With so many downright incredible destinations around the world, choosing where to go on your next trip is a nigh-on impossible task.
This rings especially true if you’re a solo female traveller having to worry about those extra little things like reassuring your parents you’re not going to get kidnapped and sold into the sex trade, making sure you don’t flash your ankles to poor, unsuspecting male victims in the street and, of course, maintaining a modest and demure demeanour from the moment you walk out of your front door.
We can all sense the bitter sarcasm there, right?
But seriously, picking out your next solo destination can be a bit of a ‘mare. At least if you’re travelling with someone, you have somebody to bounce ideas off, somebody to lay down the law and say “Nah mate, we ain’t going nowhere where they eat bugs for breakfast“.
It’s just you and your bright ideas!
Which is where I come in! Or rather, where I and 22 of my wonderful and inspiring fellow female travellers come in.
To save you the hassle of having to decide where to travel in 2019 and beyond, I asked these incredible ladies to give their recommendations and advice on which countries or cities are absolutely perfect for solo female travellers.
From the well-trodden pavements of London and Paris to the backpackers’ haven of Thailand and even some destinations you might not even have heard of before now, there’s bound to be somewhere on this list that gets those itchy travellers’ feet tingling with excitement.
(Psst… don’t forget to check out these gals’ blogs and social media channels for more inspo. They’re awesome!)
by Christa of Expedition Wildlife
The visually and historically stunning island of Corsica lies in the middle of the Mediterranean, isolated from mainland France. This isolation, however, has created a wholly unique culture and experience for visitors, whereby the food, music, scenery, and even the language are uniquely Corsican.
The larger cities of Bastia, Calvi, Ajaccio (Napoleon’s birthplace), and Porto Vecchio are surrounded by arguably some of the best beaches in Europe and the world, boasting wine produced from the nearby hills and food cultivated in the mountains or fresh from the ocean.
Corsica is one of the greatest destinations for solo travellers because of how safe the island is as a whole, hosted by kind and generous Corsicans.
Corsica is also well-known as the home of the toughest long-distance trek in Europe – the GR20 – whereby hikers and mountain climbers from all over the world converge here to undertake the difficult trek through Corsica’s stunning mountainous landscape.
This hiking culture facilitates and encourages solo travellers to visit – on the trail, your hiking companions become your family for a time, where you share bunk rooms or nearby camping spots and sit together for communal dinner in the mountain refuges. Even day treks into the mountains, such as from the Forest de Poppaghla to Lac de Nino, allow visitors to further immerse themselves in the landscape and see the heart of Corsican culture.
Don’t miss out on this hidden gem in Europe!
by Nina of Where in the World is Nina?
Yes, Thailand, the entire country of Thailand!
Thailand is one of the easiest places for people to travel solo, period. The biggest two reasons why it’s so great for solo females, is the fact that it’s generally quite safe and it’s incredibly easy to make friends. You almost have to try harder to NOT be social here.
BONUS: It’s also cheap! You can get a private room for $10-$15 a night anywhere.
As someone who has lived in the country for four years solo (particularly in Chiang Mai, Pai and Krabi), I can assure you travelling nearly anywhere in Thailand will instil further confidence in yourself to venture to other corners of the globe, totally solo. This is where I started and had my first solo experience and it has led me to even more ventures around the globe with me, myself and I.
As long as you stay alert and use your common sense, things you should do everywhere around the world, you’ll be perfectly safe travelling around Thailand.
Cape Town, South Africa
by Claudia of My Adventures Across the World
Cape Town is the most beautiful city in Africa, one that travellers inevitably fall in love with.
Between the mountains and the sea, what’s special about it is that it literally has something for everyone: there are many incredible things to do in Cape Town, indeed!
Nature and adventure lovers will find plenty of hiking trails within easy reach. The most famous one is that to Table Mountain, but Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head also offer splendid views of the city. Culture and history lovers will have plenty to explore between the City Bowl and Robben Island, where the former prison where political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela were held has been turned into an interesting museum. Foodies rest assured: the restaurant scene in the Mother City is fabulous, with plenty of good restaurants and budget eats, especially in the V&A Waterfront area.
