The Best Countries for Solo Travellers
Now that I have already convinced you to give solo travelling a try, and you know all of the seven tips to make this a trip of a lifetime, there is only one more crucial decision to be made: where to? The options are endless, yet somewhat confusing. Your best friend thinks you should go all out and get lost in India; your mum reckons you should wait another year, and the e-book you just bought off a travel blogger tells you to follow your nose and explore the unexplored. While going with your intuition is undoubtedly a big part of the equation, there are a few more factors which will make your first solo adventure one to remember. You are looking for a destination catering for and welcoming single travellers while fulfilling all your adventurous wanderlust needs at the same times. Here are five fantastic locations which will do just that.
Vietnam’s facets are as rich and diverse as its ethnicities and history. Spend your days hiking over mountaintops and through rice paddies alongside one of the many minority tribes in the Sapa region. Cycle through the exotic (exotic as in snakes, floating markets, coconuts) Mekong Delta. Snorkel some of South East Asia’s best reefs off the Cham Islands. Eat your way through its many (in fact, too many) culinary highlights and reflect on the country’s complicated history.
I am extremely biased. In fact, New Zealand is on nearly every top destinations list I have ever created. Breaking this tradition doesn’t seem like a viable option either, so let’s just go with it. New Zealand is all of the things you have heard of it and more. Its epic scenery never gets old, and its genuine people will soon make you consider staying longer.
Peru is home to one of the world’s direst deserts and largest rainforests at the same time. If that’s not enough, its cuisine is hands-down fabulous. Oh, and let’s not forget about Machu Picchu. It’s there too. Ultimately, Peru offers the perfect mix of the touristy and off-the-beaten path, of mountaintops and beaches, of city comfort and village life. ¿Qué estás esperando?
Lonely Planet calls it ‘one of the world’s most beautiful countries’ and after browsing itineraries, travel guides and blogs for a couple of hours – there is no doubt its landmarks are beyond remarkable, and its thriving culture is some of the world’s most forward-thinking and open-minded. While this destination is not ideal for the budget traveller, saving up will have paid off when a pack of huskies pulls you across Norwegian wilderness.
I don’t have a list of countries I am aiming to tick off, but if I did Morocco would be right at the top. So why travel a country where most public spaces are exclusively male? The land of colourful markets and rough mountain ranges has seen a huge surge in tourist numbers over the last few years and is now home to an ever-growing backpacking culture. A highly traditional and religious destination such as Morocco requires you to be adaptive and show respect at all times, but if you do, it will allow you access to the fascinating gateway to Africa. Update: I have had the wonderful opportunity to explore Morocco earlier this year. Find out more about my wild travels through this equally wild and beautiful country http://www.carmenhuter.com/explore/africa/here.
Have you had the chance to explore any of these countries by yourself? I’d love to hear how you went.