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Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about couples: make the most out of single life and take yourself on a solo adventure. From the ancient streets of Antwerp to the breathtaking natural landscapes of Iceland, discover 7 of the best anti-Valentine's Day destinations.
Unsurprisingly, Bruges, one of Europe's most romantic cities, is a popular destination for lots of Valentine's Day couples. But Antwerp, an ancient port city on Belgium's River Scheldt, is a great alternative for those travelling solo. Take to Antwerp's medieval heart and stroll through the city's café-filled cobbled lanes. In the older parts of town, recognisable from the brilliant baroque style buildings, sit rows of chocolate shops and designer boutiques. For a different way of seeing the city, join a bike tour and cycle over to the city's impressive cathedral and riverside fortress.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Besides its stunning scenery, Queenstown is best known for being the adrenaline-junkie capital of the world. Soar across the treetops overlooking Lake Wakatipu in an epic ziplining adventure or go on a white-knucking jet boat ride in Shotover River's rapids. And if you're feeling particularly brave, leap 43 off from the historic Kawarau Bridge at the 'World Home of Bungy', Queenstown's original bungy jump. You can either join an organised tour to meet up with fellow adrenaline-junkies, or rent a car and explore the beauty of Queenstown on your own on an once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip.
Bath's picturesque streets and multiple spas makes the city a popular choice for a short, relaxing Valentine's Day break. But solo staycationers wanting to avoid loved-up couples should instead head further west to Bristol. Wander down to the city's postcard perfect harbour and stroll by the pastel-coloured houses. As the home of the famous street artist Bansky, don't forget to keep an eye out for the city's street art: the murals and paintings are some of the best in Europe! Foodies should also book themselves a spot on a food tour to sample the best of Bristol's fantastic food and drink scene. A tour such as this is also a great way to meet people if you're a solo traveller.
Iceland has long been considered one of the safest countries in the world and tops many of the lists of best solo travel destinations. What's more, you'll never get bored of exploring this wonderful country: its dramatic landscape studded with volcanoes, geothermal pools, geyers, glaciers and waterfalls are all out of this world. And if you need to take a break from experiencing all of Iceland's natural wonders, you can unwind in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland's famous geothermal spa.