• Solo travels 2019 – The best moments

    It has been quite a year so far! I have been blessed to visit 14 countries and islands, with Australia still to come, created a travel product shop and started a course in travel journalism. From my solo travels this year, I have learnt more about myself, gained new friends and it has given me a thirst for visiting even more new destinations in 2020.

  • European squares – My top 6

    European squares are often home to historic landmarks or monuments. Some are entertainment hotspots. Others are ideal for relaxing and watching the world go by with a favourite drink, or some good food. Whatever your preference, they are wonderful places to come to solo. These are my 6 favourite European squares from destinations I have travelled to so far…

  • Solo City Breaks

    City breaks for solo travellers are a great idea. There are a wide range of activities to get involved in, many of which the weather can’t spoil. There are plenty of other people by themselves too. This will help you feel less self conscious if you are relatively new to solo travel. The following 4 solo city breaks I have been on are places I have enjoyed exploring by myself with recommendations of where to stay, things to do and places to eat …

  • Local Laws and Customs

    There are a number of essential things to consider when travelling solo. My solo travel tips page provides lots of information about this. However, it is also important to check whether the destination you are heading to has any local laws and customs you may not be aware of. Here are 10 destinations, each with an example of a local law which is very different to those in the UK…

  • 4 recommended cities for solo travel

    Cities are great places to visit when travelling solo. Firstly, they are busy so no-one gives a damn that you are on your own. At lunchtimes the restaurants are filled with commuters as well as tourists and locals, meaning dining solo is common place. Very often you will spot solo diners in hotel bar/restaurants in the evenings too, with people staying for business trips as well as for leisure. As for sightseeing, you don’t need anyone with you for that anyway and it gives you the freedom to go wherever you please and explore at your own pace! Here are 4 recommended cities for solo travel…

  • Great places to eat in Florence

    Florence is blessed with lots of wonderful places to eat, from snacks to full blown meals. As well as restaurants serving delicious, traditional pasta, pizzas and gelato, it also has its own local dishes too. Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a large T-bone steak seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon. Traditionally it was cooked over roasted chestnuts to get a smoky flavour. I watched some being served to tables and they appeared succulent, juicy and enormous! Other dishes enjoyed in Florence include ribollita, a hearty soup made with bread, beans and vegetables. Also, Lampredotto, which is a popular sandwich filling made from a cow’s fourth stomach. All the food I ate…

  • Things to do on a Budget in Florence

    Although there are some costly activities in Florence, there are also a surprising amount of things to do for free or under 5 Euros. The city has lots of iconic buildings within a small radius making sightseeing easy without the added expense of public transport. There are plenty of cheap eateries around too. This combined with a few free things to do, can make a couple of days in Florence relatively inexpensive. Therefore, if you are on a bit of a budget, it is still worth paying a visit and put the more expensive tours and activities on hold for another day. Here are some of my most recommended things…

  • Travelling Alone for the First Time

    Does This Sound Like You? Are you thinking of travelling alone but find yourself making excuses not to do it? Have your friends tried to discourage you? Are you worried about the expense of it? Maybe you’re concerned there will be a problem back home while you’re away? Do you think people will feel sorry for you? Do you worry you will get bored? All these things crossed my mind and I am sure they did for many solo travellers too. But actually, what have you got to lose?

  • Things to do Solo

    My Favourite 7 Things to do Solo The more I do by myself, the more confident I become. I love to go places with friends and family but equally, I enjoy doing things by myself. I have conversations with people who I may not necessarily have spoken to if I was with a partner or friend. This in itself often leads to meaningful friendships. Reviewing solo activities has made me think more deeply about the places I visit and therefore I have learnt a lot too. Here are some of my favourite things to do solo…