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Traveling on your own can be invigorating. While roaming solo, your senses will thrill at unfamiliar sights, sounds, and tastes; interesting strangers will upend your preconceived notions; exciting adventures will lie at every turn.

However, you need to know the places to go to truly enjoy a trip alone. Here is a list of the best places to explore solo.

Austin

Best solo activities: After grabbing a bite at Franklin Barbecue, head over to Zilker Park. Later, check out the bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge before snagging a beer and some live music along 6th Street.

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Dublin

Best solo activities: If you’re looking to drop some dough, head to Grafton Street for your pick of everything from shoes to books. Later, take a literary tour and stop at a pub for a Guinness and some fish and chips.

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Chicago

Best solo activities
: Spend your morning in the Field Museum or the Art Institute of Chicago before digging into a slice of deep dish at one of the city’s many pizzerias. Later, rent a bike and cycle up to 18 miles along Chicago’s picturesque lakefront.

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New Orleans

Best solo activities: Enjoy a beignet (and the subsequent sugar rush) from Café du Monde, and take a coffee to go as you wander the French Quarter. Later, carve out some time for meandering through the city’s many cemeteries. In the evening, enjoy some Cajun cuisine at Acme Oyster House and live Zydeco music and bowling at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.

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Nashville

Best solo activities: Grab a burger and share a table with strangers at The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden, browse titles at the independent Parnassus Books, shop the boutiques of Hillsboro Village, and tap your foot to some bluegrass at the Station Inn.

(Photo: Pavel Sigarteu/Flickr)
(Photo: Pavel Sigarteu/Flickr)

Sydney

Best solo activities
: Start your day by soaking up the sun and surf at Bondi Beach. Then, pick up some gelato from the nearby Pompei’s Gelateria. Fill the afternoon hours at a museum or two, then close out your day at The Rocks.

(Photo: Nicole Kucera/Shutterstock.com)

Costa Rica

Best solo activities
: Find a spot along the Nicoya Peninsula’s 80-mile shoreline to soak up the rays. To meet fellow travelers, book a guided tour in one of the country’s national parks or through its beautiful coffee plantations. Then, head to San José and pick up a souvenir or two on Avenida Central.

 

Read more: Yahoo! Travel

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