The 12 Most Unique Movie Theaters in the World

Forget watching Netflix at home or going to a regular movie theatre, all around the world from the United States to Norway to the UK there are some extremely unique theatres to visit. Some take credit for being hundreds of years old while others use new technology to wow moviegoers. From an elementary school turned brewpub/theatre to an outdoor cinema set up in a cemetery; here are our top 12 choices for the most unique movie theatres in the world.

12. Kennedy School, Portland, OR

This one time elementary school has been turned into a 35-room hotel, restaurant, and movie theatre, all thanks to McMenamins, a local empire of brewpubs and entertainment venues. The movie theatre located in the school’s old auditorium is a mix of comfortable sofas, armchairs, and tables for two. It can fit up to 300 guests inside where second-run feature films are shown nightly.

Mommy matinees are shown during the day from Tuesdays to Thursday s where kids and their parents can come enjoy the first show, and it won’t matter to anyone if the wee ones fuss. Admission here is a steal, at just $4 per person and just $2 a child. There is a special theatre lounge and lobby to grab a drink and bite to eat before the show, or put in your order, as servers will come to your seat throughout the movie so you don’t have to miss a minute of it. Not surprisingly there are a number of McMenamins Craft Beers on tap here!

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11. Colosseum Kino, Oslo, Norway

It is the largest cinema in Northern Europe and the largest THX cinema in the world and is dominating in structure due to its large spherical dome. The grey and cream dome looks more like a futuristic spaceship rather than a movie theatre but it was actually built in 1921.

Throughout its 90 year history, the Colosseum Kino has managed to keep up with technological advances such as sounds systems, and ticketing systems. In 1998 the theatre closed down for a period of time in which major interior and exterior renovations were made.

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10. The Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Built in 1922 by pioneer San Francisco theatre entrepreneurs, this is one of the last remaining movie palaces in the nation that was built in the 1920’s that is still in operation. Both outside and it is breathtakingly gorgeous with the inside being just a touch more luxurious. Expect to see foamy balconies, wall-mounted busts of heroic figures and an auditorium that seat over 1,400 guests in a fantasy setting that is both lavish and intimate.

On either side of the screen are large organ grills, a large art deco chandelier hangs from the room and two dramatic staircases lead to the mezzanine and balcony. Showing here are foreign films, classic revivals, festivals and some of the most intense audiences in town.  In recent years the sound quality has been improved, new stage lighting was installed and larger and more comfortable seats were put on the main floor.

9. Electric Cinema, London

Visitors to the Electric Cinema in London should expect luxury service in this adults aimed hideout in the chic Notting Hill Neighborhood. It is one of the oldest working cinemas in the country, opening in 1910 and has run almost continuously since that time. The interior of the theater is made up of 65 leather armchairs with footstools and side tables, three 2-seater sofas at the rear and six double beds in the front row.

To make things even better, individual cashmere blankets are provided for guests. The bar opens 10 minutes before screening time, whereas the movie starts 30 minutes after screening time. Offering wine, beer, champagne and a variety of snacks; one must get their food and drinks ahead of time. On Monday mornings babies and their caregivers are invited to Electric Scream, a screening designed especially for them.

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8. Raj Mandir Cinema, Jaipur, India

It is nicknamed the “Pride of Asia” and is considered the crown jewel of India’s cinemas, and certainly lives up to its reputation. The theatre was created to make guests feel as though they were royal guests of a palace, a place full of style and elegance. Walking into this theatre is an experience unlike any other, high ceilings hung with huge chandeliers, lighting that changes from white to blue and walls covered in artistic artwork.

The seating here is divided into four sections, Pearl, Ruby, Emerald, and Diamond and once you are seated you will be faced with a huge screen covered by velvet curtains. This is such an experience that every single movie showing over the past 25 years has had a full house, now that is something to brag about. There certainly doesn’t seem to be any better place to take in the colorful sights and sounds of a Bollywood film.

7. Cine de Chef, Seoul, South Korea

This cinema gives a new meaning to “dinner and a movie” with its small luxurious theatre. Couples will begin their night by dropping their car off at the valet and taking the private elevator up to Cordon Bleu café for a quick meal before the show. Think upscale cuisine with a twist. Moviegoers are than put into a private screening room that seats just a handful of patrons.

