I’ve written quite a few articles on solo female travel tips and why every woman should venture out on her own but, I’m often asked, “Where is it safe for women to travel solo?”

While there may be some destinations that are safer than others, the world is not as scary as some might think. With a positive attitude and general street smarts, there are plenty of places in the world where you can feel safe and secure on your own.

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Here are 10 of the safest destinations for solo female travelers!

Iceland

Even though Iceland’s nickname of “The Land of Fire & Ice” sounds intimidating, solo travel is comfortable and easy here. The city of Reykjavik is famous for its music scene and nightlife, so you’ll have no problem meeting locals and fellow travelers.

There are countless reasons to visit Iceland, but it’s her natural beauty that steals the show. Join a tour and snorkel or dive the Silfra Fissure and hike a glacier. And don’t miss a bath at the beautiful Blue Lagoon!

Read More: Iceland Travel Tips

Switzerland

From the drop-dead gorgeous mountain views, meadows on meadows of beautiful wildflowers, and the Rhône river backdrops, Switzerland is one of the most picturesque countries.

If you’re visiting Switzerland in the winter, the Swiss Alps and Interlaken are a must. If you’re interested in looking at stunning architecture all day, Bern gets an honorable mention for being so dang beautiful.

Geneva was one of my favorite spots on my recent summer in Europe—with access to the lakeshore, the jet d’eau, Parc de la Grange, and more, it’s the perfect spot to be immersed in the Swiss culture.

Read More: Switzerland Travel Tips

New Zealand

Adventure awaits in the glaciers, beaches, and fjords of New Zealand. In New Zealand, you’ll come across some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. If you don’t believe me, ask fellow female travel blogger, Young Adventuress.

She loved traveling solo here SO much she made it her new home!

Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in Queenstown

Australia

Australia is home to some of the most diverse wildlife and landscapes in the world, and it was the destination of my first ever solo trip abroad! I explored The Outback and Uluru, rode the Ghan Train and hiked through Kata Tjuta and the Valley of the Winds.

You should also explore the bigger cities of Sydney, Melbourne and the stunning Gold Coast, but don’t limit yourself—rent a car and hit the road.

Read More: Australia Travel Tips

Canada

Nearly everywhere you go in Canada; you’ll be surrounded by multiculturalism and some of the most breathtaking landscapes your eyes have ever seen. Canadians have a reputation for being the friendliest people in the world and, while traveling alone here, you’ll see why!

Read More: Canada Travel Tips

French Polynesia

With diverse marine life, some of the world’s best diving, incredible natural beauty, and a heavy vanilla scent that follows you wherever you go, the islands of French Polynesia is a place that you’ve never seen the likes of before.

It is truly SO breathtaking and a memorable destination that you’ll want to return to year after year.

Read More: French Polynesia Travel Tips

Ireland

Ireland may not be known for great weather, but the Emerald Isle is a place of happiness and beer. Cozy up in a local pub, catch a football game or head out to the countryside for an incredible Irish experience.

Read More: Ireland Travel Tips

Namibia

Namibia is the ultimate road trip destination and a fantastic destination year-round. Home to deserts and stunning coastlines, it’s one of my favorite Africa trips to date.

Located in the largest conservation area of Africa, Sossusvlei is breathtaking. On my first trip to Namibia, I spent seven epic days road-tripping in Namibia. For my second trip, I explored the Skeleton Coast and stayed at Spitzkoppen Lodge!

Read More: Namibia Travel Tips

Amsterdam

Known around the world for its liberal lifestyle and super chilled out vibe, Amsterdam is a fantastic place to hang out on your own. The canals are yours to explore as you discover the unique culture and nightlife of the city. Rent a bike and run into (not literally of course) some friendly and laid back Dutch locals.

Amsterdam’s cafe and foodie culture has exploded, so it’s a great time to visit!

Read More: Amsterdam Travel Tips

A Cruise

While it’s not a specific destination, a cruise in any part of the world is a great travel experience for solo female travelers. Enjoy the convenience of an itinerary and secure accommodation. Unpack once and arrive at multiple destinations without having to book flights or accommodation.

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Solo Female Travel Tips: Advice from Women Who Know

To say experts may be a bit much but, as women, Tracey and I have a lot of experience traveling solo. We’ve been doing so for many years.

I went on my first solo trip in my twenties. I spent two weeks in Europe and, to tell you the truth, I was flying by the seat of my pants. I could have used some of the advice in the articles below. Since then I’ve enjoyed many years of solo travel. And, as a woman traveling alone, I’ve experienced the good and, on occasion, the bad. All of which has prepared me to write and publish Solo Traveler.

How’d we come to publish Solo Traveler? Well, for me, a love of travel, personal loss and an empty nest all conspired for me to travel solo more and begin Solo Traveler in 2009. As for Tracey, on her very first trip abroad, which was with a friend, she learned that solo travel was for her. As friends, it was natural for us to work together on Solo Traveler.

So we write. We write for male and female solo travelers in general. We write about travel and saving money, safety, destinations, packing and general solo travel tips. There’s also our Best Solo Travel Destinations: All Solo Traveler Tested and our annual best budget destinations posts to check out. There’s so much on the site. Below are links to posts specifically for women who travel alone but first, here’s our shortlist of tips for women.

Updated: 8/19/2018 | August 19th, 2018

Every month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice for solo female travelers as I obviously can’t talk expertly on the subject! She’s back this month with an awesome list of destinations for single women traveling!

Traveling solo as woman is a unique opportunity to find out exactly who you are in completely new surroundings and without anyone around from your past to influence you. That can be a scary prospect, but the good news is there are plenty of places out there that can make you feel safe and welcome. And when in the right place, a solo trip — regardless of how long it is — has the power to benefit you for years or even a lifetime thereafter.

Before I traveled alone – and realized how late it is, I was pretty terrified, mostly because I didn’t think I’d like my own company enough to be solo 24/7. I was delighted to find that I met new people constantly (something that’s true for solo travelers in general). When on the road, people are social and you’ll constantly be able to make new friends!

While it was possible to feel inspired and delighted everywhere, a few places in particular stand out as great options for women traveling alone. Below are 10 solo travel destinations that you probably didn’t expect to be awesome for solo female travelers in particular, whether for their women-oriented businesses or for their safety, solitude, spirituality, or sociability.

Here are the best solo female travel destinations out there:

1. Moab, Utah

Moab is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. For those all about the camper van life, bouldering, hiking, and kayaking, Moab has it all going on. It’s where you’ll find Canyonlands and Arches National Parks as well as Dead Horse State Park. Basically, it’s one of the most gorgeous areas on Earth with a high concentration of incredible rock formations and free campsites.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: I easily met people just by hanging around the free campsites, the coffee shops, and while watching the sunset over Dead Horse point during my solo American Southwest road trip. I tend to find that when a place attracts people because of a common shared interest, especially something outdoorsy, it tends to be social. Moab is a perfect example of that.

2. Yubeng, China

Yubeng is a remote village in the Chinese Himalayas that can only be reached by foot or mule. During the hike in, I saw Tibetan prayer flags strung from tree to tree, snow softly falling, and animals roaming freely all throughout the town. There are stupas (mound-like structures containing relics and used for meditation) everywhere.

Yubeng is peaceful in a way that much of the rest of China isn’t. The feeling is hard to explain, but it’s felt by all who pass through. If you’re overwhelmed with the rest of China, seek refuge in Yubeng.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: In the big cities, scams often target young female tourists, but in the Himalayas, you’re more of an esteemed guest. The friendly people of Yubeng are so relaxed, patient, and welcoming, as are the younger tourists who flock there, often with some English-language ability and curiosity about foreign visitors.

As a solo traveler, I was worried that I would be completely going this one alone, but I was surprised and delighted to find that young and friendly Chinese people take this route too, seeking the same sacred place.

3. Maui, Hawaii

Maui isn’t typically what comes to mind when most people think of a solo trip, but with all its activities — from surfing and hiking to driving the road to Hana and taking boating and snorkeling tours — it’s actually a great place for those flying solo.

With its constantly changing microclimates, the beautiful island has pockets of sandy sunset beaches, sprawling resorts, quaint little camping spots, and hikes through the valley.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: The cool thing about Maui is that it feels like a different country than the States, what with the tropical weather and Hawaiian culture, but you don’t need a passport, an RTW flight, or to learn a different language to enjoy it. Plus, there are female-focused activities — like the Maui Surfer Girls camp, designed specifically for solo female travelers who are looking for a supportive group of women to take up a new sport with. It’s an experience that is both empowering and fun!

4. El Chaltén, Argentina

If you love nature, there’s almost no better spot in the world to enjoy it fully than in Patagonia. Much of the region can be quite remote, but El Chaltén is Argentina’s trekking capital, and as such there are plenty of hostels there, and the whole town is totally chilled out. It also draws plenty of solo travelers who are open and happy to meet others to share the trails with, some of whom I met and hiked with when I was there (albeit not solo myself), and we left as new friends.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: With its constant catcalls, South America can sometimes feel stressful for solo female travelers, but this trekking town is different. It’s full of nature-loving artists and hippies who are welcoming, as well as hikes that are full enough of people that even if you show up solo, you can easily meet others on the trails. So, you could spend time in town just chilling and relaxing, or you could join glacier hikes, learn how to rock climb, or go on camping excursions, all of which accommodate solo travelers.

