Solo female travel will easily be one of the best things you do in your life, but picking the best solo female travel destinations for your trips can sometimes be a little intimidating.
There are some extra factors that need to be considered when you’re a woman hitting the globe alone, such as safety and ease of meeting other travellers. Weigh those factors together with the overwhelming choice of places to go, and your own travel preferences, overwhelm is inevitable.
Well, girls, I’ve got your back. Alongside a squad of some of the best female travel bloggers out there, we decided to share with you the solo female travel destinations we love the most, and explain why.
These 11 recommendations will give you major trip inspiration, and hopefully inspire you to start planning your next solo adventure.
Each of the awesome contributors had free reign over where they recommended, so what you’ll notice is there are a couple of solo female travel destinations that have cropped up more than once. What I think that shows is these destinations obviously have a spark about them that have really resonated with female travellers.
So read on to discover 11 of the best solo female travel destinations, the epic bloggers who recommended them.
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Retha Charette – From Roaming Nanny
Cusco Peru is the perfect solo female travel destination. With so much to do and see in and just outside the city, the only problem you’ll have is choosing what to do!
Cusco is nestled in the Andes Mountains in southwestern Peru. Walking the cobblestone streets of this city will fill you with joy and transport you to a simpler time. I felt safe wandering around the city solo even at night.
Because the streets can be a little confusing I’d download the off-line Google map of Cusco and grab the business card of where you’re staying, just in case you get lost. It’s easy to give the business card to a cab driver if you’re Spanish isn’t that great.
During my 3 days in Cusco, I took an ATV tour in the Sacred Valley, explored every church in sight and learned how to make the most amazing Pisco Sour. Don’t be afraid to wander down side streets and walk into little markets that seem hidden within the buildings. I’d recommend taking a paint and sip class at Sacsayhuamán, an Incan ruin overlooking the city.
A few tips for solo female travelers in Cusco:
- Learn some basic Spanish
- Ask locals for food recommendations
- Wander off the beaten track
- Don’t take photos of local people without asking first
- At markets remember to haggle
Allison Boyle – She Dreams of Alpine
New Zealand is perhaps one of the easiest places to travel around and explore in the world, which is why I frequently recommend it to my female friends as one of the best places to go on a solo adventure. The people of New Zealand are extremely friendly and helpful, and I never once felt unsafe travelling there. There is a strong culture for adventure in New Zealand, which makes it really fun to explore and visit.
If you plan a solo trip to New Zealand, I highly advise you opt to see the island via a campervan. There are many amazing places to park your campervan all across North and South Island, called Holiday Parks, that have all the amenities you’ll need on your visit (showers, bathrooms, and wifi), and seeing the islands via camper will allow you to be flexible and really explore everything New Zealand has to offer.
If you only have a week or two to spare on your visit, opt to only spend your time on one of the islands. There is too much to do on both the North and South Island to really dedicate only a week to. I spent my time exploring the North Island and got to see the beautiful Glow Worm Caves in Waitomo, hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, go rock climbing at Lake Taupo, mountain biking in Rotorua, and so much more. It’s adventure travel at its best, and a wonderful place to explore on your own. If you’re hoping to open your soul up a bit to the beauty of the outdoors and hone in on your sense of adventure, New Zealand is the place to do it.
Megan Johnson – Red Around The World
Taipei has been my favourite destination as a solo female backpacker so far. I spent a month around in Taiwan with most of my time in Taipei and I dream of going back more often than not. A few of the reasons I love it so much: I felt safe, it was easy to meet people, there is SO MUCH to do, and the night markets. And that’s not even all of it.
Safety is always a concern, but I felt very safe in Taipei. I wasn’t worried about walking around at night trying to find my hostel with all my stuff. Neither was I not worried about walking down a small street that I shouldn’t. Instead, I never felt uncomfortable or scared around anyone. I was cautious as usual, but I felt very safe there. Now, of course, anything can happen, so don’t relax too much and stay smart like anywhere else.
Different hostels may offer different experiences, but the hostel I stayed at was the best. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Not only was it nice and affordable in a great area, but it was so easy to meet people. There was a huge common area downstairs and people would hang out there into the wee hours of the morning. It was easy to find people to go to markets with and just to see the city with, in general.
Things to do in Taipei
Taipei is a pretty good-sized city and there is so much to do there. Plus, there are tons of places nearby that make great day trips. Some of the best things to see are temples, Taipei 101, coffee shops, themed restaurants (dinner out of a toilet anyone?), Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Ximending pedestrian area, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Jiufen, Pingxi, Tamsui, and so much more.
