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Caerphilly Castle, South Wales

Why Wales is one of the best places to travel alone

Potentially nerve-wracking for the uninitiated, a solo holiday can be a life-affirming experience. Travelling alone, your tastes take centre stage. As for the perfect setting? Wales boasts the versatility required for the role.

If you envisage yourself escaping into nature with little more than a backpack, Wales has a tangle of terrific hiking trails where you can do just that. Maybe you foresee a trip more focused around character development? We've got courses and classes in everything from surfing to soufflé making. Or perhaps the intended plotline involves you locking eyes with a stranger atop the romantic remains of a 13th century castle? Yes, that totally could happen...

A surfer at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales

However you see the story of your solo trip playing out, Wales will ensure it’s a classic. Here are some of the reasons why Wales is a top-drawer destination for going solo, whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran lone globetrotter.

Castell Harlech, North Wales

Meet new friends

Wales prides itself on its reputation as a welcoming, inclusive nation. This generally makes the country a safe place to travel solo, and also one where, if you so choose, you won’t find yourself alone for long. Visitors tend to have little trouble striking up a conversation with friendly locals in cosy pubs and cafes, or simply exchanging a cheery bore da (good morning) with fellow ramblers when out in the countryside.

If you need a little push into sociability, there are also a number of holiday operators specialising in group tours aimed at solo travellers. For those seeking adventure, Preseli Venture , leads small groups of lone adventure seekers on coasteering expeditions (an activity invented in Wales, best described as a cross between rock climbing and swimming) around the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, while Adventure Tours UK’s selection of wellness trips lower the intensity levels, offering week-long itineraries of yoga and meditation, with plenty of downtime to bond with your fellow camp mates.

Coasteering in Wales

Wales also has a number of events, societies and establishments catering specifically to the LGBTQ+ community , from Swansea Vikings, one of the country’s gay-inclusive rugby teams (which welcomes spectators during the season), to The Golden Cross, a characterful, grade-II listed pub that is Wales' oldest LGBTQ+ venue.

It’s easy (and inexpensive!) to get around

From a logistical standpoint, Wales is an easy country to get around , even without a car. The country-spanning rail network can quickly and comfortably whip you from the centre of cities like Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor into the charms of smaller-town life. Equally as convenient is the bus and coach network, which webs together most towns and cities, and is typically the cheapest way to get around Wales.

For those who prefer to travel under their own steam, Wales is blessed with 1,200 miles of National Cycle Network, including a number of winding long-distance routes that tie together different parts of the country. If you are travelling with your own car, then we have a handful of top road trips too, including the glorious Wales Way routes – a must for all motorheads.

Llandudno Junction, North Wales and a cyclist in Tintern, Monmouthshire, South Wales.

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Find creative inspiration

For generations, Wales’ landscapes and people have served as the muse of artists, poets and lyricists , and following in their footsteps could be just the thing to get your creative juices flowing. 

Budding writers should make a beeline for Laugharne, where one of Wales’ most famed literary figures, Dylan Thomas, spent his final years, and where his preserved writing shed remains (to see performances of the poet’s work, time your visit with The Laugharne Weekend event). Artists, meanwhile, will undoubtedly be entranced by our selection of romantic, weathered castles . These have featured in the works of some of the greats, including celebrated British landscapist JMW Turner. Visitors can see some of his paintings in the National Museum Cardiff , which also boasts works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir among its collection.

Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas' Writing Shed, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire in West Wales, and Castell Caernarfon, North Wales.

For a concentrated dose of artistic expression, visit one of Wales’ fantastic festivals , which also offer solo visitors a great opportunity to meet like-minded revellers. There’s Hay Festival for booklovers and Machynlleth Comedy Festival for those fancying a laugh, while Green Man , Brecon Jazz Festival and the Porthcawl Elvis Fest (the largest Elvis-themed festival in the world, don’t you know!) are just a taste of the array of options on offer for music lovers.

Green Man Festival and Hay Festival, Mid Wales

Enhance your wellbeing

Solo trips often take on a meditative quality, with a lot of downtime to unwind and work through stresses. Nothing quite nurtures this state of reflection like a long walk in the countryside, and Wales has some exceptional trails to choose from . For a walk with an embedded sense of achievement, consider taking a day to conquer one of the peaks of Eryri (Snowdonia ) or Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) . Those really looking to push their limits, meanwhile, could go toe to toe with the epic 870-mile (1,400km) Wales Coast Path , which spans the country’s entire sea border.

Porth Iago beach, Gwynedd, North Wales

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For more hands-on healing, Wales is home to a number of sanative spas, where, as a solo traveller, you can stew to your heart’s content. One of the most famous is the facility on site at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort , boasting everything from scented saunas to nail salons, but St Brides Spa Hotel in Pembrokeshire wins admirers thanks to its gasp-inducing outdoor infinity pool overlooking Saundersfoot Beach.

For something more rustic, try an early morning swim and steam session at one of our beachside saunas, such as Tŷ Sawna  at Oxwich Bay.

Tŷ Sawna, Oxwich Bay, and St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot, West Wales

Try unique Welsh food 

Fussy eating companions are a bitter pill to swallow for the food-obsessed traveller, but on a solo trip you can set out to sample as many weird and wonderful delicacies as you like – and Wales has a lot of interesting foods to choose from . 

Two iconic Welsh dishes that shouldn’t be skipped are the hearty cawl, a traditional soup of lamb and vegetables, and Welsh Rarebit, a delicious take on cheese on toast we love so much we’ve given it its own day . Not quite unusual enough? How about laverbread, a type of boiled seaweed that is affectionately known as Welshman’s caviar, typically eaten with bacon and eggs at breakfast (it tastes better than it sounds!).

Timing a trip with one of our Welsh food festivals offers a great opportunity to tuck into a number of Welsh staples in a single setting (and possibly sitting). Events range from the popular, all-encompassing festivals held in towns such as Abergavenny , Llangollen and Narberth , to more niche offerings, such as Forest Feastival , which is held amidst the trees of Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve , and Conwy Honey Fai r, an event dedicated to the sweet golden substance that’s considered to be one of Britain’s oldest food festivals.

Abergavenny Food Festival, Mid Wales and Llangollen Food Festival, North Wales

Connect with nature

For urban dwellers, a solo holiday offers the chance to recharge the batteries and reconnect with the natural world. Around a quarter of all land in Wales is designated as a protected space, either as a national park or an ' Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ', meaning any nature-starved sightseers won’t have to stroll too far until they find the chirp of birds has replaced the squeal of traffic.

Craig Goch, Elan Valley and Llangorse Lake as seen from Mynydd Llangorse, Mid Wales

It’s not just the abundance of green space that sets Wales apart, however. The diversity is magnificent too, with visitors able to behold mountains, beaches, caves and waterfalls in one trip – sometimes all in the same afternoon. As for Welsh wildlife , visitors can spot porpoises and dolphins off the coast of Ceredigion, glimpse red squirrels (now sadly a rarity in British forests) on the isle of Ynys Môn (Anglesey), and join the flock of birders waiting amidst the bluebell meadows of Skomer Island to spy puffins, guillemots and gannets; a setting that makes the office feel like a world away.

Skomer Island, West Wales

Learn a new skill

Struggling to convince friends or family to sign up to that class or workshop? Sounds like an excuse for a holiday! A solo trip can be a perfect opportunity to have a go at something you’ve always wanted to try , with the added bonus that group lessons make for an authentic way to forge connections with locals and other travellers alike.

Whatever kind of activity you’re after, Wales will almost certainly have someone ready to teach you, from riding your first wave with Adventures Wales in Porthcawl to freewheeling down your first trail at Bike Park Wales near Merthyr Tydfil. For more mental pursuits, how about a drawing class at the Ruthin Craft Centre , cooking lessons at J&R School Masterclass or even learning a few sentences in Welsh at Nant Gwrtheyrn on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula – bendigedig ! (fantastic!) 

Novice trails, BikePark Wales, South Wales

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Visitors planning to stay for a prolonged period in Wales could also sign up for a volunteering placement , allowing visitors to gain new skills and meet new people, while also typically offering perks such as subsidised accommodation or meals in return. Options range from things like farm work and construction projects to checking tickets on one of Wales’ heritage railway lines.

Porth Oer (Whistling Sands), North Wales

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Why Wales Is A Perfect Destination For Solo Travelers

Published: October 9, 2023

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Introduction

Welcome to the enchanting land of Wales, a country brimming with captivating landscapes, rich history, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. For solo travelers seeking a unique and fulfilling adventure, Wales offers a plethora of experiences that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast craving adrenaline-pumping activities, a history buff eager to delve into ancient tales, or simply looking to indulge in delightful cuisine and immerse yourself in vibrant culture, Wales has something for everyone. This picturesque country, nestled on the western part of the United Kingdom, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, charming towns, and friendly locals, making it an ideal destination for solo travel.

From soaring mountains and rolling hills to breathtaking coastlines and tranquil lakes, Wales boasts some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. Adventurers can hike, cycle, or kayak their way through stunning national parks, such as Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons, where they can soak in the beauty of nature and test their limits. The diversity of outdoor activities, coupled with the mesmerizing scenery, guarantees an unforgettable experience for solo travelers.

Beyond the natural beauty, Wales is steeped in history and heritage. Ancient castles, Roman forts, and medieval ruins dot the landscape, telling stories of bygone eras. History enthusiasts can lose themselves in the tales of King Arthur at Caerleon, explore the medieval splendor of Conwy Castle, or walk in the footsteps of pilgrims on the St. David’s Peninsula. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry woven throughout the country, and let the ancient stories ignite your imagination.

One of the greatest assets of Wales is its welcoming and friendly locals. The Welsh people are known for their hospitality, making solo travelers feel right at home. Whether you’re striking up a conversation in a cozy pub, seeking directions on the charming streets of Cardiff, or joining in the festivities of a local event, you’ll be met with warmth and kindness. The strong sense of community and the genuine interest in sharing their culture and traditions make Wales an inviting destination for solo adventurers.

Another reason why Wales is perfect for solo travel is the high level of safety and security it offers. As one of the safest countries in Europe, travelers can explore with peace of mind, knowing that they are in a secure environment. Whether you’re strolling through bustling marketplaces, taking public transportation, or venturing into the countryside, you can rest assured that Wales takes the safety of its visitors seriously.

In the following sections, we will explore in more detail the specific reasons why Wales is an outstanding destination for solo travelers. So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of adventure, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the magical landscapes and captivating culture of Wales.

Beautiful landscapes and outdoor adventures

Wales is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With its stunning landscapes and picturesque scenery, this country offers a wide range of outdoor activities and adventures that will leave solo travelers in awe.

No matter where you go in Wales, you’re never too far from breathtaking natural beauty. From the majestic peaks of Snowdonia National Park to the dramatic cliffs of the Pembrokeshire Coast, the landscape is diverse and awe-inspiring. Solo travelers can embark on exhilarating hikes up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, or explore the stunning valleys and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons. The Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks are a haven for outdoor activities, including mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking, providing plenty of opportunities for solo adventurers to challenge themselves and connect with nature.

For those seeking a more tranquil experience, the Welsh coastline offers a haven of beauty and serenity. The Wales Coast Path, stretching over 870 miles, allows solo travelers to explore the stunning shores, sandy beaches, and rugged cliffs at their own pace. Whether you choose to walk a section of the path or simply find a quiet spot to soak in the sea breeze, the coastal landscapes of Wales are sure to captivate and rejuvenate.

Wales also boasts a network of serene lakes, including Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) and Llyn Padarn, which offer opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. The tranquil waters, surrounded by stunning scenery, provide a perfect setting for solo travelers to unwind, connect with nature, and embrace the peacefulness of their surroundings.

In addition to its natural beauty, Wales is home to some world-renowned adventure activities. Zip World, located in Snowdonia, offers an adrenaline-pumping experience with its exhilarating zip lines, including Velocity 2, the fastest in the world. For thrill-seekers looking to conquer their fear of heights, the Bounce Below underground trampoline experience in Blaenau Ffestiniog is a must-visit. Tucked within a former slate quarry, this unique attraction provides a one-of-a-kind adventure in a subterranean playground.

Wales is also known for its excellent surf spots, making it a popular destination for wave riders. The coastal towns of Aberystwyth, New Quay, and Rhossili Bay offer ideal conditions for both seasoned surfers and beginners looking to catch their first wave. Solo travelers can join surf schools, rent equipment, and ride the waves at their own pace, soaking in the invigorating coastal atmosphere.

Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, a peaceful escape, or simply a chance to connect with nature, Wales offers a plethora of outdoor adventures that are sure to delight solo travelers. With its diverse landscapes and opportunities for exploration and excitement, you’ll be spoiled for choice in this outdoor lover’s paradise.

Rich history and cultural heritage

Wales is a land steeped in history and adorned with cultural heritage. From ancient castles to Celtic traditions, solo travelers will find themselves immersed in a vibrant tapestry of stories and traditions that have shaped the country.

One of the most prominent features of Welsh history is its impressive collection of castles. Castles such as Conwy, Caernarfon, and Pembroke offer a glimpse into the medieval past of Wales. Solo travelers can wander through immense stone walls, climb spiral staircases, and imagine themselves as knights and princesses. Exploring these majestic fortresses brings history to life and provides a deeper understanding of Wales’ rich heritage.

The country is also home to a remarkable number of prehistoric sites, including Stonehenge’s lesser-known cousin, Stonehenge in Pembrokeshire. This ancient stone circle is positioned atop a hill, offering captivating views and an air of mystery. Exploring these ancient sites allows solo travelers to connect with the past and marvel at the ingenuity of our ancestors.

The Welsh language, known as Cymraeg, is an integral part of the country’s cultural heritage. It is spoken by a significant portion of the population and is recognized as one of the oldest surviving Celtic languages. Solo travelers can immerse themselves in Welsh culture by learning a few basic phrases or attending a traditional Welsh music festival, known as an Eisteddfod, where language, music, and literature take center stage.

Music and poetry play a significant role in Welsh culture, and solo travelers may find themselves pleasantly surprised by impromptu performances in local pubs or witnessing the melodic harmonies of a male voice choir. To truly embrace the rich musical heritage, attending a traditional Welsh folk music session or a concert at one of the many historic music venues is a must-do experience.

Wales is also known for its lively arts scene, with countless galleries, theaters, and museums showcasing the works of local artists and artisans. Solo travelers can explore the vibrant street art in Cardiff’s creative hubs, such as the Morgan Arcade, or visit the National Museum in Cardiff to admire the vast collection of Welsh art and historical artifacts.

Immersing yourself in the historical and cultural heritage of Wales will not only deepen your understanding of the country but also provide a unique and enriching experience. Solo travelers can witness the enduring traditions, vibrant arts scene, and fascinating history that are woven into the fabric of Welsh society, creating an unforgettable journey of exploration and appreciation.

Friendly locals and welcoming atmosphere

One of the standout features of Wales is the genuine warmth and friendliness of its people. Solo travelers will be embraced by a welcoming atmosphere, making them feel right at home in this charming country.

The Welsh people are known for their hospitality and friendliness, always ready to strike up a conversation or lend a helping hand. Whether you’re exploring the bustling streets of Cardiff, hiking in the countryside, or enjoying a pint in a local pub, you’ll undoubtedly encounter friendly locals who are eager to share their stories, recommendations, and a genuine connection.

This welcoming attitude extends beyond simple encounters, as solo travelers are often invited to experience the sense of community that is so deeply ingrained in Welsh culture. From joining in on a local festival to participating in a traditional music session, solo travelers have the opportunity to connect with locals on a deeper level, creating lasting memories and friendships that go well beyond the duration of their trip.

