13 Feb Solo Travel: Top Destinations and How to Stay Safe While You’re There
Are you looking to take a solo vacation?
Taking a solo trip can be absolutely transformative. Solo travel can boost your self-esteem, independence, confidence, mental health, and more.
But, when travelling alone, you need to make sure you choose the right destination most suitable for holidays for singles. Some places are simply more accommodating and safer for independent travellers.
So, where should you go?
Check out this guide to learn about the best holidays for singles and how to stay safe when there.
1. New Zealand
New Zealand is hands down one of the best places to visit when travelling independently.
A land of enchanted landscapes, New Zealand offers its visitors incredible glaciers, lush forests, breathtaking beaches, and jaw-dropping fjord lands.
Here you can nerd out over all things Tolkein, partake in a number of different trekking adventures, attend a raucous All Blacks rugby game, or go for a solo road trip.
Some of the best cities for solo travelers in New Zealand include:
Spain is another excellent destination for solo travel.
While it definitely helps to speak a bit of Spanish here, you can get by just knowing English.
The great thing about Spain is that there’s something to do here for every type of traveller. If you’re into partying, we suggest checking out the infamous island of Ibiza. Then, when it’s time to lay your party pants to rest, we suggest heading over to the much quieter island of Formentera.
While peaceful, this island has yet to be discovered by honeymooners and love birds, so you won’t feel out of place while you sip your sangria on the beach.
Other great places for solo travelers to check out in Spain include:
- San Sebastian
Thailand is a mecca for independent travellers who are looking to stretch their dollar a little further. In fact, this country is such a haven for solo travellers that traveling couples tend to be the odd ones out in this country.
Known as the land of smiles, Thailand is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a healthy dose of tropical paradise and unique culture. And, although English isn’t widely spoken in this country, people will often go out of their way to help you here. Plus, most people who work in the tourism industry know enough basic English to help you get by.
As a solo traveller, one of the best things to do in Thailand is to attend a full moon party. These all-night beach parties originated on the island of Koh Phangan in 1985. Due to their popularity with tourists, you can now find a full moon party on pretty much every island. And some places even have half-moon and quarter-moon parties.
When it’s time to relax, we suggest heading to the island of Koh Lipe or Koh Lanta.
And, don’t forget that Thailand is also one of the best and most affordable places to get your scuba diving certification, so be sure to add this to your list as well.
Seeing as Paris is known as the city of love, it would be easy to dismiss France altogether from a lone traveller’s POV.
But, there’s plenty to see in France that doesn’t involve lovers smooching under the Eiffel Tower.
One of the best cities to visit outside of Paris is definitely Nice. Nice is the fifth-largest city in France and it provides its visitors with year-round sunshine and a vibrant mix of cultures.
Some other great cities in France worth exploring that allow you to escape the romantic crowd include:
Last but not least we have Canada.
Canada is beautiful, friendly, and although it’s quite large, it’s incredibly easy to navigate. You can explore one of the world’s most beautiful and famous national parks, Banff, or you can head to the posh city of Vancouver and rent yourself a swanky hotel.
Canadians are some of the friendliest people in the world, so you’ll undoubtedly make friends with locals during your trip.
Staying Safe While Travelling Solo
Now that you know about some of the best destinations for solo travellers, let’s talk about what you can do to stay safe when travelling.
Here are some of the top tips to keep in mind:
1. Research Your Destination Beforehand
Even if you’re not the type to plan out an itinerary for your trip, for safety reasons, it’s still very important that you research your destination beforehand.
By doing this, you’ll be able to learn about which neighborhoods are the safest to stay in and which ones you should avoid. You’ll also be able to learn about common crimes in the area to watch out for.
For example, if you’re traveling to Prague, then you’ll definitely want to keep your eyes out for pickpockets.
2. Schedule Arrivals During Daylight
Whether you’re flying into your destination country or taking a train from one city to the next, you should always schedule your arrivals during daylight hours.
This way, you’ll not only feel safer, but you’ll be able to find your accommodation more easily and you’ll have better luck at finding a taxi.
3. Learn Emergency Phrases and Phone Numbers
While learning new languages may not be your thing, you should always take the time to learn a few emergency phrases in the local language.
It’s also important to know that the local emergency number too and always keep this on hand.
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4. Don’t Be Afraid to Lie
Getting to know locals is a very fun part of travelling by yourself.
However, don’t be afraid to bend the truth if someone is asking you questions that make you feel uncomfortable.
People may ask you if you’re married or single, if you’re travelling by yourself, or where you’re staying. These are all examples of questions that you shouldn’t feel the need to answer honestly if you feel uncomfortable.
Holidays for Singles: Are You Ready for Your Solo Trip?
Now that you know about the best holidays for singles, it’s time to start planning your trip.
And, to ensure that you stay extra safe during your travels, we suggest downloading our SAFE App. Perfect for solo travellers, SAFE combines live tracking, location check-in, geo-fencing, and one-touch emergency alerting.
Here are a few more reasons you should download the app:
- Always be in the know of local incidents and alerts and stay ahead of any security threats to the Country you are travelling in.
- If you find yourself in need of any medical attention, with a touch of a button you can easily locate the nearest hospital and know how to get there.
- If you do find yourself travelling at night and feel uneasy to do so, feel safe in the knowledge that simply activating the SOS facility opens a two-way audio with the 24/7 UK based Alarm Receiving Centre, who can track your location and disgreetly assist your emergency.
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