You know what’s exciting? Travel is back in full swing and new travel trends are emerging now more than ever. People have realized it’s okay to live life on their own terms, and it’s a thrilling time to be a travel lover!
Solo travel is a big trend that’s taking the world by storm right now. Men, women, even those in relationships — more and more want a taste of independence, and what better way to find that than to travel?
U.S. News recently released their findings after drawing data from more than 17,000 people worldwide on what the best destinations for solo travel were. Participants were asked to fill out a survey with numerous factors, from cultural accessibility to safety.
A stunning country lined with charming townhouses, flowing canals, and bicycles galore — it’s no surprise that the Netherlands landed on the list as one of the best places for solo travel!
Safe For All
There’s something to be said about a destination being safe for solo travelers, but there’s even more to say when it’s considered safe for EVERYONE.
In recent news, Amsterdam even just launched a skatepark that is “a safe-haven for LGBTQ and women.” A country that supports safe spaces for anyone is a country we want to see!
The city-based skatepark welcomes all who want a space to be themselves, meet new people, practice their passion, and feel no judgment.
If we dig a little deeper into the findings, the Netherlands scored 57.9 in the adventure category. While the country is undoubtedly known for its colorful tulip fields, windmills, and vibrant capital city, the country also has another side most people don’t get to experience.
Surprisingly, the Netherlands has so many options when it comes to adventurous activities and things to do. Let’s look at Amsterdam: the city installed the A’DAM Lookout swing that sits on top of a 20-story rooftop!
If you’re looking to see a little more of the country than just the capital- you’re in for a treat. Bungee jumping, hiking, kitesurfing, and catacombs, there’s really no shortage of activities for the thrill seekers out there.
Did Someone Say Easy Transport?
As solo travelers, it’s not ideal to be exploring a new country with no means to get around. Luckily, the Netherlands takes the hassle away from transportation.
Once you’ve landed in a specific region or city, the trams and metros are definitely the best way to get around. However, if you’re still on the move through the country, then it’s best to stick with the regional trains and buses for longer journeys.
A canal-centered country, many cities in the Netherlands also offer transportation by boat or ferry: what better way to see a new destination?
If you’ve read ANYTHING about the Netherlands, then I’m sure you’ve heard of the bicycle culture here. It’s very much the norm amongst the Dutch to get around by bike.
Whether you’re in a rush to get to a tour or looking to meet friends at the bar, expect to see a couple hundred bikes on the way. It’s pretty simple in any city to hire a bike for the week or day!
What’s more, the Netherlands (particularly Amsterdam) is probably one of the best spots in Europe for amazing hostels. If you want to meet new friends fast, this is the way to do it!
From party hostels to accommodations on an island, the Netherlands offers a little something for all. Anything goes in this forward-thinking country, and it’s easy for anyone to feel at home!
The Dutch have seen it all and are extremely welcoming to those from all walks of life. After visiting over 32 countries myself (mostly solo), I can confidently say I’ve felt the least judged in the Netherlands. Locals will always greet you with a friendly smile and a wave!
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