I am going to let you in on a little secret… everywhere is a good place to travel alone. Okay, maybe not everywhere, but you get the point. There’s never a scenario where I wouldn’t suggest someone travel alone at least once in their life. It’s exhilarating, eye-opening, and soul-soothing. But today, I am going to share with you my top picks for traveling alone based on the ease of foreign adjustment and solo adventure opportunities. Here are the best places to travel alone in Europe.
The United Kingdom is always high on my list for first-time travelers and solo travelers. It’s just too easy. The tube, the English language, and the almost American-ish food make for an easy adjustment for any solo traveler. Plus, there’s so much to see in the United Kingdom. Opt for some big-city livin’ in London, or get back to nature in Cardiff and Edinburgh. Whatever you decide, it’s an easy place for people to travel on their own.
When you have copious amounts of pasta on the menu, who needs a partner in crime? The best thing about traveling around Italy solo is that there are a million museums to see which is easily do-able on your own, lots of wine to be drunk at random vineyards, and street music to fall deeply in love with. And don’t forget about the chance for an Italian love affair! There’s no one there to stop you or not let you wallow in your uncharacteristic Italian choices.
The Danes are some of the nicest in the world. That being said, you’ll have an easy-peasy time alone in Denmark. There’s nothing quite like some alone time spent strolling through all the design stores and dreaming about your future home. Demark is also the perfect country for re-inventing yourself. Grab a seat at a cafe in the Nyhaven and enjoy a coffee and a danish pastry while you hunker down on your laptop. I recommend sticking to Copenhagen because Demark doesn’t have Uber anymore. And as for English? They speak better English than Americans (seriously).
Now quite popularly known for the backdrop of King’s Landing, Croatia is a glorious country to relax alone. My recommendation? Go sailing, plop yourself on a beach, or walk to the Ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik. Either way, you’re guaranteed to get some much needed TLC and sunshine. This is also a great place for exercise, as Croatia (specifically Dubrovnik) is known for their being quite the climb! Split is also a great option for any of the things mentioned above.
Fall in love here. Seriously, do it. Go alone and just fall in love. Portugal is such a charming little country and is one of my top pics for solo travelers because of how friendly the Portuguese are. They are always ready to help and willing to converse. Hang out in the trendy Bairro Alto in Lisbon for great outdoor parties that run into the morning (and maybe meet the love of your life), or rent a car and drive down to Lagos for some beach time.
This is another pic because of the ease for foreigners. Do not sleep on the charm of Ireland. In fact, get out of Dublin. Rent a car and go explore the countryside! There, you can live out your ‘P.S. I Love You’ dream. The Irish are super friendly and always willing to chat up a storm or throw back a brewski with you. You’ll find lots of hospitality here if you’re alone, including a room full of drinking buddies at the drop of a hat.
Have you been to any of these countries solo?
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