Wed, 17 Dec, 2014
The world’s best cities for solo travellers
Solo travel can be daunting, but it’s also exciting to forge out on your own and explore somewhere that you’ve always wanted to see. Keep in mind there are a few extra criteria to be aware of when travelling on your own. These cities are safe, easy to get around and have more than enough to keep you entertained.
The Irish are famous for their friendliness and hospitality. You can almost guarantee that if you’re sitting alone enjoying a Guinness, it won’t be long before someone comes to talk to you. The city is also easy to get around with a compact centre, an extensive public bus system and the efficient DART train running along the coast of the Irish Sea if you want to explore further afield.
Safety is always a concern for solo travellers and Amsterdam is one of the safest cities in Europe. It’s also home to some of the world’s most famous museums – like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum – so you’ll have no trouble filling your days. The city is best explored by bicycle and is, like the rest of the Netherlands, virtually flat.
New Zealand’s largest city is a great place to sample two of its most famous exports; wine and adventure. Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride away and a hop on/hop off bus service operates between the island’s numerous wineries. Back in the city you can take a spin around the harbour in a jet boat (be prepared to get wet) or take a more sedate spin on one of the ferries. The Kiwis are also unfailingly helpful and polite – you’ll never be lost for long.
If you feel uncomfortable dining alone, then the Japanese capital could be for you. Choose any of the sushi train style restaurants throughout the city and you’ll be too busy choosing from the delectable dishes parading in front of you that you won’t have time to feel awkward. Tokyo is also incredibly easy to get around, clean, safe, friendly and endlessly fascinating.
Vancouver is one of the world’s most livable cities and it’s just as good for a visit. You can explore the city on foot, on a bike or using the clean and safe Skyrail network. The city is famous for it’s food and wine and you can eat at a top restaurant or stop at the food trucks downtown. Don’t miss the famous Granville Island Public Market to sample the best produce from the region.