As solo travellers, what are the best places to visit?
When we are travelling with our friends in our youth, we often choose special destinations – some more challenging than others – all to get that sense of adventure.
With age we still crave adventure. But many of us are also looking for warmth, safety, and tranquillity, along with something that will tickle our bone for history and culture. So, as a 50-year-old or older solo traveller, what destination can you choose to get all of this?
Here are a few ideas:
Italy is very rich in culture, and it’s popular for having one of the world’s best cuisines. You have many places where you can go there, from Florence to the Rome, where the most popular attractions can easily be reached on foot. It’s a good choice if you find yourself getting tired from walking too much.
If you want to go to less frequented areas, you can also go to Basilicata, Puglia, or Le Marche, as it will give you a nice glimpse of the authentic countryside. If you are in for a hike, Cinque Terre also has a few routes for you, along with campsites where you can spend the night if you want. Just make sure that you bring a nice air mattress for you to sleep on when camping.
Do you feel like relaxing and basking in the sun? There’s probably no better place to do that than Greece. The place where democracy and western civilization were born, Greece’s history dates back to thousands of years – something that you can witness for yourself by visiting all the museums and archaeological sites.
From April to October the weather is almost always warm and sunny – which allows you to lounge on the beach and visit the numerous islands. If you are in the mood for picking spring flowers and a bit of hiking, then you might want to give Crete a try.
It’s a very tranquil place where locals are friendly, and the food is great. Plus, solo travellers have a lot of people to talk with, as one out of five people there is over the age of 65.
Japan may feel different, but it is a country that is clean, well-organised, and most importantly, it’s very safe for solo travellers. Even if you don’t know a word of Japanese, it’s unlikely that you won’t be able to find your way around. The food is delicious, and the Japanese are known for the fact that they are super polite. They also have fast and punctual bullet trains that will make it very easy for you to find your way around.
The country has great respect for elders, which makes it an amazing place for solo senior travellers. More than 25% are over the age of 65, which makes it a senior-friendly place. Plus, it’s very relaxing, particularly if you go during the Sakura season. There’s nothing more relaxing than walking in a park full of pink cherry blossoms dancing all around you.
You can spend years in Argentina, and still, you won’t be able to see everything. There are lakes where you can hike around, wine tastings you can go to, waterfalls you can admire, and museums to explore. Argentina is such a romantic and tranquil country that you’ll be able to relax like nowhere else.
If you want to see the Argentinian tango, then head for the sophistication of Buenos Aires. You may catch street performances, or you buy tickets for a show. You could also take a tango lesson! Even if you are a solo traveller, these lessons can match you with other solo partners.
If you are travelling alone, you may want to head out to Mexico – specifically, to its Pacific Coast. You can also go to the highland colonial towns, as they are often more authentic than the Caribbean Coast. Plus, Mexico is constantly reinventing itself – and if you’re a person that wants to see the world, this country has a lot to give.
The climate of Mexico is also great for seniors. It’s warm and pleasant, but due to its altitude, there’s also a constant cool breeze to soothe you. This makes Mexico the perfect place for a stroll.