The good news for solo female travellers is that the city is particularly welcoming and there are plenty of things to do that don’t require company. People are friendly and always ready to chat; and there are various social spaces where to meet other people, cafés that are good places to hang out, and hostels such as The Backpack that provide a safe haven.
Unfortunately, Cape Town isn’t the safest of places. Whether you are alone or not, make sure not to walk around after dark and download apps like Uber to help you get to places safely.
by Jess of Longest Bus Rides
Lesotho is a tranquil country for solo travel. In February (summertime) I rented a car in South Africa and drove into the tiny land-locked country. A verdant mountainous landscape greeted me. Sani Pass is one of the popular places to visit, although it is not very crowded.
Why is Lesotho a good solo destination? The country is very rural and the Basotho people are warm and welcoming. Tours and accommodation are well placed, easy to access and well-priced for budget to high class travellers.
I felt safe at all times and in February the other tourists traveling solo or as couples made finding travel mates easy. Plus, accommodation was always available with a day or two advance notice, in case you’re not a pre-planner. The biggest danger is driving because of the livestock on the roads. Be careful on the curves!
English is spoken by people in the tourism industry, making communication easy. Just keep in mind to speak clearly, as it’s often people’s 3rd or 4th language.
As for activities, the outdoors are the highlight! Horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, abseiling, traditional horseracing. There are huge waterfalls and Lesotho’s watershed also supplies SouthAfrica’s population with fresh water. In fact, South Africans come for the winter time ski resort. It even snowed once when I was at high elevation!
The Basotho culture is very interesting, so I recommend taking a tour and learning about the gender roles (girls attend school more than boys), woollen blankets, and food. The hotels are often on beautiful grounds, so it’s also a joy lounging on a veranda or lawn overlooking a gorge and spend the day relaxing. The elevation generally precludes mosquitoes.
by Priyanko of Constant Traveller
From being a vassal state of the gigantic USSR to gaining independence and notoriety for being unsafe to today ranking as one of the top safest places to visit in the world, Georgia’s journey has been nothing short of dramatic.
With more and more places opening up to tourists and a sustained push for global travellers by the authorities bearing fruit, there is no better time than 2019 to plan a visit to one of the earliest adopters of Christianity. Georgia is a curious blend of old traditions and some of the most striking new buildings you’ll see anywhere. It’s a constant clash between old and new that keeps things entertaining across the entire country.
So whether you’re admiring ancient cave complexes at David Gareja monastery or soaking in the Svan culture up north in Mestia or just enjoying the super food and wine at Tbilisi’s eateries, you’ll find yourself swept in a country that has many facets with each one jostling for attention to be the best. All you need to do is be swept away in the safety of Georgia’s wondrous places.
by Riana of Teaspoon of Adventure
I would totally recommend Amsterdam as one of the most perfect places for solo female travellers in 2019! I lived in Amsterdam for six months when I studied abroad there in university and it is one of the most charming and fun cities in the world.
Amsterdam has a reputation for being a bit seedy because of its infamous Red Light District and stance on decriminalised drugs, but it’s actually a very safe place. All of these activities are highly regulated, which eliminates a lot of the danger. Not once have I ever felt unsafe in Amsterdam, and everyone speaks English which makes it so easy to get around.
Amsterdam is a great city for solo travel because it has lots going on, but it also has a great mellow vibe. You can fill your days with all the Amsterdam “must-do’s” like the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and a canal boat ride, then if you’re feeling a bit lonely in the evening, you can easily meet people at bars or hostels if you’re feeling lonely. Plus, Amsterdam is an awesome travel hub – Paris is only three hours away by train!
To me, the best part of Amsterdam is just ambling along the canals, admiring the skinny houses, browsing the independent shops and sitting in the many cafes – a great part of solo travel is learning to enjoy your own company. Strolling through the picturesque streets of Amsterdam is the best place to do that!
