Best Solo Holiday Travel Destinations

Holiday customs and celebrations vary from country to country, which makes it the perfect way to explore how other cultures celebrate holidays. On a Road Scholar trip over the holidays, travelers will get to participate in local celebrations, delve into the traditions and history, and adventure to stunning landscapes.

Road Scholar offers dozens of trips curated for holiday travel to places all over the world. If you’re a solo traveler, taking a trip over the holidays can be a great way to meet other adventurers during this exciting season of learning and celebration. Take a look at our best holidays for solo traveling and start a new holiday tradition.


1. Bhutan

Escape the winter blues with a trip to one of the happiest countries in the world. Learn about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness philosophy, and experience the warmth of the Bhutanese people. The country has seasonal tariffs for visitors, so there will be fewer tourists if you travel from November through January, and the weather is still pleasant. Enrolling in Road Scholar’s “Essence of Bhutan” program can make it easier for solo holiday travelers to reach Bhutan’s remote villages in the Himalayas.


2. Germany & Austria

If you need a nip in the air to feel the warmth of the holiday spirit, stick with the Northern Hemisphere and enjoy the lively festivities in Germany and Austria. Vienna, Salzburg and Munich are home to some of the most famous Christmas markets in the world! Browse the food stalls, sip mulled wine and learn about the holiday traditions of these historic cities. You may be solo, but you’ll feel the collective spirit of the visitors and locals at the bustling markets.


3. West Virginia

You don’t need to cross an ocean to find your perfect spot for holiday learning. Look no further than the charming little town of Ripley, nestled in the Appalachian foothills. This picturesque setting is the perfect backdrop for creating crafts in preparation for the holiday season with Road Scholar at Cedar Lakes Craft Center, from tree ornaments and baskets to stained glass. It’s also a perfect opportunity for solo holiday travelers to meet other crafting enthusiasts, both locals taking art classes and others traveling to the area.


4. California

California is alive with so many special celebrations over the holidays. New Year’s is a great time to visit as the annual Rose Parade tradition takes place in Pasadena. Travel with Road Scholar, and get front-row seats at the parade and the chance to decorate one of the parade’s famous floats! Jewish solo holiday travelers can celebrate the New Year in Simi Valley as you delve into Jewish art, philosophy and more.


5. Québec City

Snow-dusted cobblestones lead the way for an adventure holiday for solo travelers in Québec City. Explore Québec’s historic neighborhoods and come in from the cold as you discover the city’s fascinating museums. Stay at the historic Château Frontenac, and ring in the New Year with fireworks in this wonderfully historic city. Road Scholar’s New Year’s program in Québec can introduce you to new friends to celebrate with, but also offers lots of free time to explore solo.


6. Sorrento, Italy

Home to fairytale landscapes and mouth-watering cuisines, Sorrento is a beautiful place to spend the holiday season on a solo tour. With Road Scholar’s local experts, you will be taken on a holiday adventure exploring this beautiful region of Italy and the ancient history that has shaped its modern identity. 

Admire the turquoise waters along the Amalfi Coast, learn about the historical events that preserved the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and explore the former home of Swedish physician Axel Munthe on the island of Capri. 

Want a little Christmas spirit on your trip? Enjoy classical concerts and ring in the holiday with a Christmas lunch. It’s all the perfect way to say, Buon Natale! (Merry Christmas!)


7. Canadian Rockies

Spend your holiday season among the Canadian Rockies on the Road Scholar educational tour, Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. On this six-day snowy adventure, travelers will take in the breathtaking snow-capped mountains that will give you the white Christmas you’ve dreamed of. Sip afternoon tea in the luxurious Banff Springs Hotel. Learn about the culture shaped by the mountain landscape at the Whyte Museum, and hear the stories of the early explorers of the rugged mountains.


8. Paris, France

How about celebrating the New Year in the City of Lights, where romance and charm are natural qualities of the holiday season? Paris has got to be one of the best holiday destinations for solo travelers. The 7-day New Year’s Eve in Paris Road Scholar tour takes travelers on evening strolls down the city’s famous boulevards lit up for the holidays. With local experts, Road Scholar will teach travelers about Parisian history, culture and Impressionism, and discover its best-known landmarks, including the Louvre, Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe. 


Road Scholar Solo Holiday Travel

Taking a trip over the holidays is a lovely way to explore new frontiers and experience interesting customs and cultures along the way. Road Scholar provides immersive, educational, and memorable adventure travel for those looking to get away over the holidays. See Road Scholar’s collection of holiday learning adventures.