The Best Solo Female Travel Tips and Advice blogs

The Best Solo Female Travel Tips and Advice blogs

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1. Solo Female Travel: Advice from Women Who Know

Traveling Alone As Woman hi, we’re Janice (I’m on the left and writing this post) and Tracey (on the right), and we are solo female travelers.

Many, many women travel alone and they love it.

However, solo female travel can be a bit of a challenge if you’ve not done it before.

That’s why we’ve put together this category on Solo Traveler specifically for women who want to travel alone. It’s designed to point you to the most relevant information for female solo travelers.

But first, let’s talk about solo female travel. Here’s what one of our readers and a solo travel newbie, Wendelyn, has to say.

Solo Female Travel: Advice from Women

Women Travel Solo for the Sheer Pleasure of it.

The Solo Travel Society on Facebook has over 230,000 fans and 63% of them are women. A survey found that 65% of US women are taking vacations without their partner. This is consistent with my experience. I see women traveling solo far more often than men. In one case I was on a train in India and, randomly, there were four female solo travelers in one row. A Brit, a Canadian and two Americans.

We asked the female members of the Solo Travel Society why they travel solo:

— 46% said freedom, independence and the chance to do what they want when they want
— 22% said they weren’t willing to wait around for others
— 15% said to challenge themselves and gain confidence. Solo Travel let’s you go travel your way

The voices of these

You can hear the joy of solo travel in the voices of these travelers.

I was a late bloomer as far as travel goes. Took my first solo trip to Nassau, Bahamas when I was 34. I was nervous at first. But I got there and made so many travel friends. I had a glorious time. I haven’t stopped travelling yet and I’ll be 64 soon. Planning another big trip around the world. Retired now and will live on the “road” until I decide to come back.» Deborah

Think you can’t or think you can- you are right! I’m 55 and I started with traveling solo within my own country. Then to Bali. Then the UK, Ireland, Europe, Thailand, and Hawaii: all solo. Why? I trusted myself enough to know I could and I did! Solo travel? I love it! Only way to go! Safe travels!» Diane

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Gain Confidence as a Solo Female Traveler

While gaining confidence ranked third in our poll it is a big reason that women travel solo.

I was 58 when I took my first solo trip to Mexico a year ago. I never thought I could or would enjoy traveling alone, but I ended up loving it. … My self confidence skyrocketed and I finally understood why so many people tout solo travel. I went back to the same Airbnb this year with a friend and I must say that my solo visit was ten times more fun. Just do it!» Nancy

The nature of confidence is that it only comes after you take the risk.» Joanne

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2. 27 Best (And Safest) Places To Travel Alone For Females

Are you an independent chic who has been dreaming of exploring the world, as a solo traveler? Want to go a memorable solo adventure that you’ll cherish until your last breath? From an uber energetic mega-metropolis in North America to the exotic jungles of Southeast Asia, we’ve rounded the best places to travel alone for girls who want to go on an epic journey across the world. Ladies, make sure to check out these solo travelideas and helpful pieces of travel advice!

Why Travel Solo?

Whether it is by choice or because your schedule does not fit with someone else’s, solo travel is indeed a fascinating ride that every female should experience at least once in her life. As far as I’m concerned, traveling solo is a liberating and eye-opening experience that feeds your passions, promotes self-discovery and stretches your comfort zone.

And when you travel solo, you also get the freedom to create your own schedule, relax when you want, and be social whenever you want. To top it all off, traveling solo will let you meet a ton of people as well as forge stronger relations than you would if you were with a travel buddy.

Solo travel isn’t as dangerous and complicated as most people think. Yes, the world can be quite an intimidating place, but most of it is just media hype. Trust me, the world is teeming with beautiful and safe places to travel alone for females.

The cool thing is, if you’re smart, you can even get $1000 flights for $20 if you follow this awesome travel hack. 

Want to travel solo, but don’t know where to go? Here’s a list of some of the best places to travel alone for females!

