12 Best Travel Destinations for Singles
Whether you are a single Millennial looking for the adventure of exotic travel and vibrant nightlife or even just interested in solo travel it’s important to do your research! Some destinations cater to the single life more than others and over the last few years, travel by singles of all ages has increased dramatically. It can be intimidating, but solo travel has its advantages, some of which are allowing you to enjoy a destination on your terms while giving you time to explore your personal areas of interest to discover new and exciting things. A common judgement is that traveling alone will be lonely, but that definitely isn’t the case in this list of destinations! The places we have listed are popular destinations for singles all around the world and solo travelers alike and each has something to offer in terms of adventure, social life and of course, parties.
12. Cancun, Mexico
Nestled in the tropical paradise of the Mayan Riviera, Cancun has long been associated with Spring Break. Resorts of every kind line the pristine white sand beaches where crystal clear blue water invite every water activity imaginable. Spend days snorkeling and scuba diving, or rent a kayak, learn to surf, kiteboard and more. If you have heard of it chances are someone is offering the activity. When you’re not enjoying the water, you can learn a little about the Mayan culture by visiting the nearby ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum. When the sun sets Cancun turns into party central with beach bars, live music and multiple clubs in town that cater to every age bracket. One way to experience the club scene is take a club tour offered by most resorts. Paying one price the tour operator will pick you up at your hotel, drive to several clubs where entrance fees and drinks will be covered, delivering you safe at home late that night.
11. Las Vegas, Nevada
With the motto “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” coined by visitors of this destination, travelers flock from around the globe to experience this glittering city in the desert. Known as the gambling destination of the world, attracting the best entertainers and shows, Las Vegas has also transformed into a place that truly never sleeps. From the roller coasters and other rides on top of the Stratosphere Tower to zip lines flying overhead the pedestrians on Freemont Street there is no way you can be bored in this city. Las Vegas offers world class golfing, dining at restaurants run by celebrity chefs, every type of show and entertainer you can think of, motor sports, hotel pools that resemble beaches and tours to nearby destinations. With all the activities to choose from staying less than a week could be disappointing. When you get tired of all the adventure you can always relax in the casinos and try a little gambling.
10. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Known as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is a popular destination for travelers from around the world. The city is full of hospitable people, great food and wine a vibrant nightlife, museums, trendy cafés and more. Argentines love their steak and there are probably more steakhouses per capita in Buenos Aires than any other city in the world. Take a stroll down the colorful Caminito Street in the neighborhood of La Boca. Head over to the largest barrio of Palermo and visit the Soho district where you will find boutique selling clothes, wines, leather goods and bookstores. Take a seat at one of the many sidewalk cafés and do some people watching or wait until dark and party with the locals, expats and other travelers as the bars erupt with music and dance. Plan on a late night as dinner starts around 9 pm and the bars and clubs really begin around midnight.
9. Austin, Texas
The city does its best to live up to the motto “Keep Austin Weird.” Home to the University of Texas and touted as the Live Music Capitol of the World, Austin nightlife is renowned. During the day you can visit the State Capitol, grab some great BBQ and enjoy the sites around town. Take a dip in the Barton Springs Pool, a spring fed pool where the water temperature stays around 68-70 degrees year round. Austin hosts the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival bringing together technology, film and music venues. On weekend evenings, holidays and of course UT Football game days, a portion of the famed 6th Street is closed off for traffic. You will find live music, bars and clubs along with locals and visitors piling into the street for a huge party. Officially known as the 6th Street Historic District, the area was named to the National register of Historic Places in 1975.
8. Bangkok, Thailand
You don’t have to lose a finger or hang around with a drug dealing monkey as portrayed in the movie Hangover 2 to have a good time in Bangkok. Made popular as an R&R destination with US servicemen during the Vietnam war, Bangkok and Thailand in general exploded as the most popular destination in Asia for Travel in recent years. Over 24 million people a year visit Thailand and for good reason. People travel from all over Asia to shop in Bangkok because of the variety and prices. Experience Thai food in an upscale restaurant or better yet, sample the foods from the street vendors where you can get everything from the traditional to the exotic fried Tarantula spiders, scorpions and grasshoppers.Take a trip to the floating market, shop for gemstones or party the night away at the clubs.
