Where to Travel Solo for the First Time

by Allie Moore

Apr 23, 2019

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It’s easy to make friends with a beer in hand. Head to Brussels and hop on a brewery tour to experience one of the city’s finest social and cultural offerings. Afterwards, indulge in the local cuisine and explore sites like the Grand Place, Royal Palace and Notre Dame Du Sablon.

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Solo travel is all the rage these days, but for those who are just starting out, the idea of jetting off to a foreign land by yourself can be daunting. Thankfully, there are a few destinations that are great starting points for novice solo travelers as they are relatively safe, easy to navigate and easy to get by with just English.

 

Canada

It may seem like a boring option as it’s just across the northern border, but certain places in Canada can feel as foreign as a European or Asian country. Montreal, for example, is reminiscent of quaint French towns with Gothic architecture and French-inspired cuisine. On the opposite coast, Vancouver boasts delectable Chinese, Vietnamese and Malay cuisine, plus a skyline that resembles Hong Kong.

 

Costa Rica

Put your high school Spanish to the test in this other relatively close destination that feels worlds away. If your Spanish is as rusty as your surfing skills, you’ll be delighted to find a healthy expat population to help you get by.

 

The United Kingdom

If you don’t want to have to worry about language barriers, fly to London and use the slightly pricey city as a jumping-off point to other U.K. destinations such as Edinburgh or Bath. The United Kingdom’s network of public transit is robust enough to ensure you’ll get from A to B.

 

Hong Kong

The aforementioned Asian city harbors a lot of similarities to the international vibe of New York, making it easy to adapt for city dwellers but exotic enough to sample Cantonese dishes you may have never heard of. A short boat ride away sits Macau, a former Portuguese colony known as Asia’s Las Vegas, with copious casinos amid ancient temples.

 

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