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This year's trending destinations for solo travellers

Our new study looks at global search data to find out which places around the world are gaining popularity for solo travellers in 2023.

 
It seems that every generation is feeling the draw of independent travel at the moment. At Explore we’ve seen a real surge in solo travellers joining our small group trips, with solo travellers usually making up around half of our average tour group.  Whilst on TikTok, videos tagged with #solotravel have garnered over 3.7 billion views; with single travellers sharing their escapades all over the world.  From exploring Italian beaches, to trekking in Bali and cycling in Amsterdam, TikTok is brimming with solo destination inspiration.

With so many people going online for solo travel inspiration, we have analysed 24 months’ worth of Google data to find out which places around the world solo travellers are getting more interested in.

Top 10 Locations for Solo Travel in Europe

Rank Location Interest increase, based on 12-month Google solo travel searches
1 Zurich, Switzerland 247%
2 Nice, France 220%
3 Geneva, Switzerland 210%
4 Copenhagen, Denmark 203%
5 Oslo, Norway 187%
6 Sicily, Italy 185%
7 Brussels, Belgium 180%
8 Bordeaux, France 173%
9 Marseille, France 172%
10 Vienna, Austria 169%

1. Zurich, Switzerland

The first European location bubbling up curiosity in solo travellers is the stunning city of Zurich, in the heart of Switzerland. Embraced by the Swiss Alps, Zurich is one of Europe’s leading financial capitals, and it has become increasingly popular in the last 12 months for solo travellers, with a staggering 247% increase in yearly Google search interest. Zurich offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication, where visitors can access a plethora of activities and experiences that are perfect for exploring on your own.

Whether you wish to wander through the charming streets of the old town, admire the architecture of the Grossmünster, or take a stroll along the serene Lake Zurich, there is something to suit any mood. Social media users seem particularly fond of sharing pictures of the iconic Bahnhofstrasse, a shopping street lined with luxury boutiques, and the Cabaret Voltaire, a famous venue for avant-garde art and performance set to delight the artistic minds. For those looking to connect with the locals, the trendy district of Kreis 4 is the go-to place, with its vibrant nightlife and bustling cafes explorers are bound to meet new people.

2. Nice, France

Tucked on the French Riviera, the city of Nice stands firmly as the second trending destination for solo travellers in Europe, with a 220% increase in solo travel interest. Its Mediterranean climate, beautiful beach and quaint old town, known as Vieux Nice, make it an ideal destination for those looking to soak up the sun, swim and get lost in beautiful timeless winding streets. The street food stalls, open air markets and countless independent cafes and bars are perfect for solo dining. The Promenade des Anglais is particularly popular among solo travelling TikTok users, with many of them sharing stunning views of the sun gleaming off the peaceful, blindingly blue Mediterranean Sea from this location. For solo travellers keen to take their explorations further than city lines, Cannes or Monaco are just a quick drive from Nice, with both coastal cities offering more French Riviera delights.

3. Geneva, Switzerland

Swiss cities dominate the European locations for solo travel, with Geneva coming in third place. Interest in ‘Geneva solo travel’ has soared 210% in the last 12 months, and it’s a place that appeals to solo travellers all year around. Nestled between the Jura Mountains and the Alps, the city is typically a hub for business and finance visitors, but those with an adventurous side can seek out the natural beauty of Lake Geneva, world-class cuisine and other rich cultural experiences. While there are numerous popular attractions to explore, from the iconic Jet d'Eau fountain to the Palace of Nations, tourists seeking something more off the beaten path are in luck as there are plenty of hidden gems to discover in Geneva. Explore’s own travel experts in particular recommend the Maison Tavel Museum or the Carouge neighbourhood as go-to spots.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the English Garden and the Botanical Garden extend a peaceful retreat to solo travellers in Geneva, while the city's many museums and galleries, such as the Museum of Art and History or the Patek Philippe Museum will satisfy any intellectual cravings.

