Flying Solo: Five Destinations for the Solo Traveler

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Friday, Feb 26, 2016 09:17 AM

by Carla de Guzman and Trish Lim

At least once in our life, we’d like to see a new place the way we want to. Spend a whole day inside a museum without worrying about if other people are bored, walk into a seedy-looking restaurant your usually squeamish companions wouldn’t agree to. There are a lot of pros to taking a solo flight - in fact, says that 72% of American women have traveled alone, both for business and pleasure. 

There are plenty of reasons why you should try to travel alone, but for now, let us tempt you with the idea by sharing our top destinations to travel solo.


Hong Kong, China

We love exploring Hong Kong (check out our article: Adventures in Central Hong Kong). It’s near enough to the Philippines that you can’t go outside without hearing Tagalog, but it’s far enough that the experience becomes completely different. Whether you choose to spend your day in Disneyland Hong Kong (inner child rearing is very important), to climb up Victoria Peak, or to just sit and sip Nai Cha on the Kowloon Harbour, Hong Kong is an easy, friendly metropolis any solo traveler can navigate. 



Coron, Palawan

Palawan is quickly rising to be every Filipino’s must-visit destination. While others sing praises for Puerto Princesa and El Nido, we like to think that Coron is a great place for a girl to travel solo. Island resorts usually book full packages including transpo, food and entrance to islands, which you can modify and discuss with the tour guide. We definitely recommend a trip to Cayangan Lake or CYC Beach



Bagan, Myanmar

Formerly called Burma, Myanmar is a country that has recently opened itself to the world, welcoming visitors after years of isolation. Now is a good time to go there as it isn't swarming with too many tourists - yet. It won't be long until people from all over the world flock to this country, particularly in Bagan, where hot air balloons are released at dawn over the ancient temples and pagodas. You can ride one and spend the sunrise over the vast plain or climb one of the tall temples and watch the spectacle from the top. Ballooning season starts from late October to mid-March, so make sure to book your trip within that time and scout for Hot Air Balloon companies online before then.



Stockholm, Sweden

Hailed as the safest city in Europe, every corner of Stockholm looks like an insta-postcard. If you’re feeling up to it, renting a bike is one the best ways to get around the city. Visit the Moderna Museet for your fill of Warhol, Dali or Pollock fix while having some Skåning, a herring sandwich. Whatever it is, Stockholm has a little something for everyone!


Vancouver, Canada

A bit of an odd-place on our list, we know. But trust us when we say that Canada won’t disappoint. If you’re into big-city exploring, then we suggest a trip downtown to the Granville Island Public Market, or a walk around the University of British Columbia. Getting tired of the city life? Go out and cross the hanging bridge at Lynn Canyon or take a dip in the cool waters of Buntzen Lake. 

Have you ever travelled solo? We'd love to hear all about your adventures!
Tell us all about your most exciting trips in the comments below.


About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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