I hear lots of stories about how they quit their job just to travel. This sounds ridiculous to me as you need money while you travel. It might sounds absurd to others but it’s also the best idea for them. Lemme share with you an interesting blog from a traveler who can give you tips about this.
IF YOU’VE never quit your job, sold everything, and left home to travel the world, you’ve never truly lived.
… Or so people like to say these days. Apparently, not only is this THE best way to live, it’s also incredibly simple to accomplish.
Step one: Set fire to your contract and make a dramatic exit through the office door.
Step two: Get rid of everything you own — it’s all so material, ugh — and pack the remainder of your life into a backpack or suitcase.
Step three: Hop on a plane to somewhere with white beaches and drunken tourists, settle yourself in a hammock, and begin *truly living*.
It’s a tantalising idea, sure, and it’s certainly crossed most of our minds at some point or another. But what’s it really like to take the plunge?
One year ago, my partner and I boarded a plane, left our “real” lives behind, and began a life of fulltime travel. And though I’m having an absolute blast and can’t imagine doing anything else, it needs to be said: living the dream ain’t as dreamy as people make it out to be.
We all have that dream to travel solo once in our lifetime. To those first timers, before travelling make sure you do a little research to avoid hassles. Check out this blog from a traveler. I must say that it’s good to get some tips from those who have lots of experience.
This post was first published on June 8, 2009, just a week after Solo Traveler was launched. Yes, it’s time for an update.
You get to do what you want when you want. You can connect with people if you wish or avoid them completely if you want to be alone. When you travel alone, you travel on your terms. Here are some tips to help you travel alone and love it with references to more recent posts with detail on specific subjects.
Before you Leave to Travel Alone
Save up. Isn’t it great to return from a trip and know that it’s fully paid for rather than having to catch up financially after the fact? Save up for your trip before you go. Enjoy the delayed gratification. And be ready to start saving for the next trip as soon as you return.
Know your budget. There are a few steps involved in planning your travel budget.
Decide on your destination. Maybe you have a dream destination or maybe you just need to get away and the destination doesn’t matter that much. Here are some sources for your destination planning.
Check out our Destination section with hundreds of recommendations written by other solo travelers.
Consider a destination where you can stay put in terms of your accommodation but have a good variety of day excursions. This way you save money and get to know the locals.
Take a tour. The Solo Travel Deals page has tours specifically for solo travelers.
Travelling is really a wonderful experience, it helps us relieve from stress and allows us to relax and enjoy ourselves away from our work. But don’t get too excited, before you can actually go on vacation, it needs thorough planning before you can actually enjoy.
Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk to our A-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings. While news and global events have a large impact on the places we choose, we also pay attention to cities that are worth revisiting: Philadelphia, in particular, may surprise you with the amount of growth and development it has seen in recent months. North America made a strong showing on this year’s list—more than a quarter of these places are within reach for a long-weekend trip from the United States.
We know that people will travel far and wide for incredible food and drink, which is why that was a key factor in our decision-making. In 2017, you’ll want to head to Jerusalem for its exciting Levantine food, Oslo for its coffee culture, Belgrade for craft beer, and Valle de Guadalupe for coveted Mexican wines.
While beach vacations are timeless—you truly don’t need much more than a comfortable resort, warm waters, and a good book to read—tack on a bit more time if you’re visiting these places: Tofino, in British Columbia, has a wild food scene; Honolulu will host its first arts biennial this year; and Málaga has amazing hidden museums.
Technology and globalization can make the world feel small and thoroughly explored. But there are always places to discover—and rediscover—for yourself. Take a look at last year’s list for additional inspiration, and share your own picks with us on social media using #TLBestPlaces.
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Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Brazil’s visa waiver during the Olympics was a success for one big reason: it encouraged travel beyond the big cities. The tourism board hopes to bring back the waiver, and if you’re planning to take advantage, save time to visit Angra dos Reis, between Rio and São Paulo. This popular Brazilian vacation area is where cariocas go to escape the crowds. “It’s where many of the country’s elite have their beach villas,” says Martin Frankenberg of Matuete, who has access to several of these glamorous rentals. Big changes are coming to the region. In May, Brazilian chain Fasano will open a long-awaited 54-suite hotel in a complex that includes a marina, golf course, restaurants, and a spa. The design is striking, with elevated wooden buildings that look like they’re floating, all with open-air terraces and views of the forest and sea. And the government recently pledged $8 million to improve the infrastructure on Ilha Grande—an island that’s so popular that they’ve had to impose a daily limit on visitors. —Stephanie Wu
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
With a growing array of open-air bars, arts venues, and restaurants, Belfast is quickly becoming an attractive destination for travelers. Stay at the design-forward Bullitt Hotel (inspired by the Steve McQueen film), which opened in October with casual, well-appointed rooms and complimentary grab-and-go breakfast granola. Check out arts organization Seedhead, which runs street-art tours and hosts pop-up cabarets around the city. The Michelin-starred OX and EIPIC lead the fine-dining pack, but also visit Permit Room, with its internationally inspired breakfast and locally roasted coffee. Noteworthy new nightlife spots include the Muddlers Club, a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar in the trendy Cathedral Quarter, and Vandal, a graffiti-adorned pizza place that turns into a late-night club, on the top floor of a 17th-century pub.—Nell McShane Wulfhart