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Planning a solo holiday can be incredibly daunting, especially if you have never taken the leap into planning a getaway alone before. According to data revealed by Statista, over 56% of UK travellers 55+ and above have holidayed alone. 

If you are thinking about a solo holiday and not sure where to start, we have put together a handy index to show different factors of worldwide destinations that you may consider when picking your next travel destination. 

The Top Destinations for Solo Travellers

 Many factors are looked at prior to booking a destination, as part of our solo traveller series we looked at English language proficiency, safety, gender equality, the state of health care as well as pollution. These varied factors were looked at as a broad range of points that travellers aged 50+ may consider or worry about when booking the perfect trip.  

The countries in the top 20 all ranked highly or satisfactorily in all the ranking factors.
Finland and Norway are both leading the way overall but ranking the highest in gender equality. Switzerland is the safest country appearing in the top 20. 

If you are looking for a shorter solo journey to one of the top destinations you can explore Norway and the Norwegian Fjords with Fred. Olsen.

 Many factors are looked at prior to booking a destination, as part of our solo traveller series we looked at English language proficiency, safety, gender equality, the state of health care as well as pollution. These varied factors were looked at as a broad range of points that travellers aged 50+ may consider or worry about when booking the perfect trip.  

The countries in the top 20 all ranked highly or satisfactorily in all the ranking factors.
Finland and Norway are both leading the way overall but ranking the highest in gender equality. Switzerland is the safest country appearing in the top 20. 

If you are looking for a shorter solo journey to one of the top destinations you can explore Norway and the Norwegian Fjords with Fred.Olsen.

The Top Destinations for Solo Travellers

Finland

Summer panorama of Helsinki Finland

Known as the happiest place in the world, Finland is a great place to start your first solo journey. With its vast forestlands and out-of-this-world lakes for the nature lover, to architecturally elegant cities for anyone looking for a city break. There is something for any type of solo traveller. 

There are four main regions to explore in Finland, each with its own unique adventure. 

Lapland being at the tip of the country is where you can discover endless summers where the sun never sets, and in winter time you can watch the Aurora Borealis dance in the sky above. Popularly known for Santa Claus, you will discover a beautiful wilderness and the home of the indigenous Sámi people. 

For a very Finnish scenic but active holiday, you can discover Lakeland and as the region’s name suggests, Lakeland prides itself around its beautiful emerald lake where water sport enthusiasts can explore a multitude of water-related activities. Whether you want to unwind by going fishing or enjoying a relaxing paddle around the lake, there is much to do in Finland’s playground. 

If being by the coast is where you find your inner happiness, then the Coast of Archipelago is probably the region for you. This area is full of lively coastal cities where you can experience the maritime culture of the local people. With more than 50,000 beautiful islands scattered across the sea, this is the world’s largest archipelago, and there are plenty of hidden gems to be discovered.

Finally, if you are looking for city dwellings and a more metropolitan take on Finland then the Helsinki region is for you. Discover unique architecture, the Finnish nightlife and why Helsinki is named one of the happiest places on Earth.  

With so much to discover, Finland makes a great first solo trip.

Norway

Norway

A country that is encompassed by mountains with ancient glaciers and glittering UNESCO-protected Fjords, Norway is a breath of fresh air for any nature lover. Discover its wild beauty on foot with a guide, marvel at the Northern Lights or wander into a magical chocolate box village straight out of a Scandinavian fairytale. 

The Fjords are a naturally occurring wonder, and no trip to Norway would be complete without seeing the otherworldly landscapes by water. Discover hidden pathways opening up to magical mountain cliffs towering above you, hear the roar of the mighty Seven Sisters waterfall, and spot the Glaciers in the unspoilt Arctic wilderness. Norway is an experience like no other and makes for a great first-time solo experience. 

The most awarded country in Bocuse d’ Or, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary competitions, Norway is known for its world-class seafood and has lots of culinary experiences to embrace. For avid foodies, discover everything from Norway’s famous Atlantic cod and king crab to its sweet treats including jam preserves and waffles. In recent years, Norway has been highlighting its food traditions and ingredients, serving local and organic food across its restaurants and many famous food festivals. 

Once crowned European Green Capital 2019, Oslo combines urban city life with nature-based fun and its contemporary culinary scene, buzzing events calendar and modern museums are just the tip of the iceberg. Immersed in deep forests, the Oslo region promises hidden gem towns such as Fredrikstad near the coast and its art destination, Hadeland, for those with an artistic passion. The Norwegian capital offers a unique solo trip for all different types of travellers.

New Zealand

Auckland skyline, New Zeland

The island country in the southwestern Pacific has lots to offer as a solo destination, whether you want a laid-back experience on a golden beach or to explore the untamed wilderness or even to immerse yourself in the world of the Hobbits. New Zealand offers a variety of options for the unseasoned solo traveller. 

At the north of the island, you can find the Bay of Islands. With the sanctuary of beaches and secluded islands, this area is the perfect place for a coastal escape. If you prefer to see more of this area you can hire a boat and go dolphin and whale watching, or see penguins in their natural habitat. 

For a more active Aotearoa adventure, you can catch a ferry to Rangitoto Island which supports the youngest volcano in New Zealand, offering stunning 360 views of Auckland and the chance to enjoy a mini hike. On the north island, you can also find Cathedral Cove, which is touted as one of the best places to visit in New Zealand. Accessible only by boat or on foot, the famous cove is a must-visit site on The Coromandel and is surrounded by beautiful blue waters and golden sand. 

If you are looking for a cultural experience then you may consider getting acquainted with the Maori culture, there are many ways to engage with the indigenous culture of New Zealand. The most accessible way to learn about and have an authentic experience of Māori culture is in Rotorua, at the Tamaki Maori Village. For those seeking a unique adventure, Fred. Olsen offers the chance to explore New Zealand on board Borealis for the thrill of a world voyage cruise. 

Sweden

Balmoral sailing into Sweden

Surrounded by thousands of coastal islands, crystal-clear lakes, forests and glaciated mountains, Sweden's diverse landscapes are a great option for the solo outdoor traveller. Sweden’s nature is vast with thousands of acres of unspoilt wilderness. 

During the Arctic winter, you may spot the Northern Lights and during the summer months expect long summer nights. To the north, you can find the mountains and to the south sandy beaches. From skiing to hiking, or kayaking across the coast there is something for everyone. 

Sweden is known for its high quality of life, as an explorer, you can also experience a day in the life of the Swede. For food, you will be spoilt for choice, whether you want to experience Fika in a quaint cafe or modern Swedish cuisine famed around the world, there are a lot of options for your inner-foodie. As a tourist, you can discover stunning attractions including historical palaces such as Drottningholm Palace which is a UNESCO heritage site and is the most well-preserved Swedish royal castle built in the 1600s. If you are a design aficionado, then perhaps explore the Swede streets to spot Scani-design at your leisure from minimalist urban spaces to mediaeval churches.

If you’re seeking a Nordic Capital adventure, Stockholm is the largest urban area in Scandinavia, encompassing 14 islands on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. Home to the mediaeval streets of Gamla Stan, one of the best preserved city centres in Europe, Stockholm offers a smorgasbord of art and culture options for keen solo culture vultures. 

Interested in booking a solo cruise exploring these must-see destinations? Fred. Olsen has great offers for those who are interested in singles cruises, find out more information and book on our Solo Traveller Cruise page. 

Sources include Numbeo, English Language Proficiency Index, and The World Population Gender Equality Review. Factors were all weighted to create an overall scoring for each country. Countries with incomplete data were removed, and the UK was not included in the Index.

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