The man who goes out alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. – Henry David Thoreau
Traveling alone is the single best gift you can give yourself.You should travel alone, even if it is just once in your life. There is something about solo travel that connects you deeper to the person you are. There are also experiences you would not otherwise have had if you were in a company of other travelers.
As wonderful as it is to travel alone, there are fears and concerns that keep a lot of people from doing just that. Safety concerns are growing everyday and places that used to be secure, are not anymore. Still, if you really want to to experience solo travel, there are places that you can go to without worrying too much about safety.
This is a list of 5 solo travel places that are known for being safe. One thing they all seem to have in common is that they are all in urban areas. If you are traveling alone, it is always wiser to keep to the city and stay on the beaten tracks. For people like me who like to wander, this can be hard, but it is safer.
Best Places for Solo Travel
This is a no-brainer as Iceland tops the list of the world’s safest countries. If you are looking for a new place to explore where your safety is assured, then you should put this Nordic nation at the top of your list.
If you are interested in eco tourism, you will enjoy the famous Laugavegur trek between volcanoes and glaciers. You should also plan a trip to see the Northern lights while you are at it.
Paris is a popular destination for couples. As a matter of fact it is often referred to as ‘the cit of love’. So if you are reluctant to tackle Paris alone, it is understandable. However, don’t let that discourage you. Go on tours, take walks down famous Parisian streets and whatever you do, eat outdoors.
If you love to travel to experience new cuisine and flavours, then you would absolutely love Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya in Spain. It has 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a great transport system. There are lots of nice hotel accomodation. It is also known to be a very safe city.
Ireland is a really beautiful country and Dublin is a lovely city to visit. If you are traveling solo, this is one place that should be on your list. One thing you will enjoy is the free walking tours especially if you get a guide who is really knowledgeable about the history. Oh and you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Guinness factory.
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is another country that tops the world safety index. In other words, it is incredibly safe for solo travelers. Queenstown is the adventure capital of the country as every adventure sport you can think of can be found here. If you like things tame though, it is also a great place for backpacking.
What is your best solo travel destination?