Lately I’ve been reflecting on the final six 1/two years of solo traveling about the planet, and considering about what the correct ideal adventures had been that I’d had on my personal. With virtually my whole life more than that time devoted to wandering, there have been so lots of experiences that had been enriching, thoughts-boggling, and at times planet shifting.
We all travel for diverse factors. Perhaps it is just to really feel an adrenaline rush, to encounter what Italian meals really tastes like in Italy, or to have a groundbreaking realization that adjustments the course of our whole lives.
The following are some of the most remarkable experiences I’ve had as a solo female traveler, from the culinary to the boundary-pushing, the heart warming to the paradigm-shifting:
1. Hiking the Eight Day O Circuit in Torres del Paine, Chilean Patagonia
Patagonia is one particular of these locations that, no matter how considerably you create it up in your thoughts, it will exceed expectations. The glacier-carved and capped mountains are so striking, and they look to be situated just proper to reflect the sunsets and sunrises. It is all so dramatic that it leaves me speechless with each and every turn and bend in the trail. Even though the entire area is remarkable, it was the circuit in Torres del Paine that took me to the Southern Patagonian ice field, brought me to watch the sunrise illuminate the popular tower-shaped Torres peaks, and showed me that I’m capable of backpacking for eight strong days.
Certain it is a challenge, but most worthwhile items in life are. This can be completed from late November till early April most years. You can study a lot more about how to do it right here.
two. Solo Road Tripping via the American Southwest
Even following traveling all more than the planet, I’m convinced that the American Southwest has some of the most dramatic and varied landscape there is. From the remarkable Rockies and the canyons carved by the Colorado River, to the vast deserts of Nevada and California and the deep orange of southern Utah, this is one particular of the ideal locations in the planet for outdoorsy sorts.
I took a solo camper van adventure right here a couple of years ago and it nonetheless one particular of the ideal memories I have. Solo stargazing devoid of any individual visible in any path is humbling and however so freeing. You can study a lot more right here about my itinerary and some of Utah’s ideal off the beaten path locations to create a trip of your personal.
three. Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland
It is virtually unfair how stunning Iceland is. It is the type of spot exactly where you just cease pointing out waterfalls mainly because there are so lots of. It is also been rated the safest nation in the planet, and regardless of whether you go there entirely on your personal or join a tour, Iceland is amazing for 1st time solo female travelers.
I drove along the Ring Road (here’s my itinerary) in October and saw the northern lights 3 instances! There’s actually no way to describe them or substitute for seeing them oneself.
Despite the fact that they’re not visible in the summer time due to the midnight sun, I’m taking a group of adventurous ladies to Iceland this summer time for a hike in the highlands that National Geographic named one particular of the 20 most stunning hikes in the planet. You can come across out a lot more right here.
four. Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat, Western Papua, Indonesia
I bear in mind exclaiming more than and more than when swimming in the tiny curves on deserted islands in Raja Ampat that I was ruined and that there could be no far better nor a lot more stunning adventure than that. The diving was remarkable, with enormous schools of fish, manta rays, and sharks. But what I actually loved about it was how stunning and wild the islands had been. I felt like I was in Jurassic Park minus the dinosaurs!
I joined a liveaboard dive boat that cruised via the location for 11 days, supplying 3 dives per day. It was the best way to see it as a solo traveler. You can study a lot more right here.
five. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Speak about humbling! In Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, you can join a guided tour and trek into the jungle to see the gorillas in their all-natural habitat. The severely endangered animals know that humans will not hurt them, and tolerated us finding fairly close! Seeing the silverback gorilla and the tiny babies beating their chests to imitate him was even a lot more remarkable than I believed it could be, and I had actually higher expectations!
Even even though the price tag tag is fairly astronomical at $600 for a permit, this is one particular of these experiences that you will never ever overlook. It is not super uncomplicated to do independently but I have directions on how to do so right here. Alternatively, you can join a tour that requires care of the logistics for you, which you can also study about in the exact same post.
six. Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal
The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is fairly equivalent to the Everest base camp trek in terms of length and altitude. Nonetheless, it is just a bit a lot more stunning and ever so slightly significantly less well-known. I began this trail solo but it is so uncomplicated to meet persons that I created pals promptly who I am nonetheless close with to this day.
The road keeps extending farther up the mountain which can shorten the trail drastically, but it is ordinarily a 14-day trail that could be created longer or shorter based on if you add on Poon Hill and the Annapurna Sanctuary, which I did. It was the 1st time I had ever attempted a multi-day hike, and when hard, it was so rewarding to full the trail and peaceful in these tiny mountain villages. It is also created a lot more accessible by becoming a teahouse trek, which indicates that you do not will need to carry any meals or camping gear mainly because there are restaurants and simple huts to sleep in all along the way. You can study a lot more about how to do it independently right here.
7. Driving the Road to Hana in Maui
The Road to Hana on Maui is popular for its 600+ turns and wealth of roadside attractions. There are so lots of waterfalls and black sand beaches along the way, not to mention a dreamy bamboo forest at the finish. It is an absolute need to-do when you are on Maui, which is surprisingly amazing for solo female travelers!
With no getting a navigator, figuring out when to turn off can be a bit hard on the Road to Hana, unless you have an app which tells you when to turn. I have the ideal stops and a hyperlink to the app on my Road to Hana Guide.
eight. A 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat in Thailand
Speak about earth-shattering! If you really feel named to attempt it, a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat certainly will have a profound influence on you. For me, I became so considerably a lot more conscious of what I have a tendency to fixate on and how my thoughts operates. Meditation is a lifelong practice and 10 days is a substantial undertaking for a 1st-timer, but it is also a way to develop into master of your thoughts rather than unconsciously driven by them, as most humans are.
