Planning any trip well takes time, even when it’s just for you. Holidays with others have variable itineraries, and different people’s preferences and needs need to be considered. Planning a solo trip means you get to do what you want, when and how you want — it’s all about you! If you’re considering taking an end-of-year trip to say goodbye to 2024 and welcome in 2025, you should start planning early to make the most of your experiences. This is our list of dos, don’ts, and excellent tips to help you plan the most memorable solo trip ever.  

Where to plan a solo getaway in 2024?

Some destinations are particularly well-suited to travelling alone, and these are our favourites. 

Sonoma County, California 

Do you love wine tasting and a relaxed atmosphere? Sonoma is a beautiful choice if you want to start exploring California. Here, you have access to wine country, stunning boutique accommodation, and a long, golden coast — all the best this incredible state offers a traveller on their own. 

Istanbul, Turkey 

This stylish capital offers access to world-class hotels but doesn’t cut travellers off from an authentic Turkish experience. Here, where East meets West, you can experience the luxury and ease of life on the Bosphorus and get a taste of what made the Ottoman Empire so great all those years ago. 

Paris, France 

The City of Lights is the perfect place to make romanticising your life a priority. Travelling alone in Paris means you can spend all the time you want munching on buttery pastries and sipping wine in sidewalk cafes, getting lost in exquisite views, and people-watching on the streets of one of the world’s most stunning cities. 

Coastal Campania, Italy 

This region with holiday gems such as Amalfi, Capri, Positano, and Sorrento is an ideal choice if you’re looking for genuinely exquisite vistas and a chance to breathe and enjoy what Italians call Dolce far Niente. You’ll be able to easily reach dream Italian destinations for day trips if you spend time in any of the towns in this region. 

How Can You Get There? 

Now that you’ve chosen some destinations to explore, the next question to answer is how you will get there.  

Since you’re travelling alone, you don’t have to look for low group rates, and you get to make all the decisions independently, so we say: treat yourself. Reach out to an air charter company and book private flights that take the stress out of getting from place to place — this would be a great option if you’ve chosen a city escape like Paris or Istanbul.  

If you’ve chosen to take in a coastal destination like Campania, what better way to get from place to place and see the Italian coast at its absolute best than from the water? Chartering a yacht means you have beautiful accommodation and can move from place to place along the beach without changing hotels every five minutes. Making room in your plans and budget for these experiences means that you will get the most out of your solo trip and be relaxed and enjoyable from start to finish. 

Where Can You Stay? 

Sonoma County 

The Montage Healdsburg offers discerning travellers an exclusive, refined wine-country escape. The Farmhouse Inn provides a cosy yet luxurious experience and gives guests the feeling of being hidden away from the world. 

Istanbul 

The Peninsula Hotel offers travellers Michelin-starred cuisine, exquisite Bauhaus-era decor and architecture, incredible waterside views, and all the comforts you could want. The Ecole St Pierre Hotel is a slightly more boutique experience. 13th-century ramparts meet eclectic design and the most comfortable rooms available. 

Paris 

Le Grand Mazarin is a classic Parisian experience- the heart of Paris distilled into one place. This hotel is full of panache and elegance that must be seen to be believed. Hôtel Madame Rêve is in the middle of the city, close to must-see locations like the Louvre, but you won’t want to leave this velvet-lined, columned, and altogether splendid location. 

Campania 

Albergo il Monastero in Sorrento takes you back in time. Housed in an old mediaeval monastery, the hotel offers simple, chic rooms and one of the best views on the coast. The Punta Tragara in Capri is luxury personified and perfectly typifies Italy’s welcoming and nurturing spirit. 

The Best Things to do on Your Solo Getaway

Sonoma County 

Limousine Wine Tasting Tour. Since you’ll be sampling delicious American wines, let someone else drive and relax while you commute between wineries. Sip a delightful vintage, check out local sights, and take it easy.  

If you need a little R&R, take yourself to the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone. This is a one-of-a-kind experience with therapeutic facials, a cedar enzyme bath, and exquisite Japanese landscaping. Treat yourself to a gorgeous dinner at Pearl in Petaluma. The taste explosions you’ll experience here come from the Mediterranean by way of California, and there’s nothing else quite like it. 

Istanbul 

You can only spend time in Istanbul by experiencing a traditional hammam, and the Cagaloglu Hamam is one of the best. The location will blow you away, and the conventional treatments will leave you feeling completely pampered. Now that you’re refreshed, it’s time to see the city. Take a guided walking tour because it’s the best way to get to know this ancient place. You’ll see the glory of the Hagia Sophia and wind your way through the souk to pick up a few trinkets and souvenirs. 

Paris

Being alone in Paris is a real treat. See the city (including sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre) from the Seine and indulge in exquisite French cuisine when you take the Paris en Scene 3 Course Seine River Dinner Cruise. Take a day trip out to Versailles and see how the French court used to live in the lap of luxury. You’ll get to walk through the stunningly maintained gardens, see the ballrooms, and sip on delicious French champagne while you do. 

Campania 

See the wonder of ancient Pompeii and the stunning natural beauty of the Amalfi coast on a day trip. Take in the ancient ruins of Pompeii at your own pace and visit Positano, Amalfi, or Ravello for some shopping and sightseeing. Board a boat and cruise across the crystal clear waters in the Bay of Naples from Sorrento to Ischia, where you can relax and enjoy this beautiful volcano island all day. 

Your Solo Holiday Experience  

Travelling alone means you have the luxury of curating your own experience. These places to go and stay and things to do will give you the framework to help plan the perfect solo trip. End your 2024 with self-discovery, adventure and luxury.