Our pick: Sicily

Sicily comes in number sixth in the emerging hot spots for solo travel in Europe. Independent explorers are drawn to this remarkable Italian island thanks to its beautiful medieval hilltop towns, Roman villa mosaics and fantastic Doric architecture. A trip to Sicily wouldn’t be complete without sampling its world famous food, with the Mediterranean sunshine filling its tomatoes, lemons and vegetables with flavour, and local chefs expertly pairing the local produce with super fresh fish and seafood. 

 

Top 20 Trending Cities Worldwide for Solo Travel

Rank City Interest increase, based on 12-month Google solo travel searches
1 Hanoi 946%
2 Bangkok 816%
3 Taipei 692%
4 Seoul 533%
5 Phnom Penh 500%
6 Ho Chi Minh City 480%
7 Kuala Lumpur 464%
8 Perth 408%
9 Singapore 390%
10 Sydney 270%
11 Guangzhou 250%
12 Zurich 247%
13 Melbourne 224%
14 Nice 220%
15 Manila 213%
16 Geneva 210%
17 Copenhagen 203%
18 Tel Aviv 200%
19 Oslo 187%
20 Brisbane 182%
 

1. Hanoi, Vietnam

The city that is capturing the interest of solo travellers the most is the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi. In this ancient and vibrant city, solo travellers can dive into the colourful busy streets of the Old Quarter, rubbing shoulders with the locals in a maze of narrow streets filled with shoppers, traders, cafes and restaurants. Then, when you’re ready to reconnect with your solitude, take a mindful walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, exploring the pretty gardens and temples at your own leisure. Hanoi explodes with history and culture, from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which allows visitors to pay respects to the man who led the country to independence, through to the Temples of Literature dedicated to the teachings of Confucius. Solo travellers can while away hours browsing the Dong Xuan Market, packed with fresh produce and souvenirs, or revel in entertaining shows at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre or the Hanoi Opera House. 

Interest in solo travel in Hanoi has jumped up a massive 946% over the last year. Vietnam opened its doors to tourists post-Covid in early 2021, but Google searches around ‘Hanoi solo travel’ at this time were virtually non-existent. However, in the last 12 months there has been a steady month-on month increase for ‘Hanoi solo travel’ searches – and whilst the number of searches is still not super high compared to other cities, the leap in interest marks Hanoi out as a trending ‘one-to-watch’ city for solo adventure.

2. Bangkok, Thailand

The second trending city to catch the attention of solo travellers is Bangkok. There were 5,300 Google searches made for ‘Bangkok solo travel’ in the last 12 months, compared to just 580 searches made in the 12 months previous. 

Solo travellers who are keen to explore Thailand’s temple culture and historical architecture have a plethora of temples choices in Bangkok, including Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun and Wat Pho – one of the oldest Wats in Thailand classed as a first-class royal temple. It is even thought that Wat Pho is the birthplace for traditional Thai massage. Solo explorers can also experience one of the most quintessential modes of public transport in Bangkok – the trusty Tuk-Tuk. For visitors who want to take home more than a physical souvenir (of which many can be picked up at the Chatuchak Weekend Market), it’s easy to leave Bangkok with a new skill; Thai cuisine is world famous and Bangkok is brimming with full day and half day cooking classes for you to master Thailand’s fresh and powerful flavours. 

3. Taipei, Taiwan

They say dining alone can be a highly rewarding experience, and the dining options in Taipei are world class. The Michelin guide lists 175 recommendations in Taipei city; try The Ukai, a sky-high Teppanyaki restaurant with stand-out dishes including abalone with rock salt, Wagyu beef exclusively from Tamura farm, and moist chiffon cake. For a less extravagant but equally delicious feed, head to another Michelin recommended restaurant Shih Chia Big Rice Ball, which has been serving locals with mouth-watering gooey pork-stuffed rice balls since the 1960s.  Solo travellers can also use Taipei as a base to explore the stunning natural scenery of Taiwan – a short drive out of the city will get you to Yangmingshan National Park, where you can spot the delightful cherry blossoms and take scenic hiking trails through tropical verdant hillsides; also close by to Taipei are the Beitou Hot Springs, a natural hot spring open to the public. 

