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REVEALED: Three of the world’s most popular (and also expensive) solo destinations are in Australia

Turns out Perth is the most pricey, followed by Melbourne and Sydney

Melissa Woodley
Winnie Stubbs
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Melissa Woodley
Winnie Stubbs

Everyone deserves to experience an Eat, Pray, Love adventure at least once in their lifetime. If you’ve been toying with the idea of solo travel, then you’ll want to listen up. The list of the world’s best destinations for solo travellers has been released, and three Australian cities made the cut. 

The analysis was conducted by travel site Smoky Mountains, who used internet mention data to list the most popular solo travel destinations around the globe. They then ranked all of the most popular destinations based on average cost, crime rates, and solo tour experiences offered. 

Perth, Melbourne and Sydney all made the list of the top destinations; however, the assessment of traveller data also ranked these Aussie cities as three of the 15 most expensive solo destinations.

Perth was found to be the fourth most expensive city to visit on your own – with an average weekly spend of $2,058 (that’s compared with an average $727 weekly spend in Krakow, Poland, and $2,386 in the Norwegian town of Tromso, which was the most expensive solo destination). Melbourne came in as the seventh most expensive city with an average weekly spend of $1,870, while a solo visit to Sydney is reported to set you back an average of $1,727 per week.

Wondering where you can head for a cheap solo trip? Consider heading to Krakow, Prague, Cairo or Budapest – where a seven-day trip will cost, on average, $876. Other cities to make the list of the top 15 most affordable solo destinations include Paris, Lima, San Francisco and Marrakesh.

The study also analysed the crime rates across all of the cities listed, and found that Sydney is a safer place to visit than both Perth and Melbourne. According to the study, the crime rate in Sydney sits at 34.56, while Melbourne’s sits at 44.98, and Perth’s slightly higher still at 45.

You can read the full report over here. The main takeaway? Holiday days in Australia rule, but if you're planning on coming here, make sure you plan out the free activities in among the paid ones before you set out.


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