05 October 2016

Why Colombia is the Perfect Place for Solo Travel

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You’ve probably heard all the benefits of solo travel: it fosters independence and self-reflection, it forces you to problem solve and encourages you to meet new people during your trip. So once you decide to let go of any apprehensions about traveling alone, the next thing to figure out is where this solo adventure is going to take place. The answer: Colombia. Your next solo trip should definitely be to Colombia. Here’s why:

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Colombia is Cheap

Solo travel is great, but one drawback is not having anyone to split costs with. Lodging, food and transportation can put a dent in your travel budget if you’re shouldering all the expenses alone. Luckily, traveling in Colombia doesn’t have to be pricey, especially if you are coming from the United States, Canada, Australia or the Unite Kingdom where the local currency is two to three times stronger than the Colombian peso. Combine that buying power with the cheap, but delicious food found all around Colombia, and you are in for a good deal.

People are Friendly

I’m not trying to stereotype a whole group of people (even if it’s a positive stereotype), but Colombians are known for being warm and friendly. It’s not unusual for Colombians to invite travelers to dine with the family or show a visitor around town. Before settling in Bogotá, I encountered so many nice people who went out of their way to help me while I traveled alone through Colombia. Whether it was a waiter who sat down with me to help make a list of the best places to visit in Medellín, or an Uber driver who wanted to make sure I wasn’t lost when I got out of his car, people in this country have no problem with going the extra mile to welcome visitors. This positive trait is especially useful to solo travelers who might have questions about getting around or just want someone to shoot the breeze with.

Plenty of Activities

Wandering around the streets of a foreign country can be exhilarating with a partner by your side, but it might get a little lonely without anyone to talk to or share your observations with. “Wow! There’s a fruit stand on every corner here,” you’ll say to no one. Having a structured activity like a tour is a great way for solo travelers to experience all Colombia has to offer while interacting with people from all over the world. Just in Bogotá alone, there are food tours, coffee tours, historic city tours and more available to visitors. Free Salsa classes are also offered in Colombia’s major cities, especially Cali, which also happens to be the Salsa capital of the world.

So go ahead and book that flight for you and only you. Adventure, empowerment and really tasty food await you on a solo trip to Colombia.


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Anneliese Delgado

About the author:

Anneliese Delgado is an American writer living in Bogotá. Her mother is from the United States and her father is from Venezuela, giving her the unique opportunity to blend in on the streets of Colombia, while still viewing the country from the eyes of an outsider. When she’s not writing, she’s playing soccer, wandering around stores with no intention on buying anything and binge-watching Netflix. You can read more about her adventures on her blog at abroadincolombia.com.

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