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10 Best Solo Escapes This Winter

By Robin Enright
11/18/2013 1:36:45 PM

Traveling alone has it's own set of requirements. Whether you are traveling to an isolated location to quiet your soul or plan to join in outdoor activities with others, the key to a successful solo vacation is knowing what you want to experience and finding the spot that comfortably meets those needs. Do you want to get away from snowflakes and freezing temperatures or get the most out of winter? Do you long for a beach and margarita poolside while the rest of your friends are bundled up? Find your ultimate alone-time escape with these 10 spots.

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KAUAI, HAWAII

Find lush green scenery, adventure, and unique wildlife on Kauai. The South Shore has lodging minutes from the airport like the Kauai Marriott Resort, while the wetter North Shore offers more isolation. Regardless of where you stay, a rental car is necessary to explore the island's microclimates. Plan to explore Waimea Canyon and Hanalei's beautiful beaches, and don't miss the extraordinary views along the Na Pali Coast. Aquatic adventures abound on Kauai, so try stand-up paddleboarding on the Hanalei River in Hanalei, book a whale watching excursion, or try a sea kayaking tour by Outfitters Kauai. After an exciting island day get your fill of fresh seafood in Hanalei at The Dolphin, or sip a cold one in Poipu at Keoki's Paradise "Aloha hour."

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Kauai Guide

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TULUM, MEXICO

If your idea of a winter escape is to soak up some rays and relax for hours, then Tulum is the spot for you. With miles of serene oceanfront to stroll, this Caribbean ocean vacation might be the ultimate solo R&R destination. Turn your technology off, and set your inner clock to match the rise and fall of some extraordinary sunrises and sunsets. The cabanas at Maya Tulum will lull you into a zen state of mind the moment you arrive. Take a yoga class with ocean views, meditate while walking the labyrinth, or treat yourself to a salt scrub massage before heading out to dinner at Hartwood Tulum.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Tulum Guide

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WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Powder-lovers will be dazzled by the winter wonderland of New Hampshire's White Mountains. An impressive 100 km Nordic ski trail network and 464 acres of alpine skiing will keep the adventurous occupied for days. Then earn bragging rights by doing a 3-day guided winter hike up the 6,288 feet Mt. Washington with REI Adventures. If that's not enough intensity, challenge yoursel to some of New England's best ice climbing at nearby Frankenstein Cliff. More low-key explorers should visit Franconia Notch to snowshoe a variety of trails and hikes. Stay at the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel and relax with a drink at the end of the day with other adventurous souls inside the renovated Cave, a former speakeasy.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's White Mountains Guide

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