Friday, July 31, 2020

Four Top Solo Trips to Look Forward to #quarantinelife #traveldreams #solotravel

For travel lovers -- including The Weekend Gourmet's four-person culinary travel team -- COVID-19 has brought a halt to large-scale travel plans. That doesn't mean you can't dream and plan for when worldwide travel does become normal again! Today, The Weekend Gourmet correspondent is sharing four great travel destinations that are especially geared for those who prefer solo travel. This article may contain affiliate links.

For many people around the world, 2020 has been the epitome of living with cabin fever. Travel plans, destination weddings, and even honeymoon trips have been canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19. You can bet your last facemask that once the all clear is given to travel safely, people will gather in droves to visit popular travel destinations. If you're someone who prefers their own company and would rather not deal with hordes of fellow travelers, check out the following quartet of locations that are ideal for solo travel.

Check Out Canada's Yoho National ParkImage Credit

Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, is the perfect place to marvel at Mother Nature's splendor. The dazzling Emerald Lake in this gorgeous location is blissfully bereft of crowds -- and is excellent for kayaking adventures. You can also snowshoe or go hiking in the park...or enjoy a wildlife expedition. Explore wild orchids and the Burgess Shale Fossil Beds, living the dream of every hardcore nature lover. While most travelers are drawn to the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Banff, you may opt to enjoy a peaceful day in the great outdoors at Yoho National Park.

Hike from Scotland's Dunbar to Helensburgh
Backpacking through Scotland's breathtaking landscape is as delightful as it sounds. The 134-mile trek along the John Muir Way provides a journey from coast to coast...past romantic castles, majestic lighthouses, and sweeping fields. The complete hike takes 9-11 days, but can be covered in half the time via bicycle. Enjoy the warm hospitality of quaint, small-town inns each night...and escape the throngs of tourists who converge in popular cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Take On America's Appalachian Trail
For experienced hikers looking to cross off a major bucket list location, the Hundred Mile Wilderness in Maine is the "big one." This remote section of the Appalachian Trail requires even seasoned hikers to plan and train in advance. Even if you're just there to relish in the stunning beauty of this location and enjoy time to yourself, there are wilderness lodges available for just that purpose. You don't have to hike at all if that's not your thing. Perhaps you want to pack up your kit for ice fishing...or other enjoyable activities like canoe camping, cross-country skiing, and paddling.

Unwind in Indonesia's Raja Ampat Islands
Most people who think of Indonesia immediately think of Bali. It's an extremely popular tourist destination, which is likely to experience a huge rebound once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Daydreaming about pristine beaches and exotic seafood in a relaxing, quiet corner of the world? Then you should try one of the thousands of other islands that make up Indonesia. The Raja Ampat Islands are an excellent alternative to Bali, which might be teeming with Instagrammers, honeymooners, and surfers by the time you get a chance to visit. While there, you can spot tropical wildlife and birds...while exploring the jungle or the thriving sea reefs. 

Bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic is definitely going to be a struggle. However, that doesn't mean you should wallow in gloom and doom until it passes. It can be productive to research and look forward to trips -- doing so can help you deal with this trying time...and this short list of hidden travel gems is a great place to start.

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