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23 Unconventional Places Introverts Would Love To Travel

23 Unconventional Places Introverts Would Love To Travel

Introverts. You probably know a few people who consider themselves as one. If not, then let me be the first.

Introverts love to travel as much as extroverts. We just prefer different destinations. Extroverts may perceive them as unconventional but introverts find that such places are interesting and stimulating.

Extroverts may choose to travel to cities like Paris or Tokyo. Introverts might actually be interested in some of the same cities but they will opt for activities that cater to their introversion.

So, here are 23 unconventional places that introverts would love to travel at some point of their lives.

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    1. Walking Alone To People Watch In New Orleans

    “Although the raucous city of New Orleans may seem like a party paradise for extroverts, introverts will enjoy observing and taking in all of the local ambience”, says Jenn Granneman, Founder of Introvert Dear.

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      2. Refresh The Soul With Beauty In The Canadian Rocky Mountains

      “With sweeping vistas, pristine air, and wilderness, it is the perfect place to recharge from it all”, says Naomi Huzovicova.

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        3. Sailing To Relax In Malta’s Sister Islands, Gozo & Comino

        “Malta is still fairly unknown to American tourists, which makes it the perfect place for introverts to blend in and disappear for a short trip”, says Carly Smith.

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          4. Four-Wheeling Down Hilly Roads To Experience Exhilaration In Rural Chihuahua

          “The state of Chihuahua are home to tiny towns like Santa Rosalia De Cuevas. You can take an ATV and go flying down dirt roads without ever encountering another human being”, says Clayburn Griffin.

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            5. Roaming To Get Lost In The City Of Tokyo

            “Tokyo is a great place for introverts because you can remain anonymous. In addition, it helps that the Japanese are not intrusive”, says Patti Geroulis, Co-Founder of The Travel Sisters.

            The region consists of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north, the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands or the Lucayan Archipelago, which are in fact in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba, not in the Caribbean Sea. Some islands in the region have relatively flat terrain of non-volcanic origin. These islands include Aruba (possessing only minor volcanic features), Barbados, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, Saint Croix, The Bahamas or Antigua. Others possess rugged towering mountain-ranges like the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominica, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint John, Tortola, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Trinidad & Tobago. The climate of the region is tropical but rainfall varies with elevation, size and water currents (cool upwellings keep the ABC islands arid). Warm, moist tradewinds blow consistently from the east creating rainforest/semidesert divisions on mountainous islands. Occasional northwesterlies affect the northern islands in the winter. The region enjoys year-round sunshine, divided into 'dry' and 'wet' seasons, with the last six months of the year being wetter than the first half. The waters of the Caribbean Sea host large, migratory schools of fish, turtles, and coral reef formations. Hurricanes, which at times batter the region, usually strike northwards of Grenada, and to the west of Barbados. The principal hurricane belt arcs to northwest of the island of Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean. The region sits in the line of several major shipping routes with the man-made Panama Canal connecting the western Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean.

              6. Salsa Dance By The Sea In Cuba

              “Dancing is a great activity for introverts because it is a way of connecting without talking”, says Michaela Chung, Founder of Introvert Spring.

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                7. Hiking To Experience Solitude In Torres Del Paine

                “You can hike all day without seeing more than a handful of hikers passing by you”, says John Manooigan.

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                  8. Join A Bike Tour To Experience The Epic Scenery Of France’s Bordeaux Region

                  “This type of trip appeals to introverts because it presents opportunities to socialize and times to be alone”, says Janice Chung.

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                    9. Wandering The Streets In Montmartre To People Watch In Paris

                    “For introverts, it helps with inspiration and experiencing the magic of artists from the past and present”, says Isabelle Rizo.

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                      10. Looking To The Ocean For Inspiration At Martha’s Vineyard

                      As a writer and introvert, there is no better place for inspiration and creativity than living in a fortress-like house with Walter Knoll interior on Martha’s Vineyard as depicted in the movie, The Ghost Writer.

