Where to travel alone for my birthday?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Where should I go by myself for my birthday?
    Vegas - outlets and clubbing for one! : (1 votes)
    4 %
    San Francisco - great public transit! : (17 votes)
    65 %
    San Diego - sunny beaches! : (5 votes)
    19 %
    Other - leave your opinion in the comments! : (3 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 2
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Have you considered going on a tour?  Like you I often don’t have travel friends with with the same vacation time and access to funds, so I went on a tour with Intrepid Travel to South America.  I totally loved it.  It was relatively expensive and the group was big enough that there was always someone to do things with, but I could also go off by myself if I needed a day alone.

    If you’re just looking for the US, I would totally recommend New Orleans, Savannah, Chicago for short trips.

    Post # 3
    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I was born and raised here in Vegas.  I wouldn’t go alone just out of safety reasons.

    San Diego is beautiful, but the transportation isn’t the best and I don’t know about safety there either.  I think your best bet woud be San Francisco!

    Post # 5
    1406 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    fancymichelle:  I second louisianablue: – I love New Orleans and Savannah, and they’re both great places to visit for short periods of time!  There is so much history and beauty in both locations, and they would be great if you wanted to do some tours.

    Post # 4
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    I live in SF so I may be biased, but I think it’s a great city to explore on your own! Tons of museums, beautiful parks, amazing shopping (all accessible by MUNI). My favorite thing is getting to a coffee shop in North Beach early on a weekend morning to relax with a latte and good book (and people-watch, of course), and then take a long walk to explore and shop along the way. The whole city is only 7 miles by 7 miles, and most everything is concentrated in the middle. And since you’d be coming in summer, you could totally take in a Giants game by yourself – AT&T park is amazing! Anyway – I think you’d love it! Feel free to ask for more specifics if you have activities in mind, happy to help. 

    Post # 6
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    fancymichelle:  You’ve been to Vegas and I am a huge fan of San Francisco!  It’s the prettiest city I have ever traveled to in the U.S.  Sunset at the pier is beautiful and their public transportation system is amazing.  You can even book a bus trip into Sonoma/Napa for a day of wine tasting; the one we booked picked us up and us off at our hotel.

    Post # 7
    2052 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would pick San Diego just because there is a lot to do there, the only problem is the stuff is pretty spread out so you’d need a taxi or rental car or public transit

    Post # 8
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    fancymichelle:  Vegas, to me, is a social scene. I wouldn’t really want to go there alone. Plus I would worry about you roaming the strip at night…it can get a bit seedy in places.

    San Diego is a lovely and relaxing option if you want to lay around and eat for several days at a time by yourself. There are shopping areas as well to frequent. That is a good choice.

    My vote was good old San Francisco! Being that it is 45 minutes from me consider me biased. It is a great place to visit with so much to see and do. Being alone isn’t an issue at all and most of the touristy areas are very safe even for a woman flying solo. If you want to get out of the city you can do day tours to the surrounding areas such as Napa and Sonoma County (my home turf) and do some wine tasting.

    I do agree with the PP that suggested maybe booking a tour. I have done several European and Asian tours alone. Safety in numbers, they worry about the hassle of booking and details and all you have to do is show up. They have US based tours as well!

    Post # 9
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Oops, I meant to say that their tours were relatively inexpensive.  I think I paid around $1,100 for a 15 day tour to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.  I still had to buy my plane tickets and pay for food, but it was a great deal.

    Post # 10
    2428 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Haha I wanted to vote for all because I love all those places. But reading other PPs comments, they’re right about Vegas probably not being the best if you’re alone. If it’s between SD and San Fran I’d say San Fran. Even though I’ve been to both a bunch, there really is something special about San Franciso. And it’s a small enough city where you’d be able to get around pretty comfortably.

    Post # 11
    1162 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’ve been to San Fran twice. Both times, I had a great time and felt like I didn’t have enough time to see everything. It’s just an amazing city, relatively safe, and plenty of public modes on transportation. You can also rent a car and drive up to Napa Valley which is only two hours away.

    Post # 13
    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee

    fancymichelle:  I LOVE Vegas, but I don’t think it’s safe for a female to go by herself. I just imagine a scenario where someone could drug you or something. SORRY! I would go, but no club alone.

    Anyways, I was going to say San Fran. I have never been there, but there is lots to see! I would also do the alcatraz tour! Get a hotel with a lovely pool and relax!

    But other than your options, have you considered a cruise? I am a huge fan and there are many activities on board where you can mingle with other guests. Or you can hit the casino, a live music lounge, a comedy show, the pool, the spa etc. Also fun stuff to when you get off at the ports! 🙂

    Post # 15
    2271 posts
    Buzzing bee

    fancymichelle:  If you can find your passport, I would suggest Montreal! The language and different culture makes you feel like you have gone much much farther, but its a safe city, lots to do and local transport, English is still a major language so theres not much of a language barrier and in the summer there are a TON of festival and events running that are pretty reasonably priced. 

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