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Solo female travel is empowering, exciting, and life changing- so it’s no wonder that more and more women are exploring the world on their own. Despite the challenges that come with solo travel, some destinations are frequently named among the best places to travel alone if you are a woman on the hunt for adventure.
To help you plan your next trip, we went to our community of female travel bloggers to get their recommendations for the best solo female travel destinations. Here are their picks!
- 1 Chicago
- 2 Ireland
- 3 Philippines
- 4 Cuba
- 5 Istanbul
- 6 Ontario, Canada
- 7 New Zealand
- 8 Antigua, Guatemala
- 9 Utah
- 10 Myanmar
- 11 St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
- 12 Bali
- 13 Caye Caulker, Belize
- 14 Kuching, Malaysia
- 15 Mexico City
- 16 Buenos Aires
- 17 Switzerland
- 18 Paris
- 19 Disney World, Central Florida
- 20 Vancouver
- 21 Italy
- 22 Cappadocia, Turkey
- 23 Madrid
- 24 Penang, Malaysia
- 25 Sikkim, India
Recommended by Sophie from Cosmic Chicago
Chicago is the ultimate city destination for solo female travelers wanting to experience life in an international destination. Like New York, Chicago never sleeps, but it’s less gritty, easier to navigate, and there are more options for solo and last minute exploring. Because of the way the city is spread out, you can choose one or several neighborhoods to explore without feeling overwhelmed with how big the city is. International cuisine, some of the best museums in the world, an ever changing music scene, and a lively theater scene all within a couple blocks from the sandy beaches along Lake Michigan make Chicago an incredible city to explore and fall in love with.
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Recommended by Melissa from The Portly Passengers
Ireland can be overlooked by many travelers, but unlike neighboring European countries it has leprechauns! Not really, but the legends and stories are pretty cool to listen to while on one of the many tour buses or while at a pub in Galway hoping to get a glimpse of Ed Sheeran. Ireland offers you small towns, history explorations, castles, beer, and movie set productions, all while making you feeling at home. With low crime rates, cheap hotels, and great adventure what more could a girl ask for?
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Recommended by Zaneta from Zaneta Baran
The Philippines are a place of beautiful islands, constant sunshine, amazing street food, and extremely friendly people. Unfortunately, the country still appears on the list of dangerous countries to travel to because of civil conflict in the South, but don’t let that stop you from visiting! It is one of the safest places for solo female travel, and home to many expats. Cheap seafood, coconut drinks, and beautiful palm trees make this a budget friendly destination that any woman can easily navigate on her own.
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Recommended by Gerry from Dominican Abroad
Cuba is arguably the safest destination to travel to in Latin America, making it one of the best countries to solo travel through. Whether you’re interested in history, food, coffee, culture, art, nature, tobacco, rum, Hemingway (and so much more), in Cuba there’s tons for a solo traveler to entertain themselves with for days or even months. If you’re looking to befriend other travelers or local Cubans, stay at a casa particular –a type of home stay for travelers that’s very popular in Cuba and/or join one of the many Airbnb Experiences hosted by local Cuban entrepreneurs. Cuba was one of my first solo travel destinations, and it turned out to be one of the best and most life changing travel experiences I’ve ever had. Don’t miss out on a very special travel experience- go to Cuba!
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Recommended by Margarita from The Wildlife Diaries
Lying at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, and straddling both continents, Istanbul is a fascinating city to explore. Strolling the streets of Istanbul is like walking through layers of history, wandering between ancient Rome, the Ottoman Empire, medieval Europe, and the modern world. Part of Istanbul’s magic lies in its ability to keep surprising. It leaves so much room for exploring. Spend your days visiting Ottoman mosques and palaces, and exploring Byzantine churches, climb to the top of Galata tower, take a ferry on the Bosphorus, or lose yourself in the maze of the city’s back streets.
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Recommended by Kathryn from Kathryn Anywhere
Being born and raised in Ontario, I realized a while ago that I have explored less than 10% of it, so I made it my mission to explore and take in as much of my home province of Ontario as I could. Land mass wise, Ontario is larger than most European countries, but there are a lot of towns with charm, an immense outdoors culture, and plenty of exciting adventures to be had here.
Driving is easy, the citizens are very friendly, liberal and forward thinking, and it’s rare to find yourself in an unsafe place unless you venture into the cities. There is a growing craft beer and wine industry in the southern area of the province, with brew houses and vineyards accessible by car and bike tours. Cultural festivals? Food festivals? Concerts? Major sporting events? They happen every weekend here, all over the province and no one would bat an eye if you venture there alone. There are plenty of camping and glamping accommodations as well as endless hotels, motels, AirBnB locations and bed and breakfast locations.
