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Travel Bloggers and Influencers Talk About Their Favorite Solo Trips

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The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child (Taken by Madeline Lenore)

One of the most rewarding and fulfilling things someone could do in their lifetime is solo travel anywhere in the world.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Sophie of Third Eye Traveller

Honestly, if you were to ask me back in 2016 when I first started to avidly travel if I would ever take a trip by myself, I would’ve looked at you as if you were crazy. The thought of solo travel at the time gave me a lot of anxiety and if I had a dream trip in mind, I would always hope and pray I would get someone to do it with me. It was unnecessary stress worrying about other’s schedules, priorities and reliability, so that is why it clicked one day and I told myself that I was going to travel alone, I was going to love it and it was going to help me get further into my career of travel blogging. Fear is the thief of dreams and if I continued to allow it to prevent me from solo traveling, I wouldn’t have gone on the majority of my trips thus far.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child

I have to thank the queen of solo travel (and also my favorite blogger of all time), The Blonde Abroad, as well as all of the other inspiring bloggers and influencers I’ve had the privilege to connect with since March 2018 (when I first started travel blogging) for inspiring me to get out there and see the world on my own.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child (Taken by Mietta Rossi)

Solo travel has been the most liberating experience of my life and it has changed me in so many ways. There is something so empowering, exciting and enjoyable about experiencing a destination on your own terms by getting to experience a new culture, trying different foods, meeting new people, navigating a new city and partaking in some pretty awesome adventures.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Lacey of Travel with Lace

I am so thrilled to introduce some awesome female travel bloggers and influencers who have inspired me through their solo adventures. In this blog post, read all about some memorable and special solo travel destinations and experiences from Charu, Jordan, Kellie, Diana, Merryl, Hannah, Alina, Diana, Emma, Lacey, Sophie, Sydney, Katie, Livia, Catherine and myself.


Solo Experiences from Travel Bloggers and Influencers

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Hannah of Exploring Relentlessly

The Beauty of Solo Traveling: Charu of Travel with CG

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Charu of Travel with CG

There isn’t one particular destination that was special to me when solo traveling, but rather a variety of small everyday decisions that made the experience more memorable each time. From leaving my phone in my bag and having conversations with locals instead, to using less private transports and wandering around aimlessly; it is these sub -conscious decisions that make solo traveling so incredible. You see, when you travel solo, not only are you present 100% in your surroundings, but you also have the freedom to go where you want, when you want and for how long you want. Not sure about everyone else, but that right there is the beauty of solo traveling for me.

Spain: Jordan of The Places Jo Goes

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Jordan of The Places Jo Goes

Just shy of 5 years ago I bought a one way ticket to Europe, which completely changed the course of my life. I was a recent 21-year-old graduate from Oklahoma State University and desired nothing more than the freedom to see the world and live life on my own terms. I’ll be honest, I have never resonated with the traditional 9-5 lifestyle and although I completely respect it, I knew that I was meant to create a different path for myself.

In 2015, I flew from Oklahoma to Paris and traveled with a friend before settling down in Spain. I lived with a dear Spanish family and worked as an Au Pair to their three beautiful children! I knew that if I wanted to see this big, beautiful world I needed a way to fund my travels and this experience did just that.

The decision to become an Au Pair drastically changed the way I viewed the world. It helped me realize that there are billions of ways to live life and not one of them is right or wrong. Most importantly, it laid the foundation and gave me the confidence to take on the world as a solo female traveler.

Moving to a country that speaks an entirely different language and lives a completely opposite lifestyle of how I grew up forced me to step outside of my comfort zone. It taught me to navigate a city all by myself, learn a new language and put myself out there to make new friends and experience new things. It gave me the confidence to spend time alone with myself as well as my thoughts and to take action towards my dreams.

It was the beginning chapter to a book that would continue to be written throughout my 20s. Now, having visited 30 countries alone since then, I am more confident than ever and that solo travel is one of the best things that has happened to me. It’s part of who I am and I don’t see that changing anytime soon! In the end, traveling the world solo has allowed me to cross paths with so many beautiful people who have made a serious impact on my life and for that I am eternally grateful!

Portugal: Kellie of Style the World

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Kellie of Style the World

Portugal was high on my travel bucket list for several years, but the timing never lined up for family or friends to join me on a trip there. Over time, I started to get sick of waiting, so when a cheap flight to Lisbon presented itself, I decided to embark on my first fully solo trip. Portugal is such an ideal location for a solo adventure, as it is easy to navigate, affordable and has so much to offer! Portugal will always hold a special place in my heart, not just because of the gorgeous architecture, the delicious pastries and the incredible wine, but because it was the first time in my life that I felt completely comfortable soaking in all that such a beautiful place has to offer on my own. When a country has so many wonderful aspects to experience, it is extra special being able to explore it on your own terms and timeline.

Paris, France: Diana of My Blue Eyed Journey

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.