Like Hanoi, interest in Taipei specifically as a solo travel destination has jumped up from almost nothing to just under 1,000 Google searches a year. Whilst it is still low in terms of the number of solo-travel searches compared to other cities, the massive recent spike in interest marks it out as an emerging trendy destination for solo travel. 

4. Seoul, South Korea

The fourth most popular trending city for solo travel is yet another Asian beauty, South Korea’s Seoul. It’s shot up in popularity for solo exploration, with over 3,600 annual searches last year compared to 570 searches the previous year (a jump of 533%). 

Solo travellers who are keen to sample some of Seoul’s succulent street food, such as delicate fish cakes, spicy chicken skewers or sweet honey and cinnamon pancakes need to head to Myeong-dong. This market is ideal for a Seoul street-food crawl, as well as being packed with shops, stalls and lots of live entertainment. Solo explorers can head to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza to witness Seoul’s futuristic and modern side. This plaza was designed by Zaha Hadid and is always buzzing with art and design events and exhibitions. The clamour of city life falls away with a visit to Gyeongui Line Forest Park – a calming green space built on an old railway line that allows visitors to appreciate the surrounding nature with walking trails, bike paths and picnic areas. Finally, for a stunning aerial view of the city, hike up (or take the cable car) to the top of Namsan Tower. Check out our South Korea cycling tour which includes a stay in Seoul.

5. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Asian fascination continues for solo travellers, with Cambodia’s Phnom Penh taking fifth spot in the trending solo-city rankings. Whilst completely off solo-travellers’ radars in 2021-2022, there has been a significant flurry of interest in the city from a solo-exploration perspective in the last 12 months. 

Lovers of the waterways will adore Phnom Penh; the Mekong River runs through the city with boat tours being an insightful way to see a different perspective of the place. Phnom Penh has an ancient Buddhist temple located on a peaceful hilltop that offers beautiful views of the city below; the Way Phmon temple was built in the 1300’s and is adorned with gleaming gold statues and breath-taking artworks. Solo travellers can find comfort in the traditional Khmer dishes on offer in local restaurants and street food stalls, including noodle soups, coconut fish curries and sweet iced Khmer coffee made with condensed milk. Discover Phnom Penh on our Cambodia Highlights tour, which starts with three days exploring this city.

Yet more Asian destinations dominate the rest of the trending solo-travel cities, with Guangzhou, Singapore and Kuala Lumpa all featuring in the top 20. In Europe, popular solo-travel cities are the business centric Zurich and Geneva, but recently Oslo, Nice and Copenhagen also are proving to be of more interest to solo travellers too. 

As well as looking at global cities in our research, we dug a little deeper into the Google data to pull out the trending destinations within different continents for solo explorers. The data showed that Canadian cities are gaining more popularity for solo exploration in North America, whilst Swiss cities are trending in Europe. Cape Town in Africa has seen a huge jump in solo travel interest in the last 12 months, as has Buenos Aires in Argentina and Fiji in Oceania. 

Top 5 Locations for Solo Travel in South America

Rank Location Interest increase, based on 12-month Google solo travel searches
1 Buenos Aires, Argentina 177%
2 Cartagena, Colombia 137%
3 Patagonia, Chile 132%
4 Galapagos 76%
5 La Paz, Bolivia 50%
 

1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires has emerged as the number one trending South American destination for solo travellers, with an astounding 177% increase in interest based on yearly Google searches. Situated on the south-eastern coast of the continent, Buenos Aires captivates visitors with its irresistible charm that combines European elegance with Latin American flair - it is after all known as the "Paris of South America" for a reason. While exploring the Argentinian capital, solo travellers are treated to a plethora of captivating neighbourhoods and their Instagram-worthy moments; La Boca and San Telmo beckon with their colourful streets and tango rhythms, while the upscale Recoleta district boasts magnificent architecture and the renowned Recoleta Cemetery. 

