#1 – Mozambique
Confession: As a solo female traveler who has been on the road alone for more than 5 years, I still get nervous before traveling solo, almost every single time. Mozambique was a country that I had originally planned to travel to with someone, and as life would have it, it did not work out and he pulled out at the last minute. I decided to go ahead anyway.
It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made. I scuba dived in Tofo and encountered a beautiful whale shark, made a crew of friends and dug a giant hole on the beach, spent an amazing Thanksgiving with the same group of people, and saw the most breathtaking shades of blue on the beach in Vilanculos. I felt safe the entire time there, and there was not a single moment when I felt lonely, thanks to the beautiful people, both locals and fellow travelers, who made my Mozambique experience an unforgettable one. The country is probably off the radar of many solo travelers, and frankly it is a pain to travel through, but I cannot recommend discovering Mozambique solo enough.
#2 – Iceland
Iceland is a land of extremes – extreme weather, extreme landscapes, and extreme beauty. The way that the country changes constantly as one drives through is mind-boggling, and there are so many waterfalls that it’s pointless to try to count them all.
Even though Iceland is well on the tourist trail these days, that doesn’t mean you can’t get plenty of amazing experiences and sights all to yourself. I drove through the Golden Circle, and was rewarded with several lakes, waterfalls, geothermal fields, national parks, and the adorable Icelandic horses – all of which I covered in 48 hours! Camping in Iceland is an equally amazing experience. Go in the autumn, and be ready to set foot in Narnia as the Northern Lights show up in the skies.
#3 – Patagonia
My fellow hiking enthusiasts, Patagonia is for you. Though the weather is crazy, the region is remote, and trails can be rough, it’s one of the most impressive places to do long-term treks thanks to all of the crazy rock formations and glaciers. I’ve never seen landscape that incredible and wild.
I spent 2 months in Patagonia, hopping between Argentina and Chile, and I don’t even know how many glaciers and waterfalls I must have seen during that time. I stopped counting. That’s how incredible the scenery in Patagonia is.
I saw the most incredible hanging glaciers, completed the toughest and most rewarding hike of my life, the Huemul Circuit, walked on glaciers, and hitchhiked my way around. The best part about Patagonia is that it is possible to pick and choose what you want to see, and maximize your time from a week to a month there.
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