What are some good countries to get my feet wet with solo traveling abroad? I'd also be interested in learning which types of places are NOT good for starters. Preferably NOT in Latin America or Europe, but they aren't necessarily off limits.
Thinking about a month, could go for two
As long as I'm not doing ultra-luxury shit everyday, I'll be fine. Cheaper is still better, I guess
Down for anything, though I'm not much of a beach guy
USA (white, if that matters)
A few places I've come up with:
Generally agreed to be a good place for rookies, seems more interesting to me than Thailand
Just seems cool, but is it a good start? If there's scammers I'll do some research, if all I have to do is walk away from people then it's no sweat
Was mildly interested in this place in early 2022, but then their government took a shit. Is it okay now?
>Jordan, Malaysia, Oman, Eritrea, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Lebanon, Rwanda
They've caught my interest but I know next to nothing about them. I'm sure some of these are definite NO's for first timers, but hopefully they give you an idea of what kind of places interest me
Open to any suggestions
romania (i am romanian)
If we meet up do you promise not to steal my organs?
romania is a very very safe country
Been thete twice. Beautiful nature, one nice city (Brasov), but other big cities are horror.
I speak a little romanian:
Pleeeeease monny please. Please mister please, monni please, please mister. Children mister, please, please monnie. Monnie please.
I felt quite easy in Hong Kong as a Romanian (not the above fag), almost everyone except the taxi drivers spoke english, all the signs were in English, you can choose the amount of culture you are exposed to depending on the distance from the central island
Philippines also for the above reasons, but I actually wouldnt recommend that to amerimutts and west europeans as they dont have the street smarts to survive that type of environment, easy picking for scams and robberies
cred ca e inchis..covid
Hong Kong is actually a really good idea. No clue why that never crossed my mind. Seems like they're still only letting vaxxies in though. I guess I should've mentioned that I'm not vaxxed, but I have no problem testing for it
Hong Kong is dying, CCP killed it.
I read "King Kong is dying, CCP killed it"
and my first thought was, the fucking Chinese would, probably snort its dick and serve its nipples in some soup.
Sure, do you think it's that noticeable to a traveller though? Sincere question, I'm sure a lot is changing if you're a local there but do you think a tourist would notice a big difference? I say this as someone with strong connections to Hong Kong, but I haven't been since pre-covid so I'm not sure how much it has changed.
Hong Kong is a soulless overpriced shithole. There's nothing to do there except be goysumer and spending 100s per day just to get around, it's a westernized consumer enclave shithole like London, not China. If you want China go to Taiwan or the mainland when it opens up.
Singapore is the better version of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is fantastic, lived there for 6 months and there's plenty of stuff to see and do. Great first-time trip OP. Accomodation can be expensive tho
The easiest is obviously Europe, since it's all first-world countries that have lots of English speakers and a culture not that different from America. The ones you listed are fine, but you should realize they're more challenging than just going to Cancun or Paris. Basically if a place is famous for tourism, it'll be easy. If it isn't, there's probably a reason not many tourists go there.
Literally all of the countries you mentioned are awful beginner countries, especially for an American kek.
The funny part is with Tunisia, you think you just “walk away” from scammers. You’re in for a rude awakening. I’m sure it will build some character though
Really? I've heard Cambodia was good both here and elsewhere
Cambodia was the second foreign country I had been to (after Vietnam) and I was fine, but it is a bit rough. I don't like the idea of beginner countries because ultimately unless you're stupid you'll be fine, but Cambodia is incredibly poor, the tauts are relentless and rude, the infrastructure sucks, it's dusty at one moment and torrential the next, and can be dangerous if you're stupid. So if you're quite a sheltered person it might be a bit of a shock to the system. That said, there is a tourist industry because of Siem Reap so you won't have trouble finding things to do or getting around, but the getting around itself might not be very pleasant.
