The top 5 anti-Valentine’s Day trips

The top 5 anti-Valentine’s Day trips

Not feeling the love for V-Day this year? It’s not just you. Whether you’ve found yourself newly single just in time for Feb 14th, or you’re just not behind the whole Valentine’s Day thing, there are plenty of us looking for alternative things to do. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate singledom or shun sentiment than a cheeky trip away – so we’ve rounded up our top five anti-Valentine’s trips to treat yourself to.

Get over your ex in Zagreb, Croatia 

Reeling over a break-up? Get yourself to the Museum of Broken Relationships for a reminder that you’re not the first. Housed in a former palace in the old town of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, it’s full of mementos that mark break-ups around the world, along with the stories to go with them. From romantic bust-ups to failed friendships, it’s poignant stuff – and might just be the reality check you need. 

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Keep your clothes on in Stockholm, Sweden 

Ditch lingerie for layers in Sweden’s capital, which averages a chilly -1 degree in February. Along with January, it’s the coldest month of the year – so you’ll need to wrap up warm for snow flurries and sub-zero temps by night. As a result, the whole place looks like something from a fairy tale, particularly the old town’s cobbled alleyways and colourful 17th and 18th-century buildings. You found your happy ever after – it’s Stockholm.  

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Get social in Barcelona, Spain 

Like chatting to randoms? Check in to The Social Hub Barcelona and get ready to mingle with a creative crowd. In the artsy Poblenou district of Barcelona, this community hub includes a boutique hotel, student rooms, extended-stay rooms, a restaurant, gym, and rooftop bar and pool – all in one place. It’s all set up for work or play, and the beach is in walking distance – so we’re going with play. 

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Take a digital detox in Budapest, Hungary 

Fancy logging off until the date night IG posts have passed? Get yourself to Budapest for a digital detox – and a spa break with a difference. In the daytime, ditch your phone in a locker and sink into the steaming water at the outdoor Széchenyi Thermal Bath. The place morphs into party central on Saturday evenings, with lights, lazers and a live DJ, so you can make it an all-day – and night – affair.  

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Make friends in Malaga, Spain 

Malaga ranks as one of the friendliest cities in the world – as well as one of the best cities for food. We’d say that’s a match made in heaven, and all the reason you need to get yourself a plane ticket to Spain, pronto. This being the Costa del Sol, you can expect mild temps and sunshine in Feb – in contrast to the weather back home. So, make tracks for the beach and make some new mates. Valentine’s Day never looked so good.  

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Fallen in love with the idea of a trip? Take a look at all our holiday deals, or read our ultimate guide to Paris nightlife and do the City of Love your way. 

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Author: Katie Gregory
Last updated: 12/02/2024