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There are a multitude of romantic destinations around the world for couples who are looking to travel around Valentine’s Day, but what about anti-Valentine’s Day spots for singles? Just because you aren’t part of a couple doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fun vacation too, though you might want to avoid places like Venice or Paris and consider these perfect ideas for solo travelers instead.
Solo Mate Travel’s Wild West Adventure, Arizona (Prices & Photos)
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive adventure closer to home, Solo Mate Travel offers a sunny “wild west” experience in Arizona that includes horseback riding, team penning, golf and a cowboy cookout with entertainment as well as four nights of luxury accommodation from February 12th to the 16th, 2016. You can also pamper yourself at the spa with a daily spa treatment included, relax at the pool and experience true western heritage in and around the town of Wickenburg.
Machu Picchu, Peru (Hotel Prices & Photos)
If Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas, is on your bucket list, why not plan a trip around Valentine’s Day? Being surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Andes and exploring the ruins is sure to make you forget all about the holiday. If you want to hike the Inca Trail, you’ll need to go with an authorized agent, but taking an escorted tour is perfect for solo travelers. By being in a group, you’ll meet new people who also enjoy traveling, though you’ll still have time to explore the area on your own. Gate 1 Travel offers a 7-day package that includes a roundtrip flight from Miami to Lima as well as intra-country flights, accommodation, meals, a full-day tour via train to Machu Picchu and much more.
An Ireland Pub Tour (Hotel Prices & Photos)
If you want to avoid the whole “romantic glass of wine” thing, why not enjoy sipping pints in an Irish pub instead? A number of tour operators offers pub tours throughout the Emerald Isle, including Lynott Tours, which features an 8- or 9-day pub coach tour. These excursions aren’t just about drinking, you’ll enjoy the music and dancing that takes place in pubs across Ireland, the center of social life here, particularly in small villages. If you don’t want to join a bus tour, you can always head out on your own – the Irish are so friendly, you’ll never have to be alone, unless you want to.
New York City, New York (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Big Apple is a great place to go whether you want to meet someone or just hang out and enjoy some time exploring the city on your own. New York has one of the world’s most lively dating scenes – a place where you can easily strike up a conservation with a stranger in a bar or nightclub without feeling strange about it. One of the best spots to join locals and visitors for fun in Soho is at The James New York’s exclusive rooftop teak-decked pool. It’s open all year round, and you can enjoy swimming with other singles or just watching the scene. While you’re here, don’t miss the chance to go to the 18th-floor bar with 14-foot-high windows and take in 360-degree views of the city.
If you want to wander the streets, you’ll find plenty of things to do. Take advantage of the Met’s late weekend hours – the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art is packed with people most of the time, but in the evening on a Friday or Saturday, it stays open until 9pm and you can enjoy strolling the galleries practically all to yourself. The Soho neighborhood is renowned for its great shopping, featuring everything from trendy upscale boutiques and independent book stores to international chain store outlets.
Boston, Massachusetts (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Boston is home to The Bell in Hand Tavern, the oldest tavern in America. And, on Valentine’s Day, it hosts the Flirt Fest, the largest anti-Valentine’s Day party in the city. You can enter fun contests, like the one for the best and worst pickup line, or perhaps you’ll be crowned the biggest male or female flirt! There’s always lots of music and dancing if you want to get up on your feet. Nine Zero Hotel on Tremont Street offers a special “Girls Getaway” package, perfect for single females who want to be far, far away from an ex on V-Day . It includes full service concierge to help you plan dinner and dining reservations at the ideal place for you and your friends, a bottle of Rose, a $50 credit for breakfast or the Highball Lounge, 3pm checkout so you can all sleep in, overnight accommodation with adjoining rooms and more.
Australia (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Australia is a great destination for solo travel anytime of the year. Plus, in February, as the country is in the southern hemisphere, you’ll get to enjoy the peak of summer. If you’ve always wanted to surf, take a surfing lesson or two and meet some local surfers to hang out with, or enjoy some of the snorkeling on earth at the Great Barrier Reef – after all, what could be better than getting up close to the aptly named “Sweetlips” fish (pictured here) on Valentine’s Day. If you don’t want to explore the country totally on your own, OzXposure offers tours just for singles, including a 14-day Cairns to Sydney tour where you’ll visit the legendary east coast beaches as well as the Great Barrier Reef.
Turks and Caicos (Hotel Prices & Photos)
If you’re looking for a tropical escape, Turks and Caicos is a stunning archipelago of 40 coral islands in the Atlantic, southeast of the Bahamas. You’ll find some of the best snorkeling and diving anywhere, with the calm turquoise waters filled with colorful fish, turtles and rays. If relaxation is what you’re in need of, there are plenty of world-class spas for indulging in wildly luxurious treatments like a mother-of-pearl exfoliation session or a scented-oil moonlit massage. Of course, you probably don’t want to stay at a resort that caters mostly to couples seeking romance, which means you may want to head to Club Med Turkoise, a renowned, all-inclusive, adults-only singles resort that sits on a pristine 12-mile stretch of powdery sands. It offers a host of activities too, including everything from sailing and diving to the flying trapeze. Or, you can always lie back in a hammock, letting the breeze and the sounds of the waves lull you to sleep.
