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13 Safe Destinations For The Solo Female Traveler

13 Safe Destinations For The Solo Female Traveler

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!

1. Iceland

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.

2. Canada

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!

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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.

5. Thailand

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.

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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.

7. Ireland

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.

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9. Bali

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!).

10. Singapore

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.

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12. Austria

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.

13. Bhutan

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.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Saward via google.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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