Are you thinking of travelling the world alone for the first time but wondering where to go? Or maybe you’re feeling a little nervous about your first trip solo? Solo travelling is becoming increasingly more popular making up around 18% of travel bookings around the world. We’ve put together a guide in hope to help ease any anxiety you may have and inspire you on the best places to go.
Why should I travel alone?
Some people think that travelling alone can be quite scary, lonely and dangerous. However, this isn’t guaranteed and there are many pro’s to going solo on your next trip including:
Meeting new friends
Travelling on your own schedule – more freedom
It gives you time to think – good for self discovery
It improves your confidence and independence
Top places for solo travel
Create your own adventure based on what you want to travel for!
Best place for diversity – USA
The USA has something for everyone! Whether you’re looking to hike the highest mountain tops, relax on a sandy beach or ski the slopes, this is a place for somebody wanting to try it all. With 50 states to choose from, the USA will not leave you short of things to do and places to see. Surf the waves in LA, watch a Broadway show in New York or drive route 66 – 2,500 miles from the West Coast all the way to Chicago. You’ll never get tired of the scenery and along the way you’ll be sure to meet lots of different people.
Best place to travel solo for a beach break and island hopping – Thailand
Solo travelling in Thailand has the reputation of being easy, safe and friendly – so it’s the perfect destination for your first trip alone. There are tons of facilities for backpackers or luxury travellers and it’s also safe for women and LGBT travellers. There is hardly a language barrier and transportation is easy for you to go from one place to the next. Although flights may be costly, living expenses are very cheap so you can enjoy more of a luxury stay for less.
Best place to travel solo for a backpacking adventure – Australia
Think rugged landscapes, interesting wildlife and a surfers paradise. Australia is very friendly and full of other fellow travellers so making friends will never be difficult, especially when there’s no language divide. Most travellers start on the East Coast to experience all the ‘must sees’ including the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island and Sydney’s Opera House. However, covering around a third of the entire country is the West Coast where there is plenty to do without breaking your budget. If you’re looking for an adventure then Australia is a backpackers dream.
Best place to travel solo for the food and drink – Italy
For a food obsessed traveller, Italy is the next destination for you. There are some incredible cities to visit which offer so much more than it’s delicious pizza and pasta dishes. Travel to Parma to taste some of the local cured ham, fall in love with the truffle in Piedmont or take a sip of a Spritz Veneziano in Venice on a warm sunny day. Eating alone has never tasted better, especially when you’re surrounded by beautiful scenery and friendly locals!
Unwind and immerse yourself on a solo trip this year. We’ve all been on holiday and done things we weren’t keen on doing for the sake of someone else. Travelling in company is great but having your own freedom is luring people in more and more each year. It’s time to discover solo travel for yourself!