We wanted to give you some SinglesDay tips for the world’s best destinations for solo travel: city breaks, backpacking, and more. So we’ve searched for the safest and most welcoming destinations to travel on your own – get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
Solo travel is an increasingly popular option for those who want to discover the best destinations of their dreams, without waiting for anyone. There are specialized companies that offer solo trips to places that previously could only be accessed in a group. Also, with the increasing use of English (however rudimentary) even in the most remote destinations. Solo travel has become a way to see the world, meet like-minded people, and get your own idea of life. Precisely, November 11 is Singles’ Day, the day of single people. And as a tribute to lovers of solo travel. We have found the 10 most welcoming countries in the world for people who like to travel alone.
A South American adventure can take many forms: feel the freedom of the Brazilian beaches. Hack your way through the Amazon with machetes. And explore the ruins of the Inca civilization… but in Chile, you can live your solo experience at a bargain price.
From Santiago de Chile you can travel the country from north to south. From arid and mountainous landscapes to the wetlands and glaciers of Patagonia. Nearly all long-distance journeys are by bus. So you’ll meet plenty of locals on trips that can last more than a day.
You can also choose from a multitude of work holiday programs, so if you’ve ever wanted to work on a farm, help build an ecological community, teach English in a mountain village, or host events in a hostel, you have the opportunity. to do it while meeting other people who are traveling like you.
To plan your South American adventure and read an interview with someone who has already made the trip, click here.
I had thought of including Ireland on this list, but we already know by heart how hospitable. Friendly and talkative they are on the emerald aisle, so I wanted to pay attention to Scotland. The stereotype of the surly Scotsman may be in stark contrast to the happy-go-lucky nature of the Irish, but it’s a cliché that’s far from always true.
You will almost certainly visit both Edinburgh and Glasgow, two magnificent cities with very different personalities. Edinburgh is all about elegance, with its brownstone architecture, boulevards, and hills, while Glasgow is stark, exciting, and artsy.
For a total change of pace, head to the west coast and explore the islands. There are ferries leaving from places like Oban to the Isles of Mull and Islay, or beyond to the Hebridean archipelago. If you are a fan of whiskey, you can take a distillery tour. But you can also simply explore the suggestive and vast spaces of the islands, practically without trees. Do you want more gear? From the very northern tip, you can travel by boat to Orkney or even reach the Shetland Islands and discover its fascinating rocky landscape in the North Sea. Some tough but very welcoming locals await you there. Who will be delighted to share a whiskey with you… you will have earned it! You’ll have earned your dram or two of whiskey by then!
In this region, there are three very well-connected cities and relatively within a short distance, for the US. From south to north we have Portland, Oregon, a city that manages to be ostentatiously cheesy and cool at the same time, even spawning a comedy slightly surreal TV show, Portlandia, which revolves around the city’s hipster reputation. It’s not an unsubstantiated reputation, but don’t be put off: it’s a really nice town, with lots of little local shops, microbreweries, cafes, thrift stores, and the like, just a short drive from the beautiful, secluded coast to the north. west, and the Mount Hood National Forest to the east.
Going up the coast, it takes no more than three hours (there are regular low-cost buses and trains) to reach Seattle, home of technology, coffee, the Space Needle, and Pike’s Place Market (home to the first Starbucks), with a big-city vibe, in contrast to sleepy Portland. You can see the city from the water on one of the ferries, discover the indigenous culture of the region, or simply relax in a park or visit record shops and bookstores (all depending on the notoriously changeable weather).
Iceland is on many travelers’ dream destination lists and is very popular with solo travelers. The tourism boom has given rise to companies and tour guides that specialize in bringing people together to hike one of the island’s famous trails, such as the Golden Circle or the Ring Road.
It is a small country that concentrates most of its population in Reykjavik, the capital. There will never be a lack of people for a chat in the many bars and cafes in the city. Even if it is an expensive place, someone might buy you a beer: who knows!
Finally, there are many activities so closely associated with Iceland that you just can’t help but discover them on a self-respecting Icelandic trip. Thermal baths, hiking on glaciers or going out at two in the morning to admire the northern lights are so extraordinary and personal experiences that they become shared. Even traveling alone, you are going to share a lot.
Guatemala is a great destination to enjoy alone, especially in this part of the world. Simply because it is also a great destination to discover a company. It is one of the most accessible countries in Central America. A small nation of close-knit local communities and a welcoming and friendly population.
It’s certainly a poor country, that’s for sure, but the locals are extraordinarily courteous to travelers and will be happy to help you. Speaking Spanish you won’t have a problem, but Guatemalans display a kindness that goes far beyond languages.
In addition, it is one of the countries in the region with the greatest cultural and heritage wealth, being the birthplace of the Mayan empire, whose culture survives in the tropical jungle and the highlands. In the depths of the jungle are hidden the vestiges of ancient cities such as the magical Tikal, a group of huge temples, and thousands of other buildings in ruins. It is a country of delicate pleasures, a wonderful mix of ancient culture and young democracy that is still finding its way, and that only adds weight and wealth.
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