You must have most travelers claiming that traveling alone is always the best way to see the world as there are no boundaries to what you can explore. Traveling with a partner can often influence your decisions as you tend to get influenced by the tastes and preferences which only end up with you compromising and then having to settle down for a common ground. Also, when you are with a partner or companion, it is easy to lose focus on your expeditions as you end up having fun with that person and you end up missing meeting random strangers or other travellers like you.
Solo travelling can often be delightfully satisfying as you get enough time for yourself as it helps you understand yourself better. You can spend a day doing nothing but go to a well-known café or visit a historic museum and then after a tiring day, you can meditate and with a fresh mind, you can think about your life and how you can improve it.
There might be a lot of pros when travelling alone, but there are some cons are well. One of the main sources of concern is safety. There are countries which are less safe than others for travelling. In such instances, having a company is better than going alone. The other is that the destination you choose should be a happy place for tourists. A place where you will be made to feel welcome and the locals should be easy to interact with.
For those of you who are obsessed with making plans to travel alone, we have come up with a list which will decrease the workload on you, as it will spare you the trouble of going through several websites and reviews to look for the perfect destination to travel alone. So, without further ado, let’s start the list.
Starting off this list is an immensely beautiful country with extremely friendly citizens; it is none other than Nepal. Even though recent tragedies like earthquakes have not been kind to this country, but the famous hiking spots remain unaffected and can be a great destination for adventure lovers. If you are one experienced at trekking at an altitude, then the Annapurna circuit will be the perfect track for you but it is suggested that you hire a porter or go on an expedition with an organised group. A hike like this on Himalayan circuit typically requires minimum three weeks. It is also a great way to know about the traditional mountain people with whom you will be hiking. You won’t need to worry about heavy gears as you will need little of it due to the fact that you will be staying in comfortable teahouses and come across shops where you can buy food.
Ireland is famous for being a country which welcomes its tourists with open arms. The citizens are so friendly that they might even offer you a seat and buy you a pint. If you have patience and you stay for a while, you might even get a chance to catch their traditional Celtic music session. The only thing that you should take care of is transportation if you don’t hire a transport, getting out of the remote west coast can be a tough nut to crack. You might hitchhike but it will contain that element of risk. In Ireland, you will also come across some of the most sacred sites including Croagh Patrick, Rock of Cashel and Skellig Michael.
6. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is easily one of the best places you can travel to alone. Its café-lined boulevards are perfect for those of you who love to have a calm and peaceful afternoon. You will get to escape the hustle and bustle of life by heading out to the city beaches on the easy-to-use public transports. During evenings, you can avoid eating alone in stuffy restaurants or busy cafés by doing what the Spanish do: grazing on tapas in one of the coolest bars in the city.
5. South Island, New Zealand
The number of activities you can do when going on a solo expedition on New Zealand’s beautiful South Island can be the subject of an entirely different list. You can go for skiing, zorbing, kayaking, horse riding, hiking, bungy jumping, sky diving, jet boating, white water rafting and a lot more. And if you are not a big fan of adventure sports, you can always admire the shimmering scenery around every corner of this mesmerizing place. The mountains, lakes, glaciers and the crazy coastline form the backdrop of a place which is often voted high in the most beautiful places around the world.
Kenya is a country famous for its incredibly diverse ecosystem and a reputation for the “Big Five” (elephant, lion, leopard, black rhino and buffalo). It is known worldwide for its safaris. You can easily form a big group and arrange for a guide who will take you to explore the wilderness alone. Kenya also has a good infrastructure, so it will be easy for you to find accommodation. You will need to look after your belongings especially in Nairobi. But you should not hide away when it gets dark or you might end up missing the city’s burgeoning nightlife scene.
If you are one of those travellers who has been planning to have their first trip abroad for quite some time and hasn’t been able to come up with the perfect destination then Guatemala is certainly THE destination for you. It is one of the prime attractions of Central and South America due to its many attractive spots as well as historic spots like ancient Maya ruins. It is also an inexpensive place to travel which can only mean you can embark on a long vacation and even manage to learn Spanish. Adventure sports like hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking are famous here or if you prefer nature, you explore the jungle and bask in the ambiance of nature. You can also go up close to Central America’s most active volcano.
Whenever you think of Cuba, doesn’t the image of crumbling architecture, 1950s Chevys, Cigar and salsa fill up your mind? Well, Cuba is much more than that. With the shift in the Political scene in the country, small businesses and private enterprises are being encouraged which has opened doors for all the tourists to come and explore this beautiful country. It is a great time to visit the tiny back street restaurants and binge eat amazing food or visit artisan shops and purchase something to make this trip memorable. Cuba is also one of the safest places to visit thanks to the low crime rate in this place.
1. Lombok and Gili Islands, Indonesia
This place might not be as overrun as Bali, but slowly and slowly Lombok and Gili Islands are gaining quite a reputation for being personal favourites of travellers around the world. Travellers come here to learn how to surf, snorkel, and dive in beautiful clear waters. The lush green paddy fields give this place a serene look which makes you forget about all the stress you have. The Gunung Rinani volcano with its waterfalls and hot springs is a site you must come across whenever you visit this beautiful place. The main party place if you like outdoor parties is the Trawangan which is part of Gili islands.
Choosing a perfect destination for travelling can always be a tough nut to crack as you have to keep many factors in mind. But these destinations are some of the best as well as tried-and-tested destinations with which you can never go wrong. These places are filled with extremely friendly people who not only take care of you but they also treat you as one of their own.