Here's a tip: don't go to French Polynesia on your own. Or at least, don't go there on your own if you don't fancy the idea of being peppered constantly with questions about where your husband or wife is.
French Polynesia is a beautiful island nation, but it's also a couples' paradise, and the locals aren't used to seeing people there on their own. "Where's your partner?" people will say to you. "Table for two?" they will all enquire. If you ever want to feel like a loser in love, go to Tahiti or Moorea by yourself.
It's possible, of course, to visit anywhere in the world as a solo traveller, but the reality is that some destinations are better suited to this pursuit than others. French Polynesia? Not ideal. Southern Sicily? Also not great.
On the flipside, go to Tokyo on your own and no one will bat an eyelid. Spend time in Lisbon, or Queenstown, or Buenos Aires by yourself and you won't just survive, but thrive.
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, the Traveller.com.au podcast, host Ben Groundwater is joined by fellow solo travellers Ute Junker and Tim Charody to talk about seeing the world on your own, and in particular the destinations you should and should not visit.
Which cities and journeys are tailor-made for the solo experience? Which are safe enough to see on your own? Which are friendly enough? Which are enjoyable enough? And which are best left until you have strength in numbers?
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