The comfortable reclining chairs were designed by the same people who design seats for the United Arab Emirates Royalty and once you sit down you may never want to get back up. Footstools, side tables, and lamps complete the picture of this awesome yet small venue. Tickets start at just $54 per person for both dinner and a movie.

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6. Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne, Australia

Sitting on a rooftop bar watching a movie play on a large projection screen sounds like a dream come true. In fact, it is actually reality at the Rooftop Cinema in Melbourne Australia. Open daily from 11am-1am it is easy to grab a drink before the movie starts and hang around long after the credits roll. The rooftop cinema is open from December to April and prices start at $22 per person.

The seating up here is incredibly comfortable deck chairs and blankets are available to rent for just $5 for the course of the movie. Showings include art house films, classics, and recent releases. It is fully licensed up on this roof and moviegoers often bring up their cocktails and brews from the bar below. Enjoy the sky above you, the grass beneath you and an incredible view of the Melbourne skyline.

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5. Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

The outdoor movie screenings here are hard to beat in terms of being unique as they are held on Fairbanks Lawn, an open grassy field inside the Hollywood Forever Cemetery; yes we did just say cemetery. Moviegoers here are responsible for bringing their own low lying chairs, blankets and pillows as well as picnics, wine and beer (note that no spirits are allowed). The Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for many, including John Huston, Peter Lorre, Bugsy Siegel and more.

The showing range from comedies to horror to old school classics and tickets generally cost $10-$15. Guests arriving at the showing will walk through the beautiful and historic cemetery before plunking down in front of the screen. There are restrooms on site to use and there are no in and out privileges. If you thought that watching a scary movie in a normal cinema was scary, wait until you watch one in a cemetery.

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4. Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, TX

This quirky indie movie chain was started by a husband and wife team that had no movie qualifications, other than being devoted movie fans. Striving to create the perfect viewing experience for movie lovers there are some strict rules to follow here in order for everyone to enjoy. Some of these rules include absolutely no talking, no cell-phone usage, no unaccompanied children, no babies and no ads before the movies.

What you can expect is high quality and locally sourced food and beer that are served to your seat. This movie chain also runs some incredible events across their theatres. It once showed the Lord of the Rings Trilogy where viewers were only permitted to eat when the characters ate on screen, or how about the events when they call for every viewer to dress like a certain character. Its how movie showing should be, uninterrupted, fun and enjoyable.

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3. Secret Cinema, Unknown

Once a month moviegoers can be part of a secret audience, secret location and essentially a secret world. Secret Cinema brings together film, music, art, and theatre to create a larger than life experience in abandoned spaces. This is an entirely immersive experience where audiences must dress up as the characters or of the era of the film. They also have the chance to interact with the spectators and actors while having food and drinks, living in the world of the film before setting in to watch the film.

Tickets are not cheap for the event and start around $75 Great British Pounds per adult. Viewers must register online to receive the secret email for which film will be next on the list. Although this is not a standalone theatre, the concept and the delivery of these movies is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


2. Hot Tub Cinema, UK, USA, Ibiza

One way to get people talking is to combine hot tubs and movies, because who doesn’t love both! This company started by combining great films with amazing space, lots of hot tubs and incredible people. The mantra here is that they don’t want you to watch films but instead celebrate them. This means your movie experience will be unlike any other you have had before.

Moviegoers are encouraged to dress up, sing, dance, drink and play, as well as spending plenty of time in the hot tub. With movies such as Dirty Dancing, Free Willy, Back to the Future and other classics, tickets sell out fast. Whole tubs can be rented out by buying 6 tickets for a friend or you can buy a pair of tickets and make some new friends as you share a hot tub. There are personalized tub waiters for each hot tub and you can assure this may just be the best night of your life.


1. Sol Cinema, South Wales

It prides itself as the world’s smallest solar movie theatre and we have to say this may, in fact, be the most unique movie theatre in the world. The Sol Cinema is actually a mobile cinema in a caravan that is powered entirely by the sun. It can accommodate up to 8 adults comfortably and the choice is yours as to which movie is playing. Inside comfortable benches and surround sounds create the perfect viewing experience.

Guests here will get the utmost luxury treatment complete with a red carpet, usherette service and popcorn to snack on. The idea behind this solar movie theatre came when they wanted to reduce their own CO2 emissions but also show what is achievable with solar power. Creating this small cinema allows hundreds of people to be entertained on a daily basis and gives something unique and incredible to both creators and viewers.

