If you’re looking to expose yourself to strange new countries and cultures, then it’s a great idea to do it when you’re young. That way, you’ll be able to make better use of the wisdom you’ve accumulated; having discovered more of yourself, you’ll cope better with later life. Moreover, you probably won’t have quite the same commitments and responsibilities when you’re young, which means the freedom to explore everything that planet earth has to offer. I had the opportunity to do this when I participated in the Florida State University Study Abroad programme. It’s the reason I am now living in London.
Why Travel Solo?
Most of us, for understandable reasons, hesitate before heading out of the country on our own. It can be a lonely experience, and if something goes wrong, there’s no-one there to help out and offer consolation.
But while these might seem like downsides, they’re precisely the reason that so many actually prefer solo travel. Without any crutches to lean on, you’ll have to stand on your own two feet. And once you’ve overcome one minor challenge, you’ll begin to build up a sense of self-worth and independence. It’s this factor that many female solo-travellers reports as being critical. Once you have a few trips under your belt, you’ll begin to take a more relaxed approach to the whole enterprise of travelling.
Planning in Advance
Any holiday should be planned, as much as possible, in advance. This will allow you to get the best deals on transport and accommodation and ensure that you don’t miss anything worthwhile when you reach your destinations. Of course, one of the great things about travelling solo is that you won’t have to make compromises: you’ll have the freedom to do just about anything you like, any time you like.
Travel by Boat
A river cruise, from a reputable company like Jules Verne, offers a fantastic opportunity to see a significant slice of a country in grand style. It’ll make a welcome break from the drab confines of an airport, and you’ll have lots of the technical details ironed out for you.
You don’t want that all-important sense of freedom and exploration to be encumbered by an overly heavy case. Go instead for something that can be easily dragged from hotel to hotel, and which will fall within your airline’s baggage limits.
I have had a lot of success with just a backpack for all my camera gear and a carry on full of packing cubes.
Where to Visit?
The world is packed with amazing destinations for solo female travellers. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
You’ll get a wonderful sense of remoteness from hiking in this part of the world. Among the must-see parts of Peru are the ruins of Machu Picchu, which are among the few Inca ruins spared by the Spanish invaders back in the 16th century.
For those living in London, you do not need to travel halfway around the planet to take in some impressive sights: just over the Irish sea you’ll find rolling green landscapes, and more brewery tours than you could reasonably conquer in a week.
On the other hand, if you’d prefer to travel a bit further, there’s New Zealand to consider. Packed with jaw-dropping mountainous terrain and amazing sounds, this island nation has an enormous amount to offer adventure holidaymakers – as well as fans of The Lord of the Rings.
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