There are many misconceptions about introverts – whether they’re deemed shy, scared to socialize or even unhappy. Many introverts just enjoy their personal space and like to keep their thoughts private, prompting comparethemarket.com to research the best locations for introverts to visit using metrics such as population, number of small B&Bs or guesthouses, number of parks and the cost of a meal.
Russia takes the number one spot for the most introvert-friendly holiday destination, while Scandinavia has ranked as the best region overall, with three countries appearing in the top 10.
The ultimate destinations for introverts according to comparethemarket.com:
- Russia – The largest country on Earth, if majestic domes and secluded regions tickle your fancy, Russia might be the perfect destination for you. With a population of just 146 million despite its vast size, this country has more than enough space for you to get lost in the skylines or mountains, as there are only nine people per square kilometre. With 219 parks and nearly 66% of hotels classed as small B&Bs or guesthouses, it’s the perfect adventure for those looking to wander.
- Canada – With its picturesque skylines and serene landscapes, Canada has something for everyone. And with its population of 37 million, Canada’s vast area means there’s technically only four people per square kilometre – allowing travellers to have the choice to explore the metropolis of Toronto or the beautiful Jasper National Park on their own.
- Argentina – Known for the tango and its delicious beef, Argentina combines the vibrancy of South American culture with the serenity of relaxation. With over 258 parks, it’s the perfect destination for those who love nature – from the Andes Mountains to glacial lakes. And with a much smaller population than Russia at 44.4 million, there are some perfect spots if to escape everyday life and slow down a little.
- Australia – A traveller hotspot, Australia is perfect for those looking to push their boundaries with an opportunity to explore the golden beaches or the wilderness of the outback. A dream for wildlife lovers, Australia has around 192 parks and nearly 60% of its hotels are classed as small B&Bs or guesthouses, so visitors can go down under whilst staying under the radar.
- Finland – What’s a top 10 list without a Scandinavian country featured? With a population of 5.5 million people, Finland is often stereotyped as a nation of introverts. Stroll through the lush forests, or wander the streets of Helsinki, there’s plenty to do to get lost in the Finnish scenery.
- New Zealand – New Zealand has the potential to warm any introvert’s heart, and with an abundance of natural and surreal scenery, more than 250 parks and easy going locals, it’s definitely one to consider.
- Norway – Why not set out into the majestic landscapes of Norway? With a population of 5.3 million people, there are only 16 people per sq. km. — meaning visitors can swap the busy city life for mountains and deep blue fjords.
- Iceland – Iceland is a country everyone should visit to see the natural beauty of the planet, with the Northern Lights, spas and lagoons just a few of its highlights. With self-driving tours, opportunities to see whales and the chance to enjoy 184 parks, this may be a sanctuary for introverts looking to escape.
- Bolivia – With a population of 11.3 million people, the capital city of La Paz and downtown areas are constantly crowded and buzzing. However, there are parts of Bolivia where an introvert can appreciate some quiet alone time in the natural surroundings, and nearly 72% of hotels are classed as small B&Bs or guesthouses.
- Namibia – The only African country to feature in the top 10, Namibia ranks number one for the percentage of small B&Bs and guesthouses – with over 87% of all hotels in this category. So for those that want to escape the resorts, enjoy wildlife and watch the horizon, Namibia may be one of the most versatile destinations of them all.
Each location was ranked using various metrics, covering population, area, jobs, property, and lifestyle factors.