This is our second Solo Travel Showdown.
On Friday, Tracey asked members of the Solo Travel Society:
Current global situation aside, if all obstacles were eliminated – no travel, time, money, work, health, or other restrictions – what would be your #1 solo dream destination?
She tabulated the results for the most common dream destinations and for variety and came up with the list below. Like last week, over the next three days, we want you to vote on which, of these eight, would be your dream destination.
- We'll start by pitting 8 destinations against each other. Vote up one in each of the four pairs below.
- Tomorrow, we'll have voting on the four winning destinations. You'll vote up two to go on to the finals.
- On Wednesday, the final vote will take place. Two destinations, head to head, to see which is the dream trip for the most solo travelers.
Now, we know that this is in no way an accurate representation of which destinations are really the dreams of solo travelers, but we thought it might generate a little fun around travel in these times when we can't travel.
The Showdown Results
The final counts are in! When it came down to a choice between Italy and Australia, you chose Italy as your solo dream destination. When it is safe to do so again, I hope that you are able to visit.
All cities in the showdown warrant a visit from solo travelers. I hope you had a bit of fun with the event. For more information on any of these cities, just click on the links below or enter the destination in the search box above.
The Final Stage of the Showdown
And we've arrived at the final round of the Solo Travel Showdown. Last round, Australia won over Scotland and Italy beat out France.
Now is the time to vote for the destination of your dreams. The one you would go to if all obstacles were eliminated – no travel, time, money, work, health, or other restrictions.
Ancient Sites in Sicily on a Resort Holiday A trip to learn about the ancient sites of Rome and Greece in Sicily. A trip to relax at a resort. On this tour we had it all.
Solo Travel as Art: Images of Australia Solo Traveler Artist in Residence, Marie Pottiez shares her travel experience in this charming series of images of Australia.
The Solo Traveler Showdown, Round 2
What a response! This week's poll had twice as many votes as last. I guess this really got solo travelers dreaming. Here are the results of yesterday's four polls. Two very close contests and two that had clear winners.
- Italy vs. New Zealand. Italy took the lead by just 2%. I would have expected it to be a wider spread, but the vote is in.
- France vs. The United States. France was the clear winner with 82% of the vote. We often receive emails from people wanting tours in the US but, clearly, if there were no obstacles involved, France wins out.
- Scotland vs. Egypt. Scotland took 65% of the vote pushing them forward to the semi-finals.
- Australia vs. Canada. It doesn't get any closer than this. Australia beat out Canada by less than 1%. (A heart-breaker for me.)
Now, it's time to narrow the field down to two. Please place your votes today and come back tomorrow for the final round.
One Day in Ravenna, Italy: Mosaics and More One day in Ravenna is just enough to cover the highlights of this not-to-be-missed, small Italian city. If you have time, enjoy it over multiple days.
La Fete de la Musique: A Summer Solstice Festival in France La Fête de la Musique in France is the day when everyone takes to the streets for music. It was on my bucket list of experiences. Here’s what you need to know.
The Spectacular Isle of Skye Without a Car It is not only possible but also enjoyable to explore the spectacular landscapes of Scotland’s Isle of Skye without a car.
Solo Aboard The Ghan: Adelaide to Darwin, Australia Solo aboard The Ghan, your only responsibilities will be gazing at the stunning landscape, enjoying local food & wine, and relaxing in your single cabin.
Come back tomorrow.
Tomorrow the winners of these two pairs will compete in the final round..
Here are today's four polls
Touring the Tuscan Hills South of Florence Get outside of Florence and experience the hilltop towns, castles, vineyards and a landscape beyond compare. Tour the Tuscan hills south of the city.
Solo Travel Destination: New Zealand Two Solo Travel Society members experience New Zealand in different ways and both recommend it as an ideal destination to visit.
Solo Travel to the United States: What You Need to Know Solo Travel to the United States of America: tips and advice that will get you there, get you around, and help you get the most out of your stay.
Benedictine to Baked Alaska: A Culinary River Cruise in France On a culinary river cruise in France with Vantage Travel, I discovered Benedictine, baked macarons, dined like Julia Child, and ate Baked Alaska.
Solo Travel Destination: Giza, Egypt Fulfilling a lifelong dream, this Solo Travel Society member visits the Pyramids of Giza, rides a camel in the Sahara, and tours the Egyptian Museum.
Solo Travel Destination: North Coast 500 Road Trip, Scotland This Solo Travel Society member recommends a road trip on the North Coast 500 to anyone who loves nature and remote places with a bit of a rough spirit.
Solo Travel Destination: Australia Road Trip Over the span of a month, this Solo Travel Society member explored the East Coast and Tasmania on an epic solo Australia road trip.
Discover Canada: 60 Tips to Plan Your Solo Adventure Any time is a good time to visit Canada! Here are 60 tips to help you discover Canada from east to west and in every season.
A message to our readers
None of us will be traveling anytime soon, but it doesn't mean that we will stop dreaming about it! Until we can travel again, we will continue to publish Solo Traveler and support the companies that treat solo travelers well.
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- And please visit us frequently. We'll continue to publish 3 times a week.
With thanks, Janice, Tracey, Simon, and Tycko