Being single on Valentine’s Day can be an unnecessary downer.
Christmas has barely passed and all the festive décor in the shops has been replaced by flowers, assorted chocolates and teddy bears hugging love hearts.
Tacky love is everywhere as Valentine’s day approaches.
The good news is that thanks to travel, you can now escape from the madness and spoil yourself with a vacation. It needn’t cost you a small fortune either.
February is actually a great time to get away as many airlines and operators slash their prices to tempt travellers to part with their cash.
Here are 5 ideas to help you escape the romance if you’re single on Valentine’s Day!
5 Escapes If You’re Single on Valentine’s Day
1. Enjoy summer ‘Downunder’
Australia is a fantastic country to visit any time of the year, especially if you are rolling solo.
Going in February is ideal as you will be enjoying the peak of Aussie summer. Hitting the beach is a no brainer and if you’ve ever wanted to surf, this is the place to do it.
After taking a couple of surf lessons, you could even meet some of the local surfers if you fancy socialising. For those who are into nature, it’s well worth heading up to Queensland to see the Great Barrier Reef.
There are also plenty of tour companies available for singles focused on the Eastern coast, which is arguably the most beautiful part of the country.
2. Cruise The Caribbean
This is one is for the singles who are looking for a bit of luxury.
The greatest thing about taking a cruise focused on singles is that there will be plenty of other friendly singles for you to meet on deck.
Cruising is also one of the best ways to see many places in one go. The host of activities on board will ensure you have a fun-filled adventure and never feel lonely.
What’s more, many of the major cruise lines now offer single-room cabins and often reduce the single supplement so you don’t have to pay much more. And if you book via a solo cruise specialist you may not have to pay the single surcharge at all.
Whether you are looking for Mr or Miss Right or just looking to have some fun on Valentine’s day, a singles cruise around the gorgeous Caribbean is the perfect way to relax.
3. Meet a Geyser in Iceland
Iceland has been making a lot of noise lately in the world of solo travel. This under-populated and under-visited land is rich with open landscapes and space, giving any solo traveller a feeling of solitude and escape.
Since it’s only a couple of hours flying time from Europe or a mere 5 hours from the East Coast of the USA, it also makes an ideal short break or over a long weekend.
Women especially will find travelling around Iceland easier than most places. With a population of just 300,000, Iceland has an extremely low crime rate and English is widely spoken.
Many of the activities in Iceland are geared toward solos too, like glazier hiking, horseback riding or if you time it right, watching the spectacular Northern Lights.
One of the highlights is checking out the many geothermal spas and hot springs or geysers dotted around the island.
Drink in the vast and unique nature on offer by diving into the Blue Lagoon, the country’s most famous spa. If you find yourself single on Valentines’ Day then this is the perfect place to sink in and relax as the waters are known to help soothe your skin.
4. Tour The Emerald Isle
Travelling solo can be lonely at times but that doesn’t have to be the case in Ireland.
Known for having some of the friendliest locals in the world, this is one of the best countries to visit if you want to travel solo but not be alone.
You won’t have a hard time meeting people in this country but if you find yourself on the shy side, you might want to try out one of the many pub tours.
Contrary to popular belief, a pub tour isn’t just about sinking pint after pint of Guinness. Many tours include cultural activities that involve live music, dancing and visiting small villages.
Be sure to visit the fascinating capital Dublin, where you can join historical tours of this beautiful city and visit the National Museum where ancient Celtic artefacts are housed. Further afield there are the medieval castles, cathedrals and ruins in Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel, the windswept Cliffs of Moher and the remote Aran Islands.
5. Z is for Zagreb, Croatia
Croatia’s tourism has been growing at a rapid pace over the past five years and when you go there, it’s not hard to figure out why.
This little country sports a gorgeous coastline, world-class seafood and some of the most interesting pieces of architecture in Eastern Europe.
Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, is worth visiting if you love history and culture and find yourself single on Valentine’s Day. If you love Prague but fancy something less touristy then Zagreb could be the perfect city break for you.
Compact enough to explore on foot, you could easily spend hours strolling through it’s cobbled streets taking in the Austro-Hungarian architecture, stopping for coffee in the always-full cafes, and admiring the many theatres, museums and galleries.
For single travellers, a bizarre highlight worth seeing in Zagreb is the Museum of Broken Relationships. If you’ve ever wanted to dump your ex’s belongings, here’s your chance as the museum has a section where you can “overcome your failed relationship” by donating personal belongings to the exhibit.
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