Finally, the night markets. Depending on how long you stay, you could easily visit a new night market every day. These are great to visit no matter your budget, but they’re even better on a backpacker budget. The markets vary in size and what is on offer, but most have food, trinkets, clothes, or a combination of all three. Shilin Night Market is the most well known in Taipei, so if you can only see one, that should be it. There are tons of food stalls so you can try all kinds of different things in one night varying in price from 20-70 NTD and people usually spend 100-300 NTD. Try the large fried chicken, oyster vermicelli, oyster omelettes, Taiwanese sausage, pork buns, bubble tea, and of course, stinky tofu.
Check out Megan’s post about the best day trips from Taipei here.
Queenie Mak – Ms Travel Solo
You may or may not have heard of a city in Taiwan called Taichung. It is the third-largest city in Taiwan and located on the west coast of the country. The city is quite big and has a thriving cultural scene, delicious food, and the friendliest people.
In terms of transportation, you can either fly directly into Taichung International Airport or take the efficient Taiwan High-Speed Railway (HSR) from Taipei or Tainan.
While you are in Taichung, purchase a rechargeable IC card like the i-pass. You can put money in it and take the local bus. And if the journey is less than 10km, your bus ride is free! Just tap your card when you board the bus and tap it again when you exit. Plus you can use the same card for public transportation for other cities in Taiwan too.
Taichung is a very safe city for solo female travellers. The crime rate is low and violence rarely happens. Walking around at night is definitely not a problem.
Taichung, affordable and fun
And you don’t have to be too concern about your accommodation budget either. There are many excellent hostels and hotels for solo travellers, and all the good ones are near the train station. I found affordable dorm beds for next to nothing and the hostels are modern and clean.
Taichung has so much to offer. For me, I love Taichung for its vibrant cultural scene and proximity to nature.
The city’s art scene is so diverse and exciting. There are traditional museums like National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, modern installations and exhibits at CMP Block Museum of Arts, fun murals at the Painted Animation Lane, and the colourful and whimsical houses of Rainbow Village.
And just west of Taichung, there are many hiking trails including the ones in Da Keng Scenic Area. There are a total of ten trails where some are more difficult than others. If you go early, it is possible to complete three or four trails before the sunsets. The trails are very scenic and quite interesting as you hike through trails of logs through the forest.
If you are travelling to Taiwan, you must include Taichung in your itinerary! You won’t regret it!
Check out Queenie’s complete solo-travel guide to Taichung here.
Iuliana Marchian – Authentic Travels
In the fall of 2017, I travelled by myself to Jordan for five weeks. I had read a lot about Jordan and I was familiar with the recommendations for solo female travellers. The main idea is that Jordan is a safe country to travel as a solo woman but most men will try one way or another to approach you. However, this is the maximum the will do because rape or kidnapping in Jordan is severely punished and nobody would take that risk.
Petra is packed with tourist crowds and Bedouins who live there are very used to solo see female travellers. Same goes to the Wadi Rum Desert, Amman, or the Dead Sea. However, even if you are safe, men (especially local guides and drivers) will insistently invite you for dinner, sleep under the stars, walk at night or whatever they might try just to impress you.
When I was in Madaba, I met a lot of guides and drivers coming from Amman with their clients – they couldn’t approach their own clients, so I was a good target for them. They asked me out, sneaked a visit card in my hand, and begged me to call them back. But that was all.
If you’re planning to travel to Jordan by yourself, it’s absolutely fine. I rented a car so that I was more flexible and didn’t have to use public transportation. This way I avoided other additional unwanted proposals and love declarations. Gendarmes and tourist police are everywhere (especially in the tourist sites) so if you have any problem, count on them. Jordan lives and breathes out of tourism and they are doing their best to enhance visitors’ experiences.
Janine DeVault – Janine in the World
Mexico’s cultural and geographic diversity and outgoing culture make it a wonderful travel destination for solo females. Mexico holds amazing experiences for every type of traveler. Beach bums will love exploring over 9000 km of coastline and urbanites will lose their minds over eclectic cities like Guadalajara or Mexico City.
Nature lovers will relish discovering the lush jungles of states like Chiapas and Veracruz. Meanwhile, foodie travellers will be perplexed at how just a handful of base ingredients can compose hundreds of dishes with such varied and complex flavours.
On top of all the amazing experiences you can have in Mexico, it is such a friendly and extroverted country that it’s impossible not to make friends. Take it from me, an introverted Canadian with hermit tendencies: Mexico will force you out of your shell, and make you feel good about it!
Is Mexico safe for solo female travellers?
But… isn’t Mexico dangerous, you ask?
Yes, Mexico is often denounced as a dangerous destination overall, not to mention for solo female travellers, but I couldn’t disagree more. In all my years travelling (and living) here I’ve always felt comfortable and at home. In fact, the scariest experience I’ve ever had in Mexico was when I went a little overboard with habanero salsa on my tacos. Always proceed with caution.