New York City, USA
by Constance of The Adventures of Panda Bear
What better place to travel solo than the city that never sleeps? New York City is one of the best cities to visit as a solo female. The city is always hustlin’ and bustlin’ so you never truly feel alone.
Hoof it across the Brooklyn Bridge, explore Central Park, see the city from above at the High Line Park, peruse beautiful art at The Met or Museum of Modern Art, walk with dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History. There is so much to do in Manhattan, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Foodies will delight at the delicious food options throughout the city from Japanese ramen to Spanish paella, Chinese cold noodles, and Halal Guys. There are so many different types of cuisines and cultures you can try just in one city.
There is so much to do in the city there is a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s an amazing place to visit especially for travellers who are just starting out their solo adventures.
Luang Prabang, Laos
by Matilda of The Travel Sisters
Luang Prabang, Laos is one of the most charming and delightful cities in Southeast Asia. Full of Buddhist temples, the entire old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Luang Prabang is a great destination for solo female travellers. It has a laid-back vibe, friendly locals and is safe and easy to explore – I always felt safe walking around alone even at night. There are plenty of hostels suitable for solo travellers and good street food so you don’t have to eat alone in restaurants if you don’t want to. Luang Prabang is a popular destination so it is easy to meet fellow travellers if you decide you want some company.
One of the top things to do in Luang Prabang is to visit the nearby Kuang Si Falls,where you can take a dip in beautiful turquoise pools of water. Another popular activity is climbing the stairs to the top of Mount Phoosi, a hill located in the center of town, to take in panoramic views especially during sunset or sunrise. Wake up early to eat at the morning market and see orange-robed monks walking around town collecting alms at dawn. In the evening, the main street has a night market, which is a great place to shop for souvenirs and clothes with little haggling and enjoy local street food. Other things to see and do in Luang Prabang include temple hopping, taking a cooking class, and cruising on the Mekong River during sunset.
by Maura of Camera & A Canvas
My first solo travel experience was going to London, and I’ll just say upfront that I had such a great time I can’t wait to go back again! All the things I worried about: public transportation being confusing, feeling alone, or uncomfortable walking around by myself, were never issues!
On Public Transportation there: it’s super easy! I did a little research beforehand and purchased a Visitor’s Oyster Card, which works for all subway(tube), buses, and trains. There are refilling stations inside tube stations, so it’s also no problem if you need to put more money on your card. The signage was excellent. I was worried on having to stop, take out a map and figure out which way I was going when getting on/off the tube, train, or bus but the signs were almost always right there in front of you! I didn’t even have to stop walking!
On my week there, I bought a London Pass and hit up all the main tourist attractions. Do you like incredible views from above? Check out the Shard, the London Eye, or the free Sky Garden. History or amazing architecture? The Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, or the British Museum are just a few places you must see. And of course there’s Tower Bridge-with the cool glass walkway above the Thames, and Buckingham palace to see the changing of the guard (or you can watch the Horse Guard change instead). I even thoroughly enjoyed simply walking around the parks in the city, or going to Camden Market for a huge variety of cultural foods and crafts.
And lastly if you’re there, be sure to take a cruise down the Thames river-getting to see all the landmarks from both sides of the river was super cool! There was simply so much to see and do, I was going from sun up to sun down, and there were still so many places I didn’t have time to see in a week. I never got bored or felt alone or unsafe. That being said I did use common sense and did my research ahead of time to know where I was going to go for the day, but I was able to make changes here and there on the spot too.
by Rahma of The Sane Adventurer
Oman is one of the very few countries considered as safe to travel for solo female travellers in the Middle East. Unlike some of the other countries in the region, Oman is a very hospitable and welcoming country for women travelling alone.
As the country has now finally started to make its mark on the world tourism map, tourists are visiting Oman in huge numbers and therefore the country is becoming accustomed to seeing more and more foreigners.
