SOLO TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Welcome to Travel Grow Do It Solo, a website and blog inspiring worldwide solo travel. Each of the following solo travel destinations offers my personal reviews and recommendations of where to stay, restaurants for solo dining and solo activities.

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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA * AUSTRALIA * BELGIUMENGLANDA EUROPEAN CRUISE * FRANCE * ITALY: FLORENCE & SARDINIA  *  NETHERLANDS  *  PORTUGAL * SCOTLANDSPAIN

Antigua & Barbuda

one of my solo travel destinations of 2019 - Antigua

The beautiful twin islands of Antigua & Barbuda are nestled between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.  The warm and friendly locals are proud of the islands and genuinely want you to enjoy your stay.  Antigua is home to 365 beaches, Nelson’s Dockyard, superb snorkelling and quality restaurants.  A trip to Antigua will not be complete without dancing the night away.  Bi-weekly reggae parties at Shirley Heights while the sun sets are very popular.  Read more about Antigua & Barbuda.

Australia

Shelly Beach, Sydney.

The compact city of Sydney is famous for its iconic Harbour Bridge, Opera House and spectacular beaches.  Regular ferry services run from centrally located Circular Quay to a number of alluring beaches and top attractions. Animal lovers can get up close to Australia’s unique wildlife at Taronga Zoo, arguably the best in the world, while wine connoisseurs can enjoy tasting sessions at Hunter Valley.   The eucalyptus scented Blue Mountains are only two hours drive from the city.  Marvel at dramatic scenery of forests laced with waterfalls and rock formations…  Read more about Australia.

Belgium

Best things to do in Ghent - Graslei at night, one of my favourite solo travel destinations

Ghent in Belgium is renowned for its exquisite chocolate, beer and strangely, sweets in the shape of small noses!  The Graslei is incredibly beautiful with enchanting night time river reflections.  By day there is plenty to keep the solo traveller occupied.  Visit a 12th Century castle, climb a belfry, explore the shops on popular Veldstraat or take a self-guided culinary walking tour around the city.  Don’t leave without tasting the traditional Flemish dish, Gentse Waterzooi, a steaming hot fish stew.  Read more about Ghent.

England

England, a country of fairytale-like castles, lakes, pretty coastlines and rolling hillsides. Its capital city, London, is a popular tourist destination with iconic buildings and vibrant nightlife. Read more about England.

European Cruise

Reasons to go on a solo cruise - TUI's Marella Celebration Cruise Ship

Book a solo cabin on TUI’s Marella Celebration Cruise and visit six destinations throughout Greece, Montenegro and Croatia. There are plenty of activities onboard to keep cruisers entertained while sailing.  When in port, explore the area freely by yourself or choose from a selection of guided tours with others. Furthermore, TUI arrange lunch and pre-dinner drinks for solo travellers who wish to connect with others while onboard.  Read more about the cruise.

France

Paris is a beautiful city, particularly at night when the main monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and L’Arc de Triomphe are lit up in gold.  Stroll along Avenue des Champs Elysées, arguably the most famous avenue in the world, sample delicious French favourites of croissants, baguettes, cheese and eclairs.  Also make time for a cruise along The Seine.  Read more about Paris.

Italy

I have written about two solo travel destinations in Italy so far, a city break and beach holiday…

Florence

Sunset from Ponte Vecchio

Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance period and home to Michelangelo’s famous Statue of David.  This compact city is easy to explore on foot, resting occasionally for a steaming coffee or a glass of chianti, Tuscany’s signature wine, in a bustling piazza. Read more about Florence.

Sardinia

Turkish baths at Cala Caterina

Sardinia is an idyllic destination that will appeal to epicureans.  It offers pure relaxation and indulgence with deluxe hotels on Caribbean-like beaches, luxurious spa facilities and fine dining.  Its mountainous landscape harbours turquoise coves fringed with white sand beaches.  Read more about Sardinia.

Netherlands

Plenty to do in Netherlands for solo travellers.  Add to your solo travel destinations bucket list

Amsterdam, Netherlands’ diverse capital, is perhaps best known for its Red Light District and coffee shops.  This picturesque city with over 160 canals and more than 1500 bridges, is ideal for a short break.  Visit the annexe where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis. Then take a leisurely canal cruise while the sun sets. Read more about Amsterdam.

Portugal

Portugal - Chapel of Souls -

Porto is a relatively small city offering plenty to see and do within a close proximity, in 24 hours. Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia are within easy walking distance of each other. Port wine tasting is popular as well as shopping for tile and cork items. Read more about Porto.

Scotland

Scotland's Loch Ness
Sunset at Loch Ness

Scotland’s landscapes are amongst the most striking I have seen from my travels. The towering snow capped mountains, heather laden hills, valleys of green and sparkling lochs are stunning. This is an ideal destination for those who love nature and the outdoors, history and good food. Read more about Scotland.

Spain

One of the most upmarket solo travel destinations I have been to for a city break
The Royal Palace

Madrid is a clean, safe city for solo travel. Despite being Spain’s capital, it has a relaxed ambience. It is a wonderful place to enjoy exquisite tapas, museums, flamenco and high end shopping. Additionally, fine examples of Gothic architecture can be seen. Pre-book a table at the oldest restaurant in the the world still operating, Sobrino de Botín. It is renowned for its signature dish of roast suckling pig. Read more about Madrid.

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