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Travel bug: Seven destinations to put on your solo travel bucket list

by Staff

Embarking on a solo travel adventure can be a life-changing experience, providing the opportunity for self-discovery and exploration

Solo travel can be an enriching and liberating experience. It allows you to explore new places, meet new people, and learn about different cultures on your own terms. You can choose when, where and how you travel without compromising with anyone else.

Solo travel can also help you build self-confidence, independence, and resilience as you face the new experience.

Travel Department, an Irish-owned and operated company, has been curating unforgettable guided holidays since 1996. These experiences allow solo travellers to discover top destinations in the company of an expert guide and like-minded travellers.

But choosing a travel destination can still be tricky, whether you’re heading off alone or in a group. This is where our list of seven must-visit destinations in 2024 comes in – perfect for helping you plan your trip.

So, whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, natural wonders, or unique experiences, Could one of these destinations be the next stop on your travel adventure?

1. Japan


Japan is a destination that seamlessly blends tradition with modernity. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene landscapes of Kyoto, solo travellers can immerse themselves in this captivating country’s rich culture and history. With cherry blossoms in spring, ancient temples, and cutting-edge technology, not to mention the array of culinary delights that await, Japan is a fascinating destination.

2. India

Taj Mahal

India, with its vibrant culture, diverse landscapes, and historical treasures, is a top choice for solo travellers in search of a sensory overload. From the bustling streets of Delhi to the tranquillity of Kerala’s backwaters, India promises an unforgettable adventure.

A small group tour with Travel Department offers an immersive travel experience whilst still enjoying a shared adventure, and India is an ideal place to try one. The small group tours include flights, accommodation, and transfers, and are led by local, expert guides who can take you to all the hidden gems.

3. South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa is an ideal destination for those seeking a blend of wildlife encounters and cultural immersion. From the vibrant city of Cape Town to the iconic Robben Island, this diverse country offers a range of experiences. Travel Department’s expertly planned itineraries ensure solo travellers can explore the wonders of South Africa with the guidance of a local expert, making the journey both safe and enriching.

4. Montenegro


Nestled along the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its picturesque landscapes, medieval towns, and crystal-clear waters, travellers can escape the crowds and indulge in the beauty of this Balkan treasure.

5. Romania

Bran Castle, Romania

For those with a penchant for folklore and fairytale landscapes, Romania is a destination that captivates the imagination.

Explore the medieval charm of Transylvania, the stunning Carpathian Mountains, and the energetic capital city, Bucharest.

6. Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam’s timeless beauty, from the stunning Ha Long Bay to the historic city of Hanoi, makes it a top destination for solo travellers.

With the Travel Department’s group travel expertise, solo travellers can easily navigate Vietnam’s wonders and maybe form a few friendships as you immerse yourself in the rich history of Southeast Asia along the way.

7. Canada

Rookies, Canada

From the Canadian Rockies’ breathtaking landscapes to Toronto’s cosmopolitan charm, Canada offers a diverse range of experiences for solo travellers. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures or cultural exploration, Canada has it all.

With the Travel Department, solo travellers can explore these seven destinations with the confidence that comes from travelling with a ‘local’. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to discover the world, make new friends, and create lasting memories on the solo travel adventure of a lifetime in 2024.

Travel Department has been providing holidays for solo travellers all over the world for over 25 years and counting. With 100s of destinations to choose from, holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers, guided tours and much more.

Visit or call 01 637 1636 to save up to €100* off your next booking for the month of January.

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