Celebrate Singles’ Day on November 11th by booking a Solo Travel Adventure


Every year on November 11th, singles from all over the world celebrate being young, wild and free during Singles’ Day, the day that encourages solo travel as a fantastic adventure like no other.

Two fifths (43%) of Canadian travellers reported in a recent Booking.com study that they’d like to visit a destination that none of their friends have been to before. Singles’ Day may be the perfect time to get that jump on your clique and venture out on your own for an adventure to remember. Bring a book, good music, and an open mind, and start exploring some of the world’s best places to visit as a party of one.

City Trip – Portland, USA

Known for its quirky food trucks, delicious doughnuts, unbeatable craft beer scene and stunning surrounding nature, the bike-friendly city of Portland, Oregon is full of friendly people and activities you’ve always wanted to, but never got around to doing — perfect for solo travellers. 31% of Canadian travellers plan to visit a destination that make them feel like a kid again in 2019, according to recent Booking.com research. Portland may be the perfect destination to bring that youthful experience travellers seem to be craving.

Where to stay: McMenamins Kennedy School offers unique accommodation in a historic elementary school. Guests can relax at the heated saltwater soaking pool, watch a movie at the on-site movie theater or just meet new people in one of the property’s bars and restaurants.

Sightseeing – Rome, Italy

History, ancient monuments, architecture and food are some of the main reasons to visit the Eternal City this Singles Day. Steeped in history, Rome is an inspiring destination for those who want to discover some of the world’s most wonderful landmarks. Stroll around the charming piazzas, take a selfie in front of the iconic Trevi Fountain or try one of the city’s world famous Gelateria. And if you’re into high-fashion, Rome will provide you with a shopaholic’s paradise. 53% of Canadian travellers are influenced by what local people wear on vacation, and Italy is not a bad place to start for inspo as one of the fashion capitals of the world. All roads lead to Rome!

Where to stay: Free Hostels Roma offers beds in dormitory rooms as well as a colourful shared terrace. You can start your day with a continental buffet-style breakfast with other travellers before exploring the city on your own. It also as a great bar and lounge, which are perfect for meeting other solo travellers and relaxing after a busy day visiting all that Rome has to offer.

Socializing with locals – Berlin, Germany

If travelling to meet locals and experience the local lifestyle, then the German capital is the place to be. Highly endorsed for history, culture and city walks, Berlin is filled with quirky neighborhoods, each filled with its own unique character. From hipster cafes and gourmet restaurants to dive bars and underground clubs, Berlin has it all!

Where to stay: Located in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, with easy access to Berlin’s main sights, including the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, Vienna House Easy Berlin offers modern accommodation with a coworking space in case you would like to work remotely while staying in Berlin. This will allow you to extend your solo stay a little longer if you’re able to work remotely.

Island Hopping – Yaeyama Islands, Japan

There are many ways to explore an island, but if looking for a chance to visit more than one island destination and discover more cultures, traditions and cuisines, then hopping from island to island will help you see as much as possible while on your solo journey. The remote Japanese Yaeyama Islands are a hidden paradise southwest of Okinawa. Use the beautiful Kohama Island as a base and enjoy day trips to the nearby Taketomi and Ishigaki islands.

Where to stay: Haimarubushi is the southernmost resort in Japan, set on the remote island of Kohama. Overlooking the ocean, this beautiful resort is a great place to simply relax and unwind by the pool, but also offers a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy including diving, snorkeling and windsurfing.

Yoga Retreat – Ubud, Indonesia

Finding a restful retreat for both your mind and body is a great way to spend Singles Day. Highly endorsed by travellers for its landscape and relaxing vibes, Ubud is a world-renowned getaway for travellers looking to enhance their yoga practice (among other calming activities) in idyllic surroundings.

Where to stay: Set among lush greenery, The Udaya Resorts and Spa offers a tropical retreat with a spa center and various on-site activities including biking and trekking tours. Guests can take advantage of the property’s yoga classes to find their inner peace before enjoying a complementary afternoon tea by the pool. Sounds like a perfect singles day, doesn’t it?

Snorkeling – Ko Ngai, Thailand

Offering stunning beach scenery with white sand, crystal clear waters and idyllic palm trees, Ko Ngai is a great destination not only for relaxation and sunbathing, but also to discover a fascinating underwater world filled with tropical marine life. The coral reefs along the island’s coastline are a perfect place to go for snorkeling and swim with all kinds of fish.

Where to stay: Located along the peaceful beach of Koh Ngai, Thanya Beach Resort offers stylish and comfortable wooden bungalows. Guests can savor traditional Thai or European dishes at the resort’s Thanya Restaurant after a busy day of snorkeling.

Anywhere you choose to celebrate Singles Day will be an adventure. It’s time you got to know yourself a little better and gain a little independence. Book away.


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James Chung

Founder & Editor in Chief of Hello Vancity magazine. Email [email protected]

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