Are you traveling alone?
Being a solo traveler brings a sense of freedom and empowerment you will not find anywhere else.
The world is chock-full of thrilling, exciting, and culturally rich events perfectly suited for solo wanderers.
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Here is an updated list of must-see events around the globe, complete with budget tips, transportation options, personal anecdotes, and handy references.
The Cherry Blossom Festival – Japan
Japan dresses up in pink with cherry blossoms or Sakura every spring. The celebration, known as Hanami, occurs nationwide from March to May.
Solo traveler Hannah, who blogs at Wandering Hannah, shared her experience, “Strolling through parks under the shower of Sakura petals was an ethereal experience I will never forget.”
Consider staying at a Capsule Hotel for a unique, budget-friendly experience.
As for transportation, Japan’s rail system is top-notch; consider investing in a Japan Rail Pass to save money.
Burning Man – USA
Held in the Nevada desert, Burning Man, a festival celebrating art, self-expression, and self-reliance, is an unparalleled journey.
Our friend, Jake, who vlogs about his solo travels on YouTube, captured the essence of Burning Man, “No two people will have the same Burning Man experience. It is what you make it.”
Try joining a theme camp for affordable accommodation and meal options.
The Burner Express Bus service provides transportation to and from the event.
La Tomatina – Spain
Were you looking for an unconventional adventure?
La Tomatina, held in Buñol last Wednesday of August, might be your tea.
“Getting drenched in a tomato fight was something I never knew I needed to experience until I did!” says solo traveler Emma.
Budget accommodations are available in nearby Valencia. Transportation to Buñol is easily accessible via local trains or buses.
Full Moon Party – Thailand
Known for its beach parties, Thailand’s Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan Island is a magnet for solo travelers.
“The energy is infectious! You are bound to make friends and have a blast!” claims solo traveler Alex on his blog Alex’s Adventures.
Hostels near Haad Rin Beach are budget-friendly and convenient. Songthaews (shared taxis) are the primary mode of transportation on the island.
Oktoberfest – Germany
Love good beer, tasty food, and lively music? Then Oktoberfest in Munich is a must-visit. Solo traveler Priya recounts, “I made so many friends at the communal beer tables. The camaraderie was heartwarming!”
Consider booking a bed at one of Munich’s hostels early – they fill up quickly during Oktoberfest.
In addition, Munich’s public transport system is extensive, making getting around a breeze.
Carnaval – Brazil
Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval is a global spectacle of dance and music.
“The spirit, the energy, the costumes – it is an out-of-this-world experience!” says vlogger Mike, who documented his experience on his YouTube channel Mike’s Travel Guide.
Hostels in Rio are an affordable accommodation option.
The city’s metro system is your best bet for Carnaval, as many streets are closed.
Holi – India
The ‘Festival of Colors,’ Holi, is a vibrant and joyous event.
Solo traveler Lola shares, “Nothing prepares you for the ecstatic frenzy of colors, music, and dance!”
Budget accommodations are available across India. Traveling by train is a popular, cost-effective option.
These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg.
Remember, the world is your oyster when you are traveling solo.
So stay open-minded, respect local customs, and have fun! Safe travels, fellow wanderers!