Although there are areas of pretty much any country that will suit introverts, iTHINK recommends staying out of metropolitan cities and party destinations.
This isn’t to say that introverts should never visit those places – you might surprise yourself and love them. Start small to increase your confidence.
If you want to avoid the crowds, head to remote parts of the Nordic island like the Eastern Region, Westfjords, and Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
However, if you want to explore the world introvert and free, there are a million locations around the world where you can be yourself without having to worry about city noise or too many people.
iTHINK has found for you, 10 amazing places introverts must explore! Happy travels!
Argentina has perfected the art of grilling meats over the years. It’s world famous steak, as well as its Italian heritage, come together to create a foodie’s paradise.
The cities are a melting pot of activity, culture and history. Each has its own vibrancy and edginess that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else in the world.
From the Jesuit ruins of Corboda to the world’s southernmost city of Ushuaia, the cities of Argentina are all things amazing.
With the Andes on the west side, containing glacial lakes, unparalleled mountain landscapes and the incredible trekking trails of National Park Lanin, and Patagonia’s wilderness, jagged peaks and impressive views, to the south: Argentina is the perfect place to unwind and escape the everyday.
Experience wildlife like never before. Throw in a couple of incredible beaches, cactus-filled deserts, and tango lessons, and this will go down as an unbeatable holiday destination.
While Bhutan isn’t known for being budget-friendly, it is an incredibly peaceful and spiritual place to explore.
The country is known for pioneering the concept of Gross National Happiness and it uses this philosophy in its approach to sustainable tourism.
So, while paying $250 per day to stay is quite a hefty amount to some, the fee does include accommodation, food, transport, and an official guide. Don’t worry though, your itinerary can be tailor-made to suit you.
This makes it perfect for those wishing to explore a side to Asia that is often overlooked.
Trekking in Bhutan is not nearly as popular as the likes of Nepal or Tibet, but, as the commercialisation of Mount Everest comes into the firing line, it may be time to look elsewhere for our mountainous challenges.
The philosophy of the country, aided by its strictly enforced visitors’ fee, means that Bhutan’s Himalayan region will be protected in the years to come. So, why not soak up all that altitude in a completely carbon-neutral country?
Canada has very few people per square kilometre – four to be exact. That means that you’ll probably find yourself blissfully alone when making your way across one of its many national parks.
Perhaps the best way to explore it all (this may be a little ambitious given its size), is to hire a campervan and drive along the incredibly scenic highways and routes, making the most of Canada’s beautiful wilderness.
Make sure to make a stop at Long Island or Brier Island, Nova Scotia, to whale-watch!
The Canadians are known for their love of the arts, and with many film, jazz and art festivals being conducted throughout the country, you’d be silly to miss one out.
So, whether you’re hiking through Banff, skiing in Whistler, or taking a well-earned break with some local wine and fresh seafood, Canada truly offers it all.
The Finnish are renown for their introverted nature, which isn’t surprising when you learn that it’s one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe.
That, plus it’s incredible landscapes and wildlife, makes it one of the best locations for introverts to explore at their leisure.
The capital, Helsinki, is rich in its immaculate architecture and design. Every inch of the city offers something exquisite. From cafes, art museums, markets and parks, Helsinki is an introvert’s dream.
Venture outside of the city and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the best of what Finland has to offer – nature.
From its lush greenery to the snowy mountains of the north, getting around to see it all is easy.
The VisitFinland website recommends slow travel, allowing you to be sympathetic to the environment and make the most of the sublime scenery.
So, hire a bicycle, ride a husky-pulled sleigh, or canoe your way through the Land of the Midnight Sun!
This is one for the David Attenborough fans out there. Like Bhutan, tourism into the Galapagos Islands is restricted, with only 80,000 people managing to visit each year.
Protecting the diverse ecosystem is of top priority; if you do manage to squeeze in a visit, what you’ll find there is incredible. Blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marina iguanas – the list seems endless.
The lack of crowds makes the Galapagos Islands one of the best places for introverts to explore.
Not only are they pretty isolated from the mainland, but the wildlife and greenery there is both unique and fascinating.
If you don’t manage to visit, which is understandable due to the travel restrictions, the rest of Ecuador is not to be scoffed at – with being home to part of the Amazon rainforest and all.
Iceland appeared on the top of everyone’s list – introverts and extroverts alike – and it’s not hard to see why.
