With Valentine’s Day looming, it can be a tough time to be single. It can be an even tougher time to be newly single. In 1966 Jimmy Ruffin asked the eternal question “what becomes of the broken hearted?” – well, Jimmy, let me tell you – the broken hearted go on holiday, have some fun and literally move on.
Here we look at the 10 best places to jet off to in order to get over a breakup:
10. Las Vegas, Nevada
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It’s not known as Sin City for nothing! Las Vegas, with its endless distractions, is the perfect place to go to forget. If gambling isn’t for you then there are plenty of other ways to keep yourself entertained, from the Grand Canyon to Britney Spears in concert, Cirque du Soleil to miniature versions of famous landmarks, Vegas has it all. And you never know, by the end of your trip you might just have found the love of your life and end up getting hitched by Elvis!
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Famed for its beaches, nightlife and Full Moon parties, Thailand is the perfect mix of beauty and revelry. Whether you want to dance on the beach with up to 30,000 other people or take it easy somewhere a little quieter, Thailand will seem worlds away from the ex you left behind. Plus, why not indulge in a spot of island hopping? The beautiful beaches of Koh Phi Phi and Krabi are not to be missed.
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Make like Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love and head off to Italy. The weather, beautiful people, delicious cuisine and history, make Italy a perfect stop for the broken hearted. Plus, the food coma you’re likely to go into after gorging on pizzas, pasta and gelato will leave you trying to remember what you were running away from in the first place. If you want to avoid the tourist traps of Rome and Venice, the coast near Genoa is one of Italy’s hidden gems incorporating everything you want from an Italian getaway.
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A country that is as vast as it is vibrant, India is a treasure waiting to be discovered, with experiences that will stay with you long after you’ve done nursing your broken heart. Indulge in the spiritual side of India with a trip to the spectacular Taj Mahal (the story of which might make you see there’s hope for you yet!) or head over to Kanha for its National Park – the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. If you have time try out Rajasthan, a state whose fortresses look like they’re straight out of Aladdin.
6. Dublin, Ireland
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Renowned for their charm, let the Irish see you through the dark days of a breakup! Hit the famous Temple Bar for a pint with Dubliners and other travelers. Live music can be found in many of the city’s bars and will be catchy enough to drown out any post-breakup self-pity you might be feeling. If you’re after the healing power of country air, take a trip to the Wicklow Mountains, where you’ll be able to see some of Ireland’s spectacular lakes. With plenty of tours running from the city into the countryside you’ll be able to see the Emerald Isle in all its glory.
5. New York
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New York is just the ticket for the recently single, think Sex & the City (or the male equivalent). Take in a show on Broadway, shop till you drop on Fifth Avenue and sip cosmopolitans in Manhattan. Visit the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, take a famous yellow taxi across Brooklyn Bridge and wander around Times Square and Central Park. The city that never sleeps is bound to help you put any relationship woes to the back of your mind and might make you fall in love all over again.
4. South America
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Volunteering holidays are not only a way to do some good but they are also a lot of fun, keeping you active and allowing you to experience a different way of life. South America is excellent for volunteering projects, from teaching in Brazil to conservation work in Ecuador, there are plenty of opportunities to make a difference whilst seeing a new part of the world and forgetting about your ex.
3. Scottish Highlands
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Escape to the Highlands for a spot of R&R – go far enough and you just might be out of phone signal, so there’s no need to worry about the dreaded drunken text to the ex. Visit Loch Duich where you’ll find the beautiful Eilean Donan castle, reachable only by crossing a stone bridge and take a stroll in the remote countryside, where it’s unlikely you’ll see another person for a few miles. If you’re after more of an adventure try to spot the mythical Loch Ness monster (allegedly) found in the Highlands. Beautiful and remote, the Scottish Highlands are great for a few days of peace and quiet.
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Sweden has a lot to offer the newly single and is perfect for an experience that’ll take you out of your usual comfort zone. Going on a hike along the King’s Trail is a perfect way to meet new people and keep both your body and mind active. Or for something more unusual, try out the ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, where everything is made from snow and ice. There’s nothing like a breakup to make you want to try something new! Also, for the ladies, Stockholm has some of the world’s best looking men!
1. Barcelona, Spain
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The thriving Catalan capital with its beaches, great nightlife and wonderful weather is a haven for every singleton. By day Gaudi’s famous architectural masterpieces scattered around the city from Parc Guëll to Sagrada Familia are must-see attractions. Alternatively head to a football match at Camp Nou or lounge at one of Barcelona’s many beaches. Come nightfall the city transforms, allowing you to indulge in some beer and tapas before dancing all your worries away!
This article was written by Scott Fairhurst of PerfectStays.co.uk, who specialise in luxury self-catering properties in Cornwall.