EU Will Love it: How To Do Solo Travel
Have you always wanted to visit Europe, but held back because you didn’t have a travel partner? Consider exploring Spain, France and Italy as a single traveller: it may initially seem a little daunting, but it could turn out to be the greatest adventure of your life. Here’s how to do Europe, solo style…
Create the perfect conditions to meet new people during your travels by staying in hostels or small bed and breakfast type accommodation. Hostels attract people from all over the world who are just as keen to have an adventure as you are, so it should be relatively easy to get chatting to some like-minded types. Bed and breakfasts, or pensions as they are known in France, offer a more homey atmosphere. Because these establishments are quite small, the owners will have time to chat with you, and give you some ideas on how to make the most of the local area.
Consider tailor made singles vacations if you’d like the reassurance of having your holiday arranged by experts. You can book a whole variety of trips with specialist providers of solo holidays, from exploring the Italian Alps to clubbing in Ibiza – and many more besides. The great thing about choosing to book your holiday this way is that your provider will have a good knowledge of the local area that you can rely on. You’re likely to be travelling in a group, so you’ll have people to talk to and enjoy meals with. Specialist singles holidays usually incorporate a range of group activities, which means that you don’t have to worry about planning for every day – and you can just get on with having fun!
Plan solo activities that you’ll enjoy during your holiday. Bringing a few books with you means that you will never be at a loss for company while eating alone in a Parisian café at lunch-time or dining at a risotarante in Rimini during the evening. Having a book to hand is also useful if you get stuck talking to someone whose company you don’t enjoy – so don’t travel without one! Book a place on a walking tour: you can find out about walking tours in Madrid, Rome and Paris and most other European cities before you go; and they’re a great way to soak up all that the area has to offer whilst being able to chat to other people who are as into the whole experience as you are.
A solo trip to Europe is one of the most exciting ways to explore places, people and other cultures – and you’ll probably learn a lot about yourself too. Negotiating the metro in Paris, driving in Madrid or finding your way around Rome on foot will help you to gain in self-confidence and become skilled at self-reliance. Learn about why you should incorporate a visit to Sorrento into your trip by reading this article. Don’t forget to bring a camera on your travels – and capture your European solo adventures as they happen: your friends will be green with envy!