5. Iceland

It hit me as I was staring up at the Northern Lights in Iceland, watching them swirl and snake across the sky in flashes of green, that this has got to be, hands-down, one of the most unique and drop-dead gorgeous places on this planet, with its black sand beaches, icy fjords, and those huggable, iconic ponies. Where else can you see the northern lights, geysers, and incredible land formations all in one spot? I saw so many waterfalls, during my Ring Road adventure I stopped counting and even paying attention. That’s how abundant the natural beauty is!

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Iceland is the safest country in the world. Seriously, people leave their cars running, with the keys inside, when they go grocery shopping. That’s how high the level of trust between people is! Plus, the capital draws so many solo travelers on layovers from the US that it won’t be hard to meet someone cool at your hostel to split a car rental with for a day trip like the Golden Circle or even a longer journey like the Ring Road.

6. Ylläs, Finland

When thinking about an escape, heading to the Arctic during the winter was not exactly at the top of my list, but after experiencing how amazing the Arctic could be in Iceland, I went for it: Lapland, Finland, in January.

I found that when the weather is so cold that it drops to 30° below freezing, the air becomes incredibly crisp. Also, that far north, the sun barely sits on the horizon during the short time that it’s out, creating an unusual combination sunrise/sunset.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: The locals are so darn amiable that you’re sure to make a few friends, especially if you head to the female-owned-and-run Aurora Estate, where the owners can help you plan some awesome excursions snowmobiling and snowshoeing. The region is also home to the only ski slopes in the country, which tend to draw solo travelers. Head to an after-ski bar, join a husky safari, or talk to the locals in Snowman World (ice bar and restaurant). Who knows? You might catch the Northern Lights, too!

7. Big Sur, California

I call California home, but for some reason it took me until I was 29 to finally visit Big Sur — and I couldn’t believe what I had been missing: the rocky coastline, whales breaching in the distance, dolphins just about every time I looked at the horizon, and waterfalls in the state parks. It’s no wonder that the Central Coast has long enchanted actors, poets, and writers (just crack open any book by Jack Kerouac and you’re bound to read at least a little bit about coastal California, particularly Big Sur).

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Camping in Big Sur is the perfect opportunity to meet others because campers are friendly. Chances are good you can make a pal at the very next camping spot, especially if you offer them a locally-brewed beer. The hustle and bustle of Los Angeles turns some visitors off, so if what you’re seeking is some incredible nature, just head five hours north and you’ll be in paradise. How can you stare up at a redwood tree (some of the largest and oldest trees in the world) and not feel moved?

8. The Nusa Islands, Indonesia

The Nusa islands off the coast of Bali in Indonesia are exactly what you’re looking for if you want the beauty of Balinese culture but wish it came without the crowds. Made up of three islands, namely Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan, They are what people say Bali was like 30 years ago.
Think gorgeous beaches with half the crowd of Bali’s, opportunities to swim with manta rays and staying in a real treehouse, viewpoints that require some footwork but absolutely worthy, and the bluest water you can imagine. It’s a lovely place to spend a few nights on and have a nice taste of how Bali used to be.
Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Most couples traveling in this area opt for Bali, so chances of you sitting awkwardly next to a loving couple on a stunning beach is much lesser on the Nusa Islands. While some roads are in better condition than the other, they are all great for a full day of solo excursion on a bike. You are likely to end up in the same spots with other solo travelers, so meeting others is also very easy.

9. Sossusvlei, Namibia

It might seem like a barren desert isn’t the place to enjoy by yourself, but I have found it to be quite the opposite. That kind of space to think and feel can really be incredible for personal development. Plus, in Namibia, it’s warm and dry, so the sky is absolutely incredible for stargazing.

Climbing up and around Dune 45 at sunrise was a beautiful experience for me. After everyone else descended, I stayed up top to explore a bit more — and I had the whole view to myself. Can you imagine sitting in one of nature’s biggest sandboxes and having it feel like it’s all yours? My inner six-year-old rejoiced.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Namibia is adventurous and social without feeling dangerous. All of the backpackers and camping accommodations have pools and other common areas, which makes it easy to meet others if you’re solo. It’s also a gorgeous destination in Africa that isn’t crowded and chaotic and is more about the peace and space than anything else. In a country of only two million people, your biggest worry is the scorpions (for real, though — watch out for those!).

You can also join a tour or safari and meet plenty of other solo travelers. It’s what I did, and I loved it!

10. Berlin, Germany

How did a big city make this list? Well, Berlin is not just any city; it’s full of artists and has been for the past 30 or so years. It’s hard not to feel inspired in a place where so many people make their living by creating and honoring their passions. This is why I’ve also made it my home base and became a resident of Germany. I just couldn’t be without this funky place for too long!

Though it’s the capital, Berlin doesn’t feel crowded because it is so spread out. And with so many big parks in just about every neighborhood, peace and quiet is easy to come by.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Berlin draws many solo travelers, and it’s easy to meet others. It’s also a socially progressive city with a low violent crime rate that’s simple to navigate and easy to love. Take a street art tour and combine everything at once! There are also tons of expats, so check out a Meetup.com group or a Couchsurfing event to get a mix of visitors and those who are more familiar with the city.

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While solo traveling and soul-searching don’t lend themselves to a one-size-fits-all approach, generally the places that draw solo travelers are the ones that are the most interesting and unique, provide opportunities to enjoy nature and connect with others (and with yourself). Regardless of which place you’re targeting in the world, with these best places for women to travel alone covering just about every continent and style of travel, you can find a place that suits your needs!

Kristin Addis is a solo female travel expert who inspires women to travel the world in an authentic and adventurous way. A former investment banker who sold all of her belongings and left California in 2012, Kristin has solo traveled the world for over four years, covering every continent (except for Antarctica, but it’s on her list). There’s almost nothing she won’t try and almost nowhere she won’t explore. You can find more of her musings at Be My Travel Muse or on Instagram and Facebook.

Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation
If you want to stay elsewhere, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. I use them all the time. You can book your hostel – if you want that instead – with Hostelworld as they have the most comprehensive inventory.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • World Nomads (for everyone below 70)
  • Insure My Trip (for those over 70)

Looking for the best companies to save money with?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save money when I travel – and I think will help you too!

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Welcome, fellow solo traveler. This is where your adventure begins. Solo traveling is a beautiful gift. You’re going to learn so much about yourself, make so many fabulous new friends, meet so many beautiful strangers, and see so many vibrant landscapes and skyscrapers, too. The world is your oyster, but the question is, where do you start?

When I see lists like these I often just see suggestions for places women should travel to solo based on only one thing: safety. While crime stats are worth noting, they’re not the defining factor for a great place for women to travel alone. The best destinations aren’t just the popular and well-trodden ones, either. Some of the best places to travel to by yourself might be in the places you least expected, or didn’t even know existed yet.

The best places will be where locals are particularly friendly and welcoming, or it’s social due to a shared interest like surfing or diving, and even though it might be off the beaten path a bit, it’s not so remote that you’ll be the only one there. It still has that special charm that makes it feel authentic and inviting.

Sounds amazing, right? So where can you find these places? I’ve searched high and low, and these are some of my favorite destinations for solo female travel – they might surprise you:

1. Lombok, Indonesia

Because it has everything Bali had once upon a time.

Many people, myself included, are put off by Bali’s overtourism, where there’s constantly bad traffic, beaches littered with trash, and long waits for photos at popular Instagram spots. So where can one go in Indonesia where there are stunning waterfalls, nice beaches and a social yet laidback atmosphere, like Bali once upon a time had? The answer is Lombok. Not only is Lombok overall a wonderful alternative to Bali, but also cheaper. As a solo traveler, I find it easier to socialize and connect with other solo travelers in Lombok, as people tend to hang out at the same spot, like Kuta, or go to the same beaches.

2. Siargao, The Philippines

Because there’s nothing like a little solo motorbike adventure.

Siargao Island is a water-lover and general adventurer’s dream. You can go on a little solo motorbike adventure, as the roads are mostly flat and easy. It is also a surfer’s paradise with a playful soul to it, so if you are a surfing enthusiast, or have been thinking of picking it up, Siargao is perfect. The island’s popularity is growing rapidly, but the atmosphere remains laidback and relaxing. This means that it’s just as easy to meet others as to be by yourself. I was able to hang out with surfers on the beach, talk to other people in restaurants and cafes, and retreat to my little corner in an adorable guesthouse every night. It’s perfect!

3. Galápagos

Because the animals will keep you entertained.

