5 perfect destinations for first-time solo travellers

Travelling is a great way to learn more about yourself, gain important life experiences, and meet new people. If you’re planning on travelling solo for the first time, then it’s important to choose a destination where you’ll feel secure, confident and able to meet people. Research advice and tips for first-time travel before you go to make sure you’re aware of how to stay safe.

Here are five perfect destinations for first-time solo travellers.

1. New Zealand

A good way to ease yourself into the travelling experience is to go somewhere where you speak the lingo! New Zealand is a fun, friendly place which attracts lots of adventurous tourists. Show off your wild side by exploring underground caves, plummeting through the air on a bungee jump or soaring through the skies with a skydive.

The small size of the country means it’s easy to get around. You can be in a stunning wild natural park one minute and a thriving city the next.

Skydiving near Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Skydiving near Fox Glacier, New Zealand

2. Iceland

If you want somewhere a bit closer to home, try an unusual European destination like Iceland. You’ll find that all the locals speak English, so it’s very easy to get around and organise your trip.

A long weekend break in Europe is a great way to get to know someone better and the bizarre volcanic landscapes and magnificent waterfalls make a great talking point!

3. Costa Rica

For an exotic beach destination, head to Costa Rica. It’s the most visited destination for tourists in Latin America, so you’ll have plenty of chance to meet other travellers during your stay. You can relax on peaceful beaches, trek through wildlife-rich mountains and explore ancient volcanoes.

Costa Rica is known for being one of the happiest places on earth and you’ll find that people are more than willing to chat and hang out.

4. Japan

Japan is very tourist-friendly and easy to get around, so not knowing the language won’t hold you back from exploring all the amazing things the country has to offer. A lot of Japan is made up of verdant hills and towering mountains, like the famous Mount Fuji. But Tokyo is a place like no other, with its futuristic lifestyle coupled with stunning shrines, temples and parks for cherry blossom viewing.

Otorri gates during sunset, Miyajima island, Japan

Otorri gates during sunset, Miyajima island, Japan

5. USA

America has something to suit everyone and, as everyone speaks English, it won’t be hard to make new friends! Rent a car and take a road trip or hop on a bus and backpack along the coast.  Spend a weekend in iconic New York city, visit infamous natural phenomenon like the Grand Canyon or party spots like Las Vegas, you won’t find it hard to create an amazing travel experience to suit your taste.

Grand Canyon from Desert view during sunrise, Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon from Desert view during sunrise, Arizona, USA

If you’re a first-time traveller going solo, you may feel nervous and apprehensive about going away. As long as you’re sensible, pay a lot of attention to your safety and pick the right travel location, you should come back with amazing memories of a fantastic trip. Try out one of these destinations for the chance to meet interesting people around the globe.