Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2018 for Solo Adventures
Are you thinking of packing your bags and hitting the road for an amazing year of travelling and adventure?
A wise person once said that everyone should go someplace that they’ve never been to before every year. Travelling opens the mind, broadens our horizons, and teaches us courage and fortitude. Travelling alone is an even bigger adventure as you step out of your comfort zone, and learn to live among people of different cultures and religions. You’ll see just how vast this world is – and also how we are all the same, despite our varying beliefs. Solo travelling really is great fun. If you’re not sure where to start – we’ve put together a list of the top 10 cities to visit in 2018.
Whether you’re seeking out-of-the-way cities or popular towns, here are our top cities for solo adventures.
The Best Cities to Explore Ancient Ruins
The Ruins d’Hippone are located 5 km from Annaba’s city centre of Algeria’s fourth largest town. Algeria is a country in North Africa that shares its borders with Tunisia and Morocco. You’ll be able to see artefacts dating back to the time of St. Augustine in the on-site Museum (entrance fee isUS$2), as well as remnants of the first Christian church ever built in Africa. Surrounding the church ruins are cobbled stones of what used to be Roman houses, streets, slave markets, and massive pillars of the largest Roman court ever erected in Africa. You’ll find lots more ruins around Algeria.
It’s not just the Colosseum that you should visit while in Rome. You should also book a tour to see the catacombs that are scattered underneath the city. The catacombs were, in fact, burial places. Some of the more famous catacombs are the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, Catacomb of Priscilla, and Domitilla’s Catacombs. Most of these catacombs have become archaeological sites and many human remains have been dug up and put on display. If you’re a big Dan Brown/Angels and Demons fan, you’ll appreciate the local history of Rome too!
Chichen Itza is an elaborate archaeological site situated in Yucatan State, Mexico. The most famous construction is El Castillo – a pyramid-like edifice built in AD 600 by the Maya people. El Castillo was used as an altar where gifts and sacrifices were offered to the deity. Today, this archaeological site receives more than 1.4 million visitors each year.
The Best Cities to See Natural World Wonders
From ice-covered glaciers to jaw-dropping gorges, waterfalls, and star constellations, there are so many unique and breathtakingly beautiful places on this Earth to visit and see natural world wonders. Here are just some of our favourite places.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, it is the world’s widest waterfall measuring a staggering 1,708 metres (5,604 feet). They are one of the Seven Natural World Wonders and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The local people have nicknamed the falls ‘ The Smoke That Thunders’ because of the blinding mist that rises from the depths of the gorge. If you’re a daredevil you can attempt to swim to the very edge of the falls and look over! This is certainly NOT for the faint-hearted. Whitewater rafting is a popular sport during the dry season. If you’re looking for a blood-rushing experience, try bungee jumping as well.
Jeju, South Korea
Jeju Island belongs to South Korea and is an another UNESCO World Heritage site. This island city is volcanic in nature and boasts unique features and places of interest such as the island’s sex-themed sculpture park nicknamed Jeju Loveland, the island’s highest mountain called Mount Hallasan, and a museum dedicated to Korean art and culture called O’Sulloc Tea Museum.
In order to witness the incredible beauty of the Aurora Borealis, you’ll have to travel to cities where temperatures can go well below freezing. One such city is Kulusuk in Greenland. While the weather there is bitterly cold, you’ll have the opportunity to witness something very few people on this Earth will ever see in their lifetime. Fortunately, you don’t have to reach the Arctic to see this display of beauty!
The Usual Favourite Cities
This list would be incomplete without mentioning the usual favourite cities. These are of course the most popular tourist destinations – London, Paris, New York.
From Big Ben to the Tower of London, there’s so much to see in this iconic city. Conveniently, most major tourist attractions such as the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and House of Parliament are all located within close proximity of each other. In fact, you can see all these buildings and more when you’re in a pod riding the London Eye. You’ll be overlooking the River Thames as well. Getting around London is fairly easy if you speak English, have a map, and buy an Oyster card for the trains.
Its also home to one of the world’s largest marathons. While I have done a number of marathons and ultra marathons this one really does stick out in my mind. I have never know support like it. If you are in London over the weekend of the marathon its well worth taking the time out, going to cheer on the runners and see and hear some amazing stories.
Paris promises to be an exciting destination if you’re fashion forward, fluent in French, and have an open attitude about life – C’est la vie after all! Browse through the haute couture high-end boutiques and department stores. You’ll leave the country with a deeper appreciation of what the French stand for and why they are the fashion capital of the world. Visit the Champs ElysÈe, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the numerous museums across the city. You’ll also get to understand why the French is so passionate about their food! And don’t forget a French-English pocket guide to help you with your translation.
This city will always hold a special place in my heart, its where I took the now wife on a horse-drawn cart around the city before a romantic meal up the Efiel Tower, during which I got down on one knee.
If you are heading here, would highly recommend you get a “boat pass” for the time period you are staying and just jump on and off it to see the history around the city.
New York, USA
The concrete jungle, the Big Apple, call it what you want but New York should definitely be on your must-see list if you’ve never been there before. This metropolitan city is one of the most populous, most diverse, and most vibrant cities in the world! Rub shoulders with power brokers shop in some of the world’s most famous boutiques and department stores, and party late into the night! Visit the UN headquarters, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty you and more.
The Best City to See Man-Made Islands
If you are impressed by man-made wonders, then Dubai is the place to explore.
The United Arab Emirates is a country in the Middle East that has become a popular destination thanks to cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi that have propelled the country into the limelight. In all honesty, however, we know these cities because of the impressive development that has taken place in this region over the last few decades. Today Dubai boasts the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa and some of the largest artificial man-made archipelagos – the Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands.
The Journey Of A Lifetime Begins Now!
If you’ve been hesitating because you’re not sure where to go, we hope this list has given you a few ideas. Remember, you cannot discover new places until you’ve had the courage to leave sight of the place you’re currently at. So take heart and book that plane ticket today!