I began what would become a lifetime of solo travel at the age of 16. Venturing off to Italy as an exchange student with no one to hold my hand as I got off the plane and couldn't find my host family. Scared at first and empowered at last to find a solution on my own.
A quick response from fellow (non - solo) travelers when conversation leads to my single white female travel adventure is usually, "oh, I could never do that..." It's true, there are absolutely pros and cons to experiencing a new place on your own.
If you're thinking about adventuring off on your own but can't decide where to go, I've partnered up with some of my favorite women travel bloggers to recommend some excellent spots for solo travel.
Lonely Beach, Koh Chang, Thailand
Kristin from Be My Travel Muse is one of my favorite solo travel bloggers for a few reasons: she likes to have a good time and she knows her s#%t. Kristin recommends this beach destination because of its accessibility from major nearby city, Bangok and the fact that it's beautiful white sand beaches. Kristin describes Koh Chang as, "a Thai island experience without the crowds or cost." Adventurous Kate, describes the "last cheap island in Thailand..."
For the adventurous outdoor gal, trekking is an excellent option for solo travel. Well, not trekking solo, but traveling solo to a place where you join either a group or guide. Cusco is not only an incredible city on its own, but it's also a starting point for the famous Inca Trail. Fly into Cusco, and then hunt down a trekking company as there are many to choose from and off you go with your new best friends for the next seven days! Girl about the globe recommends travel between April and September.
Note: the Inca Trail historically has a wait list for Trekkers backing up as long as a year. Seek out alternative routes such as the Salkantay Trail.
World of Wanderlust recommends Amsterdam because it's the "land of liberal thought, bike culture and the laid - back Dutch way of life."
The Blonde Abroad recommends this rain forest paradise as a must do for solo women travelers. Yoga Retreats, surf camps or just lazy days on the beach will keep you entertained, inspired and relaxed!