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World’s 10 Best Destinations To Travel Alone

World’s 10 Best Destinations To Travel Alone

For some of us who yearn to travel, it can be difficult to find someone to journey with. Friends and family members are tied down in jobs, struggling to save money, and don’t always want to go to the same places. The solution, of course, is to go it alone, a sometimes scary prospect, but at the same time, a chance for self-discovery and adventure. But where to go? Get your bucket list ready, because here are some of the best travel alone destinations in the world.

1. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne City Australia

    Melbourne is a hot-spot travel destination, and it’s easy to see why with its beautiful beaches and bustling city life.

    Why it’s a great choice:

    • Australia as a whole is considered a safe destination for international travel, and because of that, many solo travelers go there.
    • As an English-speaking country, you won’t be faced with any language barriers.
    • Melbourne is incredibly easy to get around because you can walk or bike practically anywhere!

    2. Thailand

    thailand-6

      Thailand is great for solo travelers—perhaps because it is one of the Buddhist mindset, which promotes equality among the sexes.

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      Why it’s a great choice:

      • Thailand is known for its friendly hospitality, and as a travel hot-spot, there are plenty of chances to meet other like-minded travelers.
      • Overall known for being very cheap, especially in the north. A good choice if you want to get away on a budget.
      • Thailand has a lot to offer, from the party-central Bangkok to beautiful beaches and tropical jungle. Travelling around Thailand is really easy—the country is a well-worn destination on the backpacking trail.

      3. Bhutan

      Bhutan

        Bhutan is one of the most cultural countries in the world. It is also home to the world’s highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum. The mountain is sacred and the Bhutanese government has banned mountaineering.

        Why it’s a great choice:

        • Entry is only possible on a pre-booked tour, where you are escorted around by your own personal guide.
        • Bhutan is the place to go for a brand new cultural experience. It had no roads, no electricity, no motor vehicles or telephones until the 1960s. Plastic bags have been banned in Bhutan since 1999 and in 2004, it became the first country in the world to outlaw tobacco.

        4. Costa Rica

        Savegre River

          Costa Rica great place if you’re looking for adventure, with surfing, volcanoes and other recreational activities. Once stereotyped as an unsafe travel destination, Costa Rica is full of warm-hearted and helpful locals.

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          Why it’s a great choice:

          • You’ll never get a chance to feel lonely because there’s an abundance of exciting adventures to embark on!
          • Costa Rica has never seen political unrest, class struggles or revolutions commonly associated with other Latin American Countries. What’s more, it doesn’t have or need an army because it’s such a peaceful country.

          5. Hong Kong, China

          Hong Kong

            Despite being one of the biggest cities in the world, Hong Kong is a great place to relax as it is full of “Zen moments,” such as beautiful gardens and Tai Chi classes.

            Why it’s a great choice:

            • Hong Kong is regarded as one of the safest cities in the world.
            • If you’re not well-traveled, or perhaps a bit weary of things like language barriers, Hong Kong is a great place to start, as it mixes both Eastern and Western at the same time. Because of its British heritage, much of central Hong Kong speaks English.
            • There’s just so much to do! Whatever you like to do, and whatever you’d like to try, you’ll find it in Hong Kong.

            6. Cusco, Peru

            Cusco, Peru

              The famed capital of the ancient Inca Empire, Cusco has served as a travelers’ mecca for hundreds of years. A place steeped in culture, Cusco is known for its indigenous population—often seen on the streets in their traditional clothing.

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              Why it’s a great choice:

              • Cusco is a stone’s throw away from the “lost” city of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
              • Home of some of South America’s most fascinating archaeological sites.

              7. Alaska

              Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

                Alaska is no stranger when it comes to welcoming solo travelers; nearly 20% of visitors to Alasaka travel alone.

                Why it’s a great choice:

                • Natural wonders, including glacier-carved fjords, snow-capped mountains and majestic icebergs.
                • Whale-watching—need I say more?!

                8. Aran Islands

                Aran Islands

                  The Arans are three islands is located off the west coast of Ireland. A true Irish experience, the Aran Islands are the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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                  Why it’s so great:

                  • Very safe, secluded islands with friendly locals.
                  • The perfect place for a cycling getaway—the most common form of transport on the islands.
                  • Home to the most impressive Iron Age fortress in all of Europe.

                  9. Malaysia

                  kuala-lumpur

                    One of the top solo travel destinations in Asia. With a well-deserved reputation for being a safe, stable, conservative Muslim country, Malaysia has the hallmarks of an ideal exotic locale for solo travelers.

                    Why it’s so great:

                    • Malaysia is one of the more technologically advanced areas of Asia, so things generally work well and more or less on schedule.
                    • The year is filled with colorful and exhilarating experiences including various festivals and events.
                    • Malaysia is like two countries in one, with the wild jungles of Borneo and the space-age high-rises of Kuala Lumpur.

                    10. Bali, Indonesia

                    Temple at Bedugul, Bali

                      Bali is a spiritual place with yoga, spas, organic eateries and beaches. The combination of friendly, hospitable people and magnificently visual culture has made Bali Indonesia’s unrivalled number one tourist attraction.

                      Why it’s so great:

                      • You almost definitely won’t be the only solo traveler in Bali. Everyone is known for being extremely friendly and you’re sure to meet some amazing characters along the way.
                      • As a Hindu island, Bali is the perfect place for a relaxing and spiritual retreat.
                      • The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is fantastic—if you like monkeys, anyway.

                      General Tips for Traveling Alone

                      • Plan ahead. At the very least, know where you are staying for the first night.
                      • Choose accommodation with communal areas if you’re worried about being lonely.
                      • Learn how to pack light.
                      • Keep an emergency phone on you with important numbers saved.
                      • Tell people where you are going.
                      • Trust your instincts.

                      Featured photo credit: Hong Kong Sunset via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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