1. Rome, Italy 

Rome, Italy

Rome, famed for its inspiring fashion, beautiful people, delicious food and romance, is truly a fabulous destination that will indulge all your five senses. As a female solo traveler, walking around this vibrant Italian city will let you feel empowered and fully present. Not to mention, you may even get a marriage proposal, as you wander around Rome, as a solo traveler.

And, there are a lot of cool and exciting things to do in Rome for female solo travelers. Here, you can visualize the Roman Empire, in its full glory, by visiting the city’s awe-inspiring ancient sites, such as the Pantheon, Roman Forum and Coliseum. Likewise, you can see the pope’s home at The Vatican City and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Then, you may put on a pair of comfortable shoes and explore the piazzas and cobble laneways, while drinking sterile water from the city’s eye-catching fountains.

Even if it’s your tenth time visiting the eternal city, you’ll fall in love with its infinite beauty. If you’re looking to head to Rome, get the best value for your trip with the resources below. 

2. New York City, United States

New York City, United States

Looking for amazing places to travel alone in America? Explore the Big Apple’s outer boroughs and the streets of Manhattan with no arguments over which iconic landmark, cutting-edge gallery and world-famous museum to visit. If you are not as bold as Carrie Bradshaw, and you don’t like to dine in a restaurant alone, there are tons of gourmet food markets to eat in NYC. You may also go rollerblading in Central Park, take a sightseeing cruise on the Hudson, people watch in Times Square, or browse a Brooklyn flea market.

Learn how you can travel anywhere in the United States for less than $20 daily if you follow this awesome travel hack.

3. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Headed to the “Land Down Under”? Praised for its live music, award-winning food and artistic culture, Melbourne is by far one of the best places to travelalone in Australia for females. Labeled as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne dazzles and appeases solo female travelers with verdant gardens, large parks, theaters, galleries, museums, extensive shopping and Victorian-era architecture. As an added plus, Melbourne can serve as a base for exploring other awesome places to visit in Australia as well, such as Philip Island, The Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park.

Melbourne is also one of the safest places to travel alone for women. As a matter of fact, you can even walk around there at night on your own. In addition, Australia is an English-speaking country, meaning it is easy for solo travelers to get around and navigate in Melbourne. If you ever need help, you may ask anyone walking by, and they will be happy to assist you.

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3. Advice for Travelling Solo as a Female

Written by: Vicky Chapman

Solo travel is one of most liberating experiences on the planet – you’ve got no responsibilities to anybody but yourself, you can do what you want and leave when you like, and the buzz you get from the sense of freedom is immense.

There are, however, considerations to be taken into account – especially if you’re a female solo traveller. As long as you do some careful planning and pack your common sense, then there’s no reason why you can’t have just as much fun as the boys. And then some.

In a recent poll, we asked you ladies whether you’d consider backpacking on your own. A smug 21% of you had already done so, while 51% said you’d be up for it. That left 14% of you who said you would go solo but only in a familiar country, while another 14% said you wouldn’t fancy it.

Advice for Travelling

It’s important to make up your own mind – solo travel doesn’t suit everyone. However, we think you’ll agree that these results are incontrovertible proof of the feistiness of female gappers!

Plan before you leave

There are so many aspects of your trip you need to plan before you fly off to the tropical island of your dreams, and that’s where we come in! Take a look at the following tips, and absorb everything you need.

Dealing with parents

Parents can be notoriously protective of their daughters. Get them involved in your planning from an early stage.

Consider buying a phone card that allows you to make calls from abroad at your parents’ expense.

Don’t promise to ring at the same time each week – this is often not possible when you’re on the road, and they’ll worry if they’re waiting by the phone.

Help your parents set up an email account if they don’t already have one.


Buy a female-friendly backpack with adjustable back systems and remember less is more: consider your shoulders and halve your load.

