I have travelled solo on several occasions. It is different to travelling with companions because you connect more with your surroundings and the culture and really find yourself.

In developed or the western world, being female isn’t an issue. However, in some countries travelling alone as a woman can be a problem. I’ve lost count of the times locals asked me where my husband was when I was travelling alone. This doesn’t overly concern me but there are some destinations I would think twice about venturing to with just my backpack. 

I have compiled a list of the top ten destinations recommended for solo female travellers, based on culture, shock factor, variety, personal experience and recommendations. These are also fantastic destinations for chaps too!

1. Seattle

  

the spire, seattle

 In fact all of the west coast of America including San Francisco, LA and Vegas. Seattle is popular with solo travellers because of the many tourist attractions which include the infamous space needle, Pike Place market, Ballard lochs, the great wheel and the many, many beautiful parks. It’s a fabulous city nestled next to incredibly beautiful forests, parks and ferry boats to take in the views.
2. New York City 

chrystler building and manhattan skyline

New York, New York. What can I say? With Times Square, radio city hall, Madison square garden, shopping, theatres, sightseeing and architecture, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty, the city is your best friend when you are travelling there. You don’t need actual friends too.

3. Great Britan.

 

raglan castle, wales
 
With places like London, the New Forest, Cornwall, Wales, the Peak and Lake districts, Scotland and Ireland, you don’t need travel companions, just a lot of time to see it all. Castles and countryside, cities and lakes.. We are a lovely welcoming bunch over here anyway, come and say hi! 

4. Barcelona

view of Barcelona beach from spire restaurant

Barcelona is one of my favourite European cities and I would travel months here by myself in a heartbeat. It’s got everything anybody could want in a city; charm, culture, impossibly beautiful buildings, a stunning beach, great nightlife, history and museums and a huge selection of music and food options. 

5. Sri Lanka

 

sri lanka rice paddies
 
A friend of mine lived in Sri Lanka for many months, volunteering in a turtle sanctuary. She loved it, felt very safe and made heaps of friends. Sri Lanka is beautiful, has loads of gorgeous beaches and bustling towns and the people are very welcoming.

6. Thailand

 

thailand islands
 
Anyone who has been will know that Thailand is one of the friendliest and most welcoming countries in the world, not to mention luminous. It attracts backpackers from all over the world so you are sure to make friends to travel with. It’s vast landscape means much time can be spent city surfing or island hopping.

7. South America

 

rio carnival
 
This is very broad, I admit. But the countries recommended would be Peru (for Machu Picchu), Argentina and cross the border into Chile, Buenos Aires and Rio for the yearly famous carnival.

8. Bali

 

snorkelling in Bali
 
I had the most incredible experience of my life travelling Bali solo. It’s a magical place with beautiful people and indescribable landscapes. There is so much to see and do from white water rafting to cooking classes, riding a bike through Ubud, visiting markets or surfing.

9. Australia

sydney harbour bridge at sunset

Many Brits head over to Oz on a working visa and never return home. I can’t imagine why, with all of that sunshine, beer and beaches on offer.

10. New Zealand

tunnel beach, New Zealand

National parks, waterfalls, movie sets. It’s one of the most ‘liveable’ places in the world and attracts backpackers worldwide.

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38 thoughts on “Ten Destinations for the Solo Female Traveller

  1. Wonderfull post and cool pics. However, readers like me would like have some more detail info i.e. how to get there, hotels near the places to stay and convenient transportation system there πŸ™‚

    But, overall I really enjoyed the pics.

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    1. Thanks for your comment and your feedback is noted πŸ™‚
      I tend to write several blogs on each destination for example, one on transport, another on hotels. If you type ‘Vietnam’ in the search box on my home page as an example, all of the blogs I have posted about that country will come up. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
      Cuddle Your Globe

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    1. Thanks for your comment. There’s a few things I do to keep safe;
      I try not to ‘stand out’. By this I mean don’t walk around with my iPhone on show or expensive jewellery etc, nothing to make me a target.
      I also never walk around at night on my own, unless it’s very built up.
      I try to integrate with other travellers as much as possible.
      If any strangers ask me about my intentions I either say I’m on a business trip or my husband is meeting me later etc etc, just be savvy!
      Hope this helps πŸ™‚
      Cuddle Your Globe

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  2. I can’t wait to travel to Sri Lanka and Thailand – I’m glad to hear it’s easy to travel alone there. India wasn’t too bad for me – mostly just a lot of starring and so many people were helpful. MY worst solo female experience was the tourist section of Istanbul. Outside the popular sites, everyone was polite or ignored me… but near the tourist attractions, the guys were so rude and aggressive! Looking forward to exploring more on your blog.

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  3. I never traveled by myself and if on one side it really attracts me on the other side I like to share my experiences with other people especially if I know them well, this list is amazing though! I’ve already been to some of the places listed but I definitely would like to check them all! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    By the way, I love your blog! So inspiring and interesting!!

    https://fromdreamtoplan.wordpress.com/

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  4. Would be super awesome if you could do the list one by one of those places and explain it a little more. Thank you anyways for recommending all these. Awesome πŸ™‚

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  5. Great post. Before getting married I did enjoy traveling alone. Now I enjoy sharing the world with him. One advantage to solo travel is that I don’t have to feel guilty about taking photos of everything as long as I want. Now I usually spend his gym time going out to take photos. Thankfully he is a sweet, wonderful and patient man and doesn’t mind too much waiting while I snap away!

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  6. I was surprised to see Seattle on your list, but not really. During the 21 years I lived in Seattle, most of that was solo-living. I would be weary however of traveling in Latin America solo given the history of revolutions, disappearing people, and violence in some countries. Is this a thing of the past?

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    1. When you live somewhere, the appeal of tourism can be lost. That’s definitely not a thing of the past, you are right. There is an element of risk with anywhere in the world, but as long as you are careful and sensible, avoid notoriously dangerous areas and don’t wander around alone at 3am etc etc, that’s all we can do.

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  7. Great title for a post. I find it a bit of a shame that more than half of the destinations of your top 10 are Western- and therefore rather expensive destinations- and the ‘exotic’ ones are a bit standard (Thailand, Bali). I think it would’ve been nice to list destinations that are less standard, but therefore not less suitable for solo female travellers. I’ve travelled the Middle East and the Arab world a fair bit as a female solo traveller (mainly in times before the Arab Spring) and I love the region. I know a fair amount of women who travelled Sub-Saharan Africa on their own with no problems. Most is about preparations and mind set and you can have a great experience pretty much anywhere in the world (bar war zones and perhaps Saudi Arabia).

    Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks for your comments. The title of the blog aims it at more ‘commercially safe’ destinations which are, for the more experienced traveller, perhaps a little predictable. I too prefer off the radar places, Jordan and Vietnam being up there. But the blog is not aimed at ‘best destinations’ in general, but for females who are perhaps looking into solo travel for the first time. I would recommend Seattle or New Zealand over Mongolia or Bhutan…
      Thanks for your feedback
      Cuddle Your Globe

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  8. I loved this article I have never truly traveled alone but I look forward to this exeperience. I believe it will be indeed really rewarding! Thank you for the ideas.

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