When I arrived to Mexico City other travelers and people back home in the states were interested into why I chose to go there. The city’s reputation as a dangerous, dirty, and overcrowded metropolis hardly may sound appealing to American, Canadian, and European tourists that prefer the turquoise waters of the Mexican Riviera. Many travelers may write it off altogether, but I believe they are missing out on one of the most culturally rich and historically significant cities in the world.
Every year tourists are drawn to the Caribbean’s paradise of turquoise waters, snow white sand, and palm trees. However, there is really no need to splurge on overpriced plane tickets to find your slice of heaven on the beach. I have grown up in Florida and rounded up some of my favorite beaches that will transport you to paradise and have you leave with a kick ass tan. From the Pan Handle, to the Florida Keys there is enough beach for us all to experience waves of azure, and lay out in ivory colored sand.
Adventurous backpackers, starving artists, and dreamers of all sorts make the solo trek to New York City every year, and who could blame them? With over 8 million people in one city and a million attractions there is something in this city for every type of solo traveler, and are you ever really ‘alone’ in the first place.
Back in 2004 it was simply a web site that connected like-minded Budget Travelers to Locals that wanted to share authentic cultural experiences for free. Since then it has grown to 14 million users, in 200,000 cities worldwide. If you want to travel alone, but never feel lonely Couchsurfing is the perfect tool to use to meet new friends from around the world and have a cultural experience, even from your own living room.
Solo female travel across the map is soaring. The Travel Industry Association showed that 32 million women traveled solo at least once in the past year, with 3 out of 10 women traveling 5 or more times. Between 2015- 2017 Hostelworld , the largest online hostel booking platform, showed a 42% growth in solo bookings regardless of gender.
When I began traveling solo abroad in 2014, it still was seen as a brave and risky endeavor, but times and attitudes have changed. The world now sees solo travel as an adventurous and culturally enriching experience that allows the traveler to feel free without the need to please a travel buddy or worry about someone else.