These Are The Top Cities For Solo Travel, According To Airbnb

Cancun, Mexico

by Katie Rosseinsky |

The prospect of solo travel can be a daunting one, but it's arguably an experience that everyone should try at least once. From the freedom to explore a city on your own terms (and your own time schedule) to the chance to meet new people, the benefits of leaving your comfort zone are manifold.

To provide inspiration for your next venture, Airbnb have compiled a list of the destinations that are trending for solo travellers, fast rising in popularity for one-person bookings. Update your must-visit list accordingly...

10. Busan, South Korea

Busan, South Korea
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South of Seoul is Busan, South Korea's second city, which has seen a 103 percent increase in solo travel searches since last year. Set on the coast with the urban skyline punctuated with mountains, it has a landscape unlike any other. Visit in spring to catch cherry blossom season.

9. Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Charlotte, North Carolina
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Admit it: you'd have never considered a trip to North Carolina's main city. According to Airbnb, though, solo trips are up by 106 percent.

8. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City
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Mexico's capital has undergone something of a cultural renaissance in recent years: it's now known for a flourishing food scene (the Roma Norte neighbourhood is hotly tipped) and its striking mix of modern and old colonial architecture.

7. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland is clearly worth the long haul flight. Its mix of rolling hills and surf beaches has caused a 114 leap in solo Airbnb bookings over the past year.

6. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paolo, Brasil
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Sao Paolo is dizzying in size and scope, meaning that there's plenty for a solo traveller to digest. It may lack the 'beach on your doorstep' vibe of Rio de Janiero, but up the coast you'll find the North Shore, home to some of Brazil's most inviting beaches.

5. Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Often overlooked as a destination in favour of Cape Town, it seems that solo travellers are finally giving Jo'burg the attention it deserves: bookings increased by 135 percent in South Africa's biggest and buzziest city.

4. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Playa del Carmen is the new Tulum, according to Airbnb's list, with solo travellers flocking in their droves to laze on picture-perfect beaches...

3. Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany
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You've doubtless already ticked off German cities like Berlin and Munich, so why not try Cologne? Dominated by the striking twin spires of its cathedral, it's best known for its culture, museums and architecture (aka a solo traveller's dream).

2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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1. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico
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Shaking off the 'spring break' associations, Cancun emerges at the top of Airbnb's solo travel hit list, with a 170 percent increase in solo bookings. The draws of sun, sea and nightlife are obvious, but Cancun's food markets, galleries and national parks are hidden gems.

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