Travelling alone is one of the most exciting things a person can do in their lifetime. You always hear people reflect on how rewarding it is to thrust yourself into an unknown environment, completely immerse yourself in something new, without any ties to your life back home. What you hear less is how intimidating it can be to travel alone. And let’s face it, there are some places that amplify rather than ease this fear. No two people will have the same travel experience, but voyagers from all over the world agree that Halifax is a particularly great place to travel alone.
Economically speaking, Halifax has a couple of centrally located-hostels that are great alternatives to hotels or B&Bs. Hotels can be expensive if you’re travelling alone. If you’re concerned about meeting other people or where to get information about the city, you can kill two birds with one stone by opting for a hostel. You’ll definitely meet likeminded travelers in this environment, as well as having access to friendly staff with the answers to any questions you might have.
Although every major city is has a handful of hostels of their own, what sets Halifax apart is the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the city. Other top travel destinations, big cities across Canada, have a hustle and bustle that Halifax just does not have. The fussiness that often accompanies sprawling metropolises can be especially wearisome when travelling alone. It’s hard to take in the scenery and relax among the sounds of rush hour traffic. Even things as simple as picking up lunch for the next day can be difficult if you have to walk fifteen minutes just to reach the nearest grocery store. Yeah, you can bust out a map, but if you’re like me, maybe you like to try to blend in with the locals.
In terms of getting out and having solo adventures, you really couldn’t ask for a better place to take in the sights alone. There are so many outdoor activities: harbour tours, Citadel Hill, the maritime museum, and more. Halifax really has a great selection of tourist attractions that cater to solo travelers. If you want the full maritime landscape experience, Halifax is also the main departure point for a number of multi-day travel tours, which is why the area is a haven for ornithologists and avid nature lovers. These are the sorts of things in life that are best enjoyed alone. No offence to your friends.
Halifax is a city where many of its finest characteristics are best enjoyed at an individual pace. The city itself is warm, and the people inviting. If you’re looking for a destination that that is completely unique to your own experience, without outside noise, Halifax should be at the top of your list.