No travel buddy? Want to travel – or even live – oversee’s? No problem! Solo travel is becoming increasingly popular, and it seems that there is a growing number of women increasingly keen to check out new destinations on their own.
There are many factors that may be taken into account when planning a solo trip and availability of accommodation for lone travelers, personal safety, and ease of meeting other adventurers are all important considerations.
It can be daunting, but once the research has been done and the locations chosen correctly, it’s a fantastic experience. Take a read below and discover the destinations rated as top picks for solo travel…
If you’re nervous about going it alone then Iceland might put your worries to rest — in fact, it’s the safest country in the world, as Business Insider reported. Although a trip to this notoriously expensive land might set you back a few dollars, Iceland’s stunning scenery and multiple geographic marvels will surely make it worth your visit.
It’s also a hotspot for adrenaline junkies and lovers of the great outdoors, so cramming your trip with heart-stopping activities will mean you hardly have the time to get lonely. Try scuba diving between two tectonic plates, horse trekking, and ice climbing to make the most of your visit.
Portugal’s beautiful tiled buildings and white sand beaches have made it a favourite for Instagrammers and travel bloggers for years and year. But look beyond the hashtag and Portugal is an easily accessible country with heaps of culture, fantastic food, and great wine. You can hop between Lisbon and Porto and take a few days to relax on the Algarve for the perfect combination of city life and relaxation.
Portugal is also one of the top places for people to choose to relocate too, as it has a huge appeal for expats. You have a mix of bustling cities for those who wish to live and work in the buzzing hub, or there are further out locations aimed at those who enjoy a quieter life, surrounded by yoga retreats and mountains. You can always explore property for sale in Portugal to see if it’s appealing to you!
If the thought of being alone in an unfamiliar country seems overwhelming, then test the waters with a trip a bit closer to home. With its rugged terrains and breathtaking hikes, Canada offers enough variety to feel like an adventure without taking you too far out of your comfort zone.
Cities such as Montreal and Vancouver also offer fantastic culture and foodie delights, all without having to venture far.
Another English-speaking spot to try out, Ireland is famed for its friendly locals and lively pub culture. Affordable hostel accommodation is abundant, and its thriving live music scene means that it won’t feel too awkward venturing out to local venues alone.
Be sure to take a tour of the Guinness factory and sip on their famed stout, and perhaps make friends on a trip of some of Ireland’s famously emerald green countryside.
Although the large majority of Asian countries are fairly safe, it’s understandable why some might be wary of exploring such unfamiliar destinations alone. If you want to visit this vast and incredible continent but aren’t sure where to start, then Japan is one of the safest Asian destinations.
Public transport is impeccably organized, making it relatively straightforward to navigate, and local people are almost always polite and eager to help. A potential downside is that many Japanese hostels tend to be pod-styled, so try and book less isolating accommodating if you’re hoping to meet fellow travelers on your journey.
Although people can be quick to warn female travelers against going solo in South America, Peru is too good to miss. As a well-trodden tourist destination, it tends to be easy to navigate, accommodation is cheap and plentiful, and Peruvians are mostly friendly and accustomed to backpackers treading their turf.
If you’re concerned about safety, then consider booking onto one of the many solo-traveler-friendly tours that tick off essential destinations such as Machu Picchu, and spend time with other adventurers taking the same trip as you.
Do you have a wish list for places to venture to – either for travel of living – completely solo? Or have you solo travelled before? Let me know your favourite locations!