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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Among the world’s most coveted food capitals today, Macau (officially a Special Administrative Region of China) tops many a list. The 12-square-mile city is home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, nine Bib Gourmand and the world’s first fusion cuisine, and was recognized in 2017 as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for its singular culinary scene, but its street food culture may be its most popular feature with in-the-know travelers. Here are five top street dishes to prowl for in Macau.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
The Toilo Toiletry Bag is marketed as the most functional toiletry bag ever. In fact, it’s the future of toiletry bags. With more than 20 features it’s billed as an all-in-one option for travelers and weekend warriors who need a sturdy bag for everyday use.
Start your explorations of Gettysburg with breakfast, but not just any breakfast. Gettysburg has many delightful bed and breakfasts worth a stay. If you book a stay at Baladerry Inn, you not only get a comfy, spacious guestroom in a historic home once a Civil War hospital, but you also dine on a scrumptious, hearty breakfast each morning, and it’s all included in your room rate.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.