Do you know the best way to see the world? It’s by traveling and alone at that. It’s self-indulgent, unprejudiced and a unique way to experience places, cultures and traditions uninfluenced by anybody. Solo travel is an expedition of self-discovery.
Whether you want to hike on famous treks, take a delightful sip of coffee at celebrated cafes, indulge in different passions in museums or renowned concert halls, or meet other travelers to make friends and treasured memories, go and discover the joys of solo travel. Naturally, you would want to go to only the best places in the world. Below are the top choices.
- New Zealand
Why New Zealand is a top most favorite is because it features everything any adventurous soul would wish to experience. Lush setting, captivating views of the mountains, valleys and plains… it is indeed the perfect location for one the most distinguished blockbuster films of all time, The Lord of the Rings.
Ranked 4th out of 162 in terms of safety by the Global Peace Index, your adrenalin is sure to come rushing with the many adventures in store for you. You can go bungee jumping, on a cruise, backpack and hike or ride a bike to take pleasure in the rich country side and meet the friendly locals. With so much to do, you might even forget you are traveling alone. Don’t know where to start? Try the country’s adventure capital, the haven for most New Zealand travelers – Queenstown.
Among countries known for scenic fjords (stretches of slender but deep creeks between high cliffs) is Norway. A trek along these fjords is definitely an experience any traveler should never miss as the magnificence of the enchanting northern lights – a compliment that nature offers for free – is just a delight beyond description!
Ranking 10th among the world’s safest destinations, you can enjoy stunning sights along Norway’s expansive stretch, a total of 1,000 miles. It is certainly one of the most beautiful places, a must-visit if you love travelling. Norway is pure, natural beauty with a cool climate, where winter sun can be found, and made lovelier by its warm people.
Not only is Switzerland a safe place to visit being the 5th safest travel destination, the country boasts of breathtaking landscapes despite being small. Public transportation is remarkably efficient thus exploring the cities on your own can be easy. Walk around and you will feel a positive vibe in charming cities like Zurich. Even as you walk or shop alone, you will never feel intimidated as Switzerland’s people in general are very private. With a pair of good hiking boots, you can take a trip on the country side and discover why Switzerland is a hiking paradise worth visiting.
Small but spectacular, a visitor is likely to see every worthwhile view Switzerland has to offer: green fields, rolling hills, snowcapped mountains, astonishing restaurants and many more. Home to the famous Swiss Alps, the country indisputably benefits from how the Swiss worked hard to preserve the natural beauty of the country.
- Costa Rica
Being the world’s happiest place, Costa Rica is any traveler’s (solo or with a group of people) must-see Central American destination. The place is so unique, bestowed with a powerful assortment of environmental attractions from stunning river valleys to majestic volcanoes to attractive beaches along its coasts where surfing is an adventure of a lifetime that shouldn’t be missed. Naturally, there are many other water fun sports to enjoy.
A trip to any of its cloud forests is a learning experience like no other that it captivates not only scientists but a lot of visitors as well. Moisture is known to remain high in any of Costa Rica’s cloud forests making them significantly cooler areas. Other than a pair of hiking boots, for a more fun hike, travelers are advised to bring along sweaters too. As the 42nd safest destinations, many travel adventures and recreational activities must have been invented in Costa Rica, the place where fascinating stories of peaceful and happy people are being continuously woven into history.
The world’s third place in terms of safety, Austria makes a great destination for people who love to travel alone. It is small and compact, navigation within its boundaries can be quite easy. Boasting of great concert halls, historic museums, great cafes, efficient travel and transport system, any visitor will immensely enjoy a tour in the truest Austrian tradition. Alive with natural beauty and striking sceneries, the country is also home to rich musical culture. After all, Mozart is from Austria.
If you love culture, baroque architectures, lush forests and emerald lakes as well as rich and fine dining experience, you can have them all in one destination and that is Austria.
Travelling solo is an opportunity to try something new, something you may never get to experience otherwise. Most solo accommodations are affordable, making it a truly rewarding travel. For more fun journey, here are some general tips for solo travelers.
- Plan your trip carefully and well ahead of time to make sure you cover everything most especially where you will be staying.
- Master the art of packing light, bringing as little as possible but truly essential.
- Always have a phone with you, one that will work where you are going. Be sure to have with you all necessary emergency numbers.
- Tell people you trust back home where your destination is and always trust what your instinct tells you.