That’s not to say that there aren’t problems in Mexico. There are… and not just those of the salsa variety. But, just like anywhere else, you can protect yourself and avoid incident by remaining aware of your surroundings, concealing your valuables, and avoiding problematic regions. A good rule of thumb: if the locals tell you not to go, don’t.
If I could offer just one piece of advice for anyone who is thinking of visiting Mexico, it would be to learn some Spanish. You don’t have to become fluent overnight or anything, but a little bit goes a long way with the locals. Learning a couple of basic greetings and pleasantries will help you make friends anywhere you go.
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The Dolomites, Italy
Lynne Nieman – Wander Your Way
The Dolomites of the Alto Adige in northern Italy — also known as the Südtirol — are a fabulous destination for the mountain-loving solo female traveler.
This area of Italy once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to WWI, so it tends to be more Germanic with German being spoken first, signs in German first and strong Germanic influences on the food and the architecture. So think half-timbered houses, sausages, and strudel. But there’s still some Italian that pops up here and there — like in the tasty wines.
There are actually 9 different Dolomite parks spread across northern Italy. But my 2 favourites —Sciliar-Catinaccio Natural Park and Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park (both in the Südtirol)— are the best places for the solo female explorer.
Sciliar-Catinaccio has some incredible peaks with the Sciliar, the Sasso Lungo, and the Sasso Piatto. The best part of this Dolomite park is the Alpe di Siusi which is a high alpine meadow. It’s stunning!
Outdoor activities in the Dolomites
There are loads of trails for every ability level. And there are ski lifts and gondolas so you can have a head start on many of the hikes. Or you can take a bus up to some of the trailheads. It’s all very civilized!
If you want to visit in winter, you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe or try cross country skiing.
The town of Castelrotto (Kastelruth in German) is a charming village that makes a great base for exploring this area.
There are loads of places to stay with single rooms available in some of the guesthouses. I stayed in what it is now the Residence Mayr where I had a lovely single room with a balcony. Honestly, I was in heaven!
As with most mountain villages, it’s super safe. I walked around the town at night without any worries.
There’s decent transportation to the area and, once there, it’s easy to walk around.
Full disclosure: I had a car both times I was here.
Fanes-Senes-Braies is another gorgeous Dolomite park that has stunning peaks and fabulous hikes.
The town of San Vigilio di Marebbe is a wonderful mountain village to base yourself. In high season there are buses to the Pederü area where some trails begin.
You can take the hike toward the Senes Rifugio (and beyond if you’d like) or you can walk toward the Fanes Rifugio (and beyond). Both are moderate hikes that serve up some incredible views. I love both hikes equally!
San Vigilio di Marebbe is another delightful and safe village with a nice array of places to stay and eat. I highly recommend Hotel Olympia for its views, hospitality, and delicious food.
And if you’re a snow bunny, then San Vigilio is the place for some epic time on the slopes.
You can’t go wrong with either of these solo female travel destinations if you love the mountains.
Read Lynne’s guide to the best things about Alto Adige Italy here.
Dani- Travelling Jezebel
More than a few eyebrows were raised when I told people I was planning to travel through Albania alone. Albania is largely unknown territory to most people, and thanks to films like Taken, most people associate Albania with drugs, gangsters and human trafficking. However, while Albania does have an organized crime network (doesn’t everywhere), as far as safety for tourists goes, Albania is an incredibly safe country. Not only are petty theft and random acts of violence practically unheard of in Albania, but as a solo female traveller, I couldn’t believe how much people went out of their way to help me!
Old men would insist I take their seat on a crowded bus, people at flea markets would tell me how much I should be paying for things, and countless Albanian people would stop me on the street to ask where I was from and welcome me to their country! The reality is that you’re more likely to be offered a shot of rakija (fruit brandy) from a farmer and his wife than to be the victim of a crime.
In fact, when in a busy bar one night with some Albanian friends, I expressed shock when a girl left her open purse on the table when we all went to the smoking area. She looked confused for a minute before bursting out laughing – “Dani, this isn’t Manchester!” she howled, tears streaming down her face at my naivety.
Not only is Albania safe…
Not only is Albania an extremely safe country for solo female travellers, but it is also a beautiful country. With over 300 miles of stunning coastline, whole cities that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to their magnificent Ottoman architecture, Roman ruins, and towering mountains, Albania truly has something for everyone.
Albania is home to the most hospitable people I’ve ever met, and I’d give anything to be back in the Albanian mountains, sipping locally produced wine and watching the sunset as goats and donkeys amble by. For solo female travellers, I can’t recommend a trip to Albania enough. Just make sure you hurry – it won’t be long before everybody knows about it! All of this makes Albania one of the best solo female travel destinations.
Melissa – Portly Passengers
Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isles, holds a lot of history that has spread throughout the world over the past few centuries. This could be why many of us are curious about the culture, history and family ties that pique our interest in visiting. Deemed as the safest country to travel it also makes for a great introductory into solo traveling for many women.