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                        11. Experience Inner Peace Via Yoga On The Edge Of The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

                        “Introverts would appreciate a place so remote and quiet that one can actually see the curve of the earth and hear the blood circulate through their ears”, says Lucy Ballantyne.

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                          12. Discover Oneself By Living In Antarctica

                          “It would be an introvert’s dream to work in the U.S. Antarctic Program. With such a small population, it is an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and reflection”, says Kenneth Campbell.

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                            13. Travel On A Long Journey To Self-Reflect Through The Appalachian Trail

                            This is something that I plan to do at some point of my life. As an introvert, there is nothing better than connecting with nature directly by trekking hundreds of miles alone.

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                              14. Taking An Italian Cooking Class To Bask In The Tranquility Of Beautiful Tuscany

                              “An Italian cooking class held in Italy may appeal to introverts because it is an intimate setting, where you can be among a small group of people or choose to be alone”, says George Meyers.

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                                15. Ski To Experience A Sense Of Awe In Winter Park, Colorado

                                “This experience would appeal to thrill-seeking introverts because it is a great getaway to be alone with your thoughts and the beautiful views”, says Hailey Lanier.

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                                  16. Hiking To Experience Nature Along The Camino De Santiago

                                  “The long distance trek appeals to introverts because you get to spend time discovering nature, far away from crowds and major cities”, says Gabriel Schirm.

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                                    17. Bird Watch To Experience Quietness At Kensal Green Cemetary In London

                                    “Introverts can enjoy all of the benefits of public park without the noisy crowds”, says Tui Snider.

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                                      18. Immersing Oneself In Total Remoteness In Slope Point, New Zealand

                                      Not only is it at one of the southernmost points in the world but it offers some of the most majestic views of New Zealand’s green landscape”, says Richard Grasso.

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                                        19. Touring To Experience Openness In The Southwest Desert

                                        “The tour is perfect for the introvert to experience some of the most desolate places in The West”, says Joseph Cowlishaw, Co-Founder of Utah UFO Fest.

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                                          20. Meditating At Sunrise To Conjure Inner Peace In Parque Juarez

                                          “This place is a perfect for introverts to be among such beauty and tranquility”, says Kallen Diggs.

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                                            21. Living At The Famed Shakespeare & Co Bookstore In Paris

                                            “If you feel like talking, there is an endless supply of interesting people. If not, you can just sit and read”, says Hazel Thornton.

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                                              22. Snorkeling To Bask In The Stillness Of The Surin Islands

                                              “It is an unspoiled tropical paradise that is less crowded and a more peaceful place that introverts will enjoy,” says Sylvain Chevreton, General Manager of Khaolake Explorer.

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                                                23. Ride The High-Speed Train To Make Time For Reflection From Tokyo To Mt. Fuji

                                                “There is no better way to recharge than enjoying a long, solitary train journey. In Japan, it’s not generally acceptable for strangers to talk to each other or for people to make much noise. So, you’ll be guaranteed a peaceful ride”, says Sian Atkins.

                                                Featured photo credit: Dani Geza via pixabay.com

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                                                Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                                How to Overcome Your Irrational Fears (That Stop You from Succeeding)

                                                How to Overcome Your Irrational Fears (That Stop You from Succeeding)

                                                She could hear her beautiful baby crying but was frozen in the doorway unable to move. The crying got worse and she knew that unless she comforted the infant soon the baby would be inconsolable, and yet her feet wouldn’t move. She didn’t look at the cot but the floor in front, where the venomous hairy monster sat before her…. .okay it was a UK spider so not likely to kill her at all, and yet still her body was frozen as the tears fell down her face. “What a useless mother you are” she berated herself.

                                                That awful mother was me 14 years ago. My fear of spiders had not been controlled for years and I was at the stage where I wouldn’t open a newspaper until my husband had read it and removed the images of spiders. I hated houses that had wooden floors or skirting boards because every knot in the wood could be a spider about to crawl across me.

