Going Solo: The Adventure Awaits.

Life, Travel

Travelling

Deciding to travel on your own is a brave and bold thing to do.  Especially if you are a woman. It is, however, incredibly rewarding and is a brilliant way of exploring other cultures, getting to know the people and finding a little inner peace.

Family holidays or a trip away with your friends are great fun and give us lots of brilliant memories to take home and enjoy, but packing your bags and heading off on an adventure without having to worry about anyone other than you, is a truly great experience.  It doesn’t matter where you are heading, there is adventure out there, so let’s take a look at a couple of great destinations for one person breaks.

Grabbing yourself a little European culture is a brilliant first step for first time lone rangers.  Cities such as Paris or Venice demand more attention than a beach side resort.  With endless architecture such as the Eiffel Tower in France or the stunning galleries of Venice, you can take an easy stroll on your own time without being concerned by your travelling companions not sharing your love of a little arts and culture tourism.  Rome is another fantastically romantic city for the single traveller.  You can spend hours people watching at the gorgeous Trevi Fountain where legend has it that by throwing a coin into the water, you are insured a return trip to Rome.  It is a place that will capture your heart and inspire you regardless of your personality.  Just keep yourself up to date with safety travel advice, nothing comes for free in the tourist areas and whilst you might be showered in roses as you walk through the cobbled streets, bear in mind there is a price to pay for their affection!

If you fancy something that packs an adrenalin punch then setting off on a skiing adventure is going to tick all your boxes.  Whilst a lot of the accommodation is prepped for larger parties there are plenty of shared chalet’s for you to find yourself a spot in.  If you do a little research online, you may even be able to bag yourself something more luxurious with other solo travellers looking to meet up.  Chalet La Varappe in Meribel is a super luxurious place to find yourself in and meeting up with other, like minded, adventurers to share stories with could bring you back the warmth after a cold day.  One of the most fun things you can do at any ski resort is strap on a backpack and head off piste.  Trekking through the mountains Nordic style will blow the fuzz out of your mind and walking to the top of piste will offer you a perfect spot for a little bit of ‘on top of the world’ yoga.  Perfect for resetting your mind and finding a few answers to any questions that have been playing on you.

When travelling alone it is important to keep yourself safe.  Learn about the troublesome areas of your destination and make sure your friends and family know where you are going and that you stay in regular contact with them.  You also need to make sure you have good insurance, incase anything goes wrong.

 


*This post was contributed by Sam Watts.

Florence.

Life, Travel

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I’m currently having a lazy Sunday under a blanket, watching Gossip Girl whilst bolts of lightening and rain falls outside. As much as I enjoy the sound and love a good storm, it has made me think about what I was doing this time last year. This has me reminiscing about the trip my Mum and I took to Florence. (I apologise for the photography! This was when I didn’t know how to take very good photos and the quality is shocking!)

We only visited Florence for the weekend and we could have done with an extra day or two to explore more of it’s beauty.
I would say it’s more of a trip/break than a holiday as such, as it’s somewhere to go to ‘sight-see’ the amazing history and culture, rather than stay in a hotel and lay around a pool. We stayed in the centre of Florence and it was nice to be so central. The San Lorenzo Church is literally next door so it was lovely to be so near.

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We spent our time in Florence visiting all of the greatest treasures. We pretty much walked around the whole of Florence by the end of the weekend so, we managed to see most of the landmarks. I photographed a lot but, to be honest everywhere you look in Florence there is beauty and history so it was impossible to capture everything. In addition, we went on a dusk trip around Florence’s greatest landmarks which included dinner. It was great to have a tour guide who was from Florence. He was so passionate about his city and knew so much. It was really amazing to listen to his knowledge and hear how proud he was of his home. If I had to pick, my favourite parts would be- Michelangelo Square (The view!!!!) and the Uffizi Gallery.

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I felt as if everyone in Florence really appreciated where they were and the ground they were walking on- including the locals. Everyone was taking in the history and beauty. Which is something I don’t see as much in London, people do not appreciate the city as much (me being one of them.) Florence made me realise I like art and history a lot more than I thought I did and also, that I needed to try and see the beauty and history in everywhere I go.

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Obviously I have to mention the food, it’s Italy! The food was amazing, everywhere we went was real traditional Italian food- SOOO good. (Not to mention the Gelato!!!!!)

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It really was what I expected it to be- pretty cobbled narrow streets, good food and drinks, friendly Italians, traditional Italian street music, fashion, sun and culture.

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Florence is  filled with class, sophistication, art and true history. It really is one of-if not the most beautiful places I have visited. It has the whole package and the perfect balance. I hope one day in the near future I will be reunited with the city.

Firenze, sei sempre nel mio cuore – Florence, forever in my heart.”