Going Solo in the City: A City Break Guide

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Have you been longing to escape on a city break, but can’t find someone to join you? Go solo! Traveling alone can be just as rewarding as traveling with others, and being alone will allow you to make all the decisions and go at your own pace.

Read on for some city break hotspots that will inspire you to take a chance.

Edinburgh

If you’re fascinated by iconic landscapes, amazing views, and some prime whiskey, then you need to hit Edinburgh. Famous for its Fringe Festival, this city’s social scene is bursting with excitement, with comedy shows, music, dance, and theatre all available. If you find yourself needing a break from the crowds, take in the superb view of the city from Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano which is now the main peak of the hills.

Paris

Many people consider Paris to be the ideal destination for loved-up couples and honeymooners, but the truth is that there is so much to explore, going solo is a definite must. The city of love? More like the city of fashion. Embrace your inner Carrie Bradshaw and go to town, exploring some of the incredible vintage shops, such as By Flowers or Kiloshop. You can also stop by the flea markets to get your hands on some great bargains. Think of all the mementoes you can bring home!

Amsterdam

Not only is Amsterdam aesthetically pleasing with its stunning canals and rich architecture, but it is also full of activity. From its contemporary art museums, lush green parks, and never-ending coffee shops, it is the quintessential European city experience. It is also renowned for its famous Dutch cuisine, which you can sample at several of the popular food markets, including the Farmer’s Market in Noordermarkt. Taste some scrumptious sweet treats, from delectable stroopwafels, mouth-watering tompouce, and luscious bosche bol. Don’t worry about the calories, though (they don’t count when you’re on holiday and you’ll burn calories while walking or biking around the gorgeous city). But, make sure to dress appropriately and always pack an umbrella. Our favorite new and must have travel clothes item are ponte pants. They’re insanely comfortable and look great so you can explore the city in style and comfort.

Reykjavik

Iceland may not be your first choice when it comes to picking a destination, but there are several reasons you should add this to your bucket list. Witness the magic of the Northern Lights, or immerse yourself in Reykjavik’s nightlife, with bars and clubs in easy walking distance. It’s worth visiting during the Secret Solstice Festival in June, where you can experience first-hand the unique atmosphere of a music arena set against a stunning Icelandic landscape. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Florence

Sometimes, one of the best parts of traveling alone can involve taking a simple walk through the city and savoring all the sights. Florence is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll, with the riverfront making for a beautiful view. Or if you want to get closer to the water, enjoy a glass of fizz as you cruise along the city streets on a traditional boat tour. To avoid the crowds, go for a walk along the Ponte Santa Trinita, take photos, and enjoy the quiet.

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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