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I enjoy especially enjoy trying out the food and drink when I visit a new region. While eating a meal I often meet other travelers or get into conversations with the staff at the restaurant or bar. I have become accustomed to dining alone while traveling but if you are nervous about the idea of solo dining I have some solo tips for eating alone.
Another way to get out and enjoy the culture while visiting a new place is to attend a concert, dance performance, or sporting event. Often times, even on the event date, there are great seats available for a single ticket to an event. I attended a Flamenco concert in Barcelona at the magnificent Palau de la Musica Catalana performing arts venue.
Sometimes there are music concerts at small venues with historical interest. I have attended concerts at both the Santa Anna church in Barcelona and the Hagia Irene in Istanbul. The old churches tend to have outstanding acoustics.
Another great way to learn about the local culture is to sign up for a class while you are traveling. Signing up for a dance class or cooking class will provide you with a way to meet other people and learn about the culture.
While visiting Montreal I met another solo traveler who was attending dance classes. She told me she had been afraid to travel alone because she felt it would be awkward to be going out alone in the evenings. By signing up for a dance class she had something to do each evening while visiting Montreal and she spent the day time exploring the city.
Walking around a city is my favorite way to explore on my own. I love it when I come across some outstanding street art or public art simply by chance. Montreal and Rio de Janeiro have some excellent street art. Even in smaller places, like Lloret de Mar on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, I found an abundance of public art during my morning walks around town.
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I booked my solo trip to Marrakech Morocco in early 2010. It was travel therapy. Some people go shopping when they feel unhappy. I make travel arrangements. I love visiting places with a rich history – Istanbul and Barcelona are two of my favorite cities due to the intoxicating mix of ancient and modern within […]
What’s the best way to transport things and stuff when you are walking? I carried a backpack when I began my solo journey to Southeast Asia in early 1993. After my backpack broke down I replaced it with a couple of duffel bags created from patchwork batik cloth. The idea of carrying things on my […]
Fresh coconut adorned the top of every tropical fruit salad during my two months in Bali Indonesia. Mango, papaya, banana, and coconut palm trees provided abundant fruit at each guesthouse I stayed at in Bali. I became spoiled with the luxury of fresh from the tree fruit salads each morning for breakfast, along with the standard thermos […]
Malacca Malaysia is a city I would love to visit again! In 1993 I visited Malacca for about a week staying at a guesthouse with several other female solo travelers. A few of us met again in Kuala Lumpur, another city that I would enjoy visiting again. Looking over my old photos makes me want […]
My adorable friends, the seashell girls, visited me often at my lodging on the island of Gili Air. A choppy ferry ride from Bali to Lombok and a short hop to Gili Air in a tiny boat that felt like it would capsize at any moment brought me to the tiny island. Walking around […]
“I have a guesthouse in Moni, why don’t you stay with me?!” smiled the woman sitting next to me. Awaiting a bus to trade the coastal town of Ende for volcano vistas in Moni on the island of Flores Indonesia I had struck up a conversation with Amina Moi. I filled in my travel companions and […]
Flashback Friday is a new photo series I am starting this week. Last week I posted about my first solo trip to Southeast Asia in 1993, and mentioned that I had a bunch of my actual photos scanned. I posted a few of the photos last week and I want to post more – so Flashback Friday […]
There are a couple of travel souvenirs which I have a tendency to buy more often than not, when I travel to someplace new. Years ago I collected coffee mugs from everywhere I traveled but the collection was getting to be too large and I moved too often to keep lugging all those ceramic mugs around with […]
I seek out art when I travel and without any visits to museums I found plenty of public art in Lloret de Mar. I love walking around exploring a new place, especially early in the morning. The morning light is beautiful in Lloret de Mar. Walking around town I noticed splendid architectural details on many […]
Barcelona is a great city for solo travel. My latest solo trip in May 2015 I enjoyed a visit to Park Ciutadella, which is a huge park (70 acres) in central Barcelona La Ribera neighborhood – my favorite neighborhood in Barcelona! I have used Airbnb for all 3 of my stays in Barcelona – check it out […]
I will be traveling to Barcelona alone later this month and I am daydreaming of the places I will revisit and new places I hope to see. The Arc de Triomf will be a short walk from my Airbnb rental (click for you free $20 travel credit) so I will certainly pay another visit to this wonderful […]
My first solo trip to Mexico City I made a mental list of places I wanted to see – many of them art museums – and I highly recommend Museo de Bellas Artes to anyone visiting Mexico City. Even if you do not want to venture inside the art museum you should pay a visit to the building […]