Wales is also home to small, tight-knit communities where neighbors look out for one another and visitors are treated like old friends. Whether you’re staying in a cozy bed and breakfast in a rural village or attending a community event, you’ll be welcomed into the fold with open arms. The close-knit nature of Welsh society creates a sense of belonging and comfort for solo travelers, making it easy to forge connections and enjoy authentic local experiences.

In addition to the friendly locals, Wales offers a variety of social events and gatherings that cater to solo travelers. From food festivals to music concerts, art exhibitions to sporting events, there is always something happening in Wales. These events provide excellent opportunities to mingle with both locals and fellow travelers, fostering a sense of camaraderie and creating lasting memories.

The welcoming atmosphere in Wales extends to its food and drink scene as well. Traditional Welsh cuisine, with its hearty stews, fresh seafood, and artisanal cheeses, reflects the country’s rich culinary heritage. Solo travelers can indulge in a range of delectable dishes in local pubs, traditional tearooms, or Michelin-starred restaurants. Welsh hospitality shines through as chefs and waitstaff pride themselves on providing exceptional service and a warm welcome to all guests.

Whether you’re striking up a conversation with a friendly local, participating in community events, or savoring the flavors of Welsh cuisine, the welcoming atmosphere in Wales ensures that solo travelers feel embraced and at ease. The warmth and friendliness of the Welsh people create an inviting environment that encourages connections and makes for an unforgettable solo travel experience.

Safe and secure travel

When embarking on a solo travel adventure, safety and security are of utmost importance. Fortunately, Wales is renowned for its safe and secure environment, providing solo travelers with peace of mind throughout their journey.

As one of the safest countries in Europe, Wales boasts low crime rates and a strong commitment to ensuring the safety of its residents and visitors. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant cities or venturing into the countryside, you can rest assured that Wales offers a safe and secure travel experience.

In urban areas such as Cardiff and Swansea, well-lit streets, a strong police presence, and excellent public transportation contribute to a sense of security. Solo travelers can freely wander through the city centers, explore cultural sites, and enjoy the lively nightlife without feeling uneasy.

Even in more remote areas, such as the national parks or rural villages, safety remains a priority. The Welsh countryside is renowned for its peacefulness and tranquility, with minimal risks or dangers for solo travelers. It’s the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in nature’s wonders.

Wales also has a comprehensive network of healthcare facilities, ensuring that solo travelers have access to medical assistance if needed. The NHS (National Health Service) provides high-quality healthcare services, including emergency care, throughout the country. Additionally, pharmacies and medical clinics are readily available in both urban and rural areas, offering peace of mind for solo travelers in case of any health concerns.

The Welsh tourism industry places a strong emphasis on visitor safety, with many accommodations and attractions adhering to strict safety standards. Whether you’re staying at a hotel, bed and breakfast, or self-catering cottage, you can expect a comfortable and secure environment. Similarly, popular tourist attractions, such as castles and museums, prioritize maintaining safe conditions for visitors.

Traveling solo in Wales also means that you can rely on the kindness and helpfulness of the locals in case of any unforeseen circumstances. The Welsh people are known for their friendliness and willingness to assist travelers, offering guidance, recommendations, and support if needed.

It’s important to exercise common sense and follow safety precautions while traveling solo, such as keeping valuables secure, being aware of your surroundings, and informing others of your whereabouts. However, with its low crime rates, safe environment, and welcoming atmosphere, Wales provides solo travelers with the peace of mind they need to fully enjoy their journey.

Whether you’re exploring captivating cities or venturing off the beaten path in the countryside, Wales offers a secure and safe travel experience for solo adventurers, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the wonders of the country with confidence.

Solo-friendly accommodations and facilities

When it comes to solo travel, finding suitable accommodations and facilities can play a crucial role in enhancing the overall experience. In Wales, solo travelers are well-served with a wide range of options that cater to their specific needs and preferences.

Many accommodations in Wales are solo-friendly and strive to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for solo travelers. Whether you prefer the convenience of hotels, the warmth of bed and breakfasts, or the flexibility of self-catering accommodations, you’ll find numerous options to choose from. Solo travelers can easily find single or small-sized rooms that are affordable and well-equipped, ensuring a pleasant stay throughout their journey.

Hostels and backpackers’ lodges are also abundant in Wales, providing budget-friendly options for solo travelers. These accommodations offer shared dormitories or private rooms, giving travelers the opportunity to meet and connect with fellow adventurers from around the world. The communal spaces often foster a social atmosphere, creating a sense of camaraderie among solo travelers.

Moreover, many accommodations in Wales provide solo-friendly facilities and services to make your stay as comfortable as possible. These include communal kitchens, where solo travelers can prepare their own meals and interact with other guests, as well as laundry facilities and secure storage lockers for convenience and peace of mind.

Beyond accommodations, Wales is well-equipped with facilities and amenities that cater to the needs of solo travelers. Public transportation, including buses and trains, offers efficient and reliable services, allowing you to explore the country easily and conveniently. The transport infrastructure ensures that solo travelers can navigate their way between cities, towns, and rural areas without any hassle.

For those seeking some company during their solo adventure, Wales provides numerous opportunities to connect with other travelers and locals. From joining organized tours and activities to attending social events and festivals, solo travelers have ample chances to meet like-minded individuals and forge new friendships. The warm and welcoming nature of the Welsh people further enhances the solo travel experience, as locals are often more than happy to engage in conversation and share their insights about the region.

In addition to accommodations and facilities, Wales offers a range of services tailored to solo travelers. Tourist information centers are scattered throughout the country, providing valuable assistance and guidance in planning your itinerary. These centers offer maps, brochures, and recommendations on popular attractions, local events, and hidden gems.

Whether you prefer the privacy of a hotel room, the sociability of a hostel, or the flexibility of self-catering accommodations, Wales ensures that solo travelers have an array of options to choose from. The availability of solo-friendly accommodations and facilities, combined with the warm hospitality of the Welsh people, guarantee that solo travelers will have a pleasant and memorable experience exploring the captivating beauty of Wales.

Vibrant cities and charming towns

Wales is home to a delightful mix of vibrant cities and charming towns, each offering its own unique character and experiences for solo travelers.

The capital city of Cardiff is a bustling cultural hub, known for its vibrant atmosphere and rich history. Solo travelers can explore the charming streets of Cardiff’s city center, visit the magnificent Cardiff Castle, or wander through the bustling Cardiff Central Market, where they can sample local delicacies and pick up unique souvenirs. The city also boasts a thriving arts scene, with numerous galleries, theaters, and music venues offering a range of world-class performances and exhibitions.

Swansea, the second-largest city in Wales, is a coastal gem with its own distinct charm. Surrounded by stunning beaches and a vibrant waterfront, Swansea offers a plethora of attractions for solo travelers. From strolling along the sandy shores of Swansea Bay to exploring the impressive collections of the Swansea Museum, there is no shortage of things to see and do. The city also hosts various cultural events throughout the year, including the Swansea International Festival and the Waterfront Winterland, ensuring a vibrant and lively atmosphere for solo travelers to enjoy.

North Wales is home to several charming towns, each with its own unique allure. Conwy, nestled within medieval walls, offers a step back in time with its quaint streets and stunning Conwy Castle. Meanwhile, the picturesque town of Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey offers scenic coastal walks, historic sights, and a picturesque pier overlooking the Menai Strait. These towns provide solo travelers with a peaceful escape, where they can soak in the charm of the Welsh countryside and immerse themselves in the local history and culture.

Wales is also home to countless other charming towns, such as Tenby, Aberystwyth, and Llandudno, each boasting their own distinctive character and attractions. These towns offer a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, where solo travelers can wander through colorful streets, enjoy local cuisine in cozy pubs, and take in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

What makes Wales unique is the perfect balance between vibrant cities and idyllic towns. Solo travelers can immerse themselves in the energy and excitement of the cities, where they can experience the cultural vibrancy and modern amenities, while also taking the opportunity to escape into the tranquility and charm of smaller towns, where they can relax and connect with the local way of life.

Whether you’re exploring the vibrant streets of Cardiff or meandering through the charming towns of Wales, solo travelers are guaranteed to be entranced by the vibrant atmosphere, friendly locals, and captivating experiences that await them in these diverse urban and rural destinations.

Delightful Welsh cuisine and culinary experiences

Welsh cuisine is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by solo travelers. From hearty traditional dishes to modern culinary delights, Wales offers a delightful gastronomic experience that will tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.

Welsh cuisine is known for its emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with an abundance of high-quality produce available throughout the country. From succulent Welsh lamb and beef to fresh seafood from the surrounding coast, the ingredients used in Welsh dishes are of exceptional quality and flavor.

One iconic dish that you must try is Welsh rarebit, a delectable twist on the classic cheese toast. Made with a mixture of melted cheese, beer or ale, and spices on top of toasted bread, Welsh rarebit is a comforting and flavorsome treat that will leave you craving more.

The famous Welsh cakes are another must-try delicacy. These small griddle cakes, made with a sweet dough flavored with currants or raisins and sprinkled with sugar, are a delightful treat that can be enjoyed any time of the day. Whether you enjoy them with a cup of tea in a cozy tearoom or grab them as a tasty snack while exploring, Welsh cakes are a true Welsh delight.

No visit to Wales would be complete without sampling some traditional bara brith, a moist and fruity tea loaf. This spiced fruit bread infused with tea is enjoyed throughout the country and pairs perfectly with a hot cup of tea or coffee. The rich flavors of mixed dried fruits and the hint of spices create a comforting and delicious treat.

For seafood lovers, Wales offers an abundance of delights from its coastal waters. From fresh fish and chips to succulent seafood platters, coastal towns such as Tenby, Aberystwyth, and Swansea are renowned for their seafood offerings. Indulge in a plate of crispy battered fish or try the local specialty, laverbread, made from seaweed harvested off the Welsh coast.

Welsh culinary experiences go beyond traditional dishes. The country has a growing foodie scene, with various local producers and farmers’ markets offering a wide range of artisanal products. Solo travelers can explore these markets, taking the opportunity to taste and purchase delicious treats such as organic cheeses, homemade jams, chutneys, and freshly baked goods.

In addition to tasting the delicious cuisine, solo travelers can immerse themselves in Welsh culinary experiences, such as joining a cooking class or attending a food festival. These experiences provide insight into the local ingredients, traditional cooking techniques, and the chance to learn how to recreate Welsh dishes at home.

Wales is also home to a number of award-winning restaurants and innovative culinary establishments. From fine dining experiences in Cardiff to cozy village pubs serving modern twists on traditional fare, solo travelers can enjoy a wide range of culinary delights crafted by talented chefs who showcase the best of Welsh ingredients.

With its diverse selection of traditional dishes, locally-sourced ingredients, and exciting culinary experiences, Wales is a haven for food lovers. Solo travelers are sure to be delighted by the delightful Welsh cuisine and the gastronomic journey awaiting them in this tasty corner of the world.

Unique festivals and events

One of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in the culture and spirit of Wales is by attending its unique festivals and events. From lively music festivals to traditional celebrations, solo travelers will have the opportunity to witness the vibrant traditions and join in the joyful festivities that make Wales truly special.

The Eisteddfod is one of the most iconic events in Welsh culture. This centuries-old festival celebrates Welsh music, literature, and performance arts. Held annually in different locations across Wales, the National Eisteddfod attracts artists, poets, musicians, and performers from all over the country. Solo travelers can witness thrilling competitions, captivating performances, and immerse themselves in the enchanting atmosphere of this celebration of Welsh heritage.

For lovers of music, Wales offers a range of festivals that showcase a diverse array of genres. The Green Man Festival, held in the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, features a mix of alternative, folk, and electronic music in a stunning natural setting. The Hay Festival, often referred to as the “Woodstock of the mind,” is a paradise for literature enthusiasts, featuring renowned authors, thinkers, and speakers from around the world. Music lovers can also enjoy the Swansea International Festival, which presents a wide range of performances, from classical concerts to jazz and contemporary music.

Wales is also known for its unique sporting events that capture the hearts of both locals and visitors. The National Eisteddfod of Wales features traditional Welsh sports, such as rugby and football, where spectators can witness the passion and skill of the players. Additionally, Wales is famous for its rugby matches, with games held at the iconic Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Solo travelers can join the exhilarating atmosphere, cheer alongside passionate fans, and experience the thrill of this beloved sport.

Traditional celebrations, such as the Mari Lwyd and Calennig, provide a glimpse into Welsh folklore and customs. The Mari Lwyd, a centuries-old tradition, involves a horse’s skull draped in white, adorned with ribbons and carried by a group of singers who go from door to door, with singing and challenges exchanged between the participants. Calennig is a New Year’s Day celebration where children go from house to house, singing traditional songs and receiving small gifts in return. These unique customs offer solo travelers a chance to experience the rich heritage and traditions that have been passed down through generations.

Wales also hosts various food and drink festivals, showcasing the best of Welsh produce. From the Abergavenny Food Festival, known as the “Glastonbury of food festivals,” to the Conwy Feast, which highlights local flavors and culinary talent, these events offer a feast for the senses. Solo travelers can savor delicious dishes, sample artisanal products, and discover the flavorsome delights that Wales has to offer.

Attending these festivals and events allows solo travelers to immerse themselves in the unique cultural traditions and vibrant spirit of Wales. From music and art to sports and traditional customs, Wales offers a diverse and exciting calendar of events that will make your solo journey even more memorable.

Opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth

Wales provides the perfect backdrop for solo travelers seeking moments of self-reflection, introspection, and personal growth. The serene landscapes, ancient sites, and peaceful atmosphere create an ideal environment for contemplation and inner exploration.

Exploring the vast landscapes of Wales, from rugged mountains to tranquil lakes, allows solo travelers to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature on a deeper level. Whether you’re hiking along the stunning coastal paths, meditating by a peaceful lake, or simply finding a quiet spot to sit and reflect, the breathtaking scenery of Wales provides a space for introspection and personal renewal.

Wales is also home to numerous ancient and sacred sites, each with its own mystical allure. From the evocative standing stones at Pentre Ifan to the atmospheric ruins of Tintern Abbey, these sites offer a sense of connection to the past and can inspire deep contemplation and reflection. Solo travelers can visit these sacred places, take part in guided meditation or mindfulness sessions, or simply sit in quiet contemplation, allowing the rich history and spiritual energy to create moments of self-reflection and personal growth.

For those seeking spiritual enlightenment and personal development, Wales offers retreats and wellness centers that cater to the needs of solo travelers. Whether you’re interested in yoga, meditation, holistic therapies, or mindfulness workshops, there are numerous opportunities to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery and inner peace. These retreats provide a supportive environment, allowing solo travelers to connect with like-minded individuals and gain new perspectives on life.

Welsh culture and heritage also provide ample opportunities for personal growth. Engaging with locals, exploring the history and traditions of Wales, and participating in cultural activities can broaden horizons and foster personal development. Solo travelers can learn about Welsh folklore and mythology, delve into the rich literary heritage, or even take part in traditional music and dance workshops. Immersing oneself in the traditions and artistic expressions of Wales can ignite creativity, inspire personal growth, and deepen the connection to oneself and the culture.

Furthermore, embarking on a solo journey allows for self-discovery and personal growth in and of itself. Solo travelers have the freedom to set their own path, make their own decisions, and step out of their comfort zones. It is an opportunity to challenge oneself, build resilience, and develop a sense of independence and self-confidence. Exploring new places, meeting new people, and navigating through unfamiliar territory can lead to personal growth, self-discovery, and a deeper understanding of oneself.

