Vacationing when you are “a single”?
On all my work travels, I am pretty much alone, side from a couple of pilots (that may or may not be social).
On the road I eat alone, sight- see alone, exercise alone, etc.
There have been some places in the world I was thrilled to be alone, while others, well, it was downright depressing.
While traveling, I would always think to myself, if I was single or just and wanted to vacation by myself where would I want to go? Where would i suggest to other “single vacationers”?
First, just for fun, I want to share some of my unfavorable places/experiences I have had while on the road “alone”.
Let’s start with ummmm.. Juno, Alaska! .. I was held captive by my hotel room for a whole week due to the rain and the fact that there is absolutely nothing to do there. Ok, in all fairness to Juno, its a beautiful place. And if you have nice weather, you can hike, see the glaciers, walk around the small quaint town, and eat some good salmon. But, in a cold rain, and during the winter, you have little options!! My hotel was also limited with entertainment, so i watched a lot of shows about fishing- which i have no interest in. My hotel gym had one treadmill, and some sand weights. I was happy that i was not Alaska is not international and at least i had my phone to catch up on a lot of phone calls!!
Then there is Boulder, CO. Again, this is a beautiful place, but if its summer, and you are alone, you may start to create invisible friends. The week I spent there was pretty tough. Had it been winter, I would have spent my days on the slopes, but It was the summer.., and everything was so spread out, I really had no idea where to go to even be social. I spent a lot of time in a local book store, and working out in my hotel gym. I did hike ounce, but I was told there may be mountain lions and I should not go alone.. Yea, that is probably good advice for those people like me that do not carry hunting rifles.
There are also places in Asia I did not enjoy being alone. I.e. Macao, Hong Kong. Very little English speaking people, and in order to really get around and see stuff, you need to understand the maps and directions.. I found those areas almost uncomfortable to be in for a long time. In general, places that are non-English speaking are kind of tough and it wears on you after a few days. France and Italy are easier for me because I am more familiar with the language and the amazing food makes up for conversation.
The Best places to be alone on vacation? Let’s start with – Hawaii (because all you really need to keep yourself busy is a beautiful beach, fruity cocktails, and a few decent restaurants). In Hawaii you can hike, enjoy the amazing volcanos, and it’s a pretty safe place to sight -see on your own. Since the weather is pretty much nice all the time, you never really feel stuck anywhere. If it rains, you have lots of entertainment on the
Islands that can keep you busy for days, not to mention all the great spas!
The Caribbean is a great place to be alone. Most of the Islands are pretty much all tourists, except for Anguilla, so there is lots of shopping, places to eat, scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. not to mentionthe beautiful beaches ,and again, restorative spas!
Do i need to mention NYC?? Now this is definitely a city in which you will never feel alone. I would suggest the fall season! Central park is a beautiful rainbow of colors from the foliage! The shopping is amazing uptown and downtown! You also have The Metropolitan, Broadway shows, The Garden! So many places that can entertain you for days. The best thing about NY?? It truly never sleeps. Restaurants seem to never close, and you can get delivery of just about anything 24/7.
My favorite place to roam around alone? Definitely Paris. The food is amazing, The museums and galleries are plentiful, and the men.. So charming and helpful 🙂 And if you are looking to meet someone, the “damsel in distress” (or lost), works like a charm!
Now, since I can speak French, I am also comfortable with the language difference but I believe that since there are so many Americans and other tourists there, it is a pretty easy place to handle even if the only words you know are “bonjour”, or “Merci”!
Traveling alone can be an amazing experience. It builds character, expands your mind, and gives you time to really learning about yourself.
As always, feel free to write me for any additional travel tips or questions you may have!
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