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.images (3)

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.

images (15)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.

images (42)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.solo-female-backpacker-safety-tips

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.

images (13)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.

Top 10 most Peaceful Countries in the entire World.11822696_523257677824602_7872190366849533280_n

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”

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  • 1 Iceland,
  • 2 Denmark,
  • 3 Austria,
  • 4 New Zealand,
  • 5 Switzerland,
  • 6 Finland,
  • 7 Canada,
  • 8 Japan,mature travellers
  • 9 Australia,
  • 10 Czech Republic

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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

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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.

images (27)Positive Peace and Economic Impact

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.

images (9)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.images (23)

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.

24 thoughts on “Top 10 destinations – when travelling solo

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  2. New Zealand is always in my travel list. i wonder why Bhutan was not in the list. Bhutan is in my to go list too. i learnt that Bhutan is a safe and peaceful country too. Speaking about travel solo, safety is really my top concerns. As gal, we need to well prepared and be more alert when we are travelling solo. do you have any experience of travelling solo?

    1. Hi there Sammy – Thanks for your comments appreciate you time. You can read the full report via the link there are a lot of countries rated it is a very thorough report. I have not really travelled solo to speak of – just a bit in Australia but mostly I was leading a small group. I do have a number of friends who travel solo routinely and have meet a lot of backpackers who stay in our hostel who prefer travelling solo. There are advantages and disadvantages for both travelling solo and travelling in groups. I may write another article about that. You are welcome to ask more specific or general information and follow our websites developments over time. cheers Tracey

  3. I am surprised that New Zealand ranked 4th most peaceful country in the world and 1st in Asian Pacific region, thank goodness they did not visit my house or we may not have even made the list at all. 🙂 very much enjoyed this article, it’s nice to know where we kiwis stand and rate on such things.

    1. Hi there Stevie, I know what you mean – my house is not always that peaceful either at times… hahaha oh well I guess it is relative and in the grander scheme of things New Zealand really is one of the MOST peaceful and safest countries in the world. So proud to claim New Zealand as my home and love sharing with others from around the world. Thanks for taking the time to read and offer your comments, much appreciated cheers Tracey

  4. This is really cool and it’s kind of made me think about this, don’t know how well it would go down with my wife though lol!

    Nice to se Australia up there on the list of most peaceful countries. The thing about Australia is that drive 3 hours west just about anywhere along the coast and your in no mans land haha! Get yourself a tent or swag and off you go! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks Tim – Yes so many places to visit and experience, quite right to get anywhere in Australia requires travelling vast distances. Another attraction of choosing to visit New Zealand is that you could literally cross the country in one day. Many people from around the world are now choosing to include NZ as a cruising destination to get a window to see it they would like to return for a land based trip. You may also be interested in following our Facebook community I recently created called “Kiwi Cruising Solo – NZ & the world” primarily a chat group/community it is our Kiwi portal to the world where we can all ask and share information

  5. Hi there!

    Your post on the top 10 destinations when travelling solo is an interesting read. Also comes in handy as travelling solo is something I have always wanted to do. The number one concern I have is definitely safety. All 10 destinations are places I am keen on visiting but it will be great if you could do a post on how to stay safe in these countries, especially for female solo travellers. It will be really useful.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and follow my blog, I will definitely make a note to self about writing a post about ‘how female solo travellers can help keep themselves safe’ this is an excellent suggestion – following with interest. kind regards Tracey

  6. I was in Indonesia some years ago when that country was quite peaceful(although not good for women to travel alone). I think, after recent events in Jakarta, they may be moving further down on the list. I would love to come and see New Zealand. However, with so much unrest all over the world today and incidents happening in places we never expected, I feel we may begin to see a decline in travel around the world in general. What are your thoughts along those lines? I would be interested to hear back.

    1. Hi there Debbie – There is worldwide unrest – however all the indicators appear to support the Trend of tourism growth – explosion in my opinion. The cruising industry are pumping out bigger and better cruise ships at an incredible rate (they wouldn’t be doing this if demand didn’t necessitate supply). It may well be that travellers seek more destinations that appear more ‘safe’ such as New Zealand and Asia. My home port of Tauranga is currently expanding the size of both the container and cruise ports to enable ships 40% larger to berth. Tourism numbers are increasing in New Zealand at an unprecedented rate. I am watching for future trends in other global destinations where we have seen ‘risky events’ in areas throughout Europe, Paris, UK, Indonesia and India.

