Traveling alone? You’ll want to be sure where you’re going is compatible with your solo status. As with everything else, traveling alone has its pros and cons. Pros: No scheduling conflicts, you can choose every meal, not to mention grab all the glory of travel triumphs (and pitfalls) all to yourself. Cons: Safety is paramount, and there is the ever lingering feeling of loneliness that can turn a fabulous, delicious dinner into a slow form of torture. AOL Travel News wants to make sure those totally surmountable problems don’t stop you from lounging in Iceland’s thermal baths or tucking into a heaping helping of poutine, so they’ve selected the top 8 Destinations For The Solo Traveler.
Ranked ninth on the Global Peace Index, Norway is a must on any solo traveler’s to-do list. The country boasts 21 national parks, legendary fjords, and the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, and food-loving travelers should be sure to taste their distinctive cuisine from pinnekjøtt to Norwegian salmon and from rømmegrøt to reker.
What makes Iceland so ideal for the solo adventurer, though, is their cool and welcoming culture, their unparalleled safety (ranked #1 on the GPI), raw and wild natural elements, unique activities (from thermal baths to the glaciers) and their outstanding cuisine. Dine on smoked lamb, one of over 80 cheeses made locally, tuck into one of a range of sausages, or sip on Icelandic akvavit.
Ranked the 11th safest country in the world, Ireland offers something for every kind of traveler from charming inns and castles to rugged mountains and from delicious fare to strong drinks.
It’s easy to assume that an island of spectacular beauty like Fiji would be expensive, lonely for solo travelers, or both. Not so. Fiji is great for backpackers and travelers on their own for its inexpensive lodgings, welcoming locals, peaceful beaches, and mouth-watering tropical food. Great for diving, horseback riding on the beach, surfing, and learning to fire walk, Fiji has no lack of exploratory adventures.
With the friendliest of countrymen and a culture of adventure, Australia is a great destination for solo travelers. It is one of the top 20 safest countries in the world and, with no language barrier, is among the easiest to navigate. No traveler to Australia can exhaust the enormous list of activities, so boredom and loneliness prove near impossible here. Don’t forget to try toast with Vegemite for breakfast — a national treasure.
For more excellent solo destinations, visit the entire list at AOL Travel News.