The notion of traveling solo for the first time can be daunting. But by selecting the right destination, you’ll realize that going at it alone can actually prove to be much more fulfilling than joining a group. This is your opportunity to really become the master of your own destiny, making your travel itinerary decisions based on your own interests and leading your unique adventure. And if you’re part of the 50+ generation (age is just a number!), you’re actually part of an increasing trend, which can be reassuring. As the generation of travelers over 50 increases, so does the need for travel experiences catered to this group and thus the solo traveler. Retirement is no longer about settling down and doing less. Now it’s all about experiencing new things and seeing new places. But we bet you’re already convinced of that, so read on to discover some of the best places around the globe to discover as a solo traveler.
Lombardy, Italy: For exquisite cuisine
Often overlooked due to the popularity of Tuscany, the Lombardy region of Italy offers some stunning scenery and delicious Italian cuisine and wine. Stay in the heart of Milan with Radisson Blu Hotel, Milan to experience the city’s top sights, such as the extravagant Duomo, and then travel out of the city by train for some tasty day trips. Sample the wines of Franciacorta, birthplace of Italy’s finest sparkling wines, or go to Desenzano del Garda and book an olive oil tour and tasting, for example at the serene Frantoio Montecroce. Of course you’ll enjoy the traditional Italian aperitivo. And one mustn’t forget the gelato: one a day is completely acceptable!
Paris: A museum lover’s paradise
If the City of Lights is still on your bucket list, what are you waiting for? Surprisingly, it’s an extremely walkable city and the transport system makes it super easy to navigate on your own and plan your itinerary around the wealth of museums such as the Musée du Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, Musée d'Orsay… Treat yourself with a room with a view and stay with the Radisson Blu Hotel, Champs Elysees overlooking the Arc De Triomphe. Alternatively, go for the countryside charm of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris Boulogne which has its very own vineyard.
Iceland: The safest bet
Iceland’s status as the safest destination (for 10 years in a row now, according to Conde Nast) makes it a must-visit for solo travelers. Apart from its abundance of natural wonders from glaciers to volcanoes to waterfalls and hot springs, most locals speak English and are very welcoming. Plan a trip during the summer to enjoy nearly 24 hours of sunlight and some beautiful hiking opportunities. Or, experience the Northern Lights for the first time and travel during the winter. Reykjavik is a great base for exploring the country and the city itself holds offers some charming architecture and history. Choose between two central hotels to make the best of your Icelandic adventure.
Bali: The tropical island experience
Relaxing beaches, pristine pools and beautiful landscapes are just some of the reasons why Bali is on many people’s bucket list. But it also offers some inspiring culture: its temples, dances, and ceremonies define the Bali tourist experience as much as its beaches. The Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu Resort is perched overlooking the Indian Ocean and is sure to provide that perfect retreat after a day of exploring the Island of the Gods.
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Sydney: Where the world meets
Sydney’s world-renowned attractions make it a superb spot for solo travelers. And the Aussies’ reputation for being some of the friendliest people on the planet really does hold true. You’ll be sure to strike up some conversation with the locals, and the country’s popularity as a backpacker’s destination means you’re more likely to be able to share experiences with fellow solo travelers. The Bondi food markets take place every Saturday from 9am-1pm. Stroll through the stalls selling everything from Vietnamese pho, to healthy smoothies. Other top attractions include the iconic Sydney Opera House (we recommend taking a ferry ride to Manly for the best view of the harbor) and the Australian National Maritime Museum. With traditional heritage architecture and a vintage sandstone façade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is not only a perfect place to stay but one of the city's hidden gems.