Updated June 17, 2020.
The South! Home sweet home. The friendliest place around. Southern hospitality. Humidity out the wazoo. Fried food. Biscuits. What comes to mind when you think of the South? Whether you’re looking for a great step into solo travel or just want to see what all the fuss is about, Savannah is a wonderful choice! Here’s your ultimate guide to traveling there solo!
For the beauty! And the history. And its sites. And the food! And the sincere people. Savannah just has so much to offer, especially for a solo traveler. It’s totally walkable, endlessly interesting, and the charm is off the charts!
Is it Safe?
Oh yes! Well, aside from the Voodoo and the ghosts, of course. But aside from that, cars stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks, people smile at you instead of look through you, and I felt entirely safe walking around Savannah the whole time I was there.
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How Can I Get There?
You can certainly drive there if you’re within reasonable driving distance, but I flew into Savannah International Airport (SAV). From there it was a 20 minute, $20 Uber ride, and from there I could walk wherever I wanted! There is also the option to take the DOT bus, which is FREE and stops at dozens of popular stops around town. The only exception was Bonaventure Cemetery, but that’s just a short Uber ride about four miles from the historic district.
Where Should I Stay?
I recommend staying in the historic district so you’ll be within walking distance of the majority of sites. I stayed at the Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn on Historic Gordon Row, just steps from Forsyth Park, the Mercer House, several historic churches, and more. I suggest staying anywhere between Forsyth Park and the Waterfront, and between East Broad and Montgomery Streets for maximum walkability and convenience. There are many options ranging from high-end hotels to vacation rentals to choose from, so take your pick!
How to Stay Occupied?
If you’re bored in Savannah, it’s not Savannah’s fault! There are plenty of historic homes and museums to visit, walking tours to take, shopping to be done, people watching to do, and tons of unique restaurants to try! And if you drive here or rent a car, both Hilton Head and Tybee Islands are just minutes away.
How to Save Money?
Savannah is one of the most affordable cities I’ve visited in the United States. The accommodations are affordable, the food is reasonably priced, and even the museums are well-priced! But if you’re budget is still relatively small, check out the historic churches, take the DOT bus instead of Ubering or taxiing around town, and take advantage of those Southern-sized portions! Eat a big breakfast (bonus if your accommodation includes breakfast), get a late lunch and save half for later, and treat yourself to ice cream at Leopold’s or one of the fantastic cafes around town!
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