1. 10 of the best destinations for solo female travellers
Travelling on your own is one of the most empowering, kick-ass ways of being your most authentic self, developing your independence and learning to trust your gut – not to mention giving you total freedom to do what you what and the chance to connect with new, incredible friends.
We’ve seen a 45% increase in bookings for female solo travellers over the last two years and we’ve uncovered the top 10 destinations that they’re flocking to. And there are some beauties!
Here is our list of the best destinations for female solo travel according to amazing solo female travellers who tell us why they loved travelling to these countries and their top tips.
The people in Cuba are so friendly and accommodating. Even though a lot of Cubans may not speak English, the people are always willing to help you out with directions, travel tips or food recommendations. Despite travelling alone, I felt very welcomed and entertained.
My favourite part of Cuba was Trinidad. This beautiful town illustrates the beauty and authenticity of the island perfectly. Stunning nature, colourful houses and a vibrant nightlife is what you can expect.
Another must do is taking salsa classes. Music and dance is an important part of Cuba’s culture and runs through everybody’s DNA and the best way to experience the passion and enthusiasm that characterizes the Cuban people is by partaking in the fiery dance yourself.
Cuba is a great solo travel destination for women because it is safe. Contrary to what you might have heard, the people in Cuba are very respectful to tourists. They appreciate our business and enjoy sharing their love for their island with you.
Cuba is generally very safe and keeping your valuables out of sight and being aware of your surroundings as you would travelling anywhere are the only precautions you should need to take.
Check out Justine’s tips about solo travel in Cuba.
After only being explored by adventurous backpackers for far too long, Nicaragua is well and truly in the mainstream now as travellers to Central America venture further than Costa Rica and Guatemala. From its stunning colourful colonial cities to its volcanic landscapes, its national parks to its tropical climate, Nicaragua is an amazing place to explore nature, slow your pace right down and enjoy markets, beaches and stunning architecture.
For solo travellers, expect to bump into many other solo travellers along the way. There is a well-trodden trail that many travellers follow and it’s an opportunity for you to meet new friends. There is a network of great hostels for you to meet other people and so much to do that whether you’re on your own or with others you’ll never get bored.
Visit Omeetepe to go volcano boarding, swim in waterfalls or surf (heaven!) while Somoto Canyon has jawdropping natural scenery you can admire while plunging into pools, passing through white water rapids and abseiling down cliff faces. Leon and Granada are lively cities with amazing food, nightlife and historical sites. Little Corn Island is a haven for travellers wanting to chill on the beach, scuba dive, live off fresh seafood and dance the nights away at reggae bars.
Nicaragua has a had a tragic past of civil war which has kept travellers away but the country has experienced immense recovery since the 1990s. Nicaragua has been stable and safe for tourism for a significant time now. However in 2018 the country has been experiencing political unrest so it’s important to monitor official safety advice before booking your trip. Catcalling is common in Nicaragua when you’re travelling by yourself and while it’s generally harmless it’s best to ignore this attention. Pickpocketing and tourist scams do exist but keeping your valuables out of site and staying alert as you would in any other country should help you avoid this.
3. South Africa
By Kristin from Be My Travel Muse
I love South Africa for two big reasons: the constantly changing landscape and the people. There’s hiking, deserts, incredible scuba diving, vibrant cities, and some of the most beautiful coastal towns I’ve ever seen – and of course safari possibilities. I also found the locals to be incredibly welcoming.
People from all backgrounds were truly warm and hospitable to me and I spent half of my time staying with people who invited me to be their guest even though I didn’t know a soul when I first arrived. It’s hard to think of a place more friendly and welcoming than that! Also, everyone pretty much stays in all the same places so you’ve got a built-in network when you arrive.
A road trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town or vice versa gives you some of the best of the country. I think it’s a mistake to only look at the garden route and Cape Town and then leave. My favourite spots were actually the Drakensberg, the wild coast and Johannesburg.
South Africa has a reputation for being dangerous. In the big cities this is true and I can’t deny it, however if you use some simple common sense precautions like taking Uber taxis, avoid driving after dark and being aware of your surroundings you’ll avoid most of the problems that travellers encounter.
By Lisa from Girl about the Globe
Bulgaria is great for solo females as it caters for all types of travellers. There are wineries, old towns, sandy beaches, hedonistic party towns and even ski resorts. It also has over 600 mineral springs. If you can’t speak Bulgarian then it can be a bit challenging to get around but I always believe that travelling solo can be a personal transformation so this country is perfect for that.
Zlatni Pyasatsi is one of the best sand beaches in Europe so make sure you don’t miss that off your itinerary and the old town in Plovdiv is a must-see. Experience true Bulgarian culture at a homestay in the Rhode Mountains, and make sure you see the Seven Rila Lakes too. There is so much nature here. Visit a winery and experience the crazy nightlife at Sunny Beach.