Few places in the world offer its visitors the opportunity to share such close proximity to unique birds, reptiles, and sea critters without them turning fearful, and since most people come to the Galápagos for the animals, meeting people of the same interest becomes super easy. Whether on an island cruise or a dive trip, you are bound to meet like-minded people and have an amazing time together! Prior to my visit, I always thought the Galápagos was effectively off limits to budget backpackers, but I couldn’t be more wrong, as you can absolutely do the Galápagos on a budget!

4. Almost anywhere in French Polynesia

Because its friendliness and hospitality is out of this world.

Remember travel before the Internet was so ubiquitous, before Instagram was even a thing, and before the birth of “influencer”? Allow me to introduce you to French Polynesia, where the locals immediately treat you as though they know you, the environment is preserved and treasured by the locals, and you can truly come back to yourself. While Bora Bora may make solo travelers feel a little bit out of place, French Polynesia has way more than that to offer, and I can almost guarantee you that you will have a wonderful time as a solo girl. This is a country I know I will be returning to again and again.

5. Coffee Bay, South Africa

Because Africa isn’t ‘scary’ after all.

Africa gets a bad rap as being a scary place to travel through, and while it’s important to take precautions (here’s a list of them), that doesn’t mean solo female travelers should write it off. I love how laidback Coffee Bay (and that whole coastline) is and how many other cool backpackers are always passing through. It’s easy to meet other people, go on long walks along the bluffs on the ocean, and take in gorgeous nature. While South Africa does have a pretty high crime rate, the bulk of it is in the cities. I loved the little towns like Coffee Bay where there weren’t many people or worries around at all.

6. Tofo, Mozambique

I maintain, Africa’s not that ‘scary’.

I love Tofo, Mozambique because of the type of adventurous and interesting people it attracts. It seems like most travelers in Mozambique have a cool story, and have arrived by word-of-mouth. There are only a couple of backpackers accommodations there (I stayed at Fatima’s), and scuba dive shops, but both are excellent places to meet other solo travelers.

7. Sunset Beach, Zanzibar

Beach Bums, Unite.

The white-sand beaches and baby blue waters of Zanzibar are legendary, and there’s so much to do there from diving to swimming, boating, and perusing the markets in Stone Town. It’s attractive for a lot of reasons. I remember laughing and dancing at the reggae bar there with Masai warriors dressed in regalia, local beach boys, and tourists from all over, loving how communal and inviting it was. Even if you go there solo, you can find your people. Just lock up your stuff in the safes, as there’s some petty crime.

8. Tokyo, Japan

The capital of dining alone.

The language barrier may make you feel a little bit intimidated at first, but virtually everything from public transportation to ordering food from a local restaurant is so organized and systematic, it makes traveling in Japan such an easy and enjoyable experience. In cities like Osaka and Tokyo, there are all kinds of interesting things to do, including all kinds of themed cafes, unique museums where one can easily spend hours in, and beautiful parks perfect for people watching. Visiting Japan is also perhaps the best place to master the art of dining alone. Many solo travelers are afraid of eating alone, but in Japan, eating alone is completely normal. There are even restaurants that sell on “low interaction dining”!

9. Reykjavik, Iceland

Because it is literally the safest country in the world.

Iceland is ranked the #1 safest country in the world by Vision of Humanity, and I can attest, people left their cars running while they went grocery shopping! That’s how sure they are that nobody will steal their car. Iceland’s landscape is so unique and stunning, plus it’s great for a road trip. Reykjavik has social hostels as well, where you can find adventure partners. This guide has everything you need to know about Iceland.

10. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Perfect for times when you don’t want to hike solo, but you’re solo.

Even if you start out alone in the 5-day W or the 8-day O Circuit trek in Torres del Paine National Park, you’ll come out of it with a bunch of new friends. For the same reasons that I loved the Annapurna Circuit, I love the social atmosphere amongst campers and hikers on this trek, particularly on the back, ‘O’, part of the trail where fewer hikers go and the crowds are more intimate. Refugio Dickson, in particular, was tons of fun thanks to the social rangers who played music and organized soccer games.

11. Maui, Hawaii

Because it’s for more than just honeymooners.

It’s crazy to think that Hawaii would be a good place to travel to solo, but I was delighted to find that there were tons of things for me to do even though I wasn’t on my honeymoon. I made friends easily while snorkeling, found a lot of active adventures, like hiking to waterfalls on the Road to Hana, and found a surf school especially for women as well!

12. New Orleans, The USA

Stay entertained!

New Orleans turned out to be one of the most enjoyable solo trips I’ve had. I spent a week in the Big Easy, and was kept entertained by the huge variety of things to do. Even when I dined alone in restaurants, the wait staff and the others were totally open to talk, and almost everyone I met had a suggestion for me on where to go next. I never felt like the odd woman out either as I sometimes do in beachy or couples’ destinations.

Click here for a complete solo guide to the Big Easy!

13. Montana, The USA

Because it is so meditative and relaxing!

Montana is the type of place where the locals deeply value nature they’re blessed with, and where visitors can find abundant yoga classes, opportunities to walk among ancient trees, and ample opportunity to relax and reflect. Country roads make way for organic grocery stores, crystal shops, and artist galleries. I was lucky to be able to experience Montana through the locals’ eyes, and found many meditative things to do and places to go, including Crystal Sound Bowl Meditation and standup paddleboarding.

14. Québec, Canada

The colors!

Because it’s one of the safest and friendliest places you will visit.

Quite possibly the safest and most scenic place to drive through, Québec is a special place with endless beauty to offer to its visitors. If you are looking for a comfortable solo road trip experience with great accommodation choices, delicious food, and friendly locals, Québec is perfect for just that. Come for the beautiful fall foliage, but stay for the food, hospitality, and uncrowded adventures in a beautiful part of Canada.

15. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Because waterfalls are best when shared.

Iguazu Falls is one of Argentina’s most-visited attractions and for good reason, I mean just look at that beauty. There are plenty of social places to stay, from mid-range hotels to hostels. A friend of mine told me he enjoyed his guesthouse so much that it took him three days to actually leave the hostel and go see the waterfall!

16. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Because places that attract surfers are social by nature.

This little surfing town on Sri Lanka’s east coast, which doesn’t get nearly as much tourism as the booming south, is so tranquil and chill, it’s hard to leave. Places that have a sport as their main draw always attract more solo travelers, and this little surfing town in paradise is one of them. Extra points if you take the train there, one of the best parts about traveling through Sri Lanka.

17. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Because hikers are friendly people.

I geared up for the Annapurna Circuit, a 2-week hiking loop in Nepal, solo. I remained solo up until departure, and didn’t have a hiking buddy until I met one on my bus ride in, picked up two more in the coming days near the top, and expanded the group even further. By the time we finished, we were a group of six. A communal endeavor like hiking tends to bring people together.

18. Along the Wild Atlantic Way’s West Coast, Ireland

Because this is one friendly road trip.

It’s the small towns on Ireland’s least populated coast that can be the most social. In a country that’s already pretty friendly, I found that people were especially friendly along the Wild Atlantic Way on the Connemara Coast. Just walk into any pub and within a few seconds someone will be talking to and joking around with you.

19. Berlin, Germany

Where you can truly be yourself.

Berlin is hands down, one of the coolest cities in the world. It’s like Brooklyn meets San Francisco with an LA vibe. Whatever you identify yourself as, you can easily find your tribe here. The city is filled with creative people, alternative things to do, and delicious food to devour. I never felt like the odd one out being a solo girl in the city, because people couldn’t care less (in a good way). You can dress like a unicorn diarrhea and barely anyone would bat an eyelash. What’s not to love about that?

20. El Chaltén, Argentina

The most social place in Patagonia.

Much of Patagonia, particularly along the Carretera Austral, is remote and quiet, but if you’re solo, El Chaltén is the best mix of nature and social opportunities. The hostels are warm and friendly places, many of the hikes and campsites are well-loved, and it’s easy to meet others on the more trodden hikes. Far from the cat calls of Buenos Aires, I found El Chaltén to be a breath of fresh air.

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After traveling for over seven years, mostly by myself, I’ve found some really special gems around this world that seemed to have that special something that was missing from many others, and all of these places have that.

I was delighted to find, sometimes in places I least expected, that such friendly people and amazing social atmosphere could exist, and that’s the beauty of traveling on your own.

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SOLO WOMAN TRAVEL

Solo Woman Travel

Are you a woman longing to go on a solo backpacking trip?

Do you feel apprehensive just thinking about traveling alone? Especially to a place that you haven’t visited before? It might seem overwhelming, but there are so many benefits of traveling alone it might be time to reconsider.

We crave new experiences and new adventures, but might also think it’s impossible to do it without a travel buddy. But, in fact, when you are alone you will have more chances to do these.

Whether you are a working woman who has saved up to go on that epic Euro backpacking trip or a fresh graduate who has just got done with the crazy board exams and can’t wait to explore the world , a solo trip is a must!

There are so many solo woman travel destinations to choose from – Europe is definitely is one of them!

Being a team of well-travelled girls, we sure know the tips and tricks for women traveling alone.