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Recommended by Gemma from Mum Off the Map
After spending 2 years backpacking and working solo in New Zealand I have made it my home! New Zealand is a fantastic country for you to explore as a solo female traveler. As a friendly, English speaking country it is an easy destination, perfect for first time travelers or those wanting an easy time. New Zealand is amazing as it has pretty much everything you could want to see and experience as a traveler. The mountains are beautiful, Mount Cook even has a face! Visiting the glow worm caves is a magical experience. There are plenty of amazing tramps (hikes) in lush forests, rocky mountains, and rugged coastlines. You can go sandboarding, skydiving, paragliding and more to get your adrenaline pumping. Taste delicious wines amongst the vines while soaking up the sun. Relax in natural hot pools at Rotorua. Discover Maori culture and perhaps learn how to do the Haka. Cheer on the All Blacks Rugby team and enjoy an F-dub (Flat white coffee) like a local. The only downside is that new Zealand is not a cheap country to visit, but there is plenty of backpacker work around the country to help your wallet while you travel. It’s also a brilliant way of making friends to explore with.
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Recommended by Kesi from Kesi To and Fro
Antigua, Guatemala is the best destination for solo female travel. Antigua is a cute colonial-style town, that is comfortable to walk around. If you aren’t busy climbing up one of the volcanoes outside of the city, then sign up for a Spanish class, since Antigua is a hub for Spanish schools. This learning activity is the perfect way to meet new people and help support the local economy. Antigua is an easy place to socialize, offering various forms of accommodation, with many hostels and homestays throughout the city. There is also a good nightlife scene, especially for females! On most nights during the week, a different bar hosts a ladies nights where girls receive either free or discounted drinks, massages, or manicures.
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Recommended by Jennifer from National Park Obsessed
There is no better US State than Utah for a road trip. There is nothing more freeing than hitting the open road and exploring. Utah boasts 5 epic national parks that are all less than a half day apart. Each park offers breathtaking scenery and a range of outdoor adventures. A solo road trip frees you to explore at your own pace. You can stay up late and watch the stars, get up early and watch the sunrise, and hike to epic viewpoints. These parks offer plenty of solo adventures and opportunities to make new friends.
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Recommended by Julie from The Bamboo Traveler
Many people don’t think of Myanmar as a great destination for solo female travelers, but actually it checks off all the boxes of things solo female travelers want in a place. Overall, it’s safe as there’s little sexual harassment and theft. It’s easy meet other travelers as most tourists follow the same route. The people are kind and helpful, the food is inexpensive and delicious, and the sites rival any other country in Southeast Asia. If you want to see a country that still retains its traditional culture, visit Myanmar now before everyone else does.
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St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Recommended by Lauren from Justin Plus Lauren
St. John’s is an incredible destination to visit, especially for a solo female traveler. The city itself is safe and walkable, and it’s really easy to meet locals and travelers alike at the local pubs. You might even get “screeched in” where you’ll complete a few simple tasks to be named an honorary local! While you’re there, be sure to check out the colorful homes of Jellybean Row, and take a trip to the top of Signal Hill for amazing views. For a special experience, make your way to Cape Spear at sunrise to watch the sun come up from the easternmost point of Canada. From St. John’s, you can explore charming nearby coastal villages and take a boat tour to witness whales, puffins, seabirds, and even floating icebergs!
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Recommended by Mo of Travelust 101
From surfing, volcano trekking, snorkeling, temple hopping, scuba diving to cycling through the vast and lush rice fields, Bali offers endless things to do for all types of travelers. Bali is indisputably a nature lovers’ haven but also a fantastic solo female travel destination with large expat communities, digital nomad hubs, and budget-friendly accommodations where you can meet a ton of fellow travelers or like-minded people! Whether you head to Bali to sip on some coconuts while lying on pristine white sand beaches, immerse yourself in spiritual healing center of Ubud, explore the magnificent underwater world or find your temporary home while building your business, Bali is a dream come true for every girl traveler!
