Everybody needs alone time once in a while. Instead of binge-watching TV or locking yourself up with a book, try going on an adventure.
1. Isle of Skye
Get Your Bagpipes Ready
Often overshadowed by its southern neighbor, Scotland is best known for its green hills and tough-to-swallow accent. Yet for a one-man show, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly island of the Inner Hebrides archipelago, is the ultimate Scottish destination for lone travelers. Hook up your rods and go fishing along its calm shores, or take a long thoughtful stroll with Cuillin Hills as your companion. When the company of nature gets a tad bit melancholic, pop over to the quiet town of Dunvegan for a touristy visit of its local castle, followed by a hearty meal at The Three Chimneys restaurant.
A Macabre Expedition
Yes, there is a far more superior plan to watching horror movies from the comfort of your couch; it’s called Transylvania. Dracula may be the first thing that comes to mind at the sound of those four syllables, but this Romanian region boasts a bunch of stomach-lurching activities for those wanting to experience a horror-filled trip alone. First stop would be Dracula’s castle, also known as Bran Castle. This building bears an eerie resemblance to Dracula’s dwelling in Bram Stoker’s famous narrative. After a spin around the vicinity, nothing sounds more appropriate than popping by the Merry Cemetery at the village of Sapanta. The colorful tombstones adorning the tiny plot of land contain slightly comical paintings and graphics describing scenes from the lives of the deceased.
The English Time Machine
While Dr. Brown from Back to the Future may have been successful at transporting Andy back in time, all one’s got to do in the real world is visit Clodock in the English county of Hertfordshire. A village that displays no signs of modern civilization, it’s just the safe haven needed to unwind. At Clodock most residents are sheep farmers, and sheep roam the green hills free to graze by the flow of a tea-colored river. Visitors can also spot herons, dippers, ducks, and dragonflies making their daily rounds among the calm pastures. There are no movie theaters, no restaurants, no banks or schools, malls or gas stations – no vehicles that run on fuel – and most importantly no Internet. It’s just the place to be if you’re on the run from a fast-paced lifestyle!
4. Eastern Bhutan
The Far East calls from yonder to those who haven’t had the opportunity to pay it a visit yet! Lone travelers who hope to experience some form of spiritual awakening cannot be mistaken in visiting Eastern Bhutan. Home to Buddhist temples, monasteries, and various other religious institutions, this far-flung region remains largely unexplored by tourists. From Paro Valley, a 48-hour journey will land tourists smack in the middle of nowhere, where the only accommodation options are family homes. Locally-prepared dishes laden with chilies and other spices are served by home owners to their guests at the village of Lhuntse. While in the village, travelers can also purchase handmade garments that are woven using some of the world’s most colorful silk.
Land Of Pleasant Exile
An island covered with a vast sheet of snow, Greenland is an underrated slice of heaven. Every possible natural landscape from rivers to waterfalls, glaciers to rocky shores, can be found on this isolated piece of land. With boats, snowmobiles, tiny aircrafts, and dogsleds as the only means of transportation, bonding with nature has never been made easier. Boat trips guided by locals give visitors the chance to go whale spotting. If one’s adamant enough to get access to the country’s remote habitats, polar bear spotting will prove a delightful treat as well. For the foodies out there, fish, seaweed, and musk ox are a must-try. Book a bayside table for one at Restaurant Ulo, and watch the icebergs float at its Monday Greenlandic evening buffet.
6. Tangier Island
The American Tangier
The land of the free, home of the brave is inviting lone travelers to an adventure in the lower Chesapeake Bay! Tangier Island, located in the state of Virginia, is a community on the brink of disappearance due to rising water levels. This secluded island can easily be explored by foot, boat, or bike, and is famous for its soft-shell crab; it was even dubbed the soft-shell crab capital of the nation. Tangier-style soft-shell crabs are best enjoyed at Fisherman’s Corner with hot slices of white bread. After a much needed energy boost, kayaking along the island’s shores can help burn off the extra calories. For accommodation, visitors are advised to pitch camp at the Bay View Inn, an old-timey historic house built in 1904.
This ubiquitous dream of being sucked into a portal that leads to magical lands is not as far-fetched as it seems. In a far off place 1,300 miles east of Ushuaia, Argentina, lies an island brewing with wildlife that’s bound to bring unprecedented joy to all animal lovers. The journey from Ushuaia to South Georgia Island lasts for five days, but holds a multitude of surprises for those who embark upon it. Otherworldly creatures such as the fin-blue hybrid whale and gigantic penguins can be spotted along the way. Once on the island, visitors get to see a plethora of South Atlantic creatures including king penguins, fur seals, elephant seals, and albatrosses. Given that the island is virtually uninhabited by humans, the only lodging available is the transportation vessel to and from the island.
8. Yosemite National Park
A Date With Nature
One of God’s finest creations is nestled in the heart of California, ready for all nature-loving globetrotters to claim a piece of the prize. Yosemite National Park is the ultimate place to reconnect with nature. With six grand waterfalls including the Birdalveil Fall located at the entrance of Yosemite Valley, visitors can relax to the sweet music of gushing waters. Sole rock-climbers are also in for a great treat, as the park is home to multiple cliffs and mountains, including the El Capitan – the most popular rock climbing destination in the world. Once tired of still nature, explorers can go in search of wildlife there. Bighorn sheep, black bears, mule deer, coyotes, and bobcats are scattered across the park for those brave enough to approach them!