Planning a Solo Trip This Fall? Discover the Hottest 2024 Destinations and Our Top Safety Tips

There’s something incredibly liberating about setting off on a solo adventure. Sure, it can seem scary at first, but just think about how rewarding it will be in the end. No schedules to follow but your own, no compromises on what to see and do—it’s just you and the world. Can’t get much better than that, right?And what better time to go on a solo trip than during the fall? Fewer crowds, more affordable prices, and safer environments. To help you make the most of your journey, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest 2024 destinations for solo travelers along with essential safety tips to ensure your trip is both exciting and secure. Let’s dive in!

Hottest 2024 Destinations for Solo Travelers

Let’s first go over our top destinations for solo travel. We made sure to include something for everyone here — from people who love a good clubbing experience to the ones who prefer to spend their vacation in museums.

Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is a city that seems to glow with a golden light, thanks to its stunning architecture and abundant sunshine. This Portuguese capital is perfect for solo travelers with its friendly locals and safe, walkable neighborhoods. You can spend days exploring the colorful streets of Alfama, hopping on trams to discover hidden viewpoints, and enjoying the vibrant nightlife in Bairro Alto. There’s so much to do that you won’t feel bored even for a second. In fact, traveling alone here is actually the perfect scenario — because you’ll have the chance to meet some amazing people.

Lisbon also offers a mix of rich history, cultural activities, and modern attractions. And don’t get me started on the shopping options as well! You better arrive with an extra suitcase. Overall, this gorgeous city is known for its safety and has a strong expat community, which means you’ll find plenty of fellow travelers to connect with. Plus, the food scene is fantastic, from traditional pastries at Pasteis de Belém to fresh seafood by the river.

Reykjavik, Iceland

If you’re a nature freak, Iceland is one of the hottest 2024 destinations and the perfect spot for your next solo travel adventure. And Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world, is a fantastic base for exploring Iceland’s famous landscapes. But it’s not just about nature here. The city itself is full of Instagram-worthy cafes, unique street art, and cozy bookshops. From Reykjavik, you can easily venture out to see the Northern Lights, soak in the Blue Lagoon, or take a tour of the Golden Circle. But I have to warn you — there’s a high chance that you’ll absolutely love this place so much that you’ll play with the idea of moving here.

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Even though this is usually a popular summer destination, visiting Iceland from mid-September to October will give you the optimal fall experience. Another huge benefit is that Iceland consistently ranks as one of the safest countries globally, making it perfect for solo travelers. This, combined with the stunning natural beauty and the friendly, English-speaking locals make Reykjavik a top choice for an unforgettable solo adventure.

Seville, Spain

Spain is one of my favorite countries in the world. So, of course — I also had to include it on this list. However, as much as I love Barcelona, there actually another place that I believe is perfect for solo travelers — Seville. You’ll be absolutely awestruck by this city’s vibrant energy and rich culture. You could wander through the majestic Seville Cathedral, get lost in the intricate pathways of the Alcázar, and enjoy the passionate flamenco performances that the city is famous for. The tapas culture here also means you’ll never feel out of place dining alone. Which is a huge plus if that’s something you still feel awkward about.

Seville’s friendly locals and vibrant culture ensure you’ll never feel alone. The hospitality of this place is something that’s hard to find, and the city’s compact size makes it easy to explore on foot. In addition to that, there are plenty of opportunities to meet other travelers in the bustling plazas and bars. So, even if you start craving some company, you’ll be set here.

Top Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

Last, but certainly not least, we also want to give you some safety tips for your solo travel. We won’t go into too much detail, as we already have separate articles regarding this topic. However, here are just some things that are important to keep in mind.

Do Your Research

Before you go, research your destination thoroughly. Understand the local customs, laws, and any areas to avoid. Familiarize yourself with the public transportation system and local emergency numbers.

Stay Connected

Make sure someone knows your travel itinerary and check in regularly. Carry a fully charged phone and consider investing in a portable charger. Local SIM cards or international plans can help you stay connected without hefty roaming charges.

Trust Your Instincts

Your instincts are your best defense. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut and remove yourself from the situation. It’s better to be overly cautious than to regret not acting on your instincts as you visit the hottest 2024 destinations for solo travel.

Stay in Safe Accommodations

Choose accommodations with good reviews and ratings. Consider staying in hostels, guesthouses, or hotels known for their safety and security. Platforms like Airbnb can also be a good option, but read reviews carefully and ensure the host is verified.

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Use Reliable Transportation

Opt for official taxis or ride-sharing services rather than hailing a cab off the street. Public transportation is often safe, but it’s wise to know the routes and schedules in advance. If renting a car, make sure it’s from a reputable company.

Keep Copies of Important Documents

Make digital and physical copies of your passport, travel insurance, and other important documents. Keep one set with you and leave another with someone you trust at home. This can be invaluable if you lose the originals.

Emergency Plan

Have a plan in case of emergencies. Know where the nearest embassy or consulate is, and have local emergency numbers saved in your phone. Familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest hospital or medical facility.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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