8 Solo Getaways Everyone Should Take

You can make friends when you get there.

Going on vacation always sounds like a dream, but the reality of putting one together can be a drag. Between figuring out who to travel with, lining up schedules, and piecing together the actual trip, planning can be stressful. That's why you should head out on a solo vacation instead.

When you go solo, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Here are eight ideas for where to do it.

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1 Albuquerque, New Mexico

When you think about solo travel, Albuquerque probably isn't the first place to come to mind. But don't let that stop you: between close-to-downtown accommodations, easily walkable (and Uber-friendly) sightseeing, a rich history, and nightlife that welcomes singles, it's perfect for a solo adventure.

As soon as you step into the small city, you'll be engrossed in Native American culture through the food, music, and activities. Your first stop: the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, where you can join a guided group tour from a staff member who lives in one of the traditional pueblos to see how the Native American traditions and culture have adapted to a modern lifestyle.

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2 Riviera Maya, Mexico

The party may be in Cancún, but fly further south to the Riviera Maya and you'll get a more individualized experience perfect for solo travelers. With Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Tankah all within driving distance, you'll be able to explore archeological sites, discover the Mayan underworld swimming in the cenotes, and witness the Temple of Kukulcan. Recently designated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple hosts religious ceremonies to honor the Mayan gods.

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3 Glacier Bay, Alaska

Forget convincing a friend to join you for a sporty adventure—you'll find plenty of like-minded people to bond with on an REI Adventures trip, as more than 50 percent of the people who sign up do so on their own. One excursion that really stands out: the Alaska Cruise between Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. REI Adventures makes sure that each day is packed with breathtaking activities, like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on the icy waterways or hiking through forests teeming with wildlife, so you have just enough time to relax those hard-fought muscles before jumping into the next exciting adventure.

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4 Sacred Valley, Peru

A #bucketlist destination for sure: you can't go wrong with a visit to Machu Picchu. The only problem? Too many people say "some day" rather than "right now," and they wait forever for someone to say they'll visit with them. Sign up for a five- or seven-day Lares Adventure from Mountain Lodges of Peru. Because you'll be with guides, you won't have to worry about safety (a typical concern for solo travelers), and you won't really be alone—you'll have plenty of opportunities to meet other adventure-seekers and immerse yourself in the culture of remote Andean communities.

Another perk of signing up solo? You have total control of your itinerary. Whether you want to hike through archaeological Inca sites all day or opt in to community-driven activities (think cooking classes, chatting with professional women weavers, or visiting local markets), you can do exactly what you want. And if you're not all about roughing it à la Reese Witherspoon in Wild, don't worry—this trip puts you up in luxurious base camps with gourmet meals and panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains.

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5 Nelson, British Columbia

If this year's election drama made you want to flee north to Canada, make it a boot-camp vacation at Mountain Trek, where you can sweat out your stress. Between the stunning views, a wide variety of trails, and the abundance of natural hot springs, you'll have plenty of ways to clear your mind and center yourself. And you won't be the only one flying solo: 90 percent of guests come alone as a way to focus on their wellness habits and give their lifestyle a reboot, following a one- or two-week personalized program of massage therapy, detox treatments, and nutrition classes. Sounds just about right.

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6 British Virgin Islands

There are a lot of Caribbean islands to choose from when you want a beach vacay, but if you're escaping by yourself, the last thing you want is to be surrounded by cooing honeymooners. That's why BVI is the perfect pick. The Caribbean Journal named it one of the best Caribbean destination for solo travel, and you can hit up any of the local hot spots to meet expats from various walks of life.

Stay at Anegada Beach Club, where you'll glamp in a beachfront luxury tent equipped with a king-size canopy bed, a deck with a hammock, and private bathroom. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves right outside, and when you wake up, you'll be only steps away from a refreshing dip in the ocean.

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7 Montauk, New York

The Hamptons are a top destination for couples in the summer, but head there in the off-season and you've got the perfect location for a rejuvenating solo retreat. When you stay at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, you'll have direct access to a private beach—perfect for sneaking out in the morning for a calming sunrise meditation class.

The ocean is a smidge too cold for swimming in the off-season, but that's OK: a swim or a stand-up paddleboard yoga class in the resort's indoor, ocean-fed seawater pool (the only one of its kind in the United States) is a solid alternative. And if you want to make new like-minded friends, plan your visit around one of the resort's wellness pop-ups and retreats.

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8 Polanco, Mexico City

If nobody can shop till they drop quite like you, then head to Mexico for a no-holds-barred getaway that'll show off your skills. After all, what better place is there to shop than El Palacio de Hierro, a 646,000-square-foot luxury department store? The place was recently reopened after a $300 million renovation and is home to all your favorite flagship boutiques (think Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, and more). And because you'll be by yourself, you might as well treat yourself—after all, you won't have to worry about holding anyone else up. Stop by the VIP relaxation lounges, enjoy the gourmet food options, and even pay the full-service beauty salon a visit (yes, you can spend the entire day at the Palacio without leaving).

Oh, and don't worry about breaking your budget on a hotel: many start at 400 MXN (that's only $20). Try the Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel for its views that look directly over the Ángel de la Independencia monument and for its rooftop pool (you know, to soak those feet after a long day of shopping).

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9 Montauk, New York

The Hamptons are a top destination for couples in the summer, but head there in the off-season and you've got the perfect location for a rejuvenating solo retreat. When you stay at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, you'll have direct access to a private, 2,000-foot beach — perfect for sneaking out in the morning for a calming sunrise meditation class so you can really hone in on yourself.

The ocean is a smidge too cold for swimming in the off-season, but that's NBD: A swim or stand-up paddle board yoga class in the resort's indoor, ocean-fed seawater pool (the only one of its kind in the U.S.) is a solid alternative. And if you want to make new like-minded friends (hey, traveling alone doesn't mean you're anti-social), plan your visit around one of the resort's wellness pop-ups and retreats. Throughout the fall, winter, and spring, top studios and trainers from across the country are hosting classes each weekend. So if you've always wanted to workout with Under Armour athlete Shauna Harrison or Bravo's Workout New York Holly Rilinger, now's your chance.

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10 Polanco, Mexico City

If nobody can shop 'til they drop quite like you, then you need to head to Mexico for a no-holds-barred getaway that'll show off your skills. After all, what better place is there to shop than El Palacio de Hierro, a 646,000-square-foot luxury department store? The place was recently reopened after a $300 million renovation and is home to all your favorite flagship boutiques (think Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, and more). And because you'll be by yourself, you might as well treat yoself — after all, you won't have to worry about holding anyone else up. Stop by the VIP relaxation lounges, enjoy the gourmet food options, and even pay the full-service beauty salon a visit (yes, you can spend the entire day at the Palacio without leaving).

Oh, and don't worry about breaking your budget on a hotel — many start at 400 MXN (that's only $20, TYVM). Try the Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel for its views that look directly over the Angel de la Independencia monument, not to mention its rooftop pool (you know, to soak those feet after a long day of shopping).

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From: Redbook
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