Travelling solo: If you haven't yet, do yourself a favor.
Taking your first solo trip might sound a bit scary but once you get on a plane to go abroad solo, you will eagerly be looking forward to the next one.
Travelling is an addiction itself but the feeling you get when you travel alone is just different.
To awaken alone in a strange town is definitely one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.
So if you are in need of venturing off alone but still indecisive about your destination, here’s a list of the best capitals for travelling alone in Europe.
A dream destination for solo travelers!
Amsterdam hits number one on the list and is so much more than canals and parks. It is a peaceful and liberal capital, buzzing with activities (like exploring museums, visiting markets, get cycling etc.) for travelers who look to make friends. Amsterdam itself is quite small, meaning that with a day trip away from the capital, you can discover the best of the Dutch charm. You’ll be truly overwhelmed by how many cities you can reach on the Dutch train network. Plus, no matter what you choose to do there, minimal hassle is needed because actually everyone speaks English.
If you’re a solo traveler in Lisbon, you’re in luck, since Portugal’s capital is one of the safest cities in Europe. Due to its simple and inexpensive transit system, city strolling is easy and fun. Extremely budget friendly, it bursts in cultural events, flea markets and museum exhibitions all year round. Locals are genuinely friendly towards travelers, and English is like a second language to them, so you’ll feel no awkwardness at all if you end up at a traditional restaurant on your own.
No matter which season you choose to visit Barcelona, you will get nice weather - ideal when you travel solo! This vibrant, friendly and fun city bursts in hundreds of cafes, tapas bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from. Culture-wise, it offers a great selection of museums to go to such as the Picasso Museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art, while masterpieces like Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the La Pedrera are multi colored stone structures that you must see. With an abundance of choices available, Barcelona makes solo travel easy and interesting.
Edinburgh is a city full of attractions and unique outdoor spaces, which can keep solo travelers busy and intrigued. From world famous festivals to iconic celebrations, Scotland’s capital promises to deliver some of the most fascinating experiences such as the Castle Esplanade, the 650-acre Holyrood Park and an abundance of museum exhibitions. Visiting Edinburgh solo is great not only due to the charm of the city but also because of the low cost.
This list would be incomplete without mentioning the capital of Hungary, which remains one of the most beautiful capitals to visit in Europe and a great destination for solo travelers on a budget. The hot springs (more than 1000), the Great Market Hall and the Margit Island floats are just a few of the countless ‘must do’s’ in one of the most historic cities in the world. With a lot of hidden charm to be discovered, make sure to allow yourself a proper amount of time to explore it.