If uncrowded areas and secluded escapes sound like bliss to you, then you might want to put one of these introverted vacation destinations on your list.
Forget the crowds and hype of places like Vegas, L.A., and Cancun because these hidden gems are much more your style. Some actually cater to introverts while others have managed to fly under the radar for years! Whether you like to travel with a fellow introvert or plan to hit the road solo, you’ll have plenty of time to reflect and be alone.
Finland already has a reputation for being a county of introverts, so you can be assured that you can keep to yourself when you visit. All of Finland can be great for introverts, like Lakeland and the coastal areas of Archipelago. However, if you like to be as remote as possible, head to the Lapland area. During the summer, you’ll find miles and miles of wilderness with 24 hours of daylight. If you go outside of summertime, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the Aurora Borealis, which can be seen more than 200 nights a year.
WHERE: New Zealand
Want to fly under the radar? Hit New Zealand. It has lots of popular spots to like the black sand beach of Piha, but you can easily escape the city to drive the gorgeous countryside. You’ll find plenty of trip options to choose from, like this one going from Auckland to Glenorchy. Hitting the road on your own will really allow you to go at your own speed and to do and see as you please.
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The first step in picking a Caribbean Island destination that won’t be overrun with tourists is to find an island that you haven’t heard of. For many, this is Grenada, known as the “Island of Spice”. It’s located just south of Barbados and St. Lucia, and northeast of Venezuela. While you’re visiting the island, be sure to snorkel in the underwater sculpture park. It’s one of the most unique snorkeling experiences you can have, and best of all, there’s no talking involved!
If you think about national parks in Utah, you’ll probably first think of Arches, with its famous formations and Zion, just outside of Las Vegas. However, the true hidden treasure is Bryce Canyon, even though it only receives about one-third the number of visitors of Zion. If you’re an introvert, this is a good thing. To get the most alone time, start your visit bright and early to see the hoodoos. Then, skip the shuttle service (even though it’s great), and take the scenic drive by yourself, where you’ll find plenty of lookouts to stop at along the way.
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This massive state has been attracting introverts for decades. If you’ve ever thought of “living off the grid,” then chances are, you’ve looked into Alaska. Outside of Fairbanks and Anchorage (which are still good for introverts), you can pretty much go anywhere in Alaska to avoid the crowds. This is a state that truly lets you be and doesn’t ask a lot of questions. For fewer crowds, stick to destinations north of Fairbanks like North Pole, Alaska or the Gates of the Arctic National Park.
To really go off the beaten path in California, you have to get beyond the outskirts of the cities like San Diego, L.A., and San Francisco. Shelter Cove is the perfect little beach town, about four hours north of the bay area. It’s a secluded area with less than 700 people, but the views are gorgeous, and it’s a great escape any time of the year. Your best bet is to Airbnb around Shelter Cove, or stay outside of the town and drive in for the day.
You don’t really think of the word island being mentioned with Wisconsin, do you? The Apostle Islands are a designated National Lakeshore located in the far northern tip of the state. It’s made up 21 individual islands, which are absolutely gorgeous in summer. Plus, they’ll probably be one of the most remote islands you can visit on vacation. If you’re brave enough to visit in winter, you might even get to se the natural beauty of the ice caves. Check out the nearby town of Bayfield to learn more about the area and to plan your visit.
This county is the size of Connecticut, but with only 17,000 people, it feels totally remote. The people of Piscataquis are proud of this fact, too. If you want to escape from everyday life or get away to the country, this is a great place to do that. You can go camping or rent a cottage in the area and find plenty of hiking and fishing throughout the county.
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WHERE: New York
Many people know this region for the long thin lakes between Rochester and Syracuse, but it’s also recognized for being amazing wine country. Forget the crowds of Napa and escape to this area for plenty of tastings and wine deals. To avoid crowds, don’t go on weekends in the summer. If you can figure out how to make a trip during the week work, your introverted self will appreciate it.
Split between British Columbia and Alberta, the Canadian Rockies feature some of the best wilderness in Canada. This is saying a lot, too, since most of Canada is wilderness and perfect for introverts. Plan your visit to this gorgeous area whether you’re visiting in summer or winter. If you like action, you might look into rafting the Kicking Horse River. If you like trains, check out the travel-by-train options through the heart of the mountains.
Argentina is your ticket to getting to one of the most remote areas in the world—Antarctica. Don’t be too quick to jet off, though, since Argentina is a wonderful place to discover nature. If you plan your trip right, you’ll see waterfalls, the Andes Mountains, penguins, and whales, among many other great sites. You can find great wineries or go exploring on your own to get lost in the amazing landscapes.
This area, known as The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, is a popular hot spot for those who like to unplug and escape by canoe. The calm waters are some of the most remote in the United States and cover about a million acres in the Superior National Forest. Be sure to do some research for the right time to go. You won’t want to plan a trip in the smack dab middle of summer or you’ll have never-ending issues with bugs. If you love nature, then this is definitely a trip that goes on the bucket list.
Glacier National Park
When people go to Glacier, they often wonder why they didn’t get there sooner. Around six hours northwest of Yellowstone, it’s definitely worth the extra drive. Here is where you’ll find International Peace Park where run-off water from the glaciers split their flow between the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Arctic Ocean. It’s important to plan this trip soon as the glaciers are continuing to melt and will eventually be gone.
You might not think of a place being so close to L.A. as being a good place for introverts, but Catalina Island offers the perfect loner escape when you visit it by sailboat. (This is a great way to turn any part of the Caribbean into an introverted destination, too!) It’s around 22 miles southwest of L.A., so you can go at your own speed to get there. If you happen to be traveling with an extrovert, rest assured there are plenty of things to do on the island like the zip line eco tour. But then when you’re done exploring, just hop back on your sailboat for some peace and quiet.
Under-the-radar beaches are great for any introvert, and Dry Tortugas doesn’t disappoint. You get all the great beach atmosphere of Florida without having to deal with the crowds that you might find in Miami, Clearwater Beach, or Key West. Dry Tortugas is actually a national park, too, located about 70 miles south of the Keys. Escape the crowds and go for a snorkeling adventure you’ll never forget.
Paris gets all the attention, but the countryside is where it’s at for introverts. There are so many great places to go where you don’t have to fight the crowds, and Cluny is one of the best destinations for your wanderings. This town has a strong Roman influence, and you’ll definitely want to stop by the gorgeous abbey church. It should be just one of your stops throughout the countryside or while stopping off at wineries throughout the area.