Here’s why we recommend solo female travel:

  • You get to be in charge of yourself
  • You become independent
  • You discover more about yourself
  • You meet new people
  • You’ll take home awesome memories

We, at The Backpacker Co. specialize in trips for solo women travellers across Europe and Japan. Even though our trips have a mix of both the genders, we get a lot of first time solo travellers waiting to get out of their cubicle and discover the world on their own.

So go on, what are you waiting for? Catch that flight and start ticking off places from your bucket list already!Trust us; you won’t regret this one at all.

To know more about our trips for solo women travellers, please contact us on +919820027737 / +919820027421 😀 #WhyDoBoring

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The USA is gorgeous, from sea to shining sea. I love being from such a huge and varied country with all kinds of different landscapes, cultures, and things to see. If I spent my lifetime never leaving the States and only exploring my own backyard, I’d have so much variety it would still feel like I’d traveled far and wide.

It’s incredible that in one country you can get some of the highest mountain tops, tropical beaches in Hawaii and glaciers in Alaska, plus rocky and warm deserts with some of the most breathtaking rock formations on planet Earth.

So for those who want to test out solo traveling at home before they go abroad, or if you’re from elsewhere and want to see what the US has to offer to solo travelers, you’ve made a great choice. But with so many options, you might be wondering where to start.

Below are some of my favorites in the USA, plus the advice of several other solo female travelers to get you started:

1. Alabama Hills, California

The Alabama Hills is an area of BLM land, meaning it’s owned by the public, with arches, beautiful views of the Eastern Sierras, and lots of Hollywood history. I did a solo road trip here and enjoyed every minute of it. If you are a photography lover, the Alabama Hills has plenty of photogenic stops, including the popular Movie Road as pictured above, Mobius Arch (go at sunset!), Boot Arch, and Miss Alabama herself.

As a solo traveler, you’ll get lots of solitude in the Alabama Hills and the other deserts on my California deserts road trip, which I personally loved. This is one of the beautiful things about traveling in this part of the world – all the wide open spaces and the spiritual vibe. Plus, you can’t beat the stargazing or the sunsets!

2. Page, Arizona

Taken in the Upper Antelope canyon

Page is the jumping-off point for several of Arizona’s most beautiful places. I was blown away by Horseshoe Bend and of course the famous Antelope Canyon in particular. Since this part of the world attracts so many travelers, I found it easy to have conversations with others who were free camping with me, and even made a friend when I ventured to the paid campsites for a shower (but not in the shower itself, it was in the parking lot later, I swear).

If you’re considering which of the two canyons to visit I did a comparison of Lower and Upper here, though both are worth checking out for different reasons!

3. San Francisco, California

At Baker Beach

Whenever people who aren’t from the state visit California, almost everyone ends up falling in love with San Francisco. As a native Southern Californian it’s in my DNA to roll my eyes and find this offensive but deep down, I silently agree. The Bay Area in general is beautiful, temperate, and has a unique culture. My European friends often say it has a charm that reminds them of home.

I love it for the ease of getting around on the BART system, how small and contained the city itself is, how picturesque, and how multicultural it is. Try a yoga or meditation class, head there during Pride or Outside Lands music festival, and see some live music. It’s the perfect place to jump off from or end up in when on a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway too!

Book your stay in San Francisco here, or check this mushroom dome on Airbnb out!

4. Bayfield, Wisconsin

Apostle Islands sailing – what a dream

Midwesterners are known for being friendly and they lived up to their reputation when I visited Bayfield, Wisconsin. It’s an artsy town with outgoing people, and it is small enough that it feels intimate yet big enough that there is plenty to do. Join a kayaking trip, a boat trip, or take a drive around to the various orchards.

There are plenty of beaches and quirky hangouts as well. If you love camping, there’s plenty of that and if you visit in the winter, the famous caves ice over, which looks incredible. If you’re into photography and the outdoors, then you will absolutely love this little town on Lake Superior, the jumping-off point for the Apostle Islands.

Book your stay in Bayfield here, or spend a night on a sailboat!

5. Moab, Utah

Dead Horse Point

Moab is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. For those all about the camper van life, bouldering, hiking, and kayaking, Moab has it all going on. It’s where you’ll find Canyonlands and Arches National Parks as well as Dead Horse Point State Park. Basically it’s one of the most gorgeous areas on Earth with a high concentration of incredible rock formations and free campsites.

I easily met people just by hanging around the free campsites, the coffee shops, and while watching the sunset over Dead Horse Point during my solo American Southwest road trip. I tend to find that when a place attracts people because of common shared interest, especially something outdoorsy, it tends to be social. Moab is a perfect example of that.

Book your stay in Moab here, or check out this awesome Airbnb with 600+ 5-star ratings!

6. Big Sur, California

Big Sur’s famous spot for whale watching, just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

I’ve looked on every continent and I still haven’t found anywhere as beautiful or majestic as Big Sur on the central coast in California. Though it’s had its fair share of disasters lately, when accessible, McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is one of the dreamiest waterfalls I’ve seen.

Big Sur is a fantastic place to unwind. If you want to meet others, the campsites can be pretty social. However when I’m out there, I find the best companions are the dolphins and whales jumping out of the water, the squirrels and deer on the trail, and the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. For more on my favorite state and national parks in California, check out my musings on Alamo’s Scenic Route.

Book your stay in Big Sur here, or stay in a yurt!

7. Squaw Valley, California

Beautiful view from KT-22 at Squaw

“My go-to solo trip destination is Squaw Valley. During the winter, Squaw offers amble skiable terrain that is safe to navigate solo, in addition to a wide array of yoga classes and spa services perfect for wrapping up a long day of solo skiing or boarding.

Bailey at Squaw

The variety of restaurants at Squaw also cater to the solo female travel with many offering small intimate booths where you can curl up with a book and hot toddy while waiting for your meal. When the snow has melted, Squaw is still my favorite solo trip destination as it offers dozens of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. For those who don’t feel comfortable hiking or biking on their own, there are multiple companies who offer guided tours.” – Bailey of Feng Shui Mommy

Book your stay in Squaw Valley here!

8. Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas, baby!

Las Vegas wouldn’t have been the first place that I would have expected to be awesome alone, but with so much to do, it’s actually perfect!

According to Noni, “I’ve traveled in North America by myself and I’ve never enjoyed anything more than Las Vegas!! I’m not American and didn’t expect much before, but when I arrived I knew it was so much better than any other location in Northern America!

Noni in Vegas

It’s very easy to meet people, everybody’s in a good mood and very open to meeting new people, there’s a bus that’s very popular and goes every couple of minutes which makes traveling easy and there’s so much to do, from cinemas and clubs to bowling and casino’s – Las Vegas is definitely my favorite place to travel as a female solo traveler!” – Noni of Noni May

Book your stay in Las Vegas here!

9. New Orleans, Louisiana

That iconic New Orleans look!

“I believe New Orleans is a perfect place for solo female travelers to visit. I have traveled there on my own and loved it. The city may be known for Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, but there is a fascinating and rich cultural history to discover over a long weekend. There’s something for everyone in NOLA. For starters, I suggest staying in a boutique hotel on Royal Street, right near the allegedly haunted LaLaurie Mansion. While you’re there, tour cemeteries in the Garden District and the French Quarter, and sample the town’s famous beignets, po’ boys, and beverages.

Entertainment is plentiful and ranges from low key to raging parties. Learn about the dueling reign and lingering influence of France and Spain, or the city’s centuries-long history of voodoo and witchcraft. Or join the revelers in the Fruit Loop for a round of Hand Grenades. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re in the mood for and stay within your budget, too.

New Orleans is a large city, but easy to navigate on foot or by streetcar and bus. I never felt unsafe as a solo traveler because the streets are always bustling with tourists and locals, although it’s smart to practice precautions appropriate for travel in any big city.” – Brittany of Transformed Thru Travel

Book your stay in New Orleans here. Airbnb has a bunch of great options, too.

10. Maui, Hawaii

Learn to surf!

I forgive you if you don’t think of Hawaii when you think of great places to travel solo, and I wouldn’t have either until I actually went to Maui alone last year. It was fantastic! There was so much to do, from a women’s surf school, to driving the Road to Hana, and joining snorkeling trips.

I thought I would be surrounded by honeymooners but I actually found that people were very outgoing and friendly, coupled off or not. I highly recommend Maui solo, much to my surprise!

Book your stay in Maui here, or check this adorable cottage out!

11. The Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii looking beautiful

“The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the best places for adventurous solo female travelers to visit. With volcanoes, world-class dive sites, interesting beaches, and miles of hiking trails, any girl with a penchant for the unexplored can never get bored. Solo travelers will love watching lava bubble at the top of Mauna Loa, snorkeling in Honaunau Bay, and visiting Uncle Robert’s night market — an eclectic market that serves fresh food and sells handmade clothing, beauty products, and decor.

Chantae doing her thing!

It’s easy to meet friends through activities, at the beach, and by going on day tours. The island is easy to navigate with a rental car as there is one main road that circles around the entire island. Most people consider going to the more tourist-heavy islands like Oahu, but the Big Island is an underrated spot that is well worth the trek over.” – Chantae of The Salt Sirens

Book your stay in The Big Island here, or consider staying in a real treehouse (!).