Be mindful walking around the train and bus station in Sofia at night. Sunny Beach is a party destination which means that it attracts the pickpockets. Get a taxi home even if it’s just a short walk. Bulgaria is an amazing country, just make sure that you look after yourself and you’ll have an amazing time.
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2. Top 10 safest countries we recommend for solo female travel
Looking for countries to start your next solo adventure? One of our Expert travelers, Nathalia, made a list of 10 places recommended for women traveling alone. This a must-see list full of tips for those traveling solo for the first time. Check it out to start planning your next trip!
We believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that a woman’s place is wherever she wants to be. However, while our struggle for a world with equal rights is making progress, traveling alone continues to be an act of defiance. It’s not hard to find countries where incidents of violence against women are still very high, which intimidates travelers to a certain degree.
We dream of the day when women don’t have to look for recommendations of safe places to travel alone. However, while this still isn’t the reality, we believe that some countries are safer for us women travelers than others.
So we decided to make a list of 10 countries where solo female travel can be an amazing experience. Does that mean that these places are 100% safe? Of course not. However, in our experience and according to research, they’re much safer and calmer than others.
Here are our top 10 countries for solo female travel!
Land of the midnight sun and the Northern Lights, Finland is the ideal destination for nature lovers. There’s Lemmenjoki National Park, the largest wooded reserve in Europe, and multiple other wild areas, including the region with the greatest number of lakes in Europe.
Safety: Finland is ranked number one in terms of safety by the World Economic Forum in their Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.
Canada is home to a wide range of landscapes, including centuries-old forests, snow-covered mountains, countrysides, and lakes. Its wilderness especially is spectacular and definitely worth the trip. What’s more, their cities also have a special charm and a multicultural touch.
Safety: Of all the countries in the Americas, Canada is considered the safest destination for women travelers.
3. New Zealand
A country of otherworldly landscapes, New Zealand, or Middle Earth for Lord of the Rings fans, is the perfect destination for those who love adventure, sports, nature, or all of the above. This small country is made up of two main islands that boast extremely varied kinds of scenery. On the North Island, you’ll find paradise on its beaches, active volcanoes, and colorful lakes. On the South Island, it’s quite a different scene: snowy peaks, glaciers, and the ocean full of seals and whales.
Safety: New Zealand is considered the fourth safest country in the world to travel in, according to a survey by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
This small country, situated right next to Brazil, is a charming place with extremely welcoming people. In its capital of Montevideo, you can enjoy the beaches that create a stunning contrast with the urban part of the city. In Punta del Este, Uruguay’s most famous resort town, you’ll find beaches, monuments, and quiet places to relax. In Colonia del Sacramento, you have the chance to see a smaller region, full of history and charm.
Safety: Uruguay has some of the lowest crime rates in the Americas.
Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland offers much more than great watchmakers. It’s a country full of cultural diversity, a wide variety of beautiful attractions, and cosmopolitan landscapes that fade into the natural ones.
Safety: Switzerland is the 7th most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI).
Read More……….. www.worldpackers.com
3. 15 Best Places for Female Solo Travelers
Empowering, exciting, challenging: Few things are more rewarding than solo travel—and research shows it’s on the rise, especially with women. Sure, you might have to ask a complete stranger to take that photo of you walking across Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing or standing outside of Barcelona’s Sagrada Família, but it’s a small price to pay for the freedom to plan a trip exactly how you want it, when you want it. That said, traveling alone isn’t always easy (even if you’re a Travelereditor) and choosing the right destination can be equal parts exhilarating and overwhelming. Luckily, British tour company Ampersand crunched the numbers to figure out best places for women to travel alone, rating countries by their safety and women’s rights records, along with common interests like scenery, adventure, food, and, well, Instagram hashtags (it is 2018, after all). Here, the 15 best places for solo female travelers. Counting down…
Sure, Mexico is just over the border, but it has enough diversity in culture, landscape, and even seasons to suit all types of solo travelers—from adventurous types itching to get off the grid to those who just want to lie on a beach for a week. The vibrant colors and fantastic food also make it a prime destination for Instagrammers, who have hashtagged the country no fewer than 45,751,910 times. «You’ve got the Caribbean coast, where you’ll find laid-back beach getaways like Tulum and Isla Holbox; for outdoorsy types, it’s all about the mountainous coffee-growing region of Chiapas; and, for others, it’s Mexico City, where you can get a taste of the best cuisines from around the country, with a side of Frida Kahlo (her home and studio are there),» says community editor Megan Spurrell. «And because it’s such a popular destination, it’s easy to meet other travelers as well.»
