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Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

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Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

A lot of us are more experienced solo travelers and this blog post is probably not geared to us. But from a beginner's point of view it was a good article as it shares ideas to step in to solo travel: solotravelerblog.com/best-destinations-solo-…

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1. Re: Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

I think the ideas for starting off are great. It leaves out the possibility of going on an escorted holiday I believe. I've met a lot of people who do that.

Not sure I would want to set off to the Middle East as a first solo trip, somewhere where the culture is more familiar maybe.

It would be an interesting to start a thread to gather ideas for easy steps to independence.

Edited: 30 June 2011, 01:50
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Good article to post. And a very sensible approach.

Of course being sensible isn't always the best approach. My first solo trip was a 6 week trip around the world.

My daughter had just graduated from university and was going to stay with family friends in Salt Lake City. I went out with her and then took 5 weeks to come home the long way around via Los Angeles (6 hours), Fiji, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Uluru, Port Douglas, Palau, Kosrae, and Kuching in Borneo. I brought my own snorkel gear and had the most wonderful time. (although the snorkelling in Alice Springs and Uluru was not a major attraction)

It is, however, fair to say that these were countries where a fair amount of English is spoken, but except for Fiji, these were all places entirely new to me. I certainly got hooked on solo travel.

I have loved solo trips to New York, Grand Caymen (not 7 mile beach) Belize, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Japan (especially the small west coast cities), Provodenciales, Italy , the Queen Mary 2 transatlantic and a GapAdventures tour to the Galapagos Islands.

I did not enjoy a solo trip to Grand Bahama, but we all make mistakes sometimes.

I think the most important key to enjoying solo travel is to chose a place you really, really want to see, whether for what you hope to find there or just because the name makes your blood race.

I am off to Zanzibar solo at the end of August because, like Borneo, how could you not want to see Zanzibar for yourself!

Edited: 30 June 2011, 02:06
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3. Re: Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

Sue,

I think I have found an intermediate step between tours and complete independence. My trip to Japan was organised by a Bristol company called Inside Japan which has about a dozen "Self Guided Adventures" on its website, basically an itinerary with transport, accommodation and one day of a private guide in Tokyo and Kyoto. I enquired about the Garden Adventure, stretched 2 weeks to 3, dropped one city, added a couple more and ended up with the most marvellous, easy, holiday. The next trip I just gave them a list of places (mostly obtained from their marvelous interactive map) and they sorted out the transport and a wonderful variety of places to stay. I am convinced that the trips cost less than it would have if I organised them myself.

For Zanzibar, I have gone through Expert Africa (although I checked out the suggested hotels on TripAdvisor) mostly from timidity about my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa and an intensive work schedule which, I hope, will enable me to pay for the trip.

I don't think these trips reflect a failure of nerve (at least I sorted out the October trip to Rome, Florence and Pompeii by myself) but it does lessen the gamble.

I think Japan is just about perfect for solo travel, in part because it is so clean and safe and kind to visitors. (and Inside Japan gives you a 24 hour English speaking telephone number in Japan to call in case of emergency)

but it may be perfect for me because I have been fascinated by Japanese art and culture since my teens. (My cat at university was named Basho).

Which brings me back to my original suggestion: Go to a place where you are so interested in what you are experiencing that there is no time to me afraid.

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Zanzibar is on my list. Please let me know when you post reviews or trip reports Leagle. Working on Pompeii, or trying to do - life seems to keep getting in the way at the moment.

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I don't know if there is a possible list of ideal destinations for solo travellers, I would rather say there are better destinations, and destinations to avoid (typical family resort hotels).

As for myself I choose safe destinations (but I understand some people choose different options), with a lot of things to do (or to see), or sometimes beach destinations (with less activities).

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Odd how two posters have both recommended the same Egyptian travel company on the same day.

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I have changed my mind since my previous post.

There are better destinations than others for solo travellers, places where it's easy to chat with other people.

This summer I have spent 8 days in Las Vegas, and it's definitevely one of the best destination fo solo travellers. Many people think the same on the Las Vegas forum.

Here are a few examples:

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tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g45963-i10-k305523…

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Interesting article with some good tips. I'll have to disagree in part though as I DON't think Jordan is a very good choice for solo female travellers. I spent a few days solo in Amman before joining an intrepid tour, and it's the only city in the world where I have been abused simply for walking down the street alone. I was appropriately dressed (ie I was wearing loose clothing, long sleeves and long pants) and simply walked out of the hotel in broad daylight to have a look around and grab some lunch. I had men spit at me, make lewd gestures come up to me and yell in my face (not sure what they were saying as I dont speak Arabic). Needless to say after a fairly short time I was back in my hotel. Luckily a couple of others from the tour arrived early and i was able to venture out again "appropriately" accompanied by a male. Other girls in my group told of similar experiences. We encountered this sort of behaviour again on the ferry between Jordan and Egypt.

I've had fantastic experiences travelling solo through other countries (Egypt, Greece, Spain, Turkey, US, Hong Kong western europe etc) but for Jordan I suggest females (particularly younger females) join a group unless you can pass for a local in looks.

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10. Re: Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

South East Asia is fantastic for solo travelers - another big plus point is that it is also much cheaper than other destinations. I would suggest Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Bali for first timers. There a lot of solo travelers around the world in this region as well. My first solo travel was in Paris and I didnt speak the language...so that didnt pan out too well for me...