Best Countries for Solo Travelers
No. 3: Bhutan (tie)
Happiness Ranking: 17
Safety Ranking: 36
You have to love a place where Gross National Happiness, not the Gross Domestic Product, dictates the country’s policies. Visitors to Bhutan have to pay a minimum of $200 per day to stay, and that financial barrier ensures that it won’t be overrun with tourists. It’s a medieval kingdom edging its way into the 21st century with its own version of sustainable tourism. What you get is one of the most peaceful countries on earth, a Buddhist paradise with few tourists. You can trace early Buddhist sites in Bumthang Dzongkhag, sign up for a multiweek trek, or get into a suitably meditative state at Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Paro.