While it may seem scary at first, solo travel can turn out to be a fulfilling experience. For one, you get to plan without dealing with last-minute changes of plans by friends or sacrificing your bucket list when doing a group tour.
Therefore, if you are feeling adventurous and your friends are busy, or you can’t convince them to tag along, a solo trip is well worth it. All you have to do is choose a solo-friendly destination, verse yourself a bit with the local language, arrive during the day, and let your family know about your plans.
Europe is among the safest destinations for solo travelers. The destinations comprise popular cities and hidden gems where you can have the perfect holiday alone. If you are trying to figure out places to visit in Europe alone, here are some great recommendations.
1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
From the biggest flea markets and museums to a vibrant nightlife, Amsterdam is a great destination for a solo traveler. Because the city can get overwhelming for you if it is your first time here, you could explore Vondelpark by taking a stroll while admiring the beautiful ponds and lakes in the park.
You could also choose to get lost in one of Amsterdam’s many museums and the Anne Frank House if you are not at a flea market hunting for souvenirs to take home. If you want a relaxing day, take a yoga class or stay at your hotel and enjoy your slots on Uptown Pokies.
While there are tons of things to do in Amsterdam, don’t miss out on a trip outside the city to visit the Netherlands’s stunning tulip fields. You will not regret it!
Considered a sunshine island, Malta is a cultural hub that boasts incredible food, friendly locals, and diverse activities. Malta enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, so there is no bad time to visit.
A Western Mediterranean cruise from Malta is one of the perfect ways to unplug from your busy life and enjoy a solo tour.
Not only will you be able to take in exciting attractions while onboard, but you will also get the perfect opportunity to make friends as you enjoy the comforts of your ship. You can also take a boat trip to the Comino and Gozo islands and enjoy beautiful coastlines, secluded lagoons, and beaches.
Malta has a wealth of archaeological and historical sights and stunning sleepy villages, ideal for a day trip for a solo traveler. There is so much to see on land and enjoy in the waters.
3. Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich is an outstanding destination in Switzerland that should be on every solo traveler’s bucket list. The beauty of adding Zurich to your itinerary is you won’t have to worry about the best time to visit. There is a lot to see and do in any season of the year.
However, even though Zurich is vibrant throughout the year, you will enjoy the best weather during the summer months. During the winter months, the city is covered in snow, but you can still enjoy various winter sports in any of the ski regions.
Zurich has many museums which you can spend your time exploring. If you love history and architecture, Zurich’s Old Town is a must-visit as it is lined with historic buildings with stunning ancient streets and amazing architecture.
Zurich’s nightlife is amazing, and you won’t have to worry about your safety. Zurich flea markets have many things to shop for, and you can certainly not leave the city without trying out the signature Zurich thermal baths.
4. Ghent, Belgium
There are many memorable things to do in Belgium’s gem, Ghent. Ghent may not be as popular as Brussels, and you have probably not heard about it, but it makes for the perfect destination for a solo traveler.
You can kick off your Ghent tour with a visit to the iconic Ghent Belfry, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and climb to the top and enjoy the magnificent views. The Graslei and Korenlei quays are also sights to behold, where you can have your coffee as you admire the surrounding medieval structures.
Through a Ghent cruise, you will also learn alot about the city from a local perspective as you explore different parts of the city.
5. Highlands of Scotland
If you are a lover of nature, there is something for you. The Scottish Highlands has some of the most breathtaking vistas on the planet. The best way to enjoy your trip here is to figure out the type of adventure you want to have.
Cairngorms National Park offers many rivers, mountains, lochs, forests, and villages, which you will enjoy spending days exploring. You cannot leave Scotland without visiting Loch Ness, Scotland’s largest by volume, and enjoying beautiful views featuring forest-filled mountains.
Remember to also make some time for the beaches, which will stun you with white sand and clear water, and more with dramatic landscapes.
If you are lucky enough to visit during the sunny months, ensure you visit the Steall Waterfall in the highland mountains and enjoy the grandeur of the 120-meter-high waterfall.
If you are planning a solo trip to Europe and are unsure where to start, you don’t need to fret. Europe has a broad range of destinations conducive to solo travelers with different interests in adventure.
Whether you want to board a cruise ship, hike, visit the largest flea markets, or immerse yourself in cultural excursions, Europe has it all. The list above features some of the best destinations to visit in Europe alone.
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