5 Destinations for First Time Solo Travelers

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Nature Lover, Shopaholic, History Aficionado, Foodie or Spa Girl, which one are you?

From eating your way around Singapore to exploring the beautiful cactus filled landscapes around Arizona, choosing a destination with activities to keep you busy, is easy to navigate and safe for travelers is the key to making the best decision for your first trip solo.

Traveling solo can be an incredibly empowering experience. You don’t need to be on anyone’s schedule but yours–and if you feel like venturing off from your itinerary who’s gonna stop you? You’re free to explore what you want, on your own time without the influence of a companion.

Yes,  safety is an issue. But nowadays it’s dangerous in your very own backyard. My travel rule is simple.  First, research the destination. Is it a country where you can easily interact with locals? How are women viewed within the country? Then use your common sense, gut instinct and enjoy.

So, now that we’ve covered the basics, check out 5 amazing destinations to get you inspired and off to planning your first solo vacation.

 Singapore “Foodie” 

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Calling ALL Foodie’s–Eat your way through Singapore by discovering the diverse flavors and cuisines from Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Thai, and Filipino traditions.

I’m all for the five-star dining experience but Singapore’s hawker stalls (food courts) are hands down the best places to eat in Singapore.  And, the food is ridiculously cheap. At about $5 per meal, or $4 USD you can feast on everything from noodles to seafood.

I’m not gonna lie. When I first walked into a hawker stall, I was like WTH.  The number of stalls and variety of food was a bit overwhelming for me.  I couldn’t understand the names of the stalls. The food looked yummy, but was it fish, chicken, or beef…dessert or dinner?! Thankfully, my girlfriend who lives in Singapore, guided me through a taste of some of the most flavorful and authentic food I’ve ever tasted.

Hungry for Singapore? Check out this great article on the top 10 food stall in Singapore.

Costa Rica “Nature Girl Meets Adventure”

Does the idea of zip lining 500 ft off the ground through mountains, walking suspension bridges spread across a rain forest or taking hikes along a dormant volcano excite you?  Alrighty then, Costa Rica may be for you.
Paris, France “History Aficionado”

If you’re a History Lover, this city is the best place to study the good old days. Beyond the not to be missed Eiffel, Musée d’Orsay, Louvre and Notre Dame, there is still a world of historical treasures to be seen. Spend as much or as little time museum hopping as you like. Who cares, be selfish, remember its just you.

Join Parisians in enjoying life without the rush. Sit at a cafe,  take it all in, and people watch. Then begin your journey back on the streets lined with shops and markets and treat yourself to something nice!

Arizona “Spa Girl”

Arizona Spa

A Spa girl is in search of relaxation, health and wellness and the ultimate pampering experience. If this is you, look no further than Arizona, where some of the best spas in the world are located.

Between Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, and Sedona, there’s plenty of spa facilities to choose from. Most facilities are set in beautiful desert landscapes and feature a variety of services. From mud baths, mineral pools yoga retreats and soothing massages, a spa girl, traveling solo won’t have a hard time getting her much needed peace of mind.

Planning a trip to U.S. cities are great choices for solo travelers because you can avoid the stress of language barriers and culture shock. Plus, Arizona also offers a diverse experience.

New York ” Wandering Shopaholic”

Can anyone ever feel alone walking around the streets of New York City? People and public transportation via bus, train, taxicab is at every street corner. If you love to shop, NYC is a shopaholics playground.  From countless shopping districts devoted to art, food, clothing, vintage, and fabric–you name it, there’s something to do for every style and budget. And trust me, unless you’re hiding under a rock, you won’t get bored.

For a taste of the big apple, tourist typically crowd Manhattan but don’t forget about Brooklyn. A totally different flavor but definitely worth a visit.

So, which destination would you choose for your first solo trip? Have you visited any of the destination listed? Tell us about your experience.

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