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12 Things to Love About Ibiza

The island of Ibiza is well-known for its lively nightlife scene, beautiful beaches and more than six million tourists who visit it each year. This is holy ground for clubbers, nature lovers and those looking to get away from it all. Beyond the beach clubs and epic sunsets, there is another side of Ibiza with deserted beaches, crystal clear water for snorkeling, delicious dining options and a city full of history. Discover the best of Ibiza with these 12 things that we absolutely love about the island.

12. Passion Café

With four locations across Ibiza you won’t have to look very far to find these ever popular juice/smoothie cafes and restaurants. Although not hailed as a fully vegetarian café, the emphasis here is on vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic and raw food dishes. Talk to any regular Ibiza islander and they will you tell this is the first place to head to cure that post-Pacha hangover. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner the most popular location here may be Santa Eulalia with its spectacular sea views. The newest location in the chain, it is cozy, airy, bright and oozing with good energy. Whether you are stopping in for an early morning smoothie or lingering over a romantic dinner, make sure to check out these incredible cafes.

Photo by: Passion Cafe
Photo by: Passion Cafe

11. Hacienda Na Xamena Spa Hotel

This luxury spa hotel in Ibiza will leave you absolutely speechless and is just one of many things we adore about the island. This white washed Ibiza style property is suspended 180 meters high above sea level, in the heart of a preserved natural park. Only a 20 minute drive away from the heart of Ibiza’s frantic epicenter, it truly feels as if you are worlds away. The hotel offers 77 rooms and suites, 4 restaurants, 3 fresh-water swimming pools, tennis courts, spa services, bars and multiple sun terraces. The on-site concierges make visiting here seamless and will arrange day trips, water sports, guided excursions and more. Imagine being able to cook alongside the chef, trek with a mountain guide or take a glass bottom boat ride. This is Ibiza like you have never seen it before.

Photo by: Hacienda Na Xamena
Photo by: Hacienda Na Xamena

10. Dalt Vila

Dalt Vila is the walled fortress, or known as the old city that dates back over 2,500 years ago and provides visitors with the perfect break from the otherwise lively atmosphere of the island. Dalt Vila seems to provide the perfect balance of history and scenery with its high stone walls, cobbled streets and dramatic drawbridges. Make sure to visit both during the day and at night, as daytime leads you to hidden openings in the stone walls and historic churches. Nighttime has a more fairy tale like feel to it as the walled city lights up and long after midnight you will still find all types of boutiques selling their wares. It is not all old world charm here though, in recent years modern restaurants and bars have opened in the area and many clubs send their entourages out into the streets to entice visitors to come inside.

Dalt Vila ibiza

9. Cala d’en Serra Beach

It is one of the hardest beaches to reach but well worth the effort as it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place on earth. Park your car on top of the hill and descend down the steep mountain trail with little to no shade, bring plenty of water and a hat. What awaits you at the bottom is an absolute tropical paradise complete with two-tone azure waters, rocks to dive off of, lush green vegetation and a relaxed laid back atmosphere. There is fantastic snorkeling here due to the transparency of the water and visitors both young and old can be found frolicking in the waters. If you want to snag one of the few sun beds you will need to arrive at this beach quite early. On the beach is one tiny beach bar that serves up incredible local sea bass, salads and homemade burgers. Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the tranquil Cala D’en Serra Beach.

Cala d’en Serra Beach

8. Experimental Beach

This newish beachfront restaurant and cocktail bar was created by the ever-cool Experimental Group and offers a twist on the ordinary. It is situated on the southern side of Las Salinas National Park and offers lunch, dinner, cocktails and sun beds; as well as some pretty stellar yoga classes. Experimental Beach is unique in that it offers everything from fresh juices to beach-side barbecues but on the other hand can throw incredible day parties and has awesome bottle service. The restaurant itself is hugely popular as Chef Alex Larrea has created a menu that includes both traditional tapas and more modern seafood dishes. Be sure to check out the charcoal grilled black cod with sautéed pak choy, a favorite of many. Handcrafted cocktails, an extensive wine list and a vintage-like clothing store all round out this hot new spot in Ibiza.

