You’ve decided to take the plunge in the world of travel – congratulations! But wait, have no one to go with? Have no fear, here’s a list of the best places to go to on your first ever solo travel that’s not part of the normal Banana Pancake Trail.
Seoul, South Korea
Little known for backpackers, this place is buzzing with foreigners (if you know where to look and is in the mood for a bit of an adventure). Stay at a hostel in Hongdae, a place known for its university vibe and clubbing.
The beaches of the Philippines are slowly making their marks in the world of backpacking. Go to Coron or El Nido, Palawan, party in Boracay Island, or trek in the rice fields in Banaue. There are friendly people all around with plenty of other tourists that you can hang out and travel around with, too, from the various hostels you’ll be staying in. Did I mention that everyone can understand English in this country? Yes, even if you go to the various provinces, anyone can still understand you. Can you say this isn’t like your normal South East Asian country?
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sun, sea, sand, and beautiful people: what more can you ask for? This is a country with some of the nicest people in the world but always proceed with caution. Like any other country that’s fighting poverty and corruption, just be aware of your surroundings and look after your things!
England, Scotland & Wales
Looking for a place that is closer to what you know? Try the UK. Albeit expensive, they speak English everywhere you go. Plus there is history in almost every corner that you walk to. There’s always plenty to see, and the transportation system is very efficient. If you are trying to dip your toes into longer term travel, then this is just the perfect place to start.
Expensive as hell, but Australia is one of the few places to go to if you wanted to work and go on holiday at the same time. They have the working holiday visa (costs 420 AUD), which enables you to stay in Australia for a year and work at various jobs. Granted this has an age limit, but who wouldn’t want a chance to be an expat and explore the country at the same time?
Enjoy your travels. You only live once. There are multiple ways to fund your expenses while you travel alone but we will cover that in another post next time!