Best Trips for Single Seniors
The experience of solo travel takes you on a unique and thrilling journey where you can see the world based on the things you’re truly interested in! As a single traveler, enjoy the flexibility and freedom to plan and choose exactly where you want to go and what you want to see.
The best trips for single seniors include those that offer plenty of excitement and activities to keep you entertained, and are also relatively easy to get around.
There’s a plethora of intriguing activities to uncover on your own, including visiting historic sites and museums, tasting a delicious new cuisine, trying a cooking class, watching a theater performance, and exploring charming neighborhoods.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler looking for ideas or it’s your first time venturing out alone, read below for the best cities to visit as a single senior.
The capital city of Italy’s spectacular Tuscany region, Florence is bursting with culture, and architecture from the Renaissance era.
Wander through the historic district and admire magnificent landmarks, such as the notable Cathedral di Santa Maria Fiore and the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge.
Stop by the Mercato Centrale, a great spot for single travelers to grab a tasty bite to eat. This bustling open-air food market showcases a plethora of food options, including fresh bread, traditional dishes, cheeses, homemade pasta, and gelato.
Gain insight into the intriguing culinary scene by visiting a Tuscan farmhouse. Here, you can indulge in a local cooking class, learning the secrets to making fresh pasta and pizza.
Discover the famous “David” sculpture by the renowned artist Michelangelo, along with a magnificent selection of other timeless art at the Accademia Gallery.
To learn more about visiting this vibrant country, see our Solo Travel Guide to Italy.
Charleston is a well-preserved city, with its historic center recognized for horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, and pastel-colored homes. This quaint South Carolina city is a fantastic stop, especially for a solo weekend getaway.
Head over to the the Joe Riley Waterfront Park, a bright, green space lined with palm trees. Take a peaceful stroll along the water, and admire the pineapple fountain, a unique centerpiece in this serene park.
Stop by Charleston City Market, a lively 200-year-old brick market lined with a variety of intriguing handmade crafts, including sweet grass baskets, kitchen goods, and jewelry. Go in the morning to mingle with other seniors. Make a new friend and explore the historic French Quarter together, or even book a horse-drawn carriage tour to uncover the sights downtown.
Norway’s second largest city is surrounded by soaring mountains, and magnificent fjords. In addition to its beauty, solo travelers can marvel at the exemplary museums, cultural attractions, and lovely views of the sea.
Ride the charming funicular up Mount Floyen, slowly ascending up the hillside to the top of the mountain. An absolute highlight of the city, capture sweeping views of the city center, nearby islands, and the surrounding mountains.
Admire the colorful houses and quaint atmosphere at the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf. Wander through the narrow streets and explore the local shops and the well-restored historic buildings. Make a stop by the Fisherman’s market for a bite, and sample the tasty prepared seafood dishes.
Join a tour at the Hanseatiske Museum and Schoetstuene to learn about the Hanseatic period and gain insight into how merchants had lived and worked. Experience the setting of a restored wooden building from the 18th century. Norway is considered one of the safest countries in the world, making it a great destination for seniors traveling alone.
The island of Oahu Hawaii features the perfect mix of exquisite beaches, natural green parks, and shops + eateries for single travelers to discover. With great weather year-round, Oahu is particularly popular amongst older tourists looking to escape winter.
Sit back and relax in solitude at the numerous spectacular beaches, from the famous Waikiki beach, to the more quieter Ala Moana or Fort DeRussy beach. Spend your days swimming in the refreshing waters, or unwinding in the soft sand.
Escape to an oasis with towering palm trees, refreshing breeze, and lush greenery at the largest park in Hawaii, the Kapiolano Regional Park. Or, take a leisurely stroll through the Foster Botanical Garden to admire over 4,000 species of tropical plants.
On Saturday’s, visit the bustling Farmer’s Market and stroll through the festive display of vibrant flowers, tropical fruits, and ready-to-eat meals.
Take a trip to Scotland’s capital city, noted for its rustic stone architecture, a magnificent historic district, and an ancient castle.
Step back into the Medieval Times as you wander through the charming Old Town, with narrow cobblestone streets lined with cozy pubs, historic monuments, quaint cafes and timeless architecture. Solo travelers won’t want to miss the Grassmarket area, a lively market square filled with artisans, top restaurants, traditional food vendors and independent boutiques.
At the Edinburgh Castle, view Scotland’s Crown Jewels and history at this striking landmark dating back to the 11th century.
Take a peaceful stroll or relax on the benches along the Princes Street Garden, a stunning park in the city center with plenty of trees, a floral clock, spectacular monuments and an inspiring view of the Edinburgh castle.