Traveling solo can be one of the best ways to take in a new city. You choose the itinerary, the restaurants, and the venues and customize every aspect of the trip to your distinct taste. Whether you’re looking to go on a personal growth retreat or get lost in an ancient city, we’ve got you covered.
Here are our favorite solo trips to book this year.
Pamper Yourself at a Wellness Retreat in Spain
Escape the chaos by taking a solo trip to seek refuge at the SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the clinic serves as the perfect backdrop for cultivating health and harmony. SHA Wellness blends holistic therapy with Western medicine to bring about healing on all levels.
The spa caters to all the senses with state-of-the-art treatments and activities to help you find your Zen. It also offers multiple beauty treatments including hydrotherapy, body wraps, facials, massages, and specialized treatments.
You can nourish your body with delicious Mediterranean dishes and engage in wellness programs that target everything from weight loss to stress reduction.
Discover Ancient Egypt on a Nile River Cruise
Luxor and Aswan offer a rare glimpse into the antiquities that make up ancient Egypt. You can explore them all on a boat tour that takes you through a cascade of towering monuments and ancient artifacts. You’ll see dozens of temples, including the Luxor temple, Queen Hatshepsut’s temple, and the temple of Abu Simbel. You can revel in fascinating pieces of history including the Valley of the Queens, the Luxor museum, and the Ramesseum.
One prominent landmark is the Valley of the Kings, which stands as the final resting place for Egyptian kings from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Inside are 63 tombs – including that of Tutankhamun – and beautiful wall paintings adorning them. The journey transverses many must-see pieces of Egypt, with the view of the Nile river painting the background.
Take a Wine Tour through Napa Valley
Napa Valley, California, is home to critically acclaimed wines situated in one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards. Wine tours are the best way to taste your way through the valley, and going to one alone can actually prove a great opportunity to spoil yourself with rich wines and divine views. You can take a bike tour with Napa Valley Bike Tours, which takes you across scenic routes to ssample delicious wineries.
Foodies can opt for a gourmet food and wine tour, which artfully pairs the region’s local wines with delicious gourmet creations. Those in favor of a more old-fashion experience can hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train, which offers a more sophisticated, charming experience as you glide through Napa Valley.
Trek through the Great Wall of China
Most group tours set through the great wall of China are extremely packed and congested, making it beneficial to go alone to get the most out of the experience. We recommend you hire a driver for the day to drop you off at the wall and wait until you finish your hike.
Some of the less tourist-filled areas include Mutianyu and Jianku, which also showcase the more authentic, less-restored version of the wall. Take this time to work your way through the stunning scenery spread out through the area and take in the different portions of the wall. The view from the top is said to be spectacular, so pace yourself and bring lots of water and snacks to fuel your trip to the top.
Take a Food Tour in Italy
Foodies, rejoice: Italy offers numerous food tours to satisfy your palate. You can eat your way around Rome, take a cooking vacation along the Amalfi Coast, or dine on traditional Bolognese dishes in Bologna. Umbria, located in Northern Italy, offers the greatest truffles in the world, and you can take advantage of that with a delicious truffle tour. Follow in Elizabeth Gilbert’s footsteps and eat your way through Italy’s delicious local staples.