Solo travel can be daunting, especially if you’re new to it, or don’t speak the local language. However, as an adult, it can be hard to get time off at the same time as your friends, let alone decide on a place to visit together that you all agree on, especially when there are so many different options.
No one wants to spend their precious holiday days lying on the same beach if they’re desperate to be immersing themselves in local cuisine, or vice versa. It’s therefore no surprise that the number of solo travelers was on the rise before the pandemic.
As you begin your search for your next solo travel destination, here’s why Malta could be just what you’re looking for.
When choosing where to go for a solo trip, it’s important to consider your budget and logistics. When you’re paying for a trip alone, there are pros and cons. Whilst you don’t have to spend your money on another glass of wine when you’d rather head home, you equally don’t have anyone to split the bill with. Therefore, it’s important to head out with an idea of how much you want to spend on your trip.
When you’ve chosen your budget, you’ll be able to decide where to stay. Malta has a wide variety of hotels, ranging from budget hostels to luxury apartments. Luckily for solo travelers potentially looking to make new friends, there are plenty of hostels located in Malta’s major towns of St Julians, Sliema and Valletta. These are fun, wallet-friendly places that give you access to both beaches and towns. For travelers that want a party vibe, free breakfast, and a pool on the terrace, head to Inhawi hostel in St Julians.
Valletta also offers a rich historical heritage for those that want to explore Europe’s smallest capital city. Malta is full of great cultural destinations, from the Blue Lagoon, to St Paul’s Catacombs, so a holiday to the island is never boring, even if you’re going solo. If you’re looking for a hostel that offers you tour options, so you can meet other travelers to head out on adventures with, you may want to take a look at Hostel Malti. They can also recommend local activities to get involved in and have a quiet time rule to allow those getting up early to get some sleep.
One big cost when traveling alone can be car hire. As well as the cost of the car and the petrol, there is the added annoyance of not being able to have a glass of wine with lunch or take a nap when you’re tired on the way home from the beach.
Whilst some islands are difficult to get around without a car, Malta has a good public transport system, even between towns. Malta is also known for its impressive range of cuisines, so good public transport is essential for checking out all the best local food spots. Enjoying food is something that can definitely be appreciated as a solo traveler – people watch, soak up the atmosphere, or luxuriate over your meal with a good book. Look out for Maltese flatbread, called ftira, at Buchman’s Snack Bar in Gżira, or try pastizzi, the local savory pastries, at Is-Serkin Crystal Palace Bar in Rabat.
Using the transport is relatively simple. There is a bus app, which shows the timings and routes of buses, and there is a range of payment options, including cash and a seven day Explore card, which allows unlimited bus travel across Malta. For those who know where they want to visit, there are also other cards that include ferry options and sightseeing tours.
To sum up
Malta’s strong transport links and affordable accommodation options mean that it is a great place for a solo traveler. Make sure that you do your research before you go, if you’re the sort of person who holidays on a schedule, as there is plenty to keep you occupied and you won’t want to miss out.