I took my first solo trip to Paris when I was 25. I had been living and student teaching in England as part of my Master’s program and I desperately wanted to go to Paris. Paris, for me, was the dream destination at that point in my life. Give me a yummy dessert and a twinkling Eiffel Tower and I would be one happy gal. I was SO close to Paris, but there was one problem – no one wanted to go with me. I know, right? How can someone not want to go to Paris?! Anyway, I had a big decision to take the chance and make my dream come true or just stay in England. In the end, the decision made itself… I HAD to go!  So, I bought a ticket, booked a hotel and off I went. As the plane landed in Charles de Gaulle, only then did it dawn on me that I didn’t speak any French. It didn’t matter though because I was so happy to be there. I had done it, I was in Paris!

I spent the next few days exploring on my own and realizing a few important lessons. I learned that I was the one who was in charge of making my dreams come true. I learned that I could count on myself even in a country where I didn’t speak the language. I learned that it’s always better to try something, even if it’s scary, because it will be so worth it in the end. I am so thankful that I made the decision to trust myself and take the chance to do something I had never done because instead of sitting here with regret about the trip I didn’t take, I have incredible memories from the one I did.

Cambodia: Merryl of Merryl’s Travel & Tricks

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Merryl of Merryl’s Travel and Tricks

As a solo traveler, Cambodia was one country I decided to visit with absolutely zero expectations, but by the end of the two weeks I spent traveling across the country, it turned out to be the most amazing solo travel experience of my life so far. The main reason for this has to be all the amazing people I met throughout my journey. I even made a friend while at my first destination in the country and traveled with her to the two stunning islands in the south of Cambodia.

During my two weeks in the country, I covered Siem Reap, Kampot, Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem and Phnom Penh. From all that I visited, Siem Reap was definitely my favorite and I met countless other travelers who felt the same about the city. If you’re looking for untouched, gorgeous beaches, surely head down to the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. Phnom Penh is just another capital city and if you do decide to visit, the genocide museum is a must to understand the sad and painful history the country comes from.

Lastly, as a solo female traveler, at no point did I feel unsafe in any of the cities I visited. The locals were nice, the travelers and other expats I happened to meet were interesting and the country was full of surprises. If you do travel to Cambodia, make sure you carry U.S. Dollars as that is the currency used across the country.

Japan: Hannah of Exploring Relentlessly

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Hannah of Exploring Relentlessly

When I travelled to Japan last January, I was in a pretty bad headspace as I was going through a rough breakup and just had a big fight with some friends, so this trip was perfect to take my mind off of everything.

In general, Japan is an extremely unique country in so many different ways and I was delighted to meet so many lovely and helpful locals as well as to find that all of the clichés about the country are true: Japan is very organized, clean and most importantly, safe (which is crucial as a female solo traveler)!

When visiting cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, etc., there is an abundance of things to discover such as beautiful temples and gardens, rich history, outstanding cuisine, kimono culture, crazy shops and arcades, plus so much more. That means there is no chance of ever getting bored or feeling lonely!

However, visiting Hakone in the gorgeous Japanese countryside gave me the much needed time to reflect and get in touch with myself, so that I returned home to Amsterdam as a much more joyful and balanced version of myself.

Rome, Italy: Alina of World of Lina

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Alina of World of Lina

My first solo trip was life-changing and very special for me. At the age of 19, I made the decision to travel to Rome – completely on my own. Not only was it my first time flying alone, it was also the first time staying in a hostel. Making this decision was really tough for me because I’d been suffering from panic attacks for years. The day before my flight, I had the worst fears and almost canceled everything. It took me a lot of effort to board the plane the next day, but I did it!

I spent three amazing days in Rome and enjoyed exploring the “Eternal City” on my own. That trip made me so much stronger as a person and it helped me overcome my deepest fears. Knowing that I traveled alone to Rome despite my mental health makes me really proud and the city has a very special place in my heart now!

Cambodia: Diana of Travelling with Diana

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Diana of Travelling with Diana

Right after I landed in Cambodia, which kicked off my first solo backpacking trip through South East Asia, I knew it was going to be different. I always dreamed of traveling there. Food, culture, people and just everything was nothing like back at home. I was nervous and anxious about being so far from home at the start, but that feeling disappeared right when I got to my hostel. The tuk-tuk driver that gave me a ride shared a little bit of his story and what he does, asked me about my travel adventures and we just basically shared a nice conversation. Then, all of a sudden, he told me: “I think, you should come to my brother’s wedding that is happening tonight”. To say I was surprised would be an understatement! I was so confused about how a person I just met could invite me to such a personal event. I was traveling by myself and didn’t know anyone, so there was no one for me to go with. In the end, I reminded myself of all the reasons “why I travel”. I wanted to learn more about other cultures, see more authentic parts of the world and create new connections that gave me that push I needed to go.

