Solo travelers are flexible and are able to shape their itineraries according to their whims. When something unexpected happens, it's easy to go with the flow than having to wait on someone's go-ahead. Because face it, traveling with others can be stressful. Solo travelers can decide if they want to be insular or perhaps mingle with a group and meet new friends. These tips are compiled to keep you busy and reap the rewards of discovering the world (and yourself!) on your own.
Discover lost cities - Renew your curiosity of the world and be surrounded by ancient mystery. Roam among the remants of an old world, ponder about the fates of civilizations and contemplate about how long the world has existed. Traveling alone gives you that time to simply reflect and be overwhelmed by the place. Check out world heritage sites such as Machu Picchu from Cusco, Palenque and Chichen Itza from Mexico City, Angkor Wat from Siem Reap and Petra from Amman.
Take your time in a museum - Now's your chance to stay a whole day in a museum or an art gallery just to admire all the exhibits that pique your curiosity (and actually read the write-ups) without being pressured on by a companion. Some cities with beautiful insides and outsides for you to wander: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Florence, London, Athens and Washington DC.
Join small group tours - Join these intimate tours with groups of 6-12 and meet like-minded individuals in special interest tours. Go local and navigate through backstreets, hidden neighborhood and markets. Join a scholar as you go on a walking seminar or gastronomic adventure.
Party hard with a pub crawl - If you're "single and ready to mingle", pub crawls are the best way to meet fellow travelers, make connections and get the vibe of a new city. But it's important to also check that the pub crawl group is not just fun, but safe. Join tried and tested organized crawls in cities with great watering holes such as New York, Prague, Budapest and Berlin.
Really explore National Parks - "Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." said one Gustave Flaubert. And there's nothing more that puts a traveler in his or her own place than standing next to the gigantic sequoias of Yosemite National Park, the massive cliffs of the Grand Canyon or the gaping cataracts of Iguazu Falls. Simply be in awe of natural wonders and the forces that shaped them.
Have fun adventuring solo - Places like New Zealand, Costa Rica, Australia and Ireland are brimming with breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and adventure potential, and it's your call how to unleash it.
Immerse into different cultures - Southeast Asia is a favorite destination of solo travelers that isn't just budget-friendly but also people-friendly. The region is a feast for the senses, being ecologically and culturally diverse. Popular backpacker and cycling holiday destinations include Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Chiang Mai and Hanoi. If you're more the cosmopolitan type, Singapore is a great introduction to the region with safe roads, efficient public transportation and a springboard to Malaysia and Indonesia.