We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Summer, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Summer is from the United States, and submitted the following report about Dublin. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: English, Gaelic
Reasons to go: The people of Dublin are very friendly and it is easy to get around the city. I walked, took the bus, and rode the convenient trolley.
The historic buildings are gorgeous and the main streets are alive and bustling with locals and unique shops. The food is very similar to the US, so I found much to eat and there are many pubs to choose from.
I even took a day trip to the countryside. I enjoyed the vast green land and the many sheep. I never wanted to leave and could have lived there with no problem. Dublin was wonderful! The minute I stepped off the plane in their beautiful airport, I felt like I belonged. As a solo traveler, I cannot wait to go back again.
Time of year I visited: March 2012.
Where I stayed and loved it: Ashling Hotel.
Great places I visited and recommend: Saint Patrick's Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse, Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle.
Day trip to: Wild Wicklow and Glendalough
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)