Traveling solo is a nourishing experience for the soul. Feeding your passions, you will learn self discovery, independence and most of all a relaxation like no other. If you have travelled alone before you know what I am talking about. If not, this just might be your year to try it.
As a solo traveler you have the flexibility to create (or, not create) an ideal itinerary that suits your every need. Self discovery is the name of the game and when playing that game you want all the freedom possible to go with the flow and see where the wind blows you; this kind of freedom and flexibility is only possible when travelling on your own.
Europe is a great place to venture solo, with its profusion of cultural attractions, architectural marvels, high fashion clothing boutiques, decadent cuisine and one mustn’t forget the extensive wine lists; Europe yearns for solo travelers to bask in all of its glory.
In no particular order, below are some of the most treasured cities in Europe to travel to solo. I have highlighted some of the main attractions and draws of the city, but don’t forget this vacation is about YOU and your well deserved ‘me time’ to explore whatever discovery passes your way.
We recently mentioned Iceland in one of our previous blog posts and we are back pointing to this beautiful natural paradise. Reykjavik, Iceland is known for being one of the safest cities in the world, it has had a wide variety of things to see and do. Wake up with an early morning waterfront walk, go on an adventure trying to spot a whale or take an afternoon of indulgence in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa rich with healing minerals.
Helsinki, Finland has also been named one of the safest cities in the world. With one third of the city being green space this is a foot travellers dream. Best to travel during the summer months when one can enjoy the extra long daylight hours to explore this beautiful city and 330 islands within the archipelago. Helsinki being the capital of Finland makes it very easy to navigate to other areas of the country by train or bus.
If you are looking for an unpretentious city, that has an abundance of history, look no further than Dublin, Ireland. Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city, located on the East Coast. Some of the historic sites here date back to the 13th century and around every corner you will find craft beer and comfort food galore. There’s lots of musical and theatrical entertainment, and if you’re looking for some time to reflect, the rolling green hills provide endless hiking routes.
Does vibrant culture, sunny skies and mouthwater tapas sound like your kind of destination? Barcelona, Spain has just that and more. Barcelona is best travelled on foot, with art on every street corner, unique one of a kind architecture and beautiful beaches; this cosmopolitan city has a lot to offer any kind of traveller. My one piece of advice when travelling to Barcelona, is to have some kind of a plan, the city has so much to do and see it can be overwhelming at times and you don’t want to miss out on anything!
London, England is an extremely easy to navigate city and has been a popular tourist destination for some time. There is lots to see and do in this city including: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the House of Parliament, to name a few. All of these attractions can be reached from the London underground (providing over 360 stops) or from a bird’s eye view at the top of the London Eye observation wheel. English pubs both modern and traditional are easy to find, as are other tourists if you are looking to join a group.
My last mention is Prague, Czech Republic. This is the perfect place if you are looking to get lost in art, amazed by theater and inspired by colorful baroque buildings. Prague is also a very friendly city and the locals are keen to help tourists navigate their way around. Most of the major sites are within walking distance from each other and once acquainted the city seems easy to navigate. Lastly, don’t forget to go for a stroll across the statue lined Charles Bridge; completed in 1402.
Travelling solo can be a life changing experience that I encourage everyone to experience at least once (or more) in a lifetime. Europe is the perfect playground to let your senses soak up the culture, local cuisine and unique history. Enjoy your journey and remember this is your time to create an itinerary built just for you.