Whether it’s through connecting with nature, exploring ancient sites, engaging in spiritual practices, immersing in Welsh culture, or embarking on a solo adventure, Wales offers countless opportunities for self-reflection, personal growth, and transformation. Allow the captivating beauty and serene atmosphere of Wales to become a catalyst for self-discovery and a journey of personal development.

Budget-friendly options for solo travelers

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean compromising on the quality of your experience, especially when it comes to exploring Wales as a solo traveler. This enchanting country offers a range of budget-friendly options that allow you to make the most of your adventure without breaking the bank.

Accommodations in Wales cater to solo travelers on a budget, with a variety of affordable options available. Hostels and backpackers’ lodges offer shared dormitories or private rooms at affordable rates, allowing solo travelers to meet like-minded individuals while keeping costs down. Another economical option is self-catering accommodations, such as holiday cottages or apartments, which provide the freedom to prepare your own meals, saving money on dining out.

Public transportation in Wales is not only efficient but also budget-friendly. Buses and trains offer affordable fares, allowing you to traverse the country without the need for a car. Travel cards and passes are available for discounted travel, making it even more cost-effective for solo adventurers to explore various destinations, whether it’s the bustling cities or the tranquil countryside.

Wales is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty that can be enjoyed for free or at a minimal cost. Many national parks, such as Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons, do not charge an entrance fee, allowing solo travelers to hike, cycle, or simply revel in the stunning landscapes without breaking the bank. Similarly, Wales’ coastline offers numerous free or low-cost activities, from beachcombing and coastal walks to sunsets and picnics on the sandy shores.

Exploring the cultural heritage of Wales can also be budget-friendly. While admission fees may apply to some historical sites and museums, there are often discounted rates available for solo travelers or free entry on certain days. Additionally, many cultural events and festivals offer a mix of free and ticketed activities, allowing visitors to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere without straining their wallets.

Try indulging in budget-friendly culinary experiences by seeking out local eateries, cafes, and street markets that offer delicious and affordable traditional Welsh dishes. Sampling Welsh specialties, such as Welsh cakes, cawl (traditional soup), and fish and chips from coastal towns, gives you a taste of the local culture without spending a fortune.

Planning your visit to Wales during the off-season or midweek can also lead to cost savings. Accommodations and attractions often offer discounted rates during these times, allowing you to experience the beauty of Wales while stretching your budget further.

Lastly, take advantage of the free or low-cost activities and experiences available in Wales. Watch the sunset over the sea, wander through charming towns, visit local markets, enjoy live street performances, or take a leisurely stroll along the countryside. These simple pleasures can provide unforgettable moments without denting your wallet.

Wales offers a wealth of budget-friendly options for solo travelers, allowing you to make the most of your adventure without overspending. With affordable accommodations, discounted transportation, natural beauty that is free to enjoy, and inexpensive culinary experiences, you can explore Wales on a budget while creating lasting memories.

Wales is truly a perfect destination for solo travelers, offering a wealth of experiences that cater to every interest and budget. From its breathtaking landscapes and thrilling outdoor adventures to its rich history and cultural heritage, Wales has something to captivate every solo adventurer.

The warm and welcoming atmosphere created by the friendly locals adds an extra layer of charm to the Welsh experience. Solo travelers will find themselves embraced by the hospitality and genuine interest in sharing the culture and traditions of Wales. The strong sense of community and safety make solo travel in Wales a delightful and worry-free experience.

With a range of solo-friendly accommodations and facilities, solo travelers can find comfortable and affordable options that suit their preferences. From cozy bed and breakfasts to budget-friendly hostels, Wales ensures that solo adventurers have a great place to rest and rejuvenate after a day of exploration.

Wales’ vibrant cities and charming towns offer diverse experiences, allowing solo travelers to immerse themselves in the lively energy of urban centers or enjoy the tranquility of rural retreats. Whether you’re delving into the history and culture of Cardiff, exploring ancient castles in Conwy, or witnessing the beauty of the Isle of Anglesey, every corner of Wales has its own unique allure.

The culinary delights of Wales are not to be missed, from traditional dishes such as Welsh rarebit and bara brith to fresh seafood from the coast. Solo travelers can indulge in the flavors and experiences that Welsh cuisine has to offer, from cozy tearooms to bustling street food markets.

Wales also provides plenty of opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth. The serene landscapes, ancient sites, and spiritual retreats create a nurturing environment for introspection and connection with oneself. Solo travelers can embark on a journey of self-discovery, gaining new perspectives and a deeper appreciation for the world around them.

Lastly, Wales caters to solo travelers on a budget, providing affordable accommodations, budget-friendly activities, and opportunities to explore the natural beauty for free or at minimal cost. Solo adventurers can enjoy the wonders of Wales without straining their wallets, offering an unforgettable experience without breaking the bank.

In conclusion, Wales truly ticks off all the boxes for solo travelers. With its stunning landscapes, rich history, welcoming atmosphere, and budget-friendly options, Wales is a destination that will inspire and delight solo adventurers. So, pack your bags, embrace the spirit of adventure, and set off on an incredible solo journey through the captivating beauty and culture of Wales.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel in Wales

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Updated May 25, 2021.

Sometimes you stumble upon the perfect opportunity. Or perhaps, the perfect opportunity falls into your lap! That’s what happened with my trip to Wales back in March. The timing was right, so I took that perfect opportunity and ran with it. This was my first solo trip in a while, so it was tons of fun to do my own thing and take full advantage of quality Quick Whit time! If you’re planning a solo trip and want to put Wales on your list, this post will be your ultimate guide!

For the castles! If for no other reason, it’s worth coming to Wales to see the castles. You should also come for friendly people, natural beauty, and because it’s a bit off the beaten path. I think of it as a hidden gem!

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More here: 5 Reasons to Travel Solo

Is it safe.

Yes! The most dangerous thing I encountered in Wales was the cobblestones. The people were friendly and helpful, and I never once felt like I was in a bad area.

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Still not sure? How to Travel Safely

How can i get there.

You can fly into Cardiff, but I was already set to be in London the weekend before, and fly out of Heathrow. I caught the train from Paddington to Cardiff, then on the way out I rode the National Express bus direct to Heathrow! You can also fly in and out of Bristol if that’s better for you. 

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Read on: What to Know Before You Visit Cardiff

Where should i stay.

I don’t normally do this, but DO NOT STAY AT THE ANGEL HOTEL. It was awful. I like to stay at local, charming, historic, boutique-type accommodations, but I would have been much better off at the Hilton or Holiday Inn, both of which are within sight and walking distance of Cardiff Castle. Read my Trip Advisor review here. 

That said, I definitely recommend staying at a property near the Castle, which is right downtown! There you’ll be close to shopping, parks, restaurants, and, of course, Cardiff Castle. 

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More here: 6 Solo Travel Experiences to Have

How to stay occupied.

Check out my list of 10 Things to Do in Cardiff ! If I had it to do over again, I would totally rent a car (don’t be afraid of driving on the left!) and explore more of Wales. Eat the Welsh Rarebit and Welsh cakes, tour some castles, explore adorable British villages, go for a hike, and visit their wonderful museums as well! 

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Read on: What to Eat in Cardiff

How to save money.

The United Kingdom is noted for its priciness, but don’t let that stop you! There is decent public transportation (just £3.20 round-trip for the 32A bus from Cardiff to the Fagan Open-air Museum), the bus to Heathrow was only £21, and Welsh cakes across the street from the Castle were only £.50 pence! If you stay in the city center wherever you are, you’ll save on transportation costs, and if you make lunch your main meal instead of supper, you’ll save a bundle on food. 

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Read on: How to Save Money for Travel

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A Solo Traveller’s Guide to North Wales

North Wales offers solo travellers plenty of landscapes to explore, like Snowdonia National Park

Once known as the Kingdom of Gwynedd, North Wales is steeped in both national and natural history. You might learn of its industrial heritage via a zipline. You might snap selfies from its highest peak. Whatever you do, its majestic mountains and imposing forts manage the impressive feat of appealing to new generations while still honouring its rich past.

What’s the vibe.

Hiraeth is a Welsh word loosely translated as a deep longing for one’s home. And the misty valleys and Celtic traditions that make expats yearn for their country are also what makes Wales a memorable place for visitors, too. Backpackers and solo travellers will find few barriers to adventure in North Wales, where the people are welcoming, the history is vast, and scenery is an Instagrammer’s playground.

The scenery in North Wales is a photographer’s dream

A North Wales trip overview

The region is relatively small, so it’s not unusual for travellers to base themselves in one location – then launch daily excursions. Caernarfon, home to the most famed castle in Wales, does the trick nicely. You’ll have easy access to the rugged 140mi (225km) Coast Path on the Isle of Anglesey, via the architectural marvel that is the Menai Suspension Bridge. With a short drive or picturesque train journey east, you can reach Snowdonia with its Dark Sky Reserve that’s popular with campers and hikers. To learn more about Wales’ mining past, head an hour west to Zip World Llechwedd for an adrenaline-fuelled view of the old slate mine.

Where to stay in North Wales as a solo traveller

If aiming for Caernarfon, see our tips on places to stay in the area . North Wales is brimming with neatly located B&Bs packed with character and serving up a hearty cooked breakfast. For something quirkier, spend the night like a 13th-century royal with a bed in one of the country’s many castles. Roch Castle in Haverfordwest and Deudraeth Castle in Portmeirion are among the converted forts that now include luxury rooms. Find more places to stay around Portmeirion with our guide. Hostels tend to be the best place to meet fellow solo travellers, and it’s no different in Wales, with great backpacker-friendly YHA digs in Conwy and Snowdon. Click here for inspiration on where to stay in Snowdonia .

North Wales offers many unique and characterful places to stay

What to do in North Wales as a solo traveller

Whether you’re staying for a week or a month, such is the bevy of activities in North Wales that you’re certain to leave with a list of things to see next time. You’ll find history, culture and adventure in many forms, and as a solo traveller, you’ll discover many ways to meet others doing the same. Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Climb to the top of Wales

If you’re feeling fit and intrepid, a journey to the highest peak in Wales is a must. Such is the view from the 1,085m (3,560ft) summit of Mount Snowdon that clear days even come with a glimpse of Ireland.

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Hike Mount Snowdon if you’re feeling adventurous

Take in Edward I’s castles

Prefer your history a little more human? North Wales has a clutch of superbly preserved castles to visit: more than 400 fortresses in total. To narrow that list down, look to the four Edwardian castles that have been designated as Unesco World Heritage Sites: Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech.

Take in some seaside air

For some Victorian charm, head to the pastel-coated seaside town of Llandudno. Grab an ice cream, enjoy a stroll on the pier, and take in a Punch and Judy show at this traditional British coastal town, believed to have provided some of the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland . There’s also a spectacular cable car route that’ll take you from Happy Valley to the summit of the Great Orme.

Enjoy fresh sea breezes in the charming seaside town of Llandudno

Eat and drink in North Wales

You’ve probably tried products from Snowdonia Cheese Company – they’re found in farm shops all over the UK – but nothing beats tucking in to those local cheddars with a view of the mountain after which it is named. If you’re looking for sustenance while exploring, Welsh cakes make the perfect mid-hike snack. North Wales is also home to an increasing number of distilleries and vineyards. Like a single malt? Head for Aber Falls Distillery, where Welsh gin and liqueurs make potent cocktails. Arrange a tour and you’ll probably meet like-minded (solo) souls.

Getting around in North Wales as a solo traveller

With its soaring landscapes and well-kept tarmac, it is a road-tripper’s dream. A car or camper offers the most freedom for solo travellers, especially around Snowdonia, but you’ll arguably encounter more charm by rail. For unlimited access to train service in Wales, buy an Explore Wales Pass . For the ultimate throwback, try one of the Great Little Trains of Wales . These narrow gauge steam trains trundle around some of the country’s best sights, including a delightful tour of Bala Lake.

Travelling by rail is the most charming way to see Wales

Stay safe, stay happy

Do take care if driving on unfamiliar roads, particularly on winding lanes at night and during wet weather. And keep an eye out for wandering sheep. With nearly 10 million of them in Wales, they can make a surprise appearance on country roads.

Cultural need-to-knows

The Welsh are rightly proud of their own lingo (Cymraeg) – one of the oldest in Europe. And while you’ll have absolutely no problem getting around the country speaking English, the locals will love it if you come armed with a few simple words and expressions. You can never go wrong with a well-timed diolch (thank you).

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This is an updated article originally written by Poppy Jacob.

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BEST Wales Itinerary! How To Spend 1 Week in Wales!

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Whether you’re visiting Wales from overseas or deciding to spend your holiday on a staycation in Wales this year, you can easily see a lot with 1 week in Wales!

From beaches, mountains, villages, castles and adventure, adrenaline activities Wales really has it all and there are so many places to visit in Wales!

In this Wales travel blog, I’m going to give you the perfect 1 week Wales itinerary which will take you to North and South Wales to see the most beautiful parts of Wales!

You can adapt this Wales travel itinerary to fit yourself and your trip, for example, I have detailed starting in South Wales but you can reverse it and start in North Wales first. (If you want to stick to South Wales only, check out my 1 week South Wales itinerary here!)

I grew up between England in Wales and now I live in Cardiff so let me share with you why I love Wales and how much you can see on a 1 week holiday in Wales!

1 Week Wales Itinerary

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Wales Itinerary Map

I have pinned all of the places I recommend visiting in this Wales 1 week itinerary in the map below to help you plan your own trip to Wales and get an idea of where to visit in Wales in 1 week!

Best time to visit Wales

Wales is good to visit all year round… as long as you are prepared for the weather that comes with it!

However, for the very best time to visit Wales, I recommend the Spring, Summer and Autumn months so you will have more pleasant weather and there are more activities on and open!

Although note that school holidays do get considerably busier in Wales so if you can avoid them then I would!

Here’s my full post on the best time to visit Wales !

Looking to take the train to Wales??

For your upcoming trip to Wales, Transport for Wales has a fantastic advance sale starting from 15th January so you can book cheaper trains to and around Wales by clicking here !

Why not start planning your Wales trip for this year now!

And for more help on where to visit in Wales by train? Read my 10 best places to visit in Wales by train post!

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Get 12 train tickets for the price of 6!

TfW is having a Multiflex sale between 9th January and 31st January. Customers will be able to get 12 journeys for the price of 6 ! Multiflex can be used in any direction between a chosen origin and destination station at any time of day and are available to buy on the TfW app . 

Click here to find out more and purchase your half-price tickets available to use between stations in Mid-Glamorgan, South Glamorgan, RCT & Vale of Glamorgan.

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How to get around Wales

Driving is the best way to get Wales. Although there are public buses and train lines, it can take a lot of time to get to each place using public transport.

If you have a car then great! If you don’t, I recommend hiring a car ! Cardiff has a few car hire places and Bristol Airport is a popular place to hire cars from. You could get the train to Cardiff or Bristol Airport and hire a car from there, or you can hire a car from where you start.

For example, it would be quicker to hire a car in London and drive to South Wale s rather than get the train.

I recommend Rental Cars for car hire in Wales as they search all the top car rental companies! Search for car rental in Wales here!

The roads in Wales are very good but they can seem scary to some as they are very small but that’s how you get to the best spots in Wales! Here are my driving in Wales tips to help you out too!

1 Week in Wales

Day 1 – cardiff.

Start your first day in Wales getting to Cardiff. If you are travelling from London to Wales or South England to Wales you can stop off at a few places like Bath, the Cotswolds and the Wye Valley on the way into Wales, even though they are all in England they will start off your Wales trip well.

Spend late afternoon and early evening seeing Cardiff City , you can park in the city centre and head to Cardiff Castle which will take you through the main shopping area of the city.

Click here for my full 1 day in Cardiff itinerary!

