Oh the joy of independent travel! There is nothing more thrilling than devising a vacation itinerary that completely indulges every last whim. It goes without saying that independent travel suits independent spirits, but it also works for those wishing to save money, see more and get the real deal on a destination. Traveling without the safety net (or strait jacket, opinions vary) of an organized vacation or tour company allows you the freedom to go with the flow, act on impulse, change plans, go places nobody else wants to go – it’s great!
So where are the top spots tempting independent travelers today? Let’s have a look at some inspiring vacation ideas for intrepid adventurers who like to go it alone.
This small country in the middle east was relatively unknown until recently, when its bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 was successful. Now Qatar is on the radar of travelers keen to get in early before the World Cup rush. Access to Qatar by air is into the capital Doha where Qatar Airways have a growing network. It is possible to enter the country by car or bus from neighboring Saudi Arabia.
Qatar is almost completely surrounded by sea, making it the perfect water-sports destination. Dune bashing in a 4X4 in the desert is a popular past time as is shopping in the many futuristic malls. Whilst not exactly a cheap destination, spending can be reduced by shopping in the souks and eating at roadside stalls. The country is small so seeing a lot in a short time is feasible.
This place is an independent travelers paradise. With beaches to rival its near neighbors Greece and Croatia and a verdant interior scattered with snow capped mountains and river gorges, Albania awaits discovery. Not so long ago this Eastern European country was under communist rule and fascinating traces of its history are to be seen everywhere. Not yet a member of the EU, prices in Albania are cheap, making it possible to go far on very little budget. Many carriers fly into the capital Tirana, making it inexcusable not to check out this uncrowded, unspoilt gem before the secret gets out.
This South American country perfectly suits the nature of the independent traveler. Here is a land that appeals to those who dare to step off the well worn tourist paths to discover volcanoes, mountains and rainforests. For civilization, head to the cities where great food and friendly people are the norm. With oceans all around a laid back beach culture thrives in Costa Rica and surfing and diving are popular.
There are choices galore when it comes to accommodation with cheap hostels, mid-range hotels and luxury resorts catering for all budgets . Independent travelers get around cheaply by bus or by car and motorbike rentals.. Costa Rica is the ultimate, no-compromise destination for the independent traveler looking for great weather, wildlife and as much or as little adventure as they choose.
Feeling tempted? All three destination ideas require an element of thinking ‘outside the box’ which is something independent travelers do best. Thanks to their unique twist on the usual vacation fare these countries should have independent travelers hastily reaching for their passports in an instant.