If you visit Austin, there’s a chance you may never leave: The Texas capital was recently named the #1 place to live in America by U.S. News. With fantastic nightlife and food, great live music, and plenty of beautiful outdoor spots, this city has got a little bit of everything. You’ll want to grab a bite to eat at East Side King for some inspired Japanese street food, preferably before you catch a show at Hole in the Wall, right next door. Definitely don’t forget to take a dip in Barton Springs Pool, especially if it’s a hot day.
Toronto has long been one of the most diverse and livable metropolises in the world, but it’s only recently claiming its spot as a major tourist destination. You won’t need a companion to enjoy the city—since Canadians are notoriously friendly, you’ll more than likely come away with a few new friends anyway, especially if you stay in a hostel like Planet Travelers, the “greenest hostel in North America.” In the morning, visit the bustling Kensington Market for some fresh pastries and produce; then pay a visit to Pandemonium to shop for books and records with the locals. Spend less on your solo vacations with these 11 secrets booking agents won’t tell you.