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As travelers have become more prone to traveling alone, one of the benefits of taking a solo trip is having complete control of your itinerary.
If you want to go to more popular destinations, such as Paris, New York City, or Dubai, there’s nothing wrong with that. You will never be bored as they are popular for a reason with many attractions.
Some major cities can be too expensive. But, there are many wondrous off-the-beaten-path places that are worth exploring too, especially when you are on your own and on a budget.
Here are 7 affordable off-path destinations perfect for a solo trip:
Why not visit a truly unique place with a blend of multiple cultures? Puducherry (or Pondicherry) is a beachside city away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai and New Delhi.
French and Indian cultures are a staple in this charming, quaint town. Solo travelers will find themselves in awe walking the streets along colonial-era buildings.
Beaches here are highly underrated and a big draw for those who know they exist. Solo trippers who are into yoga and meditation should look no further as the town welcomes those looking to better their mind, body and soul.
This town is an amazing place to experience French cuisine and authentic cafes without stepping foot in France. The average cost of a cappuccino is $1.75, according to Numbeo.
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When you think of taking a European trip, Bratislava may not immediately come to mind. Just across the border from Austria lies a quirky city well worth exploring on your own.
Full of charming cobblestone streets surrounded by magnificent castles and a UFO-themed bridge, this city is full of treasures.
It’s easy to find a hostel, even with a private room, at an affordable price point. Seeing the city on foot is the best because you just never know what you might run into.
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Santa Ana, El Salvador
The President of El Salvador has taken controversial steps to lower the crime rate to combat its negative reparation in mainstream news.
The US still classifies this Central American nation as Level 3 with a “Reconsider Travel” advisory.
Despite that warning, many solo travelers come to El Salvador for its enriching culture, phenomenal cuisine, and to experience nature, whether surfing or hiking.
Santa Ana, in particular, is known to be the safest city in the country, and residents are proud of this fact.
Home to extremely affordable pupusas that will leave your mouth drooling for more, low-priced accommodations, easy access to charming small towns, and the scenic Santa Ana Volcano, this city should be on your radar.
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Oman recently changed their visa policy to make itself more appealing to travelers. Very safe and rich in culture, solo travelers will fall in love with its beaches, savory cuisine and the warmth of the locals.
Muscat is the capital of Oman and the perfect gateway into Omani culture, whether it’s your first stop or only stop.
Accommodations are relatively inexpensive, as well as cheap cuisine and transportation around the city to explore the markets and beaches while taking in the view of its majestic mountains.
Although, tours can be very pricey. With a little research ahead of time, travelers can save some sightseeing dough on their own.
@thechaosdiaries 👇Things to do in Muscat, Oman Whether you’re looking to explore traditional souqs, visit stunning mosques, or simply relax on the beach, Muscat has it all. The warm hospitality of the Omani people, combined with the city’s modern amenities make it a must-visit destination that should be on your travel list 🇴🇲 Here’s just a few things to do in this stunning city: 🕌 Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque: This beautiful mosque is one of the largest in the world, with a capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers. 🔆Explore the Mutrah Souq: This traditional market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, spices, and Omani handicrafts. 🌊 Take a stroll along the Corniche: The Corniche is a picturesque waterfront promenade that offers stunning views of the harbor and the city. 🎭Visit the Royal Opera House: This impressive building is not only a world-class venue for music and theater, but it’s also a work of art in its own right. 🏰Visit the Al Alam Palace: This stunning palace is the ceremonial residence of the Sultan of Oman and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains. 🌅Go up Mutrah Fort for the sunset: Perched on a hill overlooking the picturesque harbor and offers stunning views of the cityscape. #muscat #muscatoman #muscatlife #oman #visitoman #oman🇴🇲 #omantourism #omantravel #traveltheworld #thewanderingtourist #uktravelblogger #femaletravelbloggers #femaletraveler #citizenfemme #escapetheeveryday #culturetrip #girlswhotravel #dametravel #dametraveler #femmetravel #prettylittletrips #womenwho explore #girlsthatwander #travel #travelgram ♬ Miracle – Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding
Bulgaria has become more popular for travelers as of late, especially for digital nomads. The traveling on their own in this part of the world may have passed through Sofia, the largest city in Bulgaria.
However, it’s this small town among the mountains of Sredna Gora that suits solo travelers. Every house in Koprivshtitsa is of a different color among other eye-catching attractions, such as the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town district.
A visit here will make you feel like you’re in a storybook while sticking to a tight budget.
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Nicaragua is no stranger to solo travelers, as many times it makes their way to the lovely town of Granada. However, this stunning island is just as worthy of visiting, maybe even more.
Omatepe offers comfortable hostels and many activities to explore its stunning nature, including sunsets overlooking vast volcanoes.
Hiking and swimming are also very popular here. And, of course, it’s always fun to chase waterfalls.
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While most travelers jetting off to Brazil will go to popular destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, there are some other amazing cities worth checking out.
Salvador is a coastal city with nice beaches. It’s the perfect place to experience Brazilian culture without the tourist traps.
The food is always fresh, whether from the sea or locally grown fruit. Travelers can wander around the city taking in its vibrance and charm with picturesque cobblestone streets and colorful buildings.
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