The crime rate in Oman is nearly zero as the country bears severe punishments for the smallest of the crimes, which makes it very safe to travel for a solo female traveller. Moreover, Omanis are known for their hospitality and kindness towards strangers and they are always eager to help when seeing a foreigner in need of assistance. The women in Oman are highly respected irrespective of what they are wearing or if they’re being accompanied by a man or not. It is more than safe to travel alone in all the major cities and popular tourist destinations within Oman. Al-Shatti beach, Bimmah Sinkhole,and the Wahiba Sands Desert are some of the best places to visit in Northern Oman when travelling solo. Though Oman is an Islamic country, it has a modern approach towards women, however, it is recommended to wear clothes covering shoulders to knees in public places as a sign of respect towards the local culture.
by Harri of Hats Off World
Medellin – otherwise known as the City of Eternal Spring – is packed full of culture, parks, incredible views, kind people, and a whole lot of fun. As a female digital nomad, it’s been one of my favourite cities to live in and it may surprise you but I never once felt unsafe.
There’s obviously a big stigma around Colombia with the popularity of Narcos, and especially Medellin because it’s where Pablo was from. However, the locals are doing everything they can to shift this and if you even mention Narcos to a local, you’ll most likely get a disdainful look. They want their home country to be seen as the arty, modern, and incredible place that it is – not shadowed by history which is now in the past.
Editor’s note: If you are planning a trip to Medellín and want to learn about the history of Escobar in a respectful way, definitely consider taking the Pablo Escobar Tour run by Paisa Road.
El Poblado is the most touristy area where most Westerners live. Located in the south of the city, it’s always buzzing with cafes, restaurants, and bars. If you’re looking for somewhere a little more Colombian but still quite popular amongst other digital nomads – Laureles is a great alternative that’s in the West of the city. Wherever you stay, it’s easy to find accommodation; just join the housing groups on Facebook and you’ll see rooms available.
There’s heaps to do in both the day and night. Make sure you book the free walking tour of the city (it’s fascinating), explore some of the best views overlooking the valley, and try some salsa! And you can easily take a weekend trip away to the nearby towns of Jardin or Salento, or take a short flight to experience island life in Cartagena or even San Andres.
With weather that’s generally pretty good all year round, a low cost of living, and lots of entrepreneurs – it’s no wonder it’s such a popular city for digital nomads.
by Ayngelina of Bacon is Magic
Many people are hesitant to visit Cuba because so much is unknown about the country, especially with the US embargo. Yet year after year it is recognized as one of the safest countries to travel in Latin America.
Although many travellers see the classic cars and describe it as a country frozen in time, it is really so much more of incredible history and culture like no other. Travellers are not cut off from the outside world as wifi in Cuba is available in hotels and public parks. Not all of the cars are old, and Cuban mechanics are renown around the world for being able to fix anything.
But most importantly, for women it is a safe country to travel. You can walk the streets of Havana and while you may encounter some men commenting about your appearance, it is a comment and nothing more.
A first trip to Cuba is not complete without staying in Havana. Casa particulares are like Cuban bed and breakfasts where you can inexpensively stay with a family. There is an unofficial network so if you want to take a tour to the tobacco plantations in Vinales or the colonial city of Trinidad they can help arrange it for you.
And as an island there’s no shortage of beaches from Playa del Este just outside Havana to the famous cayos a short flight away.
by Sierra of Free to Travel Mama
When I think about my favorite place to travel solo, I always come back to the magical city of Paris. Safety is typically of high priority and Paris has very low rate of violent crime. You must be aware of scams and pickpockets, but should feel comfortable with personal safety as long as you are mindful of keeping your belongings tucked away securely.
The museums available are extensive and you will be free to choose from the Louvre Museum, Rodin Museum, or Museum of Arts and Measures, just to name a few. If you would prefer a relaxing day, seek out an idyllic bench with a book in Tuileries Garden or a crepe from the stand at Luxembourg Gardens. If climbing the Eiffel Tower is on your agenda, head over early and take the stairs if you are up for it to best take in where you are.