12. Seattle, Washington

International District Arch in Seattle

“Traveling solo in Seattle is great because it offers such a variety of activities that you can enjoy some solitude or plant yourself in an area teeming with activity (or even do both easily on the same day). Seattle offers neighborhoods with distinct character, food from any culture you can imagine, fantastic museums, and gorgeous public parks.

Robin and Ava canoeing!

A highlight of any trip to Seattle was experiencing the exceptionally talented local musicians that perform throughout the city on most nights. Jazz, experimental, rock, punk, metal, baroque, blues, hip-hop ­– all there waiting for you. Public transit can get you most places during the day and taxis/ride-shares are readily available for late night adventures. It is very common for people to dine solo or listen to live music by themselves in Seattle, so no need to hesitate or feel awkward. Also, if you have heard of the “Seattle Freeze” don’t worry locals are actually friendly and helpful once you start the conversation. But no umbrellas please!” – Robin of LETgo: Grab Opportunity

Book your stay in Seattle here. There are many great options on Airbnb, too!

13. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

“Cape Cod is known as the tail of Massachusetts and a family-friendly beach destination in New England, but it’s also very well suited to solo female travelers. Why? Because it’s extremely safe, easy to get around, and downright beautiful. The Cape is just over an hour’s drive from Boston or Providence. You’ll definitely want to have a car so that you can freely explore its beautiful beaches. The ocean beaches are all lined with epic sand dunes, while the bay beaches host the most stunning sunsets (if you’re lucky enough to catch one at low tide, wow – the reflections off the puddles in the sand flats are something else!).

Lindsay in Cape Cod

Outdoor adventurers should tackle the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which runs for 25 miles from Dennis to Wellfleet. There are outposts all along the trail where you can rent a bike and cycle past cranberry bogs, marshes, and lakes. Or for slightly less-active adventures, hit up Wellfleet for the weekend flea market and drive-in movies, gay-friendly Provincetown for shopping and nightlife, and just about any restaurant for the Cape’s legendary clam chowder.” – Lindsay of Frugal Frolicker

Book your stay in Cape Cod here, or look for an Airbnb!

14. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pretty, pretty Minneapolis

“I call Minneapolis the Stockholm of the Midwest. It’s filled with Swedish-Americans, gets very cold in winter (colder than Stockholm, actually), and has many opportunities to enjoy the fine arts.

Hayley in Minneapolis

“For a solo female traveler, it’s a perfect big city to visit. It’s safe to wander around, has beautiful architecture and natural vistas, provides great bike paths, and features plenty of fun shops like cafes and stationary boutiques.

When it comes to the outdoors, in the summertime it’s wonderful to explore all the green space and the hundreds of lakes nearby. And in the winter you have plenty of opportunities to go ice skating, skiing/snowboarding, and snowshoeing. No matter the time of year, Minneapolis has plenty on the calendar for you to enjoy.” – Hayley of International Hotdish

Book your stay in Minneapolis here, or look for an Airbnb!

15. Sun Valley, Idaho

Idaho really must be one of the most beautiful states in the wintertime. I celebrated New Year’s there last year and I just loved the welcoming and friendly vibe.

Sun Valley is a quaint town with fantastic skiing, snowshoeing, naturally occurring hot springs, and locals who are more than happy to have a conversation with visitors and newcomers. Idaho is so underrated! If you want to venture outside of Sun Valley, there are tons of amazing hot springs to check out. You can find my itinerary here.

Book your stay in Idaho here, or stay in a cozy, heated treehouse!

Though the USA is huge, and no list could ever do the wealth of places to see and experience justice, these are a few of our favorites. I hope this list helped you to get a sense of where to start, or continue, your solo journey.

If you have some favorite solo spots to share, please tell me in the comments below!

*This post was brought to you in partnership with Alamo Rent A Car. All thoughts on the best places to travel solo in the USA belong to their respective authors.

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Not sure you’re a group travel person? If you’re a woman seeking a new, authentic, and sustainable way to see your dream destination, women-only travel operators can take your trip to new heights. Group options like tours catering to those who identify as female can take you across the globe in a more inspiring and authentic way than the average tour does. And in the post-#MeToo era, the number of women-only travel possibilities has skyrocketed.

New Women Only Travel Escapes for 2019

Last year I rounded up some women-only travel providers offering inspiring getaways, and this Women’s History Month, there are so many more new options (and even more companies joining in) to choose from. Make 2019 the year you finally embark on an all-women adventure that inspires you. Your entire group could be women—down to the guides.

AdventureWomen

AdventureWomen

A veteran in the women-only travel game, AdventureWomen has offered all-women small group adventure tours for 35 years now—and just added four new itineraries for 2019. New to the line-up is hiking Tasmania’s Overland Track, seeing the Galapagos Islands by yacht, and hopping the Trans-Siberian Railway through Russia. AdventureWomen travel groups are never larger than 14 people.

Joining an AdventureWomen trip often means connecting with other frequent-traveling women; the company says 50 percent of its travelers are repeat guests. Popular AdventureWomen options include conquering Everest Base Camp in Nepal, mother-daughter horseback riding in Iceland, Day of the Dead and surfing in Mexico, and bear tracking in Alaska.

REI Women’s Adventures

REI Womens Adventures

You might know REI as an outdoor retailer, but it also offers an array of international and stateside adventure tours that include women-only travel experiences like camping and backpacking. Since launching its Women’s Adventures in 2017, REI’s women-only travel options have grown each year. New trips for 2019 include a Sedona women’s adventure, all-female backpacking in Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, and women’s sea kayaking in the Carolinas. On top of the four new trips that launched with the new year, REI Adventures also just added a new Galapagos Islands multi-sport Women’s Adventure.

Wild Women Expeditions

The world’s largest women-only travel company, Wild Women Expeditions is offering five new 2019 trips to Borneo’s volcanoes and islands, Morocco’s Atlantic coast and Atlas Mountains, and Croatia’s Mediterranean coast and Dalmatian islands—all of which promise female trip leaders.

The company also launched a new initiative in honor and observance of International Women’s Day called Womenkind, which aims to protect forests from climate change and hire more local women as guides. Wild Women is one of many women-only travel groups that you can feel good about booking with because you’ll be supporting active sustainable initiatives across the globe.

MT Sobek

MT Sobek

New to the women-only travel group world is MT Sobek, which launched its five women-only trip offerings this year. Options include a Norway mountain hiking adventure, a historic Women of Patagonia trek that connects hiking and the female entrepreneurs of the region, and a California coast-to-crest adventure starting at the coast of Sonoma and walking, hiking, and driving to Yosemite.

Intrepid Travel Women’s Expeditions

Intrepid Travel

If you’re looking to get off the beaten path and connect with local women on your next bucket-list trip, there are more options than ever. Intrepid Travel is expanding upon the women-only trips to the Middle East it launched last year by adding Asia and Africa departures into the mix.

The tour provider announced this Women’s History Month that by expanding to India, Kenya, Nepal, and Turkey in 2019 it will more than double its collection of Women’s Expeditions. And the highlight might be the inclusion of a female-only Women’s Festival, Gangaur, in Rajasthan, where henna painting, colorful art, and dancing take over the streets for days. But there’s also overland adventures with a female truck driver in Kenya, climbing the Himalayas with an all-female crew in Nepal, and the ancient tradition of all-women hammam spas in Turkey.

The new options are additions to the women-only tours it already offered to Morocco, Iran, and Jordan. Intrepid says those women-only options “quickly became of Intrepid Travel’s most-popular,” and so the previously limited-edition trips have grown into 36 women-only departures across seven countries.

Perillo’s Learning Journeys

Part of Perillo Tours, Perillo’s Learning Journeys specializes in immersive, hands-on experiences that now include women-only travel options—making it another tour operator putting travelers in the homes and businesses of women across the globe. And there’s as many inspiring local visits as there are opportunities to cross once-in-a-lifetime experiences off your bucket list.

Peaceful Peru is a seven-day cultural immersion through the Sacred Valley that includes a garment weaving lesson with handcraft artisans, and of course the journey to Machu Picchu. Spiritual Northern India is an 11-day trip that includes a cooking lesson and volunteer visit to a girls’ orphanage before seeing the famed Taj Mahal. Blissful Bali is a 12-day journey that focuses as much on the island’s natural beauty and spirit as it does on the local communities by visiting to a local elementary school and participating in yoga and traditional temple ceremonies.

Orvis Events and Trips

Orvis

Another outdoor retailer with a new array of women-only travel options, Orvis’ all-female experiences are an opportunity to try something totally new (or meet some like-minded outdoorswomen) with an expert: fly fishing. Orvis trips are all-inclusive in terms of equipment and gear for fly fishing in bucket-list spots like Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Patagonia, and Belize.

