Valentine’s Day – that rose-covered, fancy dinner reservation, LOVE-filled holiday – is looming. But this year, may we suggest that you go and love yourself (as Justin Bieber croons)? And better yet, go on a trip to celebrate, well, you?
The 2018 Virtuoso Luxe Report, which found that two-thirds of the network’s travel advisors foresee growth in solo travel this year, named five experiences for singles to fall in love with.
You’re great company. Enjoy dinner at the world’s smallest restaurant, with only one table. The waiter appears when summoned with a silver bell, and serves Italian specialties crafted from seasonal ingredients.
Rock out, no matter what your ability, and even if you “only sing in the shower.” Join legends such as The Beatles and Pink Floyd and record a masterpiece at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios. Sound engineers, musical directors, musicians and vocal coaches provide all the support you need.
This is the most stylish way to love yourself. In Paris, arguably the world’s most romantic city, single travelers in search of style inspiration can head to the finest boutiques with a fashion expert, reviewing trends, discovering designers, and building an enviable wardrobe.
Want to contemplate the theory of evolution? Do it with Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson, Chris. In 1836, Darwin’s Australia visit helped shape his groundbreaking ideas. Today, walk in his legendary footsteps through the Blue Mountains, exploring the wildlife and landscapes that inspired him.
Learn the basics of traditional Thai drawing. Board a long-tail boat ride to an artist’s village, where a painter will explain the time-honored local style and teach you the fundamentals of drawing.
Tip: Many companies are acknowledging the solo travel boom by waiving pricey single supplements. Look at companies like Abercrombie & Kent, Aqua Expeditions, Azamara Club Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ponant, Royal Caribbean International, Tauck, and Zegrahm Expeditions, as they eliminate or lower the supplement on select trips.
You might travel alone, but plan your trip with the help of a Virtuoso advisor.
Top photo: Florence, Italy – Getty Images; zorazhuang