Photo by: Experimental Beach Ibiza
Photo by: Experimental Beach Ibiza

7. Cas Gasi Hotel

Built in the 1880’s as a family home, this now converted small countryside hotel offers 10 rooms for rent. The idea behind this luxury boutique is to escape to a peaceful haven of the island, while still being an easy reach to all of the islands delights. The country home is surrounded by orange and olive groves, organic vegetable plots, pine forests and an abundance of almond and fig trees. Sticking with the luxurious theme, no two rooms here are the same, boasting their own style, personality and size. Think juniper wood ceilings, terracotta floors, romantic bed canopies, Moroccan bathrooms and more. A gourmet restaurant is on-site exclusively for hotel guests, along with an open air swimming pool, open air yoga deck, wellness center and more. One thing we can guarantee about this hidden oasis, once you are here you may never want to leave.

Photo by: Cas Gasi Ibiza
Photo by: Cas Gasi Ibiza

6. Bora Bora Beach Club

It is the epicenter of beach partying, sun tanned bodies dancing to electronic beats, drinks being consumed all day and all night and a party like atmosphere at all times. The Bora Bora Beach Club is no newcomer to this Ibiza scene, in fact it was around long before many others, but remains one of the best places to party on the island. Sundays are the most popular days to hit this club as it hosts some big name DJ’s that play cool underground vibes. Drink prices here are affordable, although they go up after 6pm, table dancing is definitely allowed and hundreds of people generally fill the club. If you are looking for something a little more relaxed head on over to the large beach-front seating area where you can grab food, a drink and watch sports on the big screen TV’s. The best part about this club, is there’s free admission all day and all night.

Photo by: Bora Bora Ibiza
Photo by: Bora Bora Ibiza

5. Formentera Island

It is often referred to as “Ibiza’s chilled out little sister” and if you are making a trip to Ibiza, Formentera should not be missed out on. Just a 40 minute ferry ride from Ibiza, visitors to this island will find miles of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, well worn cycling paths, deserted beaches and people looking for the ultimate relaxation. Snorkeling with the incredible marine life is a popular activity here but frankly most visitors come to lie on the beach with a good book, many of them coming to become one with nature, and many of them without any clothing on. This hippie-like vibe is only found more when you eat at one of the small restaurants doted along the shores. Make sure to indulge in the catch of the day as the seafood here is some of the best. If you need a break from the crazy Ibiza disco scene, Formentera is exactly where you should head.

Formentera Island ibiza

4. Amante Beach Club and Restaurant

This beautiful beach club and restaurant is set in a breathtaking hidden cove that overlooks the Sol d’en Serra Bay. Amante offers a taste of Ibiza glamour but still retains some of the rustic island feeling. During the day you will find guests lounging on sun beds or indulging in a classic Mediterranean lunch. When the sun sets, the candles get lit and the area is transformed into a romantic setting perfect for an evening meal. The surroundings here are dramatic rocks, lush greenery and being perched on the cliff which gives visitors the utmost beautiful views of the sea. On Tuesday nights you can snuggle up on full body bean bag chairs with a glass of wine and take in one of their movies under the stars while fitness lovers can attend daily morning yoga classes. Whatever activity you like to do, you will find it here at this hidden oasis.

Photo by: Amante Ibiza
Photo by: Amante Ibiza

3. Benirras Beach

Located in the north of the island this beach is famous for its incredible sunsets and hippie drumming Sundays. The beach is made up of pebbly sand, interesting rock formations, a rocky sea bed and crystal clear water. Many visitors here snorkel these waters as the rocky sea bed provides the perfect hiding spots for plenty of colorful fish. There are a total of three restaurants on the beach, as well as a clothing boutique and small beach bar. We recommended Elements restaurant with its fresh menu and cultural events. The most popular day of the week at Benirras Beach is on Sundays when drummers descend to the beach to “drum the sunset” in this iconic hippie ritual. This drumming ritual has been taking place for years and has become an increasingly popular event, therefore we suggest coming early in order to snag a place on the beach.

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Nacho Such /

2. The Hippy Markets

The largest hippy market on the island takes place every Wednesday in Es Cana, where countless stalls huddle beneath the palm trees selling everything imaginable. The original Hippy Market Punta Arabi features goods from around the world, many handmade, with products ranging from leather goods to beaded necklaces to tie-dyed shirts. Live musical and artistic performances take place every market day from 2pm-4pm in the multicultural tent and visitors and encouraged to join in the fun. This market also happens to have a very special kid’s area where children are encouraged to create their own souvenirs to take home. There are many other markets across the island including craft markets, car boot markets, street markets and flea markets. In fact one doesn’t have to go very far at all to shop here on this island.

