Valentine’s Day is all about love and lovers… and it kind of stinks for the singles! I used to call it “Singles’ Awareness Day” (acronym “SAD,” of course!), but my attitude toward Valentine’s Day changed over the years, even before I met my husband! Valentine’s Day became a day to spend with my single girl friends, to do something fun on my own, or to give out Hersey Kisses to my friends! One of the best things anyone can do for themselves is travel solo, so if you need a little Solo Valentine’s inspiration, this is the post for you!
It’s the happiest place on Earth! Treat yourself to a day at the park and a night or two at one of the resorts on the property. You’ll have a ton of fun, you’ll remember how it feels to be as excited as a kid at Disneyland, and you might meet some fun people!
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If you’ve ever wanted to take a solo trip to a the real-life land of Aladdin, Qatar is the place for you! Talk about “a whole new world.” There are so many cool things to do in Qatar, from riding camels to riding dune buggies in the desert, from museums to shopping to eating some of the best food in the world, Qatar has it all, and you can see it all solo!
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A trip to the Land of Fire and Ice will make you feel such awe, you won’t be able to help knowing the world is so much bigger than just yourself. There are also a ton of solo travelers trekking there, just like you! Go hiking, walk on a glacier, take a helicopter ride, look for the Northern Lights, take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, or make friends with sheep, horses, and puffins!
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There is so much to see and do in London, you won’t have time to wallow, feel sorry for yourself, or get bored! Treat yourself to tea, stay at a legendary hotel, visit the world famous museums, and take a walking tour to learn about the history of London! You might even meet other solo travelers and make friends.
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Take a Mileage Run
My husband used to do this often before we got married (and a time or two after!), and it’s a great way to gain reward miles and airline status! Valentine’s Day falls right around Presidents’ Day, so take advantage of that three-day weekend and take a whirl-wind trip! Splurge on Business Class seats, download entire seasons of your favorite shows to watch on the long flights, bring a book you’ve been wanting to read, and then literally just sit back and relax! Book your trip to Singapore, Bangkok, Guam, Japan, South Africa, or just choose the longest flights you can and watch the miles roll in.
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Nashville may be the hot spot for the bachelorettes of the world, but it’s also a fun place for solo travelers! Hang out on Broadway, go to the Wild Horse for line dancing, and enjoy the Southern hospitality! Go to the Goo Goo Store for a sweet, and if you’re really up for something beautiful, lush, and indoors, explore the Opryland Hotel—you won’t be sorry!
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Get creative! One of the best things I ever did for myself was to take a few days for a self-led creative retreat. Choose a location that motivates you, an activity that makes you come alive (for me, it was running the monuments in D.C. at sunrise!), and an accommodation that inspires you! Bring that book you want to finish writing, those scrapbooking materials you want to put together, or your camera so you can work on your photography!
Read on: Why You Need a Creative Retreat
Speaking of inspiring, one of the most beautiful places in the world is Hawaii. Pick an island, any island! They’re all beautiful and offer a variety of exciting things to do! From zip lining to swimming with sea turtles (but don’t touch them!), from snorkeling to whale watching, from scenic flights to the most incredible hiking you’ll ever experience, Hawaii is a solo traveler’s dream!
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Uluru is one of the most awe-inspiring locations I’ve ever visited, anywhere in the world. The hiking is phenomenal at both Uluru and Kata-Tjuta, and seeing the famous monoliths up-close was a dream trip for me. Sign up for the excursions (helicopters, hiking, base walking, epic meals under the stars, and more!), make friends with your fellow travelers, and make memories for yourself to last a lifetime!
Read on: 10 Things to Do at Uluru
Visit a Yoga or Spa Retreat
The ultimate “me time” experience is one that makes you feel your absolute best, your most beautiful, your most relaxed, and your very happiest. For some, that’s being out in nature, for others, that’s reading in bed all day, and still for others, that’s a series of spa treatments or a lot of yoga! There are countless places to do both of these things all over the world, so choose a yoga retreat in an exotic location or book yourself a luxury hotel and save up for some refined spa treatments!
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
My trip to Angkor Wat was one of the most memorable, awe-inspiring, and beautiful trips of my life. The history and intricate detail of the temples is so intriguing, and I honestly felt safe traveling here. I was with a girl friend, but I would totally go back solo if I got the opportunity! I went in June, during the hot, muggy, rainy season, but I have a feeling February is definitely a better time to go!
Read on: 10 Reasons to Visit Angkor Wat
Anywhere You’ve Always Wanted to Go!
If none of these inspires you, by all means make plans to visit the place you’ve always dreamed of! Living solo and traveling solo are truly special times in your life. My married friends who never lived alone tell me they regret it. So don’t squander your solo time—take advantage of it! This is the time in your life to do what you want, when you want, where you want, how you want. Take this time to celebrate how awesome you are all on your own, and others will be drawn to you. Have fun!
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