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Solo Travel Inspiration

Welcome travellers, to our solo travel hub, which celebrates an amazing species: the adventurous and wild traveller. We're here to hopefully give you the inspiration you need to head off on your own solo travel adventure. Keep doing you, guys. Chat to one of our Travel Experts if you want help planning your trip!

Top tips for solo travellers

destination choice

Research your destination

If you're a first-timer, research destinations that are well-travelled and get recommendations from other solo travellers. Once you've been to a couple of places on your own you'll have more confidence to visit more places which are off-the-beaten-track.

pack light

Pack light

You're a one-man-band so make sure you pack efficiently - try microfibre travel towels, light-weight rucksack/suitcase and jacket, and a small carry-on. If you're a bookworm, don't pack tons of books - there'll be book swaps in cafes and hostels along the way!


Mix with other travellers

Sociable hostels (check the reviews), organised group tours, volunteer placements and local day-trips are easy ways of mixing with other travellers (and you might even find a travel buddy or two).

arrive early

Arrive during the day

Try not to arrive in the evening or late at night, especially if you're a first-timer. Trying to negotiate your way to a hostel in the dark when you're in an unfamiliar place can be quite overwhelming.

apps for solo travellers

Download these handy apps

There are hundreds of apps out there, but the main ones are Skype, (offline map) a translator app as well as a currency converter, Uber and Spotify for those long and boring coach rides.

meet the locals

Embrace local experiences

Whether it's a local cooking class, a home-stay, a village visit or another local experience... get amongst it. You'll get a real feel for the culture and you'll meet other travellers with the same interests as you.

Our top hostel picks for solo travellers

lub d hostel
Lub D
Koh Samui | Phuket | Bangkok | Cambodia | Philippines
Lub D is the epitome of a sociable hostel: with enviable locations (e.g. overlooking the beachfront of lively Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui), game zones, swimming pools, bars, restaurants and social activities where you can have the perfect combo of chilling and partying. There's plenty of opportunity to meet other travellers, 24-hour security, luggage storage, free wi-fi and easy-to-follow directions from various travel points. Basically, it's a good'un.
Clinknoord amsterdam
Situated in downtown Amsterdam, this hostel is pretty central to everything you could ever want. It's a converted 1920's laboratory in a buzzing, creative neighbourhood (hipster/cool kid heaven, basically). With a cafe, a bar, and live music - there's plenty of places to enjoy yourself and make new friends, plus it's got a jam-packed social calendar with events like cocktail making, and specific solo travel meet-ups. Socialising is the aim of the game. And with a 24-hour reception, no matter when you get there you know you can check-in.
samesun vancouver
Venice Beach | Vancouver | Montreal | Banff | Kelowna
Created by backpackers for backpackers (exactly what you want when you're far from home) Samesun are set up across North America - with another hostel coming to San Francisco soon. With daily activities across all of their hostels, their main aim is to get travellers socialising, whether they're on their own or part of a group, with happy hours, games nights, eco initiatives and more. 

A mix of travel guides and blogs for inspiration...