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1. Sunset Ashram

It is hailed as having the best sunset in all of Ibiza and if there is one thing that we absolutely love about this island, Sunset Ashram is it. This bohemian beach bar and restaurant is the absolute best spot to watch the sun sink and the day become night. This little spot is located in Cala Conta, tucked into a hillside that provides 270-degree views into the Cala Conto Coves. During the day Sunset Ashram is self-service, no need to book a reservation, just walk in and enjoy the gentle lapping waves. It is at night though that you will need to plan ahead and book a table, specifically one with a great view. Feast on organic salads and curries made with fresh local ingredients, grab a specialty cocktails and listen as the resident DJ spins the beats. Yes it is pricey, yes the service may be slow, but it is undoubtedly the best place to watch a sunset on the island.

Photo by: Sunset Ashram
Photo by: Sunset Ashram

7 Cities to Visit in Spain Before You Have Kids

Congratulations! You have decided to take the plunge into parenthood. Well, almost. What about the things you wanted to do first, and the places you wanted to go? When the babies arrive, travel becomes significantly harder while you’re carrying a diaper bag, bottle, and stroller. Everything seems to become ‘what’s best for baby.’ With it’s all night parties, mouth-watering food and endlessly flowing wine, now is the time to visit Spain and these exciting cities before it’s too late!

7. Barcelona

The second largest city in Spain is home to legendary nightlife and an ultra-trendy, cutting edge vibe. Barcelona is a city for night owls as nothing really kicks off before 11pm no matter what night of the week it is. With an itinerary that starts off with tapas and drinks at small local bars before hitting up the dance clubs and going until the wee hours of the morning. It’s clear that kids would just get in the way of this adult-centric scene.

plaza real Barcelona

6. Estepona

Estepona is a popular Spanish holiday town and boasts some amazing beaches along it’s 21 kilometers of coastline. Among these beaches is ‘Costa Natura’ nudist beach, the very first naturist site in Spain. Clearly ‘bearing it all’ isn’t something for young eyes so if strutting your stuff on the golden sands of Spain’s first nudist beach is an experience you’d like to cross off your list, you’d best do it before your beach vacations turn to more family friendly shores.

Estepona Spain

5. Seville

If you;re looking for an authentic Andalusian experience, what better place than the capital city of the region? Seville touts itself as the birthplace of tapas and flamenco music so you know they’re going to celebrate that fact in every way they can. Visit one of the many sophisticated theaters and performance spaces or bar hop, sampling the wealth of delectable Andalusian tapas and listening (or more likely dancing) to traditional Spanish music.

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SandiMako /

4. Bilbao

The city of Bilbao come from rough roots of industrialization and many would say this city was more of a wasteland of industry than a place to visit, but thanks to the opening of the shiny Guggenheim Museum here, this place is now a major European arts center.  While other arts cities may come across as uppity, Bilbao’s hasn’t let the plethora of galleries and performance spaces go to it’s head. First and foremost. this artsy city remains true to it’s down-to-earth soul.

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Santi Rodriguez /

3. Marbella

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “we’re going to Marbs” now you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about. Marbella is to Spain what St. Tropez is to France; a coastal playground for the rich and famous. Exactly the kind of place you don’t want to visit with kids. It’s earned a reputation as one of the most luxurious resort towns in the world and Puerto Banus is the biggest hotspot in the area with tons of bars, restaurants and ultra-exclusive nightclubs.

Marbella Spain

2. San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a foodies paradise, and nothing kills that authentic Spanish experience faster than trying to find a place to eat that “the kids will like.” Be forewarned, chicken fingers and ketchup won’t be found here. This Basque country city seems to catch Michelin stars as if they’re just giving them away (but we can assure you they’re not) and a visit here will mean plenty of indulgence.

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Matyas Rehak /

1. Ibiza

It’s no secret that the town of Ibiza is the crown jewel in the Spanish party scene, and it’s one of the most legendary nightlife destinations of the whole world. Sure parents on holiday can have fun here too but Ibiza’s hedonistic ways are far more enjoyable if you’re single. Epic nightclubs become the stage for big name DJ’s blasting upbeat tunes until the sun comes up. Sip cocktails beachside and enjoy some of the freshest seafood you’ve ever had. The operative word when describing Ibiza; FUN.

