According to research from Booking.com, solo travel is a trend that is gaining traction. Platform data before the pandemic showed that only 25% of Brazilian travelers planned to travel alone, and now, 39% of them say they plan to go solo in the future.
Therefore, Booking.com has gathered tips and information to help people make the most of this adventure, and selected destinations based on recommendations made by travelers on the platform, taking into account essential factors for solo travel, such as good public transport and locals. friendly.
1 – LOCAL CUISINE
To really taste a destination, you have to experience it like the people who live there, and that certainly goes for local delicacies. So, there’s nothing better than tasting the region’s cuisine to get to know it for real. For 86% of Brazilian travelers, local cuisine is an important factor when choosing a destination.
Those who don’t want to risk too much and eat alone in a restaurant can opt for street food – a way to taste various local delicacies in a more relaxed atmosphere. For example, the streets of bangkok in thailand, are full of food and street markets, the perfect environment for travelers who enjoy good food. That’s why Bangkok is one of the most recommended destinations for local cuisine by travelers on Booking.com. Visitors can sample delicacies such as the spicy papaya salad or the famous pad thai.
useful tip: Whatever the destination, it’s important to research the local cuisine before traveling, to plan the dining schedule and get an idea of which places are really must-see, whether it’s a street food stall or a fine-dining restaurant.
2 – DIFFERENT CHOICES
Traveling alone means that there will be no discussions or agreements when choosing where to go and what to do. So, a good option is to take a path that leaves the obvious. Just over half (56%) of Brazilian travelers will want more rural and alternative experiences. These off-the-beaten-path destinations provide the opportunity to meet other like-minded travelers looking for similar experiences.
In addition, it is important to be able to count on friendly people when traveling to alternative places. That’s why, Chajari, na Argentina, enters the top of the list. This hidden gem in the northeast of Entre Ríos is highly recommended by travelers on Booking.com for having hospitable people who can give tips about the area. There, visitors can experience rural Argentina and even stay in a country house.
useful tip: Ask the host or property owner what activities or must-see places are. It may seem obvious, but tips from locals help you find the hidden treasures the destination has to offer.
3 – URBAN OPTIONS
Not all solo trips need to end at the top of a mountain. A short walk through a city can be equally rewarding and replenishing energy, as well as being a great opportunity to enjoy the hustle of a new destination and get to know a metropolis. Porto, in Portugal, for example, can be a perfect destination for those who want to venture out on their own.
The second largest city in Portugal is a cultural and entertainment hub located on the coast. In addition, it is famous for the production of Port wine. This city is highly recommended by Booking.com travelers for its hospitable residents. Thus, travelers meet friendly people and make new friends when they go for a walk on the banks of the Douro or discover the historic center.
useful tip: Getting to know the city on foot to better orient yourself and experience the place. In many destinations, you can join a guided walking tour to see all facets of the city while learning more about the history and culture of the place.
4 – PURCHASES
A solo trip is the ideal opportunity to enjoy favorite pastimes and hobbies, and 74% of Brazilian travelers want to choose a destination based on the possibility of good shopping. So, a solo trip is perfect for fashion and shopping enthusiasts. Nova York, for example, is known for being one of the fashion capitals of the world, as well as being a highly recommended destination for shopping on Booking.com travelers. In Manhattan, there are famous stores, pop-up stores and sample sales to discover new brands and trends.
useful tip: It is very important to know how to choose the right time to travel. To take advantage of the season of promotions (or avoid it), the tip is to research very well when it happens in the destination before making a reservation.
5 – RELAX
Solo travel is the perfect opportunity to put yourself first, relax and unwind. If the idea is to spend the whole day on the beach reading or take a leisurely walk along the coast to enjoy the sea breeze, Sydney, Australia, is ideal. The white sand beaches and seaside restaurants are perfect places to watch the world go by. It’s no surprise that Sydney is one of the top recommended destinations on Booking.com by beach-loving travelers around the world. When it comes to accommodation, solo travelers looking to treat themselves to a pampering session should also visit one of the city’s luxury spa hotels.
useful tip: Don’t forget to research the type of beach. For example: avoid pebble beaches if you prefer to step on soft sand.
6 – UNFORGETTABLE ACTIVITY
Traveling alone is an incredible opportunity to be adventurous, do something out of the ordinary, and create memories to last a lifetime. Reykjavik, Iceland, for example, attracts travelers from all over the world who want to experience an unforgettable experience – whether to see the Northern Lights or whale watching. It’s easy to see why Reykjavik is one of the top destinations on Booking.com for adventure-seeking travelers. There is no shortage of options for a solo trip!
useful tip: Taking lots of pictures, even the smallest details. In this way, it is possible to review the images and remember the experience in a certain destination. Carrying a selfie stick to find the right angle for taking pictures is also worth it.
7 – TRANSPORTATION
Experiencing a destination is not just about the places you visit and the dishes you try. It also has to do with details like getting to know public transport – especially in Tokyo in Japan, where you can use some of the most modern public transport in the world. Data from Booking.com reveals that Tokyo is one of the top destinations for travelers looking for affordable public transport. It is a great opportunity to get to know a destination better, as well as being an economical solution for those traveling alone.
useful tip: Save maps that work offline. Thus, it is possible to walk around the destination peacefully, even if the cell phone is without signal or Wi-Fi.