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Solo travel is experiencing a real surge in popularity, with more people than ever choosing to pack their bags and explore the world on their own.
But where are they going?
a new study has analyzed 24 months of Google data to find the places solo travelers search.
Based on this information, here are the top 5 trendiest destinations in the world for solo travelers right now:
Hanoi is a welcoming city with friendly and peaceful people, and has long had a reputation as a great place to travel solo.
According to Google solo travel searches, interest in visiting Hanoi has increased by 946% in the last 12 months.
Perhaps one of the reasons why Hanoi is so attractive to solo travelers is that it is considered a very safe country for international tourists.
Aside from petty crime such as petty theft and theft, crime levels are very low here.
Hanoi is an old but bustling city. The Old Town is a great place to sit in a cafe or restaurant and people watch, while the city’s many gardens and temples are easy to reach and explore independently.
Vietnam is one of the most backpacker-friendly countries in the world, so if you make Hanoi part of your solo trip, you’re sure to find friendly faces and familiar voices here too if you want company.
Bangkok is a vibrant city in the heart of Southeast Asia. It’s bustling, humid, and noisy, which can be overwhelming if you’re new to solo travel.
But you’ll quickly discover that beneath the bustle and traffic, Bangkok is a welcoming city with much to offer.
No doubt, for this reason, the interest in visiting Bangkok as a solo traveler, according to Google searches, has increased by 816% in the last 12 months.
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If you’re backpacking, head to Khao San Road, which is the backpacker hub of the city. Here you will find tour companies, small hotels and hostels, and like-minded people.
Bangkok also has a wide range of activities you can enjoy independently, including spa and massage experiences, half- or full-day Thai cooking classes, and day trips to historic attractions.
The most famous of these are the temples Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun, which solo travelers can easily access via Tuk-Tuk.
Solo travelers head to Taipei to explore its rich culture, delicious food, abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants and friendly people.
Taipei is a great place for solo travelers to visit thanks to its friendly and welcoming people and low crime rate, and it’s also an incredibly affordable travel destination.
Taiwan is ranked as the second safest country in the world, behind Japan, making it a great place to explore for solo female travelers.
Taipei is not only a beautiful city in its own right, but many solo travelers also choose to use the city as a base to explore Taiwan.
Taiwan boasts some incredible natural scenery and is a great place for active solo travelers to enjoy scenic hikes or swim in natural hot spring pools that are open to the public.
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is another stunningly beautiful Asian country and has experienced a 533% increase in solo travel searches in the last 12 months.
Traveling alone is less common in Seoul than in other Asian countries, but it is a safe and exciting place to travel independently.
Seoul has excellent public transport connections, friendly and trustworthy people with a strong sense of community, and is also an affordable city. This makes it an incredibly attractive destination to explore solo.
The brutal cold of the winter months means solo travelers best explore Seoul during spring, summer, or fall.
You will find a wide range of natural attractions, beautiful temples, and delicious restaurants and food markets that are welcoming to both solo travelers and those traveling in a group.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh in Cambodia is a fun and easy city to visit as a solo traveler. There is so much to see and do, and Phnom Penh is an incredibly easy city to get around.
The best way to get around Phnom Penh if you are traveling alone is by bike, taxi or Tuk-Tuk.
Cambodia boasts an abundance of natural beauty, from tropical beaches to dense jungles. Phnom Penh is an excellent base for exploring all that Cambodia has to offer.
English is widely spoken in Phnom Penh, making it easy to communicate and navigate the city without assistance.
The famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple Angkor Wat is not located in the city, but it is easily accessible by public transport or as part of a guided tour if you are traveling alone.
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