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Solo Runs: Six of the Best Single-Traveller Destinations


Dreaming of seeing the world but not sure where to begin? Traveling solo is an amazing adventure! Not only does it give you the freedom to immerse yourself fully in new cultures and make new friends, but it also lets you explore the world at your own pace. Whether it’s serene landscapes, vibrant city life or thrilling adventures you’re after, there’s a destination to suit everyone. Here are six fantastic destinations that should be on every solo traveller’s bucket list:

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is the perfect mix of culture, nature, good food and affordability. As the most popular of the Indonesian islands, it offers a wonderful introduction to Southeast Asia and caters to all tastes, too — whether you want to relax and meditate or party through the night, there’s something for everyone on the island. From stunning beaches and rich cultural heritage to diverse wildlife and vibrant nightlife, Bali promises an unforgettable adventure making it an ideal destination for solo travellers. 

Temple in Bali, Indonesia | Travel Insurance | An Post Insurance

Barcelona, Spain

Renowned for its vibrant street life, stunning architecture and mouth watering cuisine, Barcelona makes for an idyllic solo adventure. There you’ll find a bustling city that caters to solo travellers of all interests. Whether you like to spend your days exploring the unique designs of Antoni Gaudí, sampling tapas in local taverns, relaxing on the sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean coast or even hiking through the nearby mountains, Barcelona has it all. It is essential to stay vigilant against pickpocketing while exploring the city's attractions but whether you’re a history enthusiast, food lover or beachgoer, you’ll find everything needed for a memorable trip in this great city.

Mosaic walls in Barcelona | Solo Travel | An Post Insurance

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Once an independent republic and the home of Game of Thrones Kings Landing, Dubrovnik's medieval charm and stunning coastal scenery make it a must-visit destination for solo travellers in search of beauty and history. Known as one of the more expensive cities in Croatia, it’s important to budget accordingly for a trip to Dubrovnik and plan your activities ahead of time. Walk along the top of the ancient city walls for panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea, explore the intricate streets of the Old Town and take a day trip to the nearby islands for a taste of island life. With its warm climate, rich history and vibrant culture, Dubrovnik is sure to appeal to solo travellers from around the world.

Dubrovnik Old Town | Solo Travel Locations | An Post Insurance

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto offers a world of adventure, featuring gold-painted temples, traditional tea houses, Geisha culture and stunning cherry blossoms. This city, home to over 2,000 temples and shrines, provides a travel experience unlike any other. With top-tier museums, historic landscaped gardens and majestic castles, Kyoto promises a unique journey. To fully experience the best that the city has to offer, plan your visit during the cherry blossom season in April. This time of year showcases Kyoto’s beauty at its peak, providing an unforgettable background to your journey through Japan.

Cherry blossom trees in Kyoto, Japan | Travel Insurance | An Post Insurance

Queenstown, New Zealand

This charming New Zealand resort town captivates visitors with its diverse experiences, breathtaking scenery and vibrant atmosphere. The ultimate playground for solo travellers, Queenstown offers a range of outdoor activities. From bungee jumping and skydiving to hiking and skiing, it’s suitable for everyone. Beyond the adrenaline there’s also stunning landscapes, including great lakes and mountains that provide a picturesque setting for relaxation and adventure. Whatever you’re after, Queenstown delivers an exceptional experience.

Queenstown scenery, New Zealand | Solo Travelling | An Post Insurance

Costa Rica

Known for its incredible biodiversity, vibrant culture and wide array of exciting activities, this country offers a distinct travel experience. The welcoming and friendly locals make it an ideal destination for first-time solo travellers. Dive into exhilarating activities such as white-water rafting, night safari or ziplining or take in Costa Rica’s natural beauty which offers countless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Whether you’re hiking the national parks, lounging on beaches or engaging yourself in local traditions, Costa Rica has something for everyone.

Costa Rica’s natural beauty | Travelling Solo | An Post Insurance

Whether it’s adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion you’re after, these six destinations offer amazing experiences for solo travellers. Remember to make sure you’re protected and secure travel insurance when you book your holiday to ensure peace of mind.

What are you waiting for? Pack your bags, embrace the freedom, and get ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime. Your next great adventure awaits!

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