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog 1 week Wales itinerary, Cardiff Castle

Afterwards, drive down to Mermaid Quay and have dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking the water on Cardiff Bay which shows off a cosmopolitan side of the city and check out the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve if it’s a nice evening. This will be a great first look at Wales on your 1 week in Wales.

Stay overnight in – Cardiff

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog 1 week Wales itinerary, Mermaid Quay

Day 2 – Brecon Beacons

Check out of your hotel in Cardiff, tonight I recommend staying in Pembrokeshire so you can wake up by the coast in one of the best areas in Wales in my opinion, however, I recommend taking the scenic route from Cardiff to Pembrokeshire via the Brecon Beacons National Park!

Both the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales and Eryri National Park (Snowdonia National Park) in North Wales are must-visit places on this one week Wales itinerary.

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog 1 week Wales itinerary, Brecon Beacons

If you like hiking then you have to hike up Pen Y Fan ! It’s the highest peak in South Wales and it will take you a few hours to hike!

If you like adventure then you can check out some of the waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons . You can do a full waterfall walk seeing up to 4 waterfalls or you can see some smaller ones individually which will be easier if you have children or don’t enjoy walking.

Lastly, if you love driving and appreciate scenic roads then make sure you drive along Black Mountain Road which is known as the Top Gear road in the Brecon Beacons , it takes you right through the middle of the National Park and is an incredible drive!

Stay overnight in – Pembrokeshire

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog Brecon Beacons Waterfalls, 1 week Wales itinerary

Day 3 – Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is an amazing county in South Wales, it offers endless beaches, walking paths, activities for children and more! And the best thing about Pembrokeshire is that it is quite easy to see a lot of Pembrokeshire in 1 day !

I recommend spending one full day in Pembrokeshire beach hopping on your Wales 1 week itinerary, if the weather permits!

Popular beaches and seaside towns you can visit are: Tenby Beach, Saundersfoot Beach, Barafundle Bay, St Davids.

For lesser-known places that are really special, you can visit: Bosherston Lilly Ponds, St Govan’s Chapel, the Blue Lagoon, Ramsey Island.

If you are travelling to Wales with children, there are lots of places to visit fo children and children activities in Pembrokeshire like: Oakwood Theme Park, Folly Farm, Manor Wildlife Park, West Wales Karting .

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog Saundersfoot Beach, 1 week Wales itinerary

Day 4 – Pembrokeshire

There is so much to see in Pembrokeshire that I really recommend you plan 2 full days here to see the best of it and have a rest so you’re not travelling somewhere new every day on your Wales 1 week trip.

There are so many places to visit in Wales and too many to mention in just this 1 week Wales itinerary, to see even more places to visit read my post with Stunning Places to Visit on Your Wales Road Trip Itinerary!

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog 1 week Wales itinerary, Church Door Cove Pembrokeshire

Day 5 – Drive From South Wales to North Wales

Driving from South Wales to North Wales takes more time than expected because there is no motorway, only an A road. But, the road takes you all the way along the West Coast of Wales and it’s a beautiful drive.

I suggest getting up early this day to start the drive along the coast, there are a few coastal towns and villages you can stop in on the way like: Aberaeron and Aberystwyth .

I recommend staying overnight in Eryri National Park (Snowdonia National Park) where there are lots of accommodation options so you’ll be ready to have a full day in Snowdonia tomorrow.

To end the drive and start seeing North Wales today you can head to Portmeirion which is a really unique tourist attraction in North Wales as it is an Italian village, it closes at 17:30 so get there before then!

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog 1 week Wales itinerary, Port Merrion Village

If you want an afternoon beach trip you can go over to the Lynn Peninsula and visit one of the family-friendly beaches like Abersoch .

Stay overnight in – Eryri National Park (Snowdonia National Park)

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog Wales west coast by car, 1 week Wales itinerary

Day 6 – Eryri National Park (Snowdonia National Park)

Climbing Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon) which is the highest mountain in Wales, is the obvious activity and top thing to do in Eryri National Park (Snowdonia National Park), if you are up for the challenge I recommend hiking Snowdon from Pen-Y-Pass !

If you don’t fancy the hike or you are doing this Wales itinerary with children, you can get a train to the top of Snowdon !

And if you are up for an even bigger challenge to finish your 1 week wales itinerary off then look into climbing Tryfan mountain !

However, there are so many other things to do in Snowdonia if hiking is not your thing!

Zip World in Snowdon offers a huge range of adrenaline activities for adults, children and families. So does Adventure Parc Snowdonia , you can even go surfing here in a man-made pool!

You can go horse riding with Snowdonia Riding Stables , you can visit the Slate Museum in the popular town of Llanberis which is great for kids too.

In addition to this there are so many waterfalls in Snowdon to find, lakes to walk around and pretty villages to visit among the mountains.

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog Hiking Mount Snowdon, 1 week Wales itinerary

Day 7 – Llandudno & Conwy

As you leave Eryri National Park (Snowdonia National Park) and leave Wales on the last day of your week in Wales, I recommend making use of the places to visit in North Wales on the road that takes you along the North Coast and out into England to Chester and Manchester.

Conwy and Llandudno are great places to visit. Conwy is an old market town home to Conwy Castle which is one of the best castles in Wales and it’s home to the smallest house in Britain!

Llandudno is a typical British seaside resort home to a pier, a huge promenade, nice beaches, big victorian houses and the Great Orme which is a limestone rock you can drive around and get a great view from the top from! I really love it here so it’s a good place to stop in!

Aber Falls Waterfall and Gwrych Castle and Gardens are more great places to visit and stop at on your route home or back to England!

The Wandering Quinn Travel Blog Llandudno, 1 week Wales itinerary

Looking for more places to visit in Wales?? Here are 36 places in Wales to visit on a Wales road trip throughout the country!!

Wales Travel FAQ

Is wales worth visiting.

Yes of course! There are so many places to visit in Wales all year round that are suitable for families, couples, families and friends. You’ll visit places in Wales that you can’t imagine belong in the UK!

What is the best month to visit Wales?

Shoulder months like June and September are the best time to visit Wales for warmer and drier weather and also because they are out of school holidays and therefore less busy.

What is the most beautiful part of Wales?

Eryri National Park (Snowdonia National Park) in North Wales is the most beautiful part of Wales in my opinion. It has huge majestic mountains with so many lakes and waterfalls.

How many days do you need to see Wales?

A lot of driving is needed to see the many of the best places in Wales so a couple of days in Wales up to 1 week in Wales and even 2 weeks in Wales is best in order to see what the country offers.

How long should you spend in Wales?

1 week in Wales is a perfect amount of time to see Wales, you can concentrate on a small area of Wales, relax and see that area well, or you can travel somewhere new everyday and see a lot of Wales in just 1 week like this!

Is Wales safe?

Yes, Wales is a very safe country and the people in Wales are very friendly. Wales is great for solo travellers.

I hope this Wales itinerary has helped you plan your 1 week in Wales!

  • For more of my Wales posts see:
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Cardiff Solo Travel Guide

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Planning a solo trip to Cardiff , Wales? Here’s everything you need to know for your visit:

QUICK FACTS

  • The capital and largest city of Wales, with a population of ~ 362,000 .
  • Known as the greenest city in the United Kingdom.
  • Made a city in 1905 , it is the political, commercial, and cultural center of Wales.
  • Nickname: City of Castles (has five different castles surrounding it).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Currency:  British Pound  (GBP)
  • Spoken languages:  English and Welsh .
  • Best time to visit: from June to August , for milder weather (and less rainfall). The city also hosts many festivals during this time.
  • Arriving via airport (Cardiff International Airport): buses regularly run from the airport to the city (bus #304) for £3.40 (you can buy a ticket directly from the driver).
  • Taxis are also available, but are far more expensive (about  35-45 GBP for a standard saloon car).

WHERE TO STAY

  • Cardiff Bay offers places to stay with waterfront views, while the city centre has plenty for those who want to be right in the middle of all the action.
  • For a more relaxing visit, considering staying at a country hotel just outside the city.
  • Backpackers’ and budget hostels are available in the city centre .

GETTING AROUND

  • Cardiff’s compact layout means that walking can be one of the best ways to get around – most of the main attractions are located near each other.
  • Cardiff’s  bus system covers the city and surrounding areas. A single ticket is £2 an all-day pass costs £4 .
  • Taxis are a viable mode of transport, particularly on wet days or at night. Use the Dragon Taxis smartphone app to call one (or call +44 29 2033 3333).
  • Uber is also available in Cardiff. If you see some crazy surge pricing, however, a Dragon Taxi may be a cheaper alternative.

CARDIFF NIGHTLIFE

  • Drinking age is  18 , last call is 4 AM .
  • Cardiff is known for its wide variety of live music venues.
  • St Mary Street is the main nightlife hub – all the latest music played here.
  • Greyfriars has the city’s top House, Dance, and R&B venues.
  • Cardiff Bay has more of the upscale bars and cocktail lounges.
  • The best bars for live music : The Moon and Fuel Rock Club (they’re next to each other).
  • Great bars for solo traveler: La Pantera (mezcal, cocktails), Flute & Tankard (cozy pub), Cambrian Tap, Old Arcade, Tiny Rebel Cardiff, City Arms, and Mad Dog Brewery (for the beer lovers).

UNIQUE LANDMARKS TO VISIT

  • Visit the Norman fort and the Roman ruins of Cardiff Castle , originally built on the foundations of a Roman fort. Additionally, visit the Welsh regimental museum.
  • Rugby fans won’t want to miss the Millennium Stadium , first opened for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Tours of the stadium are available.
  • Built in 1107, the Llandaff Cathedral is an example of stunning architecture.
  • Castell Coch (Red Castle) is a castle set upon a hill overlooking the entrance to the valleys on the city’s outskirts. A fairy tale atmosphere.

INTERESTING WALKS

  • Walk through Bute Park , which stretches from the castle all the way to the city limits.
  • The Cardiff Centenary Walk is about 2.3 miles long. Starting at the Old Library, the trail takes you past the main areas of Cardiff, the castle, and friary. The walk ends at The Hayes. You can join at any part of the route – guides can be found online or at a tourist information centre.

LOCAL WISDOM

  • Impress the locals by saying thanks in Welsh: diolch  (pronounced ‘dee-olch’).
  • Cardiff is the home of the popular British TV show Doctor Who , and references/homages to the show can be found all over the city.
  • If you don’t mind going a little further afield, check out Penarth – a Victorian seaside resort, affectionately nicknamed “the Garden by the Sea.”
  • Great restaurants to try in Cardiff: Bullys Restaurant (French), Asador 44 Spanish Grill, Curado Bar (tapas), The Heathcock, The Classroom, The Potted Pig ($$$ – Welsh), Heaneys Restaurant, and Pasture Restaurant Cardiff (steak).
  • Where to find good cheap food : Cardiff has a variety of food on offer from all over the world and caters for all tastes. If you’re on a budget, try searching out happy hour deals in the city centre. Alternatively, try the local pub food.
  • Dangerous areas : avoid Rumney, Splott, Llanrumney, St Mellons, Trowbridge, Ely, Grangetown, Pentwyn, Butetown, and Mynachdy. These areas are not particularly violent or dangerous, but are best avoided unless you have a good reason to visit. To stay on the safe side, stick to the tourist areas.

Recommended trip duration:  2-3 days

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Solo Female Travel in England, Scotland, and Wales — A UK Guide

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I have spent a LOT of time traveling alone in England, Scotland, and Wales. Much more than I originally intended. I went to Europe without a plan, ended up living for months at a time in two different cities in England, and used them as a base to explore the country.

I never thought the UK would become one of my most extensively traveled countries. At the time, I was more interested in warmer, sexier, more exotic travel destinations — the UK seemed so boring compared to Thailand or Italy or South Africa. And yet I completely fell under its spell.

Traveling in the UK is seen as an “easy” option. I can’t deny that — it’s one of the easiest possible countries for newbie travelers. But that doesn’t mean more experienced travelers can’t enjoy it. I think Britain is one of the most interesting countries I’ve visited! Speaking the local language and being in a similar culture allows you to get in deeper to the nuances that make the culture unique.

If you’re looking to travel solo in England, or Scotland, or Wales — or all three! — you’ve come to the right place. This guide lists everything you need to know.

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Why Travel to the UK?

First things first: let’s talk about what terms are best to use.  The UK, or Britain, consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Great Britain consists of England, Scotland, and Wales — not Northern Ireland. The British Isles include all of the UK plus Ireland. Oh, and don’t get me started on the Channel Islands, which are parts of some of these groups but not others…

For the ease of this post, I will be focusing solely on England, Scotland, and Wales. I’ll be rolling Northern Ireland into a future Ireland travel guide. There’s no political reasoning behind that; it’s purely for geographical reasons.

People travel to the UK because it’s a destination of which they already have an idea in their mind.  Everyone knows that London, at the very least, is foggy and has bridges. Scotland has kilts and bagpipes. All of the UK is covered in castles and villages. And they love tea and they have a queen.

Plenty of people grow up as Anglophiles, dreaming of one day experiencing the culture for themselves. People come to the UK for history. Quite a few North Americans come to the UK for ancestry-related reasons, to see their family roots. And some just want to learn what it’s like to drive on the left.

But I think the true charms of Britain involve getting to know the people and the culture on a deeper level. You can do that by spending time in a pub, or joining a meetup with lots of locals. You can absolutely get there by attending a festival! This will show you that Britain is far beyond its stereotypes.

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There’s More to England than London!!!

This is my biggest UK travel tip of all. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard say they want to go to “London and Ireland” or “London and Scotland” while ignoring the rest of England. Or maybe, maybe they’ll add in a quick trip to Stonehenge before leaving English territory.

I used to be one of those people, actually. I met four friends from the north of England (which is culturally very different from the south of England) while traveling in Vietnam, they told me where they were from Chester and Oldham, I asked, “Oh, is that close to London?” and all four of them visibly cringed.

Believe me, there is SO much more to England than London. If you come to England and only visit London, you’re missing out on some truly wonderful destinations. See more below on exactly where to go in England.

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Is Britain Good for First-Time Solo Female Travelers?

Absolutely — England, Scotland, and Wales are some of the BEST destinations for first-time solo female travelers.  English is the local language, there’s excellent travel infrastructure, it’s easy to get around, and there are plenty of travelers doing the same thing you are.

If you’ve never traveled solo in your life, England, Scotland, or Wales would be a terrific choice. If you’ve never been to Europe in your life, any of the three would be a great choice, too, with or without a partner.

Beyond that, locals in the UK — particularly in London and Edinburgh — are used to dealing with less experienced travelers and know how to cater to their needs. That said, new travelers don’t get scammed or targeted here nearly as much as in Paris or Barcelona. For that reason, if you’re set on Paris or Barcelona for your first solo trip ever, I recommend spending a few days in London or Edinburgh first to get your solo travel bearings in an easy and safe place.

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Is Britain Good for Experienced Solo Female Travelers?

Hell yes, Britain is good for experienced solo female travelers! It might seem “too easy” if you’re used to traveling in the developing world, but sometimes you’re in the mood for somewhere a bit easier. And there are plenty of places to get off the beaten path.

And that doesn’t mean going into rural areas — it could mean visiting a fun but not-as-famous city like Glasgow or Leeds. It could mean renting a car and stopping at every adorable pub you see in one particular region. It could mean doing an extended hike like the Dales Way or Hadrian’s Wall Path. It could mean climbing the Three Peaks — Ben Nevis in Scotland, Mt. Scafell in England, and Mount Snowden in Wales (some crazy people do all three within 24 hours!).

