“If you would rather people-watch than chat with the locals, that is perfectly fine. Travel the way YOU like to travel.”
Introverts have their own way of traveling. And they are always in search of non-touristy, quiet places which are not frequently thronged by tourists. Being an introvert myself, I have decided that wherever I go, I will make it a habit to explore atleast one city or village which is not on the tourist trail. I did that in Goa on my first Solo Trip and I will repeat that at my next destination.
Being an Indian, with a massive population of 1.2 billion around you, it is difficult to live as an introvert. You will always find those over-enthusiastic and over-talkative homo sapiens in every corner of this country. There are only a handful of places which are having a lesser population density and most of them are not easily accessible.
I decided to do a little research on Travel Destinations for Introverts around the world and I did find some exciting destinations to add to my bucket list.
Not only is this country introvert friendly but so is its tourism department. It has a strict tourist entry policy and does not allow many tourists at once. That is probably why the country appears untouched and the landscapes and monuments are well preserved. But they are a bit lenient towards Indians and few other countries who get to enter without any visa or other formalities.
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A country having one of the best landscapes in the world. If you find yourself in need of some quality alone time, ditch your pals for the company of a camera and head to New Zealand for whale watching, swimming with dolphins, kayaking along the peninsula, seabird spotting or a long nature walk. Introverts, take note, a diverse and dazzling destination awaits you.
Costa Rica is an introvert’s dream. It’s safe, ranked number one when it comes to the population’s “satisfaction with life” and has a wealth of national parks for introverts who come to life when surrounded by nature. Roll around in a hammock on one of the many beaches or practice yoga. Alternatively, hike through the rainforest or kayak along the quiet mangrove forests of Damas Island’s estuaries.
Canada is more of an ambivert than an introvert. But that is OK I guess, as long as there is untouched wilderness and peace. There’s no better place to sit alone and daydream without interruption than on a long, trance-inducing train ride. Kick back with a book or gaze thoughtfully out the window while taking in Canada’s diverse and breathtaking scenery on a cross-country train ride.
Put two Finns in an elevator. Neither of them says a word and they don’t feel uneasy at all. There is mutual understanding between them that they didn’t have to start small talk.
Finland is remote and much less touristy than other parts of Europe, and the culture here is welcoming to introvert travelers. The locals appreciate peace, quiet, and nature, so it’s easy to get lost in your own personal space here. Finland is a safe destination for solo travelers, free of judgment and with plenty of space to call your own for a while.
Just like Bhutan, the number of people admitted to the Galapagos Islands is limited, so introverts won’t have to worry about large crowds and lines when they visit this amazing natural spot. Instead, they can reconnect with nature and themselves while observing wildlife species, like blue-footed boobies, iguanas, sea lions, and seals. This is a great opportunity to learn about history and geology too, as small groups arrive on the island by boat.
This yet another untouched paradise. Mongolia has the luxury of having only 2.8 million people, and nearly an area of 604,000 square miles in which to spread out. Mongolians just don’t care about you and that is in a nice way. It’s not that they are callous but they just prefer to leave folks alone. Sitting on your duffel bag at the bus stop and fell asleep? No big deal. Someone peeing a few inches from your feet on the sidewalk? Such is life. And it’s just not a big deal. People are very much self centered here.
I was a bit surprised to come across this country during my research. Being a small island by area and a population of 127 million, it does not look good on paper but the society is more rewarding for introverts. There is always silence even in the most bustling cities, be it in public transport or a bar. It is easier to disappear into the crowd here. With lot of local attractions around, this place can be a perfect retreat for introverts.
There are many more countries that are introvert friendly, esp the ones lined up in Eastern Europe. That would make this a really long list. If there are any introvert travelers out there, I hope this helps you to find your next destination.
I like to think of an introvert as a prickly, desert-hardy cactus, which can self-sufficiently survive in solitary landscapes. But put the cactus in the middle of a bustling city, or in a chaotic office, and it will be over-watered, over-stimulated, and underdeveloped. -LonerWolf
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