On the previous night of my trip to Bahrain, I couldn’t sleep. I was nervous as hell because this was the first time I was traveling alone to a conservative country; a country which is not very touristy, doesn’t have an active public transport system, and whose capital is touted as one of the major sin-cities in the world for alcohol and women. Now anybody would feel nervous, right? I did too but I went anyway because I believe travel shouldn’t be chained by the fears of the mind. And to talk about safety, well it is what you make of it.
I landed in Bahrain the next day and the minute I set my foot on the pavement outside of the Airport, my heart melted. I was enthralled by the picturesque landscape set amidst the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, the impeccable roads embellished with cars that looked like moving jewels, and the beautiful tall buildings nestled in the backdrop of the clear, blue lit sky. As I boarded my cab and headed towards my hotel, a feeling of familiarity kicked in. I felt safe and knew deep inside that I would have a memorable trip.
In this post, I list 5 reasons as to why I think Bahrain is an ideal destination for your next solo adventure.
Bahrain is by far one of the safest countries in the world for solo travel. It takes me by surprise that this country doesn’t top the list of the safest countries to travel in the world. I often found myself alone in most of the tourist places but I never felt unsafe. The locals are friendly, the taxi drivers are helpful, and the general vibe of the country is positive.
Don’t let the value of the Bahraini Dinar trick you into believing that the country is expensive. Although the currency is valued as the second highest in the world, you can still manage to do a budget-trip. All the tourist attractions are free of cost except for the Bahrain National Museum and the Al Dar Islands which cost 1 BHD and 3 – 8 BHD respectively. If you carry sufficient food or shop at local markets, you can save a lot of money since you will be spending only for your stay and commute.
With tourists often swarming all the popular destinations in the world, it is often hard to find privacy when you travel. If you’re someone who wants to avoid all the hustle-bustle of these touristy places and simply enjoy some quiet time as you explore a country, Bahrain is the place to go. Whether you want to have the entire beach to yourself or take stunning photographs with not many people around, Bahrain offers it all. It is less crowded, offers a peaceful atmosphere and has a cool laidback culture. It is a perfect offbeat destination to chill and unwind, away from all the noise.
People & Language
You will find many expats living in Bahrain (mostly Indians and Pakistanis). English and Hindi are widely spoken and understood. This is an advantage since you can easily communicate with the locals in case you need help or even haggle with the shopkeepers when you are out for a purchase.
History, Beaches & Shopping
Bahrain is a country that has the remains of an ancient civilization right inside the city, overlooked by the serene waters of the Persian Gulf. Whether you’re a history buff, a shopaholic, a beach baby, or a combination of all the three (like me), Bahrain is the ideal country for you. From time traveling to 2300 BC as I took a stroll inside the Bahrain Fort to shopping locally made products in the busy streets of Manama souq, I have had the chance to experience many worlds in a single country; and that is Bahrain!
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