It is estimated that two out of five travelers are exploring the realms of the Earth solo. To some, it may seem like a scary venture into unknown lands. To those of us who are adventurers at heart, it’s an exciting new quest in the chapters of our lives.
Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just getting your feet wet for the first time, choosing to travel solo can be a thrilling and wonderfully unusual experience. The freedom, self-growth, and enlightenment that comes with traveling alone is like unlike anything else out there.
If you are looking for your next, or first, solo venture, then pack your bags and head off to one of these top five destinations.
The Heart of India (Spiritual Reflection)
The mystique of India is surrounded by an immense spiritual nature. From the Agra all the way to Varanasi, home of the sacred Ganges River, the culture here is deeply in tune with something that can only be described as divine.
Regardless of what you may believe, immersing yourself in this culture is richly warding. This is for the adventurer who seeks soul searching and reflection.
Japan (Immersive Culture)
With culture rooted deep in rituals, honor, and respect, Japan is a stark contrast from life in the Unites States. Aside from the best sushi in the world, solo travelers can experience the unique mix of ancient and modern facets this country has to offer.
Whether you choose to meditate in one of the Buddhist temples or take a bullet train to the heart of Tokyo, Japan is sure to sweep you off your feet into what seems like whole other world.
The Scottish Highlands (An Easy Transition)
For the adventurer seeking solitude and a mountainous journey, head into the Scottish Highlands. During the day this location offers plentiful hiking via wildlife, and even snow on the tops of the mountains, all of which are perfect for quiet reflection.
You could also take the Speyside Way, a 60mile long trail running along river sand the whole way to the north coast. Throw in whiskey distilleries, outstanding local cuisine, and plenty or B&Bs, and this place becomes an easy starting point for those looking take their first solo venture.
South Africa (Expert Level Adventure)
Adventurers looking for an extra dose of adrenaline will find their fix in South Africa. Cape Town is the perfect locale to set up camp, placing travelers in-between heart racing action like diving with great white and mako sharks or a steep climb to the top of Table Mountain.
Relaxing after such an exhilarating day is made simple by shantytowns and winery tours on horseback. Cap it all off with the chance to see exotic animals exclusive to this continent, and you have nothing short of one spectacular adventure ahead of you.
Thailand (The Starting Point)
Solo travelers looking to hit the backpacking circuit should start their adventure in Thailand with a one-way flight. The area offers a low cost for single rooms as well as their decadent dishes, which anyone would find hard to not gorge themselves on.
Internet cafes allow you to let everyone know you’ve arrived safe and are ready to embark on the next leg of your journey. Small villages rich in a diverse culture and shops that sell unique wares help to ready the mind for a long adventure to come.
Did I mention the food? Thailand is known for some of the most flavorful and downright delicious dishes in the world. What better for an adventurer to prepare for a long trek than by feasting and enjoying the welcoming company of an incredibly friendly culture?
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