I just got back from Rio de Janeiro last night and once again I can say it was a trip of a lifetime. Although people try to discourage me from traveling alone I persevere with the choice I make and believe in a thing called “independence”. I don’t think you have really experienced traveling until you do it alone. Yes there are many potentially negative sides to it : danger, boredom, lonesomeness to name a few. However you are in charge of making your holiday what you want it to be. If you don’t want Danger, go to safe places, if you don’t want to experience boredom, get up and do something, if you feel lonely go talk to some people. Traveling on your own you create the holiday you desire. However for you to enjoy a solo holiday you do need to have certain characteristics, the following in my opinion are the most important: Positive attitude, independence, spontaneousness and last but not least being a yes person. So if you have these characteristics take the initiative and do it and I promise you will never look back. So here are some pics from my vacation.
I stayed in a hostel called el misti in Ipanema check it out, a very safe area in Rio. I was recommended to stay here by a friend and it was very good place to stay indeed.
I would say if you are traveling alone you should stay in a hostel as you meet people easier this way. This doesn’t mean you must stay in a dorm, you can also choose a private room which will give you some privacy. Best however is to split it up, 4 nights dorm, 2 night private room. This way you give your body and soul a break from the craziness from time to time.
On Rio’s famous beaches. Go to Ipanema beach. It’s better than Copacabana, just less crowded and touristy. Still touristy but not as much. Of course don’t bring many valuables to the beach if you plan on leaving your stuff unattended.Or if you persist, bury it in the sand, but know where you buried it haha
Hangliding, yes scary stuff but totally worth it. Not as bad as it looks. Take a risk you will love it. For me holidays are not about lying at a beach so if you are like me and always looking for something more exciting, give this a shot. Don’t waste your holiday on just boozing and beach, try some new things that you would never do at home.
I mean you kinda have to go and see the Christ while you are there but I wouldn’t say it’s the best thing in Rio. Also because a lot of times you go up in can be too cloudy to even see the Christ. I prefer the sugar loaf ( view from sugar loaf in second pic), as many others do as well. So if you are pressed for time, choose the sugar loaf.
Yes, I love being active, specially on my holidays because I have the time to practice sports I don’t normally practice. Skateboarding I do enjoy from time to time and it is very popular in Rio, especially along the beach or on the lagoon. It also helps to clear that hangover. 😉
Nothing like cachaca on the beach. Supposedly helps to clear a cold. Mmh I’m doubtful about that but definitely did make me feel better mentally but not physically haha.
The slums of Rio. Rocinha, the biggest slum in South America.You can’t see Rio without coming here. A must-see in my opinion. Of course I would not recommend you coming here by yourself ( although it did actually enter my brain 😂 because I’m a bit like that) I am very glad I didn’t though. I went with a tour, which makes you feel safe, but not only that you get all the background and inside knowledge of the place. Therefore you will really get to understand how things work there. You will see guns, wild kids and general poverty. Hence if you are feeling adventurous and like a bit of Danger, come here, but most definitely with a tour. The chances of you getting shot otherwise would be significantly higher, I imagine 😉