They say that no man is an island. But, every once in a while, it’s good to be alone. When it comes to traveling, going solo flight means getting to live the YOLO life. You will finally be free to do whatever you want at your own pace. More importantly, traveling alone gives you the chance to discover who you truly are. That’s why there are many people who solo travel the Philippines.

The best and most affordable way to achieve this is to go on a road trip so you can gaze out the window, take in the view, and just sit alone with your thoughts for a few hours. This way, your journey to a new destination will eventually transform into a journey of self-exploration.

If you’re wondering where’s the best place to travel alone in the Philippines, we got you! Here are the top 7 destinations perfect for solo travel Philippines!

1. Batanes

racuh a payaman batanes

Batanes is an ideal place to go solo travel Philippines because it is one of the safest and most peaceful travel destinations in the country. Would you believe that the crime rate for this hilly island is almost zero? Plus, the Ivatans are the friendliest locals ever so if ever you’re lost, they’ll help you without taking advantage of you.

The climate in Batanes is tropical, but also has a cold temperature most of the time due to its latitude. When it comes to touring the island, you can rent a motorbike, bicycle or hire a tricycle. Another option is to join group tours with other tourists. The best time to visit Batanes is June for Batanes Day so you can experience the fiesta and celebrate it with free lunch for everyone! Batanes, definitely, is the best place to travel alone in the Philippines.

2. La Union


aerial view of la union beach

This is the place to be if you want to celebrate being young, wild, and free. Only 5 to 7 hours from Manila, this Surfing Capital of Northern Luzon is the best place to travel alone first time Philippines.

LU offers many extreme activities to pump up your adrenaline. Brave your fears and face the challenging waves at San Juan. If you want something even more extreme? You can try rappelling, ATV driving, wall climbing, and zip lining at Pugad in Pugo. At night, you can head back to the beach to enjoy smores and a beer, perhaps with some new people who are down to start a bonfire with you.

3. Palawan

girl on the edge of the boat in el nido

There’s nothing more breathtaking to solo travel Philippines than in Palawan! If you fancy prisitne beaches, jaw-dropping lagoons, coral gardens and turquoise waters, this is the best place to travel alone first time Philippines. You can enjoy the beaches of Coron and El Nido and have yourself lost in wonder at their lagoons. We recommend you to visit the Nacpan beach and Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido, Twin Lagoon and Kayangan Lake in Coron, and the Underground River in Puerto Princesa!

4. Baler

If you’re craving for anonymity and want something a bit more low-key, Baler is your best bet. This small town is the best place to travel alone near Manila because it’s also 5 to 7 hours away from the metro. You can revel in nostalgia by visiting historical landmarks like Museo de Baler, the replica of Doña Aurora Quezon’s Ancestral House, and the Church of Baler where the “Siege of Baler” took place in the late 19th century.

Take your walk to the next level by going to Diguisit Beach to see its breathtaking rock formations and the nearby waterfalls. Baler is a great destination to solo travel for beginners Philippines because it’s easy to get around to.

5. Zambales


girl in mt. pinatubo zambales

Zambales should be on top of your list if you’re looking for the best place to travel alone near Manila. Because of its proximity, it has become the favorite go-to weekend destination of travelers and solo backpackers. From Manila, the travel time takes only about 3 to 4 hours. We suggest you go to San Felipe or Liwliwa beach and enjoy your alone time. What’s great about here is that, everything’s cheap so it’s really perfect for budget solo travel for beginners Philippines.

6. Batad, Banaue

majestic view of banaue rice terraces

Another great destination to solo travel for beginners Philippines is Batad, Banaue. It’s perfect for travelers who are soul-searching or for someone who fancies hiking. The accommodations here are reasonably priced, and the best spot here is the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Batad Rice Terraces.

Make your visit more memorable by seeing it up close! Aside from the rice terraces, there are other interesting places to see and explore in Batad such as the Tapiya Waterfalls, Papa Sitio, and Viewpoint.

7. Baguio

burnham park baguio

If you want to experience a suburban adventure, Baguio is ready to welcome you with its cold open arms. Explore contemporary Filipino art by visiting BenCab Museum and dropping by the nearby Wood Carvers’ Village.

Afterwards, take your pick out of Baguio’s numerous parks and breathe in the fresh air and refreshing views. Make your stroll even sweeter with a cup of strawberry taho – something that might just inspire you to also try strawberry picking at La Trinidad, Benguet.

There are many reasons why traveling solo once in a while is a good idea. Whether you want to meet someone new or just want to discover yourself, traveling solo will make you braver and smarter.

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