Have a passport and will travel – even if solo? You are off to a good start. Next you just need to decide where that passport will take you.
Let’s face it, the world is a big place, and as much as you may want to see it all, you just may have to start ticking off the list one place at a time. So how do you decide where is a good place to go travel solo?
We spoke to adventure travel experts, Intrepid, to find out where is good for solo travellers and why it should be on your hit list.
India is a feast for the senses and can seem overwhelming to explore on your own. For solo travellers getting their first taste of India, Intrepid Travel recommends the ‘golden triangle’ from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur. You’ll get to see the iconic highlights like the Taj Mahal and the scenic Moata Lake, leaving you more confident to return a second time to get off the beaten path.
Language barriers and the logistical and physical challenge of Machu Picchu might put some solo travellers off. But in a small group, you’ll have people to feel the burn in your thighs with, as solos retrace the steps of the Incas, explore vibrant markets and meet locals.
Female solo travellers could be overwhelmed by the prospect of travelling solo in Morocco where women are viewed in a more conservative sense than in our own culture. But it’s a shame to let this perception hold you back from seeing the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, endless sands of the Sahara or the spice markets of Marrakech.
The loud vibrancy of Mexico could deter some travellers who choose to travel solo. Intrepid suggests joining a small group tour themed around food so travellers are with like-minded people who share a passion for tacos, burritos and tequila!
Despite Vietnam becoming a staple favourite for Aussies, the bustle and sheer fear of crossing the road can put off solo travellers. But, the experience outweighs the initial nerves – from French influence in Hanoi, the majestic beauty of Halong Bay, the shopping experiences to be had in Hoi An and the rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City – being a solo traveller is no excuse not to experience Vietnam.
For more information on these destinations go to www.intrepidtravel.com/about/solo-travel