14. New Zealand
New Zealand is the capital of the adventure travel world, so it’s no wonder that the country ranks as one of the best destinations for thrill-seeking solo travelers. Want to hike a volcano? Head to White Island. Crazy enough to bungee jump and ride in a jet boat in the same afternoon? You can make it happen on the South Island. The country also has a great track record when it comes to women’s rights, electing their third female prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, just last year.
Thailand came in top overall for adventure and scenery, thanks to its floating markets, unrivaled beaches, and Khao Sok and Khao Yai National Parks. Plus, the entire country is primed for young travelers setting out on their first big trips. «You can work your way through the best street food of your life in Bangkok for just a $1 a plate, or rent a motorbike for the equivalent of $10/day in Sa Pa and get your adrenaline pumping as you zip around rice paddies (just please, please wear a helmet),» writesSpurrell. «I felt incredibly safe…and there is such a well-established backpacking trail you’re never really alone.»
With a highly efficient rail network to take advantage of, you can move between central cities—and most places in between—on your own with ease. (So much so, you could have breakfast in Munich and dinner in Berlin in the same day.) «There are also plenty of year-round activities to keep you busy and give you an opportunity to meet new people, should you want to: think outdoor music festivals in summer, or those famed Christmas markets during the colder months,» says Senior Editor Katherine LaGrave. «Also very important? Germany is incredibly safe, and should you have fallen behind on your Rosetta Stone lessons, fear not: Most Germans, no matter where you are, will speak or understand basic English. (Last year, a popular German politician even complained that too many people speak English in the country.)»
Switzerland secured 11th place on the list thanks to its rich scenery and year-round sense of adventure—skiing, hiking, rock climbing—as well being an incredibly safe option for women wanting to explore the country alone. Still not sold? The wine rivals that of France and Italy, according to Traveler‘s Mark Ellwood.
Our readers voted the island of Siargao—a longtime favorite with surfers—as one of the best in the world, but solo travelers are heading there for the volunteer opportunities and friendly locals, too. «The banana pancake trail through mainland Southeast Asia is well trod (that’s the backpacker route through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos), but the Philippines remains a little less discovered—possibly because its whopping 7,641 islands would take more than one lifetime to explore,» says Spurrell. «One thing they all promise, though, is rich, Spanish-influenced cuisine unlike that of its neighbors (brace yourself for plenty of pig grilled on a spit, known as lechon),;welcoming, often-fluent-in-English locals; and landscapes that vary from lush, terraced rice fields in Ifugao, to the screensaver-worthy beaches of Palawan. The country’s official tagline is ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines,’ and, well, it really is.»
Read More………… www.cntraveler.com
4. 10 Safe Destinations for Solo Female Travelers
The truth is, solo traveling to another country as a woman is actually not as threatening as it may seem. While there are some countries where a woman traveling alone will certainly draw more attention, in general a willingness to respect local customs and a cautious awareness of your surroundings will see you through.
Sometimes, though, it’s easier not to worry about extreme culture differences. Sometimes you just want to have fun. In these ten destinations, it’s not uncommon to see women traveling alone, so you can feel free to relax without standing out.
This country in the west of the United Kingdom has an amazing landscape and an even more amazing cultural history. If you’re interested in the King Arthur mythology, you’ll find a number of important sites from those texts. If you’re into outdoor sports, try a solo hike on the Pembrokeshire coast. Cardiff, the capitol, also offers a number of theaters (including the famous Millennium Center), museums, sports arenas, and shopping centers.
Almost all of my trips to Canada have been solo journeys and I’ve always felt extremely safe. In Quebec, you’ll find a huge cinematic and television culture like the Festival of International Short Film, as well as the famous winter Carnavale in Quebec City. Ontario houses the country’s largest city, Toronto, whose theater, music, and comedy venues are comparable in both quality and number to those in New York City.
The number of national parks, from Niagara Falls to Mount Revelstoke’s 1,000-year old forest, will give you plenty opportunities to hike, camp, ski, surf, and star-gaze. Wildlife lovers, like myself, often find Canada to be one of the best places to head out into the wilderness.
From spending the day with wild grizzly bears and getting up-close and personal with puffins to kayaking and snorkeling with whales, I’ve had some of my most magical solo (and non-solo) wildlife experiences in Canada. There’s plenty of tour operators who provide amazing outdoor experiences in this country, so you don’t need to worry about being completely alone in the wild.
This country is excellent for ecotourists and those looking to learn more about sustainability — also, those looking to enjoy some aquatic fun! Watch and help sea turtles at their nesting grounds in Tortugero National Park or surf amazing waves at Playa Bonita. Costa Rica is also quickly becoming known for its large number of thermal spas, hot springs, and yoga retreats. What’s better than a solo yoga retreat?