Hidden gems await adventurous wanderers, such as the charming neighbourhood of Palermo Soho, with its trendy boutiques and bubbling nightlife, or seek out the city's milongas, where you can dance the night away and connect with locals and fellow travellers. But one of the best things to do is to immerse yourself in the city's vibrant arts scene by visiting some world-class museums, like the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, or catching a live performance at one of the many theatres.

2. Cartagena, Colombia

In Cartagena, solo travellers can find a perfect blend of history, culture, and relaxation, making it an increasingly sought-after destination for those exploring the world independently. The city's historic centre, known as the walled city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and within it visitors can wander through charming narrow streets lined with picturesque balconies, and visit landmarks like the San Felipe de Barajas Castle or the magnificent Cartagena Cathedral. Take a sunset stroll along the ancient walls and experience the breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the city's skyline.

In the northern coast of Colombia, Cartagena is also home to some lesser known but wonderful places, such as the Getsemani neighbourhood. This bohemian district is filled with street art and cozy cafes and bars where solo travellers can mingle with locals and fellow adventurers. For those seeking relaxation, the nearby Rosario Islands offer a tropical paradise with crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches. Looking for a more immersive experience? Our Explore travel experts recommend that solo travellers join a dance class to learn the sultry moves of salsa or champeta, two of Colombia's most famous dance styles.

3. Patagonia, Chile

Nestled at the southernmost tip of South America, Patagonia is a breath-taking destination that has captured the interest of solo travellers worldwide. This vast region encompasses both Chile and Argentina, offering an awe-striking landscape from the towering peaks of the Andes to pristine glaciers and lakes. 

A paradise for nature enthusiasts, one of Patagonia’s key attractions is Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Catering to solo travellers with an adventurous spirit, the region provides plenty of opportunities for solo treks, allowing individuals to immerse themselves in the untamed wilderness. Trekking the "W" or "O" circuit in Torres del Paine National Park is a popular choice, providing a journey through mountains, turquoise lakes, and enchanting forests. In addition to hiking, solo travellers can also kayak in the fjords, horseback ride through the pampas, or embark on a scenic road trip along the legendary Carretera Austral. 

Our pick: Galapagos

With a recent surge in online searches reflecting its growing appeal to solo travellers, the Galapagos Islands offer an escape for independent explorers craving solitude amidst stunning landscapes teeming with diverse wildlife. Meanwhile, La Paz in Bolivia, has claimed a noteworthy fifth position on the list, enthralling solo travellers thanks to its awe-inspiring panoramas, as it’s nestled high in the Andean mountains.

 

Top 10 Locations for Solo Travel in North America

Rank Location Interest increase, based on 12-month Google solo travel searches
1 Toronto, Canada 167%
2 Montreal, Canada 133%
3 Quebec, Canada 100%
4 New York, USA 90%
5 Mexico City, Mexico 83%
6 Vancouver, Canada 68%
7 Guadalajara, Mexico 54%
8 Cancun, Mexico 53%
9 Florida, USA 50%
10 Georgia, USA 47%

1. Toronto, Canada

Safe and easy to navigate, Toronto has seen a consistent rise in interest over the past year from solo travellers, resulting in 1,600 Google searches for Toronto solo travel in the last 12 months, up 167% from the year before. This makes it the top trending location for solo travel in North America so far this year. Sitting on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is the largest city in Canada, known for its impressive skyline, food scene and welcoming locals. Most tourists will likely recognize Toronto’s landmark CN Tower, a striking structure that offers stunning views of the city. But there is so much more that this vibrant destination has to offer! Stunning neighbourhoods, each with their own unique character and charm, are a treat for visitors looking to explore this Canadian gem on foot: from the trendy Queen West to the historic Distillery District. The city is also home to a thriving theatre scene, with many productions taking place throughout the year. 

