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Top 7 Destinations for the New Solo Traveller’s First Trip

For this blog I will take you through some of my top destinations for the novice solo traveller. I have been to all these destinations and would visit all again! These are all great if you are a new solo traveller making your first trip. I have scored these on safety, food, weather, cost, culture and things to see and do, and ease of getting around. I scored all out of 5 where 5 is the best and one is not good at all. For cost the more $ the more expensive it is! 

Having been to over 60 cities around the world, this is personal view based on my experience. You might well have a different experience or preference and that’s absolutely fine. At the end I will tell you my favourite and why but in the meantime let’s dive into it!!

7. Vancouver, Canada, Nature, Sleek City Vibes and Culture all in one

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver on the West coast of Canada. Nestled between mountains and ocean, Vancouver offers solo travelers a breath of fresh air with its scenic landscapes and culinary diversity. The food scene reflects the city’s multicultural population, with diverse options ranging from sushi in Yaletown to poutine on Granville Island.

The city’s natural wonders are a highlight, with Stanley Park providing a lush oasis in the heart of Vancouver. The ease of getting around is facilitated by buses, SkyTrain, and the iconic Seawall for cycling or walking. Vancouver’s weather is varied, with occasional rain adding to the lushness of its landscapes.

I felt completely safe in Vancouver, but its smart to always be aware in any city. Solo travellers can explore the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, ski on Grouse Mountain, or simply enjoy the stunning views from the Vancouver Lookout. Exploring the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort and the picturesque Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, makes Vancouver a perfect blend of urban and outdoor experiences for solo adventurers.

I loved Vancouver but where it missed the top spot is the weather, it is rainy at times. However that didn’t dampen my spirits when I visited in November well into autumn. Also it is a pricey city so need to budget well if on a shoestring. Getting around was ok but needed taxi quiet a bit to get to some far out places. Nevertheless, still one of my fave to recommend for a first solo trip

My Ratings for Vancouver as a new solo traveller: Safety 4/5, Food 4/5, Ease of getting around 3/5, Cost $$$$ and Weather 3/5

6. Berlin, Urban Style and History Come Together Perfectly

yellow bicycle in front of the Berlin Wall

Berlin, a city where history meets trendy vibes, offers solo travellers a unique blend of street art, currywurst culture, and unfinished stories. The street food scene, marked by the beloved currywurst, invites solo adventurers to savor the flavors of the city.

The bleak history are visible in Berlin, from the remnants of the Berlin Wall (see the famous kiss) to the poignant Holocaust Memorial. The ease of getting around is facilitated by an efficient public transport system, including trams, buses, and the U-Bahn. Berlin’s weather is varied, not particularly sunny with occasional rain, but don’t let that stop you.

Safety is a priority in Berlin, and solo travellers can explore the East Side Gallery, delve into the vibrant nightlife of Kreuzberg, or visit the iconic Brandenburg Gate with confidence. Cultural highlights include the Berliner Dom, the bustling markets of Prenzlauer Berg, and the alternative art scene in Friedrichshain. Berlin’s eclectic mix of history and contemporary culture makes it a compelling destination for solo adventurers.

Again for me Berlin this was a tough call but the food in Berlin was the main thing that let it down. I mean the beer was ample to say the least, if that’s your thing and bratwurst, massive sausage with chips(fries) can keep you going, if not a bit lethargic. Not the healthiest. Although it is a pricey city for me travel to Berlin were very affordable and accessible from the UK to offset the cost while there. This is why it just nudged ahead of Vaucouver but not much in it to be honest.

My Rating for Berlin for new solo travellers: Safety 4/5, Food 3/5, Ease of getting around 3/5, Cost $$$ and Weather 3/5

5. Dubai Modernity in Harmony with Tradition

Dubai city view of Burj Khalifa in daytime

There is just no where like Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai, the city effortlessly blends tradition and modernity. The culinary scene is a delightful journey, offering a fusion of authentic flavors found in the bustling souks and high-end dining experiences atop the Burj Khalifa.

The architecture is a testament to its futuristic vision, with skyscrapers that seem to touch the heavens. The ease of getting around is facilitated by a modern and efficient transportation system, including taxis and the metro. The weather is reliably sunny, creating a perfect environment for exploring the city’s cultural sites, from the historic Al Fahidi District to the awe-inspiring Dubai Opera.

I had no safety concerns when in Dubai, in fact in you can leave something unattended and no one will touch it. The city’s diverse cultural sites, including the iconic Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Mall, provide a rich tapestry of experiences. Whether you’re wandering through the gold and spice souks or experiencing the thrill of a desert safari, Dubai caters to the solo traveller’s desire for both opulence and tradition.

Dubai was such a fun easy going vibe. Ladies are spoiled here with ladies day at clubs. Do dress modestly although tourists do get away with more revealing clothing but its frown upon so be mindful. Have a shawl to hand and to cover midriff and knees in loose fitting clothes especially ladies. You will find everything here, the luxe feel is great and its really safe! The weather and the food takes it ahead but it is an expensive destination but its so worth it!

My Rating for Dubai for new solo travellers: Safety 4/5, Food 4/5, Ease of getting around 3/5, Cost $$$$ and Weather 4/5

4. Barcelona for Tapas, Art and Architecture

Barcelona Dali art work

Barcelona, Spain, a city where artistry and culinary delights converge, welcomes solo travellers with open arms. Gaudi’s architectural wonders, including the mesmerizing Sagrada Familia and the whimsical Park Güell, create a visually stunning backdrop for exploration.

The culinary scene is a highlight, with tapas bars inviting solo adventurers to savor a diverse array of flavors. From the bustling La Boqueria market to the historic Gothic Quarter, Barcelona’s streets are alive with both history and a vibrant contemporary energy.

