Travel these days is all about the perfect picture. More so than ever before, exploring visually stunning destinations is a huge part of the perfect vacation. After all, if it isn’t on the ‘gram, did it even happen?
While the above is a little tongue-in-cheek, finding picture-perfect places to visit is a wonderful part of planning your next vacation. And when you are traveling the world solo, you have the time and flexibility to hit up the most amazing, exotic, and Instagrammable spots on the globe.
So whether you plan to board a Southampton all-inclusive cruise to the Mediterranean or backpack around Asia with your DSLR, here are some of the most gorgeous and photogenic places to visit.
With its iconic white buildings and blue-domed churches perched on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, Santorini offers picturesque landscapes, charming alleyways, and breathtaking sunsets. This little slice of Greek heaven is one of the most popular spots in the Mediterranean and with very good reason.
Known for its lush landscapes, vibrant culture, and stunning temples, Bali is a paradise for backpackers and solo travelers. It has an incredibly warm, welcoming atmosphere, and from picturesque rice terraces in Ubud to stunning beaches in Uluwatu, there are endless Instagram-worthy spots to explore.
This ancient city is a treasure trove of traditional Japanese culture and architecture and a wonderful alternative to the more futuristic landscapes of many of the more famous Japanese cities. From the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of torii gates to serene bamboo groves and beautifully landscaped gardens, Kyoto is a photographer’s dream.
I will also be visiting Kyoto in a couple of months, so expect plenty more content on this destination to come!
The crystal-clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and overwater bungalows of the Maldives tend to attract honeymooners and couples, but there is plenty to delight a solo traveler seeking relaxation and natural beauty in this glorious tropical paradise. Make sure to have a read of my list of things to do in the Maldives.
From the vibrant colors and stunning architecture of its bustling souks to the desolate beauty of the Sahara Desert just beyond its wall, Marrakech provides a feast for the senses. Capture the intricate details of the historic medina, visit the beautiful Bahia Palace, and wander through the enchanting Jardin Majorelle, or jump on a camel and explore the eerie landscape of the endless desert dunes.
The ancient city of Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The iconic Treasury building carved into pink sandstone is an Instagram favorite, but exploring the entire archaeological site is a truly memorable experience.
Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the most famous destinations in the world, Machu Picchu remains a remarkable place due to its remote location. Nestled high in the Andes Mountains, this awe-inspiring Incan citadel offers breath-taking views and incredible photo opportunities, as well as the life-changing experience that comes with hiking the Inca Trail.
Peru was arguably the best place I’ve ever been in the world, but if you want to learn more about what to do when visiting, make sure to have a read of my list of things to do in Peru.
With its stunning coastline, dramatic mountains, and vibrant city life, Cape Town offers a diverse range of Instagram-worthy spots and is an underrated gem for solo travelers. Capture the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood, hike up Table Mountain for panoramic views, and explore the picturesque Cape Peninsula, before heading out to eat, drink, and party in the city’s amazing nightlife scene.
This land of fire and ice is a photographer’s dream. From stunning waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss to the otherworldly landscapes of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the geothermal wonders of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland offers endless opportunities for stunning photographs and magical experiences.
These destinations offer a blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and unique experiences that will make your solo travel journey unforgettable. Travel safely!