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California will always be a popular place to visit for both American and international travelers, but according to a recent survey by fifty bigSan Diego currently ranks as one of the top destinations for solo American travelers in 2023.
While there’s no denying the timeless appeal of San Diego’s tropical climate, outdoor and cultural attractions, and convenient proximity to Mexico, why are so many solo travelers heading to San Diego right now?
There are new direct flights
First, it’s easier than ever to get there. Amid a slew of new flights recently launched by Alaska Airlines, there are two direct routes to San Diego, with one more coming in October.
Travelers in Eugene, Oregon and Washington, DC now have direct flights to and from San Diego, and Tempe, Florida will be added to the list this fall, making it easier than ever to spend the weekend, meet the city for a week or two or, for digital nomads, make it a long-term base.
To cope with traffic on its new routes, as well as increased travel around the world this summer, Alaska Airlines is preparing for the demand by hiring more staff and graduating more pilots than in years past, which with luck will help ease the crowds and avoid the delays other airlines have already been experiencing this summer.
It is ideal for digital nomads
With the rise of digital nomads in recent years, internet connectivity has become even more important for those who choose to combine travel and work. San Diego recently ranked number one among major cities for Internet connectivity and download speeds, making it a popular destination for travelers who work from their laptops.
San Diego not only ranks as one of the best cities for working remotely, but the city also offers free Wi-Fi in many public places, including Balboa Park, if you need to be able to pull out your laptop or accept a FaceTime from a colleague. at a moment’s notice.
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There are events to choose from
San Diego is the ideal place for solo travelers looking to meet people this summer. If you’d rather dance the night away at a music festival, you should check out bay party 23 either Bleached partywhile art lovers can find themselves strolling solo or teaming up with a fellow traveler for any of San Diego’s events. art walk.
And of course, San Diego is host to the iconic comic-conwhich attracts visitors from all over the world and this year is face-to-face for the second time since the pandemic.
Meet other travelers while you eat
While major cities like San Diego always have a delicious array of cuisines and restaurants to choose from, there are some eagerly awaited restaurant openings this summer that are sure to draw foodies from across the country.
While you may know celebrities like Tony Hawk and Kevin Hart from other industries, each of them will be opening their own restaurants in San Diego this summer.
With the US love for fried chicken showing no signs of abating, former skateboarder Tony Hawk is expected to open his chicken restaurant. chick and hawk sometime this summer, while comedian Kevin Hart will expand his vegan chain deer house to a San Diego location.
For a slightly more upscale experience, travelers and locals alike can look forward to the opening of gas lightera « karaoke bar meets speakeasy. »
While a solo traveler can always invite a new friend from a hostel or music event to check out these new dining options, there’s no denying that one of the benefits of traveling solo is being able to squeeze into popular, crowded restaurants that might They are unable to accommodate a group of people.
Imagine skipping the line when you tell the host, « Just one person, you can hit me anywhere! »
It is considered a safe city
While it’s always important to be aware of your personal safety as a solo traveler no matter where you are, San Diego is generally considered a safe city. San Diego Police Department Statistics for 2022 show a decline in violent crime and rank San Diego as one of the safest cities in the US, something that always draws travelers, especially when exploring alone.
What are you waiting for?
San Diego and all of California have a lot going for travelers at any time of year, but it’s clear that San Diego really is the place to be this summer for solo travelers in the US, whether they want to stay for a few days or a few weeks, enjoy your solitude or meet other travelers or locals, or if you enjoy a new trendy restaurant or want to experience local art on your days off from remote work.
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