Solo travel for women is not just about the experience. It is also about empowerment, education, and excitement! It frees you up to do the things you want in the places you want, without being bound by the constraints of home or office.
Check out this list of the best places for solo female travel!
Apart from stunning landscapes, Reykjavik is one of the safest cities in the world. This, coupled with the impressive travel infrastructure make it ideal, especially for first-timers. After snorkeling and horseback riding, hit the charming cafes. Take along a book if you like, and spend a while people-watching. Learn Viking history at National and Saga museums. Rejuvenate in the mineral-rich geothermal water of the Blue Lagoon.
It offers easy access to miles of hiking and cycling trails. Admire the scenic landscape of the western U.S. coastline. With the snowy peak of Mount Hood as a backdrop, this scenic city has a bustling theater, music, and art scene. After browsing the numerous charming art galleries, stop by popular eateries for a taste of local flavor. Don’t forget to check out the vibrant food truck scene!
The first thing you notice is how systematic and organized the city is. From themed cafes to fascinating museums, you get your pick of places to explore. Settle down in a tranquil park to watch people, and pop into an elegant restaurant for a unique dining experience. No one will give you a second look because you’re dining alone! Kyoto and Osaka are also great destinations to visit.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
An ideal, nearby destination for first-timers. U.S. dollars are accepted as currency, English is understood, but it is a different country with unique cultural experiences and attractions. The pristine coastline offers a choice of splendid beaches such as the Playa del Carmen, while Mayan ruins beckon you to Tulum. Yoga retreats and all-inclusive resorts ensure that there is no dearth of accommodations to suit ever budget and taste.
Besides its vibrant live-music events, Austin is known for its fine museums. Sprawling parks and water bodies abound, making it a great place for boating, swimming, hiking, and cycling. You could also try kayaking, indoor skydiving, and Segway tours. The diverse culinary scene make it a must for foodies. From food trucks to elegant restaurants specializing in barbecue delicacies, there’s plenty to get your taste buds tingling.
Counted among one of the safest destinations for women, Taipei is also affordable, with well-connected public transportation. There are hostels and hotels that cater especially to solo women travelers. It boasts local culture and art, and a few museums. Traditional night markets, religious shrines, and malls co-exist in harmony. Metro platforms have specially marked zones for women commuters that are closely monitored by CCTV cameras.
Lombok is often overlooked, thanks to its more popular neighbor, Bali. Private cars and taxis are the primary means of transport. You could also rent scooters and move like the locals. Since this island is dominated by conservative Muslims, modest attire is recommended, but you can soak in the sun on pristine beaches. You can also explore the rugged countryside and stop by numerous ancient shrines.
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Along with the opportunity to get close to unique wildlife, these islands give you the chance to meet fellow solo explorers. This UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site is perfect for outdoor recreation, with its splendid beaches and crystal clear waters. Try snorkeling, island cruises, and kayaking. You could also simply soak in the sun on the sand, or try out the local restaurants.
Majestic old buildings and bridges dot the city and offer plenty of picturesque photo opportunities. Jogging, cycling and walking trails by Lake Zurich, boating tours and cruises, are some ways of enjoying the outdoors. A network of trams, buses, and trains make it easy to get around. Also visit the old town area, farmers’ markets, and vantage viewpoints.
One of the top destinations in lists of solo trips for women, Washington D.C. has accommodations to cater to every need. Explore the mind-boggling array of museums, historic monuments, and huge shopping complexes such as the National Mall. The diverse cultural make-up of the city ensures it has a happening culinary scene.
Singapore City, Singapore
The city is often counted among the safest for solo women travelers given its low crime rate and efficient public transportation network. Buses and the subway are the best ways of seeing the city. Even heavily populated areas, such as Chinatown and Little India, are pretty safe. Being a hub of air transport, it offers direct flights to numerous major cities across the world.
The fun and entertainment capital of Europe, the Netherlands is a good choice for solo trips for women. Besides the excellent local transit system, this pulsating city is also a hub of museums and quirky attractions. Hostels and hotels tend to be booked out during peak season, so you might want to book well ahead to avoid disappointment. Browsing the street markets and exploring the museums are just some of the thing to do. Shopping and pub-hopping are other activities might also interest you.