For some, solo travel may not be an option due to worries about it being lonely and unsafe. However, there’s nothing quite like discovering a foreign place on your own. It’s the most rewarding experience as it expands your horizons and you get to feed your soul without interruptions. The benefits of traveling alone far outweigh the cons.

Here is a list of destinations that are ideal for solo travelers.

Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

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Known as the “City of Gentle People” makes this place the ultimate solo travel destination. Dumaguete is rich in history and culture. You will find old universities, churches, and bell towers that were built in the early 1900’s. You may roam around Dumaguete within a day as it is relatively small compared to other places, but it is a jump-off point to one of the best diving destinations in the world, Apo Island Marine Sanctuary.

El Nido, Palawan

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Home to pristine beaches, hidden lagoons, picturesque cliffs and rich marine life, El Nido is a piece of paradise that every traveler should visit. You may be alone but this part of the country won’t get you laying in bed all day. There are many things you can do apart from interacting with friendly people, there are different tours for you to explore and beautiful underwater flora and fauna to discover.

Siargao, Surigao del Norte

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Siargao is a surfer’s paradise and one of the top places to just chill and hangout with people from all over the world. This destination is ideal for single travelers who are seeking alone time to relax and connect with nature. You can attend yoga classes, ride a motorbike around the island, dip in the rock pools, go island hopping, or just lay in a hammock suspended on coconut trees and close your eyes as you hear the crashing waves role in.

Sagada, Mountain Province

Exploring on your own may sound crazy, but with the variety of attractions, pleasant weather, friendly people and cheap accommodation, Sagada is the perfect place to visit. You can go explore the caves, visit the hanging coffins, challenge your body through rock climbing, brave white-water rapids, hike the human-carved rice terraces, wait for the sunrise and witness the mountains slowly unravel its beauty, or simply just hang out and sip on mountain tea.

Batanes Group of Islands

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Situated at the northernmost province of the Philippines is this serene and peaceful paradise. With deep canyons, steep hills and gentle rolling hills of green, Batanes tops the list. It has small tight-knit communities with near-zero crime rate, which means those who are traveling solo wouldn’t need to worry. Ivatans, the people residing in Batanes, are known for their honesty and hospitality. They even have the Honesty Coffee Shop where there is no attendant to serve you. They just trust customers to leave their money on the counter to pay for what they acquired. Your primary activity will be sightseeing and cycling. It may sound like it’s not much, but once you’re there; you’ll have a deeper appreciation for life, and find the peace that you seek.

That’s it for our top 5 solo travel destinations! What’s yours?