Souljourn Yoga Retreats

Souljourn Yoga

A non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for girls’ education rights through international yoga retreats, Souljourn Yoga bills its trips as “far from your typical beach-side yoga retreats.” Participants are completely immersed in the culture in each destination, from Peru to Morocco, Tibet, Cambodia, Rwanda, and South Africa. Retreat options for 2019 include challenging hiking in Tibet, tracking gorillas in Rwanda, conquering Table Mountain in South Africa, and benefitting sister non-profits along the way that support equal education rights for women across the globe.

WHOA+ Adventures by WHOA Travel

A division of WHOA Travel launched this year by a plus-size woman, for plus-size women, WHOA+ Adventures focuses on body positivity for “like-bodied women” on intense adventures like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and exploring Machu Picchu. WHOA Travel stands for “Women High on Adventure,” and all of its women’s travel itineraries are designed to support local female-run businesses and nonprofit women’s organizations. WHOA also offers trips to Everest Base Camp, Machu Picchu, and Iceland—but many departures book up within weeks of becoming available.

SwellWomen Surf Retreats

SwellWomen

If you’re looking to make some yogi friends and/or learn how to surf, SwellWomen‘s boutique, upscale retreats to surf destinations across the world include yoga and relaxing natural environments with instructors and “transformational coaches.” Destinations for 2019 range from Hawaii, Costa Rica, and El Salvador to Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

For more ideas, see Top Travel Destinations for 2019.

More from SmarterTravel:

  • How Men and Women Travel Differently
  • Inspiring Travel Tips from Women’s Travel Fest
  • The Anatomy of the Perfect Plane Outfit for Women

SmarterTravel’s Shannon McMahon writes about all things travel and made finally doing a women-only travel experience her new year’s resolution for 2019. Follow her on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Need Some Great Women’s Vacation Ideas?

There are a lot of great vacation ideas for women who want to take a break. Spas, weekend getaways, and the beach are all great women’s vacations, favorites for many girlfriend getaways. You’ll find these, and many more vacation ideas, within these pages.

But it was also my parents who introduced me to Chicago and Washington, DC, too, and instilled the love of learning and exploring.

And while I cherish those memories, those are family vacations.

Those are not women’s vacations.

For many women, husbands and kids are the focal point of much of their lives. Vacations are spent as a family, as mine were when I was growing up. But at some point, your family grows up and you may lose your travel partner. That doesn’t signal the end of your traveling – it’s just a new beginning!

“Sisters trips” are great vacation ideas.

We’ve been to Hawaii, London, San Antonio, Charleston – and have gotten closer as a result.

Whether you call them girlfriend getaways, sister trips, or a mother daughter vacation, it’s important for women to get together as women (not always mothers or wives) and re-connect.

Some women no longer have a travel partner, for whatever reason. Women are often solo travelers, and many tour operators welcome those traveling on their own. It’s a great way to meet new people, make new friends – or see the world with others, while still having some privacy at the end of the day!

Women often view travel as a way of broadening their horizons, learning something new, exploring the world and gaining new expereiences.

Keeping active, physically and mentally – that’s the key to a good life!

Personally, I like unusual vacation ideas – stretching your boundaries as you learn to surf or paint, learn to cook a new cuisine, or try your hand at adventure – that’s a great vacation for women!

Maybe you’d like vacation ideas that are a little more conventional, but with a twist: A river cruise instead of an ocean cruise, glamping instead of camping, or an unusual walking tour. Break out of your rut and try something different!

Perhaps you’d like to do your holiday shopping at a European Christmas Market – what a great way to experience Europe, celebrate the holiday season, and get gifts for friends and family!

Women’s vacations are anything that allows you to spend time with family and friends to relax and “catch up”; it can also be “me time”, when you want to get away by yourself.

But no matter who you travel with, a really great women’s vacation is about the experience – learning, growing, getting out of your comfort zone – just a bit – to try something new.

We also have plenty of other resources to make travel planning easier

• First, we’ll help you plan and book your trip, helping you decide whether or not you need an agent or can book on your own.

• Find out about the latest passport rules and other documents, or pick up a few airport tips to reduce your travel hassels.

• Learn how to save money on air, hotels, and even meals when traveling.

• Find out what to pack and how to pack to reduce airline fees (and save your back!)

Ready to get started? Just click on one of our vacation ideas or travel tips, and start planning your next women’s vacation!

Great Women’s Vacations in Women’s Day Magazine!

Great Women’s Vacations has been mentioned in an article in the May, 2011, issue of Woman’s Day Magazine. The article, about how to plan a girlfriend getaway, has lots of tips on how to handle finances, responsibilities, etc – along with plenty of reasons you need to get away with “the girls”! We’re mentioned at the end of the article, with other resources for planning your getaway.

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  • Spa and Yoga Vacations
  • Beach Vacations
  • Weekend Getaways
  • Food and Wine Vacations
  • Learning Vacations
  • Walking Vacations
  • River Cruise and Small Ship Vacations
  • Glamping Vacations

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Hey, I know that going on your first solo trip can be nerve-wracking, from deciding to go, to planning, to actually going.

I was surprised to find, and I think this is a common experience, that the hardest part was making the decision to go. Once I was on the road, everything fell into place, I found my stride, and I enjoyed it so much that I laughed at how scared I’d previously been of the whole idea.

Traveling alone is a gift. You will be presented with daily opportunities to learn and grow, and you will become closer to yourself as a result.

Since it can be overwhelming deciding where to go first, I’ve compiled a list after 6 years of firsthand solo traveling experience with 10 destinations that I loved, and I know you will, too:

1. Thailand

Catching the sunrise in Thailand.

It should not come as a surprise that the Land of Smiles is first on the list – it’s the perfect spot to ‘test the water’. Thailand is affordable, easy to travel through, friendly, full of other travelers, and delicious. There are multiple daily flights from all over the world arriving in Bangkok, the country’s capital, sending new and seasoned backpackers, budget and luxury travelers, fresh grads and retirees, solo travelers (like you!) and tour groups on an epic journey around the country.

Just last year, 35 million people visited Thailand. What I am trying to say is, there’s something for everybody there!

I recommend beginning in Bangkok and learning how to fall in love with the city, or starting off in Chiang Mai up north. There are so many things to do around there, like cooking courses and temples, and playing with elephants ethically. Next, head south and go scuba diving around one of the many gorgeous islands, some of which are well known and some of which are lesser known, or even participate in a 10-day silent meditation retreat. If you end up loving your experience in Thailand, it is so easy to extend your journey and explore the surrounding countries by plane, train, or bus. For more check out:

The Ideal Thailand Backpacking Route

2. Malaysia

Malaysia is often overlooked as a travel destination in favor of its neighbors and to me it’s mind-boggling! Malaysia is one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia, making it perfect for easing yourself into a different environment before venturing to other more off-beat places in the region. As a multi-cultural country, the locals generally speak at least 2 languages, and English is usually one of them. I personally never had a problem with communication when traveling in Malaysia. In fact, a common language helped me have more local interaction in Malaysia, including participating in local events and being invited to local family celebrations.

Similar to Thailand, you can have all kinds of travel experiences in Malaysia, from cities, to small towns, to beaches, and to mountains. When it comes to meeting other travelers, it’s still pretty easy in Malaysia, as with all of Southeast Asia, though there are fewer tourists overall. I also think when it comes to islands, diving, and off the beaten path experiences, it’s hard to beat Malaysia, both peninsular and Borneo. So if you are hoping for an interesting cultural experience minus the language barrier on your first solo trip abroad, Malaysia could be the perfect choice.

The Cost of Traveling in Peninsular Malaysia

3. Japan

Japan is one of the cleanest, safest, most polite, and most organized countries I’ve ever visited. It was also one of the most unique in terms of culture, food, and the delightful mastery of technology in everything from art museums to the bathrooms.

I should warn you that language will be a problem at some point. I got pretty confused at the train stations as some signs are only in Japanese, and since English isn’t commonly spoken, it was challenging at times communicating with some hotel staff and restaurant waiters. However, you can always rely on apps to navigate your way around, and use the classic “point and nod” method to order your food. All that said, people are so kind and friendly, the language barrier wasn’t stressful like it can be elsewhere. The transportation system is so widespread and punctual, you’ll never have to worry about getting from point A to point B.

If you are traveling solo for the first time, the idea of sleeping in a hostel room can be daunting. In Japan, you can opt for a capsule hotel, which is very similar to a hostel, except that your bed space is much more confined, and your personal space is respected. Eating alone is not only acceptable, but a norm in Japan, so it’s an awesome place to practice the art of dining alone as well, if that’s usually intimidating to you.

The Best Things to do in Tokyo

4. Iceland

Iceland is gorgeous, an outdoorsy person’s dream, and it’s ranked as the safest country in the world several years running. This means that you (and your worried parents) can put your worries aside. Another thing you wouldn’t have to worry about is getting lost. Most travelers in Iceland drive the Golden Circle or Ring Road, and while I think it is perfect for a road trip with a buddy, it’s amazing solo, too. If you don’t feel like driving, the local public transportation system is great, too.

Additionally, Iceland is delightfully small and intimate. With such a small population, Iceland feels more like a big local neighborhood where everybody knows everybody and there’s so much trust that people don’t even lock their cars when they grocery shop. Almost everyone speaks English quite well, so there’s no language barrier, either.

