The top 10 cities to travel to on your own, according to tourists

There has never been a better time to leave the family at home.

By Amber Elias
Some popular tourist destinations are a must-see, but you might not have realised there are places that are actually even better if you travel there alone.
According to recent data from Airbnb, these are the ten cities which had the largest increase in solo travellers throughout 2016. Take this as a guide of where you can go next, without having to make a single compromise.

10. Busan, South Korea

South Korea’s second-largest city isn't as well known as the capital Seoul, but arguably has more to offer. Come here for a bustling city and scenic mountains, right on the edge of town.
Increase in bookings: 103 per cent.

9. Charlotte, North Carolina

North Carolina isn't often on the top of anyone's list, but you should add it to yours for the quality food and drink, in high quantities.
Increase in bookings: 106 per cent.

8. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City has cleaned up its act in recent years, making it safer than ever to travel to. Poverty and crime are still high in the country, so take care with your valuables and use caution. Don't miss the history, beautiful architecture and of course, great food.
Increase in bookings: 109 per cent.

7. Auckland, New Zealand

Combining city life with stunning nature means you'll get the best of both worlds in one area.
Increase in bookings: 114 per cent.

6. São Paulo, Brazil

When you think of Brazil, lying on beach might spring to mind but make sure you also plan a stop off in the country's largest city.
Increase in bookings: 128 per cent.

5. Johannesburg, South Africa

Cape Town might draw the tourists, but Johannesburg is the hidden gem you need to explore.
Increase in bookings: 135 per cent.

4. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

More than a honeymoon destination, there is nothing better than reading a book uninterrupted on the beach, particularly when the water is this blue.
Increase in bookings: 141 per cent.

3. Cologne, Germany

Out of all the great cities to choose from in Germany, make Cologne one of your stops. More than beer halls, the show-stopping cathedral and ancient architecture is enough to fill more than a few days.
Increase in bookings: 142 per cent.

2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City will draw you in with the delicious, fresh food and keep you for the amazing history and culture.
Increase in bookings: 146 per cent.

1. Cancún, Mexico

Unsurprisingly, solo travellers are drawn to a long stretch of beach and a cocktail by the pool, and that's exactly what Cancún has to offer.
Increase in bookings: 170 per cent.