Europe, Italy, Travel

Venice as a Solo Traveler

August 24, 2015

Venice as a Solo Traveler, Piazza San MarcoAh Venice, the city of romantic gondola rides and Casanova! Most people think of Venice as being a city for couples and not for the single traveler. But I am here to tell you that Venice IS for the single traveler. Not once while I was there did I ever regret going alone. Here are my seven reasons for loving Venice as a solo traveler.

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1. The narrow streets – I loved all the narrow streets, but being with someone else would have meant someone being the leader or the follower. How romantic is it to follow someone around the whole trip and not being able to have a conversation?

2. Getting lost – I enjoyed getting lost on those narrow streets, and I am not sure if a companion would have been so patient with me. I have a good sense of direction, so sometimes I just started walking in the general direction of the place I was going!

3. People watching – Not that you can’t do this with a partner, but I sat for several hours in Piazza San Marco watching people. I enjoyed the silence and my thoughts. (And an Aperol Spritz!)

4. Finding food – Being alone allowed me to dictate when I ate and where I ate. Usually, this meant wandering around for an hour or so before I decided. And since I was by myself, no one asked if I had a reservation!

5. Going to back to my room early – Yes, I sound old, but I had bought two bottles of wine at the winery and I couldn’t take them to Qatar. I went back to my room after dinner and rested my tired feet, drank wine and read.

6. The walkability – Because I was alone I walked almost everywhere instead of taking the airless Vaporetto. I was in Venice during the heat wave and the Vaporetto was sweltering and had no air flow. By walking, I could escape into shops and the shape. With two people, the Vaporetto might have been faster, but I found some cool things by walking.

7. Taking rests – I took plenty of rests on this trip because of the heat. Since I was alone, I decided when and where those rests would be. And to be honest, some of those rests, were a nap back at the hotel in the air conditioning and one was with an Aperol Spritz!

Of course, you can enjoy Venice with your partner or a group of people! But I am so glad I went and didn’t wait for someone else to go with me. Have you been somewhere that is traditionally only for couples, but enjoyed it as a solo traveler?

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  • Reply Ginger Marie August 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I can’t wait to see more pictures from Venice! It is so beautiful!

    • Reply Tiffany August 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Next week I am planning a photo essay! Also check out my Instagram too. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply hayli August 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I think that when I was in college, before I met my husband I would have enjoyed travelling alone. But now that I have him I would just miss him the whole time.

    • Reply Tiffany August 24, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      If he is a good travel companion, then I completely understand. I am sure I would like traveling with my significant other but alas I don’t have one. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness August 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Great post! My hubby and I went on a trip to Italy a few years ago and Venice was the least favorite of our cities. It was still great, but there are many more areas to travel as a couple that are better suited!

    • Reply Tiffany August 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you. What cities did you think we’re better for couples? Very interested in knowing.

  • Reply Valerie August 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Lovely post, I so want to go there, on my bucketlist! You are blessed to be able to visit there, have a great time!

    • Reply Tiffany August 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you. I hope you get to go!

  • Reply Miranda August 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Venice sounds like such a dream! It’s definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing your interesting perspective as a solo traveler. I’ve only taken a solo vacation once, but you are so right about how great it is to go at your own pace and be alone with your thoughts. So fun!

    • Reply Tiffany August 24, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Going at my own pace is one of my favorite things about solo travel.

  • Reply Sarah Twain August 24, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I went solo to Venice in December, so although it was not hot I had lots of little rests as well- mainly for coffee. I think being by myself got me hassled a bit more, especially by people selling selfie sticks, but on the whole I thought it was much better being alone- I got to do whatever I wanted without compromise!

    • Reply Tiffany August 25, 2015 at 6:45 am

      I think the heat must of kept the selfie stick people away. I didn’t see too many and was never approached. Glad you enjoyed Venice!

  • Reply Maggie August 25, 2015 at 7:16 am

    So awesome! I’d love to take a solo vacation somewhere!

    • Reply Tiffany August 25, 2015 at 7:17 am

      You should! It’s great. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Megan - Truly Madly Kids August 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog and it’s great! I used to love travelling alone – you really can walk to the beat of your own drum. Venice sounds incredible – and your rest stops pretty good too! #weekendblogshare

    • Reply Tiffany August 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks Megan. Venice was great and am hoping to go back. Glad you stopped by!

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