The philosopher Hannah Arendt said in her day that “loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and your life is only in your hands, you are more of yourself than at any other time. ” And it is true. Traveling is always a good decision, but doing it alone or in the company of someone is something completely different.
It is possible that traveling has become one of the few ways that human beings have to escape from an increasingly homogeneous and indifferent world.
Almost eight million people recognize that they travel alone. The growth in recent years of this modality is significant: up to 15% of tourists have decided to go on holiday without company in the last 12 months, compared to 12% in 2017 or 6% in 2011.
But are there more recommended destinations than others for solo travel? The answer is yes and then we have selected 5 ideas for you to launch into the adventure:
If it’s the first time: Italy
Italy is an essential destination for any solo traveler or not. But if we analyze their qualities well, we will understand why they fit so well in the decision of a person who throws himself for the first time to the uncertainty of traveling alone. For starters, it is a practical matter: it is very cheap to fly to any of its main cities.
In addition, once there, its good infrastructure makes moving from one city to another easy. The trains are accessible, affordable and comfortable, and there is also a magnificent network of buses and taxis. You can find hotels of different categories and conditions, and lots of group tours of one or several days, both paid and free.
In addition, the Italians, above all, are people recognized as friendly, close and who likes to share with the stranger. You will hardly find yourself lost there. In any case, accustomed to the presence of tourists, many speak English.
This is a very suitable trip to test yourself in your solo learning without risking too much. It is highly recommended because it has a great diversity of options that you can adjust to your tastes: visiting exciting cities full of luxury stores; If you are more culture, enter museums full of relics and antiques, or meet quiet villages on top of a hill or in front of a Mediterranean beach.
As we said, this variety makes Italy a great destination for anyone embarking on their first solo trip, since they can choose to be as adventurous as they want. And if you are looking for greater immersion (or would like to spend some time alone), you have the possibility of heading to the less known regions, smaller cities or the countryside inside the peninsula.
Looking for adventure: Costa Rica
There is a fundamental reason that drives people to travel alone: the need for adventure. That is, find yourself. We may carry it in the blood. But in the 21st century, why deny it, there is little room for adventure.
Everything has become very globalized and there are almost no corners on the planet where nature imposes itself on the human being. Costa Rica, in certain aspects, still retains that indomitable spirit. One of the practical aspects that make it a desirable destination and, of course, because of its biodiversity (a quarter of the country is protected).
Outdoor activities abound in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a relatively small Central American country, bordered by the Caribbean Sea on the one hand and the Pacific on the other. It is a remarkably lush and tropical destination, with beautiful beaches, virgin forests and other natural and cultural attractions.
It is known for its admirable commitment to sustainability and is one of the world leaders in ecotourism: by 2020 it can become one of the first countries with zero carbon footprint (90% of the energy already comes from renewable sources).
Thus, there are many outdoor activities: hiking in its cloud forests, climbing active volcanoes, visiting remote sanctuaries and entering national parks to observe wildlife. One of the great advantages that solitary travelers who seek adventure will find is the possibility of combining it with experiences of relaxation and peace since there they have a huge variety of ecoresorts that include yoga retreats and treatments for personal well-being.
Safely: Western Canada
This North American country appears in all lists of destinations for travelers who want to travel without the company. According to the Americans, nothing happens in Canada. They are people who love peace and treat the newcomer with an innate friendship.
In that sense, the wegoplaces web site drew up a list of the safest countries for independent travelers in 2019 and Canada won first place in the Americas. Canada has a train company that covers the entire country and long highways that run between cities.
It is a territory of enormous size, but in which it is relatively easy to move, with a train company that covers the entire country and long highways that stretch between cities, and also offers activities for all seasons, with impressive walks around the emerald lakes in spring and summer, world-class skiing in winter and bright and colorful foliage in autumn.
The west of the country is especially advisable since it has some of the most photographed lakes on the planet, including Lake Louise, backed by mountains and surrounded by pine trees, as well as two of its most exciting cities: Vancouver and Calgary.
In the first, you can walk or cycle through Stanley Park, contemplate the views of the harbor or visit the food market on Granville Island.
The second is famous for its annual rodeo celebration, the Calgary Stampede. Of course, some precautions that we recommend in Canada for solo travelers are to take care of the native wildlife and always send your planned hiking itinerary to a friend or family member.
In a very cheap plan: Thailand
In this case, we wanted to plan a long trip, with a certain exoticism, and where you will spend as little as possible. The truth is that there are quite a few plans: Cambodia, Romania, Ecuador…
However, Thailand has something that substantially reduces the budget: low-cost flights, a round-trip ticket can leave you for less than $ 500, but also internal ones, since that in recent years airlines like Air Asia have emerged that compete with transports such as bus and train, but that obviously takes you to the other part of the country much faster. Thailand is definitely ideal for a trip at your leisure.
In Thailand, finding decent hotels for $ 33 is not complicated. And once there, living in Thailand is considerably economical: if you tighten your belt well, calculate about $ 22 a day. You can eat for $ 6 in street stalls and sleep for $ 17 in hostels with private rooms and shared bathrooms. If not, finding decent hotels for $ 33 is not complicated. It all depends on your budget.
On the other hand, tours and excursions are not especially expensive, but it is interesting to mention a large number of temples and attractions with free access in the country. They may not be the most tourist places, but here it is about saving and discovering the destination and its culture without spending a baht.
Getaway by Spain: Cádiz
We must start by pointing out that Spain is in first position as the best country in 2019 to travel alone, according to the ranking prepared by the US News & World Report. Travelers who chose it in the first position put as the main reason – with a 10 out of 10 – that it was a “ very friendly ” destination or, in other words, for its friendly and friendly people.
Within that Spanish hospitality, we wanted to highlight the Gitanos. We don’t think there are people with more grace in the world. If you escape alone or alone there, it will cost you a lot to feel lonely. And even less, sad. It is an essentially fun land where you don’t have time to miss anyone.
Cádiz can be a good option for travelers looking to share and adapt quickly to other places
The sea, the beach bars, the music, the chirigotas… make it a destination with a lot of charm. Maybe this is a great option for those travelers looking to share and adapt quickly to other places.
In addition, Cádiz is definitely in fashion: Lonely Planet includes this province of southern Spain among the 30 destinations to go to the next year 2020.
Undoubtedly, the formidable diversity of the area is impressive, allowing the lone traveler to jump from cities like Cádiz or Jerez de la Frontera, to eat delicious tapas, fried fish or shrimp tortilla, to contemplate such wild landscapes as Grazalema and Zahara de the Sierra, the natural park of La Breña and the Marismas de Barbate or the eccentric and surf beaches of Tarifa.
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