There is so much to do in Paris as a solo female traveller, that you need only bring a list, but not a schedule. Wake up each morning and decide where you would like the day to take you. The metro is easy to use and quite effective at taking you where you would like to go. Although, I would highly recommend walking instead. Take a self-guided walking tour that includes some of your must-see places and meander down every small street and stop at every cute café that catches your eye along the way. This is the true essence of Paris!
by Kamila of My Wanderlust
Until recently it was quite difficult to visit Uzbekistan – the complicated and expensive visa procedure kept tourists away. Fortunately this process changed in the summer of 2018 and now you can easily organise your own trip to Uzbekistan.
The country, famous for its Silk Road cities and stunning architecture, is really safe and definitely worth your time. Local people are very friendly and hospitable. Since there are still not so many independent tourists around, locals are curious of those they do come across and will very quickly start chatting with you, asking where you are from and trying to help you as much as they can.
English is spoken a little bit in Uzbekistan but I recommend learning at least a few words of Uzbek or Russian so you can engage in the conversations.
When visiting Uzbekistan don’t miss the biggest attractions of the country: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as well as its capital Tashkent. During my time in Uzbekistan the only time I felt a bit annoyed but not fully unsafe was when dealing with taxi drivers. Everything else was more than fine and I can definitely recommend visiting Uzbekistan to every solo traveller.
Now is the best time to go as it’s a matter of time the world learns how great a destination it is!
by Toni of Enchanted Serendipity
Unlike metropolises like New York and London – Melbourne is a walkable city, but also has an accessible public transport network of trains, trams and taxis/ubers – so getting around on your own is so easy. Plus trams are free in certain parts of the CBD!
No place is off limits to a solo female traveller in Melbourne, with so many attractions to see and enjoy on your visit.
Must stop attractions to get a feel of the city include the many street art precincts of Hosier Lane, Union Lane and ACDC Lane; The State Library of Victoria – and the La Trobe Reading Room; Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Central for all your shopping needs. There is always a sport to attend too – with AFL (Australian football), Soccer, Rugby, Golf, Horseracing and Tennis major draw cards.
The best photo opportunities can be found at Flinders Street Station and along the Southbank precinct. Nightly from 6pm the gas brigades fire show takes places hourly outside Crown Casino – this is a must.
For all the foodies out there, a self-tour of highlights across the city is a fun way to “taste” the city. Start off at Duke’s Coffee Roasters fora latte, then head over to Hu Tong Dumpling Bar for the city’s best Asian food,and to finish it off, take in a dessert at Hopetoun Tea Rooms – an historical icon in the famed Block Arcade. End your night at any of the amazing rooftop bars – Rooftop Bar, Goldilocks, Good Heavens, QT or Loop Roof.
All in all, there is so much for a solo traveller to take in in Melbourne.Whether it’s with new friends or on your own; this is one of the best cities any female traveller can explore.
by Alya of Stingy Nomads
Portugal is an amazing country to visit for solo female travellers. It’s a great place for outdoor adventures, city breaks, gastronomic tourism or a beach holiday. I’ve travelled Portugal twice on my own and it never even crossed my mind that I wasn’t safe; going out at night in Lisbon or hiking on my own along the coast. I met great people, both locals and foreigners, in hostels and on the tours and always had an amazing time. Portuguese people is one of the reasons I love this country so much, they’re very friendly, welcoming, ready to help and always have time to stop on the street and explain how to get somewhere. Food is another great thing about Portugal my favourite places to try local food are bustling weekend markets where you can grab a plate with local delicacies and a glass of wine and stand around or sit down (if you’re lucky to find a spot)enjoying delicious food, live music, nice weather and good vibe.
Portuguese culture heritage is another reason to visit the country, places like Lisbon, Sintra, Porto, Santarem, Algarve, countless smallish cozy towns and fisherman villages – there is so much to explore here!