You won’t need masses of beauty products, strappy shoes or smart outfits. Your fellow travellers won’t be in full make-up! Take one small item that makes you feel a bit dressed up (lippy or jewellery, maybe) and save it for special occasions.

Dress appropriately – which often means covering up. This shows respect for local people. Read up before you go to find out what’s acceptable in the country you’re visiting.

A long skirt is essential: it’s modest, can be smart, keeps you cool and is handy for loo-breaks. Take a large, cotton scarf to cover any cheeky bits should the need arise.

Thinking of taking a hairdryer or other electrical equipment? Power supplies vary in different countries – read up before you go.

A hat or bandana is useful for covering up a bad hair day (we know you aren’t a vain lot, but we try to think of everyone!).


If you’re going to less developed countries, tampons and thin sanitary towels can be hard to find.

Take a supply from home. Remove from their boxes and keep in a watertight container.

Don’t rely on tampons alone. It isn’t always possible to wash your hands in non-western roadside loos.

Changes in climate, diet and lifestyle can mess with your menstrual cycle. Your periods might even stop altogether.

Sexual Health

Talk to your GP about what contraception to take. The belt-and-braces method (pill plus condoms) might be your safest bet. Make sure you have enough of each.

Consider packing the morning-after pill for emergencies. It works up to 72 hours after sex. It offers no protection from STIs and shouldn’t be used instead of contraception. Available over the counter, but talk to your GP first.

Consider packing the morning-after
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4. Why Traveling Solo Might Be the Best Thing a Woman Can Do

One summer I had an internship in Denver, so I packed up my car in Berkeley, California, and made the drive alone. I stayed in a few motels along the way, kept my own schedule, and listened to a Nora Ephron book on my iPod.

Loved it. I was traveling alone, with no one’s opinions to consider but my own.

But that’s nothing compared to my cousin Kristy McNiff. She has done four solo trips internationally — to Panama, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and most recently, Portugal. She’s also traveled by herself quite a bit inside the U.S., including to Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, the Channel Islands, and Mount Rainier. She often travels for work and then adds on extra alone travel time.

She said she loves solo traveling because she gets to make all her own decisions about what to do.

First trip

“I learned to scuba dive in Panama, something I couldn’t do on my first trip there because my friends I was traveling with weren’t interested in doing it,” she said.

On her recent trip to Portugal, she’d picked out ahead of time a few beaches to visit.

“But once I was there, I stumbled across other beaches that weren’t listed in the guidebooks and were so much prettier than I could have imagined,” she said. “I originally planned to visit southern Spain in the trip as well, but I ended up liking Portugal so much that I decided to skip Spain and see more of Portugal instead. Being on my own gave me the flexibility to change plans like that.”

She did Google searches for more beaches in Portugal and found an island off the western coast “with an incredible 17th-century fort also not found in the guidebooks.”

“The fort was basically built on the water and after a short, steep hike over and down the island to get there, you could swim and jump directly off the steps into the ocean,” she added.

Growing trend

McNiff is part of a growing trend — more women are traveling alone. A poll by the insurance company Travel Guard found that last year a majority of travel agents said more of their female clients are now traveling alone compared to 10 years ago. Reasons for solo travel included being single, wanting to follow their own schedule, because they have more time to travel than their friends or family members, or because they are traveling to pursue a specific interest.

The trend has spawned lots of advice books and articles with tips for the woman solo traveler, including a somewhat controversial New York Timespiece that advised women to stay in expensive hotels for safety reasons.

That’s not McNiff’s method. She stayed in hostels in Portugal and said it led to some of her best experiences.

“An English guy at my hostel actually knew where Vermont was due to Bernie Sanders — usually no one has ever heard of my tiny state,” she said. “And a restaurant owner in a very tiny town who upon learning I was from New England said he loved American football and especially liked ‘the guy who wins all the championships and is married to that model,’ a.k.a. Tom Brady.”

European rental

“The only ‘What the heck I am I doing?’ moment I had was when I first got on the highway in my tiny European rental car and realized it had been years since I’d driven a manual car,” she added. “But it all worked out and was smooth sailing from there.”

