Sometimes, you want to get away from it all. You ask your partner or friends if they fancy a holiday, but they don’t seem keen. Or perhaps they want to go somewhere that you don’t want to visit. You realize that you don’t want to compromise and that you want to go on holiday on your own.
I can imagine it being a liberating experience to go on a solo adventure. You haven’t got to worry about what everyone else wants to do, or plan your schedule to keep the peace. It’s the perfect time just to go with the flow and do what you want when you want.
If you are a seasoned traveler, then you may feel more confident navigating the whole process on your own. It is easy to compare flight prices, and many hotels offer discounts for single occupancy rooms. If you feel a little uncomfortable staying in a hotel alone, you can request a room that is on a higher floor and closer to the lift. That way, you don’t have to worry about navigating corridors late at night.
Another thing you’ll want to check before you leave is how you’re going to get around in the destination you’re visiting. You can check online reviews to see if anyone has had any problems or tips, and just be mindful that you are traveling alone so you’ll need just to remain vigilant. Every place has its good and bad parts; you will just want to make sure you don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger.
The best thing about being on your own is that you get to control the pace of the trip. You can do as much or as little as you want. It also means you can spend the whole day in a museum, or just people watching in a busy square. It is a great feeling knowing that you are free to do as you please.
However much fun you are having on your solo adventure, always make sure you check in with someone back at home. They’ll want to know you’re safe and having fun, and it can help to stay connected with what’s going on while you’re away. Just make sure no one contacts you unless it’s an emergency. Otherwise, you’ll have a constant stream of people wanting updates from your trip.
So, now you have the basic tips, where will you be headed on your solo trip? If you want to keep it simple, then you can holiday in the UK. There are plenty of fantastic resorts you can visit, and it will give you a great taste of independent travel. Cardiff is a great place to start with its bayside restaurants and many museums. You can get there easily by train, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with hotels for every budget. It’s a small city to navigate, so you can easily get around to see what it has to offer. There is always the chance to see a show at the Wales Millennium Centre, or enjoy a lovely meal in one of Mermaid Quay’s marvelous restaurants. Mr ESLT’s mum and step dad live here so if you need any further advice on what to do or see in this fantastic city please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you fancy going a little further afield for a break, then consider visiting somewhere in Europe. With most of Europe accessible in less than 3 hours from the UK, it’s easy to get around and experience new cultures. Norway can be a great place to start, where you can experience the beautiful Fjords. The capital of Oslo is home to many great museums, including the Edvard Munch Museum, and is also full of green spaces to relax in. The country is considered to be extremely safe, meaning you’ll feel relaxed here.
Another fabulous country to visit is Poland. It has a lot to offer the solo visitor, and everyone is very welcoming to foreign tourists. The capital of Warsaw is a modern and vibrant city and offers the chance to understand the history of the country. You can walk down the Royal Mile and take in the spectacular buildings leading up to the Royal Palace. Getting around the city is easy with many trams and buses. There are lots of hotels in central locations so you’ll be right in the middle of everything.
If Warsaw sounds too busy, then Krakow offers a more relaxed stay. With its old-fashioned charm and traditional buildings, it has a lot of character. There is a lot to see here, including the site of Auschwitz which a lot of people visit when they are staying in Krakow. You can also visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine and even enjoy a spa treatment there.
If you want something a bit different for your solo break, then Amsterdam can offer a great variety. It’s full of museums, such as the Van Gogh and Anne Frank museums, and is easily explored on foot. People visit from all over the world, so if you feel like you might want a guided tour around the city, then you’ll easily find other people to go with. You could explore the Heineken factory, or visit the Flower Market. Of course, no trip would be complete without seeing the wonderful canals. You could take a trip on one of the many tourist cruises, or just enjoy sitting outside one of the many restaurants and bars that line them.
Wherever you end up visiting, make sure you stay safe and aware. It’s easy to forget your personal safety when you’re having so much fun. Most of all, have a great time away and make some great memories that are yours to keep.
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