I had so many doubts before going to the wedding, but in the end, it turned out to be the best and the most authentic night I had in all of South East Asia. It was such an unbelievable experience to have that chance to be there and enjoy the wedding real life that it looked more like a dream. What are the chances of me getting invited to a Cambodian wedding as a tourist on my first day there? We had so much fun that night. There was a lot of delicious local food, so much dancing and every person there was beyond nice to me. Even though a lot of them could barely speak English, they were so warm and friendly. Cambodia is a poor country, but the people there have the biggest and most generous hearts that I’ve ever seen. I even stayed in touch with some of the girls that I met in Cambodia after I left. You never know who you’ll meet and what you might experience until you get out there. It gave me so much inspiration and courage to continue my travel journey, not knowing how much more magic is out there. You can’t grow by staying in the comfort of your own home. Traveling will teach you so much and who knows how far it might take you!

Tanzania: Emma of Emma Adventures

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Emma of Emma Adventures

I was terrified before my first solo trip. I was diving head first into traveling and going across the world to Tanzania by myself. I had no idea how I would cope (or if I would at all), but those 3 weeks shaped me into the person I am today. From trekking the slopes of Kilimanjaro and summiting in freezing temperatures, to hanging out in the Serengeti and dancing with kids at local schools, I not only learned so much about myself, but also about the culture and the world itself. I look back and I am so glad to have done this trip solo and as much as I love traveling with others, I always try to make time for some solo travel every year. Why? Because it makes me a stronger person! Tanzania changed my life and I’ll be forever grateful for those 3 weeks in Africa. 

The Bahamas: Lacey of Travel with Lace

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Lacey of Travel with Lace

Several years ago, I came to the realization that sometimes, if you really want to experience a place, you can’t always wait on others to join you. I’ve taken solo trips to England, New York and Massachusetts, but one destination stands out above all the other places – The Bahamas!

Most people think of The Bahamas as a cruise ship stop or mega-resort destination, but the low-key out islands (Eleuthera, Harbour Island and the Exumas) captured my heart in a big way. I’ve become obsessed with experiencing all that the country has to offer. I know I’ll travel to The Bahamas endlessly for the rest of my life, solo or otherwise!

Morocco: Sophie of Third Eye Traveller

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Sophie of Third Eye Traveller

My first ever solo backpacking trip was to Morocco. Talk about jumping into the deep end! But, I feel that this was the travel experience that was going to change the way I traveled forever. I actually didn’t do too much research, so I had no idea what or where I was headed. All I knew was that it was going to be a wild ride.

When I landed and got off the plane, I was terrified! I was really alone now. Would I feel bored? Lonely? Would I meet anyone? I honestly had nothing to worry about! As soon as I got to my hostel, I met some fellow travelers who planned to go out sightseeing. Then, I went on a group tour to the Sahara and made some backpacker friends; some of who I am still friends with today after 5 years!

Ever since then, I have traveled to over 25 countries solo. I no longer feel that I need to wait for anyone to follow my dreams and travel the world. If I can go to Morocco alone, I can go anywhere! Traveling solo can feel overwhelming at first, but I promise that if you take that first leap, it can change your life for the better. It changes you, strengthens you and makes you braver than you have ever been before. Life is too short, so take that leap!

Australia: Sydney of So Sydney

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Sydney of So Sydney

A lot of people say that there was a time in their 20s where life just clicked and they “found themselves.” Australia was definitely that place for me. I visited the country during a two-week school break in college simply because I had always dreamed of going. I was desperate for an experience that would define me, challenge me physically and emotionally and reinvigorate my love for myself. I walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, swam in the Great Barrier Reef and cuddled koala bears. This trip will always be an incredibly memorable time in my life.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Katie of Katie’s Away

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Katie of Katie’s Away

My first solo trip was a week in Amsterdam where I spent every day walking around canals, eating pastries and really enjoying my own time. I completely fell in love with the city, I think mostly because I spent every day on my own terms and because it is an amazing place for solo travelers.

In Amsterdam, there is so much art, history and culture, as well as cool bars and shops; I was really in my element! It was super easy to make friends along the way and it made me so comfortable traveling anywhere by myself. It is also the trip where I fell for travel photography! Having no one to take photos of me, I really started to enjoy composing scenes and taking pictures of myself to really capture the magical experience I was having. Traveling solo in Amsterdam was the start of all of my adventures and some of my best travel memories.

Iceland: Livia of Liv and Wander

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Livia of Liv and Wander

I thought I loved traveling before taking my second solo trip to Iceland, but boy did my enthusiasm and curiosity only grow from then on! This trip not only showed me the stunningly beautiful Icelandic landscape, culture and history, but it also taught me that going with the flow and not sticking to plans is not the end of the world and actually leads to unexpected and much better experiences!

Being a planner, I pre-booked a few tours, but ended up meeting some amazing people in my hostel (LOFT Hostel) and decided to go on a road trip around Iceland with them where we even saw the Northern Lights (ironically, I didn’t see them when I went on the actual Northern Lights tour). This trip will always have a special place in my heart and I’m so grateful and appreciative of my solo travel experience to Iceland and everything it taught me!

