By Rebecca Brown
Rebecca is a freelance translator passionate about her work, and grateful for the travels it has taken her on. She writes about some of her experiences at RoughDraft.
A solo vacation can truly be one of the most incredible adventures of your life. Whether you’re an inherent introvert, or you prefer to spend most of your time with other people, a solo vacation can teach you so much about yourself and the spectacular world around you.
Check out these top 10 solo vacation ideas to give you inspiration for your next adventure! They’re all doable whether you have no worries about money or you’re a budget traveler.
Go On a Cruise
A cruise is a great solo vacation idea, regardless of your age. While they’re generally perceived to be more enjoyed by older generations, a cruise really can be a remarkable excursion to embark on no matter how old you are.
A cruise around the Mediterranean will have you exploring the beautiful coastlines of Greece and Italy, tucking into delicious cuisines and meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. A cruise will also allow you to experience new activities and excursions and you will likely also meet many new friends along the way!
Teach English As a Foreign Language
Another great solo vacation idea is to teach English as a foreign language. Countries such as China, Hong Kong and Japan have great programs that allow you to teach English.
It can be a great way to spend your two-week solo vacation or you could even do it for longer and apply for a proper working holiday visa. This is a great way to make a difference in the world and help young people learn a new language, while enjoying some incredible new experiences yourself.
A Solo Vacation Idea – Volunteer!
Similarly to teaching English as a foreign language, there are also many worldwide volunteering programs that you can take part in as a solo traveler.
You could volunteer in places such as the Gambia where they need willing and enthusiastic volunteers to help rebuild people’s homes or to build a new village school from scratch. These kinds of experiences are so rewarding and you’ll get to learn so much about a place while helping real communities and families!
Go On a Solo Safari Tour
A solo safari tour is sure to be so much fun! Some places in Africa are so remote and in the middle of nowhere and there’s no one else around except a few members of hotel staff and wild animals to keep you busy.
A safari solo tour allows you to trek with gorillas in Rwanda or hike to the Volcanoes National Park where you’ll be immersed in the most fascinating wonderment of nature and wildlife imaginable!
Take a Group Tour
Another great solo vacation idea to bear in mind is to embark on a group tour.
These work by letting a company help you out with the itinerary and organize your holiday package so that you don’t miss out on anything. Group tours are also a great way of meeting people as you’ll likely find like-minded people embarking on the same tour!
Go On a Yoga Retreat
A yoga retreat is such a great idea for a solo vacation as it allows you to truly relax and unwind while spending time at a beautiful and exotic place.
Yoga retreats are incredibly popular in places such as Bali, where there’s so much breath-taking scenery to enjoy, while winding back and learning how to effectively practice yoga.
Book a Digital Nomad Excursion
If you currently work online or run your own business but you’re still looking for a fantastic way to enjoy a solo vacation then a digital nomad retreat could be a great option for you.
Cities like Prague allow you to see some incredible places, and have an excellent digital nomad scene that’s perfect for the type of lifestyle that requires you to work on the go. You’ll get to work in some incredible co-working spaces, including places such as up and coming cafes, bars and restaurants!
Go Backpacking Around Australia
Backpacking is one of the best and most popular types of solo vacation. Australia is the idyllic place to enjoy this type of vacation experience as there will be so many people in the same boat as you.
Backpacking allows you to interact with other like-minded travelers in dorms and hostels and you’ll get the chance to share your travel stories as well as learn from other people too.
Take a Hiking Holiday
A hiking holiday to a place like the Scottish Highlands is a sure-fire way to enjoy your solo vacation.
Immerse yourself in nature, spend some quality time with yourself and learn about the fascinating wildlife and landscapes along the way. A solo hiking holiday is also a great way to stay in shape and as there’s no time limits or pressure, you can enjoy everything at your own leisurely pace without having to worry about keeping up with a tour group, for example.
Go Inter-railing Around Europe
An inter-railing excursion around Europe is one of the most fun and diverse solo vacation ideas.
Not only will you get the chance to visit many different countries and cities on your trip, but you’ll also meet new people, try new cuisines and see sights that you’ve only ever dreamed of. A trip around Europe, especially when navigated by train, is a great way to see more of the world, spend time with yourself and also meet new people in the process.
Hopefully, the travel guide above will have given you plenty of inspiration when it comes to planning your own solo vacation.
Whether you choose to embark on a volunteering program, teach English as a foreign language or book a group tour where somebody organizes the whole itinerary for you, there are so many options when it comes to a solo vacation.
Make sure that you’ve thought carefully about the type of holiday you want to experience and whether you want it to be more people-based or you’d prefer to head somewhere where you can spend some quality alone time, relaxing and unwinding in the beautiful scenery!