Travelling solo is a unique opportunity to find out exactly who you are in completely new surroundings and without anyone around from your past to influence you.
That can be a scary prospect, but the good news is there are plenty of places out there that can make you feel safe and welcome. And when in the right place, a solo trip — regardless of how long it is — has the power to benefit you for years or even a lifetime thereafter.
1. Malaysia-“It was a backpackers dream. It’s affordable, easy to get around, and home to cultural sights and kickass nightlife.”
2. New York City-“Whether or not you have a plan, you can just go and walk around. It’s walkable, and there are endless things to do, see, and eat.”
3. The Karoo-It’s safer than Cape Town and less crowded than Kruger. As a solo traveller, a great way to get to know the area is to do some kind of work away program at such a place. Plus, with all of that space and time to feel and think, it can promote a lot of personal growth. Such a desolate landscape, with almost nobody and nothing around, can give you much time and freedom to think and feel, which is one of the greatest benefits of solo travel.
4. Sossusvlei, Namibia-That kind of space to think and feel can really be incredible for personal development. Plus, in Namibia, it’s warm and dry, so the sky is absolutely incredible for stargazing. All of the backpackers and camping accommodations have pools and other common areas, which makes it easy to meet others if you’re solo. It’s also a gorgeous destination in Africa that isn’t crowded and chaotic and is more about the peace and space than anything else.
5. Yubeng, China-Yubeng is a remote village in the Chinese Himalayas that can only be reached by foot or mule. During the hike in, I saw Tibetan prayer flags strung from tree to tree, snow softly falling, and animals roaming freely all throughout the town. There are stupas (mound-like structures containing relics and used for meditation) everywhere.
Yubeng is peaceful in a way that much of the rest of China isn’t. The feeling is hard to explain, but it’s felt by all who pass through. If you’re overwhelmed with the rest of China, seek refuge in Yubeng.