Travel recommendations for single travelers

  • GraphicGuy

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    Aug 31, 2015 12:05 PM GMT
    Hey there. I'm looking for advice on good places to visit when travelling alone. or resorts that are good for single travel.
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 31, 2015 6:59 PM GMT
    I think of any destination as being a good single traveler destination. I was in Amsterdam without my husband this spring for a week and had an excellent time. I stayed in a great AirBnB, saved money by making my own breakfasts and some dinners, and met some really fun people out and about in the city. I took the train to The Hague one day and rented a bike and went to Scheveningen, had some herring and beer on the beach, and eventually took the train to Paris (the same one the Americans tackled the would-be terrorist on).

    Go somewhere you're actually interested in going, and it won't matter whether you're traveling alone or with a companion.
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 31, 2015 8:43 PM GMT
    I was in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago and it is amazing. Just visit the coffee shops and have fun with the nightlife.

    London if you love architecture and museums. Train out to Oxford or Cambridge or Bath. Eat exotic food, mostly Indian, Pakistan, African.

    Key West for gay clothing optional guesthouses.

    Ireland, and don't miss Northern Ireland. Do the cliff diving (coasteering) and spend the evenings in pubs. You'll hear great music and talk your head off to everyone. Connemara County is fantastic but very civilized.

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    Aug 31, 2015 8:49 PM GMT
    People may rave about Amsterdam, but it's overpriced and crowded.
    Go somewhere in Spain or Italy. Right now, South of Spain would be an ideal place, somewhere near Malaga. If you want to enjoy bigger cities, go to Madrid or Berlin. They are both much cheaper and provide you with much more options, in comparison to Amsterdam.
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    Aug 31, 2015 10:44 PM GMT
    As one who has done some traveling myself, I can't say where to go, for this is a matter of personal taste, whether to visit historical cities, ancient ruins, or to visit scenes of outstanding natural beauty, e.g. a mountain range, Grand Canyon, Blue Mountains National Park, Great Barrier Reef, etc. or merely to have a taste of culture, particularly in Italy.

    But one form of accommodation is backpacker's hostels. Many are affiliated with Hosteling International, and each country has its own version of the Youth Hostel Association, although "Youth" is now a misnomer. They are at present used generally by adult backpackers.

    An annual membership card is required for use at any H.I. hostel around the world, and according to my knowledge, they can be purchased at the first hostel booked. But it is better to buy a membership card in advance, nowadays via the Internet.

    Other hostels are either privately owned, or affiliated with a rival group such as Rucksacker's North America, with their Banana Bungalow hostels.

    Every hostel has a kitchen and dining room where meals can be prepared. I have found two great advantages in this. First, buying groceries and cooking your own meals is far cheaper than eating out, therefore doing wonders to the budget. Secondly, it's often in the kitchen where I have met different people and made new friends.

    Hostels normally have dorms. So in readiness of sharing a room with a potential snorer, a pair of earplugs may come in handy.
  • GraphicGuy

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    Sep 01, 2015 12:20 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice! I have been to Amsterdam about 10 years ago and enjoyed it.
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    Sep 01, 2015 2:08 AM GMT
    My favorite city is Siracusa, in Sicily. More specifically I love the oldest part of the city, Ortigia.

    I'm interested in art, architecture and archaeology, so for me it's full of fascinating things to do and see. If that doesn't suit you it may not be a good fit.

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  • FRE0

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    Sep 01, 2015 2:26 AM GMT
    What about those of us who are linguistically handicapped, i.e., those of us who know only English? Of course that was not a problem when I was in Canada, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand, but it could be in some countries.
  • bro4bro

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    Sep 01, 2015 4:21 AM GMT
    Just returned from a few days solo in Prague. An absolutely beautiful city with a very cool vibe. And... I wasn't solo for long... ;-)

    Australia is also a great place to visit on your own. People are very friendly and love talking with travelers.
  • MarvelClimber

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    Sep 01, 2015 7:32 AM GMT
    FRE0 saidWhat about those of us who are linguistically handicapped, i.e., those of us who know only English? Of course that was not a problem when I was in Canada, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand, but it could be in some countries.


    Go where you want to go. Guide books and Google Translate can get you all the essentials. A lot of places that have at least a moderate tourism industry will have plenty of people who speak English. I've been to Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Morocco... none were problematic.

    To the OP, I'd encourage you to find a small hotel, bed & breakfast, or airbnb rather than a resort. Resorts are designed to be all-inclusive, so you don't really leave it. If you want to explore, stay in something smaller where you can easily meet locals and get recommendations from them. I always travel alone and I've met great people that I still keep in contact with.
  • aax_aax_aax

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    Sep 01, 2015 8:57 AM GMT
    GraphicGuy saidHey there. I'm looking for advice on good places to visit when travelling alone. or resorts that are good for single travel.

    Really? There are like zillion things to recommend. Tavelling alone is not a problem anywhere if you're ok with it.
    But to narrow it down, is there any particular region of the world you want a recommendation for? And are you interested in nature (hiking), big cities, great food in the countryside..?
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    Sep 02, 2015 4:07 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidWhat about those of us who are linguistically handicapped, i.e., those of us who know only English? Of course that was not a problem when I was in Canada, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand, but it could be in some countries.

    Even the linguistically handicapped can learn a few phrases in the language of their choice destination. But you can get along anywhere in Europe, South Africa, and a few other safe African countries with only English. You have nothing to lose but your reluctance.
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    Sep 02, 2015 8:34 PM GMT
    Hi

    I traveled alone to Argentina last summer and spent 2.5 months there, specifically in Buenos Aires. It was a good time. I also spent a month in Mexico traveling alone. You always manage to meet people if you're not socially awkward

    Have fun
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    Sep 02, 2015 11:50 PM GMT
    IsigVinter,

    I'm betting that you "hablas espaƱol" at least a little if you enjoyed yourself in Buenos Aires.

    Outside of hotels most BA residents don't speak English. But they do make up for it by being amazingly hospitable.

    And for you superficial types, Yes, THEY ARE HOT!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 03, 2015 2:22 AM GMT
    I travel alone wherever I go in the US. That is when I had better paying employment and I could afford to travel.
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    Sep 03, 2015 4:31 AM GMT
    Gay beach towns include: Provincetown, MA (summer only)
    Key West
    Sitges, Spain (outside of Barcelona)
    Mykonos, Greece

    Sydney, London, and Berlin are are interesting places where you can meet other men easily.

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Take a gay cruise? - e.g., in the Mediterranean. Get to see a number of cities, and have friendly company on board. Much more expensive than a regular cruise, but you are paying for the atmosphere.
  • GraphicGuy

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    Sep 05, 2015 3:32 PM GMT
    I ended up picking St. Martin for a getaway. I wanted to go somewhere sunny and warm (hopefully) in November and I've been there briefly on a cruise before. Think it is about as gay friendly as you get in the Caribbean and tons to do.
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    Sep 05, 2015 5:29 PM GMT
    You've been to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?
  • GraphicGuy

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    Sep 06, 2015 12:33 PM GMT
    FitnessWorker saidYou've been to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?


    no not yet, friends go there every Feb