Traveling alone can be terrifying, exciting, and can lead to some of the best experiences you’ll ever have! I just arrived back in America after living in Florence, Italy for four months and I can tell you right now it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. If you’ve never traveled outside of the country before, much less alone, it can be a little bit scary. I promise once you get to your destination and start discovering not only the world but yourself, you won’t ever want to leave.
1. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the best places to visit alone because there are so many things to do and everything is pretty cheap! One of the main things to do here is going to a jazz club at night. The beer in Prague is actually cheaper than water! You definitely have to check out the John Lennon wall while you’re here; it’s perfect for plenty of Instagram pictures.
2. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is super easy to navigate and most people speak English. While walking the streets, you’ll pass plenty of little boutiques and a ton of fresh and authentic food. Remember the pretty mosaic wall used in the Cheetah Girls 2 movie? Yeah, that really is in Barcelona and it’s so worth the view at the top.
3. London, England
Hands down my favorite place I’ve ever visited. The underground tube train system is easy to use and goes everywhere you could ever want to go. The shopping opportunities here are endless. Shoreditch is one of the best places to find everything vintage.
4. Florence, Italy
A large city with a small feel. You’ll never get lost because the duomo is almost always in view; if you can find that, you’ll always be able to find your way. When you’re done in Florence you can take a short train ride to both Rome and Venice!
5. Dublin, Ireland
This city has everything from historic sites to great nightlife; not to mention the cool accents and cheap beer. Make sure to take a bus tour to go see the Cliffs of Moher.
6. Nashville, Tennessee
This is the perfect city to catch some live shows in one of the most major cities in the music industry. After the show make sure to indulge in some yummy and fattening southern food.
7. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is one of the best cities in the world and has something for everyone. Go see a live comedy show at The Second City (where Kristen Wiig got her start). Don’t be afraid to be a tourist and go see The Bean (aka Cloud Gate) in Millennium Park.
8. Boracay, Philippines
Named one of the happiest places in the world, this is the perfect place to take a few days to relax in the sun. Visiting the Philippines is the perfect opportunity to make new friends with all the friendly locals.
9. Maui, Hawaii
If the Philippines is too far away, try going to Maui! Maui is also a great place to take a few days basking in the sunlight with a good book. Rent a bike and ride around making sure to stop at all the cool waterfalls.
10. Santa Monica, California
The epitome of health. Every corner you turn there’s a healthy restaurant or a farmers market. While you’re in California, make sure to check out Venice beach for all the cool edgy vibes and street performers.
Traveling alone is the perfect way to get in touch with yourself and figure out what you really want in life. It opens you up to so many new experiences that you might never get if you don’t take the risk of traveling. Cost is, of course, a factor as well but traveling doesn’t have to be expensive! Hostels and couch-surfing sites are always relatively cheap and cooking your own food when you can help you cut down the cost of food. So what are you waiting for?!