Traveling is a great opportunity to discover new places and people, but it’s also an opportunity to discover yourself – if you travel alone! Women can benefit a lot from traveling on their own, which increases their confidence and makes them more independent. However, many women are reluctant to travel solo due to perceived dangers. To help you out and allow you to reap all the great benefits of traveling alone, here are 13 safe destinations for the solo female traveler. Pack your heels and get out your selfie stick — adventure is just around the corner!
Iceland is a top entry when it comes to safe destinations for the solo female traveler, both for its relaxed atmosphere and the unique, amazing scenery. The land of ice and fire, Iceland is truly safe for women. In Reykjavik, you can find a thriving nightlife and experience the local lifestyle, as well as the local music. Among the activities you can do in Iceland: hiking on a glacier, bathing in a lagoon, and snorkeling. Or, you can just enjoy your first digital nomading experience and start working on your projects from abroad.
You know what they say about Canadians: they are the friendliest people on earth. And it’s true, which makes Canada a great country to travel to first if you are still unsure about the whole solo travel thing. The people might be nice, but the weather is not always that nice, so make sure you pack with the climate and weather in mind!
3. New Zealand
New Zealand is a land of adventure. It has wonderful landscapes and great opportunities for fun activities. You can fly in a sightseeing plane, hike the famous Routeburn Track, enjoy jetboating, ride a horse, take up paragliding, and the list goes on. If you are less sporty, you can just enjoy the breathtaking views of New Zealand and feed the wildlife, which is nothing like you’ve seen before.
4. The Scandinavian Trio
Sweden, Denmark, and Norway are all safe destinations for the solo female traveler, as well as rich in intricate architecture and with a distinct culture. You can check out museums which house a lot of viking artifacts, or simply enjoy life with the locals. Denmark has been designated as the happiest country in the world.
You always hear a lot about Thailand, but you won’t hear a bad thing about single female travelers. This is because Thailand is one of the safe destinations for the solo female traveler. The beaches, the food, and the scenery are great, and you can enjoy a little pampering: there are many affordable resorts you can check out.
6. Costa Rica
Costa Rica was made for surfers: those pristine beaches and the perfect waves just ask for it! This is a perfect destination for a solo traveler because it offers something for every type of traveler: you can enjoy a safari, you can go swimming, or you can just sunbathe on the white-sand beaches.
Irish people will never ask you anything, won’t poke you, and won’t disturb you. You can join them and share in their happiness, the nuts, and the comments on the footballs — just don’t share your black beer! This is something to savour alone, just like your trip to Ireland. The countryside is also filled with goodies, so make sure you check it out.
8. The Netherlands
The Netherlands, especially Amsterdam, is known for its liberty and the super-chill lifestyle. Despite the notoriety of the country, you can safely enjoy your solo trip as you explore the canals and take a bike ride along the endless flower fields.
Bali has a culture of backpack travelers and is used to seeing solo people wandering around. Women are safe as they enjoy the serene temples, the cheap accommodations, and the food — which is also amazing! The locals are also very friendly. And there is more: Bali is the ultimate romantic escape destination, so you won’t be alone for long (unless you want to be!).
Singapore is like Disneyland: once there, you feel nothing can go wrong. And this is the reality, as it is the second-safest country in Asia, after Japan. Despite being small, Singapore has a lot to offer: from sun to amazing infrastructure, which allows you to travel across the entire land. However, there’s one drawback: Singapore is quite expensive.
11. South Korea
South Korea is a friendly nation. This beautiful small country is a real gem: South Korea has a wonderful wildlife, lush forests, a high-tech culture, and a vivid nightlife. Besides, the prices are so low, you can get away with a budget trip.
Austria is another safe European country where you can go alone to discover the Alps and enjoy Skiing or study the intricate architecture. Being the homeland of Princess Sissi, you can also try lady-style horseback riding. When you are done exploring, you can hang out in a coffee house and decide on which theater play to go watch.
Bhutan is a lovely green paradise where women are treated with respect, which makes it great for a solo female traveler. The Buddhist country is rich in temples and bright flags, as well as smiling people who will be always eager to help you get around — especially when you are a damsel in distress. Enjoy the stay and the inexpensive accommodations and food as you spend your time visiting the Folk Museum and the Botanical Garden.
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