                                                At the height of my fear, I tried to get out of a moving car. Clearly this harmless 8-legged creature had massive levels of power over me but now that fear is gone, I’m never going to love spiders but I’m not going to leave the room because of one and I can read the word without freaking out and sobbing.

                                                If you think that fear is irrational, what about the fear of going to airports? Or the fear of not asking for help?

                                                Today I want to look at how our irrational fears impact on us, how they can destroy (and I don’t use that word lightly) our success. They can damage our health and even stop us from living our lives. And then I’ll share the benefits of fighting that fear and most importantly how you can fight your fears too.

                                                How irrational fears impact your life

                                                The thing about irrational fears is that we are not keen to look at them. It makes us feel inadequate, weak and daft because we can’t do things that it seems everyone else can. That gives the fear power.

                                                Fear loves negative emotions and saps up yours making your fear bigger and uglier and even more powerful. Not ideal to say the least. Fears can cause us to:

                                                • Avoid situations where that fear may have to be faced. Dodging parties, new jobs, new experiences where we aren’t sure we will be able to protect ourselves.
                                                • Stop us from sleeping for fear the thing we fear will “get us in the night.” For me this was massive, and I stopped sleeping which had massive implications when my job was to look after a toddler and a baby. I felt half dead most of the time!
                                                • Feel ill with the stress. Stress can be the cause of wrong decisions. Drinking alcohol when we shouldn’t, eating chocolate because it makes us feel better, the list of excuses is long that we hold on to so that we can avoid the cause of our stress.
                                                • Cause more distress as our minds overload us with negative thoughts of inadequacy. This can damage our confidence. Having coached thousands, I know that a lack of confidence is usually the underlining impactor on most people’s success across all areas of their lives.
                                                • Risk looking aloof or arrogant because we won’t participate like other people. Our fears can even isolate us in our personal and professional lives too.
                                                • Feel debilitated. Needless to say, these fears may look irrational and shouldn’t exist to the outside world but to the sufferer they are debilitating. Even impacting on their earning potential, love life, hobbies, travels and personal and professional success.

                                                Why bother to fight the fear

                                                Couldn’t you just ensure you live your life in way that you don’t have to deal with your fear?

                                                I had a client that was so scared of flying that they couldn’t even take their partner to the airport, another who had avoided public speaking for over 20 years and yet now at the height of their profession they had no choice, what were they going to do? Quit? There was another who could never ask for help and another who feared people finding out who they really were.

                                                All these fears and many more can be fixed but only if we can appreciate the benefits of fighting the fear.

                                                Let’s look at the benefits of fighting your fears:

                                                If you’re going to change the way you do something, something that has impacted on your life, thoughts and actions for years, it can be hard to believe change is possible.

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                                                The first thing you must do is give yourself a big enough reason why. Go back through your life and remember all the occasions that this fear was there.

                                                I can still see the spider trapped in my hair because it had obviously been on my hairdryer. I also remember that I probably looked ludicrous in the South of France in my underwear running down the lane screaming and flinging my hair everywhere. The poor spider had not only been flung a long way from my head but was probably destroyed in the flight.

                                                Remember the feelings, the actions, the negative feelings you felt afterwards, for me it meant that every time I picked up a hairdryer I could see a spider crawling towards my ear in my hair. Guess how helpful that was for reinforcing my reactions and irrational fear?

                                                Really experience the fear. Make it so painful that you probably notice your heart racing, your shoulders drawing up and your breath changing. That fear is causing physical change in your body, doesn’t feel good does it?

                                                When the irrational fear is challenged and destroyed, it can’t have power over you. So new opportunities can come your way and instead of fearing them and what people will think of you for your choices, you can be open to;

                                                • New hobbies
                                                • New travels
                                                • New opportunities
                                                • More success
                                                • Financially more secure
                                                • Happier
                                                • Healthier
                                                • Confident

                                                The list is long so what can you do to get rid of your fears?

