Traveling alone can be absolutely glorious. Want to race through the Louvre to hit the highlights in an hour? Great. Prefer to luxuriate over a long breakfast in Mexico City? Done. With solo travel, you have the freedom to go wherever you want, do whatever you want, whenever you want. The pace and style of a trip is completely up to you. Yes, it requires some extra effort and planning, but it almost always ends up being worth it.
Of course, there can be downsides. It's on you to remember all your bookings, handle all your luggage, navigate transportation, and deal with any snags along the way. There can also be the issue of safety, particularly for women. But added preparation — and perhaps a few key gifts — will make the experience easier and more enjoyable.
Once you peruse the inspiration below, make sure to check out the rest of Travel + Leisure's 2018 gift guide, where you'll find creative and thoughtful ideas for anyone on your list — from the always stressed to the royal-obsessed.