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19th Jan 2024

2024 is the year of solo travel – Here are some top city picks and safety tips

Sophie Collins

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Solo travel has emerged as the dominant travel trend for 2024

The quest to find the perfect solo travel destination requires careful consideration, and Wizz Air’s recent report sheds light on the top city destinations for those heading abroad alone this year.

Andras Rado, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, says the desire for freedom and cost savings is what is driving the travel trend.

The report, rooted in the experiences of other solo travellers, has revealed the cities that are best at providing an adventurous and safe experience for those planning a solo trip.

These cities not only receive high overall praise from people travelling alone, but they also stand out for their attractions and culinary offerings:

Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes, Greece - solo travel

This solo paradise claims the top spot and has a staggering 76% of 5-star solo traveller reviews.

The city’s attractions and restaurants are top quality, and have also received 79% and 73% of 5-star reviews, respectively.

Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

A coastal haven landed in second place, Split, Croatia. It has been known to captivate solo travelers with 73% of 5-star reviews.

The city’s attractions and restaurants shine on the review pages, securing 81% and 66% of 5-star ratings.

Faro, Portugal

Faro, Portugal - travel

Faro, Portugal, impresses in third place with 67% of 5-star reviews.

The city’s attractions and dining options have received plenty of accolades online, garnering 74% and 59% of 5-star ratings, respectively.

Istanbul, Türkiye

Istanbul, Türkiye

Istanbul, described as “a tapestry of culture” is tied for third place, boasting 67% of 5-star reviews.

The city’s attractions and restaurants have earned praise, securing 64% and 71% of 5-star ratings.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

This stunning city, known for it artistic elegance and fashion rounds off the top five with 66% of 5-star reviews.

The city’s attractions and dining options are admired by solo travellers, with 71% and 61% of 5-star ratings, respectively.

As solo travel continues to flourish, these destinations beckon with promises of unforgettable experiences and the thrill of discovering the world on one’s terms.

Safety for solo travellers

Research Your Destination

Familiarise yourself with the local customs, laws, and potential risks of the destination you’re visiting.

Share Your Itinerary

Tell a friend or family member about your travel plans, including accommodation and flight details as well as contact information.

Stay Connected

Keep your phone charged and have a local SIM card if possible. Regularly check in with friends or family to let them know you’re safe.

Choose Reputable Accommodations

Opt for well-reviewed hotels, hostels, or guesthouses. Read recent reviews to ensure they are safe and suitable for solo guests.

Be Mindful of Your Belongings

Keep your valuables secure, and consider using anti-theft accessories such as money belts and anti-slash bags.

Avoid Risky Areas

Research and steer clear of areas with a high crime rate. Trust your instincts and be cautious in unfamiliar surroundings.

Learn Basic Local Phrases

Knowing a few basic phrases in the local language can be helpful in navigating and seeking assistance if needed.

Be Discreet with Personal Information

Avoid sharing too much personal information with strangers. Be cautious about posting real-time updates on social media – wait to post until you’re safely back at your accommodation.

Emergency Contacts

Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local authorities and your country’s embassy or consulate.

Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

Stay vigilant and be aware of what’s happening around you. Avoid distractions like excessive use of headphones in unfamiliar areas and always be alert.

Trust Your Instincts

If something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut instincts and remove yourself from the situation.

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Use Reliable Transportation

Choose reputable transportation options and avoid hitchhiking. Make sure someone knows your transportation plans.

Travel Insurance

Invest in travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.

Secure Important Documents

Keep photocopies of important documents like your passport, ID, and travel insurance.

And finally…

Remember, while solo travel can be incredibly rewarding, safety should always be a top priority.

Stay informed, plan ahead, and embrace the adventure responsibly.