I’ve been thinking a lot about solo travel lately. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’ve decided to take the plunge and start planning a trip for next year. On the one hand, it makes me a little nervous, but I’m more so just overwhelmed with excitement! Traveling solo teaches you so much about yourself, as well as the world and all of its different cultures and people. I don’t think there’s really any experience like it. I’m also trying to convince some of my friends/boyfriend and my sister to meet up with me along the way, because I’ll just miss them way too much!
All of the places I’m going to focus on in this post are in the UK and Europe, because that’s where I plan on going. There are so many incredible places around the globe to travel solo, but I think these are some of the safest for a solo female traveler. Plus, they’ve been on my wanderlust list for forever. I’ll also probably change my mind about where I want to go a hundred times between now and then, but this is what I’m thinking at this point. I’m just in the beginning stages of my planning, and I know this list will grow, but for now, here are 5 places on my solo travel bucket list!
If you have any comments, tips, or suggestions on any of these places (or other places in Europe) please tell me in the comments below!
1) Edinburgh, Scotland
Image via Jillian Harris
I’ve wanted to go to Scotland for as long as I can remember. It’s incredibly striking aesthetically and Edinburgh Old Town is filled with cobblestone streets and colourful buildings that nod to the capital’s culture and history – plus I’ve heard Princess Street and Victoria Street have some great shopping (!!!). I can’t wait to explore this mystical city, and all of it’s charming boutiques, pubs and flea markets. And of course I’ll be making a trip to Edinburgh castle. It looks like something out of a fairy tale.
2) Copenhagen, DenmarkImage via Instagram/pakitaclamores
My friend visited Denmark last summer and she had only amazing things to say about it. The pastel-coloured buildings, cozy restaurants, stunning architecture, and galleries make me want to hop on a plane right this second. She told me about bike riding around the city and making homemade bread in the mornings (I know, right!). And Instagram has introduced me to drool-worthy cafés, bakeries, and shops like The American Pie Company , Mad & Kaffe and GRØD. Copenhagen, I’m comin’ for ya!
3) Lisbon, PortugalImage via Instagram/themintstreet
Lisbon is supposedly one of the safest places to travel, especially when it comes to the nightlife. With bright, striking buildings, winding streets and gorgeous sights, I could easily get lost exploring the city. Rossio square is obviously a must and I’ve heard the town of Sintra is wonderful, and full of spectacular monuments like the Pena National Palace and the Castle of the Moors. Lisbon is also a city known for its cafés. Tease Bairro Alto and BI+CA (a sandwich café and rent-a-bike) are right up my alley.
4) Verona, ItalyImage via Instagram/elk.bakery
Piazza delle Erb, Verona’s open-air market is one place I just can’t wait to visit. Buzzing with cafés, patios, and markets, and architecturally stunning, I can see myself wandering the streets for hours on end. I also recently came across Elk Bakery, where I’ll likely be spending most of my mornings with book in hand.
5) Mykonos, GreeceImage via Instagram/sezyilmaz
My boyfriend and me visited Mykonos in May 2014 (WOW time flies) when we went on a mini Euro trip and I would absolutely go back on my own. You feel incredibly safe there and the white and blue buildings are everything you picture Greece to be. The food is amazing (the seafood is to die for and the gyros are a quick, delicious option for when you’re on the go). It wasn’t quite warm enough to go swimming in the ocean when we were there, but the beaches are beautiful.