The city’s sunny and pleasant weather encourages leisurely strolls along the famous La Rambla or a relaxing day at the Barceloneta Beach. While safety is generally good, solo travelers should be mindful of pickpockets in crowded tourist areas. Barcelona’s rich cultural highlights, including the Picasso Museum and the lively street performances in Plaça de Catalunya, make it an ideal destination for those seeking a perfect blend of art, history, and culinary exploration.

My Rating for Barcelona for new solo travellers: Safety 3/5, Food 4/5, Ease of getting around 4/5, Cost $$$ and Weather 4/5

3. Thailand, the Food and the Rich Culture and all those Smiles

People on the street in Bangkok

Thailand, known as the Land of Smiles, beckons novice solo travellers with its vibrant street markets, bustling cities, and serene islands. The street food scene is a revelation, offering a diverse array of flavors from spicy tom yum soup to Pad Thai. It was super delicious light and healthy.

Bangkok, with its bustling markets and vibrant street life, provides an energetic introduction to Thai culture. The ease of getting around is facilitated by tuk-tuks and longtail boats, creating an adventurous atmosphere for solo exploration. It can be a bit overwhelming if you are not used to alot of bustle. The country’s weather is generally sunny, though it can vary by region, with occasional rain during the monsoon season.

The Thai’s reputation for hospitality adds to its appeal. Cultural highlights include the ornate temples of Chiang Mai, the bustling nightlife of Pattaya, and the serene beaches of Phuket. Whether you’re exploring the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya or participating in a full moon party on Koh Phangan, Thailand offers a diverse range of experiences for the solo adventurer.

The food!! OMG! Such a welcoming people and you can get by speaking English. Do learn a few phrases they are so impressed when you say ‘Khaap Khun Kha’ (thank you if you are a woman)! It was easy to get between cities but took some planning as I wanted to go around the country. So maybe stick to one or two cities on your first trip Bangkok and Chaing Mai would be my choice. Thailand is very inexpensive once you are there which is why it’s a mecca for backpackers. I stayed in nice affordable accommodation throughout with lovely hosts.

My Rating for Thailand for new solo travellers: Safety 3/5, Food 5/5, Ease of getting around 4/5, Cost $$ and Weather 4/5

2. Florence (Firenze) Full of History and Elegance in Equal Measure

Catholic depictions on Muriel on ceiling in Florence, Italy

What can I say! You just need to go to Florence! I have been more than once and it never fails to amaze me. You will be in such awe you forget you are there solo. Honestly!

Florence, an Italian city steeped in Renaissance romance, invites novice solo travellers to wander through its artistic alleys and savor culinary elegance. The food scene is a love letter to the taste buds, with Tuscan delights such as ribollita and bistecca alla fiorentina. Must try a stone baked tradition pizza in a small resturant off the beaten path.

Art is at the heart of Florence, with masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci adorning its museums and churches. The ease of getting around is primarily on foot, allowing solo travelers to soak in the city’s atmosphere as they traverse its narrow streets. Florence’s weather is generally sunny and pleasant, creating an ideal environment for exploring its cultural treasures.

Solo travelers can confidently and safely stroll through the iconic Piazza della Signoria or marvel at the beauty of the Ponte Vecchio. Just keep belongings secure and you will be fine. Cultural highlights include the Uffizi Gallery, the Florence Cathedral with its famous dome, and the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo. Florence’s blend of artistic richness and culinary excellence makes it a timeless destination for solo adventurers.

My Rating for Florence for novice solo travellers: Safety 3/5, Food 5/5, Ease of getting around 5/5, Cost $$$ and Weather 5/5

1. Lisbon, Portugal Fado Music, Charming Architecture and Laid Back Style near the Sea

Yellow cable car in Lisbon great for solo travel

So this is it, Lisbon, my personal favorite. This city, known as Lisboa in Portuguese, enchants solo travellers with its soulful Fado music, intricate azulejo tiles, and a laid-back coastal charm. I have been back time again and never get tired of it. The city’s culinary scene is a delightful fusion of land and sea, offering fresh seafood delights and the iconic pastel de nata.

Exploring the narrow streets and historic neighborhoods reveals a city adorned with azulejo-tiled facades and colorful buildings. The ease of getting around is facilitated by trams and funiculars, providing stunning views of the city. Lisbon’s weather is generally sunny, though it can occasional rain adding a touch of romance to the atmosphere.

Solo travelers can wander through Alfama’s labyrinthine alleys or take a tram to the historic district of Belém. The cultural highlights include the historic São Jorge Castle, the scenic views from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, and the iconic Tower of Belém. Lisbon’s affordability and welcoming atmosphere make it an ideal destination for solo travellers seeking a perfect blend of history, music, and coastal beauty.

Lisbon is very affordable while there if you are flexible and avoid peak times. The weather is great and you will not be overwhelmed on a first trip. Just sit back and people watch and soak up the atmosphere. I would recommend to take a bus to Sintra Palace and/or Praia da Agrada beach if you are feeling adventurous . If you love seafood well say no more, Lisbon is for you! I just love bacalao washed down with Porto Wine just heaven. I never feel alone when here at all so much to see and do and the atmosphere just takes you right in you become part of Lisboa.

My Rating for Lisbon for novice solo travellers: Safety 3/5, Food 5/5, Ease of getting around 5/5, Cost $$ and Weather 5/5


Each destination on this list offers a unique tapestry of experiences for the new solo traveller. While all are compelling in their own right, Lisbon’s atmosphere, culinary delights, and pleasant weather make it my top choice. But any of these are great for dipping your toe into solo travel you will never look back! There are many that didn’t make this list but keep eye out more destinations to come on this blog. Comment below where you will like to visit. Adventure Awaits!