I am really impressed, and somewhat jealous, of my cousin’s adventuring, but it drives our 95-year-old grandmother Mary Trageser crazy. She is also a world traveler — she’s been to England more times than she can count, traveled throughout Europe, to Japan, but has never really traveled alone. She goes with friends, her children, or on organized trips for seniors.

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5. Why All Women Should Travel Solo

One of the biggest challenges of traveling solo is actually making the decision to book your flight and pack your bag. There are so many preconceptions that people hold about solo travel but, the reality is very different to what most people imagine.

This is particularly true for women. I can’t tell you how many times people ask me, “But aren’t you afraid?” or “Is it safe?”

The truth is, traveling solo changed my life and is the single greatest gift I’ve ever given myself. Like me, many women will find solo travel to be empowering, enjoyable and a wonderful experience.

Here are just a few reasons why all women should travel solo!

What you eat, the activities you do and how you spend your day are all some of the options that solo travel will give you, and this sense of freedom is a great thing to embrace.

Traveling with friends or family will often cause people adapt to suit others in terms of what they do and where they visit. With solo travel, the ability to be selfish and do what you really want to do is wonderfully liberating.

The counter to this coin is that it does mean that there is no one else to blame if you end up on the wrong train or your find yourself struggling with a menu in an unfamiliar restaurant!

why all women should travel

The thought of solo travel may seem like a lonely one to many people but, it is amazing how often travelers will start conversations with solo female travelers.

There’s a curiosity around it and people are usually more inclined to lend a helping hand and play a part in your adventure. It’s happened to me time and time again around the world despite language barriers and cultural differences.

Travels and restore

There are also many people who will want to find out more about you and will want to make sure you feel welcomed in their city. This is the kind of experience that can really enrich your travels and restore your faith in people.

The hardest decision you will make with solo travel is to book a flight and pack a bag. Even that very first step of your solo trip is empowering. From there, the more you travel solo the more your confidence will grow.

While all of the organizing and hard work will fall on your shoulders, all of the pleasure that comes from a job well done when you have organized a life changing trip will be yours to savor.

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6. 7 Things To Know Before Traveling Alone As A Woman

Women are often warned against traveling alone, but it’s actually one of the most freeing and enlightening experiences you can have. However, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Before setting out fora solo adventure, it’s important to be prepared for all these things — and for all the things that can go right as well, because you don’t want to miss any opportunities.

Product and design

«It’s perfectly normal to be anxious before any trip you go on,» Hostelworld’s head of product and design and travel expert Breffni Horgan tells Bustle. «You are, after all, traveling into unfamiliar territory. But that’s part of all the excitement and one of the reasons why I want to encourage women to embrace not just traveling, but traveling alone.» Research shows that people who travel alone appreciate not having to compromise with anyone. Another plus? Being by yourself leaves you open to meet new people.

«I think a lot of women are afraid to travel solo because they’ve been told it’s not possible or it’s not safe,» says Horgan. «Don’t let that stop you. If you’ve done your research, planned wisely, and set your mind on traveling, you will succeed and it will change your life. Everyone tells you that traveling will make you more confident, that you’ll find yourself, that you’ll be creatively inspired. That’s all true, but only if you take a chance on solo travel and embrace the challenges that will inevitably pop up along the way.»

Here are some ways to make your solo adventures freeing, enlightening, and occasionally scary… but in a good way.

1Understand The Culture You’re Entering

If you enter a new place without knowing anything about the culture, you could fall victim to some embarrassing misunderstandings, says Horgan. A thumbs-up, for example, can be offensive in some places. If you’re looking to meet and befriend people, understanding how to communicate with them will go a long way. Another way to prepare for conversations with locals and ensure you don’t do anything tone-deaf is to read up on current events happening where you’re going.

