If You've Never Traveled Solo, This Is the #1 Place to Plan Your First Trip

Traveling alone for the first time can be equally terrifying and exhilarating. It takes serious courage to embark on a solo adventure in a foreign country, but those who have taken the plunge know how ultimately rewarding it is. Few experiences are as liberating as stepping off a plane with a single bag and learning to navigate a place without many of the comforts we take for granted, like friends or even cell service.

While solo travel used to be a male-dominated pursuit, women are quickly closing the gap. A Hostelworld study found that bookings by female solo travelers have jumped 45% since 2015. "The increasing number of solo travelers could be due to a combination of better technology, with apps allowing us to easily discover our next location, the fact that [we] are staying single for longer and aren’t worried about waiting for a suitable travelling companion to come along, or the fact that flexi working can make it possible to combine a job with travel," says Breffni Horgan, director of product at Hostelworld.

If you're unsure where to go on your first solo trip, Hostelworld has a tightly edited list to help you plan. Its team scanned website booking data from the past three years to uncover the most popular places to visit alone, according to real female travelers. Interestingly, Cuba took the number one spot as the best place to travel solo; bookings jumped 406% from 2016 to 2017 thanks to the change in travel restrictions. Prefer a city escape or culturally rich seaside destination? Choose from the top seven list below.

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