The Best Holiday Destinations for Solo TEFL Teachers/ Travellers
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As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, there is a good chance that travelling is in your blood. This might mean that you are living and teaching in Bangkok and travel on your weekends and holidays, or that you are a digital nomad, so you live in Spain but travel whenever and wherever you want.
This is all well and good if you live with a partner who is happy to travel with you or always have a friend handy to vacay with, but some of us want to travel solo. Maybe you prefer the solitude and independence of travelling alone or maybe it’s because you don’t want the lack of a travel partner to jeopardise your plans.
We’re big fans of solo travel but we understand why you might be a bit nervous about doing it. So we thought we’d round up some of our fave holiday destinations for solo TEFL teachers for those of you who want to give it a go.
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Why travel solo?
Go on holiday alone? Why on earth would I do that?
We hear you. The thought of travelling alone can be daunting. The simple fact that you are the only one who is going to make decisions about EVERYTHING can seem like more of a curse than a blessing. You decide where to go, book the tickets, find the accommodation. So if anything goes wrong, it’s on you. And then, when you’re on holiday, how are you going to entertain yourself if you have no friends?
But there are tons of benefits of travelling solo. Travelling solo is the ultimate adventure in responsibility. You have nobody to rely on, so you prove yourself an independent traveller (and person). The freedom is exhilarating. You can go wherever you want, eat whatever you want, do whatever you want. If that means eating McDonald’s when you’re craving it or watching a movie rather than visiting a museum or reading a book on the beach instead of hiking a mountain, then you do you. And no one will say anything.
Besides, if you are lonely, chances are you will meet friendly fellow travellers who would be happy to keep you company.
Read more: 3 Reasons You Should Plan a Solo Vacation
However, we must admit there are a few downfalls when it comes to travelling solo. Who will watch your belongings on the beach while you take a quick dip? How do you know you can trust the guy you just met? How safe will you feel walking around alone with a fancy camera around your neck? So it makes sense to do your due diligence and choose holiday destinations that are specifically suited to solo travellers.
Here are our faves:
Beautiful Costa Rica is known for solo travel. With a gorgeous coastline and a very eco-friendly attitude, Costa Rica is a magnet for surfers, yogis and other travellers looking for some peace and quiet, some sun and sand, and some alone time. The backpackers in the major tourist beach towns are experienced when it comes to solo travellers and so they are geared to help you as much as you need. Plus it is highly likely you will meet someone who will be happy to hang out at the beach with you for the day if that’s what you want.
Our pick in Costa Rica: Playa Conchal
Controversial, we know. But Canada is considered one of the safest countries in the world, which makes it a great option for solo travellers. Being such a vast country, it offers a wide range of experiences – from mountains, beaches and tundra to cosmopolitan cities. Canada is an especially good choice for adventure-lovers, with loads of activities to keep you busy.
Our top pick for Canada: Vancouver
Yes, the original backpacker destination is a very warm and welcoming country for solo travellers. The locals are super friendly, the local transportation is easy, and the streets are safe. Female travellers shouldn’t have any worries walking the streets at night or jumping in a taxi by themselves. And there is so much to do! It’s the perfect holiday destination. They are especially known for hosting skills courses such as cooking courses or walking tours which are a great way for solo travellers to meet people, if they want, or at least hang out with fellow travellers for a few hours.
Our top pick for Thailand: Koh Chang
Sun, surf and sea. If that’s what you’re craving then head on over to Portugal. There are a variety of different beaches to choose from, and when you’re tired of the sand you can head for a coffee or a drink in the towns. The many bars and restaurants dotted around Portugal’s tourist areas (did we mention the rooftop bars?!) means that there are always people around, which always makes you feel safer.
Our top pick for Portugal: Lisbon
Japan is easily one of the cleanest and safest countries in the world. Plus, with such a world-class transportation system it’s super easy to travel around whichever city you’re in, or even between cities. Eating alone is very normal in Japan so you will totally go unnoticed and with capsule hotels, you won’t have to worry about sharing a room with a bunch of strangers in a hostel, because you’ll have your own space at the same hostel prices.
Our top pick for Japan: Kyoto
Clean and friendly are the two words used the most to describe Singapore. A city-state, Singapore is so small you’re never far from where you want to go or need to be. Amazing shopping, fascinating culture and mouth-watering food, there’s a lot to do here. And you won’t feel out of place as a solo traveller, we promise.
Our top pick for Singapore: uh…Singapore?
Another very safe option, Iceland is a small country with a lot to offer. It was ranked as the safest country in the world for several years running and with such a small population, the country can seem more like a neighbourhood. The majority of the population speak English so it’s very easy to get by, though it is quite expensive. But when you consider the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for seeing the Northern Lights, that extra cost is well worth it.
Our top pick for Iceland: Reykjavik
An interesting choice, we know, but it’s definitely on our list. Germany offers a wide range of opportunities for solo travellers, regardless of your interests. The smaller cities especially are totally safe and very inclusive. The food is interesting, the history intriguing and the landscapes beautiful.
Our top pick for Germany: Berlin
As you can see there are a number of destinations we would recommend for solo travellers. Places which are beautiful tourist destinations in their own right, but with the added benefit of being appropriate for those of us who want to travel alone. There are, of course, plenty of other options too. Can you think of any more?
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- Under the law, any individual has a right to ask for a copy of the personal information held about them. This means that you can ask for the information that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD holds about you. This is known as the right of ‘subject access’.
- When making a request you will need to give us:
- a request in writing (by post or by email)
- We may need to ask you to provide:
- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.