Safety is a large fear for many women who are interested in travelling, myself included. While planning my trip I enjoyed the part of knowing that when you cross the border into Northern Ireland you technically have the privilege of visiting two countries in one. That’s because Northern Ireland is still a part of the United Kingdom while The Republic of Ireland (Ireland) became a free state back in 1922. While I didn’t receive a passport stamp for entering into Northern Ireland I have the memories of Belfast, Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to remember it by.
Where should you visit in Ireland?
For those on a budget, travelling during the off-season is a perfect option to still see a lot of the great wonders that mark Ireland’s history and landscape, like the Kilmainham Jail or Cliffs of Moher. During my trip, I made a home base within Dublin where I stayed in a hotel just outside of the city and a block from a bus stop. On early mornings when I was preparing for a day trip with a tour company I would catch a cab to the meeting location making the worry of finding a new accommodation every few days of adventure non-existent.
Day tours with one of the many tour companies throughout Ireland is a great way to get used to travelling on your own. If you are interested in exploring the country on your own, there are also great options such as renting a car or taking public transportation to many of the tourist locations. But don’t be fooled, the cobblestone streets and cute little towns also make for great memories and places to shop and take pictures. Ireland has great potential to ween you into solo travelling or even slowing you down some in a world of fast pace life. The country might be small, but they are powerful in what they can offer.
But Melissa isn’t the only blogger that recommends Ireland as one of the best solo female travel destinations. Below you’ll find even more reasons to travel to Ireland from another awesome blogger.
Katie – Just Chasing Sunsets
Ireland was the first place I travelled solo and, after leaving Dublin, I arrived in Galway and immediately fell in love with the vibe of this coastal city. The walk down shop street is lively even on a rainy day as talented buskers line the street playing their favourite tunes creating a soundtrack you didn’t realize you were missing. The pubs are equally inviting as the majority of them have live music most nights of the week. The Irish are notoriously friendly and even if you walk into a pub solo, you’ll likely be having a lively chat with a local or tourist in no time.
Galway is more than just pubs
If pubs aren’t you’re thing, there are plenty of other free things to do in Galway such as the Galway museum and a sunset stroll along Salthill Prom. Or even just sitting on the street listening to music with a hot chocolate in hand is a great way to spend an afternoon. You won’t be lacking for food options either as there is a wide array of international and traditional restaurants, as well as a Saturday market filled with fresh produce if you’d like to cook for yourself.
I highly recommend paying a visit to Kai Cafe located in Galway’s west end and exploring that part of town for an afternoon. Galway also makes a great place to base yourself for exploring what the rest of the west coast of Ireland has to offer such as the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Mohr, and Connemara.
I’ve returned to Galway twice (working on return three) because its atmosphere is infectious and the people are kind and welcoming. I feel very safe in Galway, even walking back to my hostel alone at night, which isn’t something I normally do. Of course, common sense prevails and it’s best to keep your wits about you.
Galway is a fantastic place to spend a few days, or more if you have it, immersing yourself in the music, the food, and the people of Ireland, and is a great option as solo female travel destinations go.
I honestly did try to narrow my choice for best solo female travel destination down to one country, but when trying to decide between the Scandinavian nations, one of my favorite areas in the world, I couldn’t pick which one to recommend.
Each of the five countries that make up Scandinavia has something unique to offer visitors, and there are many reasons why I love travelling here solo.
Firstly, as a solo female traveller, safety is an important factor in deciding where to go. Scandinavian countries are some of the safest in the world. Not only are they super safe, but they are also super happy. The title of the happiest nation on the earth usually falls to one of the Scandinavian countries, such as Denmark or Finland.
Over the last few years, I have been slowly making my way through these five countries, each one solo, and each and every visit has been a positive travel experience.
What I love about Scandinavia
Some of the highlights include walking through the old town of Stockholm, or through the colourful Nyhavn in Copenhagen. I loved learning about Viking history at the museums in Oslo. I am dying to see the northern lights in Iceland and try the traditional sauna experience in Helsinki.
Furthermore, you’ll find the food hearty and comforting, fit to see locals through the bitterly cold winters. I’m in love with Swedish meatballs and Danish pastries.
What also makes this part of the world a pleasure to visit is how easy it is to travel here. The transport networks are modern and quick. You’ll find excellent hostel accommodation, free walking tours, excursions and activities and plenty of fellow travellers.
The only thing you need to be aware of is that the Scandinavian countries are pricey, probably some of the most expensive locations in the world actually. When I visited Oslo the cost of a pint of beer was £10! So make sure you have the budget and enjoy your trip.
I really hope you enjoyed this blog post, and feel inspired to take on a solo travel adventure to one of the above destinations.
Don’t forget to check out all of the great female travel bloggers who helped contribute to this post.
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