Solo travel has become one of the biggest travel trends: a recent survey has shown that there has been a 42 percent increase in solo traveler bookings over the last two years. While 26 percent of those traveling alone say that they simply want to be by themselves and explore brand new places, other travelers are going solo so they can meet new people. Here, our contributing writer Karoline Gore gives you some solo travel tips: Where to go if you’re single in Stockholm.
If you’re single and you want to meet lots of attractive and interesting people during your travels, then there’s no better place than Stockholm for your next holiday. Not only is the city a paradise for those who love being single, but it also has lots of interesting and vibrant places where you can find a potential friend or a romantic interest. If you’re ready to mingle, here’s where to go if you’re single in Stockholm.
Meet fellow history enthusiasts at Skansen
Stockholm has the highest number of single people in Europe, and it’s the reason why it’s been dubbed the continent’s dating capital. Almost 50 percent of the city’s households have a single occupant, and with its vibrant foodie scene and numerous museums, people who live here have lots of choices when it comes to dating. If you’re newly-single and you want to emotionally, physically and psychologically distance yourself from your ex, spend your no-contact period in Stockholm, and check out Skansen, which is one of the best places to meet people.
Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum, and there are lots of things to do here that will enable you to meet and talk with fellow history enthusiasts. You can visit the historical farmhouses and farmsteads, and get a glimpse of how the people of Sweden lived back in the day. Afterwards, head to Gröna Lund, an amusement park that’s just three minutes away from Skansen. Go on any of the 27 rides in the park, and strike up a conversation with the locals and your fellow tourists.
Head outdoors and meet someone new
Whenever there’s sunlight, single Scandinavians make the most of it by going outdoors and engaging in activities that will benefit their health. Try going ice skating at Kungstradgarden’s ice rink or any of the city’s other skating areas, or go on an ice-skating tour of Stockholm – there’s a possibility that you could meet someone new while you’re on the ice. You can also join yoga, dance or aerobics classes at some of the parks in the city, and make new friends while busting out a move to a Top 40 pop song.
Go to a singles bar or a nightclub
Let your hair down and have fun at a Stockholm singles bar or nightclub. Some of the best places that you should check out include Berns, Fasching, Corner Club, and Cafe Opera. If you happen to meet someone at any of these places, ask them out on a date, and then meet up after a few days at a nice restaurant or a cocktail bar, such as Bar Nombre, Icebar, or Pharmarium. During the day, go for a walk in Gamla Stan. Walking through the cobblestone streets of this area feels like going back in time, and there are plenty of shops where you can idly browse together, as well as romantic cafes where you can sit and have a quiet chat.
Stockholm is the dating capital of Europe, and what better way to celebrate your newly-single status than by going on a holiday in this vibrant city? Be adventurous and put yourself out there, and don’t forget to have lots of fun!
Solo Travel Tips: Where To Go If You’re Single In Stockholm is written exclusively for Daily Scandinavian by Karoline Gore. Karoline is a freelance writer from Stoke on Trent in the UK who left the corporate grind when she started a family and has never looked back. She enjoys contributing to a range of online publications on the topics that are important to her.
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