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When you start thinking about a first solo travel, the destination often doesn’t really matter; unless it’s a work travel, the destination of the firts solo travel is just a matter of distance, costs, language knowledge, imaginary….
For the amazing girls who want to take courage and make their first solo travele xperience, in my opinion it’s useless suggesting a kind of eat-pray-love trabel to India or to go and see if China is really so scary! A travel is not just a matter of distance and big cultural diversity.
So I’ll suggest you 5 ‘soft’ destinations that over than beautiful are suitable for first solo travel and will make you wish to make another one soon.
1 – Nice/Cote d’Azur for the fair costs.
Nice was my first-maybe-second solo destination: the first before the first was actually Bruges, when I was 18, but it was an international volunteering workshop and I was eventually not alone.
By the way, I felt like going abroad and to the sea.
A night train took me from Lecce to Miilan for 15 euros, then LeNord took me to the Riviera. Today those rates don’t exist anymore, so the plane is the best and cheapest solution.
The French Riviera is far less poshy than we think and it’s suitable for several kind of budgets: 3 stars hotel are all very cozy and very central and you can pay less than 40 euros per night (I paid 32). Only water costs more than gold, so I suggest you to fing public drinking water fountains (with the mobile phone maps it won’t be difficult).
I speak French, but almost everyone speaks English and Italian there, and they are generally very kind and welcoming just like people all over South France.
And… oh, the sea and landscape are amazing!
1 – Oslo, not to feel strange[rs]
Small and civil. The best place for the first embarrassing lunches alone, because also native and indigenous often do it and you will not feel strange nor a looser.
Typically, for this aspect I recommend a Northern Europe city, bit I find Oslo the prettiest.
2- Barcelona & Dublin, not to feel alone.
If you also want to meet new people and be good alone but not necessarily stay alone for all the time, the super-funny Barcelona is your destination!
It may happen that you ask someone for an information and you’ll finally visit Park Güel together or have a sangria glass. By the way, even if you don’t really talk with anyone you’ll hardly feel alone in Barca.
The same thing will happen in Dublin, where it’s normal to sit at the counter of a pub and start chatting to someone, or listening to music in Grafton street and interact with the musicians between a song and another.
The first time you’ll be i NYC you’ll hardly feel like it’s the first time you are in NYC.
Both because of the film culture that has placed NYC in our imagination more than our hometown, or because so many locals in the Big Apple are always a bit foreigners, you’ll feel a legal alien like all the others… and you’ll feel you belong a bit to that city. That’s the NYC magic!
I suggest a first solo trip to NYC especially in difficult moments of your life.
if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you…