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Single for Summer: 4 Solo Travel Ideas
Discover solo-friendly locales offering a winning mix of hospitality, accessibility and adventure.
Toying with the idea of going solo this summer? These destinations cater to singletons with easy accessibility, diverse travel experiences and ample opportunities to reflect and recharge. (Getty Images)
Being single in the summer doesn't always have to be a bad thing. It's actually the perfect excuse to take that trip you've always wanted to go on, mingle among strangers and live your most fulfilled travel life - without a companion to hold you back. Picture this: sunset cruises in Barbados, dawn and dusk safaris in Wyoming, glassblowing in Vermont, art and music on the beach in Asbury Park and rooftop sips in New York overlooking the ultimate city skyline. The best part? These trips and unique experiences cater to those traveling alone or with a group of all your single friends. More people than ever plan to travel solo this year, and resorts the world over are doing what they can to make sure these travelers find what they're looking for. With that in mind, here are four trip ideas to fuel your solo travel exploration.
[See: Top 5 Countries for Solo Travel.]
Plot a Beach Escape
La Maison Michelle, a premier luxury villa in Barbados, offers a winning mix of beach time and opportunities for wellness and fun that will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. The property is a distinctive split-level home expertly designed with themed bedrooms and unique art and decor. Those traveling on their own, without companions or a group of like-minded single friends, can create their own itinerary to tailor their vacation according to their tastes and preferences. Whether you're looking for daily spa treatments, an island tour, a visit to Mount Gay Visitor Centre, delicious island food or simply luxurious accommodations in the heart of the island's Platinum Coast, this property offers plenty of draws for soloists of all kinds. The best part about it? The villa is family owned, offering a more personalized feel for your beach getaway.
Escape to the Wild West
Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is an idyllic escape to refresh the mind, body and soul for a solo trip. The mountain retreat hotel offers an authentic and diverse environment, combining the rugged spirit of the West with luxury. As a year-round destination, Jackson Hole offers an array of activities for those looking to disconnect from their digital devices and embrace gorgeous nature surroundings. From stargazing to Yellowstone hiking excursions to horseback riding to astronomy nights to dawn and dusk safaris to balloon rides to white-water rafting, Spring Creek Ranch offers ample opportunities to get rejuvenated. Nightly rates start at around $215.
Retreat to the Country
Kimpton Taconic, situated in picturesque Manchester, Vermont, feels more like a country cottage than a hotel, oozing a good for the soul vibe for traveling alone. With the property's crackling fireplaces, plush plaid blankets, outdoor fire pits and library chock-full of Northshire Bookstore's latest staff picks, you'll be as entertained and relaxed. In the morning, get nourished with an energizing brunch from the Copper Grouse, followed by exploring the nearby mountains with a hiking kit and a signature Taconic walking stick. Consider yourself a history buff? Dig into the past with a visit to Hildene, the former Lincoln family home, or even a class at Manchester Hot Glass to develop a timeless craft. Nightly rates start at around $160.
Enjoy a City Escape
For an urban retreat, pack your bags and head to Asbury Park, New Jersey, for a fun weekend getaway. Conveniently located just an hour and a half from New York City, this hidden coastline is the ideal destination for satisfying the solo traveler. Described as an adult summer camp, The Asbury Hotel offers bunk beds, and the chance to meet new friends and socialize over live tunes at The Soundbooth and enjoy a few games of pingpong and pinball in the hotel's lobby rec room. Afterward, explore the neighborhood, which features a rich heritage. Asbury Park is not your average shore town – arts, music, great food and a touch of quirkiness make this beach community truly unique. Plus, Asbury Park is home to a renowned set of live music and entertainment venues, including The Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, Asbury Lanes and Convention Center, which continue to host famous musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Cap off your day by dancing the night away at Salvation, the hotel's rooftop bar that features local DJs and sweeping views of Asbury. Nightly rates start at around $110.
If you would rather plan a solo adventure in the Big Apple, the original Pod Hotel and Pod 39 offer everything you need for the perfect New York City solo travel adventure. Functionally designed and furnished with plush accents, the hotels cater to a generation of travelers that would rather spend their money experiencing a destination than on a lavish and spacious hotel room. The Pod Hotels also put a strong emphasis on their shared common spaces. Whether you're seeking a lively atmosphere to gather your friends or a welcoming spot to befriend other single jetsetters, the properties have you covered with the infamous Playroom, filled with pingpong tables, board games and more at Pod 39, a stunning rooftop with free-flowing libations and restaurants – Salvation Burger and Taco – helmed by the renowned April Bloomfield. If you're itching to explore more of the city, make a new friend on free walking tours in trendy neighborhoods such the Lower East Side and Dumbo. On the tours, guides give travelers a glimpse of everyday life in NYC as they learn everything from the best local eats to which subway cars are the least crowded. Nightly rates start at around $85.
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