                                                How to fight your irrational fears

                                                In my book Fight the Fear: How to Beat Your Negative Mindset and Win in Life, I cover 12 of the biggest fears that I see impact on success and happiness. Not all of these are obvious but they all have far reaching impacts on our lives.

                                                Here are some of those ideas to help you fight your fear and get more of what you want out of life:

                                                Why did this happen?

                                                For some people they really need to know why the fear started, for others all they want is to get rid of it. If you need to understand yours then don’t skip this tip. Learn how your fears are made and appreciate where yours came from. If you don’t care how it arrived, you can jump to top tip 2.

                                                I’ve seen some clients who are not prepared to look at how to get rid of the fear until they’ve understood how it got here in the first place. It’s not my place to tell them that is right or wrong, just to help them find the right steps to lead them to a happy path.

                                                When a fear first starts, we don’t acknowledge a fear has entered our lives. It is only after a few occasions that we begin to notice that there’s a strong negative emotion connected to this “thing”. That’s how fear is allowed to grow because as humans we have in-built responses that have kept us safe for our entire existence. This means we are meant to perceive fear and either run or fight, either way our bodies jump into action creating physical responses to the perceived threat.

                                                Look for when you first noticed the fast heart beat, the shallow breathing, the shaking hands, the redness. You have created an automatic way of dealing with this fear. It could be that it felt sensible to fear this because you had an unhappy outcome, although it is usually the case that your head has the facts and your heart is not prepared to hear them as it creates a version of the event that is far scarier than it actually was.

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                                                Learning how to remove the emotions and feelings will help you to change your body’s response. The first time I fixed someone’s fear of public speaking, they told me that it physically closed their throat, I worried that was it possible with words to change our physicality? The answer was yes! With the tools and techniques I share below.

                                                The tool kit

                                                From the many people that have contacted me after reading Fight the Fear to my clients, I know for even myself creating a tool kit is a must. This is not a bag that you physically must haul everywhere. This is about learning tools that really resonate with you so that when you can feel the fear start to impact on you, you’ve got your kit ready to take it on.

                                                I don’t have the space in one article to share all of those tools so let’s visit a few:

                                                1. Why I’m awesome

                                                Creating a 2-page handwritten document of why you are awesome can help. This document will be packed with achievements, successes, overcoming adversity and all of those will be full of positive emotions, actions and feelings. It is not easy to write, and I get many messages telling me so however it is a powerful reminder that you can stand up and accomplish.

                                                2. Draw out your emotions

                                                Earlier we looked at how irrational fears can damage every aspect of our lives. If you were to follow the negative spiral down you can follow the positive spiral up again.

                                                I draw these individually for clients and with each action, thought or feeling we put an arrow between them. Each arrow is an opportunity to do something different. If we know that irrational fear is an automatic thought process, then we can start to see that we need to think, do or feel something different. Top tip 3 will help with that.

                                                3. Acknowledge that you need to change

                                                It’s not easy to change, and that is a belief that many hold. Top tip 4 could assist further, however for this tip, remember that when you want to do, think or feel differently, you’ve already achieved the first step and that is recognizing something must change (you don’t need to know what). But if you aren’t sure yet if there’s really something different you want to do, this story about Nancy may help you to figure it out.

                                                Then it’s about acknowledging it. That means not only accepting it but feeling that it is yours to take on and change.

                                                Then for 2 weeks, decide that you won’t allow the thought to be in your head. There are usually some negative thoughts allowed to fester in your head. At this stage, just say “No I’d like you to stop.” After 2 weeks choose a new thought that you would prefer to hear in your head, maybe “I can cope with situations that scare me” or “I am stronger than I know”.

                                                There will be times when you fail. Don’t berate yourself because that is another negative thought you are allowing your head to process. Just start again and at times like that have a read of your “Why I’m awesome list”.

                                                4. Choose your words carefully.

                                                I’ve heard many clients tell me that “It’s going to be hard to change” “I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t petrified” or “This is a lot to ask”. Any thought that gives power to your fear takes away power from you to fight it. Therefore, choose how you word your goal to overcome your fear carefully.

