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As mentioned in my post here, 2020 is my year of new. I have a couple of trips planned and nothing excites me more than researching, creating itineraries and visualising the kind of trips I want to have. They’re usually based around food, sights or a yearning to go to a particular place far, wide and new. So whilst I may not be going on all of the trips I have mentioned below, hopefully you can draw some inspiration, book the flight and explore new heights.
St Patrick’s Day is on a Tuesday in 2020 meaning you can do an extended weekend or mid-week trip to Dublin. I personally haven’t visited since 2009 and I would love to go back with new ideas. The Irish are some of the friendliest people and you won’t feel alone at all on this iconic holiday. It’s one of the most popular times to visit the city and there is so much to do and see. From pubs like McGowan’s and Bad Bobs, sights like Dublin Castle and Phoenix Park, a solo trip to Dublin guarantees lots of fun. Don’t blame me if you miss your flight.
Valentine’s Day in 2020 is on a Friday and flights to New York at this time of year are around the £260 mark if you look hard enough. Why not take a long weekend and reclaim the holiday that society likes to dub ‘Single Awareness Day’. I mean I know you can still travel solo if you’re in a relationship but it’s worth cheating if New York is waiting.
I went to NYC just after Valentine’s Day in 2016 and chocolate was half-price, snow coated the city and the skyscrapers engulfing the skyline kept me warm (in a descriptive way, not literally). I highly recommend staying at The Quin next to Central Park, eating your way around the city and dubbing your trip ‘Solo & The City’.
Dubai is not your traditional solo destination as it’s usually seen as somewhere to stopover for a couple of days or your spend ‘in transit’. I spent 6 days there in May 2018 and I loved it so much I went back this year (2019). It’s all about thinking about the trip you want to have. I wanted to relax, get some sun and forget about life for a little while. It’s easy to do it here as well it’s too hot to do anything else. Of course there are plenty of adrenaline junkie activities you could do but I would suggest lathering yourself up in sun cream and immersing yourself in the UAE sun. It’s easy to blend in as a solo traveller here due to the huge expat population – you won’t feel out of place at all. Visiting over the holy month of Ramadan guarantees cheap hotel rates too!
I took a mental health break to Mykonos back in October and whilst it was a risk weather-wise, it paid off. Flights and accommodation are cheap this time of year and of course there are less crowds. Take a stroll to Little Venice, get lost in the winding alleys and sample some of the finest gyros in Greece.
Another destination that is famed for visiting a group of people is Ibiza. It’s known as the Vegas of Europe and well if you’re not careful it can bankrupt you too. However if you go off-season like I did in early April 2019 you can get a bargain and a much needed break (£47 return flights!). However I experienced a peril of going off-season and arrived in the midst of a storm but if your hotel has plenty to do or you take a book or two you can pretend you’re somewhere else when you’re somewhere else?
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Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up. I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.