Solo travellers will be particularly pleased with Toronto's extensive public transportation system; buses, subways and streetcars are reliable and straight forward to use, helping travellers get around the city and take in the local culture in an inexpensive and easy way. Some of the most popular sights and attractions for solo travellers include, of course the CN Tower, as well as St. Lawrence Market, the Kensington Market and the Graffiti Alley, which can be found in the Fashion District.

2. Montreal, Canada

Seeing a 133% increase in searches for ‘Montreal solo travel’, this vibrant and cosmopolitan city has made its mark as one of the trendiest locations for solo travellers to visit this year. Known for its unique blend of French and English cultures, Montreal is a destination that appeals to travellers of all types, including those exploring solo. Visitors will find a city filled with history, culture and stunning architecture, including the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica and the impressive Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. 

For solo travellers, Montreal offers a wealth of unique experiences and opportunities to explore the city on your own terms, whether that is touring the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods by yourself, such as the trendy Plateau-Mont-Royal and the historic Old Port, or taking a group walking tour of the city's historic landmarks, such as the Old Montreal and the impressive Montreal Botanical Garden. Solo travellers will also be keen to take advantage of Downtown Montreal’s bustling nightlife scene, which includes a range of bars, clubs, and music venues. 

3. Quebec, Canada

Canada continues to dominate the top trending locations for solo travellers in North America, with Quebec wrapping up the top three. A fascinating destination with a rich history, vibrant culture and breathtaking natural scenery, the Quebec province is known for its distinct French heritage that is mirrored in the area’s language, architecture and cuisine. Quebec City's historic Old Town is a must-see attraction for all visitors to the area, especially those interested in snapping some stunning photos, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes and stunning Château Frontenac. For those who would rather venture off the beaten path, Quebec has many hidden gems including the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago, the Charlevoix region and the Gaspé Peninsula.

Solo travellers looking for outdoor adventures will be delighted as Quebec is home to many national parks perfect for a wonderful hike at any time of year, with highlights including the Sacacomie Trails and Liberator’s Belvedere Trail in Montcalm Regional Park. 
Whilst Canadian locations dominate the trending solo travel destinations in North America, places in both Mexico and the USA also feature in the list. New York, with its towering skyscrapers, world-class museums and diverse neighbourhoods ranks in fourth place as a trending solo travel spot, closely followed by Mexico City. Quickly becoming a go-to destination for solo travellers, Mexico City’s vibrant art scene, stunning architecture and friendly locals are likely contributing to its growing appeal as well as a bustling nightlife and endless street food options.

 

Top 10 Locations for Solo Travel in Asia

Rank Location Interest increase, based on 12-month Google solo travel searches
1 Hanoi, Vietnam 946%
2 Bangkok, Thailand 816%
3 Taipei, Taiwan 692%
4 Chiang Mai, Thailand 557%
5 Seoul, South Korea 533%
6 Phnom Penh, Cambodia 500%
7 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 480%
8 Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia 464%
9 Singapore 390%
10 Koh Samui, Thailand 354%
The top three trending locations for solo travel in Asia (Hanoi in Vietnam, Bangkok in Thailand and Taipei in Taiwan) also take top spot in the global rankings, seeing the highest Google search increases for solo travel than any other destinations around the world. Two other Thailand locations also make the Asia rankings: Chiang Mai, in fourth place (home to the famous Silver Temple) and Koh Samui, in tenth place, making Thailand the country in Asia with the highest appeal to solo travellers. 

Vietnam also sees one more city featured in Asia’s trending solo travel destinations: Ho Chi Minh City. The pulsating and dizzying city lands in seventh place with a 480% interest increase based on Google data. It’s best known for its vibrant post-sunset energy, with a lively night scene filled with bars, live music and plenty of entertainment for solo travellers looking to hit the town after dark. 

