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4 Best Places to Travel Alone

Planning a solo travel trip? You have to visit these best places to travel alone.

Once you experience one of these cities alone, you’ll have a new found love and understanding of not only yourself, but also the world and its many destination spots for solo travelers. What exactly makes a destination a great one for solo travelers? Landscape, history, culture, etc. just to name a few. We like to think that if a place can offer personal growth through experiences alone, then that is enough to want to visit it.

Here are the 4 best places to travel alone:

Portland, Oregon

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Is West Coast the best coast? If you’re talking about Portland, Oregon, then you might be right. Portland has become an affordable destination city with its love of both city life and nature. While you’re traveling alone, be sure to stop by this bike-commuting city that believes in this mantra: “Keep Portland Weird.”

Things to do & places to see:

  • See Portland’s skyline by kayaking downtown.
  • Stop and smell the roses—”City of Roses” to be more specific.
  • Fall in love with your favorite book all over again at Powell’s City of Books.
  • People-watch and stroll through Northwest District.

Dublin, Ireland

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Ireland’s Cap City and epicenter is so vibrant and full of culture that you won’t even realize you’re alone. Because Ireland is smaller, you can make day trips to other parts of the country to see castles, cliffs, museums and so much more. With its deep rooted history, Dublin is a place you want to visit at least once in a lifetime. Why not make that trip a solo one?

Things to do & places to see:

  • Take in the beauty at Cliffs of Moher.
  • Drink a perfect pint (or several) of Guinness at Guinness Storehouse.
  • The drinking isn’t over yet… Pub crawl, anyone? Meet fellow beer enthusiasts at The Brazen Head.
  • Stay at a hostel to save money and to meet new people.

Toronto, Canada

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Looking to splurge a bit on yourself? You deserve it. Toronto can be more expensive than most trips, where prices are comparable to that of NYC or LA. Fortunately, you can save a lot by traveling on foot, by bike or public transportation.

Things to do & places to see:

  • Check out the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere, and enjoy a hands-free walk on the outside ledge of the tower.
  • Hop on a ferry and see the Toronto islands, a collection of eight islands.
  • Go to one of the best markets in the world, St. Lawrence Market.
  • Expand your mind at one of Toronto’s museums, like Royal Ontario Museum.

San Francisco, California

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Whatever happened to predictability? This Full House-embracing city is perfect for solo travelers who want to wind down and relax in a city full of generally happy people. If you enjoy walking, then bring your favorite pair of walking shoes and get ready to fall in love with San Fran.

Things to do & places to see:

  • Experience where the hippie movement derived at Haight-Ashbury.
  • Brunch at one of the best brunch spots, Mission Beach Cafe.
  • Check out the breathtaking and iconic view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Take a much needed hike at Lands End, perhaps the best hike and trail in all of San Fran.

 

When you travel alone, make even more time for yourself.

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Pick 5 | Food Worth Traveling For: Ice Cream Edition

Make your trip to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams sundae.

In light of Spring starting this week, we’re already dreaming of higher temperatures, sunny skies, and blooming tulips and daffodils. It may still cold outside throughout most of the country, but that won’t stop us from thinking about that quintessential warm weather food: ice cream. And not just any ice cream. We pick five spots across the country where the frozen treat is elevated to an art form. Make arriving at your destination even easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.

1. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams | Columbus, Ohio
Make your trip to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.With 11 locations in Ohio, 3 in Nashville, 1 in Chicago and 1 in Atlanta, the popularity of Jeni’s Ice Creams is reaching new heights, and it’s easy to see why. Flavors like Brambleberry Crisp, made with a sweet-tart jam of blackberries and black currants; Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, finished with wine bottled in northern Ohio; and The Milkiest Chocolate in the World (we won’t argue!) are made from grass-grazed Ohio cream and local produce, and have earned Jeni’s legions of fans. Can’t make it to a Scoop Shop? They ship! >> Find out more about Jeni’s

Make your trip to Van Leeuwen's in Brooklyn easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.

Van Leeuwen’s sunny ice cream truck. Image courtesy Flickr user Makerbot.

2. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream | New York City, New York
What began as a traveling food truck business is now six food trucks and three stores. Their 18-percent-butterfat vanilla is made with organic beans aged in vodka. Flavors are made using only fresh hormone and antibiotic free milk and cream, cane sugar and egg yolks. Even their disposable goods are made from 100% renewable resources. Good news – they they are expanding to Los Angeles where you’ll be able to enjoy their food truck goodness year-round! >> Find more about Leeuwen

Make your trip to Bi-Rite Creamery Market in San Francisco easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.

Bi-Rite Creamery goodness. Image courtesy Flickr user Stefan Krasowski.

3. Bi-Rite Creamery | San Francisco, California
The Bi-Rite Creamery is part of the historic Bi-Rite Market that first opened in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1940. The Creamery opened its doors about a decade ago, and were the first ice cream shop in the city to use organic milk and cream from the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi. Flavors rarely have more than five ingredients and are selected when in season from local farms. Balsamic Strawberry might be one of their most popular flavors, but they won’t serve it when berries aren’t at their peak! As it says on their website, “We strive to create unique and delicious flavors with local, handmade and organic ingredients in a responsible and sustainable way.” >> Find out more about Bi-Rite Creamery

Make your trip to Bassetts Ice Cream in Philadelphia easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.

Bassetts Ice Cream in Reading Terminal Market. Image courtesy Flickr user bigbirdz.

4. Bassetts Ice Cream Company | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Established in 1861, Bassetts claims to be the oldest ice cream company in America. They have been at their current location in the historic Reading Terminal Market since 1893. Churned with quality ingredients (and love), the 16 1/2-percent butter fat butterscotch vanilla is worth every calorie. President Obama stopped there a few years ago – his pick was mint chocolate chip. >> Find out more about Bassetts

Make your trip to Four Seas Ice Cream in Cape Cod easier by skipping the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and find these ice cream gems the moment you land.

Four Seas Ice Cream has been welcoming vacationers since 1934. Image courtesy Flickr user Peter Yenney.

5. Four Seas Ice Cream | Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Picture an old-fashioned ice cream shop that you visit on your way back from the beach, when you have salt in your hair and sand caked on in between your toes. That’s Four Seas, a Cape Cod must-stop for beach-goers since 1934. It’s located in a quaint cottage that was once a blacksmith shop. The owner provides scholarship for his young staffers, who are selected based on recommendations form the local school board. They serve 32 flavors, some of them unique, such as Frozen Pudding and Cantaloupe, along with the basics. In fact, Four Seas invented chocolate chip ice cream, and we are all the better for it. >> Find out more about Four Seas

What’s your favorite ice cream shop? Is it one in your home town where you take visiting friends? Or one out of town that you can’t bear to skip? Share with us below!