Sometimes, the best trip is the one you take with yourself. When you're traveling solo, you get to explore a destination on your own terms with no compromise -- and to fully engage with the destination. Here are just six places that we think are great for one.
For Seclusion: Selva Negra Ecolodge (Nicaragua)
If you’re looking for utter peace and quiet -- and don’t want to break the bank -- venture into the mountains of Nicaragua. Selva Negra Ecolodge, set in the country’s Matagalpa region (about a two-hour drive from Granada) has rates as low as $64 per night. On property, wind through more than 12 miles of trails and find solace among the 200-plus species of birds, the howler monkeys, and other creatures that inhabit the cloud forest. Alternatively, join a nature tour, coffee farm tour, sustainable farm tour, and a night tour when you feel up to a little human interaction.
For Foodies: Tuscookany Cooking Vacations (Tuscany, Italy)
Tuscany is a classic destination for foodie travelers. We love the way Tuscookany Cooking Vacations melds expert culinary instruction with luxury, all-inclusive villa retreats. Native Italian chefs will teach you (in English) to cook authentic Italian and Mediterranean dishes, in a way that feels like you're in your friend's kitchen rather than a formal, impersonal class. Each program includes a full-day culinary excursion in the countryside, plus one less on each of the remaining days. You'll have time, too, to lounge in your villa, take a dip into the pool, go hiking, and do some sightseeing of your own.
For the Spiritual: L’Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)
While you'll find lots of couples at this gorgeous property, there's no place like Sedona to get in touch with your spiritual side. With vortexes sprinkled all around and mystic energy winding all throughout town, it's the place for spiritual travelers to reflect and meditate without the pesky companions. While you're here, morning yoga, duck feedings, astronomy sessions, geology lectures, and more are all covered. The onsite spa and restaurant are top notch, and it's also just a short walk to town for galleries, shops, more restaurants, and, yes, psychic readings.
For an All-Inclusive Experience: Sandos Caracol Eco Resort (Riviera Maya, Mexico)
Centered in the Mayan jungle with more than 60 animal species and 25 tree species, this property embraces its natural environment and invites travelers to do the same. For days, you’ll be able to bike, hike, or sail among the resort's jungle, cenote springs, and mangrove path. And, after deer encounters in a natural jungle habitat, a trip to the bird sanctuary, or a admire freshwater turtles in the lagoons. The all-inclusive rate covers all meals, drinks, and activities. We found rates from $166 per night, depending on the season.
For Making Friends: Castlemartyr Resort (Cork, Ireland)
Anyone can travel solo to Ireland and make new friends over a pint of Guinness. While Dublin is a lively city with endless sights and great food, you'll find beautiful landscapes of green hills -- ripe for exploring via bicycle or drive by -- in Cork. The luxury Castlemartyr Resort makes a great home base. It's a reasonable price, too: we found rates as low as $190 per night. For an additional fee, there's horse riding, fishing and flycasting, archery, and laser shooting, all on-site.