The only drawback is that Iceland is pretty expensive. You can cut the costs down by staying in hostels and buying your own groceries. But I’d say that Iceland is absolutely worth it if you can afford it!

The Perfect Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

5. Germany

Germany is my favorite country in Europe. I liked it so much that I moved to Berlin for five years. I think that Berlin in particular is perfect for first-time solo female travelers – there are so many things that are perfect to do alone, such as visiting the galleries, joining an alternative street art tour, and shopping at the flea markets. When you’ve had enough of the artistic scene in Berlin, you can hop on a train and go to Spreewald, Stuttgart, and visit the castles in the rest of Baden-Wüttemberg, to enjoy the beautiful nature Germany has to offer.

The country is safe, navigation is a breeze, English is widely spoken, the locals are generally helpful – Germany just checks all of the boxes for first time solo travelers! I also really appreciate the cultural diversity, and for some reason, it is a place where I feel like I can be 100% my true self without being judged, and that could very well be what you are looking for in your trip.

An insider tip? Germany is perfect for fall. 🙂

A Comprehensive Guide to Germany

13 of the Most Magical Castles in Germany

6. New Zealand

Photo by Liz of Young Adventuress

If you are under the age of 30 and planning a working holiday, New Zealand may end up being the destination of your first solo trip abroad, and that’s perfect! Many people utilize this opportunity to explore the country on their days off or after finishing up work contracts, and with New Zealand being such an awesome country to do road trip in, I highly recommend gathering 3-4 people and renting a camper van to drive around both islands.

Even if you are not considering the working holiday opportunity, New Zealand is still awesome for first-time solo travelers, especially if you are comfortable driving long distances. You could take the buses and trains, which are generally convenient and inexpensive, but to get to off-beat places, a car is much more ideal. Navigation is fairly easy and the locals are incredibly friendly and helpful. Perhaps the best thing to do is to stay in a social hostel for your first couple of days in New Zealand and look for a road trip buddy – just because you set this trip off alone, it doesn’t mean that you need to be by yourself the entire trip!

Overall, New Zealand is perfect for any outdoorsy person – think stunning islands, blue dolphins, rugged glaciers, and gorgeous lakes, as well as various routes to hike through. The local friendliness, safety, and easy navigation are just the cherry on top. Practice with some short road trips and solo hikes at home, and when you are ready, New Zealand’s just a flight away.

10 Iconic Views in New Zealand

7. California

To my non-American readers, if you are looking at the States for your first solo trip abroad, allow me to present you the home I grew up in – California! While each state has something to offer, and many places in the USA are perfect for solo travelers, I truly believe that California is the perfect state for first-time solo travelers.

Some of the best spots in California are San Francisco, Humboldt County, Orange County, and everything along the Pacific Coast Highway. I suggest beginning in San Francisco, as it’s a tourist favorite with ample public transport, high walkability, and its vibrant culture. There’s truly nowhere else like the Bay Area. If you want to head off the beaten path, Humboldt and Lost Coast are beautiful and laid back. There are also a bunch of road trip routes to choose from. My favorites are the Southwest as well as the Pacific Coast. Finally, if you want to see the last free place in America, head down to Slab City. There are just endless ways to enjoy California as a solo traveler!

An Awesome American Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

8. Hawaii

Hawaii isn’t typically what comes to mind when most people think of a solo trip, but I was so pleasantly surprised when I was there, and genuinely think that it’s actually perfect for first-time solo travelers!

Thanks to its rich culture and tropical climate, Hawaii feels more like a country of its own, with so many things to do that are totally solo-friendly. You could do a solo road trip along the Road to Hana, do a solo exploration of Lanai, or join the Maui Surfer Girls camp, designed specifically for solo female travelers who are looking for a supportive group of women to take up a new sport with. It’s an experience that is both empowering and fun!

How to have an Amazing Solo Adventure in Maui

9. Peru

If your heart is set on South America for your first solo trip, I recommend Peru. This incredibly diverse country will expose you to a variety of experiences, cultures, and especially climates. The iconic spots such as Rainbow Mountain, Huacachina, the Peruvian Amazon, the Inca Trail, and many other hiking trails are absolutely gorgeous. I mean, they are all bucket list worthy items!

As most people visiting Peru end up visiting these spots, you will hardly be alone, and most tours are more than happy to welcome single supplements. Peru also has a vibrant backpacker scene so it’s really easy to meet others at hostels and on tours. My biggest piece of advice for you is that you learn a little Spanish. Don’t expect locals to know English.

Maybe Peru’s safety reputation isn’t as great as the other countries on the list, but really, all you need to do is to exercise the same precautions back home when you are in Peru. Here are 31 safety tips from 31 solo female travelers to get you started.

The Perfect Peru Packing List

10. Botswana

Want your first solo trip memories to be filled with wild elephants? Botswana’s the answer, as it has more wild elephants than anywhere else in Africa. In fact, Botswana is my favorite country for wildlife viewing out of all of the African countries I’ve traveled to so far. It is slightly more expensive than other countries in Africa, but it’s also one of the safest, and has decent roads and a great safari lodge system as well. It is also quite the perfect place to try out glamping, especially since the cost of basic dorms may not differ much from private accommodations.

A Quick Guide to Botswana

These are the 10 destinations that I have personally traveled in and think that are perfect for first time solo travelers. If you have other destinations in mind, please share in the comments! Let’s help more people realize their dreams of a solo adventure – it truly is the best gift one can give to herself!

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The 10 best places to travel alone

Backpacking and solo travel go together like peas and carrots, like Forrest and Jenny. Why should we wait for our friends to be ready to explore the world when we can venture out solo, meet heaps of incredible new people and discover an inner independence and sense of freedom that we never knew existed? More and more solo travellers head to hostels each year to take advantage of the social areas and friendly, laid-back vibes. But where are the best places to travel alone?

We’ve looked into the trending solo travel hotspots around the globe to give you The 411 on where to visit on your next independent adventure. It’s time to treat yo’self to the trip of a lifetime! Here are our 10 best places to travel alone based on our highest number of solo bookings.

1. The USA

📍 San Francisco, California 📷@izzyworldwide_

The USA is one of the best solo travel destinations thanks to its diversity of locations. In other words, The USA really does have something for everyone – from the sunny surf havens of California to the iconic skyscrapers of NYC, surreal landscapes like the Grand Canyon to the music and foodie hotspots in the South. And the best part? You’re travelling solo, so it’s totally up to you to pick the adventure you wanna have. The US is a wonderfully accessible spot for first time solo travellers, with excellent infrastructure and high safety levels. Add to this some classic American friendliness and a bit of Southern Hospitality, and it’s no surprise that The USA sees some of our biggest numbers of solo traveller bookings!

The land of the free can be rather expensive to visit, which is where hostels come in to save the day. By sharing dorms, not only will your budget stretch way further, you’ll also meet all kinds of amazing people that’ll make your solo adventure anything but lonely. In the mountains of Colorado, The Bivvi brings warm, family vibes that can melt through the snow. Here travellers share beers around the campfire and stay in for cosy movie nights, after spending their days hanging out on awesome group activities like white water rafting and hiking!

Check out all of our hostels in the USA

2. England

📍 London 📷 @megkatem

So old chaps, second on our list of the best places to travel alone is England, a great first step for anyone who’s a little nervous about travelling solo. It’s safe, modern and easy to get around, plus it’s so small that you won’t have to face any bum-numbing 24 hour train journeys on your own! London is constantly one of our highest booked cities for solo travellers who want that quintessential British experience – red buses, black cabs and a trip to Buckingham Palace to say hey to Queen Liz. Not to mention local faves like a curry on Brick Lane, a pint in a traditional pub and some of the best nightlife in Europe! Venture outside the capital to discover creative hubs like Liverpool and Bristol, historic gems like Cambridge or Bath and the surprisingly beautiful beaches of Cornwall. For more England inspo, check out 22 places that travel bloggers love.

For a London hostel with an unbeatable social atmosphere, try Hostel One Camden. Not only is it in the heart of one of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods, an absolute must-visit for music lovers, it’s run by backpackers who love nothing more than showing solo travellers a great time. Think nightly free communal dinners, group bar crawls and drinking games in the basement.

Check out all of our hostels in England

3. Spain

📍 Barcelona 📷 @nattaliarr

Every region in Spain has a distinct, vibrant culture, meaning that you can spend months embarking on an epic Spanish adventure and never get bored. Although each city has its own unique feel, there are a couple of things that connect them all. Firstly, the welcoming hospitality that makes solo travellers feel instantly at home. Secondly, Spanish food is out of this world – seriously! Indulge in tapas and sangria until you’re sleepy enough to slip into a siesta. Dreamy right?! So, what Spanish spots should solo travellers hit up? Big hitters Barcelona and Madrid are so packed with things to do, plus so many other backpackers, that it’s impossible to really feel alone. For a chilled-out time, San Sebastian is a foodie’s dream with incredible surfing spots, or for a spot of Andalusian tradition, the flamenco shows in Seville are legendary.

