Nicole Cicogna

Nicole Cicogna

If you are single, these next two weeks can be trying: red hearts, sappy commercials, engagements, and it seems chocolates are for sale everywhere. Valentine’s Day has been referred to as Single Awareness Day – everyone is in on the not-so-secret-secret that you are unattached.

Resist any last-minute stray arrows from cupid. Be your OWN Valentine this year! Going to the spa or having dinner with friends is always an option, but have you considered flying solo (literally)?

The best travel experiences of my life have been solo, so why should February 14th be any different? If I were getting out of dodge, I would head to one of these three places:

The cobblestone streets are from a fairytale and the city can be effortlessly navigated with a map. Rome is also a foodie’s paradise. The ristorantes bake bread at dawn and someone is always kneading dough in preparation for fresh macaroni. Imagine sitting in a piazza by the fountain, you hear authentic accordion music in the background, and you are indulging in your second gelato of the day. Heaven.

This island in the northern Atlantic is rich in culture and stunning landscapes. It is a relatively small island country and can be easily covered within 72 hours. It is also home to the famous Blue Lagoon, although you won’t find Brooke Shields there. Grab your bathing suit and head to Iceland’s geothermal spa set in volcanic rock, where you’ll unwind, pamper yourself with a silica mud mask, and soak in 99-102° water. It is divine and perfect for a solo escape.

A phenomenal country and one of my favorite experiences to date. This is ideal for a solo traveler. Panama offers beautiful white-sand beaches, an exciting city (Panama City), the jungle (Gamboa), the historic Panama Canal, and an abundance of culture. Most people ask me where the photos of me and the colorfully-dressed tribe were taken, especially the ones of me with the children on the beach. Panama. You cannot leave the country without visiting the Emberá Village.

Be your own Valentine!

Valentine girl on beach solo

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