solo adventures for the exploratory traveler

August 5th, 2010

Switzerland, Bhutan solo travel

Take a chance, maybe step outside your comfort zone and depart on a journey of self-discovery. Although it can be scary to deal with all of those little problems that always seem to arise, like a lost passport or mortifyingly funny language barriers, solo travel is our favorite way to experience the world. Skip the inevitable fight over dinner or directions and treat yourself to an individual adventure. Of course you will want to make sure where you are going is safe, and that the people are friendly and helpful. Travel + Leisure have put together a helpful guide of the best countries to travel solo in.

Number 9 on the list is Switzerland, a beautiful and tranquil place for a vacation. The Swiss Rail allows for easy traveling around the country, especially if you are in the mood for a picturesque hike in the mountains. Interlaken is the perfect base for a weekend trip to the countryside with its beautiful lakes and mountain ranges. A really great hiking root is an easy one hour hike from Grütschalp to Mürren that follows the railway and offers stunning views of the Lauterbrunnen valley. It is the perfect way to see the country without breaking a sweat!

Coming in at number 3 on the list is Bhutan. This is one of the most peaceful destinations in the world, and also one of the most expensive due to its policy of charging visitors a minimum of $200 a day to stay. However this means that there are far less of those pesky tourists! Nestled in the Himalayas, Bhutan also offers scenic and dramatic views that are perfect for a day of hiking. One particularly intriguing hike is the Tiger’s Nest High Pass Day Trek. Experience the ancient beauty of Bhutan and the Tiger’s Nest monastery on this 7-8 hours day hike through the Himalayas! Or just walking around the charming villages is also perfectly acceptable for those who are less inclined to long hikes on vacation.

 So… pack your bags, and get ready to conquer the world!

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