We can’t deny that travelling rewards you exciting experiences and makes you feel liberated and renewed. As a girl with a crazy heart for travel, I am always looking for new places to explore, whether I am travelling solo or not.
Being a solo traveller is thrilling. You have a map in one hand, your suitcase in the other and a jump in your step as you scoot along to your destination. You decide when you want a coffee and how your day will go. You meet amazing people from different cultures from all over the world when you drink a beer at the hostel bar. Your friend list on Facebook quickly grows, and you find yourself with new couches to sleep on around the world.
I know that as Asians, we are inhibited. Our fears sometimes hold us back (too much). As a millennial traveller, it’s time to meet uncertainty head-on and take the plunge! There’s no time to lose. I personally believe every young person should travel solo at least once in his or her life. Whether it is a simple weekend trip in your home country, or 6,000 miles to a new country, every travel experience (good or bad) is worth it, I promise.
Here’s why these five travel locations are perfect for the young solo traveller.
5 Travel Locations Perfect For The Young Solo Traveller
1. New Zealand
The best country to date. New Zealand is a country that stole my heart and still has not given it back. From glaciers to caves and beaches, New Zealand has it all. The country offers fantastic outdoor experiences, where you can breath fresh air and see stunning sights. It is a very international country, with visitors from all over the world.
Through my experience, I met individuals from China, Germany, Sweden, France and more. Everyone had an open and friendly heart, eager to meet others from around the world.
New Zealand ranks high in all aspects of safety, friendliness and easy transport. It is ideal for the solo traveller, because it is a top destination for solo backpackers. Because of this, you have hundreds of other young people in the same situation as you, eager to make friends and have fun.
If you spend time on my blog, you will quickly discover my deep love for Austria. The snow capped mountains, charming people, crystal clear lakes and culture is ideal for the young traveller. A quiet country, Austria sits between Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Italy. Being small, the cities are fairly quite and safe. Once you introduce yourself, you will find the Austrians to be extremely helpful and kind. Once on a hike in Innsbruck, I stumbled around the hiking trails, looking utterly confused as to where to go. That day, a nice Austrian gentleman not only pointed me in the right direction, but he hiked with me, encouraged me to practiced my German and told me stories of the local area. It was the perfect experience for a solo traveller. In Austria, you can spend a week exploring Innsbruck, Salzburg, Hallstatt and Vienna.
If you follow travel news, Switzerland hits the charts every year for the safest and friendliest travel destination. From East to West, this country offers small lake towns and multicultural experiences. As a solo traveller, make Zurich your starting point. During my time in Zurich, I walked miles and miles between my hostel and the city center. I choose to do so, because I caught a glimpse into the daily life of the Swiss. The Swiss would smile and wave as they drove by, and were eager to help when I asked for directions. I have never felt so safe in a city, and the local hostels offered opportunities to meet amazing people from all over the world.
Off the grid, Slovenia is another break taking location that I am just itching to return to. Ljubljana is a charming city, with beautiful photography locations. It is also very central, offering day trips to surrounding caves, beautiful lakes and more. I rank this country high, because of its easy access. From Vienna, you can take a train, the city is on the Hop-on Hop-off bus system and the FlixBus travels frequently to this location. Still off the radar, visit this beautiful place as a solo traveller, before it is discovered.
Rolling bright, green hills and bagpipes, Scotland is the perfect country to disappear into the highlands. The people are kind and the lifestyle slow.
A Scotland experience consists of sipping Scotland whisky, taking pictures of Highland cows and searching for the Loch Ness monster. Scotland is not short of adventures. The culture of Scotland is easy-going and friendly.
This is perfect for the solo traveller, because the locals are easy to approach and converse with. A perfect place for your first solo trip abroad, Scotland will keep you on your toes with countless adventures.
Being a young solo traveller is exhilarating but also scary. I was terrified on my first solo trip to Europe. I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be one of the best experiences in my life. One year later, I still think about the fantastic time that I had abroad.
Take these five perfect travel locations for the young solo traveller to heart. Point your feet in the right direction and go. You will come back with amazing stories to tell.