Even though an estimated 20% to 40% of the population are thought to have introverted qualities, there are plenty of misconceptions about what this actually means. Being an introvert doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily shy or socially anxious, in fact introverts can be very self-assured and confident. Of course, there can be plenty of travelling situations which can make introverts uncomfortable, thanks to large busy crowds, over-stimulation and feeling like you have no time to yourselves. Worldwide travel company Kuoni has released new research, speaking to over 360 introverted couples to discover where their favourite destinations are around the world for a honeymoon adventure that perfectly suits the more reclusive souls.
Italian cities like Rome and Venice are notorious for their hustle and bustle, however, there are a number of regions in Italy which are particularly suited for travellers looking for a slower paced, more private escape. The southern regions of Basilicata & Puglia offer stunning forests and mountains, dotted with tiny churches and traditional villages, as well as a sprawling coastline that’s home to stylish adult-only resorts.
Filled with ancient traditions, waterside cities and peaceful landscapes, China has so much that will appeal to reclusive travellers with a taste for adventure – from private river cruises on the Bund in Shanghai, to visiting limestone karsts in the quaint town of Yangshuo. There are guided tours available which take in everything from temple visits to traditional dumpling making classes and early viewings to avoid the crowds at the Terracotta Warriors. These types of tours are a great idea for introverts as they include plenty of scheduled downtime and privacy so you can enjoy your own time and company.
Mauritius is always a popular choice for introverted couples, unsurprising when you realise that this island paradise lies in the heart of the Indian Ocean and is home to tranquil jungles and undisturbed coastlines. While the small island offers the chance to simply sit back and switch off for uninterrupted beach days, travellers looking to experience the island’s culture can visit beautiful Hindu temples, take lessons in the Creole language or visit fresh food markets at the local fishing villages.
Sandwiched between Tibet and India, the relatively small nation of Nepal punches way above its weight for an incredible travelling experience. As well as the being the home of Mount Everest, you’ll also find rare animals and the friendliest people you could wish to meet. While the capital Kathmandu definitely makes an impression with its chaotic and dusty streets, just wait until you head out of the city -this country is like nowhere you have been before. Taking a scenic mountain flight over the Himalayas is a super humbling activity, or if you don’t have a head for heights, visit the lowland plans and Chitwan National Park, home of the illusive Bengal tiger and the Asian rhino.
This multicultural garden city is perfect for introverts who like to be surrounded with life and energy, but who don’t want the pressure to join in. It’s a city packed with contrasts, with modern skyscrapers sitting next to colonial architecture, and space-age botanic gardens with towering trees offering an escape from the street markets and mouth-watering restaurants.
6. New Zealand
This dramatic and unspoilt land is perfect for introverts who want to feel like their travelling in a fantasy land. Famously the setting for The Lord of the Rings, New Zealand has snowy mountains, forested valleys, majestic ice floes, dormant volcanoes, rolling vineyards and pristine beaches. One of the best ways for introverts to explore all that the country has to offer, in a way that suits them, is with a self-drive tour that gives you the freedom to explore the different landscapes at your own pace.
The Bahamas has long attracted free spirits looking for adventure, and it’s easy to see how it might be more suited to an extrovert personality. However, with calm turquoise waters and soft white, pink and gold sands, there are plenty of hidden havens to tuck yourself away in here. The capital of Nassau is a great place to explore, and photographers will particularly love the Georgian architecture in a variety of pretty pastel shades. Diving and snorkelling is amazing here too, so you can take in the natural beauty in your own calm quiet bubble.
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