From scenic formations to beautiful beaches, Australia truly has something for everyone. As large as the U.S. in size but with only 25 million people, it literally has miles and miles of open spaces. You can swim with the whales, cuddle a Koala, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef to name but just a few of the unique experiences on offer. Couple this the cosmopolitan lifestyles of the cities and the laid back Aussie attitude, there is no doubt you’ll fall in love with this continent.
Located approximately 1000 kilometres east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand’s geographical footprint is a mere 1600 kilometres long and at its widest point is just 400 metres wide. For a small country, this place packs a big punch. From the jaw dropping natural landscapes to the unique wildlife combined and fascinating Maori culture, there won’t be a moment where you won’t have your camera (or phone) at the ready to capture its pure beauty. For those fashionista’s out there, you’ll be spoilt for choice with an array of local designers that provide their special twist on design.
Bula! Located in the South Pacific with an archipelago of more than 300 islands you’ll want to pack your swimmers and sunscreen. Often thought of as a family friendly or honeymoon hot spot, Fiji is actually a fantastic option for the solo traveller. Everywhere you go, you’ll be greeted by a locals ‘bula’ accompanied with a huge smile. Choose from sipping cocktails on an island in the Mamanuca’s to cruising up the river to a remote Fijian village. Surf one of the world’s best breaks at Tavarua, salute the sun at Natadola or take the plunge at Fiji’s only 2 level floating platform Cloud9.
An island province of Indonesia known for its beaches, rice paddies, mountains and culture, Bali can be a manic bustling of people and mopeds in the more popular areas such as Kuta and Seminyak or you can escape to the lesser known areas throughout the island. Or take a short boat ride to one of the smaller islands off the coast of Bali including Lombok, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. With an average annual temperature of 27 degrees celsius you can visit all year round however to avoid high humidity and rainy season it is best to plan your visit between April to October.
A popular destination for backpackers for years, almost a rite of passage for many, Thailand combines sunshine, beaches, bars, culture, history and shopping all at an affordable price. You can visit an Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai in the north, get that smile you’ve always wanted as you recover poolside at your Phuket beachside resort or hit the streets of Bangkok where you can snack on some street food, watch the city from a rooftop bar and shop til you drop at MBK shopping mall. Due to the high temperatures and humidity of Thailand, it is best to plan your visit between November and March.
Japan is made up of 6,852 islands and is located in the western Pacific Ocean. A fusion of ancient traditions with modern day life, Japan offers its own unique blend of culture, cuisine, climate and landscapes. See the snow monkeys in the Japanese Alps, stroll through the ancient temples, castles and gardens located throughout Japan, sample local markets in Takayama, enjoy stunning views of Mt Fuji, catch the flushes of pink during cherry blossom season, be captivated by the big city lights of Tokyo or hit the slopes at one of Japans many ski resorts including Niskeo, Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen.
Boasting a 3000 kilometre coastline Vietnam offers visitors a unique blend of culture, cuisine, adventure, beaches and bustling cities. You can fly into Hanoi to sample the quaint laneways and a delicious pork Bahn Mi roll, visit Halong Bay to see the towering limestone islands then head south to the historic town of Hue before continuing on to Hoi An, a World Heritage site and the home to many talented tailors before arriving in the bustling capital of Ho Chi Minh City. You can take a side trip to the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City where you can take a boat ride to see floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies.
With perfect weather pretty much all year round, stunning landscapes and the Aloha Spirit, Hawaii is a great holiday destination for the female solo traveller. Each of the hawaiian islands offer visitors something unique from the more bustling island of Oahu to the more traditional laidback islands of Kauai and Molokai. You can island hop for a taste of them all or pick one and give yourself the time to really enjoy the Hawaiian way of life. Key highlights include the stunning coastal and inland hikes, delicious delights from roadside food trucks, the dramatic and lush landscapes, the beautiful hawaiian culture and its people; and the abundant sea life you’ll see in their natural habitat.
Big country, big travel plans! From the fast-paced streets of New York to the musical sounds found in the south to the stunning National Parks peppered around the country to the non-stop fun in Vegas, the USA offers something for everyone. This country is as diverse as the people in it and unless you can spend months there, you are going to need multiple trips to ‘see it all’. Most first-time travellers will hit the hot spots of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Las Vegas or focus on a region such as California or a coast (West or East).
If you’re looking for somewhere wildly different, head to Africa! You can see the big 5 in Kruger National Park, white water raft on the Zambezi River, meet the Maasai people on the plains of the Serengeti, be seduced by the Garden Route in South Africa and sleep under the stairs in the Sahara Desert. With 54 countries and more than 3 times the size of the US, Africa spans 30.4 million square kilometres. Due to its sheer size, the weather can be vastly different from one region to another so be sure to time your travels to take advantage of the seasons.
Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and the northern tip of Ireland and home to the Queen of England, the United Kingdom is a delight for any history buff and monarch enthusiast. From great rail journeys to scenic country drives, every visitor will be rewarded with a history lesson and a cup of tea or a pint of ale. You’re best to travel to this part of the world during their Spring (late March to early June) and Autumn (September to November) and be mindful of the peak summer months of July – August where there is a general increase in visitors.
Europe can be divided into seven geographic regions: Scandinavia, the British Isles, Western Europe, Southern Europe, Central Europe, South Eastern Europe and Eastern Europe all of which have so much to offer. For first time travellers, a tour that gives you a taste of each region can be a great introduction before returning to experience somewhere new or to dive deeper into a region you touched on during your last visit. History and tradition abounds no matter where you go in Europe so be ready to learn, taste, see, hear and smell all that it has to offer.