Travel as Therapy: Introvert-Friendly Destinations
“’Come out of your shell’ – that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go and some humans are just the same.” ~ Susan Cain
Incoming conference call beeping on Skype. Facebook notifications popping on your PC screen. smartphone reminders pinging round the clock. Printers whirring. A PM from your significant other still unopened on Viber, along with your mom’s voice message. Billboard ads jumping out at you at every step. Endless streams of viral content crowding your Twitter feed. In the world we live in, information is king, and non-stop communication is a golden standard.
For introverts, the frantic tempo of 21st-century life can be a source of an information overload and multimedia-inflicted shell shock, both of which require downtime away from other people and busy city streets. When life gets too tough to bear, an introvert can embark on a solo travel as a form of therapy and a way to disconnect to reconnect with themselves. But what are the best world’s destinations where a drained introvert can find refuge, relief, and refreshment? For a solo adventurer, destination options are limited only by the travel budget. Here are a few cool ideas to help an introvert pick the best spot to replenish internal batteries and indulge in their time alone before they get back on the strong, steady, and busy track.
RECHARGE BY THE OCEAN IN KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND
A secluded wildlife marine haven, Kaikoura is a perfect spot for introverts to go whale watching, kayaking, seabird spotting, or to simply enjoy long nature walks against a scenic ocean backdrop. Snugly nested between the Pacific Ocean and the forbidding Seaward Kaikoura Range some 180 kilometers north of Christchurch, the village is a great destination for introverts who want to mix up the encounters with marine life with excursions to picturesque towns in the area.
TAKE STRESS FOR A GLACIER HIKE IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Iceland may not be a top favourite for just about every tourist, but Reykjavik definitely deserves a place on an introverted traveller’s bucket list. Away from hot European destinations, the world’s northernmost capital is a great spot to go snorkelling, glacier hiking, and exploring local wildlife. Lovers of natural beauty should check out Thingvellir National Park and the awe-inspiring Silfra Tectonic Fissure, Golden Circle, and Gullfoss waterfall, while tourists looking to chase chills out of their bones can check in at one of the numerous hot springs and geothermal geysers the area is famous for.
LOSE YOURSELF IN THE BIG CITY IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Home to some of the world’s loveliest beaches, Sydney ranks high on the list of hot destinations, but its popularity among tourists doesn’t make it any less of an introvert’s travel paradise. Solo explorers of the Land Down Under can book a room in one of the best boutique hotels in Sydney and spend their days admiring local culture and arts, tourist attractions, and heritage sites such as the Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks, and Sydney Opera House. Introverts looking to lose themselves in nature’s lap can take a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, spend a day on one of the amazing beaches, or go hiking up the Blue Mountains.
YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
A South African destination rapidly climbing up the global tourism ladder, Cape Town is a true exotic jewel a worn-out introvert will thoroughly relish. For a dose of sun and fresh ocean air, a solo tourist can head over to pristine beaches such as Llandudno, Boulders Beach, or Camps Bay, while history fans can go exploring some of the oldest heritage sites on the continent, such as the Iziko Slave Lodge, Robben Island, and the District Six Museum. Wildlife aficionados can dive in the shark-infested waters of Gansbaai, hike up the Table Mountain, or go penguin spotting at the Boulder’s Beach African Penguin Colony. For bonus flavor points, the local cuisine is joy for the palate, so if you’re going to Cape Town, make sure you don’t miss out on the gustatory fun.
SEEK SOLACE IN PAPAGAYO PENINSULA, COSTA RICA
Nothing can clear away the dark clouds like a long, refreshing ocean dive. Introverts who want to spend their Me time away from home soaking up the sun should get a ticket to the Papagayo Peninsula in Costa Rica. Contrary to popular misconceptions, a Costa Rica holiday doesn’t have to set you back a lot if planned with due care. Once you land in the lap of the tropical paradise, don’t forget to check in at one of the world’s most captivating diving spots, or go fishing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, and exploring the breathtaking little inlets and coves in the Gulf of Papagayo.
When life starts throwing lemons at introverts, they know the time has come to take a time-out and hit the road. The next time you feel the travel bug in your bones, pick one of these amazing destinations and pack your bags: after all, life can be effortless if you know how to make it such and have what it takes to do it. If all the hard coping work is going a bit too hard on your nerves, there’s no problem a brief escape from the madding crowd won’t fix. Bon voyage!
Author Bio – Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.