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Solo Female Traveller - One Week European Itinerary

Solo Female Traveller - One Week European Itinerary

Nov 8th, 2019, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by cait_mags View Post

If you had a week to spend anywhere in Europe, where would you go and why? (I am not talking city hopping, you’re stuck where you are )
My immediate choice was Paris, London, Rome or Florence, but as janisj said basically I’d be happy anywhere in Europe...
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Nov 9th, 2019, 12:10 AM
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My daughter spent 12 days in Rome on her own (was close to 18) except for the first evening as her sister was there too.
She loved it. Spent one night in Pompéi. Walked 100 kms during her stay acc to her iPhone.
I also like the idea of homestay. You could even go to remote places and suck the atmosphere. Like in being bored like the locals ...
I would choose Aix en Provence. Easy small pedestrian lots to see young. Excursions to Avignon orange etc. Ask the people from home.
Plus the french accent is less pronounced than in Lyon for example.
If tou want to party (some introverts may want to do so esp at 24) I'd recommend Amsterdam Berlin or Praha.
Mon a side note I lived Vienna but was glad I was with some colleagues as it felt ... yes cold isa good word.
When alone I always have a good book. I can engage in conversations easily or be left alone. Being a woman can be different though. Some males are still quite heavy.
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Nov 9th, 2019, 05:42 AM
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I have been into Munich and Prague. Personally, I didn't enjoy Munich as it felt like not much to do as many other German cities, but it is worth taking a look during Christmas. On the other hand, Prague is just amazing! Apart from this one you should probably try Budapest as it is a lovely city!

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Nov 9th, 2019, 07:23 AM
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My first solo trips were to the UK and Ireland and were great. Since then, France (Paris, Normandy), The Netherlands, Munich, and many trips to Italy, including Venice, Rome, Bologna/Ravenna. Netherlands would be an easy trip I think and as menetioned easy day trips from Amsterdam abound, though I am partial to Italy.

I've stayed in b&bs/locandas and small hotels. One thing that gets me into the local neighborhood and talking with locals is going to a hair salon and getting a wash and blow dry! Always fun.

Although Venice is indeed mobbed during the days in the main drag from San Marco Piazza to Rialto Bridge, I would still consider it and when I am there solo I feel very safe--usual precautions as mentioned above (don't leave purse hanging on chair back, crossbody bag, etc.). Small b&bs/locandas near the art galleries in Dorsoduro or in Cannaregio might work. I feel confident walking around in the evenings and that is not always true elsewhere (like the US!).

Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Padua are all within easy reach of each other by train as well as other day trips.

I love to take a short class of some kind as an "anchor" for the solo time. For me, it's mosaic and language classes.
Dining out isn't an issue -- they treat me like a sister or auntie and seat me at a nice table and keep an eye on me.

I also find Paris an easy solo trip, though I do stay in the central areas as I don't know some of the outer neighborhoods well enough to feel safe. Paris with a trip to Lyon or Dijon could be just right. The fast trains in France and Italy can quickly zip you to a nice change of scene.

Have a great time!
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Nov 9th, 2019, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by cait_mags View Post
If you had a week to spend anywhere in Europe, where would you go and why? (I am not talking city hopping, you’re stuck where you are )

Rome (or Venice or Palermo, followed by Paris).

I have spent weeks solo in Rome (2x), Venice (2x) and Paris (2x). All are good options for me as I like busy cities with wide choices of art exhibitions, usually temporary/traveling. So consider your interests when making your decision. Do you like concerts? Contemporary art? Opera? The theater? Etc.

In terms of your other question about potential loneliness, I think that too is largely personal. I spend much of my working life talking with (and being talked to by) lots of people. So a solo vacation feels like a luxury to me. I do find that I prefer/need more comfortable accommodations when I'm by myself, because it reinforces the feeling that I am treating myself.

ETA: Oh, now I see annw's reply. I agree about "anchor" activities. One of my Rome trips and one of my Venice trips involved taking Italian. I had class 9am-12:30pm, then my afternoons and evening were free to explore. That said, this summer I had a week in Venice on my own again and elected not to enroll in a class because my agenda was focused on Biennale.

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