Best cities in the world for single travelers: After two years of travel restrictions, we are more than ready to explore the world. About 60% of bookings in 2022 are made by solo travelers, according to travel experts Explore, up 27% from a year earlier.
But if you want to travel abroad on your own, then there are a few things to consider. To help those looking for the perfect destination, the price comparison website Uswitch looked at a range of factors to determine which cities are the best for solo travellers.
From the most exciting activities, you can take part in, to LGBTQ+ friendliness and even crime ratings, the company has ranked tourist destinations around the world to find out which have proven to be the best for solo travellers.
The seven best cities in the world for single travelers
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The average air temperature in Dubai is 28 degrees Celsius, so Dubai is the warmest place on the list. This is something to consider if you want to get away from the cold and wet winters of Europe.
This bustling city also has a range of entertainment and activities to keep you busy while traveling alone. From gorgeous beaches and futuristic skyscrapers to shopping malls and giant aquariums, there are enough attractions to keep you busy whether you’re staying for a few days or a couple of weeks.
If you are planning a trip, then you should use the Dubai Explorer Pass. This will allow you to get prepaid access to 48 attractions in the city.
- Athens, Greece
Athens is a good choice if you are looking for a place for self-guided hiking. Keeping in touch with friends and family while you’re away is easy with high average internet speeds.
With thousands of attractions, from the famous Acropolis to the ancient district of Plaka, Athens has over 1,800 different activities to choose from if you are looking for something to fill your time in the city.
The average temperature in the city is around 14 degrees Celsius, but if you want to escape the summer heat and enjoy the cultural life, then Easter is the best time to visit. Celebrations are often larger than Christmas, with candlelit worship, food, and processions throughout the city.
- Jaipur, India
The cheapest public transport in Jaipur costs only 24 cents. Ideal if you are traveling on a budget. There are plenty of inexpensive street food and restaurants so you don’t have to worry about feeding yourself on a solo trip.
This Indian city is also quite warm. An average temperature of 25°C means you can explore the city’s impressive architecture without freezing.
Painted to impress Prince Albert on his tour of India in 1876, Jaipur is known as the “Pink City”. Now, 140 years later, there is still a law against changing the shade of buildings. With hundreds of historical sites, from palaces and fortresses to sumptuous gardens, you won’t be short of things to do as a solo traveler.
- Istanbul, Turkey
There are many places to choose from when looking for accommodation in Istanbul. The Uswitch index found 5,611 options for solo travelers. The Sultanahmet area is a great place for first-time visitors with plenty of hostels.
This huge city at the crossroads of Europe and Asia is also cheap to travel. Transportation costs can be as low as 25 cents, so you can easily plan your itinerary around nearly 2,000 attractions.
Full of cultural and historical experiences, Hagia Sophia is probably one of the most iconic places in Istanbul. Built-in the 6th century, the monument reflects changing religious history with minarets and Islamic inscriptions along with Christian mosaics.
- Bangkok, Thailand
The capital of Thailand ranks third in the ranking. No wonder Bangkok is a popular destination for solo travelers.
With over 4,000 accommodation options, it won’t be difficult for you to find a place to relax. Banglamphu’s urban area is especially geared towards backpackers on a budget, but if you’re looking for a more luxurious experience, then head to Silom.
Moving around the city also does not cost a tidy sum. Transportation can cost as little as €1 as the business district is well served by the metro and Skytrain network, a fast transportation system that rises above the streets. Other parts of Bangkok are covered by an extensive bus network and the famous tuk-tuks are available almost everywhere.
- New Delhi, India
Transportation in New Delhi costs as little as 50 cents, making it the perfect place to explore on your own.
The city has an impressive 5,269 tours and excursions, as well as 5,830 activities for tourists. Highlights include the two square kilometer Red Fort, or Lal Qila, built-in 1648. It is a stunning architectural gem with crescent-shaped red sandstone walls surrounded by a moat.
The average temperature in the city is 27 degrees Celsius.
- Rome, Italy
Rome has become the best place to visit for single tourists. Thanks to the largest number of places to stay and a huge selection of entertainment in the capital of Italy.
On top of that, housing in this city received some of the highest ratings of any destination in the index. With an average hostel costing around 20 euros per night, this is a very reasonable price.
Rome is a huge city full of history, culture, and food, so there is so much for you to discover. To keep your travel costs down, consider buying a public transport pass to get around the metropolitan area.