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Some people find the notion of navigating foreign countries alone daunting. Others are thrilled by the chance to embrace freedom and travel on their own terms.
I would say it’s time to step outside your comfort zone and feel the wanderlust running through you. Don’t let your gender, finances, fears, and other obstacles inhibit your dreams. There are many female, budget, and solo traveler-friendly spots across the globe.
So, are you ready to embark on a solo adventure and have the time of your life? Out there, a fairytale destination is waiting just for you. Here are 5 must-see destinations for solo travelers that should be on your bucket list.
The Highlands, Scotland
The pristine and majestic scenery of the Scottish Highlands leaves no one indifferent. It is a rugged and rough landscape all right, but that is exactly the beauty of it. You are able to get off the grid a bit and feel the pristine nature around you. Let your imagination run wild; you might even spot a fairy, giant, or the Loch Ness monster!
All in all, the Highlands is a great wild frontier for those who adore active vacations and don’t mind getting their heart pumping a bit. There are also more castles than what you see in an entire season of Game of Thrones. In addition, you can stop by Edinburgh for a few days; just resist the temptation to stay in the comfort of the city and get out an explore!
Byron Bay, Australia
When thinking about Australia, booming cities like Sydney and Melbourne first pop into mind, but what about something a bit calmer and different, a place where you can unwind? Well, Byron Bay is a well-kept secret with a population of about 5,000 souls. It is a mesmerizing coastal town with iconic beachside locations.
The good news is that finding suitable Byron Bay accommodation is easy. There are some amazing resorts you should consider. You are surrounded by the rainforest where you’re able to enjoy the bliss of day spas, poolside cocktail sipping, high-grade restaurant menus, stress-melting yoga classes and other amenities. Finally, you also get a chance to visit Cape Byron, the easternmost point of mainland Australia.
Fiji, South Pacific
As a solo traveler, you may think that a tropical paradise is outside your financial reach — but think again. Fiji is a popular destination for backpackers who are traveling on a budget. This dazzling pearl of the South Pacific Ocean is actually an archipelago of 330 islands.
Everyone can find a serene sanctuary out there and live some time like a local, in tune with the blessings Mother Nature so generously offers. English is one of the official languages of the country so you can enjoy the island life without any fuss. Soak in the tropical sun and lie on white sands while the waves lull you.
Easter Island, Chile
Chile is a solo traveler’s dream come true. Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, it is one of the longest countries in the world with a slew of attractions for tourists. The range is simply out of this world: you can visit towering summits, marvel at the glaciers and fjords, explore the world’s driest desert, and head to the Easter Island if you really want a primeval experience. I would not miss the chance to visit the world’s most isolated island. Of course, you can see 887 well-preserved monumental statues, called Maoi, whose origin is shrouded in mystery. Apart from that, people come to this remote stretch of land for diving, beach life, and surfing.
Finland is a true winter wonderland. The magical nature enthralls with its untamed wilderness, but if you want a bit of comfort, you can easily visit some of the many towns and ski resorts. In the summer season, you have 24-hours of sunlight, while winters invite darkness to overtake the land.
So, yes, you can do things like catch sun rays at midnight and if you are lucky, you may witness the spellbinding Aurora Borealis, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. One great plus is that Finland is incredibly safe for foreign solo travelers. So, find your peace and quiet and expand your horizons up North.
The world is your oyster
For many travelers, solo adventures are risky and scary. Still, done right, they can be utterly indulgent, smooth, and delightful.
In fact, you can rest assured that traveling solo is one of the most liberating and rewarding experiences of all. It’s not some sort of a last resort, but a voyage of self-discovery and empowerment.
So, don’t hesitate to take matters into your own hands. Weigh your options and dive in. Wander the world with the wind in your sails and explore awe-inspiring sites and scenery. Get away from the daily hustle and bustle and go find yourself out there.
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