The retreat at Wat Suan Mokkh is no-frills and fairly regular, but if you want to know oneself on a considerably deeper level than you ever previously had, I encourage you to appear into it. There are other, considerably a lot more comfy retreats out there that can price upwards of hundreds of dollars, and there are lots of disciplines in the planet as effectively. This is the 1st one particular I ever did and I do consider it is a bit hard, but for some persons that yields the ideal final results. You can study about my encounter right here.
9. Freediving with Humpback Whales in Tonga
To date, this is possibly the most remarkable animal encounter trip I’ve had. Think about jumping into the water and seeing enormous humpback whales twirling and swelling underneath you. There are no cages, no fences, and no vehicles amongst you and these majestic creatures. My 1st jump in, I cried. It was so stunning and humbling. I saw singing whales, heat runs with a dozen whales swimming beneath me, and mothers and calves. We spent six days in the water undertaking absolutely nothing but swimming with whales. It was one particular of the most stunning and spiritual weeks of my life.
Tonga is one particular of the couple of nations in the planet that permits persons to swim with whales. There are heavy regulations prohibiting a lot more than a couple of swimmers in the water at a time, which means that as the reputation grows, so does the demand for the restricted spaces. If you are dying to attempt it, there are a couple of spaces left with the new enterprise that I went with. You can study about my encounter right here.
10. Dining at Tsurutokame in Tokyo
For my fellow meals lovers out there (which is every person, proper?), a correct kaiseki encounter in Tokyo is a need to-do! Kaiseki is the highest meals tradition of Japanese cuisine and is a lot more of an encounter than basically a meal. The chefs prepare and present course following course of delicately handcrafted cuisine that they have fairly actually devoted their lives to perfecting. The purpose why Tsurutokame is so noteworthy is their completely female chef-led restaurant. It is one particular of its type in Tokyo exactly where female chefs are nonetheless virtually unheard of.
This is in the major 3 meals of my life, and they even adopted a entirely vegan menu for me! You can study a lot more about how to book right here.
11. Marveling at the Rice Terraces in Yunnan, China
I do not know about you, but Asian history just astounds me with how far back some of the nonetheless-functioning strategies and traditions go. The rice terraces in Yunnan province, close to the border with Vietnam, completely illustrate this. These terraces are thousands of years old and when they fill in with water, they build a specifically amazing mirror for the sunset sky.
This portion of the planet is only starting to open up to tourism, even though the secret is out, which tends to make it a bit less difficult to access now for Western guests. You can study a lot more about my encounter right here.
12. Backcountry Backpacking in Alaska
If Torres del Paine was an introduction to backpacking, then venturing into Alaska is the subsequent level up. I’ve completed two eight-day backpacking trips in the Alaskan backcountry now and even even though you are virtually assured to get rained on, it can be cold, and the terrain is harsh, you can bank on spending most of your time entirely unaware that human civilization even exists. I never ever knew how considerably I necessary and craved that till I seasoned it.
I saw a lot of elks, moose, and even a distant bear. Charting a course with a map and compass, this was actually one particular of the most adventurous experiences I’ve ever had. Even though I would never ever propose going out there alone, you can join hiking groups for an remarkable, adventurous encounter. I brought 12 girls on their 1st backpacking trip final summer time and it was a blast! Keep tuned as we could offer you a further one particular in the future.
13. Seeing Kawah Ijen’s Blue Flames in Indonesia
Even though word has gotten out and I know that this is a considerably a lot more well-known hike than when I did it six years ago, there is virtually no parallel to seeing the remarkable blue flames in East Java, Indonesia.
Start the hike at two-3am and hike in with the stars, see the flames, and head to the crater rim for sunrise. This one particular is absolutely on the highlight reel of my life. Study a lot more about how to do it right here.
14. Kayaking with Beluga Whales in Manitoba, Canada
Think about kayaking in the bay and feeling a tiny bump on the bottom of your kayak followed by a cheeky white Beluga face smiling at you from beneath the water. That is what it is like going to Churchill, Manitoba in the summer time when the beluga whales are hanging out and coming more than to say hello. They’re so extremely curious, any encounter contains snorkeling with them, boating about them, and kayaking with them. If you are fortunate you could see some polar bears as well! You can study a lot more about that right here.
15. Venturing into Components Unknown in Mozambique
Lastly, even though your version of Mozambique could be anyplace, for me this was an adventure into a spot that I had discovered out so tiny information about. I hadn’t study the ideal critiques for solo females traveling to Mozambique, and however most of the experiences didn’t even look to be 1st-hand accounts. I ended up getting one particular of the most relaxed, enjoyable instances of my life with new pals I’d met on the beach in Tofo, Mozambique, and I owe it all to becoming prepared to go into the unknown following some unexpected news. Given that then, a couple of solo female travelers have reached out to let me know that they ended up going following reading my posts and that they loved it as well. You can study all about Mozambique right here, but I encourage you to venture into locations that look entirely new and fascinating to you as effectively. You never ever know what you will come across!
Despite the fact that most of these are fairly adventurous activities, which could look intimidating at 1st, I discovered that by finding out there I was a lot a lot more adventurous than I ever believed. I was capable of attempting items that a couple of years prior would have scared me off. That is one particular of the gifts of solo traveling – it builds self-confidence in a way that absolutely nothing else can.
So regardless of whether you choose to do one particular of these adventures or anything else completely, I encourage you to give your adventurous side a likelihood and attempt anything new.
So these are my favored experiences, every person is diverse. What have been your favored solo traveling experiences abroad?