Though some of the other Indonesian islands can be more conservative, intercultural Bali is a great and accepting place to travel on one’s own. With amazing beaches and underwater exploration sites like the USS Liberty shipwreck, it makes a perfect place for snorkel and scuba adventures. There are many carved temple sites to explore, including the famous Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
For the intrepid female explorer, Nepal’s wide range of adventure tourism opportunities are perfect. Since adventure and ecotourism make up a large portion of Nepal’s economy, there are lots of opportunities to meet with an adventure tourism agency or hire a local Sherpa to bring you hiking up the Himalayans or exploring the wilderness.
Read More …… ordinarytraveler.com
5. The 12 Best Tropical Destinations for Solo Travelers
For solo travel, I tend to gravitate toward structured trips, like exploring a few cities in Scandinavia, road tripping through Northern California, or seeing the Taj Mahal. It might be my Type A tendencies, but my solo travel usually includes a packed itinerary with goals like fitting in bucket list attractions or making it to a new continent. What I don’t associate with solo travel is a tropical vacation. Palm-lined beach towns and scuba dive lessons aren’t necessarily top of mind for the traveler going it alone. Driving the coast of Maui, sailing in French Polynesia, or bronzing on the Riviera Maya are activities usually tailored to couples and families.
After talking to 12 solo travelers who specifically sought out tropical destinations, one thing is apparent to me: The island life is definitely not reserved for bachelorette parties, couples, college groups, and families anymore. Tropical destinations offer perfect itineraries (and prices) for when you need to escape from the hustle of real life—you just have to know where to go. And choosing a tropical destination doesn’t mean you won’t find must-see landmarks; get you a destination that can do both.
As with all solo travel, you might need to give yourself a push to actually make your trip happen. Whether you’re going through a big life change and need time to process, you’re traveling for work and looking to extend your trip, or you’re just in desperate need of a change of pace, sometimes lounging on a beach by yourself is exactly what the doctor ordered. Here are 12 of the best tropical destinations to explore on your own:
“Australia, specifically the Great Barrier Reef, was a bucket list destination for me. I spent a week exploring the reef and it was mind boggling. You could definitely see the damage the reef has suffered, but the wildlife was indescribably beautiful. I also spent time in Cairns, an area that’s perfect for a solo traveler. You have easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, and the Tablelands. I felt safe throughout my travels in Australia. The people were simply amazing—I even lost my cell phone in a cab and was able to get it back, thanks to the cabbie. I would recommend Australia for any traveler, but especially solos.”
“I went to Bermuda last September for my first solo vacay. I really enjoyed it because it’s super close to the east coast, they speak English and take American currency, and the island is so small, it’s super easy to navigate on your own via motorbike or public transit. I mostly took the bus everywhere. I ended up Airbnb-ing it and rented a room in a woman’s home. The island is totally manageable on your own. I found all the locals to be super helpful with directions and recommendations. I also loved Bermuda because if you wanted, you could do all the action packed stuff (swim with dolphins, etc.) or just sit on the beach all day, which was more my speed. Also, if you’re willing to venture around the island a bit, and you take the time to learn from the locals, there’s a ton of more secluded and quiet beaches that are not mobbed with tourists.”
The Galapagos, Ecuador
“The Galapagos are ideal for solo travelers, whether you crave isolation or company. A cruise is the best way to see the islands, and smaller ships, like Haugan Cruises, have communal dining so you’ll always have someone to chat with at dinner. With a land-based stay on Isabela or Santa Cruz, you can book a day cruise or walk to see flamingos, giant tortoises, and sea lions. If you want a swimming partner, sea lions and penguins are happy to oblige.”
“In February I went to the southern islands of Ko Tao, Ko Phangan, and Ko Samui before starting a new job. The weather was absolutely perfect, and if you’re looking to learn to scuba, this is the place to do it. As a solo traveler, it’s so easy to meet people on snorkeling day trips or while island hopping or hiking the waterfalls. Nightlife on the Thai islands is also easy to find and a good place to meet people. If you’re in the area for a half moon or full moon party in Ko Phangan, definitely check it out!”
“Living in Asia provides me with some great solo-travel destinations—one of my favorites being Laos. The backpacker culture makes it easy to keep to your own itinerary and still meet others to visit attractions or split a tuk-tuk with. Laos had everything you could want from a visit to SE Asia: jungle treks, swimming in blue lagoons, and endless natural beauty. It doesn’t have the same manufactured tourism feel as some other countries nearby, but still offers structure and support, which can be nice when you are going it on your own. The best part is the street food—don’t miss the markets and fresh sausage in Luang Prabang.