Singles’ Day is a great sales day but also an opportunity to celebrate being young, unattached and “free as a bird” to do as you see fit. And what better way to celebrate being you than travel solo?

And with 28% of global travellers indicating that they are likely to travel solo in 2018*, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, gives us seven destinations that are perfect for travellers who want to embrace their independence and explore as a solo traveller.

Pack your backpack, bring a notebook, an open mind and start adding new experiences into your travel journal. After all, travelling solo is a great opportunity to boost confidence and discover amazing places. Make this Singles’ Day about you and go discover the world.

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1. Yoga Retreat  – Ubud, Indonesia

With about 30% of global travellers indicating that they are likely to take a wellness break in 2018*, finding a serene retreat for both your mind and body is a great way to spend Singles’ Day. Highly endorsed by Booking.com guests for nature and relaxation, Ubud is a world-renowned getaway for temple hopping and yoga practice in idyllic surroundings.

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Where to stay: Set among lush greenery, The Udaya Resorts and Spa offers a tropical retreat with a spa centre and various on-site activities including biking and trekking tours. Guests can take advantage of the property’s yoga classes to find their inner peace before enjoying a complimentary afternoon tea by the pool.

2. Snorkelling – Ko Ngai, Thailand

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Offering stunning beach scenery with white sand, crystal clear waters and idyllic palm trees, Ko Ngai is a great destination not only for relaxation and sunbathing, but also to discover a fascinating underwater world filled with tropical marine life. The coral reefs along the island’s coastline are a perfect place to go for snorkelling and observe the different species of fish.

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Where to stay: Located along the peaceful beach of Koh Ngai, Thanya Beach Resort offers stylish wooden bungalows. Guests can savour traditional Thai or European dishes at the resort’s Thanya Restaurant after a busy day of snorkelling.

3. City Trip – Portland, USA

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Known for its quirky food trucks, delicious doughnuts, unbeatable craft beer scene and stunning surrounding nature, the bike-friendly city of Portland, Oregon is full of friendly people and interesting activities – perfect for solo travellers. Portland is popular among travellers for its food, shopping and friendly people.

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Where to stay: McMenamins Kennedy School offers unique accommodation in a historic elementary school. Guests can relax at the heated saltwater soaking pool, watch a movie at the on-site movie theatre or just meet new people in one of the property’s bars and restaurants.

4. Sightseeing – Rome, Italy

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History, ancient monuments, architecture and food are some of the main reasons to visit the Eternal City this Singles Day. Steeped in history, Rome is an inspiring destination for those who want to discover some of the world’s most wonderful landmarks. Stroll around the charming piazzas, take a selfie in front of the iconic Trevi Fountain or try one of the city’s world-famous Gelateria. All roads lead to Rome!

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Where to stay: Free Hostels Roma offers beds in dormitory rooms as well as a colourful shared terrace. You can start your day with a continental buffet-style breakfast with other travellers before exploring the city on your own. It has a great bar and lounge, which are perfect for meeting other solo travellers and relaxing after a busy day visiting all that Rome has to offer.

5. Street Food – Hanoi, Vietnam

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Highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for street food, culture and friendly locals, the vibrant city of Hanoi will impress solo travellers with its stunning history and architecture. This culinary paradise with the French influence is a great destination to try delicious Vietnamese delicacies like the famous ‘Pho’ (chicken or beef noodle soup).

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Where to stay: Situated near the Old City Gate and the Dong Xuan Market, the Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel features modern dormitory rooms, a terrace and a shared lounge. The English and Vietnamese speaking staff at the reception are willing to help at any time of the day.

6. Socializing with locals – Berlin, Germany

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If travelling to meet locals and experience the local lifestyle, then the German capital is the place to be. Highly endorsed for history, culture and city walks, Berlin is filled with quirky neighbourhoods, each filled with its own unique character. From hipster cafes and gourmet restaurants to dive bars and underground clubs, Berlin has it all!

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Where to stay: Located in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, with easy access to Berlin’s main sights, including the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, Vienna House Easy Berlin offers modern accommodation with a coworking space in case you would like to work remotely while staying in Berlin. The hotel also offers free high-speed WiFi so you can share your Instagram stories with your single friends back home.

7. Island Hopping – Yaeyama Islands, Japan

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There are many ways to explore an island, but if looking for a chance to visit more than one island destination and discover more cultures, traditions and cuisines, then hopping from island to island will help you see as much as possible while on your solo journey. The remote Japanese Yaeyama Islands are a hidden paradise southwest of Okinawa. Use the beautiful Kohama Island as a base and enjoy day trips to the nearby Taketomi and Ishigaki islands.

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Where to stay: Haimarubushi is the southernmost resort in Japan, set on the remote island of Kohama. Overlooking the ocean, this beautiful resort is a great place to simply relax and unwind by the pool, but also offers a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy including diving, snorkelling and windsurfing.


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*Article in partnership with Booking.com. Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months.