Choosing the destination for your first trip alone can be a challenge, so, having travelled to countries across the world I thought I would share with you the best places to travel alone. Bear in mind though that these places are based on my experiences, and to get the best out of a destination you need to hang out where the locals frequent and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation.
The Greeks are the friendliest that I have come across on my travels; they’re always accommodating and when they see you sat on your own they come over and chat to you, especially in restaurants. I’ve travelled to Kos, Crete, Rhodes, and can recommend them all, although I always stay clear of the popular resorts, so bear this in mind – not all of us like clubbing until the early hours.
New York City
When I announced to my family that I was travelling to New York alone, the panic on their face was amusing, and had they watched fewer films located in the city, they would have realised that it is one of the safest places to visit alone. This is providing you use common sense and stick to the main streets after dark. I love how honest and frank New Yorkers are, and if you want recommendations, they won’t send you to the popular tourist areas.
If you have the time, take half a day to visit Staten Island and travel on the free ferry, alternatively, take the subway to Coney Island and the Lunar Park.
I am a Yorkshireman, but, my home county is one of the friendliest places on the planet, and you don’t have to take it from me, ask anyone that has visited and the response will be the same. Yorkshire people are incredibly warm, friendly, and are always happy to help you. The scenery is spectacular, and a visit to the Yorkshire Dales is a must, especially the little villages where you’ll find a friendly welcome, tasty locally sourced cuisine, and great walks.
My first step into South East Asia was in 2003 and I travelled with trepidation because it was my first long haul flight. While I was only visiting the city for three days en-route to Australia, what stood out to me were the locals. I remember visiting a tiny restaurant just around the corner from the Patronas Twin Towers and while eating the chef came out to chat to me. Every time a Malaysian came into the restaurant the owner would tell them that I was travelling alone from England. It always puts a smile on my face when I think about this experience.
While in Kuala Lumpur visit to Batu Caves, which are only a short journey away from the city centre. Expect to climb a lot of steps, and do not be too afraid of the monkeys who follow you as you walk upto the caves.
The temperature was like nothing I had experienced before, and while sat in a bar I started up a conversation with a guy sat near me who was also drinking alone. We got chatting and I mentioned how nervous I was about swimming but I wanted to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Through pure luck, he ran a tour company that took tourists out to the reef, and invited me on board his boat the next day – not only did I have a fantastic time, but one of his crew members taught me how to snorkel, and what an experience.
While in the area book a tour to the Daintree National Park. It was fun to travel in a Jeep and I met a brilliant bunch of people. Walking through the rainforest and on the remote beaches is an experience you will never forget.
No matter where you’re visiting, you will come across people who are rude, arrogant and just are out to try and con you, but it is important to think of the good experiences you’ve had and not dwell on the negatives. Where would you suggest are the best places to travel alone from your own travel experiences.