It’s reputation for safety and low crime rates make it the perfect destination for solo travellers.
With seemingly endless volcanoes, glaciers and thermal springs on offer, as well as the extraordinary natural light show of aurora borealis, Iceland has been the ultimate travel adventure for some time now.
If you want to avoid the crowds, head to remote parts of the Nordic island like the Eastern Region, Westfjords, and Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Here, you’ll find endless dramatic coastlines, stunning waterfalls and peacefully quiet hiking trails.
Please be a responsible traveller and respect the local wildlife, which is abundant all over the country.
If you tire from all that nature, head back into Reykjavik and spend endless hours people-watching from cosy café windows.
Whether you’re kayaking across Lake Wanaka or tramping across a volcano, New Zealand is a tiny haven for outdoor activity (and arguably the best hiking destination on the planet).
Canyoning the torrents and rafting the rivers are a must for anyone who finds themselves in the land of the Kiwis. Immerse yourself in Māori culture; take part traditional dances (haka) and view the exquisite carvings and brilliant designs made by the indigenous population.
Understanding the importance of the Māori is a great way to really connect with the country.
While nearby Australia’s cities might be too much for some, Kiwis have ensured their smaller urban areas are enriched with culture, cafes, and artsy scenes.
It’s hard to be overwhelmed when everyone is just so nice! With accessible wilderness and easy-going locals, it’s easy to see why New Zealand is on our list of amazing places.
The highlands and islands of Scotland are some of the most beautiful on the planet, and, with over 800 of them to choose from, it’s not hard to imagine yourself escaping the daily grind to explore the glorious wild beaches, caves and grasslands.
The natural wonders of Scotland include the Old Man of Hoy, Corryvreckan Whirlpool and Fingal’s Cave; manmade wonders of Scotland include castles-a-plenty and bloody good food.
Spend hours hiking the dramatic landscapes and explore the hidden gems on offer, before heading to a nearby pub or traditional hostelry to unwind – there’s a lot of them!
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to a local folk festival. Smaller and more characterful than the likes of Glastonbury, Scottish festivals are not to be missed.
With all this to explore, it’s no wonder that Scotland’s Highlands and Islands made Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019.
Between Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Slovenia might actually be one of the greenest countries on earth. It’s also a place rich in outdoor pursuits so best get your trainers on for this one!
An activity not to be missed is rafting the Soĉa. Valleys, lakes, caves, wildflower fields, farmlands – the list of places to develop wanderlust is never-ending.
With so much diversity in landscape, it’s no surprise that Slovenes view their food the same way. Fresh and locally sourced ingredients come together in unusual combinations that delight the senses and leave you wanting more.
The medieval towns are a dream to walk through; despite being a capital city, Ljubljana even has that distinct small-town feel thanks to its picturesque streets, architecture and riverbanks.
Whether you’re soaking up the history of the towns, getting involved in adventurous activities, or relaxing by Bled’s lakeside, Slovenia truly has it all.
USA’s National Parks
The national parks of North America are an introvert’s dream – natural wonders as far as the eye can see. The Oregon Coast is filled with secluded beaches, incredible sunsets and stunning trails.
If you fancy something a little more adrenaline-fuelled, head over to Hawaii and experience its jaw-dropping Volcanoes National Park for lava deserts and active volcanoes.
With 13 of its own parks, including Zion and Bryce Canyon, Utah offers a great alternative if you don’t fancy battling the crowds at Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
Glacier National Park in Montana is a great place to take a road trip and explore some of our planet’s vulnerable natural wonders, like the run-off from nearby glaciers at the International Peace Park.
With 700 miles of hiking trials, meadows and hidden lakes, this place is a destination of its own. The vastness of each park ensures solitude, so get ready to soak up some spectacular sights and reconnect with the wildness of the natural world.
Notable additions to this list include Japan and Denmark – well worth a visit if you get the chance.
When compiling a list of amazing locations for you to explore, iTHINK has tried to be as open as possible in terms of location, though we have ended up with four European countries and none from the African continent.
The level of spending is varied, with most coming in at mid-range. So, what are you waiting for? Here’s the inspiration; get travelling!
Hi! I’m Emily. I write about all things travel for INTROVERT. I have no permanent plans, no permanent address, and no permanent worries! I’ve been making my way across the globe since February; wherever there’s sunshine, there’s me.