Most of my trips these days are on cruise ships & it had not crossed my mind til this thread that nights or evenings are not something I have had to consider separately to the rest of the day.
Evenings there is always something to do. Shows, comedians, scrabble, cards, jig-saw puzzles, the casino if you can stand the smoke although some have smoke free nights, bars galore, food galore, quiet lounges, films out on deck, star gazing, ocean watching on oceans, river watching on rivers & on & on...
No taxis or buses 'home', no worries about losing passport or money, except in the aforementioned casino.
Being solo, I can socialise, or not. No better half or kids to consider but there are child minding facilities too.
Of course, there are going to be horror stories about cruises ( I have a few myself ) & they are definitely not for everyone but they are about as safe a way to see the world as it gets, solo & female especially.
They can be expensive but not overly so sometimes & with some planning can be quite cheap.
Some even throw in a man to dance with.
Have a look at my blogo if you want to see what there is to see at sea.
You could even stay in your room & watch TV if thats what suits, but I dislike going away & doing what I could do, & do do at home.
& that's just the evenings.
I wasn't aware this was just about females or just about walking. Just mentioning things to do at night alone. Paris was just by the way. It could be any place.
It's not just about females (I'm not sure even sure the OP is female) or walking; I was just making the point that those factors could be issues so not everyone could just google a place and go out and do those things easily.
I got through a hell of a lot of books when I was travelling in Australia as I spent every night reading (partly due to being a poor backpacker too and not being able to afford to go out!). In Tokyo last summer I was often walking around until 11pm or later, because the evenings were lovely and warm, it was safe, and as Tokyo never stops there was always something to see or do.
Hasbeen, that blog is most useful, thanks.
Some interesting ideas here, given me food for thought.
I'm a man by the way!
Ha ha thanks for setting it straight summers10000!
Incidentally, I think the general safety thoughts above can apply for males travelling solo as well. Some areas and certain situations can just be unsafe without peer support and local understanding. I'm not keen on perpetrating the idea that females are automatically and solely susceptible to harm when travelling. You can travel anywhere if you remain smart!
Hasbeen, that blog is most useful, thanks.
She has some good suggestions.
number 3 sounds intriguing. Paris of course since that was my Google.
' Connect with a local. Voulez Vous Diner is the only site I’ve used but there are many where you can connect with locals to buy a dinner at their house our simply make friends for an evening. '
I see Item 7 on that is 'Join a night tour'.
I took a Ghost' tour in Quebec city. Led by a girl with a lantern, she told great stories & the last destination was into an unlit church.
Verrry spooky & great fun.
She left us with the story of the 3 young boys who 'managed' to get themselves locked into the church after the tour & hammering the door to get out.
In London UK ( Europe, almost ) the Ceremony of the Keys, the ceremonial locking up of the Tower of London is free. Just go to the Tower's website and ask for tickets. You have to provide postage.
Not in Europe but Sydney has the observatory to visit where you get a look through their large telescope. Other cities might offer something similar but light pollution might be a problem.
Sydney also has overnighters in the Zoo.
Vancouver canada has overnighters in the Aquarium - not in the water though.
Well with my 5 foot 4, spindly frame, having never been to a gym before, safety rules most certainly apply to me
The group dinners and such websites, may be something I look into.
In terms of ghost tours, I think I'd do it, if I knew I had the comfort and safety of one of my mums hugs!
How do people find eating by themselves? Don;t think I'll mind, but perhaps after a few weeks, those websites mentioned in that blog may be even more appealing
I travel solo too, and I generally stick to a self-imposed rule that I won't go out by myself after dark (it depends where you are and how safe you feel, but it's not a bad rule to stick by). I usually found that in most hostels, I would end up going out with people for dinner or to a concert or whatever. Most hostels make it very easy for people to get together, and there are lots of hostels that organize group outings in the evenings. One hostel I can remember in Brazil had something on every night - going to a soccer game, going to a capoeira show, etc. - and that was a great way to get to meet people.
And some evenings you are just so glad to have dinner by yourself and read a good book or catch up on your journaling! So, it all balances out.
Hope that helps. Have a great trip
Thanks everyone; both given me ideas and confidence.