Portugal offers a great variety of outdoor activities and a good thing there are no dangerous animals on the land or in the water no need to worry about sharks,bears or lions while hiking, surfing or diving. There are some amazing long hiking routes in Portugal; Rota Vicentina – 450 km hike along the coast in Southern Portugal; Portuguese Camino de Santiago – a pilgrimage route from Lisbon or Porto to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. As well as several several hiking routes around the Azores islands. I met quite a few girls hiking solo in Portugal, there are always people on the routes, trails are well-marked and well-maintained. For water sport lovers there are some great spots for surfing, kitesurfing or sea kayaking with many schools where you can learn how to do any of these activities. Algarve is the main region for water activities; warm sea, sandy beaches, nice weather and great holiday vibe.
by Kristal of Adventure Dawgs
Canada is an ideal place for the solo female traveller. The people are legendarily polite (we’re sorry but not sorry about that) and as the second largest country by area, there is something for everyone.
First of all, I should explain that I travel everywhere with my dogs and only my dogs. Our little pack has driven from one side of the country to the other so as a woman travelling alone, I can speak from experience.
There are truly world-class cities from bustling Toronto to stately Ottawa to historic Quebec City. Not only are there high-end restaurants but a vibrant wine industry and an exploding craft brewing trend provides great places to stop and explore.
If the Great Outdoors are calling to you,there is an extensive network of provincial and national parks all across the country in every terrain imaginable from sites perched over the ocean to fences that keep the herds of bison roaming Grasslands National Park at bay.
While some cultures make it difficult for a woman to travel alone, there is no such limitation on women in Canada. In fact, you may end up invited to join a party already in progress especially on the east coast where there’s a strong chance that someone is going to break out a fiddle.
If English isn’t your first language, Canada is officially a bilingual country although French speakers are predominantly in Quebec and New Brunswick.
As a proudly multicultural country, all visitors are welcome here.
by Helena of Through An Aussie’s Eyes
My solo trip to Scotland is easily one of my favourite trips, not just because it is a great country but because travelling solo was just so easy there. The Scottish people are also some of the nicest people you will ever meet and they will go out of their way to help you. I had offers to stay for lunch at small local companies and even for a bus drivers to go off route to get me a little bit closer to a destination. There is never a shortage of different activities and a lot of them are either free or a small admission price.
If you are a history fan than this country is for you. Wherever you go in Scotland, it feels like you are stepping in to history, you can even spend the night in a castle. Some of my more memorable moments are being able to climb inside cairns (tombs) with Maeshowe (you are able to see Viking graffiti scratched into the walls) being one of the most mysterious. Stand in the middle of a Standing Stone circle and bring out your inner Outlander. Look at Neolithic structures such as Skara Brae and understand how people lived thousands of years ago. Stand on the ruins of Urquhart Castle and look for the elusive Nessie among the calmness of Loch Ness.
Some of the other places that you must check out is Edinburgh (recommendation is Mary King’s Close which is under the Royal Mile), Isle of Skye and both the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
by Rachel of Rachel’s Ruminations
I loved travelling solo in Hong Kong. It’s a compact, clean city, and there’s a lot to see; I’d suggest planning to stay for a week or so. Within the city itself you should see Victoria Peak and Hong Kong Park, enjoy the air-conditioned shopping malls, and make sure to eat some dim sum. But make sure to venture outside the city as well. I’d recommend visiting, for example, Tai O, which is a fishing village on stilts; Lamma Island for some tropical greenery; and Lantau Island for a cable car ride up a mountain to see the Big Buddha.
When I was there by myself, people left me alone and I never felt unsafe. If I needed directions, people seemed happy to help, and usually spoke English. For the most part I found it easy to find my way around because public transportation is well-organised and the signs are in English. I loved when I could take a ferry instead of a metro or bus! I stayed in an Airbnb in a non-touristy neighborhood, but there, too, I felt safe and the local restaurants were always interesting. Hong Kong is a great destination for a newbie solo female traveller!
by Julien of Cultures Traveled
Modern meets traditional in this bustling Mexican city that has a lot to offer solo travellers. Merida, Mexico is one of the safest cities in North America, but that does not equate to a lack of liveliness.