 

Top 5 Locations for Solo Travel in Africa

Rank Location Interest increase, based on 12-month Google solo travel searches
1 Mauritius, Indian Ocean 147%
2 Cape Town, South Africa 144%
3 Cairo, Egypt 108%
4 Seychelles, Indian Ocean 45%
5 Nairobi, Kenya -

1. Mauritius, Indian Ocean

With a significant 147% increase in yearly Google searches, the small island nation of Mauritius emerges as the top trending location in the African continent for solo travellers. Renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush greenery, this stunning tropical paradise is one of the best places to read, relax and soak up the sun as you explore some of the island’s best beaches including Belle Mare, Trou-aux-Biches, and Flic-en-Flac.

While some of the key attractions include the Black River Gorges National Park, the Chamarel Waterfall, the Seven Coloured Earth and the historic Aapravasi Ghat, a must-do activity is going on a food tour and sampling the island's unique Creole cuisine whilst visiting local markets and street food vendors. After a day of exploration (our own Explore travel experts recommend the charming village of Chamarel, a hidden gem which boasts stunning views of the island's highest peak) solo travellers can take advantage of Mauritius’ vibrant nightlife, with plenty of beach parties, live music, and various entertainment options available.

2. Cape Town, South Africa

A close second, Cape Town has captured the hearts of solo travellers from all over the world. On the southwestern coast of South Africa the cosmopolitan city, known for its majestic mountain views and rich cultural heritage, has seen a soaring interest in Google searches. For independent explorers seeking an unforgettable experience, a cable car ride up to the top of Table Mountain is highly recommended, offering particularly photo-worthy views of the city and the surrounding landscape.

Must-visit spots include the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Robben Island and the Cape of Good Hope. But beyond the popular sights and attractions, Cape Town has much to offer solo travellers, including walking tours of some of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods such as Bo-Kaap and Woodstock, known for their colourful buildings and street art. For those more keen on outdoor adventure, hiking up Lion's Head or surfing at Muizenberg Beach will deliver just that. 

3. Cairo, Egypt

Landing in third place for Africa’s trending solo travel locations is the capital of Egypt. This bustling metropolis sits at the crossroads of Africa and the Middle East and is steeped in a heady mix of history, culture and ancient wonders. Visiting Cairo’s Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum should, of course, be on your travel list but some hidden gems that our Explore travel experts recommend are the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the Al Azhar Park and the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, where visitors can haggle for spices, textiles and souvenirs. 

Cairo’s hot and dry summers can be uncomfortable for outdoor activities, so solo travellers are wise to opt for visits after November for a more tapered climate that allows for comfortable explorations, such as taking a stroll along the Nile River, exploring the Islamic Quarter and indulging in Egyptian cuisine.

 

Top 10 Locations for Solo Travel in Oceania

Rank Location Interest increase, based on 12-month Google solo travel searches
1 Perth, Australia 408%
2 Sydney, Australia 270%
3 Fiji 234%
4 Melbourne, Australia 224%
5 Brisbane, Australia 182%
6 Gold Coast, Australia 127%
7 Auckland, New Zealand 113%
8 Tasmania, Australia 66%
9 Darwin, Australia 9%
10 Cook Islands 0%

1. Perth, Australia

On the west coast of Australia lies a cosmopolitan city that is gaining popularity as a top destination for solo travellers: Perth. With stunning beaches, lush parks, and a bustling city centre, Perth has something to offer every type of traveller. From exploring the lush gardens and unique wildlife at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, to soaking up the sun at the famous Cottesloe Beach, independent travellers will find beautiful environments to explore at their leisure. While the best time to visit Perth is from December to February, when temperatures are warm and the days are long, visitors who head to this vibrant destination have plenty of entertainment available all year round. Interested in history and culture? A visit to the Art Gallery of Western Australia or the Perth Mint is a must-see. More of a foodie? The city's diverse culinary scene is sure to satisfy any palate, with everything from seafood to street food. 

