Brace yourselves – the storm of starry-eyed romantics, displaying affection in public, is coming. For people who are in a relationship, this Valentine’s Day might be the perfect time to express their love for their partners. But for other folks who are single, this occasion may seem a bit, well, cringe-worthy. It doesn’t have to be.
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love in different forms. It can be love for a spouse. It can be love for parents, siblings, kids, and friends. It can be a love for the community. Lastly, it can be love for yourself.
Traveling is one of the best things you can do to show how much you love yourself. Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck at home, binge-watching series and avoiding social media. Go out. Explore. Visit places and do activities that spark joy.
Where to go and what to do this Valentine’s Day? Here are travel tips ideally suited for singles this season of love.
1. Travel to a nearby off-season getaway for the weekend
Take a weekend trip to somewhere near yet away from the city – somewhere close to your heart. Just make sure to go “off-peak” to enjoy cheaper rates and less crowd (unless you’re ready to mingle.)
If you don’t want smooching couples to rain on your parade, there are utterly cheesy, thus crowded destinations and activities to avoid. Skip fancy flower and chocolate shops, candlelit restaurants, secluded resorts, tall towers, malls, bay view parks, and romantic hotels. Avoid travel packages that say something like “romantic champagne dinner for two.”
Instead, go hiking.Search for underrated beach resorts with exciting daytime activities and great nightlife. Visit museums and historical destinations with interesting architectures. Don’t forget to bring a tripod or mono pod to take beautiful photos.
2. Try blood-rushing travel activities for the first time
When was the last time you did something daring for the first time? Take advantage of the freedom you have and do something you’ve been dreading to try.
There are travel activities that don’t need a partner to enjoy. Find a hiking trail and explore with strangers and take great pictures along the way. Don’t just chill by the shore – learn surfing, paddle boarding, and other waterspouts. Go skydiving. If that’s too nerve-racking (and expensive) for you, you may try zip line.
3. Fall in love…with animals
It’s amazing how an animal can change your life – and make you feel like you’re not alone in this world. Aside from bonding with your pet, you may enjoy visiting an animal sanctuary, a safari, or an octogenarian. You can also drink coffee at a pet cafe nearby.
4. Go have a relaxing staycation in the city
Can’t travel far? Book a hotel room in the city all for yourself.
Enjoy the view of the skyscrapers from your balcony. Use hotel amenities including in-room television with free movies, roof deck swimming pool, spas, and buffet. You can also go out to nearby establishments, like restaurants, cafes, and pubs, malls, cinemas, and museums have the time of your life.
5. Give yourself a wellness retreat
Devote the entire day for relaxing to treat your body, mind, and senses – you deserve it after a long week of working non-stop.
If a hotel accommodation is too expensive, go to a spa for a rejuvenating massage. Get facial treatment. Go to a hair and nail salon for a quick makeover. Go shopping. At the end of the day, pamper yourself with a glass of wine or champagne. Or hot chocolate or tea, if you don’t drink
6. Master the art of solo dining
Avoid candlelit restaurants, they say, for they’ll be packed with lovers this Valentine’s Day. But what if you want to treat yourself a plate of juicy steak and a glass of wine? Here are the tips for enjoying yourself at a restaurant.
- Rule number one: Don’t mind them and go treat yourself with your favorite dish and liquor.
- Avoid encountering couples by going for lunch instead of dinner.
- If you’re in a fancy restaurant with no entertainment or whatsoever, make sure to bring any reading material or any source of entertainment. You can also take out your phone, take great photos, and edit them like a pro.
- You may also go to casual coffee joints where you can enjoy your alone time at peace.
- Check out night markets for interesting food offerings, which may suit your palate.
- If you’re at a bar, choose a counter seat. Chat with service people. You can even chat with another solo diner.
7. Go to bars/clubs with entertainment
Dining places with live performances are perfect for solo travelers, who are sick of looking bored and lonely when dining alone.
They also provide great value for time and money, since you can enjoy great food and entertainment at the same time. Find a bar with stand-up comedy acts, jazz, rock, or acoustic band performances, spoken poetry, and other forms of performing arts which suit your taste.
8. See your favorite musicians live
Music buff? Celebrate V-Day with your favorite artists. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a pricey concert – it can be a music festival, free outdoor shows, or gigs at a local bar.
9. Attend day workshops
Do you want to learn how to make chocolates? Or be your own bartender by learning how to mix cocktails? Do you want to take your skills in photography or painting to the next level? A day of learning more about something you’re passionate about and/or something new and exciting pays off in the long run.
10.Travel with friends and/or family
Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to travel alone. Gather your single friends, guys, and girls, and plan a getaway. Rent out a vacation home, a huge hotel room, or go camping with a bonfire on. Make music, drink, play games, and be merry.
Okay, so your friends have other plans. Don’t fret – spend time with your family. You can go third-wheeling with your parents or plan a family getaway out of town.
Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive and far. A plus point: It’ll be cheaper since you get to share the expenses.