In spite of many people’s conventional wisdom, there’s quite a lot to be said for traveling abroad solo. The knee-jerk reaction would be to think of how lonely it gets, or how much less it means to gather all these new experiences without having someone to share them with, but what about the advantages?
Solo travel affords the opportunity to make new friends, on top of learning and discovering more about yourself. In most cases, it will also help you become a stronger, more confident and self-sufficient person. Are you sold yet? Good. now that that’s settled, let’s take a look at the best places to take that first solo trip. Bon voyage!
The Land Down Under is the world’s sixth largest nation, and also just so happens to be one of the planet’s favorite destinations for backpackers. In other words, you might be on your own, but you’ll never be lonely if you go to Australia. We could go on and on for hours about the country’s many attractions, from surfing some of the gnarliest waves in the world to diving in the Great Barrier Reef. On top of that, you could even earn some spending money as you go, as the country has no shortage of simple jobs travelers could do.
You might know Canada as America’s hat, or as the home of some of the world’s friendliest people, but we’d like to introduce an aspect of Canada you might not be familiar with. It’s the perfect place to travel solo! Honestly, if you don’t come back from Canada with at least a few new friends, you probably did something very wrong – like insulting poutine or something. On top of everything else, Canada’s natural landscape is so diverse that you could climb snow-capped mountains, lounge on beaches, boat through lakes, and visit urban landscapes – all in the same country!
Italy offers so much in terms of architecture, culture, and, of course, food. Just everything about this country makes it a vibrant and exciting place for solo travelers to explore. Be sure to visit Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan if you have time for the perfect mixture of art, fashion, romance, and delicious dining. But everyone knows Italy’s real attraction is its people, as some of its smaller villages seem like they have been frozen in time, with centuries’ old customs on full display.
There are so many reasons that Indonesia holds such a draw to solo travelers, from the stunning vistas to its unique blend of cultures. Head to Bali to visit breathtaking temples, swim with jellyfish on Kakaban Island, experience the incredible color-changing lakes in the Dieng Plateau’s National Park, and meet orangutans in Borneo. There’s nowhere else like it in the world.
Norway is an incredibly beautiful country, and we think that the fjords should be on everyone’s bucket lists to see – photographs just do not do them justice! Of course, the Northern Lights are also visible at certain times of the year, so that should be on your list too. Norway is also billed as one of the safest countries in the world, which makes it ideal for traveling around on your own without having to fear for your safety or your belongings.
Another staple destination for solo travelers and groups alike, Thailand has something for everyone. Bangkok is a city of hustle and bustle, with noise, color, and excitement around every corner – and don’t forget its infamous markets! For a little bit of relaxation and to recuperate from Bangkok, head to one of the country’s islands to spend some time in paradise on Earth. Each island has a different feel, so make sure you research before deciding if you want a party island or a secluded haven. Either way, Thailand has got you covered.
It might seem daunting at first, taking in an entirely new country with seemingly no one having your back, but there’s nothing else like it. Making your own schedule allows you to be selfish without feeling even a pang of guilt, and there’s nothing as empowering as knowing that you handcrafted every single bit of your trip by yourself. So just stop dreaming, and – to quote a famous sneaker slogan – just do it!
In conclusion, whether you are a seasoned solo traveler, or you are just contemplating traveling on your own for the first time, hopefully this list has helped you with some places to add to your pinboard. There’s nowhere else in the world better to go solo than these countries.