What would happen?
follow you all day, wait outside your accomodation for you next day
>wait outside your accomodation for you next day
Only if you talked to or bought something from them :^)
Low crime rate, and if you visit during winter then nobody will try to scam you. Just don't be black
Mexico is a pretty good place to start, I was in cancún for 4 days and was treated like a king, lots of americans there too so it won't feel as alien to you, just stay in the tourist areas and you're set, have some spanish ready just in case.
Anywhere that has a decent amount of hostels will be good. If a country doesn't have hostels then that's a pretty good indicator that it's a "hard" country to travel in. So type a country on booking dot com then filter for hostels only and see how many options there are.
However, in a more general sense, I think it's simply a good idea to go places that aren't particularly far away from you because that just makes your first time a little nicer and easier. Spending 25 hours to get there and then spending 25 hours to get back is ok, but when you were only there for 15 days it's a bit shit. I know you said you don't want latin america, but somewhere like Belize, Costa Rica etc. would probably be good (not that I know much about those countries), they're nearby, I imagine visa wouldn't be too hard for you as a US citizen and they're different enough culturally that it will be an interesting experience. Booking has a lot of options for hostels in costa rica and panama which tells me that they're good countries for doing this in.
Hostels are a good general tip as well, since if you stay in one you will meet people who can give you inspiration on where to go, or meet people to eat with or go party with etc. A lot of people are scared of staying in shared accommodation or they think only stoner hippies use it, but that's far from the truth, I'd recommend at least trying a few hostels if you're unsure about them. Travelling alone doesn't necessarily mean being alone.
Thank you for this, by far the most helpful reply so far. I'll keep what you said in mind and reconsider some closer options
Peru. I just told someone else to do the same. For absolutely handhold baby travel, you can't go wrong with a hop-on/hop-off bus along the gringo trail in Peru and its a dope country, once you get to Cusco and you get your travel legs under you, break off on your own from the tour bus and go explore around the sacred valley, Maras, and walk the train tracks into Machu Picchu.
Bro none of the countries you listed are good beginner countries.
Literally anywhere in Europe would be a good place to start. Just travel around Italy, or if you’re going to be traveling for a month, you can hop around to a couple other places
I’ve been to a bunch of Arab countries, specifically Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Egypt would be pretty easy to travel to since it’s such a huge tourist destination. Just use Uber to get around, and hire guides for tours so they will get rid of the scammers for you. Also, many people speak English in the touristy places so you’d be fine
Great place, specially Beirut. Beirut is the Paris of the Middle East and a great party city. The girls are smoking hot and everyone speaks English in the city. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend it for a “starter” destination
Really safe and relatively easy to get around the country. Petra is easily one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited, bucket list destination. Wouldn’t recommend it for your first time
>Really safe and relatively easy to get around the country.
The country is kind of falling apart at the moment. But probably still fine if you're a tourist.
Damn I guess I’m glad I got to go when it was okay
Are you dead-set against western Europe? You’d probably be fine in Cambodia, Tunisia etc., but for a first international solo trip, I think it’s better to start with France, Germany or Italy. They’re just more accessible to first-time travelers from the states.
Hell man I’d just rent a motorcycle or car and drift across France for a month.
If you want countries that aren’t Western Europe but are still easier to travel around, plus cheap, Bulgaria and Turkey come to mind.
Definitely not dead-set, basically everything is on the table, I was just trying to get the point across about what I'm most interested in at the moment. Thanks for the input
Western Europe travel is expensive is the problem.
Yep, it's not worth paying $15,000 for 2 months in Western Europe and be surrounded by rapefugees when that will pay for a year in turkey or SEA or the balkans. Western governments import the scum of the earth to terrorize their native population and I'm not financing their reign of terror
>i want you to tell me where to go
>but not in europe or latin america
>also i have no actual budget listed for you but just not ultra luxury daily though maybe some days
>oh and i have no particular interest to speak of
Thanks for the input, really helped narrow down where you'd like to go.
