If you're a city slicker, it's probably been a while since you've really been alone. Between your friends and the sound of sirens that lull you to sleep at night, lack of solitude can lead to stress and negativity. So whether you're a social butterfly or a proud introvert, these 5 places are ideal destinations to simply enjoy being in your own company.
Grand Canyon, United States
It could be argued that the Grand Canyon is the ultimate solo travel destination. Yes it’s a tourist hotspot, but any individual could find moments of peace and solitude by locating a good spot and gazing out onto the Canyons natural beauty. All voices and distractions will melt away into the background as soon as you’re faced with that view, and you’ll likely return inspired and refreshed.
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
New Zealand has the joyous combination of unparalleled natural beauty and a small population, making it any introverts paradise. Rougly the same size as Singapore, this vast lake is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes – perfect for hiking, sports or simple self-reflection. Why not hire a boat and spend an evening watching the sun go down as you bob gently on the clear crisp waters, followed by a visit to the fascinating Maori art of the lakeside caves…
You’re unlikely to get caught up in any chaos in Switzerland, especially in the magical swiss alps. There, you’ll have a choice of powdery snow, serene lakes and rich cheese fondues as your companions. Switzerland is nature with a twist; the twist being luxury and indulgence, making it perfect if you want to go off-grid (but not in a Bear Grylls kind of way). You’ll even be able to re-enact your own ‘Sound of Music’ moment without hoards of tourists to embarrass yourself in front of…
If you’re a fan of fantasy, the land of fire and ice is the perfect place to go to live out your own Game of Thrones style fairytale. Alongside a low population and low crime rate, Iceland is basically one huge natural playground. All your stresses and social pressures will seem like distant memories when faced with geothermal geysers, fjords and waterfalls – all free for you to explore.
It’s no secret that connecting to nature is synonymous with lower stress levels, and take it from the Canadians – the more nature in your life, the better. If you want a stark contrast from the concrete jungle, head to Canada to lap up some of its beautiful lakes and rockies, best enjoyed in solitude. A solo hike alongside one of Canada’s lakes will remind you of how much you enjoy spending your own company, and you’ll be able to clear your head to the backdrop of turquoise waters and deep green trees.