7. Miami, Florida
With tropical weather, beautiful beaches, clubs and nightlife Miami is a top choice for singles. Enjoy some of the country’s best scuba diving, snorkeling, boating and fishing. Head to South Beach where all that hard work in the gym will pay off as the place to see and be seen. Visit Little Havana where Cuban restaurants, cafés and clubs beckon you in with the sights and smells of Cuba. Check out one of the many Cigar Shops and watch as the master rolls handmade cigars before you select one for after dinner. Influenced by Latin and Caribbean cultures you can find a wide variety of food for sale at many restaurants. From luxury designer boutiques to outlet malls, Miami is a shopper’s heaven. Once the sun sets head out to one of the clubs in South Beach for live music and dancing or head over to Coconut Grove where the University crowds hang out.
6. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is Greece’s most popular island destination because of the beautiful beaches, ancient cities, fantastic food and wine along with the scenery and nightlife. Take a cruise around the island on a sailing ship or catamaran, check out the archeological ruins of the city of Akrotiri, visit one of the many wineries and sample some of the best wine in the world or just relax on a black sand beach and enjoy the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. You can take a boat trip to see and walk up the asleep, but still active volcano where you will be rewarded with fantastic views from the top. After a day at the beach head out to a restaurant and view the volcano and sunset while enjoying a beautiful meal and later head to a bar for a drink with some of the new friends you have made. Santorini is not particularly a party island, but you will find many singles and solo travelers enjoying this beautiful place.
5. Barcelona, Spain
People from all over the world come to Barcelona for the beaches, culture, art and nightlife. Visit the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where construction started on the church in 1882 and although unfinished, people line up for hours to gain entrance and marvel at the architectural beauty. Take a day trip to visit the Montserrat Monastery. Check out the football stadium and take in a game with hometown Barcelona team. Visit the Gothic Quarter where you can wander the pedestrian only streets of what once was a Roman Village. Check out the courtyards and the various shops in the Quarter and make sure you stay for the nightlife. The Gothic Quarter has some great restaurants and bars. Barcelona gets a lot of tourists and a lot of them are traveling solo so it shouldn’t be hard to meet other travelers and enjoy the city.
Few places have the diversity that Singapore can offer. With ethnic influences from Chinese, Malays, Eurasians and Indians, Singapore is a food lover’s paradise. While there are many fine restaurants most people will tell you for the best variety and value visit the street food stalls in Little India, Chinatown and many others scattered throughout town. Visit one of the many Hindu or Chinese Temples. Check out the bars and cafés in the historic neighborhood of Emerald Hill and sip a cold beer on a hot afternoon.
3. Aruba, Caribbean
Combine white sand beaches, sparkling blue water, lots of activities, casinos and clubs and you get the ultimate singles vacation in the Caribbean. Aruba has many adults only resorts to chose from or if you’d rather rent an apartment or villa near the beach, those are plentiful as well. The Aruba nightlife is legendary among travelers and it isn’t uncommon for tourists to partake in an all night dance party or take a bar hopping party bus to visit several places in one night. During the day rent an ATV or motorcycle and explore the island on your own or with a guided tour, go horseback riding, biking or enjoy one of the many adventure tours on the island. Once the sun sets head out to a casino or club and party the night away.
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
How could we make a list of best places for singles to travel without adding Amsterdam? Probably the most liberal city in Europe and even in the entire world, travelers have been coming to Amsterdam for years in search of the laid back atmosphere. From backpackers and bachelor party trips to groups of friends and single people, they all come to Amsterdam as if there was a beacon drawing them in. Known for its Red Light District and the coffee shops where marijuana is openly sold and enjoyed by the customers, Amsterdam is also a culturally rich city. The city has over 100 museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Take a bike tour and enjoy the city or take a boat ride on the canals. The Amsterdam nightlife has something for everyone’s taste – whether you enjoy a live Rock Band, Electronic Music, Hip Hop or a quiet Jazz Bar, you will find a venue to suit your taste.
1. Boracay, Philippines
The Philippines in general is a great place for singles to visit. Everyone is friendly, the weather is great and beaches fantastic. Boracay is the most popular destination for beach lovers. Consistently ranked in the top 10 on lists about the Best Beaches in Asia, the tiny island is only seven kilometers long and not very wide. In that space you will find blinding white sand beaches and clear blue water. Enjoy every water sport imaginable to include windsurfing and kiteboarding. Accommodations can range from under $20 per night to over $300 at the high end resorts. You will find restaurants catering to American food, Thai, Mexican, French, Italian and more. After a day at the beach head to one of the clubs grab a San Miguel Beer and party till the early hours of the morning. Some places are open 24 hours a day and most of the resorts also have live entertainment.