I think majority of millennials have dreamed at least once to go on a solo backpacking adventure. No parents, no friends. Just you, your camera, and a mind and soul hungry to feed that wanderlust of yours.
You can meet countless of new friends and make memories with random strangers (the fun and innocent kind, that is). And to be able to say that you were able to do it on your own? It's an achievement and sense of fulfillment that is worth every hassle. But the question is, where to start?
We've rounded up a couple of places that has been tried and tested, and is confirmed safe for solo travels for your independent self to check out:
Bali is a great place to start as it's filled with a community of not only backpackers, but as well as expats! You can find cheap villas for hostel with their own pool! Food is cheap, locals are very hospitable, and the scenery is to die for. Careful, you may fall madly in love with Bali so much that you might want consider moving!
Yes, as cliché as it goes, visiting the different temples in Cambodia will make you feel somewhat like Lara Croft. It's a good balance between the authenticity of the culture and provincial life while at the same time being urban enough to be accessible to most tourist.
Pro Tip: Watch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. I guarantee it would be one of the most beautiful things you will ever see.
Nope, we don't mean Bangkok. If you really want to get the feel of backpacking, go to areas like Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Don't worry, there's a constant community of backpackers there so you'll be sure to easily find your way around. But the great thing about it is you get to experience Thailand's culture, away from the usual buzzing busy city life you always see on TV.
Land of Pho and Vietnamese coffee! Alright, food aside, Vietnam has a rich culture that's as interesting and fascinating, because it's as French as it is Asian! While Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are definitely used to welcoming backpackers, try visiting Hoi An. It's like the Venice of Vietnam!
Now, if you're looking for a new type of adventure and a country with a culture that's still pristine, then you might want to check out Bhutan. Far from the popular backpacking places, Bhutan is rich with culture nature. So if you're looking for an escape, this would be the perfect place to go to.
What are you waiting for? Book that flight, pack your bags, and go on that solo adventure you've always wanted! Or maybe you've already gone on a solo backpacking adventure? Let us know where you went and how it was on the comments section!