Congratulations, you have decided to travel alone for the very first time!
Trust me, I know it’s a scary exciting thing to do but every second will be worth it. In order to have a fun and calm trip, you need to decide, which country is the ideal destination for a first time solo traveller. No clue? Let me help…
Ever heard of Iceland?
It’s Europe’s second biggest island, has active volcanoes, a relatively small population and LOTS of beautiful landscapes. It takes a week to drive around the whole island but that’s alright, because you barely find other cars once you reach the midland. You barely find other people, because the next village is further away than you think. There are deserted beaches, rocky mountains, glaciers, sand and lava fields and of course the northern lights! Especially in the winter months. Iceland is nice all year round. It can be freezing cold in winter and chilly in summer but it’s all about the adventure, right? Then it really doesn’t matter when you go. There is always something special to do in Iceland.
So why is Europe’s second biggest island perfect for a first time solo traveller?
1. It is save!
Iceland has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. People love their country and everyone in it. Equality is the key. There is no difference among lower, middle and upper class. You can walk around alleys without worrying if you might get robbed at the next corner. You can hitch-hike, because no one intends to take advantage of you. Even at night, you can walk around by yourself without holding your keys between your fingers.
2. Icelanders are nice people!
They have a strong community sense and this attitude positively reflects on how they treat us. To them, we’re not really foreigners. They offer us their country like a piece of cake, so we can get a taste of their friendliness, their humor, their sagas, their resourcefulness and their warmth. Oh, and there’s live music, like, everywhere. And who doesn’t love live music?
3. So much to do, so little time!
If you need an adventure then you found the right place. Iceland has it all. From relaxing hot springs to horseback riding. From snorkeling to glacier hiking. From bird and whale watching to snow mobile riding. If you need to catch a breath, make sure to get comfy in one of Reykjavik’s vintage cafés or take a walk around the city and explore it by yourself.
4. It is easy to get around!
Everyone speaks English. Especially in the city. The best way to get around is by car or foot. There are public buses but they won’t take you very far if you plan on traveling around the island. As soon as you arrive at the airport, you can either rent a car, take a taxi or hop in one of the FlyBuses. The perfect transfer to Reykjavik’s bus terminal or straight on to your hotel. The city itself is walkable, which is always a big plus.
5. Don’t worry, you will meet other people!
Just because you travel alone, doesn’t mean, you have to be alone. There are people everywhere! If no one comes up to you, then make an effort and go up to them. No one will bite, because someone’s always looking for a nice chat. Icelander’s are open minded and friendly. So relax, be nice and have the time of your life!