An 8-Day Solo Trip Itinerary for Barcelona, Lisbon, and Albufeira

An 8-Day Solo Trip Itinerary for Barcelona, Lisbon, and Albufeira

I took an 8-day (partial) solo trip to Barcelona, Lisbon and Albufeira the first week of July and had an incredible time exploring these wonderful cities. Many friends have asked how I got around by myself and what I did on my trip, so here is a detailed itinerary of things to do and where to go if you are considering a similar trip.

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Sao Rafael Atlantico Resort and the Dreamy Beaches of Albufeira, Portugal

Sao Rafael Atlantico Resort and the Dreamy Beaches of Albufeira, Portugal

Once I booked a ticket to Lisbon, I knew I wanted to visit one of those dreamy beaches in Portugal. My friend told me that the Algarve region would be a great area to see those beautiful beaches and San Rafael Atlantico was the perfect place in Albufeira.

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We Never Thought We'd Enjoy the Beach This Much Until Postcard Inn

We Never Thought We'd Enjoy the Beach This Much Until Postcard Inn

We don't take advantage of the beach enough here in Florida, so we decided it was time to make a trip while the weather was still bearable in Florida. Last year, we spent a lot of time in Clearwater Beach, so this year we decided to check out Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach.

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The Conrad in Fort Lauderdale Beach is the Best Beachfront Hotel

The Conrad in Fort Lauderdale Beach is the Best Beachfront Hotel

We aren't rookies when it comes to staying at Hilton's Conrad properties. We stayed at one in Tokyo, Japan and it was one of the most luxurious hotels we've ever stayed at. Every year, we get a free hotel night at any Hilton property with the Hilton credit card and we can choose from any hotel around the world, even the fancy 5-star hotels. This year, we chose to stay at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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Kata Beach of Phuket Thailand - A Nice Alternative to Patong Beach

Kata Beach of Phuket Thailand - A Nice Alternative to Patong Beach

If you’re in Phuket and don’t have time to visit Phi Phi islands, Kata Beach is a nice alternative. My friends and I were staying at the Amari Phuket hotel and didn’t make it in time to visit Phi Phi Islands on our first day, so the travel agent at the hotel suggested visiting the nearby Kuta Beach.

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Super Pet-Friendly Fort De Soto Park in Florida

Super Pet-Friendly Fort De Soto Park in Florida

Fort De Soto Park is one of my favorite places in the Tampa Bay area because it is super pet friendly and the dog beach is absolutely beautiful. Fort De Soto is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and has three miles of gorgeous white sand beaches that are ranked among the best of Florida’s beaches.

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Island Hopping Phi Phi Islands of Thailand

Island Hopping Phi Phi Islands of Thailand

I thought the beaches of Florida and the Caribbean were beautiful but Phi Phi islands is on a whole another level. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous and clear the water was at these islands. It’s one of those locations you see on the Travel Channel or National Geographic magazines. It was just unreal.

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Colorful Dunedin and Honeymoon Island of Florida

Colorful Dunedin and Honeymoon Island of Florida

We've always loved Dunedin for being a cute and quiet town that is friendly not only to their visitors, but to their dogs as well.  This town is so dog friendly that they created a dog mural on Skip's Bar and Grill to help raise money for the Dunedin Doggie Rescue. How awesome is that!?

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