As someone who has already traveled extensively in the UK, here are the places still high on my list: Cornwall, the Scilly Islands, Bristol, Brighton, and Newcastle in England; the Outer Hebrides, Orkney Islands, and St. Kilda in Scotland; and Anglesey and much more of the Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales.

Consider traveling to destinations that are popular getaways for Brits but fairly unknown to foreigners. For people who live further south, Cornwall and Devon are popular coastal destinations. When I was based in Chester, lots of people went for weekends away in the Lake District (which is so beautiful!) or the coast of Wales.

Scenes from England’s Lake District

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Getting Around the UK as a Solo Traveler

There are lots of ways to travel around the UK. If you want to travel solely on public transportation, it’s possible! But if you want maximum flexibility in rural areas, a car is your best option.

My favorite way to travel in the UK is by train. The train system extends throughout the country and trains run fast and often. Trains are extremely comfortable and in a country as small as the UK it doesn’t take super-long to cross the country — you can even cover super-long journeys like from Inverness to Penzance in just 15 hours. For long distances, however, it can sometimes be cheaper to take a budget flight.

Traveling by flight is fast and efficient.  Sometimes it can be cheaper than trains. It does make more of an environmental impact, so consider traveling by train if you can — especially since when you add time traveling to and waiting at the airport, it can be a faster door-to-door journey by train. If you’re using miles, it usually costs the same to fly to or from anywhere in the UK as it would from London.

Traveling by coach is slower and cheaper. Brits refer to long-distance buses as coaches and the biggest network is National Express. These coaches are very comfortable and cost less than trains. Some other lines like Megabus have cheaper but less comfortable coaches.

Ferries exist as well. There are short ferries to nearby islands, especially island-dotted Scotland, and longer ferries for further afield journeys. I took the overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Shetland — a wild, tumultuous journey across the North Sea but a lot of fun!

Renting a car is possible.  This is especially useful if you want to explore a remote, beautiful region like the Cornwall coast, the Cotswolds, or the North Coast 500 drive in Scotland. Keep in mind that they drive on the left in the UK, cars tend to be manual (make sure you specify renting an automatic car if you need one), and the cars are much smaller than their American counterparts.

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Travel and Safety Tips for England, Scotland, and Wales

Britain isn’t the kind of place where you need lots of detailed, unusual safety tips — it’s an easy place to travel and crime is fairly low. You can stick to the usual travel safety tips you’d follow anywhere else, but I thought I’d include a few things I’ve learned about British culture. It’s much more complicated and nuanced than “They drink tea!” and “They have a queen!”

So much of British culture is understanding how Brits interact with each other. British people tend to be a lot more pulled in than Americans. They’re far less likely to strike up conversations with strangers. They tend to want to avoid confrontation and awkward conversations at all costs, and will often be polite to people for the sake of keeping the peace.

How to explain this? Here are some Very British Problems : “Asking to sample an ale, disliking it and ordering a whole pint so as not to waste the barman’s time.” “Not quite catching someone’s name, meaning you can never speak to them again.” “Assuring your hairdresser the temperature is fine, despite a strong suspicion your scalp is beginning to melt.”

English people tend to be the quietest; Scottish people tend to be warmer and more welcoming.

“You all right?” doesn’t mean “What’s wrong?” — it means “How are you?” Embarrassingly, it took me six months of replying, “Yeah, why?” to my British friends before I realized this. Now you know!

Brits tend to mock people they love and be icily polite to people they hate. It took me a long time to realize that the people who often made fun of me were doing so out of great affection. I wish I had realized that at the time.

Brits often sign emails or texts with an X, even if it’s a platonic conversation. Don’t read too much into this (as I may have once or twice). They’re not saying that they want to kiss you or they have a crush on you; it’s just a common thing to do.

Brits drive on the left, walk on the left, and stand on the left. Look both ways when crossing the street! Most crosswalks say LOOK LEFT, especially in London, or otherwise show you where to look.

Know that some British terms are different from American English. Three that are particularly important: Pissed means drunk, not angry; pants means underwear and trousers is what you’d say for pants; and fanny means vagina, not butt.

“Shouting” beers can lead to drinking too much. In Britain, it’s common to take turns paying for each other’s drinks — one person will pay for a round for the whole table, then another person will buy the next round. If you’re drinking with men or heavy drinkers, you may feel pressured to keep pace to avoid any awkward moments (see, that’s British culture seeping into you!) , and this is a fast way to get drunker than you want to. Four beers may be fine for a larger guy, but that can be a LOT for a woman, especially if they’re strong beers.

The best thing to do is to tell the group early that you only want to have two drinks that night. That way people won’t think you’re trying to weasel your way out of paying for others.

Some of London’s airports are far outside the city. You could argue that all of them are far out except for London City — and London City is usually an expensive place to fly into (but easy to do with points!). Luton and Stansted are especially far out. Keep this in mind if you have an early departing flight, since trains often won’t run early enough and you’ll need to book a cab.

I encourage you not to switch airports on a layover in London if you can help it — it adds a ton of transfer time and hassle, especially if you hit traffic. Paying a bit more to have a layover in the same airport is worth the money.

Scotland has its own currency. The Scottish pound has the same value as the British pound and they use both currencies interchangeably in Scotland. Try to use it up before you leave Scotland, however, because places outside Scotland don’t like to accept it, even though it’s legal tender.

Get a SIM card.  SIM cards are good for helping you navigate your way around, as well as summoning Ubers. There are lots of different companies in Britain, and they are all much cheaper than US plans. Three, GiffGaff, O2, and TescoMobile are some of the companies that do short-term SIM cards with data.

SIM card coverage is spotty on highways throughout the UK and in rural areas, especially rural Scotland. Don’t rely on a SIM card to get you around the Scottish Highlands.

Be careful about your drinking.  Drink less than you ordinarily would at home — two drinks is a good limit. Only take drinks from bartenders, never take a drink from a stranger, and always keep it with you and keep an eye on it.

Keep an eye on your belongings at all times.  If you carry a purse, hold it close to you. I recommend a crossbody purse, made out of a tough material like leather or fake leather, that zips shut. I recommend many purses in this post.  Never let it hang behind you — always keep it in a place where you can see it, and keep your hand on it if you’re in a crowd.

If you carry a wallet without a purse, don’t keep it in your back pocket. This is obvious to thieves and they will grab it and run.

If you use a small backpack, lock it. I use a Pacsafe backpack where you can lock the compartments shut.

Never leave your bags anywhere unattended.  Take them with you. While in cities and touristy areas in the UK, if you’re keeping your bag under the table or otherwise out of sight, keep it between your feet or hook the strap around one of the chair legs.

Keep your valuables locked up in your accommodation and only take with you what you need that day.  I do this with my Pacsafe Travelsafe and I consider it the most important thing I pack . Keep an extra debit card and at least $100 hidden in obscure parts of your luggage.

Get an extra debit card. You should have two debit cards to two different bank accounts. If you only have one, I recommend you get a debit card from Transferwise . Keep a few hundred dollars in your account, hide the card deep in your luggage, and use it if your primary debit card is stolen.

If someone robs you, GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT.  Things can be replaced. Nothing is worth your life.

Don’t carry tons of cash around with you. You can use credit cards almost everywhere in the UK, and carrying lots of cash leaves you vulnerable to theft. Don’t be the traveler who loses her wallet and the $500 in it.

Only use ATMs at banks if possible.  If your card gets eaten, it’s a lot easier to retrieve it from a real bank’s ATM. If you can’t find a bank and it’s at night, use an ATM indoors, in a vestibule or in a shopping mall.

Get a digital guidebook and keep it on your phone.  Even today, I always keep a guidebook PDF on my phone — it’s great for calculating approximate time of journeys, knowing what days places are closed, and it lists medical centers you should go to in case of emergency. I’m a big fan of Lonely Planet guidebooks — get the digital version of Lonely Planet Great Britain .

Spend extra money on staying safe.  If you’re not comfortable walking home at night, spend money on an Uber. If you’re hesitant on spending money on a not-as-nice-looking hostel, pay for a nicer place. It’s worth the peace of mind. Don’t pinch pennies on your safety.

Most importantly, you have no obligation to be nice to anyone. Women often feel the need to be nice and please people at all costs. You don’t have to anywhere — especially so in the UK, where acquiescing to other people’s needs is part of the culture. If anyone is making you feel uncomfortable, just leave. Trust me — you won’t be the rudest person they meet that day. And so what if you were? You’re never going to see them again.

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How will Brexit affect travel?

As of the time of the latest update (December 2019), there isn’t a clear answer on what the next step is for Brexit.  That said, as a foreigner visiting the UK, Brexit is unlikely to affect your travels in any meaningful way other than a slightly better exchange rate.

Britain has always been located outside the Schengen Area of Europe, which means that flights to Europe are treated as international flights, not domestic. Nothing about Brexit will change this.

One major Brexit factor is that the currently open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland may close in the future. When anything is announced about this, I will include an update here.

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The Best Travel Experiences in the UK

Walking in the steps of the Beatles in Liverpool.  Take a bus ride to Strawberry Fields, see a show at the Cavern Club, check out the Beatles Experience. You can even visit John’s and Paul’s houses! Seeing Liverpool through their eyes gives you a special context that you’ll always remember when you listen to them in the future.

Treating yourself to high tea at one of the hotels in London.  Afternoon tea can be a pleasure anywhere in the country, but high tea is fancy, sophisticated, and refined. Be sure to dress up if you go to one of the luxury hotels. For something wacky, choose a high tea with an unusual theme!

Getting into British food. British food is SO much better than its reputation! My favorite way to experience the food is to have a farm-to-table meal and glass of wine in a high-end pub. Other faves? Arbroath smokies (smoked whole fish for breakfast) in Scotland, fresh Welsh cakes off the griddle in Wales, and tucking into a perfect sticky toffee pudding in England.

Geeking out at the Harry Potter locations. At the very least, go to King’s Cross Station in London and pose at Platform 9 3/4, where you can be photographed pushing a disappearing luggage cart into the wall! If you’re an even bigger fan, head to more obscure sites like Alnwick Castle, where Harry took his first Quidditch lesson, and Christ Church College in Oxford, which was used for some Hogwarts scenes.

Catching shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This theater festival takes place every August and you’ll find hundreds of shows taking place all over the city! From stand-up comedy to dark dramas to musicals involving taxidermied animals, this festival has something for everyone. And they’re all cheap — some are free.

Throwing yourself off cliffs in North Wales. Ever heard of coasteering? This adventure sport was invented in Wales! Clad in a wetsuit and helmet, you climb up boulders along the coast, then throw yourself into the cold water below. Worth the chill for the adrenaline rush.

Tasting Britain’s handcrafted spirits. Britain is in the middle of a spirit revolution! Most people start with whiskey tasting in Scotland, from the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh to visiting distilleries on different islands. Brits are making interesting gin, too! I went on a gin-hopping trip in England and had a wonderful time at all the distilleries.

Dancing all night long with torch-bearing vikings in Shetland. Up Helly Aa is not only the best festival I’ve attended, it’s one of the best things I’ve done on my travels, period. If you can get yourself to this festival (and into an after-party), it’s something you will remember FOREVER.

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Where to Go in England on a Solo Trip

London is great — but it’s not all England has to offer. Remember that. Also, keep in mind that northern England is culturally very different from southern England — it’s nice to experience both regions within your trip.

Okay, start in London . Spend a lot of time in London, if you will. It truly is one of the world’s greatest cities with outstanding free museums, incredible food and markets, and perhaps one of the most international communities on the planet.

Liverpool. England has so many interesting cities that aren’t named London, and Liverpool is my favorite, with cool architecture, delicious gin, nice museums, and Beatlemania. Some other big cities are Bristol, Newcastle, Manchester, and Leeds.

The Lake District.  This national park in northwest England is home to outstanding scenery, all lush and green. While England’s natural areas don’t get the attention they deserve, If you want to visit more scenic areas, consider exploring the coastline and gorges of  Cornwell and Devon .

Brighton. This colorful seaside city is just one hour from London, making it an easy day trip and fun getaway. For other easy day trips from London, check out Oxford, Cambridge, and Stonehenge (the latter easily paired with Bath).

York. This small city in Yorkshire is so adorable that it’s shopping street, The Shambles, served as inspiration for Harry Potter! Come to York to get lost in the storybook-like streets and hear the choir sing in the York Minster. If you like picture-perfect towns, consider exploring Chester, Bath, and the Cotswolds .

Scenes from the Cotswolds

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Where to go in Scotland on a Solo Trip

I won’t lie — Scotland is my favorite part of Britain, and it’s hard not to fall under its spell. You could easily spend months in Scotland and see something new every day. Here are some of the best places to visit:

Edinburgh. One of my favorite cities on the planet. It’s like a fairy tale come to life, complete with a castle on a hill. It’s incredibly beautiful and endlessly interesting, and people are so nice. It’s very Scottish while having a good international feel at the same time.

The Scottish Highlands. Most people who visit Scotland have the Highlands in mind, and for good reason. Be sure to check out Glencoe, Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness, and Loch Lomond .

Isle of Skye. This island may technically be part of the Scottish Highlands, but it deserves its own spot for its beauty and sights, like Kilt Rock’s waterfall. If you love islands, some other lovely ones are Islay, Mull, Arran, and Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides .

Dunnottar Castle. This half-ruined castle is my favorite castle in Scotland — such a gorgeous place to photograph. Some other great castles are Urqhardt Castle, Stirling Castle, and of course Edinburgh Castle .

Glasgow. This city doesn’t get as much love as Edinburgh, and the accent might be incomprehensible, but it’s a really wonderful place to visit — especially if you’re fed up with tourist crowds. Glasgow has excellent museums, shops, and food. Another nice city to check out is St. Andrews , where William and Kate went to university and fell in love!

The Shetland Islands.  Known locally known as Shetland, these stunning, carved out islands are located between Scotland and Norway. Shetlanders are very independent, claiming little allegiance to Scotland, and they throw two of UK’s best festivals (Up Helly Aa and the Shetland Folk Festival). If you’re heading this far north, you might as well check out the Orkney Islands with their interesting landscapes and archaeological sites.

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Where to Go on a Solo Trip to Wales

If you’re going to Wales, you’ll likely want to focus on either the north or the south, unless you’re planning a much longer trip to Wales. Both of these areas have a lot to offer — it’s all about what you’re into!

Snowdonia National Park. This gem of North Wales is one of the best national parks in all of Britain, and it’s full of endless beauty. If you’re here, you should consider climbing Mount Snowden — it’s very doable if you’re at an average level of fitness!

Conwy . This northern town is home to some UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins, like Conwy Castle, and the smallest house in Britain. If you’re here, be sure to check out Llangollen   or Betws-y-Coed as well.

Anglesey . This island off the coast of northwest Wales is a peaceful place known for its beaches and ruins, as well as the longest place name in the world, Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch . William and Kate made their first home here.

Cardiff. This city in the south is pretty, green a good launching base for exploring the south of Wales. Be sure to take a food tour, take a ferry to the waterfront, and eat all the Welsh cakes.

Hay-on-Wye. This small town is my favorite place in Wales — it’s filled with used bookstores and home to a literary festival! Another nice small town to visit in the south of Wales is  Laugherne , home of Dylan Thomas.

The Pembrokeshire Coast is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK — you’ll be shocked at its beauty. Places like Tenby could be straight out of the Mediterranean. Some other places to check out in Pembrokeshire include Pwll Deri, Fishguard, and Carmarthern .

