Gosh, has it been that long?! Time flies when you’re having fun. My solo travels around the world weren’t all roses (well, maybe if you count a lot of thorns) but I don’t regret a thing. From persuaded to crazy things, such as licking a spicy ant’s butt or feeding giant tuna that snatch my arm around, leaving me confused and swimming straight back to the reeling, I had my fair share of adventures. I went to Australia, over to Japan, South Africa and ended up in the Caribbean on a weekend’s notice. It was a lifetime full of travels but I am not stopping there. And neither should you! I am doing these solo travels for myself but my blog is for you to feel inspired to do the same.
I am no super woman (How I wish I was, imagine the reduced flying costs!) and I had not amazing saving somewhere on the Caiman Islands. I am a terrible cheapskate and often quite broke, which leads me to trouble but also to meeting new amazing people. Have you ever had life-changing conversations with fellow travellers when staying in a hotel? Me neither. It all happened to me when I stayed at hostels and asked others for help or advise. And I am here to share my best-places-to-be advise right here and right now. But don’t forget to tell me YOUR favourite places in the world to help inspire my travels as well. The travel community is all about sharing stories and making the world a traveltastic place.
10 Places You Must See During Your Own Solo Travels
[su_service title=”Cherry Blossoms in Japan” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]Seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan is a breathtaking experience. Thousands of trees lining the alleys and riverbanks across the country, food is dyed pink and everybody is cheerful and on a mission to get a picnic spot.
Did you know about these Jawdropping Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan?
Get the Most out of Travelling Japan for Two Weeks
Lost among Temples and Trees – How to Make the Most of Visiting Nikko
[su_service title=”Grand Canyon, USA” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]The USA has so many amazing national parks and I was lucky to see the Grand Canyon with bits of snow everywhere. The air was crisp, the sunsets colourful and the tourist masses dwindling. It was perfect!
[su_service title=”Hong Kong” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]Hong Kong is one of the most exciting and diverse little countries I saw. Jungles with feral cows, dragon boat races near beach promanades, electronic markets in the city centre and probably the longest escalator – you have got to visit.
[su_service title=”Colourful Sweden” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]What comes to mind when you think of Sweden? Cute red houses in forests? Stockholm and its castle? To me, it’s beach huts in rainbow colours, castles by the beach and monastries with public gardens. Southern Sweden especially has so much to explore.
[su_service title=”Prague, Czech Republic” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]Prague might not be the prettiest European capital, but it is vibrant, full of quirky side alleys and has amazing food if you know what to look out for.
[su_service title=”Esperance, Australia” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]Esperance is one of the most beautiful spots in Australia. You have the white, squeaky beaches, the curious wildlife, the insane blue water and mountains to hike. Plus, you might get a dream beach all to yourself if you walk along the shore a bit. Pick and choose. Life can be good.
[su_service title=”London, England” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]London is a city I have a love-hate relationship with. It always changes, there isn’t a possible reason to be bored with it, it perfectly combines old and new and is just so darn pretty! Hyde park, Notting Hill, the British Museum. But don’t just stop in London, explore the whole country!
[su_service title=”NYC, USA” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]I never expected to fall head over heels for New York City. I thought it was hyped way too much, like Paris. But I was wrong. A mere week didn’t even allow me to see all of Manhattan! So big, so full of diverse areas, nice people, great food, relaxing parks and oh the skyline! Perfect for travel with a buddy or on solo travels.
[su_service title=”Cape Town, South Africa” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]Cape Town has a very unique vibe. No wonder it is the most visited tourist hot spot in all of Africa! Colourful beach huts and Bo Kaap, Malay cuisine, tiniest penguins and whale watching. If you love wine, then you can stop by Stellenbosch.
[su_service title=”Seoul, South Korea” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]If you are in Seoul, check out Hongdae for the tasty street food and the nightly performances of wannabe future popstars. Gangam is best for fancy shopping and parties. To dine well and stock up on vintage furniture, make sure to check out Itaewon.
[su_service title=”Caribbean” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]The Caribbean is a great place to soak up the sun all year round thanks to its warm climate. The islands are all different, you can snorkel, you can hike in rainforests, you can hit the catamaran or board a train through sugar cane fields. Flying between islands is super expensive, better stay on one island or book a cruise (i loved going on a cruise as a solo traveller, by the way).
[su_service title=”Wanaka, New Zealand” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]New Zealand really looks like the scenes you know from Lord of the Rings. Only in real life it is so much better! No matter if you go in winter or summer, it is a perfect place – especially for first-time travellers and backpackers. A good idea to start your solo travels here.
10 Activities You Must Do On Your Own Solo Travels
[su_service title=”Walk around Uluru” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]Do a base walk around Uluru or fly over it. It is the most magical place I have ever encountered and it cannot be captured in photos or videos. You HAVE to see it for yourself. But please do not climb the Ayers Rock.
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Diving Deep and Climbing High from Perth to Exmouth with Aussie Wanderer[/su_service]
[su_service title=”Snorkel Australian reefs” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]It doesn’t have to be the Great Barrier Reef – it has suffered enough with all the masses of tourism and pollution. Why not try the Ningaloo Reef instead and swim with giant manta rays? Just never forget to not approach the wild animals or touch the reef. These animals (yes, corals are animals) are not in a public petting zoo. Watch, don’t touch.
[su_service title=”Wear a hanbok in Seoul” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]If you are in Seoul, there are so many Korean food items you need to try. But to have a spectacular, rent a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, and get free entrance into the palaces. Clapping and cheer wherever you go is free of charge.
How to Rent a Korean Hanbok and Feel Like a Queen
Your Must Try Seoul Hikes in Three Day Trips
[su_service title=”Walk the Hanging Bridges in Costa Rica” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]If you want to visit Costa Rica, you can see four different types of rainforests. One super popular activity is walking the hanging bridges and ziplining through the clouds. It is not as scary as it sounds and so worth it!
An Epic Costa Rica Trip into the Heart of its Forests
In the Heart of Costa Rica with Chachagua Rainforest Hotel
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[su_service title=”Castle Hopping in Germany” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]We have so many castles here in Germany. In the small state of Saxony there are 50 alone! I visited seven castles in three days.
[su_service title=”Go on Safari” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]To see the Big Five once in a Life-Time is on many bucketlists. And rightly so. You can have one near Cape Town, for instance, where you will also be quite safe from any malaria fear. Book a tour (especially good for solo travels), grab your camera (with a big lens) and then spot the giants.
[su_service title=”Fairy Penguins” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]See the world’s tiniest penguins in Australia, for example. You can spot them in Melbourne at St Kilda, go to Philip Island and listen to their strange sounds. They quite resemble ducks in their weird croaking. YOU could also go to Cape Point in South Africa or Dunedin in New Zealand.
[su_service title=”Climb Mountains” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]Even if you are not a big fan of hiking – I certainly wasn’t before I started my solo travels – the views will always be worth it. Just don’t forget to wear good hiking shoes and pack the right equipment.
[su_service title=”Dance in the Streets” icon=”icon: plane” size=”22″]No matter where you are in the world, you need to make the most of it and enjoy every minute. Plug in your headphones, dance like no one is watching, try out new things, challenge yourself and say yes more!