People travel solo for various reasons. Others would do it for self-discovery while some just want to get out of their comfort zone. August is reasonably the best time to take a solo trip, mostly because of the pleasant weather during this month. But where should you travel? We have curated a list of the best places to visit on your own in August.
1. Havana, Cuba
Havana attracts solo travellers not only because of its intriguing history, fascinating culture, and beautiful sights but also because of its ridiculously friendly locals. In this city, you will never feel like a stranger.
You can dance the night away to the rhythms of salsa, eat all the sumptuous street food you want, luxuriate all day on the beach, explore galleries and museums, or sample homemade drinks with the locals. If you want to experience authentic Cuban hospitality, stay in a casa particular, the country’s version of a family-owned bed and breakfast.
2. Lake Garda, Italy
Lake Garda is so intensely stunning that even a short visit can invigorate, inspire, and heal. The place seems drawn out of a fairytale, with its deep blue waters, lush vegetation, and imposing fortresses. Steep alpine foothills and cliffs border the lake in the north, while long stretches of beaches and low hills fringe its southern shores.
In Lake Garda, you can explore walled castles, Roman ruins, picturesque marinas, lakeside promenades, and charming cafes. Then stay in a Lake Garda lakeside villa to enjoy the place’s sublimely beautiful view.
3. Roatan, Honduras
Roatán, a touch of sand and forest about 41 miles off the northern coast of Honduras, is the ultimate tropical island paradise. The island teems with wildlife and offers activities that would delight every nature lover, from hiking with iguanas to paddling with turtles to snorkeling down starfish alley and spotting sloths and monkeys.
Shop at the Rusty Fish for quirky handmade crafts made from recycled materials. Taste locally made rum infusions at the Roatán Rum Company and learn about the island’s culture at the Flamingo Cultural Center. Take a tour of the captivating mangrove tunnels, famous for being hideouts from which pirates attacked passing ships.
4. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Pembrokeshire is a delightful explosion of colours, turquoise seas, verdant forests, and greyish-brown crags, all set in a backdrop of an endless blue sky. Discover the abundant wildlife and rare flora and fauna in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Experience one of a kind adventure by riding the Megafobia roller coaster at the Oakwood Theme Park. Then stroll at the Victorian seaside town of Tenby and indulge in a Sunday lunch at the Tafarn Sinc in the Preseli Hills. To better appreciate nature without giving up the luxury home, try glamping at any of Pembrokeshire’s various sites, which offer a range of options from bell tents to gipsy caravans to safari shelters and floating houses.
5. Ryokan, Japan
Staying at a ryokan in Japan allows you to experience authentic Japanese lifestyle and hospitality. These inns incorporate traditional elements such as minimalistic tatami-mat rooms, futon beddings, Japanese-style robes and slippers, and multi-course cuisine that features local and seasonal specialities.
Ryokans are an excellent alternative to hotels, perfect for travellers who want to immerse themselves in the country’s culture. The inns differ considerably in cost, size, and style – some are small family-run lodges, while others are large, luxurious retreats. You will find Ryokans throughout Japan, but they are most common in hot spring resorts. Here, you can soak in the rejuvenating waters of an onsen and enjoy the serenity of beautiful nature gardens amidst a backdrop of clear streams and mountains.