Your Guide to Traveling Solo

Traveling alone can be a freeing experience. There are so many wonderful things you can enjoy when you venture out on your own. We’re excited to share places to visit, the benefits of traveling alone, and safety tips to consider. Here’s your guide to traveling solo to Humboldt County, CA.

“If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”
         – Maxwell Maltz

Places to Visit When Traveling Solo

Redwood State Park

In Humboldt County, the obvious place to visit is Redwood State Park. The stately giants are reminiscent of the ents from The Lord of the Rings books. The oldest ent, Treebeard, states that “My name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very long long time; so my name is like a story.” These ancient redwoods and sequoias have so many stories to tell. With these trails, you could spend hours and days yet never see them all.

Hiking Trails

If you enjoy hiking, we have a large selection of trails for your solo adventure. Depending on whether you like the beach, prefer the quiet woods, or enjoy a variety of landscapes and seascapes, you’ll find trails to please. Here are just a few moderate hiking trails. If you enjoy hiking along the rugged coastline hoping to catch glimpses of sea creatures, then Shelter Cove and the Lost Coast are your best options.

Villages in Humboldt County

Eureka and Ferndale are two wonderful villages that provide quaint shops, beautiful Victorian architecture, and an abundance of local artisans.

The Victorian Village in Ferndale is a haven of creativity. Local artists produce one-of-a-kind gifts that you, your family, and friends will treasure.

You’re never alone when you visit Old Town Eureka. You can take a tour and learn about its “bawdy past and haunted present.” In addition, visit the Fort Humboldt State Historic Park. This military base is situated on a bluff overlooking Humboldt Bay. Most of the buildings have decayed, but the hospital building still stands. Learn about the fort and Native American groups.

Spa Day

Are you needing some calm and relaxing self-care time? A trip to the spa may be just what you need. We recommend the Papa & Barkley Spa. Whether you’re looking for a quick, yet soothing 25-minute chair massage or up to a full hour table massage, their restorative touch brings healing. Cannabis wellness products may be included for additional health benefits. In fact, Humboldt County is a prime location for cannabis cultivation. If you’d like to learn more, you can take a Humboldt Cannabis Tour.

Free Things to Do

There are so many fun and free things to do when you visit Humboldt County. The best thing about traveling alone is that you get to choose whatever you want to do for however long you want to do it.

Benefits of Traveling Solo

Traveling with a group of family members and/or friends is always fun. You can share in the adventure, challenges, and memories. However, there are also a number of benefits to traveling alone.

  • Freedom. If you’re tired, you can rest—whenever and wherever you want to. If you’re energized and are ready to roll—great, get up and go. If you’re strolling through a shopping area and you want to go back to that quaint little shop—no worries, turn around and head right back to it.
  • Get out of your comfort zone. In doing so, you can break through normal barriers that hold you back from so many wonderful experiences.
  • Get to know yourself better. You’ll learn things about yourself that would simply not be revealed if you were traveling in a group.
  • Time and space. Being alone allows you to think deeply and give yourself some much-needed self-love and care.

Safety Tips When Traveling Solo

Here are some safety tips when traveling solo.

  • This first tip is important whether you’re traveling alone or in a group; do your homework. If you’re wanting to step out on a certain trail, call ahead to ensure that it’s open, and learn any guidelines that are recommended. Make sure you have the right gear both in clothing and items you should take with you.
  • Be sure to have good identification with you.
  • Carry daily spending money in a theft-resistant bag.
  • Radiate confidence in your walk and avoid appearing like a tourist.
  • Keep good communication with family or friends at home. Provide an itinerary and check in regularly.
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.

Book Your Stay at The Redwood

We’re an independent, small-scale hotel that believes in showing hospitality as friends taking care of friends. We love our community and would love to share even more ideas with you when you’re traveling solo to Humboldt County, CA. Check now for availability.

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