Hiking through an American national park
Beauty, wildness and isolation – what more could an introvert want? Choose the park you visit based on what kind of environment you prefer: the Grand Canyon has dramatic views and gorgeous warm colours, for example, while the Rocky Mountains have spectacular landscapes. The vastness of the parks ensures glorious solitude and you’ll have as much time as you want to wander around and wonder at nature.
The Galapagos Islands
Between the travel restrictions, the remoteness and the high prices, visiting these ecologically unique and fascinating islands isn’t easy, and only 80,000 people a year manage to see the Galapagos. This protects the extensive flora and fauna that grow there. Introverts can relax, as there’s little chance of running into overwhelming crowds here.
Iceland gives you ample opportunity to plan your own trip and create your own itinerary, whether you’d prefer to people-watch in the compact capital of Reykjavik or road-trip along on the coastal highway that runs almost the entire edge of the island. The country even has an online dating site specifically for introverts if you fancy getting frisky on your travels.
The first country to pioneer the concept of gross national happiness and use the holistic wellbeing of the nation to influence economic and social policy, introverts might find the thoughtful, peaceful nature of Bhutan to be a perfect escape from their everyday lives. The traditional Buddhist culture and spectacular Himalayan landscape, not to mention the giant painted phalluses (thought to drive away evil), make this a destination like no other.
The cosy capital city that became famous for hygge, Copenhagen is the perfect place to spend a long weekend. You can fill your time with people-watching while wrapped up in knitwear, admiring the coloured houses and clutching a cup of excellent coffee.
Packed with people? Yes. Known for being fast-paced and busy? Yes. Japan might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about introverted travel, but the politeness and respect of personal space found in Japanese culture make it worth considering. Interactions are considerate, whether you’re buying street food or a train ticket. Not to mention the chance to sleep in a capsule hotel, the ultimate individual sleeping space.
One of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, Easter Island will guarantee quiet – your closest island neighbour is 1,289 miles away. But the 900 majestic monolithic moai on the island will ensure that you never feel lonely.
With the world cup being held in Moscow, you might think you need to avoid the soon-to-be crowded capital city. But this country is so vast there is more than enough space for you and the football fans. Wrap up warm and journey through the mountains, plains and lakes.
No, not the music festival. Glastonbury is an established town in its own right, steeped in Arthurian legend and saturated with shops selling mystical-smelling incense and coloured crystals. With the Tor to climb, cider to drink and tie-dye to navigate you won’t get bored – not to mention that there’s a yearly introvert retreat tour that travels there. Glastonbury is the ideal spot to partake in some quiet introspection.
If there’s anyone who understands the need for time spent brooding alone in thought, it’s the French. Here you’ll be able to mooch the streets to your heart’s content, and enjoy a glass of wine in a charming café with no-one bothering you.
This country is the nearly the same size as the UK, but has a fourteenth of the population. The wilderness here is easily accessible, meaning you can paddle your canoe away from civilisation or tramp your way across a volcano. It was one of the last lands to be settled by humans, and the accepting nature of the culture means that visitors are welcome.