Top 10 travel destinations for solo travellers

·Lifestyle Reporter
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After months of feeling confined to homes, there’s nothing more exciting than planning your next vacay now that international borders are finally opening up again.

If you’re the type of person who likes to book spontaneous trips and enjoys perusing a new destination on your own, why not try solo travelling?

Person stood at airport with luggage on their own. Source: Getty Images
Book your solo trip and discover a destination full of hidden gems. Source: Getty Images

Combining costs, crime and safety, hostels and much more, new research by Bounce has revealed the best countries in the world for solo travel.

Whether you prefer taking a stroll through a historic town or sipping a long awaited cocktail on a white sandy beach, take a browse through the top 10 rated destinations for a little travel inspiration.

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1. Iceland

Boasting a dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, it’s no wonder Iceland is the top-ranked destination.

If it’s your first time exploring this stunning Nordic island nation, be sure to bathe in the iconic blue lagoon or book yourself a boat tour for a spot of whale watching. Tick off the Northern Lights from your bucket list as you head out of the city to Jökulsárlón to gaze at the magnificent display.

People stargazing in Iceland. Source: Getty Images
Gaze up at the spectacular Northern Lights in Iceland. Source: Getty Images

2. Malta

Located in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta is the perfect destination for a weekend away. Small enough to drive one side to the other in a day, this beautiful island is brimming with culture and beauty.

Share your time between Mdina and Valletta, popular destinations, ideal for immersing yourself in the rich history and remarkable landscapes. If you feel like an adventure, hop on a boat to Gozo to enjoy the crystal clear waters and scenic hills.

Image of St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral and Carmelite Church in Valletta. Source: Getty Images
Stroll through the streets of Valletta and see if you can spot where Game of Thrones was filmed. Source: Getty Images

3. Portugal

Famous for cod fish, sardines and mouth-watering Portuguese tarts, Portugal has plenty of lovely towns to visit, so be sure to plan your trip to visit as many as possible.

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, where you can jump on the iconic yellow tram to give yourself a break from the steep incline. If you love the beach, take a train to Algarve to relax on the sandy coves.

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Jump on the iconic yellow tram and explore Lisbon in style. Source: Getty Images

4. Croatia

Offering a mix of sparkling coastline and history, Croatia is the perfect destination to relax and unwind. Ideal for visiting all-year-round, stroll along the white beaches and marvel at the walls of Dubrovnik.

Opt to stay in the Old Town, with close walking distance to Dubrovnik's iconic attractions. If you're feeling adventurous, spend the day exploring the National Park, full of breath-taking waterfalls. 

A panoramic view of the walled city, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Source: Getty Images
Enjoy the white, sandy beaches of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Source: Getty Images

5. Spain

Head to Spain for the flavoursome cuisine, laidback lifestyle and stunning scenery. Enjoy the beaches by day and explore the vibrant nightlife. There are endless towns in Spain you’ll love to explore.

Take a trip to Andalusia to immerse your taste buds in the affordable traditional dishes such as Paella, fresh seafood and Espinacas con Garbanzos (spinach and chickpeas).

Table of Spanish food including Paella and fresh seafood. Source: Getty Images
Sit down for a local meal of fresh Paella and seafood in Spain. Source: Getty Images

6. Belize

Located on the eastern coast of central America, Belize is home to the Belize Barrier Reef and extraordinary Blue Hole. Boasting jungles and the Caribbean sea, embrace the culture and activities of this tropical destination.

Fill your trip with adventure; whether you dare to scuba dive down the mysterious Blue Hole, zip-line through the jungle or explore the ancient ruins and waterfalls, you’ll never be bored in Belize.

Image of Blue Hole in Belize. Source: Getty Images
Make it a trip to remember by scuba diving or snorkelling in the gorgeous Belize Reef.

7. Montenegro

Head to Montenegro for the culture, history and natural wonders. With 117 beaches, choose to unwind along the coast or look up at the stunning backdrop of the moody mountains.

Hire a car and explore the Bay of Kotor, the windy roads take you between the looming mountains and sparkling water. There's not a road in Montenegro without a breathtaking view.

Scenic panorama view of the historic town of Perast of Kotor. Source: Getty Images
Gaze at the stunning Mountain backdrop as you explore Montenegro. Source: Getty Images

8. Japan

Famous for gorgeous cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji, a trip to Japan is definitely worth a visit. Ease your way around the country on a bullet train and fill your tastebuds with traditional Japanese cuisine.

After exploring busy Tokyo, head to Kyoto to tour the many temples, stay in a traditional Ryokan and bathe in the hot springs.

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Be sure to visit Japan during the cherry blossom season. Source: Getty Images

9. Slovenia

Full of picture-perfect lakes and impressive mountains, Slovenia rightly takes its place on the top ten rankings. Be sure to visit Lake Bled with its freshwater and fairytale church and houses located on an island in the middle of the blue-green waters.

After a hike along the beautiful Slovenian Alps, sit down for a lunch of Štruklji (rolled dumplings).

Image of Lake Bled. Source: Getty Images
Enjoy the fairytale Lake Bled and green-blue waters. Source: Getty Images

10. Ireland

Known for the rugged landscape and hearty meals, visit Ireland for its marvellous views of land and sea. The Cliffs of Moher are a popular tourist attraction, with vertical cliffs over the Atlantic, a perfect photo opportunity.

Be sure to pop by the Guinness brewery for a pint of Ireland’s most iconic beer.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. Source: Getty Images
Take a trip to the Cliffs of Moher for the breathtaking view. Source: Getty Images

Make sure to check any government websites for travel restrictions and requirements before booking your next getaway.

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