Kansas, USA: Catherine of Your Wandering Foodie

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.

During my first solo trip, I remember I was so nervous that I got air sick on the plane! It was a bad experience, but I was so proud of myself for flying alone and figuring out the airport by myself. It gave me such a thrill to know I can do things on my own! I flew to Kansas where I hung out with some friends and to this day, whenever I go back, it always feel like I am going home!

Kansas was so special to me because it was the first place I had ever been without my family and I had to make friends on my own and go out of my comfort zone by being in a new place. It helped me become more brave and try new things such as four wheeling, watching puppies be born and shooting a gun!

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Sandy of Sandy Elise

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Sandy of Sandy Elise

My whole life I had always dreamt of traveling around the world, but I was always too scared to do it alone. However, after graduating from University in 2019, I finally mustered up the courage to quit my job and decided to book flights to solo travel in Europe!

Before my flight took off, I was feeling so nervous and even had second thoughts about whether I should just cancel or postpone my trip until I was “ready”. But, I’m so glad that I continued with my original plan because it turned out to be the BEST decision I have ever made.

On the way to Europe, I had a 19 hour layover in Abu Dhabi so I spent my first solo trip exploring the coolest city! I was completely amazed at how beautiful Abu Dhabi was. The details of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was absolutely stunning. The best part of my trip was at the Etihad Towers Observation Deck (the highest viewpoint in Abu Dhabi). I got to gaze over the amazing city and took in all of the beauty. This trip will always be my most special and memorable experience. Traveling solo has changed my life dramatically! I have made a lot of incredible friends, seen so many beautiful places and experienced different cultures. I am so grateful!

New Zealand: Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child

Technically my first-ever solo trip was to the European Christmas markets in December 2018. I ended up only spending one day solo because I met up with friends who were also traveling through Europe at the same time. In the end, I don’t really consider that trip to have been much of a “solo trip”, so I want to talk about the international trip I took on my own after that to New Zealand in February 2019.

Honestly, now I cannot believe that I waited until I was 27 years old to take my first trip alone. New Zealand was definitely the most memorable and life-changing solo destination I traveled to because it was the furthest place I’ve ever flown to in general and I got to spend two full weeks gallivanting around the South Island by myself. I met so many amazing people from all over the world and I also met some people who were from neighboring areas to my hometown. During this trip, I also did things out of my comfort zone such as paragliding, jet boating, luging and more. I also saw breathtaking landscapes, epic waterfalls and gorgeous blue lakes. My trip to New Zealand will always be special to my heart and it proved to me that I never had to wait on anyone again to take the trip of my dreams.


Photo by Emma of Emma Adventures

I hope you all enjoyed reading all about the most memorable and special solo trips, destinations and experiences. If you have any questions about solo travel, please email me at [email protected]

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Diana of Travelling with Diana

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12 Comments

  1. World of Lina on February 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    What wonderful solo travel experiences! I enjoyed reading all of them so much. Such a cool idea to put this together Taylor and thank you so much for including me as well 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on February 3, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for being part of this article Alina! I loved reading about your first solo travel experience. 🙂

  2. Christina on February 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    You’re definitely one of the people who have inspired to take a big solo trip somewhere! I really hope I get to do it soon, maybe this year to Scotland!

    • Taylor Deer on February 3, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      Ah thank you so much Christina! You’re going to have a blast in beautiful Scotland. 🙂

  3. Livia on February 3, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Loved reading everyones experiences with solo travel! I think it’s the best thing someone can do for themselves to at least try once. Thanks for including me Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on February 3, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      I agree Livia! It’s such an empowering experience. Also of course, thank you for contributing. 🙂

  4. Kim Deer on February 3, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    These were awesome solo traveller stories ~ It was interesting reading about others’ experiences while being brave enough to travel alone. I noticed that all these beautiful young ladies had one thing in common ~ the need to go out into the world and expand their horizons and not let anything or anyone stop them from their dreams. Their stories told how these trips made them connect with themselves and fulfilled their every wanderlust needs ~ keep reaching for the stars and continue to see this beautiful world we live in ~ thank you for sharing all your adventures with us ~ I really enjoyed reading everyone’s ~love to all, Taylor’s mom Kim xoxo 👍👌🙌♥️🌍🌟🌠

    • Taylor Deer on February 4, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Thank you mom! <3

  5. Emma on February 4, 2020 at 12:47 am

    What a beautiful blog! I loved reading all of these stories so much. Solo travel is so empowering and I love to see how it has changed people for the better! P.S thanks for including me!

    • Taylor Deer on February 4, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Thank you so much Emma! I appreciate it! 🙂

  6. Brittany Sneller on February 5, 2020 at 9:41 am

    These are all fascinating stories! I love the idea of solo travel and did it a couple of times! Dublin for a weekend, Colombia, SA for a summer!

