There’s nothing more liberating than traveling solo, whether you’re in a new relationship and want to spend some time alone or are single and just want to broaden your horizons – solo travel is a fantastic way to learn more about yourself and explore the world.
Yet traveling alone can be scary, especially if you’re on a budget. You worry about things like making sure your stuff is stored safely in the hostel or how much a few nice meals will eat into your budget.
It’s easy to wonder whether it’s really worth it or not.
The good news is that traveling solo doesn’t have to be expensive—and there are lots of great benefits! After all, when else will you get the chance to meet people from all over the world?
Here are nine fun and affordable destinations for those who want to experience life without having to worry about others’ schedules and preferences:
1) Siargao, Philippines
The Philippines is a country that offers lots of beautiful and cheap places to visit. Siargao is an island renowned for its pristine beaches, amazing surfing, and warm hospitality. It’s also known as Surfing Capital of the Philippines due to its waves that attract surfers from all over the world.
This place is perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life while enjoying the fresh air and natural beauty of this paradise on earth!
2) Lisbon, Portugal
Single travelers are not typically looking for a romantic getaway. Many enjoy the freedom of being able to do what they want, when they want and with whomever they want without having to answer to anyone else. For those who fall under this category, Lisbon is an ideal city. This European capital doesn’t disappoint in terms of culture, cuisine or nightlife and it will leave you feeling like you’ve had a well-rounded vacation — even if you spent most of your time by yourself.
It’s also easy on your wallet (and there are plenty of places in Lisbon that won’t break your budget).
3) Moscow, Russia
Moscow offers a plethora of destinations to satisfy your adventurous side. For those who have an insatiable appetite for history and culture, the Kremlin will provide you with plenty of opportunities to learn about Russia’s past. The city is also home to some of the most impressive museums in all of Europe, including the State Historical Museum and Hermitage Museum. If you are looking for something more active, check out some of Moscow’s many parks or go hiking at one of its many natural wonders such as Klyazma Park just outside the city center.
Whether your interests lie in shopping or partying—or both—there are plenty of options available to suit them as well! You can find some of Russia’s best shopping districts along Tverskaya Street around Pushkin Square near Red Square where you can purchase everything from souvenirs like Matryoshka dolls to high-end fashion labels like Louis Vuitton.
And when it comes time for dinner or drinks after a long day exploring this incredible city? Head over to any number of bars and clubs located throughout Moscow’s districts that offer live music performances every night (or morning).
Check out these tips for inexpensive travel in Moscow!
4) Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is a wonderful city to visit. It’s the capital of Hungary, and it’s a beautiful place to explore any time of year.
There are lots of things to do in Budapest: You can take a tour through some of the city’s museums or churches; you can hike up Gellért Hill for amazing views over Pest; or you can just walk along Andrássy Avenue with its beautiful architecture. There’s always something new to see!
5) Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a beautiful island that has a lot to offer all kinds of travelers. It’s great for solo travelers, couples, families and groups as well.
Sri Lanka is a world-class destination with many things to see and do. For example:
- The white sand beaches are unspoiled by commercial development. Alternatively, many tourists enjoy the luxury resorts which have been built along Colombo’s coast.
- You can hike in the mountains of Sri Lanka or explore its ancient ruins; or even go cage diving with sharks!
6) Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand is one of the best countries in the world for a solo traveler. It’s got great food, beaches, culture and activities for all ages and interests. You can also make it more affordable by traveling during low season (November through February).
Greece is a beautiful country with a rich history and many islands to explore. It’s also a popular destination for singles because you’ll find so many other solo travelers who are there for the same reason: to experience the gorgeous scenery, enjoy delicious food, and learn more about their favorite ancient civilization.
While Athens has its charms—and it’s where you’ll want to go if you’re interested in learning more about ancient Greece—Crete and Santorini are two of the most stunning places on Earth, with breathtaking views from every angle.
8) Osaka, Japan
Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has a rich culture and history, and it’s a great place to visit if you like to eat! Japan is also known for its amazing shopping. The Japanese city of Osaka is well-known for having some of the best street food in the world.
If you are looking for some cheap travel destinations, then Japan may be perfect for you.
Mexico is a beautiful country with many wonderful places to visit. If you’re traveling alone, it’s a great place to go or you can do a group tour! There are so many things to do in Mexico that will keep everyone happy. Some of the places we recommend for singles include:
- Guadalajara—this city has excellent nightlife and restaurants
- Playa del Carmen—the beaches here are gorgeous at sunset
- San Cristobal de las Casas—the scenic mountains of Chiapas make for amazing hiking
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There are plenty of different cheap trips for singles. It’s best to research each destination, so you know what you want to do when you get there. If you plan on going alone, consider meeting up with other travelers who are in the same situation as you. This will help alleviate any anxiety or worries that come from traveling by yourself. But most of all, relax and have an amazing time!