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How to Meet People While Traveling in the UK

If you’re looking to meet people in the UK, you can definitely do that!  Britain may have a standoffish culture in general, but when people loosen up, they become very friendly. Plus, the whole country is full of travelers looking for people to meet. Here are some ways to meet people:

Consider staying at a social hostel.  There are tons of great hostels all over the UK, from country hideaways in rural Wales to modern chains in London. Many of these hostels offer private rooms, if dorms aren’t your thing, and quite a few of them offer tours and other activities. If there is a bar in the hostel, it will be a very social place.

Join tours.  Tours are a great way to meet new people! Whether you’re doing a food tour through London’s East End or learning about York’s spookiest spirits on a ghost tour , you’ll meet people excited to explore the local region.

Look for Couchsurfing meetup events throughout the UK. Couchsurfing isn’t just for free accommodation — they also put on meetup events where everyone is welcome. Many major cities have weekly meetups, and they always draw a great crowd.

Join a meetup on  Meetup.com . Whether you’re into travel, running, movies, board games, or just want to meet a group of nice people, there’s a Meetup for that.

Put out feelers on social media. Often a friend of yours will have a cousin or friend living somewhere in the UK who will offer to meet you for coffee, just so you know someone. Take advantage of this if you can.

Tinder. If you’re looking to date or hook up, have fun! If you’ve always wanted to date a guy or girl with a swoon-worthy accent, this is your chance!

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What to Wear in England, Scotland, and Wales

Britain is one place where you don’t need to be super-conscious of how you pack.  You don’t need to dress conservatively for any reason; you don’t need dress a level above usual like you would in Italy. If you need something, just go buy something. That said, here are some tips for what to wear in Britain and how to pack:

British women tend to dress up more. I found this was especially true in England, even in smaller towns. On many occasions I would get invited to a bar, would put on jeans and a nice top, and would find my friends wearing dresses, heels, and heavy makeup. This is just something to keep in mind. It’s a bit more relaxed in Scotland and Wales, especially in rural areas.

Be prepared for rain.  The UK is well-known for its mild, overcast, often rainy weather. You should absolutely have an umbrella at all times, as weather can change on a dime here. Lifetek makes a great, strong travel umbrella.

Sunglasses. I forgot to bring sunglasses on my first trip to Scotland, it turned out to be unusually hot and sunny, and I was shocked that I couldn’t find any sunglasses to purchase from H&M or Zara! It’s not sunny as often here, so stores don’t keep sunglasses in stock as much.

Comfortable shoes. I have bad arches so almost everything I own is from  The Walking Company . Depending on where you go in the UK, I highly recommend their orthotic flip-flops (yes, orthotic flip-flops exist and they are a GAME-CHANGER!), black ABEO flats (this brand is outstanding and they have excellent arch support) or a pair of boots . If you plan on hiking, you’ll want to bring hiking boots.

Speakeasy Travel Supply scarf.  These beautiful scarves are designed and sewn by my friend and have a hidden passport pocket in them that no thief will know exists. I love these scarves ( I even designed my own! ) and they are so good at keeping your valuables hidden.

Crossbody purse.  I recommend using a crossbody purse, made out of a tough material like leather or fake leather, that zips shut. This is the kind of purse that is much harder for thieves to snatch.  I recommend many purses in this post.

Light jacket.  You’ll need a heavy jacket for the winter months, but for spring, fall, and summer, a light jacket will do well. I found my little leather moto jacket to be ideal for Britain’s warmer months — warm enough when paired with a scarf. For cooler temperatures, I preferred my Uniqlo down puffer jacket . But if you’re going to Scotland in the winter, you’ll want a full-on heavy winter coat.

If you need to buy clothes, you have plenty of options. If your luggage is lost and you need to buy some new things, check out Primark or H&M for cheap clothes. Marks & Spencer is a few rungs up — nicer and a bit pricier.

When my luggage was lost on my trip to Inverness a few years ago, I bought a few things from Marks & Spencer to hold me over — including a dress for a formal event I had to attend. It worked out great and I still wear my M&S shirt all the time!

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Travel Insurance for the UK

Travel insurance is vital for trips to Britain — or any other country. If you get appendicitis while in Edinburgh or break your ankle while hiking up Mount Snowden, travel insurance will help you in your time of need and protect you from financial ruin. If you need to be flown home, it could save you well over $100,000.

And it’s not just about injury. If you get robbed, travel insurance can refund you for what was stolen from you. If your flights are cancelled due to weather, travel insurance can refund you. And if you have a death in the family and need to get home immediately, travel insurance will help you get home fast.  I use and recommend World Nomads travel insurance for trips to the UK.

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Britain is waiting for you!

No matter where you end up traveling, you are going to LOVE the UK. It’s beautiful and peculiar, it’s amusing and spectacular. And yeah, they drink tea and they have a queen, but by now you know it’s MUCH more than that.

Go have the time of your life! Then get back and tell me all about it.

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Getting away from the everyday grind for a holiday is something we all deserve even though it's not always the cheapest of treats.

And when it's just you, it can be even more expensive - you're essentially going to be paying double if you're not sharing with a partner or a travelling companion is unavailable. If you're after a break with family or friends, have a look at our recommended holiday parks.

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While there's nothing wrong with pitching a tent or renting a room at someone's house on Airbnb, sometimes you just want somewhere with space, your own toilet and, you know, some home comforts too. Oh, and somewhere without that dastardly invention of the 'single supplement' - which probably put the kibosh on many singletons travelling alone.

Anyway, this isn't a comment piece on the issues the world throws at single people, it's a place to find some cracking Welsh stays if you want to, or have no choice in, going away alone.

Prices correct going into autumn/winter 2021. Some places have a two or three-night minimum. There were no Covid-19 restrictions in place when this was published.

1. Heather Hut, Nolton Haven

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A beautiful, converted shepherd's hut in a campsite overlooking St Bride's Bay, Pembrokeshire.

Has a cosy double bed, cooking facilities and a toilet. Shower facilities are on site.

Prices are £80pn in September, but go down to £55pn as the low season progresses.

How to book : Find Heather on airbnb

2. The Stable, Llanwnda

Not far from Fishguard and on the Strumble Peninsula, this starts at £60 (two-night minimum) and is a cottage in a converted barn.

It's set in the Pembrokeshire National Park and is nearby to the coastal path.

How to book : The Stable is booked via airbnb

3. Little Barn, Talgarth

Tucked away in the Black Mountains, you'll have this apartment with a balcony all to yourself and there's a small garden space, too.

With its wooden beams and patio doors, it's a lovely place to have a lie in while checking out the view.

It is a three-night minimum, but it starts at £58 per night, so if you're up for a longer break in the countryside, why not?

How to book: Visit the barn's booking page.

4. Caban Bach, Saundersfoot

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How gorgeous is this place? And it's a stone's throw from the sea, too - 200m to the beach.

Even if you just want to stay in and chill, there's a lovely porch with a rocking chair as well as all the amenities you can expect.

It's a two-night minimum and £58pn in low season, it does go up slightly in the new year, but not by much at all.

How to book: Visit the Caban's airbnb page

5. Calon y Bannau, Brecon Beacons

This self-contained studio apartment is found on the Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal and is another place where you'll find a gorgeous countryside break.

It can sleep up to three people, but for a solo traveller it's absolutely ideal.

Another with a two-night minimum, but it's £55 per night, midweek, and when it's available that goes up to £60.

How to book Calon y Bannau : Check out airbnb

6. Broomhill Stables

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Broomhill is a converted barn found at a working dairy farm and at £65per night, with no minimum stay - it's a bargain.

It has views over the 320-acre farm with private access to the Cleddau estuary with BBQ area which is in a site of special scientific interest, also, it's not far from Narberth and beyond, the Pembrokeshire coast.

How to book: Visit Broomhill, here .

7. Tiny House, Cardiff

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It really is a tiny house based just outside the city centre of the capital, but it has everything you need. The price does vary between mid-week and weekend stays, but not by much (£60/65 this year) and it's a two-night minimum.

Ideal for city stays, if you're fed up of beaches and mountains on your getaways.

How to book : Book Tiny House here.

8. Russell House Apartment, Llandrindod Wells

This apartment is £42pn with no minimum stay and is in the centre of the Victorian spa town, ideal for access to Elan Valley and star gazers.

It can sleep four, too, and it's just had a revamp.

How to book: Stay at Russell's here.

9. The Rock, Capel Curig

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This is a gorgeous place to stay. Found underneath Moel Siabod and with unspoilt and awe-inspiring views of the Snowdon horseshoe from the hostel itself, The Rocks is a must book in the area.

Through 2021 they have booked by room rather than bed, but we found prices for this year from £60 for a twin or a double room with shared bathroom.

They also have gorgeous and cosy shared spaces to relax in and don't forget that view from outdoors.

How to book : Check out The Rocks' website.

10. Ty Calon, Ceredigion

A shepherd's hut and a hot tub - the ultimate chill out for a solo traveller and with lush views over the Cambrians and indoors, a cosy place to sleep and make countless cuppas - or pop some fizz.

Ty Calon has a two-night minimum and we found stays for £75pn.

How to book : Ty Calon's page is here

11. Ty Bach Twt, Snowdonia

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We love the name and this guest house which has a roof top seating area to make the most of the Snowdonia surrounds.

There are numerous footpaths directly from the property into the mountains, mountain biking and nearby riding stables, it's in the heart of one of the loveliest places in Wales.

We found stays from £51pn and there's a two-night minimum.

How to book: Twt over here for more

12. No 5 Ocean Cabins, Saundersfoot Harbour

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These cabins are found in the new Saundersfoot Harbour International Coastal Centre development, and can sleep two adults if needed.

But if it's just you, the prices start at £73pn midweek and £79pn on the weekend, they alter a little as you go though autumn and winter, but not by much.

You are right on the front of the Saundersfoot coast and, with the village not being too big all the shops, pubs and cafes are a stone's throw away.

How to book : Visit VRBO for this stay

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Why Aberystwyth Is Perfect For Solo Female Travellers

Why Aberystwyth Is Perfect For Solo Female Travellers

For the past three years, I have been living in the small Welsh town called Aberystwyth . It’s the sort of place that you’ll never find in any travel brochure – but then again, isn’t that the case with all hidden gems? I have been exploring Aberystwyth and the nearby mid-Wales by myself for the majority of these three years, and have come to the conclusion that it’s one of the safest, most exciting places to visit as a solo female traveller .

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Local mountain ranges

Aberystwyth is conveniently located between some of the most beautiful mountains in Wales – such as the Black Mountains, Snowdon, and the Brecon Beacons, to name but a few. They lend for the perfect day trip for a solo woman traveller – all you have to do is wake up early, drive the one hour it takes to get to any one of these ranges, and spend the day hiking amongst copper, coal, and flint, staring out at the breathtaking cross-country views. Another favourite mountain to visit is Carnedd Llewelyn, which features a wonderful walk dusted with red Clogau – the sort of souvenir that could earn you thousands.

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Beautiful cuisine

Welsh food is rich with diversity and flavour , and is perfect for exploring as a solo traveller. Snack on cage bach as you wander a local Welsh market, try a bowl of cockles as you sit at the beach, try out some Glamorgan sausages as you picnic atop a hill. Even try your hand at baking your own Crempogs a nd bara briths , enrolling on an evening cookery course to truly understand what makes Wales tick – you’re sure to meet likeminded foodies as you go.

When you visit Aberystwyth , you will be immediately welcomed by the tight-knit community that thrives here. Welsh people are renowned for being some of the nicest people there are – we welcome visitors with open arms, a cup of tea, and a nice warm cage bach . In places like Aberystwyth, you’re sure to never feel lonely – locals will always want to know what you’re doing, where you’re going, and why. This makes things such as nightlife a wonderful thing to experience as a solo traveller. You will immediately find yourself adopted by a group of locals, raring to take you to the dance floor. It’s like being part of a big family.

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It’s budget-friendly

Whilst our neighbours such as London and Cardiff are known for being really expensive, Aberystwyth – and pretty much every other Welsh town, come to think of it – are very budget-friendly. A cinema ticket will only put you back five pounds, and a big meal out would cost you 20 GBP maximum. You can rent out a little cottage to stay in – 50 GBP a night – and spend your evenings indulging in all the free things Wales has to offer, such as walking tours, days climbing mountains, and evenings by the beach. You name it, it’s unlikely to cost you a pretty penny.

The Welsh coastline is one of the most beautiful things that you can visit – with places such as the Gower and Swansea Bay being travel priorities. Imagine bright white sand dotted with caves and caverns, pink dolphins swimming in the distance, waterfalls cascading from the rocks behind you… it really is a fairytale experience.

I often recommend Aberystwyth as a place for solo travel because of the hospitality and the food, but these beaches are one of the main things that you cannot miss out on. It’s a beautiful experience to be able to be by yourself as you reminisce and look out to sea, and you’re sure to return home as a whole new person.

Myths and legends

Another thing that Wales is known for are its myths and legends – and Aberystwyth really is at the centre of it all. King Arthur is a legend known all across the world – but just outside of Aberystwyth is a small place called ‘King Arthur’s Labyrinth.’ As the king was rumoured to have been born and buried in Wales, it comes as no surprise that you can visit a world ‘filled with dragons, colossal giants, fierce battles and the legendary King Arthur.’ You can learn all about his history whilst being guided through the Labyrinth by a hooded boatman, living in the dreamy romanticism of Welsh history.

Another great example of myths and legends thriving in the Aberystwyth countryside is the local castle, which was built by the one and only Owain Glyndŵr, an infamous Welsh ruler who scoured the country for decades. His own legend whispers from within the 600 castles we have across the country, where tales of early Celtic ancestors still thrive. You can visit a retelling at castles across South and North-Wales, experiencing what it would have been like to live here hundreds upon hundreds of years ago, first hand.

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A love for the arts

There is a famous saying in Wales which goes ‘To be born Welsh is to be born privileged. Not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but music in your heart and poetry in your soul.’ This describes in the simplest of terms the love for the arts that the Welsh hold so dearly. We are known for our male-voice choirs, in which hoards of large men proceed to sing together, in perfect harmony, for hours on end. We have our Eisteddfods, which celebrate music, poetry, and art, and are nationwide and widely attended. We have clog dancing, an ancient Welsh dance which is still taught in schools and classes. We have famous artists such as Dylan Thomas and Catherine Jenkins, whose records are still bought in abundance. And finally, we have the most gorgeous architecture, handcrafted to perfection, with high-ceilinged galleries and marble-decorated shop roofs and oak-beamed restaurants.

It’s just one big adventure

Finally, and arguably the best reason as to why Aberystwyth is perfect for solo female travel, is that it is the perfect place to rediscover the child that still lives inside of you. Every single day in Wales is an adventure, and each day you’re bound to see something that enthrals you. Whether you walk, drive, ride a horse, or swim across Wales, you’re bound to be met with open arms, welcoming you into this place that we so lovingly call home. Aberystwyth, as one of the safest towns in the UK , is the sort of place where you can really feel yourself, and really feel at ease.

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Aberystwyth is a gorgeous hub filled with history, diversity, culture, and art – and is also one of the most overlooked places on the continent. Tourists still choose places like England and France for their European getaways, which is a real shame as Wales really does have a lot to offer. Having explored this beautiful town for three years now, I am still as in love with it as I was all those years ago.

I am excited to welcome you to our wonderful town – come on, join the family.

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This beautiful guest post was contributed by Amy Aed.

BIO: Amy is a tea-addicted traveller from Wales. She is the editor of the blog Wandering Everywhere , where she writes comprehensive guides on beautiful places, focusing on solo female travel and travelling with Crohn’s Disease.

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You can save money by staying in a low-cost hotel or hostel and splitting your expenses with other travelers. A hostel can be a great place to meet new people if you are traveling alone, but you can also use GAFFL to connect with other travelers in Wales, share costs, and travel together to save money on your solo trip to Wales.