    • Taylor Deer on February 5, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you Brittany! Dublin is such a cool city! 🙂

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Travel Bloggers and Influencers Talk About Their Favorite Solo Trips

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The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child (Taken by Madeline Lenore)

One of the most rewarding and fulfilling things someone could do in their lifetime is solo travel anywhere in the world.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Sophie of Third Eye Traveller

Honestly, if you were to ask me back in 2016 when I first started to avidly travel if I would ever take a trip by myself, I would’ve looked at you as if you were crazy. The thought of solo travel at the time gave me a lot of anxiety and if I had a dream trip in mind, I would always hope and pray I would get someone to do it with me. It was unnecessary stress worrying about other’s schedules, priorities and reliability, so that is why it clicked one day and I told myself that I was going to travel alone, I was going to love it and it was going to help me get further into my career of travel blogging. Fear is the thief of dreams and if I continued to allow it to prevent me from solo traveling, I wouldn’t have gone on the majority of my trips thus far.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child

I have to thank the queen of solo travel (and also my favorite blogger of all time), The Blonde Abroad, as well as all of the other inspiring bloggers and influencers I’ve had the privilege to connect with since March 2018 (when I first started travel blogging) for inspiring me to get out there and see the world on my own.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child (Taken by Mietta Rossi)

Solo travel has been the most liberating experience of my life and it has changed me in so many ways. There is something so empowering, exciting and enjoyable about experiencing a destination on your own terms by getting to experience a new culture, trying different foods, meeting new people, navigating a new city and partaking in some pretty awesome adventures.

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Lacey of Travel with Lace

I am so thrilled to introduce some awesome female travel bloggers and influencers who have inspired me through their solo adventures. In this blog post, read all about some memorable and special solo travel destinations and experiences from Charu, Jordan, Kellie, Diana, Merryl, Hannah, Alina, Diana, Emma, Lacey, Sophie, Sydney, Katie, Livia, Catherine and myself.


Solo Experiences from Travel Bloggers and Influencers

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Hannah of Exploring Relentlessly

The Beauty of Solo Traveling: Charu of Travel with CG

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Charu of Travel with CG

There isn’t one particular destination that was special to me when solo traveling, but rather a variety of small everyday decisions that made the experience more memorable each time. From leaving my phone in my bag and having conversations with locals instead, to using less private transports and wandering around aimlessly; it is these sub -conscious decisions that make solo traveling so incredible. You see, when you travel solo, not only are you present 100% in your surroundings, but you also have the freedom to go where you want, when you want and for how long you want. Not sure about everyone else, but that right there is the beauty of solo traveling for me.

Spain: Jordan of The Places Jo Goes

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Jordan of The Places Jo Goes

Just shy of 5 years ago I bought a one way ticket to Europe, which completely changed the course of my life. I was a recent 21-year-old graduate from Oklahoma State University and desired nothing more than the freedom to see the world and live life on my own terms. I’ll be honest, I have never resonated with the traditional 9-5 lifestyle and although I completely respect it, I knew that I was meant to create a different path for myself.

In 2015, I flew from Oklahoma to Paris and traveled with a friend before settling down in Spain. I lived with a dear Spanish family and worked as an Au Pair to their three beautiful children! I knew that if I wanted to see this big, beautiful world I needed a way to fund my travels and this experience did just that.

The decision to become an Au Pair drastically changed the way I viewed the world. It helped me realize that there are billions of ways to live life and not one of them is right or wrong. Most importantly, it laid the foundation and gave me the confidence to take on the world as a solo female traveler.

Moving to a country that speaks an entirely different language and lives a completely opposite lifestyle of how I grew up forced me to step outside of my comfort zone. It taught me to navigate a city all by myself, learn a new language and put myself out there to make new friends and experience new things. It gave me the confidence to spend time alone with myself as well as my thoughts and to take action towards my dreams.

It was the beginning chapter to a book that would continue to be written throughout my 20s. Now, having visited 30 countries alone since then, I am more confident than ever and that solo travel is one of the best things that has happened to me. It’s part of who I am and I don’t see that changing anytime soon! In the end, traveling the world solo has allowed me to cross paths with so many beautiful people who have made a serious impact on my life and for that I am eternally grateful!

Portugal: Kellie of Style the World

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
Photo by Kellie of Style the World

Portugal was high on my travel bucket list for several years, but the timing never lined up for family or friends to join me on a trip there. Over time, I started to get sick of waiting, so when a cheap flight to Lisbon presented itself, I decided to embark on my first fully solo trip. Portugal is such an ideal location for a solo adventure, as it is easy to navigate, affordable and has so much to offer! Portugal will always hold a special place in my heart, not just because of the gorgeous architecture, the delicious pastries and the incredible wine, but because it was the first time in my life that I felt completely comfortable soaking in all that such a beautiful place has to offer on my own. When a country has so many wonderful aspects to experience, it is extra special being able to explore it on your own terms and timeline.

