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The 20 Best Countries for Solo Travelers

Photo by Dave Lauridsen
Photo by Dave Lauridsen

By Everett Potter

What are the best countries for solo travelers?

To find the answer  for my Travel + leisure story, I crunched the numbers from the Global Peace Index, which ranks 162 nations for their peacefulness, and the Happy Planet Index, which looks at environmental impact and human well-being in 151 countries to measure where people live long and happy lives.

The resulting 20 best destinations for solo travelers present an amazing mash-up of geography along with radically different cultures, languages, and customs. (Canada represents North America here, as the U.S. didn’t rank highly enough to make the cut.) Safety and happiness prevail in all of them, making any of them ideal for your next solo adventure.

See the slideshow here …

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5 Comments

  1. Anne Hersley
    September 24, 2014 at 9:32 am — Reply

    Love this round-up, Everett. Another meaningful travel piece – you write the best travel features and round-ups, always informative AND entertaining.

  2. September 24, 2014 at 9:56 am — Reply

    You are too kind 🙂

  3. clodagh
    September 24, 2014 at 10:15 am — Reply

    as a joyful compulsive nomad I am always happy to cyber travel with you …..
    met you at a writers conference a long time ago..Clodagh

    • September 24, 2014 at 10:21 am — Reply

      In Manhattan, I think, at your loft. I am off to Ireland next week, fyi.

  4. eileen glasser
    September 29, 2014 at 10:03 am — Reply

    HI LOVE TO READ YOUR STUFF.I am on a cruise on Holland American January 30-13 of Feb. Very excited. Arriving from Phila to lax and then to Sydney two days early.Going to stay at the Marriott so far for two days pre cruise and was thinking post cruise maybe shang gra la hotel?looks like many excursions on the cruise. I was wondering since its going to New Zealand what do you think is best to see, They have a trip that leaves over night but since I paid for the nice ocean balcony and the cost seems expensive for the over night times two.Its a conference for my husband when at sea. I am trying to get it all in but I know I will return.I would love to go to Chile next and if you guys go let me know.Also my husband and I are interested in Antartica.thanks for any information. I am hoping I did not screw any details up for this trip I did not get a visa but a ETA.thanks Eileen.Love when you go to Ireland I go every few years my cousins live there.

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