For solo travellers, Perth has plenty of unique experiences to offer. One of the best, according to our own Explore travel experts, includes taking a stroll through the colourful Fremantle Markets, which is a great way to explore the city's culture and meet new people. The artsy streets of Northbridge should also be in your itinerary, offering plenty of trendy cafes, shops and street art. For those seeking a hit of thrill-seeking adventure, taking a hike in the Perth Hills or kayak along the Swan River. And, of course, all solo travellers should pop in to visit Rottnest Island; the home of the adorable and Instagram-famous quokkas, it’s a perfect way to spend a day alone or with new friends made along the way.

2. Sydney, Australia

Sydney, the buzzing capital of New South Wales, is one of Australia's most vibrant and diverse cities, and has received an increase of 270% in online solo travel searches. Iconic landmarks, beautiful beaches and a thriving food and arts scene; Sydney is really catching the attention of solo travellers. The two must-visits for anyone heading to the NSW capital are the Sydney Opera House (one of the world's most recognizable buildings which offers guided tours and spectacular performances at all times of year) and, for breathtaking views of the city skyline, climbing the Harbour Bridge is an experience that all tourists should tick off their to-do list too. Those who are looking for a more peaceful oasis in the heart of the city should head to the Royal Botanic Garden, but if you don’t mind the crowds, we recommend a stroll around the Rocks district which offers a glimpse into Sydney's past with its cobbled laneways and historic pubs.

For solo tourists who are eager to meet fellow travellers, Sydney offers plenty of opportunities to do just that, starting with Bondi Beach. The famous beach is a popular spot for solo travellers, where you can take surf lessons or simply relax on the sand and strike up a chat. And while you’re there embrace the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee: it’s a great way to explore the city's stunning coastline on foot.

3. Fiji

Known for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and lush green forests, Fiji has become a popular destination for tourists from all over the world and ranks in the top three trending Oceania locations for solo travellers, with a 234% increase in Google searches. The beautiful nation is made up of over 300 islands, each with its own unique charm and beauty, with some of the most popular being Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and Taveuni. Fiji is also home to the world-famous Coral Coast, where visitors can witness some of the most stunning coral reefs in the world. The Coral Coast provides an experience unlike any other for adventure-seekers, with plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Welcoming and friendly locals make it easy to meet new people and make friends in Fiji. Some of the best activities when travelling solo include taking a boat ride to one of the many uninhabited islands, visiting a traditional Fijian village or indulging in a Fijian-style massage. Our own Explore travel experts highly recommend hiking to some of the hidden waterfalls that are scattered throughout the islands, as well as exploring some of the many secluded beaches or taking a dip in a natural hot spring.
Travellers seeking to embark on independent adventures in Oceania will do well visiting Australia. The country dominates the top six most popular destinations for solo travel on the continent, with Melbourne, Brisbane and The Gold Coast taking spots four, five and six respectively in the rankings. The city of Melbourne, with its vibrant culture, excellent food scene and stunning landmarks, has experienced a significant increase in solo Google searches. Meanwhile Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is also gaining traction among those who want to explore its modern cityscape and enjoy its relaxed lifestyle.

As for solo travellers looking for an adrenaline-fueled getaway, the Gold Coast, best known for its beaches, surf culture and theme parks, is evidently becoming the trendy place to be. With a range of unique offerings and catering to a diverse range of interests, Australia is perfect for solo travellers who seek to explore the world at their own pace.

 

Methodology

We compiled a comprehensive list of over 580 locations around the world (including 108 countries, 321 cities, 107 regions and the 50 states in the USA). These locations were then each analysed in Google Keyword Planner with + [solo travel] (e.g. Perth solo travel, Copenhagen solo travel, Tuscany solo travel etc.)  to find the total accumulative number of Google searches made worldwide in the last 12 months (April 2022 to March 2023). This was compared with the total accumulative number of Google searches made worldwide in the previous 12 months (April 2021 – March 2022). The difference in annual search totals per destination was calculated to see which destinations have the highest percentage jump in search volume interest. 

Please note: the study does not show which destinations have the most search volume for solo travel but rather which destinations have seen the biggest percentage increase in solo travel searches compared to the previous year. 

Data from Google Keyword Planner and correct as of April 2023.

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