Travelling Solo is a choice
Many travellers claim that travailing alone is not only a choice but often a necessity and often is the best way to see the world. So I decided to check out the top Top 10 destinations for Travelling Solo and why.
When you deliberately travel solo, it is because you want to experience the world with the freedom to choose, without the influence of a friend or partner’s tastes, prejudices, or preferences. When you’re with a companion, it’s easy to focus on the wants and needs of that person and forget about meeting other travellers. While travelling alone, you’re likely on a voyage of discovery, of yourself, other people and the world in which we live.
Solo travel can be delightfully self-indulgent some may say selfish.. You can spend a day doing nothing but café hopping or lingering in a single museum. You can relax on the deck do nothing at all, or read a great book, loll on a beach on the South China Sea or hire a guide to visit remote ruins. Indulge your classical music passion in one of Europe’s great concert halls or join a group of like-minded strangers for a Himalayas trek.
It’s your call. Solo travel is the ideal opportunity to try something new. Despite the dreaded (and often costly) single supplement, dedicated single accommodations are becoming both more affordable and more frequently available in many parts of the world. Some travel agencies are also helping to make it more possible to make share travel arrangements cruising strangers meeting on-line and in person and agreeing to share a twin or 4 berth cabin is becoming more common request from travellers.
Still, there are two concerns for many solo travellers. The first is safety: the simple fact is that there are countries that are statistically safer than others for travellers.
The second concern is a bit less tangible but just as critical: is the country you’ve chosen a happy place?
Is it a country where you’ll be made to feel welcome, a nation where you can easily interact with the locals, where conversation flows easily even if you’re struggling with a new language? For truly rewarding solo travel, it’s crucial that you can connect with the culture and not feel like an outsider.
To find the answer to these two questions, the numbers have been crunched from the Global Peace Index, which ranks 162 nations for their peacefulness, and the Happy Planet Index, which looks at environmental impact and human well-being in 151 countries to measure where people live long and happy lives.
The resulting top 10 best destinations for solo travellers present an amazing mash-up of geography along with radically different cultures, languages, and customs. (Canada represents North America here, as sadly as it may seam the U.S. didn’t rank highly enough to make the cut.). Perhaps if the US wants to increase it’s popularity on the world stage for peace and happiness they may first need to review their position on gun laws. After all, safety and happiness prevail in all of the countries that did make the cut, making any of these the most ideal destinations for your next solo adventure.
New Zealand is ranked the 4th most peaceful country in the world, therefore by default is one of the top the most desirable destinations in the world for tourists today, ahead of our cousin Australia who are also ranked highly as the 9th most peaceful country in the world today.
“It’s a place that will forever keep you under it’s spell”
- 1 Iceland,
- 2 Denmark,
- 3 Austria,
- 4 New Zealand,
- 5 Switzerland,
According to the “2015 Global Peace Index” New Zealand ranked # 1 Most Peaceful Country in the Asian – Pacific region and 4 th most peaceful country in the World. Furthermore, since 2008 the world is becoming increasingly divided where some countries are experiencing unprecedented peace & prosperity while others spiral further into violence & conflict. This you may say is hardly news you just need to pay attention to the latest news bulletin to acknowledge as true.
New Zealand ranked # 1 Most Peaceful Country in Asian – Pacific region
Ranked ahead of some 18 other countries;
New Zealand #1, Japan 2, Australia 3, Singapore 4, Malaysia 5, Taiwan 6, Laos 7, South Korea 8, Mongolia 9, Indonesia 10, Vietnam 11, Timor-Leste 12, Papua New Guinea 13, Cambodia 14, China 15, Thailand 16, Myanmar 17, Philippines 18, North Korea 19
I am sure it comes as no surprise as it is dominating the news, that Syria remains the world’s least peaceful country, followed closely by Iraq and Afghanistan. The country that suffered the most severe deterioration in peace was Libya, which now ranks 149th of 162 countries.
Peace however is more than just the absence of conflict. Positive peace is more understood as the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin peaceful societies. This research shows that in countries with higher levels of Positive Peace, – resistance movements are less likely to become violent and are more likely to successfully achieve concessions from the state. What is far more shocking is that the total economic impact of violence last year reached US$14.3 trillion, or 13.4% of global GDP. That’s equivalent to the combined economies of Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the UK.
I wonder if I am alone with my concerns about the more recent and global impact of the Syrian refugee crisis right across Europe. We have seen reports already the fragile islands communities of Greece and how the Refugees often outnumbering the locals 3 :1 How will such factors affect the attitudes, structures and institutions that currently underpin the otherwise peaceful societies of many communities of the European Union for example.
To what degree will this affect travellers decisions to choose the destinations they wish to travel for their next adventure? I expect we will see an explosion in the tourist destinations in the South Pacific, South East Asia and countries of the further most Northern European and Nordic countries.