Traveling is one of the best pleasures this life has to offer! Traditionally, people traveled in groups the whole history, not because they enjoyed each other’s company all the time, but because traveling alone was almost equal to insanity! I mean, they got stuck in deserts and jungles for days and it took them a few days to get somewhere that’s accessible by a short flight now!
But the world around us has changed since then, just like the norms! A few years ago, it was more expensive to book a cruise ship tour for a solo traveler, or even eating alone at a restaurant. But it’s all changing fast now! If you’re suffering from a breakup, mourning for a loved one, or simply like to have some time to yourself, it’s the best to take a solo trip which is what we’re going to talk about in this post, 10 amazing solo vacations to take right now! Let’s get right into it, ready?
1- Explore Ireland on foot
Everyone knows that Ireland has an outstanding nature. The best way to explore this European gem is by walking around. Visit amazing places like Carrauntoohil—the tallest mountain in the country, Killarney National Park, the quartzite Maumturks mountain range of Connemara, and the ancient Glendalough monastery and go to the first pub you see whenever you need to eat and mingle with locals.
It doesn’t make sense to you now, but “Lang may yer lum reek” means “Long may your chimney smoke”. (It’s the most famous Irish phrase that locals love)
Best time to visit: June, August, or September
2- Say hi to elephants in Thailand
Thailand is the place to go if you’re an elephant lover. Although elephant abuse in Thailand is a thing, you can make a difference by doing it responsibly that would benefit both the elephants and you. Visit the Elephant Nature Park in beautiful Chiang Mai city to watch elephants’ daily life without riding or harming them! You can feed or bathe animals in this center which is lots of fun!
Best time to visit: April to September
3- Work on your Spanish in Costa Rica
If you travel with a friend, you’ll never catch the hosting language as you’ll switch to English most of the time, but travel solo and you see how naturally you start learning the new language without even noticing it. I mean, you can’t always pantomime for everything!
Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in the Latin world to explore alone. This country has outstanding nature, warm locals, and spoiler alert!! Visit the country to find out!
Best time to visit: All year except for on Costa Rican national holidays
4- Rescue turtles in Mexico
Not all people travel to focus on themselves while traveling. Some would like to help the environment at all times! Quintana Roo, Mexico, is where cute small turtles are fortunate for getting help from responsible locals. Join local groups like Akumal Turtle Camp, a program that’s been hosted by the Akumal Ecological Center (CEA) since 1993. They take it very seriously and even offer in-class educational sessions for volunteers. The only commitment they need from you is 1 month of your time!
Best time to visit: April to October
5- Cycle thru Jordan and Israel
Nothing is stopping you from becoming the second Indiana Jones! Jordan and Israel are fascinating small countries that can be cycled in about 3-4 weeks. Visit amazing places like Petra, Wadi Rum, and the capital, Amman in Jordan, explore the dead sea from the Jordanian and Israeli side, as well as the magical Jerusalem and busy busy Tel Aviv in Israel!
Best time to visit: January to September
6- Drive around Iceland
Travelers ranked Iceland as the eight-most beautiful country in the world. This Northern European island country would surprise you with its nature, peaceful people, and of course those crazy clean technologies to generate electricity. Being the world’s safest country guarantees the smoothest experience for solo travelers.
Fly to Reykjavik, rent a car, and hit the road. You’ll pull over every five minutes to watch all of those breathtaking waterfalls and glaciers. The easiest route would be the Ring Road (Route 1) which is amazing, but to take even more out of your Iceland road trip, catch some of southern Iceland’s greatest hits like Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss, along the Golden Circle route.
Gas price in Iceland: 1.72 USD (213.38 ISK per liter) or 6.51 USD per gallon.
Best time to visit: Early May, before the summer crowds descend
7- Live Like a Local in Nepal
Nepal is among the cheapest countries to live in the world. For about $800 a month, you can have a modest life in Nepal and explore farming villages, visit monasteries, and if you’re at that level, climb Mt. Everest in the Himalayas. Nepal is an inspiring country where you can focus on your inner self and figure out your mission in life!
Best time to visit: Between October and December
8- Explore Madeira, Portugal, on Foot
Portugal is one of the safest and most beautiful countries in Europe and the whole world. Walk for 15 kilometers (9 miles) a day and explore the coastal views, sleepy fishing villages, and sheltered forests in the Madeira region. known for its harbor, gardens, and Madeira wine cellars, Funchal, the capital is also a must-see place in Madeira.
Best time to visit: April to mid-June
9- Take a Hiking Vacation in Vermont
If you’re a hiking lover, you should definitely consider taking a solo hiking vacation in Vermont. I mean, who doesn’t like escaping to the pristine mountains of Vermont in the morning and get spa treatments in the afternoon? Gotta enjoy those trails!
Best time to visit: Mid-May to Early October
10- Spot Rare Wildlife in Madagascar
Madagascar is mostly known in the West by the Madagascar series. Believe it or not, this island country in Africa is even more diverse in nature than what you can think of. Spot animals that you can’t even think of, and visit the Avenue of the Baobabs in the early morning to fall in love with this fabulous African nation.
Best time to visit: April to mid-December