2Keep Emergency Contact Info On You

When you’re in your home country, it’s usually taken for granted that you can call the police in an emergency. But in a foreign country, you need to learn the number. Some countries have separate numbers for crimes and medical emergencies. Horgan advises learning these numbers and keeping them on your phone and written down in case your phone dies. Also let your friends and family know how to reach you in an emergency.

3Stay Someplace Where You’ll Meet People

People sometimes warn solo female travelers to get hotel rooms to protect themselves, but many shared living spaces are perfectly safe, says Horgan. Hostels, host families, and shared Airbnbs not only are more affordable but also help you meet people.

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Every month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice for solo female travelers as I obviously can’t talk expertly on the subject! She’s back this month with an awesome list of destinations for single women traveling!

Traveling solo as woman is a unique opportunity to find out exactly who you are in completely new surroundings and without anyone around from your past to influence you. That can be a scary prospect, but the good news is there are plenty of places out there that can make you feel safe and welcome. And when in the right place, a solo trip — regardless of how long it is — has the power to benefit you for years or even a lifetime thereafter.

Pretty terrified

Before I traveled alone – and realized how late it is, I was pretty terrified, mostly because I didn’t think I’d like my own company enough to be solo 24/7. I was delighted to find that I met new people constantly (something that’s true for solo travelers in general). When on the road, people are social and you’ll constantly be able to make new friends!

While it was possible to feel inspired and delighted everywhere, a few places in particular stand out as great options for women traveling alone. Below are 10 solo travel destinations that you probably didn’t expect to be awesome for solo female travelers in particular, whether for their women-oriented businesses or for their safety, solitude, spirituality, or sociability.

Here are the best solo female travel destinations out there:

1. Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah

Moab is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. For those all about the camper van life, bouldering, hiking, and kayaking, Moab has it all going on. It’s where you’ll find Canyonlands and Arches National Parks as well as Dead Horse State Park. Basically, it’s one of the most gorgeous areas on Earth with a high concentration of incredible rock formations and free campsites.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: I easily met people just by hanging around the free campsites, the coffee shops, and while watching the sunset over Dead Horse point during my solo American Southwest road trip. I tend to find that when a place attracts people because of a common shared interest, especially something outdoorsy, it tends to be social. Moab is a perfect example of that.

2. Yubeng, China

Yubeng, China

Yubeng is a remote village in the Chinese Himalayas that can only be reached by foot or mule. During the hike in, I saw Tibetan prayer flags strung from tree to tree, snow softly falling, and animals roaming freely all throughout the town. There are stupas (mound-like structures containing relics and used for meditation) everywhere.

Yubeng is peaceful in a way that much of the rest of China isn’t. The feeling is hard to explain, but it’s felt by all who pass through. If you’re overwhelmed with the rest of China, seek refuge in Yubeng.

Big cities

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: In the big cities, scams often target young female tourists, but in the Himalayas, you’re more of an esteemed guest. The friendly people of Yubeng are so relaxed, patient, and welcoming, as are the younger tourists who flock there, often with some English-language ability and curiosity about foreign visitors.

As a solo traveler, I was worried that I would be completely going this one alone, but I was surprised and delighted to find that young and friendly Chinese people take this route too, seeking the same sacred place.

3. Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Maui isn’t typically what comes to mind when most people think of a solo trip, but with all its activities — from surfing and hiking to driving the road to Hana and taking boating and snorkeling tours — it’s actually a great place for those flying solo.

With its constantly changing microclimates, the beautiful island has pockets of sandy sunset beaches, sprawling resorts, quaint little camping spots, and hikes through the valley.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: The cool thing about Maui is that it feels like a different country than the States, what with the tropical weather and Hawaiian culture, but you don’t need a passport, an RTW flight, or to learn a different language to enjoy it. Plus, there are female-focused activities — like the Maui Surfer Girls camp, designed specifically for solo female travelers who are looking for a supportive group of women to take up a new sport with. It’s an experience that is both empowering and fun!


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