Sometime you just want to strike out alone. Here are 13 of our favourite cities that are best explored without any excess baggage.
Anyone else remember that scene in Once where Markéta Irglová meets Glen Hansard playing his guitar on the street and it leads to this incredible love story about music? Okay, well take our word for it. Amazing things happen in Dublin. We're not sure if it's the extreme landscape, tasty beer or volatile weather but there's just something about this emerald city that captivates us every time.
Don't feel like wandering too far your first trip out? Spend a weekend in New York. The city that never sleeps is also a city that never runs out of things to do. Between shopping in Soho, catching a show on Broadway, seeking out sample sales in the Meat Packing District or catching up on the latest trends in Brooklyn, you'll be thankful you can roam freely without having to consult with a fellow traveller.
The west coast version alternative to New York, San Francisco is the weekend getaway for one. Fill you days by getting up early to catch the sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge, stuffing your face with seafood on Fisherman's Warf or making friends with the artists in Castro. The possibilities are endless.
Experience America's wild west first hand with a visit to Tucson, Arizona. Tucked between the cowboy boots and steer heads are some incredibly luxurious spas and yoga retreats where you can spend some quality 'me' time.
South America can seem a little daunting when you're flying solo but Uruguay is one of the safest countries in the continent. Wandering through Montevideo, you'll easily spend countless hours taking in the colourful colonial buildings or catching an opera at the stunning Teatro Solís.
Travel back in time with a visit to Cuba, the jewel of the Caribbean. Easily one of the safest places to explore on your own, days will be filled with stunning beaches, crumbling Colonial architecture, cheap eats and welcoming locals. You might just have a difficult time leaving.
The ‘Venice of the North’ is an incredible place to explore on your own—especially if you’re open to riding bikes! Rent a two-wheeler and pedal through the picturesque streets or hop on a boat and explore the canals. If you get lonely, just head to one of the many cafes where you're sure to meet a friendly stranger in no time.
The 'City of Love' is surprisingly a pretty awesome place to explore on your own. Besides having some of the most incredible museums and art galleries on the planet, we love hitting up the shops or relaxing over a croissant to watch the fashion parade stroll by.
There are a few reasons Iceland has become such a hot destination in the last five years. One, the scenery is sweet enough to give you a toothache; and two, it's super easy to navigate on your own. Just make sure to bring an extra large camera card, as everywhere you look is a photo op.
Tokyo is great, sure, but Kyoto has some of the most spectacular scenery in Japan. The former imperial capital, this ancient city is full of picture perfect shrines and temples, forests full of bamboo and cherry blossoms and, if you're lucky, the chance to spot a geisha in traditional dress.
Thailand is one of Southeast Asia's most popular destinations for a reason. It's a cinch to get around, there is lots to see and there are a ton of solo travellers. This is a great place to start if you're hoping to join up with some other travellers and explore the rest of the country.
Clean is just one of the many things Singapore excels at. Here you will find great shopping, a bustling nightlife and some incredible architecture that will overwhelm your eyes. Oh, and it's super safe for female travellers!
Heading down under? While most beeline it to Sydney, Melbourne is our preferred stop as it’s the hub of Australian culture with great bohemian shopping areas, a picturesque beach and some of the best underground restaurants in the city. Travelling alone will be no problems as Australians are some of the friendliest bunch we've met--and, they're notorious solo travellers themselves!
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