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Solo travel is having a real renaissance right now. According to American Express’ latest Global Travel Trends report , 69 per cent of travellers are planning to go it alone this year, with women in the post-45 age bracket leading the charge. There are many reasons women choose to travel on their own: separation from a partner, a sabbatical from work, seeking empowerment and freedom, or simply wanting to do things their own way for a change.

So, if you’re looking for a yoga retreat in Spain , want to explore the Golden Triangle in India , or even snuffle for truffles in the forests of Slovenia , there are a million and one solo holiday ideas to garner inspiration from. Here are some of my favourites…

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History in Edinburgh , thronging nightlife in Glasgow, heather-strewn glens in the Highlands – Scotland is a brilliant place to explore, period. Solo adventures to be had in Scotland could include a walking holiday in Glencoe, monster-spotting in Loch Ness or island hopping around the Hebrides .

See the best of the Highlands on a four-day Good Housekeeping tour this July, which includes a ride on the world-famous Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. The train passes the stunning slopes of Ben Nevis, numerous dazzling lochs and the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct (pictured), made famous by the Harry Potter film franchise.

Other highlights of this tour include a ride on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift and a cruise along the Firth of Clyde on the PS Waverley, the world's last ocean paddle steamer.

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Spain hits the top spot as one of the easiest places to travel solo. It has Mediterranean beach resorts, buzzing cities abundant with cool bars and restaurants (like Granada, pictured), and small towns and picturesque villages that are perfect for pottering.

Add in a straightforward and reliable transport network, a plethora of solo accommodation options and friendly residents, it's easy to see why Spain is a great choice for a solo sojourn.

The Healthy Holiday Company offers numerous wellness trips throughout Spain. One of the best for solo travellers is Shanti Som, a small, boutique retreat in Andalusia. With just 15 rooms it offers an intimate experience plus has a yoga pavilion and gorgeous little spa that offers different treatments and therapies. FIND OUT MORE

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Italy is incredibly welcoming to the solo traveller. Have you read the book or seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love ? Our hero Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with the country’s great food, romantic language and utterly charming locals. Italy's also an easy country to get around in, thanks to its excellent transport network.

One of my favourite cities in Italy is Bologna (pictured). Known as La Grassa ('the fat one'), the northern city is a mecca for gastronomes . As well as feasting on hearty pasta dishes and locally-made wine, Good Housekeeping's six-day foodies tour (which begins and ends in Bologna) visits producers of Parma ham, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan, and includes an Italian cooking class in the neighbouring city of Modena.

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Considered one of the safest countries in the world, Norway is the perfect destination for solo travellers, especially those looking to embrace friluftsliv , the Norwegian concept of enjoying the great outdoors.

Like other Nordic countries, Norway is incredibly well organised, efficient and easy to traverse. It also has a fantastic, solo-friendly dining scene with a focus on home-grown, seasonal produce.

Norway is one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights , so join Good Housekeeping on this fantastic 12-day Norway cruise with no single supplement.

Departing November 2024 , you'll sail on a Hurtigruten ship, stopping off at the UNESCO-listed port of Bergen, the Lofoten Islands and Tromsø. As you cross the Arctic Circle, the chances of spotting the aurora borealis are almost guaranteed.

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Famously welcoming, Slovenia is the perfect destination when travelling alone.

Bordering Hungary, Italy, Austria and Croatia , this small but mighty country is relatively straightforward to explore, thanks to its efficient transport system. The fact that there's also plenty to see and do – and that most people speak English – means it should be on any solo adventurer’s must-visit list.

This six-day guided Slovenia adventure , departing in October 2024, is a great introduction to Central and Southeastern Europe. The trip begins and ends in Ljubljana, Slovenia's cobblestoned capital, and includes tours of Triglav National Park, Lake Bled (pictured) and the UNESCO-listed Skocjan caves.

You’ll also enjoy wine tasting in the Vipava Valley and an afternoon learning about the art of truffle hunting.

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For the original Shirley Valentine experience, look no further than Greece and its beautiful islands. Greece is ideal for solo travellers, whether you want to hoover up the ancient history in Athens or hop around the islands, relaxing on beaches and dining Shirley-style in traditional tavernas.

With an abundance of sprawling beach resorts, white-washed fishing harbours and rugged mountain villages to pick from on the islands, the hardest part is choosing which one to visit.

If you're looking to explore your creative side, check out learning holidays company Skyros . Staying in a rustic eco-lodge, this week-long holiday on Skyros (pictured), in the southern Sporades, includes creative writing sessions, stand-up comedy workshops and relaxing yoga classes.

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As our closest continental neighbours, France is a good place to start when venturing abroad solo. It's easy to get around, dining alone is welcomed and the French are very accustomed to tourists.

Follow in the footsteps of Claude Monet on this four-day Good Housekeeping holiday taking in Paris and Giverny. Great for single travellers with a passion for art, the base for the trip (departing in July 2024) is the four-star Château de Montvillargenne in the heart of the Chantilly forest.

Excursions include a visit to Château de Chantilly and the market town of Senlis plus a guided tour of Monet's gardens in Giverny (pictured) led by gardening expert and writer Paula McWaters.

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Considered to be one of the most captivating landscapes on the planet, Iceland is a must for any adventurer, including those going it alone.

With incredibly welcoming locals, Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, and offers visitors the chance to bathe in hot springs, climb sheer glaciers or come face-to-face with feisty volcanoes. To see this vast landscape in style, it's well worth joining a group tour (ideal for solo travellers) or hiring a car.

Soak in the famous Blue Lagoon (pictured), see the Skógafoss waterfall and hike up the Sólheimajökull glacier on an exhilarating five-day tour of Iceland. Hosted by Regent Holidays , this is a great option for solo travellers aiming to tick off a range of Iceland activities.

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India was one of the first countries I ever travelled around alone (talk about throwing myself in at the deep end!) and while it was challenging in parts, it was also rewarding and transformative.

Whether you're looking to hike the Himalayas, 'find yourself' through yoga and meditation on a retreat or marvel at the Taj Mahal, India's unique culture and vibrancy is bucket list-worthy.

One of the easiest ways to explore India on your own is on an escorted tour. Solos Holidays itineraries are made specifically for the single traveller, and their Splendour's of Rajasthan tour explores the Golden Triangle of Jodhpur, Jaipur and Agra. Highlights include seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise (pictured) and visiting the Amber Fort in the Aravalli Hills.

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Gorgeous white beaches, rugged national parks and perhaps the prettiest medieval walled city in the world (hello, Dubrovnik ), Croatia is one of my favourite places in Europe to explore by myself.

Croatia is an easy country to get around, whether you want to go island hopping by ferry, catch a coach along the Adriatic Coast or hire a car to explore the country’s rugged interior.

If you want to see Croatia with a some like-minded folk, consider booking an escorted tour with Just You , a solo holidays specialist. Their Croatia and the Markarska Riviera trip focuses on the Dalmatian Coast and is bookended by stays in Zadar and Dubrovnik. It also includes a brilliant boat trip to Hvar and Brac (pictured), and a visit to Krka National Park.

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10 Affordable Solo Vacations Around the World

These are the top destinations for solo travelers on a budget.

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Solo travel affords one the unique opportunity to explore at their own pace while stepping out of their comfort zone, making it one of the most rewarding and thrilling experiences. With that in mind, it’s no wonder why solo travel has become increasingly popular. But don’t just take it from us. “Kayak’s data is showing that solo travel in the U.S. continues to be a trend with a steady increase in hotel searches for one person vs. last year and vs. pre-pandemic levels (2019),” said Cara Johnson, Kayak’s consumer travel trends expert.

To determine the best affordable destinations for solo travelers, we tapped the pros over at Kayak to compile a list. From there, we narrowed down our top picks based on expert insight and research. As you peruse the list below, you’ll come across a few Caribbean destinations, as well as several cities throughout North, South, and Central America. Europe isn’t entirely out of reach either, though you’ll have to keep scrolling to see which city made the cut.

No matter where you plan on traveling solo to, Fora co-founder, T+L A-List advisor, and frequent solo traveler Henley Vazquez recommends planning “a few activities in advance so you don't feel overwhelmed with an abundance of unscheduled free time.” On the flip side, she says, "Don’t over-plan! You want to leave room for spontaneity.” She also advises saving a few locations on your phone ahead of time. That way, she says, “If you ever lose Wi-Fi or service, you know how to navigate.”

Denver, Colorado

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Average cost: $523 for flight + hotel

From scenic hiking opportunities to craft brews galore, it’s safe to say the Mile High City offers something fun for everyone. Additionally, according to Vazquez, “Denver has a great airport which makes it easy to access from almost anywhere else in the country.” Solo travelers can take their pick of outdoor activities, including hiking and biking. “While normally it's not recommended to hike off into a national park solo, Denver has loads of fantastic trails and an active hiking population, so you'll never be alone on the trail (in a good way),” she tells T+L. Art enthusiasts, meanwhile, need not miss Meow Wolf , a walk-through interactive art exhibit, which, per Vazquez, offers “a totally immersive, mind-bending experience.” Pro tip: Stretch your dollar even further by purchasing the Denver CityPass , which saves you up to 43 percent on admission to top attractions like the Downtown Aquarium and Denver Museum of Nature & Science , among others.

Calgary, Canada

Average cost: $655 for flight + hotel

Known as the gateway to the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is Alberta’s largest city — and it truly offers something for everyone. Experience a taste of Calgary’s signature cowboy culture by planning your trip around the Calgary Stampede , a world-class rodeo show, music and arts festival, and carnival that takes place each summer. However, that’s not to say the urban oasis isn’t worth visiting at other times of year. The bustling downtown area is home to plenty of restaurants and coffee shops, such as Monogram Coffee Co. and Rosso Coffee Roasters , arts and entertainment (such as The Palace Theater for live music and theatrical performances at One Yellow Rabbit ), and local shops, including the Alberta Boot Company , where travelers can snag a pair of handcrafted Western boots. Lastly, it’s worth noting that Calgary boasts North America’s largest urban pathway and bikeway network , making it easy for travelers to explore the various neighborhoods, parks, public art installations , and more via bike (read: no rental car required!).

Mexico City, Mexico

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Average cost: $660 for flight + hotel

“Part of the joy of visiting Mexico City is wandering around beautiful neighborhoods like Polanco and Roma and experiencing the local architecture and culture,” says Vazquez before adding, “You can set your own pace and wander blissfully on your own.” Mexico’s vibrant capital city is also world-renowned for its food scene and is home to several highly esteemed restaurants like Contramar and Meroma . Plus, “Finding a seat at the bar is easy if you're dining for one — you could even create your own personal food crawl!” The travel pro also recommends joining a Context Travel tour to visit the Frida Khalo house, telling T+L that “their small group tours are affordable and their guides are great.” Free attractions, including the Bosque de Chapultepec and the Palacio Nacional , also abound.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Average cost: $678 for flight + hotel

San Juan, Puerto Rico has already been named among the most affordable spots for a beach vacation , with affordable flights and hotel options to suit every type of traveler. Best of all: You don’t need a passport to visit. Solo travelers can spend their days by the beach or exploring San Juan’s majestic Old Town, where the cobblestone streets are dotted with colorful buildings, shops, restaurants, and bars, (don’t miss La Factoria for craft cocktails!). Snap photos along the Instagram-famous  “Umbrella Street" (official name: Calle de la Fortaleza) before heading to the historic Castillo San Felipe del Morro fortress, complete with sweeping ocean views. While Old San Juan makes a great home base for exploring, Condado is another excellent option for beach lovers thanks to its oceanfront locale.

Panama City, Panama

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Average cost: $730 for flight + hotel

“ Panama City offers a similar experience to visiting Mexico City, only it's a good bit smaller and less intimidating as a solo traveler,” says Vazquez. Plus, “It's relatively easy (and cheap!) to get to, and once you're there, it's easy to navigate the different neighborhoods.” She’s also quick to call out the “incredible” food and “amazing” history — and recommends all solo travelers pay a visit to the Panama Canal. While mornings are best spent sightseeing — can’t-miss attractions include the Biomuseo , the Panama Canal Museum , and the 573-acre, flora- and fauna-filled Metropolitan Natural Park   — afternoons and evenings are for bar-hopping around Casco Viejo, the city’s oldest and smallest quarter that just so happens to be teeming with nightlife. Last but not least, “The city also offers easy access to nature, so you can add on a few days for a fun outdoor adventure.”

Willemstad, Curaçao

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Average cost: $985 for flight + hotel

Pristine beaches, colorful architecture, a fascinating history, incredible diving, and a thriving arts and culture scene: Find all this and more on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. The capital city of Willemstad boasts some seriously stunning architecture done up in pastel hues, and it also serves as the gateway to beautiful beaches, including Blue Bay, which just so happens to be a beloved diving site. The isle is also home to the 1732 Mikvé-Israel-Emanuel Synagogue , the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Americas. Visitors can embark on a self-guided street art tour of the city, which is teeming with colorful murals. A meal and a cocktail at Cast Away Beach Bar Restaurant at Playa Kalki is also a must. Plus, Curaçao is considered one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly Caribbean vacation destinations .

Nassau, The Bahamas

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Average cost: $998 for flight + hotel

Like San Juan, the Bahamian capital city of Nassau was also named among the best-value warm-weather vacation destinations thanks to its abundance of affordable flight options. Plus, it’s just a quick one- to three-hour flight from most East Coast cities, making for an ideal long weekend getaway. While nearby Paradise Island is home to some pricey hotels and attractions, it is possible to explore Nassau on a budget. For one, travelers can take their pick of pristine (and free!) stretches of sand, including the 2.5-mile-long Cable Beach and the mile-long Junkanoo Beach , which is within walking distance of the city’s famous Straw Market . Additionally, on a recent trip, I partook in a slew of low-cost activities, including a visit to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and a tour of John Watling's Distillery . The Queen's Staircase is located within the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex, which dates back to the late 18th century. After trekking the 60-plus steps, head to the Fish Fry (Arawak Cay), which is lined with colorful local eateries offering local delicacies like conch fritters and sky juice cocktails (coconut water, gin, and condensed milk served over ice) for a fraction of the price you’d find in local resorts.

Santiago, Chile

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Average cost: $1,049 for flight + hotel

With the value of the Chilean peso currently so low , there’s never been a better time for budget-conscious solo travelers to consider a trip to Chile’s capital city. “Santiago is beautiful and has access to all the incredible nature Chile has to offer, including Patagonia and wine country,” says Vazquez. However, that’s not to say you need to leave the city to enjoy some of the country’s best vinos — simply snag a seat at wine bars like Bocanáriz and Barrica 94 between sightseeing tours. And, speaking of the latter, don’t miss sites like La Chascona , the former home of famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre . Also, Vazquez explains, “What's great about traveling to Chile is most of the lodges include group activities and tours, so even if you’re solo, you're still connecting with other travelers each day.” She especially recommends Tierra Atacama , which just announced a $12 million refresh, and the Explora Lodge , which offers “a rich history of sustainability, originally owned by North Face founder Douglas Tompkins.”

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Average cost: $1,053 for flight + hotel

The Icelandic capital is known for being one of the safest cities thanks to its friendly locals and low crime rates, making it a solid choice for adventure-seeking and nature-loving solo travelers. Fly there via Icelandair or PLAY , both of which offer low-cost flight options from many U.S. cities. Upon landing, hit the ground running and get exploring: Start at The National Gallery of Iceland , the famous Hallgrímskirkja church, or the National Museum of Iceland before refueling with a meal at OTO (which serves up Italian and Asian fusion) or a cup of coffee at Kaffitar or Reykjavik Röst . Also, consider renting a car or partaking in a tour to explore nearby sites like Mount Esja or the Fagradalsfjall volcano — both of which are within an hour’s drive of the city — as well as Gullfoss Falls, which is a bit further away (about an hour and 45 minutes by car) and well worth the trek. Meanwhile, Sky Lagoon is an easy 15-minute drive from the city and attracts wellness-seekers from all over with its geothermal baths.

