Solo feminine journey is on the rise, and all of us need to chase the adventurous path in the direction of our largest journey wishes. As a girl, there’s far more to think about when touring alone than most individuals have a tendency to comprehend.
From various cultural norms worldwide to idealizations of what the phrase ‘woman’ means worldwide, it’s usually tough to navigate these specifics as a feminine traveler.
While there’s definitely far more of the world for me to see, I’ve traveled to 32 international locations on the hunt for what makes a vacation spot really feel secure for solo feminine vacationers. Backpacking by Spain and Portugal for over 6 weeks, I’ve discovered the glad medium.
It’s arduous to speak about Porto with out feeling a rush of feelings as I recall spending 2 weeks solo inside the charming metropolis. While I did start my travels solo, I ended up with a household of fellow vacationers and a brand new place to name dwelling.
A good looking coastal metropolis within the Northwest area of Portugal, Porto is an under-the-radar spot most solo vacationers don’t appear to say. With its rolling hills, medieval pathways, and vibrant Port historical past, town is making its method out of the shadows and onto the passports of wanderers.
The City Itself
The second I stepped foot in Porto, I felt an amazing feeling of being dwelling. Every traveler is completely different, however I have a tendency to hunt out cities which are giant sufficient to discover but sufficiently small to settle and get to know the folks and its streets with ease.
Think Edinburgh and Seville; each remind me plenty of Porto in some ways: medieval vibes, cobblestone streets, sufficiently small to really feel homely. Traveling alone comes with many feelings, but Porto makes it straightforward to navigate and turn into effectively acquainted with the lifestyle.
The metropolis itself is split into two sides: Ribeira (Porto) and Vila Nova de Gaia. Separated by a bridge, it’s pretty straightforward to discover each side with out getting misplaced.
Ribeira is the ‘main’ a part of town, stuffed with eating places, native shops, and resorts. Vila Nova de Gaia is dotted with wine retailers, small church buildings, and meals institutions.
Depending in your consolation zone, hostels are all the time a surefire approach to meet vacationers with the identical mindset. I stayed at OneFam Porto and couldn’t have had a greater hostel expertise. After staying in over 20 hostels worldwide, this one takes the cake.
Little did I do know moving into that I’d depart with a number of shut mates who I’d find yourself backpacking the nation with. With day and night time actions, OneFam makes it straightforward to make new mates (with out the strain of regularly consuming).
Port tastings, Cathedral excursions, household dinners, and bar crawls, there’s little doubt you’ll discover not less than one individual you’ll mesh with throughout your keep right here. The hostel is made up of primarily volunteers from world wide, which makes it an inviting expertise from the get-go.
Location Location Location
In the Northwest of the nation, it’s handy to discover different elements of Portugal with Porto as your base. About 3 hours from Lisbon, Porto can also be near a few of the finest surf cities.
During my keep, I visited the quaint city of Cascais, which was additionally a 3-hour Flix bus journey away (and is tremendous near Sintra if you wish to discover the palace). If you’re into browsing, different notable spots to go to are Nazare and Peniche alongside the coast!
Some of the friendliest folks I’ve met on my travels have been the Portuguese. Porto additionally attracts many expats opening their very own companies, so there’s all the time somebody to satisfy!
I opted to ‘slow travel’ Porto- spending greater than 2 weeks within the metropolis. After scoping out a couple of native spots and visiting them extra ceaselessly, lots of them started to acknowledge me and say good day. The locals take pleasure in serving to vacationers, particularly in the case of meals and wine recs.
Due to its shut proximity to different spots in Europe (and its security), you’ll usually discover fellow solo vacationers within the streets too. I went for an early morning breakfast within the metropolis and got here again with a brand new good friend from Costa Rica: the fantastic thing about touring alone.
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