks.

reykjavik iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

One of the best vacation spots in Europe for solo travelers and only an hour apart by plane is a trip to the land of “Fire And Ice”. The city of Reykjavik in Iceland is one of the most beautiful places to visit especially in Winter season. 

The best thing about small urban city is how easy it is to blend in with the people around you when traveling alone. It’s a great holiday destination to go if you want to organize your own trip without having to compromise with a travel companion. 

One of the best highlights to visit Reykjavik is the free walking excursions led by locals, many of whom are college grads. And not to forget the tons of waterfalls to explore.

Reykjavik is easily accessible from any European countries and once there, traveling about is easy with  Straeto city buses. The Staeto website provide all the information and guide for solo travelers.

So yeah, it’s not the most budget-friendly vacation destination but despite that, one way to save money is to stay in one of the city’s new hostels which is safe and clean.

SARDINIA, ITALY

If you are beach-loving solo traveler looking for tropical getaways in Italy, the Maddalena Islands located in Sardinia is perfect for solo travel boat tours. There are 7 main islands making the Maddalena Archipelago one of the best islands destinations for day trip boat tour.

There are tons of accommodations on the mainland Palau with a vibrant and safe nightlife. This is also the best vacation spot to book your boat tours and enjoy local food on the beachside town.

There are tons of group travel tours on small to full board boats and yachts to join where you can learn about the islands history while meeting other solo travelers like yourself.

Maddalena Islands in Sardinia, Italy has all that you need as one of the best destinations for solo travelers that incorporates relaxation and water recreations such as swimming and snorkeling.

If you are not willing to pay more for travel memberships, joining a solo travel tour is probably a good idea. Being part of a small group can be a great way to explore a new city,

Nevertheless,  you will want to be sure the guided activities and events match your personal interests or you may be disappointed. You may also want to book your group trip well in advance to get the best rates and early booking discounts.

Solo travel can be a great way to relax, have fun, make new friends and not worry about any rigid trip itinerary that might unnecessarily cause anxiety to your holiday plans.

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