Ibiza Cala d'horte

13 Places to See While Single

Travelling single for the first time can be downright scary but if you have courage to take the plunge it’s something you won’t regret. To travel single is to indulge one’s self. Whether you want to party hard in a hot sunny destination where the drinks keep flowing and the bars never close, or whether you want to find inner peace in a tranquil setting where reading a book on the beach all day is encouraged; there is a place for every single traveler in this world. From the beaches of Costa Rica to the mountains of New Zealand, these destinations are full of adventure, relaxation and friendly locals and fellow travelers that will make you feel at home. When you need some time alone; pack your bags, hop on a plane and explore the twelve best places to travel when single.

13. Cali, Colombia

As Colombia’s third largest city; Cali parties more than any other city in this country. Known as The Salsa capital of the World, you can dance from dusk until dawn; no questions asked. If you are looking to relax after a big night of salsa dancing, why not head to the Cali Zoo. The focus here is on Colombian wildlife and education. Stroll through the lush city park and and grab a bite of the seafood chowder or lobster that is always offered. Boasting some of the most beautiful women in the world, professional salsa dancers at every turn and a warm sultry temperature all year long; this city is a must visit when single.

Cali Colombia

12. Iceland

With a country built on tourism and not the most romantic place you think of when you think vacation, Iceland is the perfect destination for the single traveler. Most locals speak impeccable English and English signs and menus are offered throughout the country putting single travelers at ease. Home of the excursion day trips, Iceland offers a chance to meet fellow travelers while whale watching, hiking or relaxing in the hot springs. Catch the northern lights from September to April or choose to travel from mid-May to August where midnight sun keeps it light 24/7. Don’t be fooled by the serenity of this country, the locals also know how to throw a party and keep it going all night long; especially during the summer months.

Reykjavik Iceland

11. Australia

Home to thousands of solo travelers a year, you certainly won’t stick out here if you are alone. Besides the irresistible accents and the sense of welcoming from the locals; you will find a never ending supply of hostels that are begging to be stayed in. From snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef to climbing The Blue Mountains in Sydney to exploring the Outback; Australia is a perfect place to check off some of those things on your bucket list. Make new friends, fall in love with the countryside and explore some fantastic beaches. From Sydney to Perth; Australia as a whole is considered incredibly safe for international travelers.

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Filipe Frazao /

10. Panama

With solo travel being a norm and English widely spoken throughout the city, Panama City has much to see and do. With its lively and diverse culture coupled with the famous Panama Canal and being one of the friendliest Central American destinations, this country can’t be missed. For the single adventure traveler this country is packed with zip lining, white water rafting and surfing opportunities. For a more laid back vacation one must not miss travelling to the San Blas Islands where tourism has not yet taken over. The native Kuna’s control this land and you will find untouched nature and beauty. Sail the islands, sleep in eco-friendly accommodations and embrace your soul here. Make sure to give yourself time to really enjoy all this country has to offer.

San Blas Islands, Panama

9. Maui, Hawaii

Pristine white sand beaches, friendly local people and a currency that won’t have you scratching your head in confusion, Maui is the perfect Hawaiian Island to visit as a single traveler. If adults-only resorts are something that you’re looking for, Lahaina in West Maui has no shortage of them. Five star hotels line the ocean with private beach access, pools and spas. If a condo rental is more your style there are plenty to rent steps from the ocean. Renting a car from the airport is faster than claiming your luggage and driving the Island is just one way to see the beauty. Stand up paddle board with the sea turtles, kayak with the whales and attend a beach/ohana party.

Maui, Hawaii

8. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Although not the safest of cities on our list; Rio deserves to be one of the top twelve places to see when single. Where else boasts gorgeous mountains, pristine beaches and a party like Carnaval? Besides having one of the best hotel bars in the world (check out the Fasano Hotel), Rio is known for its beaches. Take a walk around and mingle with the locals on the beach and we promise you an invite to a party. Make sure to hook up with some fellow travelers and explore the beautiful downtown area lined with churches and museums. If you are going to visit during the biggest carnival in the world, be sure to book early and prepare yourself for a lot of dancing and little sleep.