Paris, France: Diana of My Blue Eyed Journey

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.

I took my first solo trip to Paris when I was 25. I had been living and student teaching in England as part of my Master’s program and I desperately wanted to go to Paris. Paris, for me, was the dream destination at that point in my life. Give me a yummy dessert and a twinkling Eiffel Tower and I would be one happy gal. I was SO close to Paris, but there was one problem – no one wanted to go with me. I know, right? How can someone not want to go to Paris?! Anyway, I had a big decision to take the chance and make my dream come true or just stay in England. In the end, the decision made itself… I HAD to go!  So, I bought a ticket, booked a hotel and off I went. As the plane landed in Charles de Gaulle, only then did it dawn on me that I didn’t speak any French. It didn’t matter though because I was so happy to be there. I had done it, I was in Paris!

I spent the next few days exploring on my own and realizing a few important lessons. I learned that I was the one who was in charge of making my dreams come true. I learned that I could count on myself even in a country where I didn’t speak the language. I learned that it’s always better to try something, even if it’s scary, because it will be so worth it in the end. I am so thankful that I made the decision to trust myself and take the chance to do something I had never done because instead of sitting here with regret about the trip I didn’t take, I have incredible memories from the one I did.

Cambodia: Merryl of Merryl’s Travel & Tricks

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As a solo traveler, Cambodia was one country I decided to visit with absolutely zero expectations, but by the end of the two weeks I spent traveling across the country, it turned out to be the most amazing solo travel experience of my life so far. The main reason for this has to be all the amazing people I met throughout my journey. I even made a friend while at my first destination in the country and traveled with her to the two stunning islands in the south of Cambodia.

During my two weeks in the country, I covered Siem Reap, Kampot, Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem and Phnom Penh. From all that I visited, Siem Reap was definitely my favorite and I met countless other travelers who felt the same about the city. If you’re looking for untouched, gorgeous beaches, surely head down to the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. Phnom Penh is just another capital city and if you do decide to visit, the genocide museum is a must to understand the sad and painful history the country comes from.

Lastly, as a solo female traveler, at no point did I feel unsafe in any of the cities I visited. The locals were nice, the travelers and other expats I happened to meet were interesting and the country was full of surprises. If you do travel to Cambodia, make sure you carry U.S. Dollars as that is the currency used across the country.

Japan: Hannah of Exploring Relentlessly

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When I travelled to Japan last January, I was in a pretty bad headspace as I was going through a rough breakup and just had a big fight with some friends, so this trip was perfect to take my mind off of everything.

In general, Japan is an extremely unique country in so many different ways and I was delighted to meet so many lovely and helpful locals as well as to find that all of the clichés about the country are true: Japan is very organized, clean and most importantly, safe (which is crucial as a female solo traveler)!

When visiting cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, etc., there is an abundance of things to discover such as beautiful temples and gardens, rich history, outstanding cuisine, kimono culture, crazy shops and arcades, plus so much more. That means there is no chance of ever getting bored or feeling lonely!

However, visiting Hakone in the gorgeous Japanese countryside gave me the much needed time to reflect and get in touch with myself, so that I returned home to Amsterdam as a much more joyful and balanced version of myself.

Rome, Italy: Alina of World of Lina

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My first solo trip was life-changing and very special for me. At the age of 19, I made the decision to travel to Rome – completely on my own. Not only was it my first time flying alone, it was also the first time staying in a hostel. Making this decision was really tough for me because I’d been suffering from panic attacks for years. The day before my flight, I had the worst fears and almost canceled everything. It took me a lot of effort to board the plane the next day, but I did it!

I spent three amazing days in Rome and enjoyed exploring the “Eternal City” on my own. That trip made me so much stronger as a person and it helped me overcome my deepest fears. Knowing that I traveled alone to Rome despite my mental health makes me really proud and the city has a very special place in my heart now!

Cambodia: Diana of Travelling with Diana

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Right after I landed in Cambodia, which kicked off my first solo backpacking trip through South East Asia, I knew it was going to be different. I always dreamed of traveling there. Food, culture, people and just everything was nothing like back at home. I was nervous and anxious about being so far from home at the start, but that feeling disappeared right when I got to my hostel. The tuk-tuk driver that gave me a ride shared a little bit of his story and what he does, asked me about my travel adventures and we just basically shared a nice conversation. Then, all of a sudden, he told me: “I think, you should come to my brother’s wedding that is happening tonight”. To say I was surprised would be an understatement! I was so confused about how a person I just met could invite me to such a personal event. I was traveling by myself and didn’t know anyone, so there was no one for me to go with. In the end, I reminded myself of all the reasons “why I travel”. I wanted to learn more about other cultures, see more authentic parts of the world and create new connections that gave me that push I needed to go.