Las Vegas, Nevada (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Las Vegas is pretty much as anti-Valentine’s Day as you can get. Few people consider Sin City a romantic destination, and you’ll have so much fun taking in the shows, gambling, dancing, or one of nearly an endless number of other activities, you won’t even think about being single. Take your pick of rooftop or poolside parties that take place across Vegas from the Venetian to the Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub and TAO. There’s usually at least a few anti-Valentine’s Day events going on along The Strip too. Skip the gondola rides at the Venetian and the Eiffel tower at Paris, and catch a risqué show like Thunder From Down Under for the ladies, or X Burlesque if you’re a single guy.
Single’s Cruise (Prices & Photos)
If you hop onboard a single’s cruise, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find lots of other singles spending Valentine’s Day solo. Whether you’re looking for a fling, Mr. or Ms. Right, you’ll be in the perfect environment to do just that. Singles Travel International offers a special Caribbean Escape Cruise for those 50 and older. You’ll get your own single studio accommodation and access to a singles-only lounge on the 7-night cruise that departs on February 13, 2016 from Miami, stopping at St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau, Bahamas.
South Beach, Miami Florida (Hotel Prices & Photos)
South Beach is the perfect place to go when you really don’t want to meet Mr. or Ms. Right. It’s where you go when you want to have a good time right now. You’re sure to find plenty of other singles looking to live it up on Valentine’s Day, and the beach is almost always filled with an endless array of beautiful people. If you want to rub elbows with a celebrity, stay at the Delano Hotel, or at least stop in for a drink at its Rose Bar or attend the Sunday pool party. If spending the night here is out of your price range, the Hilton Grand Vacation Club located right across the street from South Beach may be a good option as it makes a great retreat for singles looking for a diverse scene. The stylish Art Deco hotel also offers lots of high-end amenities, including rooftop Whirlpool spas.
Iceland (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Iceland often tops the lists of best solo travel destinations. A visit here, and you’ll truly feel as if you’re getting away from it all, while enjoying a spectacular otherworldly-like landscape and encounters with some of the friendliest people on the planet. Heading to one of the many hot springs or geothermal spas in the country is sure to be a highlight – especially in mid-February when you can watch the snow fall around you as you enjoy the warmth of the soothing waters. The Blue Lagoon is the most famous of Iceland’s spas, with its milky turquoise waters and fine white silt that’s considered a cure for skin conditions and even wrinkles, though there are a number of others, like the nature baths at Myvatn, a perfect spot in the winter if you’re hoping to see the northern lights while being surrounded by boiling mud pits, volcanic cones and steaming lava from a 1988 eruption.
Inisheer Island, Ireland (Hotel Prices & Photos)
As mentioned, Ireland is one of the best countries in the world for solo travel, with the friendly Irish almost always ready and willing to help should you run into any problems. If you want to experience authentic Ireland, head to the smallest of the Aran Islands: Inisheer. This two-square-mile island offers a peaceful, quiet getaway, though you’re unlikely ever to feel lonely. By staying at one of the cozy B&Bs, particularly South Aran House, your hospitable hosts will treat you like an old friend, making you feel right at home. During the day, stroll Mediterranean-like beaches, visit the lighthouse and the famous Plassey shipwreck, explore ancient historic sites, take a tour of the island in the horse-drawn cart and stop into one of the pubs to chat with the locals while sipping a perfectly-poured pint.
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This city famed for its picturesque canals lined with 16th-century houses, world-class museums, coffee shops and rich culture is ideal for the solo traveler. Rent a bike (the standard mode of transportation here) and visit amazing attractions like the Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s home on your own, or meet new people at one of the friendly bars or coffee houses. If people watching is more your thing, take a stroll through Vondelpark. Helpful locals and safe streets make Amsterdam a single traveler’s dream.
St. Lucia, Caribbean (Hotel Prices & Photos)
St. Lucia stands out from the rest of the Caribbean islands with its diverse culture and cuisine, a beautiful and varied landscape with everything from the rainforest and the Piton Mountains to the Sulphur Springs of Soufriere and the brilliant coral reef. The BodyHoliday makes an ideal place to stay for singles as it’s the only Caribbean resort with dedicated singles rooms and no single supplement. If pampering is what you’re in need of, you’ll find one of the world’s best spas onsite as well as the opportunity to take a meditation class and sips tropical drinks in the swanky seaside bar.
Zagreb, Croatia (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Croatia is becoming increasingly popular with travelers, with its magnificent coastline and striking azure sea, fabulous cuisine, interesting archaeological sites and gorgeous architecture. Singles have another reason to visit the country’s northwestern capital of Zagreb – it’s home to the Museum of Broken Relationships. If you’re newly single, you may even want to take the opportunity to get rid of your ex’s stuff while you’re there. The unusual museum offers the chance to “overcome your failed relationship” by donating personal belongings to its exhibits. Other highlights include the 13th-century St. Mark’s Church and the café lined pedestrian Tkalčićeva Street.
Queenstown, New Zealand (Hotel Prices & Photos)
New Zealand is a destination that’s perfect for just about every traveler, home to some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on earth, the opportunity for all sorts of adventures and incredibly friendly New Zealanders. If you’re an adventure lover, head to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the country, where you can do everything from bungee jumping, caving and sky diving to horseback riding, hiking, jet boating, zip lining and probably just about anything else you can think of that gets your heart pounding. Join an organized tour to meet up with others with similar interests, or rent a car and travel around on your own. Doing it independently means you can try to do it all, or take it at a slower pace.