George Town, Cayman Islands

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Average cost: $1,204 for flight + hotel

“ Sometimes, all you need is a solo beach vacation , and this is the perfect place,” Vazquez says of George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands. “You can be on the beach reading a book within 30 minutes of landing!” Located on Grand Cayman — known for its beautiful beaches and top-notch diving — this bustling port city offers an abundance of activities that run the gamut from distillery tours to pickleball. Alternatively, sun-seekers can head straight to the stunning Seven Mile Beach, while history buffs and art enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Cayman Islands National Museum and The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands , respectively. Consider visiting in the summer or early fall, which coincides with the island’s low season. The result? Cheaper flights, lower rates on lodging, and fewer crowds.

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Discover the transformative power and life-changing benefits of solo travel. From the thrill of embracing independence to the beauty of serendipitous encounters, like finding unexpected friendships in foreign lands, ignite your wanderlust all on your own.

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Embracing Independence

Solo travel forces you to rely on yourself, make decisions, and navigate unfamiliar places. It’s a profound way to discover your strengths and weaknesses, often leading to a newfound confidence. You’ll return home with stories of how you conquered challenges alone, a testament to your resilience.

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Cultural Immersion

You’re more likely to interact with locals and immerse yourself in the culture when alone. Each conversation and cultural practice you engage in offers a deeper understanding of the world, opening your eyes to the beauty of diversity. You’ll collect souvenirs and invaluable insights into human connections.

image credit: Sergii Figurnyi/Shutterstock <p><span>Social media exposes family members to global political perspectives, which can be vastly different from local or national views. Family members may adopt these global views, leading to a clash with family members who have a more local or national perspective. This can lead to debates over global versus local priorities, fueling family disputes.</span></p>

Unmatched Freedom

Solo travel means no compromising. Want to wake up at dawn to catch the sunrise or spend hours in a museum? It’s all up to you. This freedom allows for a personalized journey where every choice enhances your unique experience.

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Mindfulness and Reflection

Traveling alone offers uninterrupted time for self-reflection. Whether you’re sitting at a café in Paris or hiking through the Himalayas, the quiet moments allow for profound introspection. You’ll come to understand your thoughts and feelings more deeply, often returning with a refreshed perspective on life. These moments of solitude are where the whispers of your soul become clear.

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Overcoming Fears

Stepping into the unknown is scary, but solo travel pushes you to face those fears head-on. Each day is an opportunity to challenge yourself in new ways, whether it’s trying exotic food or navigating a foreign transit system. Overcoming these fears is empowering, leading to a more courageous version of yourself.

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Unforgettable Memories

Every solo trip is a collection of unique stories and experiences that you’ll cherish forever. From the stranger who helped you find your way to the sunset that left you in awe, these memories become a part of who you are. They’re not just tales to tell but life lessons learned along the way. You’ll find joy in recounting these adventures for years to come.

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Learning to Enjoy Your Own Company

Solo travel teaches you to enjoy being with yourself. Dining alone, exploring, or simply sitting in silence becomes enjoyable. You’ll discover hobbies and interests you never knew you had, and you’ll find comfort in your own thoughts and company.

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Flexibility and Adaptability

When traveling alone, plans can change in an instant. This teaches you to be flexible and adapt to new situations quickly. You’ll learn that sometimes unplanned events lead to the most memorable experiences. Each twist and turn is a lesson in going with the flow and finding joy in the unexpected.

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Deepened Self-Understanding

Solo travel is as much an inward journey as it is an outward one. You’ll confront your limitations, push your boundaries, and discover your true desires and dislikes. This deep self-knowledge is invaluable, guiding you in making more aligned choices in life.

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Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills

When you’re the only one you can rely on, you become a quick thinker and an efficient problem-solver. Missed a train? You’ll figure out another route. Lost your wallet? You’ll navigate the situation with newfound resourcefulness. These skills are not just useful for travel but for life in general.

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The Joy of Unexpected Friendships

Solo travelers often find themselves forming fast, intense friendships with people from around the world. These connections, born from shared experiences and mutual understanding, often last a lifetime. You’ll return home with memories with friends in far-flung places, expanding your global community.

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The Beauty of Serendipity

You’re more open to chance encounters and serendipitous events when you’re alone. Perhaps it’s an invitation to a local wedding or a tip about a hidden beach. These unexpected moments often become the highlight of your trip, teaching you to appreciate the beauty of randomness.

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Discovering Your Passions

As you explore new places and try new things, you’ll uncover passions and interests you never knew you had. Maybe it’s a love for Italian cooking or a fascination with ancient architecture. These discoveries can shape your future, influencing your career choices, hobbies, and even your lifestyle back home.

image credit: Drazen Zigic/Shutterstock <p><span>Be mindful of the people and media you expose yourself to. Negative influences can quickly sap your motivation. Surround yourself with positivity and sources of inspiration to maintain a motivated mindset.</span></p>

The Art of Letting Go

Solo travel teaches you to let go of expectations and control. You learn to embrace the moment, whatever it may bring. This ability to let go and live in the present is a powerful tool for happiness and peace, extending far beyond the trip itself.

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A Sense of Achievement

Completing a solo journey is an achievement in itself. You’ve navigated foreign lands, overcome obstacles, and managed all on your own. This sense of accomplishment boosts your confidence and self-esteem, making you feel like you can tackle anything life throws your way.

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Increased Compassion and Empathy

Exposure to different cultures and ways of life increases your empathy and understanding of others. You’ll return with a more compassionate outlook, able to see things from multiple perspectives. This enhanced empathy makes you a better friend, family member, and global citizen.

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A Break from Technology

Solo travel often means less time glued to screens and more time experiencing the world around you. This digital detox allows you to connect more deeply with your surroundings and yourself. You’ll realize how much life there is to live outside the confines of a device.

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Rekindling Your Creativity

New experiences and environments stimulate your creativity. Whether it’s writing, photography, or just thinking more creatively, solo travel provides the inspiration and space you need to explore your artistic side. Many travelers find they return home with a renewed passion for their creative pursuits.

image credit: sven-hansche/shutterstock <p>Every day on the road brings new insights into who you are and what you want from life. You’ll face challenges that reveal your true character and have experiences that clarify your values and goals. This journey of self-discovery is perhaps the most precious gift of solo travel.</p>

The Thrill of Self-Discovery

Every day on the road brings new insights into who you are and what you want from life. You’ll face challenges that reveal your true character and have experiences that clarify your values and goals. This journey of self-discovery is perhaps the most precious gift of solo travel.

image credit: Ground Picture/Shutterstock <p><span>Social media platforms have become echo chambers, where users predominantly encounter viewpoints similar to their own. These digital bubbles reinforce existing beliefs, making it difficult for users to be exposed to diverse perspectives. As a result, cultural divides are deepened, with each side less understanding of the other.</span></p>

A Changed Perspective on Home

Returning from a solo trip often means seeing your home with fresh eyes. You appreciate the little things more and may feel inspired to make changes in your life or community. This new perspective can lead to significant personal growth and a deeper appreciation of your origins.

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The Call of Adventure

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  1. Why Wales is a Perfect Destination for Solo Travelers

    I chose Wales as my next solo travel destination because, honestly, it's a destination that doesn't get a great deal of publicity and I'm always up for a challenge. After my trip to the Hebrides in Scotland, I dreamed of another visit to the United Kingdom. I knew Wales would be the perfect place to commune with nature — plus, it has ...

  2. Why Wales is one of the best places to travel alone

    Wales prides itself on its reputation as a welcoming, inclusive nation. This generally makes the country a safe place to travel solo, and also one where, if you so choose, you won't find yourself alone for long. Visitors tend to have little trouble striking up a conversation with friendly locals in cosy pubs and cafes, or simply exchanging a ...

  3. Why Wales Is A Perfect Destination For Solo Travelers

    In Wales, solo travelers are well-served with a wide range of options that cater to their specific needs and preferences. Many accommodations in Wales are solo-friendly and strive to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for solo travelers. Whether you prefer the convenience of hotels, the warmth of bed and breakfasts, or the ...

  4. Your Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel in Wales

    The United Kingdom is noted for its priciness, but don't let that stop you! There is decent public transportation (just £3.20 round-trip for the 32A bus from Cardiff to the Fagan Open-air Museum), the bus to Heathrow was only £21, and Welsh cakes across the street from the Castle were only £.50 pence! If you stay in the city center ...

  5. A Solo Travellers Guide To North Wales

    North Wales offers solo travellers plenty of landscapes to explore, like Snowdonia National Park. Alexis James 29 March 2022. Once known as the Kingdom of Gwynedd, North Wales is steeped in both national and natural history. You might learn of its industrial heritage via a zipline. You might snap selfies from its highest peak.

  6. BEST Wales Itinerary! How To Spend 1 Week in Wales!

    Best time to visit Wales. How to get around Wales. Day 1 - Cardiff. Day 2 - Brecon Beacons. Day 3 - Pembrokeshire. Day 4 - Pembrokeshire. Day 5 - Drive From South Wales to North Wales. Day 6 - Eryri National Park (Snowdonia National Park) Day 7 - Llandudno & Conwy.

  7. The Ultimate Cardiff (Wales) Solo Travel Guide

    The capital and largest city of Wales, with a population of ~362,000. Known as the greenest city in the United Kingdom. Made a city in 1905, it is the political, commercial, ... Great bars for solo traveler: La Pantera (mezcal, cocktails), Flute & Tankard (cozy pub), Cambrian Tap, Old Arcade, Tiny Rebel Cardiff, City Arms, and Mad Dog Brewery ...

  8. Is Wales Worth Visiting Solo? Solo Female Travel in Wales

    Solo Female Travel in Wales. Located in the southwest of the United Kingdom, Wales is a compelling travel destination known for its rugged coastline, mountainous national parks, and distinctive Welsh culture, encompassing its unique Celtic language and vibrant traditions. Wales's picturesque landscape includes the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire ...

  9. Solo Travel in North Wales

    Solo travel in North Wales is a unique and rewarding experience that offers the chance to explore at your own pace and on your terms. With its beautiful landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, North Wales is a destination that should be on every solo traveller's bucket list.

  10. Cottages for Solo Travel and Solo Travellers

    Castle Penthouse. Click for more. Bookings from £323. Guest Rating: 4.9/5. Sleeps 2. No Dogs. Wifi. Views of Conwy Castle, views of the sea and the mountains all from a spacious, luxury, penthouse apartment for two in the former Deganwy Castle Hotel. Castle Penthouse is just 200 meters from Deganwy….

  11. 9 Best Wales Tours for Singles / Solo Travelers

    Wales Tours for Solo / Single Travelers. Dates & length Places Filters. 9 Wales tours for Singles / Solo Travelers with 87 reviews View Map . Explorer Family Historical Christmas & New Year +1 Discover Wales 5-Day Small-Group Tour from London 4.7 (74 traveler reviews) "Prompt and friendly communication prior to the trip. ...

  12. Solo Female Travel in England, Scotland, and Wales

    Absolutely — England, Scotland, and Wales are some of the BEST destinations for first-time solo female travelers. English is the local language, there's excellent travel infrastructure, it's easy to get around, and there are plenty of travelers doing the same thing you are. If you've never traveled solo in your life, England, Scotland ...

  13. Solo Travel Destination: Hay-on-Wye, Wales

    Thank you to Visit Wales for sponsoring this trip. As always, the opinions and experiences are my own. Solo Travel Destination Rating System. Safety - 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.). Language - 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare). Navigation - 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit ...

  14. 12 lush places for solo travellers to stay without breaking the bank

    10. Ty Calon, Ceredigion. A shepherd's hut and a hot tub - the ultimate chill out for a solo traveller and with lush views over the Cambrians and indoors, a cosy place to sleep and make countless ...

  15. Wales

    Solo Travel Destination: Hay-on-Wye, Wales. October 27, 2016 by Tracey Nesbitt. Two solo travelers visiting Hay-on-Wye, Wales at different times are equally charmed by the galleries, cafes, winding streets, and many, many bookshops. ... The content of Solo Traveler and any resources published by Solo Traveler are meant for entertainment and ...

  16. 7 Best Northern Wales Tours for Singles / Solo Travelers

    7 Northern Wales tours for Singles / Solo Travelers with 93 reviews View Map . Explorer Family Historical Christmas & New Year +1 Discover Wales 5-Day Small-Group Tour from London 4.7 (74 traveler reviews) "His knowledge, humour and punctuality was impressive." Megan, traveled in May 2024 ...

  17. Why Aberystwyth Is Perfect For Solo Female Travellers

    Would you explore Aberystwyth as a solo female traveler? This beautiful guest post was contributed by Amy Aed. BIO: Amy is a tea-addicted traveller from Wales. She is the editor of the blog Wandering Everywhere, where she writes comprehensive guides on beautiful places, focusing on solo female travel and travelling with Crohn's Disease.

  18. Best Solo Trips in Wales

    Find Solo Travelers in Wales, Share Costs, & Travel Together Search Travelers From 190+ Countries Have Started Over 40000 Trips on GAFFL How A Trip Works On GAFFL. Find Solo Travelers in Wales Browse through solo trips in Wales. You can also start your own trip in minutes

  19. The Coast and Highlands of North Wales for Solo Travellers

    Travel solo without charges! Book today. Book with confidence - Your money is secure. Need help with your booking? Call 01709 249 698. Holiday Type. ... The Coast and Highlands of North Wales for Solo Travellers. Discover Llandudno and Chester, visit Penrhyn Castle, and enjoy a ride on the Ffestiniog Steam Railway on this fantastic 6-day break. ...

  20. The BEST North Wales Solo travelers' tours 2023

    Solo travelers' tours. Our most recommended North Wales Solo travelers' tours. 1. From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour ...

  21. Wales Single Friendly Vacations

    Why is Wales a top destination for solo travel? Looking to explore on your own? Create your own specialized independent itinerary, or join a singles friendly tour, below are some suggested itineraries that are perfect for the solo traveller. Single Friendly. 1 Trip Available

  22. 2 Best Wales Solo Trips and Holiday Packages 2024/2025

    The best solo trips and solo holidays to Wales. Traveling alone? Choose from 2 solo trips and holiday packages in Wales, the perfect way to meet like-minded solo travelers.

  23. 10 Safe Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

    If you're into outdoor sports, try a solo hike on the Pembrokeshire coast. Cardiff, the capitol, also offers a number of theaters (including the famous Millennium Center), museums, sports arenas, and shopping centers. For more information about solo travel in Wales, visit Why Wales is a Perfect Destination for Solo Female Travelers.

  24. The best solo travel destinations from a long-time solo traveller

    The best solo travel destinations, according to a long-time solo traveller. Travelling alone can be one of life's most rewarding experiences, says Tracey Davies, editor of 101 Singles Holidays.

  25. 10 Cheap Solo Vacations Around the World

    "Kayak's data is showing that solo travel in the U.S. continues to be a trend with a steady increase in hotel searches for one person vs. last year and vs. pre-pandemic levels (2019)," said ...

  26. 21 Empowering Reasons to Embark on Solo Travel

    Solo travel forces you to rely on yourself, make decisions, and navigate unfamiliar places. It's a profound way to discover your strengths and weaknesses, often leading to a newfound confidence.