Best Vacations for Singles in their 20's and 30's

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Looking to go on a solo vacation, but unsure of where to go? The world is filled with varying landscapes, breathtaking scenery, exceptional cuisines and diverse cultures to discover.

As a young solo traveler, take advantage of the opportunity to plan your own adventure, and be able carefully curate the activities and attractions that you’d like to explore. Single travelers have a wide array of vacation styles to choose from. From unwinding by the beach, to uncovering the history and culture of a vibrant city, to experiencing a thrilling outdoor adventure.

Whether your focus is to travel on a budget, experience epic nightlife, or see the sights of a bustling city, read on below for the best types of vacations for singles in their 20’s and 30’s. 

Adventure: Cusco

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Situated high up in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco was once the capital of the Inca Empire. 

Take a stroll around the quaint streets in the magnificent historic center, where you’ll find beautiful architecture, various handicraft shops, and the energetic local market Mercado Central De San Pedro. Just outside of Cusco, there’s a variety of adventure day trips, such as hiking the spectacular Rainbow Mountain.

Cusco is also a common starting point for travelers planning to visit the famous site of Machu Picchu. There’s a few logistics to navigate involving train and bus transportation. Full-day group tours are available from Cusco to Machu Picchu; these are a convenient and comfortable way for solo travelers to quickly reach and explore the sacred site. 

Alternatively, doing a multi-day trek is another option to reach Machu Picchu. Several companies offer group adventure tours from Cusco, providing a fun and guided way to hike on the Inca Trail alongside others.


Beach: Mykonos

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Situated in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea, the Greek Island of Mykonos offers an energetic setting for a singles vacation. You’ll find stunning beaches, charming villages, and a bustling nightlife scene.

As an island surrounded by clear blue waters, there are countless beaches for solo travelers to take a dip and relax on the soft sand. For a quieter swim, visit the Fokos Beach or Kapari Beach. 

Perhaps most known for its party scene, Mykonos’s entertainment is concentrated in the central town which is filled with open-air bars, night clubs, and outdoor beach clubs, including the popular Paradise Beach Club. 

Mykonos is a great choice for single travelers looking to enjoy clear beaches and wild parties both day and night. Even if you don’t enjoy clubbing, the island is stunning and makes for a great summer vacation. To get the most out of your experience, take a ferry and hop over to the other amazing islands such as Santorini. 

See our full list of the Best Solo Beach Trips.


City: New York City

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Recognized as one of the most lively cities in the world, New York City is a melting pot of culture and diversity. A bustling destination for single young adults, you’ll never feel alone in this massive metropolitan with its vast mix of eateries, nightlife, shops, unique landmarks, and interesting neighborhoods. 

Perfect for those traveling alone, New York City is easy to navigate via the extensive public transit system. While NYC is known to be expensive, there are accommodations that cater to a wide range of budgets especially if you are willing to stay outside of Manhattan. If you are looking for accommodations in a safe yet affordable neighborhood, consider Williamsburg which is filled with young trendy people just across the river from Lower Manhattan.

During the day, explore renowned museums and landmarks such as the Museum of Modern Art, the towering Empire State Building, and the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge. Visit the countless food markets for a delicious bite, including the Chelsea Market, Gotham West Market or the Plaza Food Hall. 

When the sun sets, stop by the iconic Times Square to experience the bright lights and vibrant atmosphere, or stop by one of the many lively bars, restaurants, and lounges throughout the city. Known as The City That Never Sleeps, there is no shortage of fun things to do at night in NYC, which is one of the reasons young adults love to visit. 

Learn more in our Guide to NYC Solo Travel.


Skiing: Park City 

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Host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City is a buzzing destination for a ski or snowboarding vacation alone.

Solo skiers looking for soft powder and plenty of turf to explore will enjoy the Park City Mountain resort, which boasts over 7,300 acres and 8 impressive terrain parks. 

Just a few minutes drive from the historic city center is the Deer Valley Resort, a popular ski resort with over 2,000 acres of terrain. The resort features awesome turf for experience skiers, as well as beginner trails for those looking to pick up the sport. 

Head over to the vibrant Main Street Historic district, filled with independent boutiques, outstanding restaurants, and lively entertainment. Single travelers looking for a social environment can browse through the plethora of evening entertainment options including night clubs, saloons, and pubs. For a quieter experience, venture over to the many restaurants and lounges that offer a more relaxing and low-key atmosphere. 

Check out other Awesome Ski Towns for Singles.


Sightseeing: Berlin

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The capital city of Germany is known for its eclectic food scene, vibrant nightlife, and modern landmarks. Berlin has fascinating contemporary architecture on display. Don’t miss the Brandenburg Gate, one of the most famous monuments in the city.

Stop by the Reichstag Building, which is just a 5-minute walk from Brandenburg Gate. Admire the magnificent architecture of this glass-domed parliament building, where the roof terrace and dome are open to the public.

Visit the East Side Gallery to uncover an open-air gallery along the Spree river. This nearly mile-long stretch covers the remaining portion of the Berlin Wall. Here, you’ll find over 100 colorful murals and paintings by artists from all over the world.

Solo travelers interested in the lively nightlife have plenty of bars, beer gardens, and clubs to choose from. If you’re traveling by yourself and looking to explore the social scene within a group setting, try joining a pub or bar crawl.

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If you’re looking for a solo vacation, cruises are another option to consider. It’s a great choice for women looking to enjoy multiple destinations with the comfort of transportation and accommodation already taken care of. Many cruise lines do add a single supplement, which is something to keep in mind when searching for cruises.

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