                                                Think thoughts like “I remember when I achieved xxxx and that reminds me I’m far tougher and more capable than I give myself credit for”. (Take the xxx from your why I’m awesome document.)

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                                                5. Believe that you have the control power

                                                The only person that can control what we think and feel is us. I know it can feel like other people are impacting on us, however they can only do that if we give them permission to do so.

                                                If you really think about that for a moment, can you see that you have the right to think and feel anything you want right now? I’m certain you wouldn’t choose pain, fear or anxiety. So, what would you choose to think about your fear?

                                                6. Put up physical reminders

                                                Working one to one, I can find the fear, work through it and create a tool kit of thoughts, feelings and actions that will help them fight that fear and get rid of it. For some, they don’t need physical things to help them; others do.

                                                For example, the CEO who was petrified of public speaking but could handle a conference call with 300 without a second thought, imagined the microphone was a phone when they spoke in front of 400 people to help reinforce the positive thoughts and ideas we’d created.

                                                Or the client that always worried that they were an imposter and “someone else can do this better” pinned on their office wall a tag cloud of all the words that made up their “Why I’m awesome document”.

                                                So they had a daily reminder. They were the right one for the job and they could do it. These daily reminders all come down to one key point — help you to Hack the Habit Loop.

                                                What would be your visual clues to remind you that you can overcome this?

                                                7. Physical supports

                                                Music, environment and even smells can impact on us. Know the music that makes you feel alive and ready for anything. Try aromatherapy oils to feel positive and energised. Even choose your work environment or clothing to empower you.

                                                Changing these things is physical and giving yourself physical ideas to action can help power up your emotional state too.

                                                8. Don’t go it alone

                                                The fear to ask for help is very real (and has a whole chapter in my book) so I know people really struggle with this. The fact is we all need people. We are not insular by design and as such it can be tough to admit that you have a fear impacting on you.

                                                However, by sharing your fear with a trusted friend, colleague or loved one can mean that when you are feeling the fear. you can talk to someone. It could be that you share with them the contents of your tool kit and ask their permission to be added to it. That way they know what works for you and how to best support you.

                                                It’s not a sign of weakness to tell people about your fear. It takes massive levels of strength to say, “I have this fear, and I want to get rid of it.”

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                                                9. Get physical

                                                One of the reasons that a fear can escalate is because we have come to accept that response. Our body reacted in a certain way, once repeated the behaviour and it became a formed habit that was accepted.

                                                Challenging a fear can be done using our body too when we appreciate that fear is actually a reaction inside our bodies. We don’t need to understand where in our brains or what chemicals are racing through us to use our physicality to help us challenge our fears.

                                                When I was writing my book, the Cuddy Superhero pose was proved and disproved by various researchers around the world 3 times. Whether it’s real or not, the fact is the way we stand, the way we breathe and even the speed at which we speak can impact on us as well as those around us.

                                                If you have a fear of public speaking or a fear of people thinking you are stupid or a fear of what people are thinking you can look at how you speak, stand and move. If you compare these with people you deem confident and happy in these situations, how do you look? What can you learn?

                                                The research around placebo’s reinforces us that if it feels like it is working, then keep doing it! What could you use to help reinforce your power and fearlessness?

                                                A little fear can be good

                                                As someone famous once says:

                                                “It is not fear, it is performance energy.”

                                                Despite having an absolute hatred of public speaking 10 years ago, I now love an audience and yet I have a healthy level of fear. That level of fear says “Are you well prepared?” “Do you know your audience?” “Have you rested your voice?” “You really want to deliver to this audience what they need” And those thoughts are sensible.

                                                And just remember, it’s never ever too late to face your fear and do what you desire most! It’s even possible to start over your life no matter what stage of life you’re at. Here’s the proof:

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                                                So as you reduce your fear, be aware of a good level of fear.

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