Mercado San Benito is the perfect place to get lost in the bustle of everyday life. For a peaceful afternoon, wander Merida’s neighborhoods to admire the historic homes. If you need a break from the sun, dip into one of the city’s varied museums or relax in a park – ideally with gelato in hand.
Weekends start early with the Thursday evening Yucatecan Serenade, a 40-year tradition of music and dancing. On Fridays, the history of the region is told through vivid images projected onto Merida’s main cathedral. On Saturdays, competitors recreate the ancient Mayan ball game, Pok Ta Pok, using only their hips to keep the rubber ball in play. The weekend rounds out with a Sunday morning bike ride along Paseo de Montejo – a historic avenue inspired by the Champs de Elysses in Paris.
Merida is the cultural hub of the Yucatan Peninsula. The city’s schedule of ongoing free weekly events means you’ll never feel bored or alone. Peaceful and historic yet lively, Merida has everything I need to bring me back for another visit.
by Arzo of Arzo Travels -“Eat well, dress up, and travel!”
Many people seem surprised when I say how great the United Arab Emirates, and especially Dubai, are for solo female travellers. Some assume that an Islamic state cannot be a great place to travel solo…but after endless solo trips I can assure you: Dubai, and the UAE in general, is great to visit in 2019.
First of all, Dubai is safe. It is probably one of the safest cities in the world. You should exercise common sense, but in general, you don’t have to be afraid of pickpocketing, robbery, harassment or things that travellers and especially female travellers might have to deal with in other countries. This makes it also possible to be out late – there are no extra precautions to take when strolling the downtown at night (a bit more caution when you walk in Dubai Deira, the old town of the city).
Also, “Ladies Night” is big in Dubai – females get access to many bars, pools etc for free on almost all days (just check which places offer what on which days).
With all the things to do in Dubai, you will not get bored. You can do many things easily by yourself – including visiting the tallest building in the world, go on a desert safari or enjoy a day at the beach (my favorite is La Mer Beach).
Tip: No, you don’t have to cover up – you don’t have to wear a scarf and you can wear a bikini at the beach (there are some dress codes for malls – and of course if you visit religious sites – so always bring a scarf which you can use to cover up your shoulders).
by Jennifer of National Park Obsessed
The state of Alaska is larger than many countries. Its sites can intimidate many travelers but the state offers an amazing range of outdoor adventures and tours for the solo travelers. The advantage of being a solo traveler means it is easy to plan your adventures and find last-minute spaces on many activities. It is recommended you use a guide for most outdoor adventures in Alaska.
The state has eight National Parks along with countless national forests, preserves, and refuges. There is plenty of wilderness to explore. Access to many of these places requires either air, boat or bus. There are tour operations all over the state. They can arrange for you to join a week-long backpacking trip above the Arctic circle in Gates of the Arctic National Park or a bus trip into Wonder Lake for the best views of North America’s tallest mountain in Denali National Park. You can fly out to Katmai National Park’s Brooks Falls to the Alaskan Brown Bear fishing. If you are into salmon or halibut, you can try your luck fishing in Alaskan waters.
Alaska is perfect for the outdoor solo to get out and explore while making a few new outdoor adventure friends.
Has your credit card survived this post intact or have we all maxed them out buying flights to some of these incredible cities and countries?
A few of the places mentioned above are already on my 2019 travel wishlist, but my own personal recommendations would be Peru or New Zealand. Peru is the first place I ever visited solo, and it’s somewhere I would recommend to every woman and her dog as a friendly, safe and fun-filled destination to visit alone.
And New Zealand?
Well, New Zealand is just pure lush.
Don’t believe me? Check out these pictures.
I hope you were able to get a bit of inspiration from this list! Have you been to any of these places already? Is there anywhere not mentioned that you’d recommend as a great place for solo female travellers? Let me know in the comments!
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