I haven't been on that many holidays in my life and I'm looking to make up for lost time. My last holiday was a few years ago with my then girlfriend when we had a relaxing beach holiday in Greece. I have NEVER been anywhere on my own and find the prospect a little daunting, so any help you can give me would be so appreciated you have no idea.
So I'm thinking of starting small and working my way up. Rome sounds a perfect start for a single traveller from what I've read. I'm thinking of just a few days, maybe a three day trip? So how do I do this? Do I book flights, book a well reviewed hotel somewhere central, and then what? I'm thinking I should have my days planned in advance? I'm terrified of sitting in my hotel looking at my shoes, or worse walking aimlessly on the streets waiting for something to catch my eye.
As you can probably tell "novice" would be too kind a word for me. I'm clueless! Is there a tour operator I should be booking trips with to places like the Colosseum or Vatican museums? What about food, do I pick a restaurant and then walk in and eat alone?
I'm especially scared about nightlife! I love going out, but sitting at a bar alone with a drink for a few hours with no-one to talk to, or somewhere more vibrant with dancing where I'm just standing there with a drink is not my idea of fun. What do solo travellers do in the evening?
Any help giving me any kind of direction is very much appreciated!