Post # 1
I am looking for suggestions on an interesting, fun, relatively inexpensive international adventure for me to embark on this October. I will likely be traveling alone.
The only place I have been to out of the US is Mexico, so I am nervous, but a travel bug has made me excited to see a different part of the world!
Thank you for your suggestions.
Post # 2
Meglin: Start simple. Come to Canada. Your dollar is worth more than ours. We speak the same language.
Post # 3
Where are you? What is your budget? England is amazing. Better crisps than American. What are you looking for?
Post # 4
2nd vote for Canada! Toronto is easy, Niagera Falls is super touristy but pretty. Go to the ice wine vineyards. Calgary, spend a few days checking out the city and head out to the town of Canmore which will put you near Banff National Park. Vancouver is great and surrounded by gorgeous mountains. There are really so many amazing places there, and the people are so nice. I’m sure the Canadian bees here would be a better source than I. I LOVE Canada. 🙂
Post # 5
Meglin: if you plan it right most of Western Europe would be open to you. In touristy areas I’ve rarely had issues with finding someone that speaks English (I’m pretty sure it’s because they cringe at my attempts to speak their language and just want me to stop lol). Choose a discount airline, pack light, and rent an apartment where you can buy some groceries to cut down on restaurants.
As PP have said Canada is also great! We go to Montreal several times a year and love it!
Post # 6
Canada is a great idea — head to Montreal and Quebec City and thanks to the French culture it will feel super-different than the States. Not sure where you are, but when I went there, we took the train and it was much cheaper than flying. Not sure that is the case anymore.
Not sure what you mean by “relatively inexpensive.” Do you mean Mexico inexpensive? Or parts of Europe that are cheaper than Paris/London/Venice inexpensive? Prague in the Czech Republic is a wonderful European getaway, and much less expensive than some of the other European cities.
Post # 7
Poland is fantastic and under rated.
Post # 8
depends where you from as flights costs vary WILDLY place to place… I found Morroco good (one of the top tours spots right now) and I met loads of solo female traveller so its a safe place to go alone however it requires medical prep first (if your sensable, get your hep vaccines and tetnus) and an ability to deal with pushy street seller/haggling in the main towns and cities but the rural party are stunning and quiet
Post # 9
Depending on where you live in the US, it might be really easy for you to get to Central or South America. It really depends on what kind of country you want to experience. I went to Peru on my honeymoon and loved it.
Post # 10
I second Peru. Your dollar goes so far there! My husband and I did 10 days in Peru for about $4200(flights, tour, food, everything). So if I cut my air/tranportation/and food total in half, easily $2k-$2500 for one I think. Air was a little higher, but everythign is super cheap once you get there.
London and Paris I wouldn’t think of as inexpensive, but we spent 10 days there, and was surprised that the trip only totalled up to $3400. It would have been about $2400 for one person based on our spending. Air was super cheap, but food was comprable to US.
Post # 11
Thank you for the replies thus far. By inexpensive, I’m hoping to achieve a 5-7 day trip for around $1000 excluding airfare (I get free flights.)
Post # 12
Meglin: I’m going to Poland in a couple of weeks for the first time, and you could do 7 days there for $1000 budgeting $60 a day for food (which is honestly a lot, you could eat at nice places) and getting an AirBnB or even a hotel. We are staying in one hotel during our trip and it’s in Lublin, Poland. It’s really nice and about $60 a night. I don’t know if you could do Paris without finding an AirBnB or a hostel (which I have no experience with but I’ve heard good things)! Paris and most other European cities have a great AirBnB selection. Western Europe is generally going to be more expensive than Eastern Europe (for example, our time in Paris on our trip is going to cost significantly more than our time throughout Poland, partially because of tourism interest but also because France uses the euro whereas Poland still uses the Polish zloty).
I’m not going alone, but I’ve seen/read a lot of great online guides for the solo female traveler, and many are country or city specific.
Post # 13
I loved Portugal and it was 1/4 the price of Paris.
Post # 14
Meglin: I am seconding Poland and Portugal 🙂
Have fun whatever you decide!
Post # 15
What airline do you fly on? That could determine some of your options!