Seeing the world with others is a memorable experience, but there’s something about exploring on your own that opens you up to discovering things about a country, and yourself, you could never imagine. Solo travel pushes you beyond your comfort zone, allows for self-reflection and reveals new layers to oneself with every new adventure. Solo travel is an experience every Black woman should take at least once, but getting over the fear and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of five solo trips perfect for the woman looking to take the leap into self discovery next year.
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If you’re looking to go on your own Eat, Pray, Love journey next year, then your first stop needs to be Bali, Indonesia. From English speaking locals, rolling green hills, delicious cuisine and sandy beaches to sacred temples and mini wellness escapes, Bali has all the elements for the perfect solo trip, and it’s affordable. Shoulder season is generally May, June and September when the temperatures are at their best and Airbnb lodging is cheap. Head to Ubud and go to the Pura Tirta Empul water temple to cleanse your spirit before going to Finns Beach Club to watch the sunset and toast to the good life.
Solo travelers will love visiting the vibrant city of London. Its walkability, reliable public transportation, nightlife, art scene and Afropean community make it a travel favorite. Use the hop on, hop off bus to see the city’s highlights at a reasonable price or take in the shopping at Portobello Road Market. South London’s Brixton neighborhood is perfect for those seeking Caribbean vibes. Stop by Three Little Birds for codfish fritters, jerk wings and that at home island feeling.
U.S. Virgin Islands
What makes the U.S.V.I. great for women traveling alone is its proximity to mainland United States. The island paradise is far enough to help you gain your solo legs, but close enough to help you feel comfortable and safe. The three major islands – St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John – are all great for exploring alone, and offer enough activities to keep you occupied for weeks. Make gorgeous villas like Palms at Morningstar in St. Thomas your base to be close to the action and a short ferry ride away from St. John. Enjoy shopping in downtown Charlotte Amalie, tackle the 99 Steps and have lunch at Glady’s Cafe, or head to St. John and grab a cool drink at Our Market Smoothies before basking in the stunning beauty that is Trunk Bay Beach.
When it comes to solo travel safety is always a major concern, fortunately Singapore is as safe as they come. Let your guard down a bit as you walk through vibrant communities like Singapore’s Little India and Chinatown, get a glimpse into the future at the Art Science Museum and Super Trees and chow down on delicious Chili Crab at the famous Jumbo’s restaurant. Looking for a little beach time? Located just 10-20 minutes from the heart of the city is Sentosa Island, where you can spend the day shopping, enjoying nature or simply getting your tan on.
United Arab Emirates
In case you missed the memo, Black women love the U.A.E.! The futuristic city is a great mix of culture, adventure, and relaxation, and best visited October through early May. Keep your eye on The Flight Deal to score affordable plane tickets and check the local Groupon for deals on city tours, unique dining experiences like Dinner in the Sky, yacht cruises around the Dubai Marina, spa treatments and more. Also, with a huge Black expat community in the area, you are sure to make a new friend or two to enjoy the moments with.