Family holidays, friends-only trips and romantic getaways are all fun, but sometimes, there is nothing like travelling on your own. Why? Contrary to what some may believe, it can be the most rewarding experience. You make all the decisions – doing whatever you want, whenever you want – and you’re more likely to meet new people.

Think of it as “me” time, an opportunity to self-indulge, to focus on self-discovery and to try something new. Check out some of the safest and most solo traveller-friendly destinations.

Sydney

The laid-back culture and diverse marine biology of Australia makes it an extremely welcoming and exciting place for solo travelers. It’s common for people to travel alone here, so locals and other travelers are very friendly and inviting. Take a tour of the Sydney Opera House and even attend a show if possible. The Manly and Bondi beaches are some of the best. Bus travel is very efficient, but if you have the money, rent a car to check out the Hunter Valley Wine region. Accommodations are plentiful. There is a range of luxury resorts and hostels in the area and with lots to do Sydney is a great destination for a holiday alone.

Costa Rica

Known as one of the happiest and safest places on earth, Costa Rica is full of adventure and activities to keep a thrill-seeking traveler mesmerised. From hiking, white water rafting, zip lining, exploring volcanoes, and interacting with animals, there is plenty to do in the lush rain forests. Check out Tamarindo Beach for superb surfing and zip lining then head to Manuel Antonio National Park for an unforgettable hike through the forest. There is a variety of luxury homes and budget-friendly, bungalows – take your pick!

Singapore

Travelling Asia can seem daunting because the culture is so different. However, it’s not as hard to navigate as one might suspect. English is widely spoken, while the fusion of cultures – Indian, Malaysian and Chinese – makes for a unique experience. Check out the vibrant nightlife, shop the infamous Orchard Road and don’t leave without trying hawker food (street food). Singapore is great for its fashion trends and club scene, definitely one for all holiday goers