Many people don’t think to solo travel for Valentine’s Day. While booking a solo trip over Valentine’s Day may feel odd, in fact it isn’t. February is actually an amazing month to travel. Not only are the flights cheap, but many tourist destinations are not too busy, which means amazing DEALS! Solo travel destinations for Valentine’s Day is great for treating yourself, and show love to yourself.
With the holidays behind us and Valentine’s Day around the corner, it seems every convenience store reminds us we’re single. Tourist companies start talking about those romantic getaways for two, and us solo travelers seem placed by the wayside.
However, there is no reason to stay home this Valentine’s Day. The month of February sees cheap tickets and less packed tourist destinations. So pack your bags and get your single buts moving. Here is a list of the best places to show yourself love this February and spend your solo travel Valentine’s Day.
Solo Travel for Valentine’s Day
There are two things I can confidently say I am expert in: 1. Solo Travel, and 2. Being single.
While I am confidently single, I am not a masochist. I would suggest to avoid the in your face romantic destinations. There are 364 other days of the year to visit places like Paris or Venice.
So I thought why not create a list of the places around the globe that won’t remind you are single. Rather they will remind you to love yourself and the beautiful world around you. In no particular order, here we go!
1. Galway, Ireland
While Dublin, may attract its fair share of couples, when I lived there I headed to Galway on the West coast. The Irish are fun and it is always easy to meet people, especially if you are traveling solo. While it is chilly in February I love this city because there is always live music to enjoy, people with good spirits, and the cutest town center I have seen on the waterfront. There is something magical about Ireland. From the sea air whisking through my hair, the laughter and music traveling outside the pubs to the streets, or the natural wonders like the Cliffs of Moher, it is definitely a place to get outside of yourself.
2. Budapest, Hungary
If the UNESCO World Heritage views along the Danube are not enough to book your ticket here this February, then I don’t know what to tell you. Budapest, Hungary is not only beautiful, but it is a vibrant city no matter the temperature outside. Being single or a solo traveler here is no problem, with some of the most social hostels in Europe you will forget it is even V-Day. Life is celebrated here day and night, if you want to party you have the world-renowned ruins pubs like Ankert or Szimpla Kert. However, if you want to treat yourself to some self- love head to one of the many spas and thermal baths in the city that operate year-round. My favorite and the most famous is Szechenyi Spa Baths in Budapest.
Check out my full travel guide for things to do in Budapest here.
3. Miami, Florida
Miami is a city of single, beautiful, warm, friendly, and fun people. I have nothing bad to say about Miami, especially as a solo traveler. There are boutique hostels and hotels, like Generator Hostel and the Freehand Miami with a calendar of events/parties. Miami is a fun city where you can embrace being single. From dancing poolside at parties at Hyde Beach, to playing a pick-up volleyball game there are many activities to enjoy. My favorite is probably laying on the beach getting a tan. One thing that I love is that whenever, I have put myself out there to meet people in this city, I have been welcomed with open arms.
Erring on the adventurous side, and getting out of your comfort zone head to the Everglades for a romantic airboat ride and check out the Everglades National Park.
4. Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Peru
2020 is the year I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I am heading to a new continent this Valentine’s Day to South America. When researching cheap flights, I came across a steal to Peru, and booked a ticket. I am heading to Cusco and the Sacred Valley this February. With Carnival Celebrations, a 5-day Salkantey trek, and seeing one of the modern wonders of the world Machu Pichu, I don’t think I will be caring too much about my relationship status this Valentine’s Day.
The month of February is also a slower season for tourism in Peru, which means deals and cheap accommodation. Also, your pictures won’t be filled with hordes of tourists. So, it’s a win- win.
5. San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you are looking for a solo tropical escape? Look no further than San Juan, Puerto Rico. The perfect day I could imagine spending a solo Valentine’s Day in San Juan: Watching the sunset near Castillo San Felipe del Morro National Park, dancing salsa in the streets at La Vergüenza, and having brunch the next day beside an infinity pool at Serafina Hotel.
From exploring Old San Juan’s colorful buildings, to heading to the many beautiful beaches a short drive from the city center, Puerto Rico is a warm tropical destination where dancing is a language, food is life, and the beach is at your door step. If you want to have a fun sexy solo adventure head to San Juan. Almost any day of the week you will see people dancing salsa at La Factoria (a top 50 bar in the world), and will meet travelers from around the world.
6. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City will have you on the edge of your seat, with a constantly bustling metropolis due to the 22 million inhabitants. Also, maybe with all those people you will find love here, but otherwise Mexico City is the perfect place for a cultural experience. Take a hot air balloon ride at the ruins of Teotihuacán, home to many Aztec ruins, and the Pyramid of the Sun, the 3rdlargest pyramid in the world. Mexico City attracts many solo travelers, because there are many hostels and it is a major connection to South America. Even in the center of the city, you can find ruins, as well as explore the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture surrounding the Zocalo.
Instead of the canals of Venice, take a tour of the canals of Xochimilco with your new friends from the hostel for a meal at a market and party on a boat. Tours are organized by the hostels and are the best way to meet some fellow solo travelers. Check out the hostels and hotels best for solo travelers, as recommended by Booking.com for Mexico City.
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is a cultural capital of Europe, with beautiful art museums, historical significance, and a reputation for fun. While many travelers come to the city for its infamous coffeeshops, this is the perfect Valentine’s destination for singles. Because, simply there is so much to do to keep busy, you will forget your relationship status. A visit to the Anne Frank House Museum, coffeeshop, or learning about the sad life of Vincent Van Gogh at the Gogh museum will surely steer you clear away from cuddly lovey dove couples this Valentine’s Day.
My favorite thing to do is wander the canals of Amsterdam, rent a bike, and simply explore the city at my own pace. That is the joy of being single. Amsterdam is also incredibly safe to walk around day or night, which makes this a perfect spot to dip your toes into solo travel to a foreign country. Read here for some more tips traveling solo as a female here.
8. Panama City and San Blas, Islands
Panama is a great destination to be a solo traveler. From the San Blas Island a short-day trip from Panama City, to a bustling nightlife in Casco Viejo; there is something for everyone. The city is awesome since it is easy to meet people, and close enough to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean to unwind. Panama City is a full of interesting architecture, great ceviche, and is easy to get around. Selina Hostel in Casco Viejo is the best hostel to stay at as a solo single traveler on Valentine’s day. With a pool and rooftop overlooking the Panama City skyline, not only guests come to enjoy the views. This means you will meet locals and guests at this hotspot in the center of the old town. For a comprehensive guide check out my post here.
Get off the map and leave Panama City for the night, and head to the San Blas Islands. The islands are still owned and operated by the indigenous Guna Yala people. This authentic adventure will bring you a cultural experience, as well as some of the best beaches in the Caribbean.
9. Havana, Cuba
Don’t believe everything you hear! Americans can still travel to Cuba. So, my American single friends this is your chance to not wait a moment longer. Use this Valentine’s day to see Havana, Cuba. From the old school cars, to the Spanish Colonial architecture in the city center you will feel transported in time on arrival.
Visit the house of Ernest Hemingway, try the strong Cuban Coffee, and explore the sights and sounds of Cuba. The best thing about Cuba is staying at Casa Particulares, where you rent a room from a Cuban household. This experience is more personable, and gives you greater insight to family life in Cuba by actually meeting locals. My favorite thing about Cuba was the music and salsa. If you want to have a night out, go salsa dancing to live music in the Old Town of Havana.
10. Denver, Colorado
While not the warmest place to visit on this list, Denver is a very accessible destination for solo travelers. With a train that connecting to the Denver Airport and great public transits Denver is easy to get around. During Valentine’s day as a solo traveler, getting outside and enjoying nature is a positive way to spend the day. With weather hovering around the 40s and 50s (5-10 Celsius) during February, you can still explore the nature of the city comfortably. However, if hitting the slopes is your thing head to one of the many mountains for some skiing/snowboarding.
Into art or graffiti? Head to the artsy neighborhood of RHINO. With unique spaces and markets, hip bars, pop up shops, and hotel The Source is always happening. The district also is home to many events and pop up galleries sure to attract a friendly crowd.
Only a short 30-minute drive from Downtown Denver is the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge. At the refuge see buffalo roam, prairie dogs, and deer with the beautiful Rockies and Denver skyline in the background.
What are you waiting for? Book a trip for self- love, exploration, and remember you don’t have to wait for anyone. Solo travel for Valentine’s Day and fall in love with the world. Which of these destinations are you planning on heading to for your Valentine’s Day of solo travel and self-love? Share your plans and thoughts in the comments section below!
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