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Solo travel hotel review: La Isla Hostal, Barcelona

La Isla Hostal solo travel Barcelona

Trying to choose somewhere to stay in Barcelona as a solo traveller took me ages; the choice of accommodation and areas was overwhelming, and it wasn’t looking cheap. Eventually I settled on La Isla Hostal, a small guesthouse on the…
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How to see Barcelona (without hopping on the tourist bus)

Barcelona solo travel

There’s nothing wrong with the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, of course – it will take you to the well-known sites and save your feet on a hot day – but if you want to take things more slowly, save your…
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Cheap and free things to do in Barcelona

cheap and free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona, like many Western European cities, can end up being a pricey break, with entrance and activity fees, food and drink, and transport costs racking up. I was a little worried about trying to spend a week there on a…
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London to Barcelona by train

London Barcelona train

Tell someone that you’re taking a train trip to another country, and the reaction is pretty much always the same; that it sounds wonderful! There’s something romantic and intrepid about long train journeys, and in the UK we only have…
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In praise of walking tours

walking tours Budapest solo travel

I first discovered walking tours when I was on a super-budget short trip to Budapest, Hungary, and was looking for free things to do in the city. My searches led me to a company offering free walking tours of the…
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Solo travel hotel review: Pod 51, New York City

Pod 51 New York solo travel hotel

I did a lot of planning for my solo trip to New York City, wanting to ensure that I saw, did, experienced and ate as much as possible during my seven days there, but my biggest challenge by far was…
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Should I go to the beach alone?

Solo beach trip

Sometimes only a beach holiday will do. Culture, famous landmarks and a plethora of activities are all well and good, but there are times when you just need to relax, unwind, lie on the sand and do very little apart…
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Why my visit to the 9/11 memorial wasn’t what I expected

9/11 memorial visit

As soon as I started planning my trip to New York last year, I knew that the 9/11 memorial would be on my list of places to visit. In some ways it felt a little grotesque putting a site where…
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Five tips for first-time solo travel

solo travel tips

Travelling by yourself can be daunting, especially the first time you do it. I’ve been taking trips alone for four years now; here are some of my solo travel tips to make that initial experience less scary. Think about your…
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How I changed my mind about vacation apartments

Vacation apartment Corfu

As a solo traveller, I’d never considered renting holiday or vacation apartments when choosing my accommodation. It seemed like a waste of space for just one person! However, when I was looking for somewhere to stay on the Greek island…
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