Picking a Destination, off the Beaten Path
Updated: Feb 19
Search “best solo destinations,” ask family and friends, or query members of various social groups, and you will get a different answer every time. Huffington Post recently published the “Top 50 Awesome Solo Destinations for 2020.” Check out these amazing options here.
So how do you decide?
Here are some things to take into account when selecting where to travel:
Where are you starting from? How long do you want want to be on a plane, and how many flights are you willing to take to get there?
What do you enjoy doing? Do you want to kick-back with a book on the beach or would you rather hike to see Machu Picchu?
What is your travel budget? Are you able to work and earn money while traveling?
How long will you be traveling? Are you purchasing a one-way ticket with no end in sight or is it a quick getaway?
Sometimes, the best spots to choose from are the ones “just off” the beaten path. Barcelona, Spain is a beautiful city with numerous activities for solo travelers to feel comfortable. Yet, heaven is just a 45-minute flight away in Palma de Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands, known for its beaches, beautiful coastline, and mountainous regions. What I enjoyed most about this Capital City was its culture along with an easiness of its residents. I immediately felt at home whether it was shopping in downtown Palma, walking (or biking) around the Mediterranean Sea, or chatting with locals at outdoor eateries, this is a place I can’t wait to return to with family and friends.
Another hidden treasure tucked quietly away is Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Sitting approximately 35 km from either Cancun or Playa del Carmen, Mexico, this tiny fishing village is a quiet place to unwind with gorgeous beaches, barrier reef, and mangroves, that are sure to melt your cares away. And with an easy cab ride or purchase of various tours, you are a hop, skip, and jump away from activities such as visiting Tulum, scuba diving in the Caribbean, or nightly activities. Be sure to swim in a Cenote (“Seh-No-Tay”) while you are there!
When doing your research, be sure to scope out the surrounding areas whether it's for the full trip or day trips, to leave room for the unexpected delights that can be found throughout your travels.