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Valentine’s Day is almost here. How do I know? I’m already out of Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts. So while I consider whether to buy myself another bag or wait to see if Cupid’s gonna show his face this year, let’s look at some of the most romantic places I’ve traveled to. Alone.
7. Of course, there’s Paris.
My first trip to Paris was just a long layover by myself. I raced to the Trocadero at sunrise to get some pretty pictures of the Eiffel Tower. And I wasn’t the only one. I got to watch this couple set up for the wedding photos. Although chances were good they’re just models.
Sunset reflects off of Paris’ Sacre Coeur Basilica. This is also THE spot to get a view of the entire city. People were picnicking, drinking wine and listening to music with their loves. I just took selfies.
The Palace of Versailles might seem like a stretch for Romantic Destinations to people who’ve actually visited here. I mean, crowds of tourists wearing headsets and posing with nude statues is hardly romantic. But I found myself daydreaming about meeting my prince at a royal ball. If that ain’t romance…
6. Vigan City, the Philippines
Old towns always feel more romantic than new cities. The cobblestone streets make you walk a little slower and take in the scene. And horse-drawn carriages make that clip-clop sound like a beating heart. Vigan has live music at night and delicious empanadas during the day. Perfect for two. Or a really hungry one who doesn’t mind buying her own drinks.
Vigan also has a black sand beach perfect for reenacting From Here to Eternity. Or The Lady in the Water.
See some of my favorite sunrise pics here.
5. Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is home to a few palaces — one with a magical well, gorgeous views of the fairy tale town, and the best Pizza Hut I’ve ever eaten in.
4. Bali, Indonesia
In Bali, you can rent a private villa with a pool for a couple hundred bucks a night. Of course I didn’t do that, since a couple hundred bucks is my budget for the week. But my scooter ride to see the rice terraces was very cool. I rode past couples really enjoying the trip. I had to shove my afro into a helmet that was way too small and ended up with a headache. But that’s the way love goes.
3. Aveiro, Portugal
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Portugal’s on my list twice. I’m in love with this country. Aveiro was billed as the Venice of Portugal. That’s a stretch. But its canals, beautiful beaches and good food made it a definite hit.
Read more about my beloved Portugal, and why you’ll love it here.
2. Sydney, Australia
Finding a private spot in Sydney is literally a walk in the park. Sunset in the Royal Botanic Gardens sets the trees on fire.
And the gardens end with this view of the city.
See some adorable Aussie animals here.
1. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is the most romantic place I’ve been. And that’s an accomplishment, since the city’s most popular foods, cabbage and sausage, don’t work in its favor. But everywhere you go in Budapest has an amazing view.
The gorgeous opera house has inexpensive tickets for a date night out. Gelato comes in the shape of a rose.
And beautiful architecture overlooks other beautiful architecture.
The pedestrian bridges are perfect for strolling hand-in-hand com sue amor. And you can lock it down while you’re here.
I took all of these photos with my iPhone 5s. You can see how grainy some of the lowlight pictures came out. For my trip to South Africa, I upgraded to a Nikon Coolpix digital camera. It’s still a simple point and shoot. But with better zoom and lowlight results than my smartphone, and way cheaper than a DSLR.
If romantic holidays for one aren’t your thing, read about Tinder dating all over the world here.
Being a solo female traveler means I get to see the most beautiful places in the world. Sometimes I wish I had someone to share the experiences with, but they’d probably also want some of my Reeses’s chocolate. So, I’m good.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Travel Buddy!
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