Despite your shit OP and the garbage input, Japan is really big on this board for a reason, it's a great first trip abroad. You say you don't want Europe but Italy, Rome, France (if you cut paris and avoid big cities) and parts of Germany (bavaria/munich) are great. Vietnam is solid and Morocco has a bit of that third world charm with a lot to see and do but it's not a good beginner country either.
As others pointed out, none of your picks are good beginner countries. Even Morocco isn't a good beginner country.
Then focus on european countries that dont use the euro. Prague is cheap, Budapest is cheap, Lithuania is cheap. Croatia is cheap until new years when they swap to the euro.
>were surrounded by rapefugees in europe
>better surround myself with rapefugees in rapefugeeistan instead because its cheaper
If you're spending $15,000 in two months in europe, you're unironically retarded. There are rentals in the Champs-Elysses in Paris, prime fucking real estate, at $2200-3800 a month. So unless you're going out of your way to never cook a single meal and stay in the most expensive places in town, it's not going to cost you $15,000 for 2 months in Europe.
Go to the Balkans, it isn't much more expensive than Thailand
Literally should be everybody's first travel experience
> Number 1 tourist site in the world
> Friendly locals make everything a breeze
> The entire country revolves around tourism
> Beautiful weather
> Fun loving culture; everybody wants you to have a great time
> Really cheap
> World famous tasty cuisine like koshary, foul and shawarma.
Don't lie to these innocent anons, anon
here's some intel on the triangle shaped things everyone keeps talking about.
There's shysters everywhere and half the time it's the government and police that are that largest scammers there.
Asia : hong kong, taiwan, japan, china (first tier cities), singapore and kuala lumpur (malaysia) can be both done in a single trip.
Arab world : Morocco/Tunisia, qatar, uae, the big cities in saudi arabia, but there isnt much to see there
Africa : lol.
My first solo travel was Portugal which was very easy and plenty to do to keep me busy. For a month you might want to branch out to Spain too
There are like 10 countries that you should actively avoid and half of them are war zones.
People like to juice up the danger/difficulty to make it seem more exotic. It’s usually just for self aggrandizement
Europe even though you don't want to do Europe.
Otherwise do NZ or Australia.
You're American so I assume you're retarded so it's probably best you start off with relatively comfortable, safe first world countries that have plenty of English speakers.
Japan is the absolute easiest, even easier than Europe, except for the UK I guess
Israel. If you want to avoid the beaten path but still be somewhere where you’re not gonna get mugged on the street. You can definitely experience some bizarre culture if you look into the who border conflict and the ultraothadox too. Plus you could live off falafel the whole time if you wanted real cheep and tasty.
youll get blown up instaed by a hamas sympathizer
All your picks are horrible starters tbh
The infrastructure in Cambodia will make it an absolute pain in the ass to get around possibly putting a damper on your trip. However southern Vietnam is absolutely a favorite of mine and definitely a great starter (plus you can still easily jump over to Cambodia from there).
>Sri Lanka it would definitely be a Hispanicier trip with the government failing and not exactly a beginner trip, but it could be more fun and cheaper (or expensive) because of that too. My neighbor from college was from there and the only way I'd go there is if I hit him up first to come with me.
>Preferably NOT in Latin America or Europe, but they aren't necessarily off limits.
Honestly there's a lot of great recommendations for both as excellent starters.
Italy and South France are classic starters.
-B tier cities in Spain like Valencia or Servile plus Morocco or Portugal would be great.
-Vienna and Budapest would be a good trip.
-Doing a Chile, Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Uruguay/Rio de grande sul trip also is a different take on south America where you'll experience the fall foliage in spring.
If you want to really go off the beaten
path but somewhere still safe try Nepal or Bhutan.
Also don't forget each timezone you move across is going to fuck you up more with jet lag (which someti is a non issue and sometimes as an absolute mood killer). So definitely keep that in mind.