La Banda Rooftop Hostel is a favourite with solo backpackers who love getting involved with the drinking games, live music and artsy nights on the beautiful rooftop. There’s a family dinner every night and the staff will take you on a bike tour of the city to make you fall deeper in love with Seville.

Check out all of our hostels in Spain

4. Australia

📍 Queensland 📷 @abenteurvanlife

Perhaps the first place to spring to mind when you think of the best solo travel destinations, Australia is practically a rite of passage for travellers. The backpacker scene here is second to none, with hostels all around the country filled with party-loving travellers wanting a slice of the land down under. Most find it difficult to leave, which is where the Australia Working Holiday comes in, allowing solo travellers to settle down for a bit and start their own global fam. And with the money they save working, they’re able to visit the most incredible spots this country has to offer. We’re talking cosmopolitan Sydney, trendy Melbourne, the idyllic Whitsunday Islands, the vast Outback, the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef… seriously, we could go on all day. It’s safe to say Australia is one of the best places to travel alone!

Being lonely is impossible at Australia’s fun-loving hostels. The parties at Gilligan’s Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns are legendary, which is no surprise when you’ve seen their massive lagoon-style swimming pool, open-air bar, massive sports screens and on-site nightclub!

Check out all of our hostels in Australia

5. Italy

📍 Venice 📷 @iamjoshstratton

Sure, I could tell you about the classic beauty of Rome’s architecture, the romance of Venice’s waterways, the fairytale-esque cliff hugging houses in Positano, or the enthralling history of Pompeii and Herculaneum, but I know what you’re really looking for from a trip to Italy… food, glorious food. Widely considered the centre of the carb universe, Italian food is globally renowned, and you’ll get the best quality straight from the source. Avoid the tourist traps and instead ask the hostel staff for insider tips on where the locals eat. And PLEASE, for the love of Cheesus, head to Naples to try pizza in the city where it began. The amazing train network in Italy makes it a dreamy solo traveller destination, as it couldn’t be easier to explore the country on your own stress-free. Why not extend your solo trip by grabbing an Interrail pass and travelling even more of Europe on a budget?

If you love hostels with pure, wholesome, homely vibes, look no further than Giovanni’s Home in Naples. Giovanni gets to know every single guest and makes solo travellers feel right at home with his famous hospitality, which includes whipping up homemade pizza and providing the best local tips to help you steer clear of tourist traps.

Check out all of our hostels in Italy

6. Thailand

📍 Wat Arun, Bangkok 📷 @_nana.kweku_

Thailand is without a doubt one of the best solo travel destinations on earth, a fact that’s evident from the thousands of lone wanderers who head there every year. The chaotic charm of Bangkok, the laid-back hippy vibes of Chiang Mai and Pai and the paradise-like islands in the south are just some of the things that pull us in… and the insane nightlife, incredible food and world-class hostels don’t hurt either! You may feel a million miles from home when you touch down in this unique country, but nothing brings solo travellers together like a few cocktail buckets on Khaosan Road. P.S, Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party is every bit as wild as you might expect. You have been warned!

If your priority as a solo traveller is finding pals to party with, then Slumber Party Hostel Bangkok will make all your dreams come true. Expect crazy pub crawls, beer pong tournaments and copious amounts of shots to break the ice. If your liver can handle it, they’ve got several other hostels around Thailand too.

Check out all of our hostels in Thailand

7. Germany

📍 Berlin 📷 @hopewarrenx

Known for its beer, bratwurst and the best (and most exclusive) nightclubs in the world, Germany is an awesome solo traveller destination that’s perfect for meeting fellow backpackers. In summer, capital Berlin is essentially one massive beer garden with locals and travellers alike sharing a stein of the cold stuff. Its notorious nightlife scene is unrivalled in Europe, and bouncers are known to favour individuals and smaller groups, so you’ll have no trouble getting in as a solo traveller. Munich’s beer-fuelled Oktoberfest is a true bucket list event that every backpacker should experience at least once, and if you visit on your own you can guarantee you’ll be leaving with several boozy new buddies. But there’s a lot more to Germany than partying, which you’ll discover when you leave the cities and head to the epic natural landscapes and fairytale castles of the countrysides.

In Berlin, Circus Hostel has heaps of social spaces for solo travellers to hang out, like an on-site microbrewery and an Instagrammable cafe/restaurant. It’s right in the city centre, so you’ll never have to worry about being far from the action when you want to head out on a solo mission!

Check out all of our hostels in Germany

8. France

📍 Paris 📷 @avrilstoriesmx

Paris might be known as the city of love, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be one of the best places to travel alone too! Eating croissants overlooking the Eiffel Tower, sipping wine in swanky bars, catching a show at the Moulin Rouge or taking a stroll through the Louvre are all equally as fun without a romantic partner – or even better, with a new hostel BFF. It’s why Paris remains one of our top booked cities for solo travellers! There’s way more to France though, so if you’re the type of traveller who prefers lesser known places, we think you’ll love Hossegor, one of our best backpacker destinations for 2020. It’s a surfing hotspot with hippy vibes, amazing beaches and lots of cute cafes where coffee doesn’t come at Parisian prices.

One of our favourite French hostels for solo travellers is Paris’ Les Piaules, a fully renovated Art Deco building in the beautiful Belleville neighbourhood. It’s surrounded by cafes and bars that locals love, but when you’re not sampling them you can hang out in the hostel’s games room or swanky rooftop terrace with your new roomies.

Check out all of our hostels in France

9. Japan

📍 Kyoto 📷 @swepix_

Visiting parts of Japan feels like taking a trip into the future, with its insane technology, huge modern cities and space-inspired pod hostels. The bright lights of Tokyo are as exhilarating as they are overwhelming, and the street food is truly sensational. But it’s also a country of unspoiled nature and centuries old tradition. Visit gorgeous temples and sleep in traditional ryokans, spot geishas gracefully walking through the streets of Kyoto and be inspired by the postcard perfect Mount Fuji. The Japan Rail Pass makes it easy for solo travellers to navigate the country, with a super efficient, high-speed service that gets you between cities comfortably for a pre-paid bargain price. Pod hostels are also a godsend, offering solo travellers the privacy of their own room while keeping the cheap prices and social benefits of dorm living.

Solo travellers can’t go wrong staying at Mosaic Hostel Kyoto. They claim to host more events and activities than any other hostel in Japan, with a weekly schedule including Japanese cooking classes, calligraphy workshops and sake tasting nights. They’ve got a communal lounge with games, rooftop terrace and bar that’s always buzzing with atmosphere.

Check out all of our hostels in Japan

10. The Netherlands

📍 Amsterdam 📷 @tiara.moon

The Netherlands is truly one of the best solo travel destinations with some of the friendliest locals in the world. The home of gorgeous tulip fields, winding canals and, of course, legalised marijuana, The Netherlands will forever be one of our favourite places to visit in Europe. Whether you’re cycling around Amsterdam or admiring Rotterdam’s unusual architecture, you may be a little more – err – laid back than usual while in The Netherlands, making it the perfect destination to travel alone, to meet new people and open yourself up to new experiences.

The ultra-stylish King Kong Hostel Rotterdam is conveniently located in the city’s coolest neighbourhood, so you’ll have no problem channelling your inner hipster. There’s a lively bar and cafe, as well as an outdoor social space that comes alive in summer. The staff’s expert local tips make exploring Rotterdam on your own a total breeze.

Check out all of our hostels in The Netherlands

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Choose the best solo vacations for single travelers and you’re always in the best of company

At Classic Journeys, we appreciate the spirit and independence of guests who are striking out on their own by welcoming solo travel on all of our tours. On average, about a third of our guests are single or solo travelers. If your goal is to experience the life and culture of the places you visit, you’re already one of us—and you’ll find yourself in the congenial company of others who look at the world like you do.
Let’s get that single supplement out of the way.
Admit it. Once you find the perfect trip, you’ve learned that if you are a single traveler you can’t get emotionally involved until you check out the single supplement. Then here’s the best news! To encourage solo and single travel, tours from Classic Journeys have the lowest single supplements you’re likely to find anywhere. We only pass along the extra cost hotels charge us, instead of marking it up to make extra profit from you.
Our first priority is to be sure you never feel like the fifth wheel.
For starters, you already have a friend on tour. Our friendly and well-connected local guides are with you full time to watch out for everyone’s needs and interests, whether you are a single traveler or traveling with someone. At the fine restaurants we select, you won’t find yourself at a table for one.
“I want to tell you what a wonderful trip this was. Davy was amazing, and as a group of travelers we got along splendidly (probably the best group of people I’ve had on any tour, Classic Journeys or otherwise). I’ve never laughed so hard nor had such considerate, interesting people on a tour. In fact, some of the guests are thinking about your Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos trip for next year, as am I, so we plan to stay in touch.” Susan L., four-time single traveler guest (Scotland, Italian Lakes, Prague to Budapest, and the Cotswolds, Stonehenge and London)
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