Saturday, September 22, 2018 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

The 6 Best Getaways for Single Folks

While solo travel can be intimidating for many, it’s an incredible experience that more folks should embrace. Do you love adventures and seeing the world, but you’re afraid to do it alone? Whether you’re newly single or you’re just looking for a fun solo getaway, these six locations below are ideal. You’ll feel welcomed, embraced, and so at home, you may never want to leave!

From peaceful retreats to lively party atmospheres where you’re sure to meet others, the list below has something for every personality. If you need more reasons to persuade you to go and travel solo, check out this list of 10 Top Rеаѕоnѕ Everyone Should Try Traveling Solo. Of course, you don’t have to travel to these locations alone– take some friends along and enjoy a nice singles trip! Traveling to exotic, romantic locations isn’t just for couples anymore.
 
Phuket, Thailand

Of course, I love the name of this mountainous city in Thailand. While it’s pronounced poo-ket, we all know what it looks like on paper. And that may be exactly how you feel about leaving your ex behind and venturing on your own! Heck with it! Just do it! Phuket is an incredible spot to venture to as it lends itself to self-care and healing. From the gorgeous resorts to the relaxing beaches and spas, this is the place you’ll come to recharge and move forward.Another great thing about Phuket is the variety of bars and nightclubs! Stroll down Patong’s Bangla Road and feed off of the surrounding energy. There are also plenty of night markets where folks can enjoy street food, shopping, and live entertainment. During the days, wander through the historical Old Phuket Town, pop into a quaint cafe, and find peace in the many shrines and temples you’ll come across.
 
Phuket, Thailand
 Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Ah, Brazil. Do you ever wonder why so many singles flock to the city of Rio de Janiero for a bit of fun? Wonder no more! Home to over six million folks, Rio de Janiero is famous for its festive culture. In fact, many know Rio as the home of the Carnaval festival! Book a ticket, stay in a hostel, hit the beach, and get ready to meet plenty of people!Locals themselves say the best spot to meet folks is at the beach. There’s often big groups of people, festive music, and plenty of food and drinks to keep the party going. Rio is not the place for a quiet respite after a breakup. Rio is the place you go for memories and stories that will last a lifetime. Remember that time in Rio…?

 
Rio De Janiero, Brazil
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This liberal city is known for its beautiful houses, canals, and friendly locals. Amsterdam is the perfect mix of arts and culture, nightlife, and adventures. Whether you hope to lose yourself in the city’s vibrant, rolling tulip fields during the spring or if you’re looking to embrace the true local culture, Amsterdam is great for singles.From culinary and film festivals to music and dance festivals, Amsterdam is host to an array of exciting events that will take your mind off any troubles or worries you may have. Hop on a bike, let the wind blow through your hair, and find the nearest spot to indulge in a good ol’ Stroopwafel. We hear these are the best in town.

 
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand is often referred to as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Though it can be a trek to get to, depending on where you’re traveling from, the consensus seems to be that it’s well worth it. Adoringly nicknamed the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is home to over 1.3 million folks and is highly-recommended to those traveling alone.Whether you’re looking to get lost in all that nature has to offer here, or embrace the lively nightlife, there is plenty to keep you occupied in Auckland. Mission Bay is a great seaside suburb if you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe on the waterfront, while Karangahape Road (better known as K’Road) offers a more hoppin’ city vibe. You may be single, but there isn’t a single thing you won’t love about Auckland.

 
Auckland, New Zealand
Lisdoonvarna, Ireland

We’ve all heard of Dublin, but Lisdoonvarna may be a new one for you! Home to just over 700 people, you may be wondering why the heck this town made the list? Well, this small spa town in Ireland is actually home to the biggest singles festival in Europe! That’s right! Every September, folks flock to this small town for the epic Matchmaking Festival. With live music and dancing, the month-long festival offers plenty of ways for folks of any age to meet others.If you’re not looking to dive into speed-dating just yet, Lisdoonvarna is also a great little getaway to, well, get away. From castles to cliff walks, this charming town takes the small town vibe to another level. Colorful storefronts and homes pepper the streets where you’re sure to find solace.

 
Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
Bali, Indonesia
No singles travel list would be complete without a shout-out to Bali. Channel your inner Julia Roberts in “Eat, Pray, Love,” and find peace in Bali. Private villas are relatively cheap in Bali and offer the perfect setting to relax and recharge.Bali is where folks go to nurture the mind, body, and soul. If you’re looking to party your troubles away, Bali wouldn’t be my first recommendation of places to go. But if you’re hoping to take care of yourself physically and mentally, the folks in Bali know how to help. Looking for a fun activity to meet others? Check out the BaliSpirit Festival of Music, Wellness, and Yoga! 

 
Bali, Indonesia
Being single doesn’t have to mean you can’t travel! In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 125 million Americans 16 years and older are single– and that’s just one country! Surround yourself with the beauty of nature and the beauty of folks in this gorgeous, massive world. Open your eyes to all of the possibilities that lie outside of your bedroom where you may be curled in the fetal position at times – we’ve all been there. Don’t let hard times get you down and live life on your terms. Happy travels!!
 

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