      Thank you for your comments and feedback I appreciate your interest, following with interest cheers Tracey

  7. Hi, it is great to read about those destinations you described in the text. I have been in a number of them and definitely you are right about places like Japan, Iceland, ans most likely Australia and New Zealand, these two I do not know myself. North Korea is out of scope if you ask me. There is a case of an American student sentenced t0 15 years hard labor prison.

    As for the EU, forget it. You pointed the issue with refugees, but there is much more to that. No women is safe now in EU even in places which used to be safe. There are attacks everywhere. In Koln in Germany hundreds of girls were attacked for the New Year’s night, many raped in the street by gangs of refuges from Northern African countries.

    1. Hi there Jovo, Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and for your insightful and colorful contribution this certainly adds to the depth of discussion. I was concerned for the reality of experience for people in EU nations, but had little information to report on at the time. I have since checked out reports of the attacks as you mentioned and horrified to learn that our news has not been circulating such information… This certainly adds concern for anyone considering travel to EU nations (I was considering Barcelona but may investigate more before booking)

  8. Hi there, New Zealand is definitely on my bucket list. I am a solo traveler, love adventures, but also enjoy peace. Nothing going on is actually a good sign.

    I’ve never been to the US, but I think you’re absolutely right about the guns. In a country where everybody is armed, I wouldn’t feel very safe.

    For those interested in Central/Eastern Europe, Poland is a pretty safe place to visit.

    1. Hi there Marta, thanks for your comments, Poland is now on my list of ‘to visit’ lists as well

  9. What a great article. I love the Happy Planet Index! I’ve never heard of that. I’ll have to check it out before my next big trip. I’ve only traveled solo one time and it was to Germany. I had a marvelous time. I though I would be a little uncomfortable just hanging out with myself, but by the end of the first day I was in heaven. I loved being able to go where I wanted to and not have to consult somebody about it. It sounds selfish, but having had four kids, I sort of liked that alone time!

    1. Thanks so much for your comments and feedback – hile I have not traveled solo myself before, it is interesting and enlightening to hear from others of their experiences, fears and accomplishments. following with interet Tracey

  10. Hey there,
    This is some great travelling tips content. I’ve always wanted to travel solo and get some peace and have time with myself. I’d really love to travel to Finland and Australia, I bet these two beautiful countries have too much to offer for a relaxing experience with nature. I would love to visit Canada again. I had a great time with some friends there. Awesome post, thanks for sharing this!

    1. thanks so much for your kind words – yes I have yet to visit Finland, & Canada… I’ve met a number of lovely people I can only imagine these countries would be spectacular.

  11. Thanks so much for this very informative article. My mother was my travel companion and now, since she passed away, I find myself traveling alone. New Zealand, actually, is one of the places I’d really like to visit.

    I agree that a lot of tour companies are starting to realize that they have a huge untapped market with single travelers and are starting to accommodate them and not penalize them for being single. For instance, Norwegian Cruise Lines was voted the best cruise line for solo travelers 5 years in a row. The even provide specialized Studio cabins!

    Do you know of any other travel companies that cater to singles?

    1. Is great to hear from you Barb, Yes it is most encouraging to hear that cruise and other travel companies are beginning to listen to their solo travelers. I have heard of a few travel companies that are offering small group tours etc for singles and solo travelers but they are mostly joining with others to form a small group. Happy travels – kind regards Tracey

  12. A very informative post that clearly outlines the pros for going travelling solo. I want to do more travelling but at the moment am hampered by kids and money. There is no point going on holidays if the kids are just going to whinge at my choices. I do love just going to a coffee shop by myself and reading a book or people watching. The idea of a solo holiday sounds decadent!

    1. Thanks for taking time to visit my site and share your thoughts. My favourite holiday inn with kids has to be cruising, so much more affordable and something for everyone… best of all not having to think too much about food, cleaning up or packing up and moving to next destination…. Bliss… doing as much or as little as we like….

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