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7. New York City

It is hard to feel alone when you are immersed in a city that’s home to more than 18 million people. This concrete jungle is packed with so much to do you won’t have time to even remember that you’re travelling single. Now is the time to spoil your single self and dine out at a world renowned restaurant (If you feel overwhelmed by dining single, make reservations at non-peak times) or catch that Broadway Show you have always wanted to see. Climb up The Empire State Building, take a boat to see The Statue of Liberty or stroll through Central Park. There isn’t a better place in the world to check out the nightlife than in the “city that never sleeps”.

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Natalia Bratslavsky /

6. Costa Rica

For the backpacker adventurer Costa Rica is a must visit when solo. With two major airports to fly into and endless stretches of beach and jungle; there is something for everyone. Relatively safe and reasonably priced makes Costa Rica desirable to travelers. While there why not join a surf camp and learn to surf while meeting fellow travelers. Take a ride into the rainforest where you can discover sloths, monkeys and a variety of lizards, snakes and frogs. Immerse yourself in the culture and eat locally or try your hand at the nightlife that often lasts until dawn. Whatever it is you do here, we promise you will enjoy it. The locals are friendly, the beer is cheap and the weather is warm, what else does a single traveler need?

Pura Vida Costa Rica

5. Bali, Indonesia

Yoga on the beach. Lodging on the beach. Temples and Ruins. Beautiful beaches and clear water. Must we say more? Packed with spiritual seekers, backpackers and international travelers; Bali is the perfect get away for the single soul seeking traveler. The Balinese people are known to be friendly, welcoming and make you feel right at home. Rent a motorbike, take a stroll through town or raft down the Ayung River for a little adventure. If you are looking to explore a less remote place, hop on a plane to a smaller island; we suggest Lombok. Filled with local markets, celebrations and temples like none other; Bali is the perfect place to relax, unwind and really find your inner zen.

Bali, Indonesia

4. Miami, Florida

For the single traveler who is ready to party, look no further than Miami. With beautiful weather, beautiful beaches and beautiful people; Miami is a hot destination for single travelers. Head to South Beach where you will find no shortage of velvet rope lined nightclubs with the hippest DJ’s. Bask in the sun on Miami Beach where countless events and activities run year round. Be prepared to open your wallet in this town; this is not for the backpacker. Hotels will be a major expense but if you want the royal treatment, book yourself into one that offers a spa and bask in the glory. Make sure to dine out at one of Miami’s waterfront restaurants and enjoy a sunset view.

Miami club

3.  New Zealand

With a landscape of rolling hills to jagged mountaintops, New Zealand is not only beautiful but one of the safest countries to visit. Friendly, open-minded locals make this destination a favorite for single travelers. Meet fellow adventures while you are bungee jumping or jet boating the rivers. Find friends in The Lord of The Rings tour; where you can tour actual filming locations. Relax in thermal hot springs after a day of wine touring or take in a Rugby game with the famous Maori players. With New Zealand being one of the best hiking (or “tramping” as the locals call it) destinations in the world, don’t miss out on partaking in one of the nine epic hikes through the countryside. “Wow” just won’t sum up this vacation destination.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand

2. Ireland

A country filled with friendly people, beautiful historic bed and breakfasts and a whole lot of pubs; Ireland rounds off our top twelve destinations to travel to when single. Locals are more than happy to share directions, stories and a pint of Guinness with any traveler that crosses their path. Countless castles, shamrock tours and a pub at every corner means lots of fellow solo travelers to meet. Take a trip to Dingle beach and meet the local dolphin or join one of many guided tours around Ireland. If you don’t mind driving on the left hand side of the road, rent a car and explore the monuments of prehistoric Ireland at Bru na Boinne or the Titanic Museum at Cobh. Ireland will make any solo traveler feel welcome, as that is the way of the Irish.

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

1. Ibiza, Spain

Though recent tourism efforts are trying to steer this city towards a more family friendly vibe, Ibiza is still one of the most notorious party destinations on the planet making it ideal for the single traveler. It’s filled with colorful clubs that run till the sun comes up, booming house and trance music and people who want nothing more than to party all night long surrounded by beautiful people. Big name DJ’s are always coming through hosting mega parties that’ll keep you dancing all night long. This little island’s nightlife is centered on 2 areas: Ibiza Town on the southern shore and Sant Antoni to the west. No matter which spot you choose as your base you’re guaranteed an outrageous and unforgettable vacation.

Beach party Ibiza, Spain