I had so many doubts before going to the wedding, but in the end, it turned out to be the best and the most authentic night I had in all of South East Asia. It was such an unbelievable experience to have that chance to be there and enjoy the wedding real life that it looked more like a dream. What are the chances of me getting invited to a Cambodian wedding as a tourist on my first day there? We had so much fun that night. There was a lot of delicious local food, so much dancing and every person there was beyond nice to me. Even though a lot of them could barely speak English, they were so warm and friendly. Cambodia is a poor country, but the people there have the biggest and most generous hearts that I’ve ever seen. I even stayed in touch with some of the girls that I met in Cambodia after I left. You never know who you’ll meet and what you might experience until you get out there. It gave me so much inspiration and courage to continue my travel journey, not knowing how much more magic is out there. You can’t grow by staying in the comfort of your own home. Traveling will teach you so much and who knows how far it might take you!

Tanzania: Emma of Emma Adventures

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I was terrified before my first solo trip. I was diving head first into traveling and going across the world to Tanzania by myself. I had no idea how I would cope (or if I would at all), but those 3 weeks shaped me into the person I am today. From trekking the slopes of Kilimanjaro and summiting in freezing temperatures, to hanging out in the Serengeti and dancing with kids at local schools, I not only learned so much about myself, but also about the culture and the world itself. I look back and I am so glad to have done this trip solo and as much as I love traveling with others, I always try to make time for some solo travel every year. Why? Because it makes me a stronger person! Tanzania changed my life and I’ll be forever grateful for those 3 weeks in Africa. 

The Bahamas: Lacey of Travel with Lace

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Several years ago, I came to the realization that sometimes, if you really want to experience a place, you can’t always wait on others to join you. I’ve taken solo trips to England, New York and Massachusetts, but one destination stands out above all the other places – The Bahamas!

Most people think of The Bahamas as a cruise ship stop or mega-resort destination, but the low-key out islands (Eleuthera, Harbour Island and the Exumas) captured my heart in a big way. I’ve become obsessed with experiencing all that the country has to offer. I know I’ll travel to The Bahamas endlessly for the rest of my life, solo or otherwise!

Morocco: Sophie of Third Eye Traveller

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My first ever solo backpacking trip was to Morocco. Talk about jumping into the deep end! But, I feel that this was the travel experience that was going to change the way I traveled forever. I actually didn’t do too much research, so I had no idea what or where I was headed. All I knew was that it was going to be a wild ride.

When I landed and got off the plane, I was terrified! I was really alone now. Would I feel bored? Lonely? Would I meet anyone? I honestly had nothing to worry about! As soon as I got to my hostel, I met some fellow travelers who planned to go out sightseeing. Then, I went on a group tour to the Sahara and made some backpacker friends; some of who I am still friends with today after 5 years!

Ever since then, I have traveled to over 25 countries solo. I no longer feel that I need to wait for anyone to follow my dreams and travel the world. If I can go to Morocco alone, I can go anywhere! Traveling solo can feel overwhelming at first, but I promise that if you take that first leap, it can change your life for the better. It changes you, strengthens you and makes you braver than you have ever been before. Life is too short, so take that leap!

Australia: Sydney of So Sydney

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A lot of people say that there was a time in their 20s where life just clicked and they “found themselves.” Australia was definitely that place for me. I visited the country during a two-week school break in college simply because I had always dreamed of going. I was desperate for an experience that would define me, challenge me physically and emotionally and reinvigorate my love for myself. I walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, swam in the Great Barrier Reef and cuddled koala bears. This trip will always be an incredibly memorable time in my life.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Katie of Katie’s Away

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My first solo trip was a week in Amsterdam where I spent every day walking around canals, eating pastries and really enjoying my own time. I completely fell in love with the city, I think mostly because I spent every day on my own terms and because it is an amazing place for solo travelers.

In Amsterdam, there is so much art, history and culture, as well as cool bars and shops; I was really in my element! It was super easy to make friends along the way and it made me so comfortable traveling anywhere by myself. It is also the trip where I fell for travel photography! Having no one to take photos of me, I really started to enjoy composing scenes and taking pictures of myself to really capture the magical experience I was having. Traveling solo in Amsterdam was the start of all of my adventures and some of my best travel memories.

Iceland: Livia of Liv and Wander

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I thought I loved traveling before taking my second solo trip to Iceland, but boy did my enthusiasm and curiosity only grow from then on! This trip not only showed me the stunningly beautiful Icelandic landscape, culture and history, but it also taught me that going with the flow and not sticking to plans is not the end of the world and actually leads to unexpected and much better experiences!

Being a planner, I pre-booked a few tours, but ended up meeting some amazing people in my hostel (LOFT Hostel) and decided to go on a road trip around Iceland with them where we even saw the Northern Lights (ironically, I didn’t see them when I went on the actual Northern Lights tour). This trip will always have a special place in my heart and I’m so grateful and appreciative of my solo travel experience to Iceland and everything it taught me!

