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When we say “solo travel”, most people think of distant countries, long hikes in pristine nature, dust in your face and an adventurous spirit. However, traveling alone does not even remotely need to involve adventure and backpacking through the jungle.

Even if you are single, or if you simply can’t find the time to travel with your friend or significant other – why not go on a solo trip that will be all about pampering yourself, and doing what you want to do, when you want to do it!

The perks of traveling alone include, but are not limited to, getting to know yourself better, opening up your mind to different people and cultures, and enjoying some quality time on your own. Take a leaf out of Agatha Christie’s book, and book yourself a solo trip. You can even choose to follow in her footsteps and book a ride on the Orient Express! Here are our choices of top destinations to pamper yourself this year.

Paris, France

Who says you have to go to Paris to get engaged? Why not head to France on our own, and enjoy everything the city of light has to offer. Get lost in a museum, enjoy your morning coffee in some of the most charming streets in the world, or climb the Eiffel Tower on your own. Paris loses none of its charm just because you are not holding someone’s hand while exploring it. Neither does the Mona Lisa, the Champs-Élysées, or any of the other famous sites Paris has to offer. You don’t have to wait for Cupid to enjoy it!

New York, New York

The city that never sleeps can also be experienced on your own. There is no need to be afraid of it – in fact, at least you will not need to argue about where to go first: the Brooklyn flea market or a picnic in Central Park. Channel some Carrie Bradshaw and brave the city on your own! Whether you are more a fan of art, fashion or history, New York will cater to your every taste. You will also most likely meet a bunch of other solo travelers, enjoying everything the Big Apple has to offer.

Morocco

If you are in the mood for something more exotic, Morocco is your destination. You will be charmed by its diversity, and have the adventure of a lifetime – you can choose to explore some of the traditional Berber villages, or even hike in the Atlas Mountains. If you are in the mood for something luxurious alongside exotic, you should look into an all inclusive holiday package, preferably in Marrakesh, where tradition meets modern.

The Greek Islands

Even though Greece is flooded with tourists every season, you need not shy away from visiting some of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. You don’t have to succumb to the party vibe – you will easily find a smaller village and pristine waters, where the lamb is cooked to perfection, where the olives are all around you, and where the sun is just right. The ferries are on time, the houses white, and the waters come in every shade of blue.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

If you are not in the mood for Greece, but would prefer a mix of history and seaside, Dubrovnik is the perfect place for you. The height of the seasons is marked by innumerable tourists and countless cruisers docking at the bay, but you will still be able to climb the city walls and take a trip to one of the nearby islands in September, when things are calmer, but the city is still breathtakingly beautiful.

Iceland

Finally, if you are just looking to relax and get away from it all, there is no place like Iceland, with its unparalleled waterfalls and glaciers, and nature you will not be able to see anywhere else in the world. In fact, Iceland is considered one of the safest places in the world, so you will not have to worry while you are out and about, enjoying the fresh, albeit chilly, air.

Pack your bags this year and treat yourself to the trip of your dreams. Whether you would rather bask in the sun or climb mountains, or get lost in the hustle and bustle of a metropolis, the choice is yours. Remember to pack light, charge your phone, and head out into the unknown. In the words of Bilbo Baggins, if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.