Kansas, USA: Catherine of Your Wandering Foodie

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During my first solo trip, I remember I was so nervous that I got air sick on the plane! It was a bad experience, but I was so proud of myself for flying alone and figuring out the airport by myself. It gave me such a thrill to know I can do things on my own! I flew to Kansas where I hung out with some friends and to this day, whenever I go back, it always feel like I am going home!

Kansas was so special to me because it was the first place I had ever been without my family and I had to make friends on my own and go out of my comfort zone by being in a new place. It helped me become more brave and try new things such as four wheeling, watching puppies be born and shooting a gun!

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Sandy of Sandy Elise

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Photo by Sandy of Sandy Elise

My whole life I had always dreamt of traveling around the world, but I was always too scared to do it alone. However, after graduating from University in 2019, I finally mustered up the courage to quit my job and decided to book flights to solo travel in Europe!

Before my flight took off, I was feeling so nervous and even had second thoughts about whether I should just cancel or postpone my trip until I was “ready”. But, I’m so glad that I continued with my original plan because it turned out to be the BEST decision I have ever made.

On the way to Europe, I had a 19 hour layover in Abu Dhabi so I spent my first solo trip exploring the coolest city! I was completely amazed at how beautiful Abu Dhabi was. The details of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was absolutely stunning. The best part of my trip was at the Etihad Towers Observation Deck (the highest viewpoint in Abu Dhabi). I got to gaze over the amazing city and took in all of the beauty. This trip will always be my most special and memorable experience. Traveling solo has changed my life dramatically! I have made a lot of incredible friends, seen so many beautiful places and experienced different cultures. I am so grateful!

New Zealand: Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child

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Photo by Taylor of Brown Eyed Flower Child

Technically my first-ever solo trip was to the European Christmas markets in December 2018. I ended up only spending one day solo because I met up with friends who were also traveling through Europe at the same time. In the end, I don’t really consider that trip to have been much of a “solo trip”, so I want to talk about the international trip I took on my own after that to New Zealand in February 2019.

Honestly, now I cannot believe that I waited until I was 27 years old to take my first trip alone. New Zealand was definitely the most memorable and life-changing solo destination I traveled to because it was the furthest place I’ve ever flown to in general and I got to spend two full weeks gallivanting around the South Island by myself. I met so many amazing people from all over the world and I also met some people who were from neighboring areas to my hometown. During this trip, I also did things out of my comfort zone such as paragliding, jet boating, luging and more. I also saw breathtaking landscapes, epic waterfalls and gorgeous blue lakes. My trip to New Zealand will always be special to my heart and it proved to me that I never had to wait on anyone again to take the trip of my dreams.


Photo by Emma of Emma Adventures

I hope you all enjoyed reading all about the most memorable and special solo trips, destinations and experiences. If you have any questions about solo travel, please email me at [email protected]

The best solo travel destinations and experiences. Travel bloggers talk about their favorite solo trips.
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12 Comments

  1. World of Lina on February 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    What wonderful solo travel experiences! I enjoyed reading all of them so much. Such a cool idea to put this together Taylor and thank you so much for including me as well 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on February 3, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for being part of this article Alina! I loved reading about your first solo travel experience. 🙂

  2. Christina on February 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    You’re definitely one of the people who have inspired to take a big solo trip somewhere! I really hope I get to do it soon, maybe this year to Scotland!

    • Taylor Deer on February 3, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      Ah thank you so much Christina! You’re going to have a blast in beautiful Scotland. 🙂

  3. Livia on February 3, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Loved reading everyones experiences with solo travel! I think it’s the best thing someone can do for themselves to at least try once. Thanks for including me Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on February 3, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      I agree Livia! It’s such an empowering experience. Also of course, thank you for contributing. 🙂

  4. Kim Deer on February 3, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    These were awesome solo traveller stories ~ It was interesting reading about others’ experiences while being brave enough to travel alone. I noticed that all these beautiful young ladies had one thing in common ~ the need to go out into the world and expand their horizons and not let anything or anyone stop them from their dreams. Their stories told how these trips made them connect with themselves and fulfilled their every wanderlust needs ~ keep reaching for the stars and continue to see this beautiful world we live in ~ thank you for sharing all your adventures with us ~ I really enjoyed reading everyone’s ~love to all, Taylor’s mom Kim xoxo 👍👌🙌♥️🌍🌟🌠

    • Taylor Deer on February 4, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Thank you mom! <3

  5. Emma on February 4, 2020 at 12:47 am

    What a beautiful blog! I loved reading all of these stories so much. Solo travel is so empowering and I love to see how it has changed people for the better! P.S thanks for including me!

    • Taylor Deer on February 4, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Thank you so much Emma! I appreciate it! 🙂

  6. Brittany Sneller on February 5, 2020 at 9:41 am

    These are all fascinating stories! I love the idea of solo travel and did it a couple of times! Dublin for a weekend, Colombia, SA for a summer!

    • Taylor Deer on February 5, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you Brittany! Dublin is such a cool city! 🙂

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