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Caye Caulker, Belize
Recommended by Mona of Mona Corona
Caye Caulker is a tiny island off the mainland of Belize that has a distinct backpacker / bohemian feel. There are no cars there, but plenty of budget-friendly accommodations right on the beach. Caye Caulker is known for “The Split,” where a hurricane hit in 1961 and split a part of the island in two. Along the split are several fun beach bars complete with fun over-water swings, inner-tubes to lounge in, and tables right in the crystal-clear turquoise waters. The entire island has a young and vibrant, yet laid-back, vibe, and has stolen the hearts of many travelers, digital nomads, and expats who have passed through it.
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Recommended by Nat from Nat Wanderlust
Kuching, in Sarawak, Malaysia, is a small city on the island of Borneo that is very safe for solo female travellers and has a multitude of ethical nature experiences close by. You can see semi-wild Orangutans at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, stay overnight at Bako National Park and trek through the forest while viewing the Proboscis Monkey (an Endangered Species) and the Borneo Bearded Pig. Wander around the city and you’ll come across Orangutan street art, dozens of cat statues, Islamic/Chinese/Sarawak Museums, and enjoy a sunset river cruise on the Sarawak River.
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Recommended by Megan of Beyond the Photos
Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the world so it certainly has plenty to offer visitors. Start off a trip to Mexico City with a free walking tour at the Zocalo. Here you’ll learn the history of the indigenous people, the arrival of the Spaniards, and the development of the city. Other must visit places are the Anthropology Museum, Frida Kahlo’s house and the neighborhood of Coyoacan, an evening of lucha libre, a day trip to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, catch a show at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and eat ALL the street food.
Recommended by Carly from Flight of the Educator
Argentina may be named for Silver, but it’s Gold! I flew there to escape a break-up and the cold of winter. I was wrapped not only in the warmth of a southern summer but the city and people as well. Immediately, I fell in love with the street art, the tree-lined avenues, and steak! Baires is one of the greenest cities! When I flew to Iguazu, I could see from above how many trees and parks there were! I loved it so much, that I went back later to feel it in winter. Spoiler Alert: Still love it.
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Recommended by Amanda from My Backpacker Life
Switzerland, not to be confused with Sweden, might be a small country – but don’t be fooled by its size! This beautiful place has a lot to offer, especially if you’re into hiking, chocolate or cheese (or all of them!) Try to not only visit the big cities, and instead opt for the idyllic small villages. It’s easy to get around with both car and public transport, and if you ever need help – just ask! People are friendly, the food is great, and the views are stunning. Start planning your trip – you’ll have a great time!
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Recommended by Gwen from Healthy Travel Mom
Don’t let its reputation as the City of Romance throw you off! Paris is the most magical city in the world and the perfect destination for women traveling solo. It is a beautiful city and the options for things to do are endless. Exploring Paris on your own is ideal because you can get lost in the buzz of the city and do whatever you want at any pace you want! Take in the museums, stroll down the Champs Elysees and shop, sip a glass of wine or an espresso at a sidewalk cafe and watch the world go by! People are friendly and the city is safe and easy to get around via the metro. I highly recommend Paris for solo female travelers!
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Disney World, Central Florida
Recommended by Kris from Nomad by Trade
Disney World is the perfect destination for first-time solo travelers. With four theme parks, two water parks, and a shopping and dining area, there are endless things to do during the day and night, and bus, boat, and monorail transportation is included. The parks are perfect for solo travelers – you can ride rides, snack, or just wander, and several rides offer single rider lines for shorter waits. You can even PhotoPass photographers take pictures with your camera. It’s a great place to ease into solo travel without some of the safety and logistics concerns that can arise in other locations and was the perfect destination for my first solo trip.
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Recommended by Lesley from Freedom56Travel
Vancouver is one of the premier destinations in the world and is an excellent choice for solo female travelers. If you love beautiful scenic vistas of mountains, oceans and tons of green, there’s no better destination. Crime is low, alternative lifestyles are wholeheartedly embraced, and there’s something for everyone! If you’re looking for activity, you’ll enjoy kayaking, skiing, cycling and more. Foodies will love Vancouver’s restaurant scene, which offers a multitude of ethnic food choices and a wealth of fresh seafood. The Asian food in Vancouver is the best in North America, according to the New York Times! Solo female travelers will find much to enjoy in beautiful Vancouver.
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Recommended by Lisa from Clumsy Stray Cat
From bustling cities to quaint seaside towns and out-of-this-world scenery, Italy has it all. Stroll around the many charming towns and wondrous museums, gorge on mouth-watering Italian food and take a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Or, shop til you drop in a country that breathes fashion. You could do anything you ever dreamed of, without risk. Italy is safe, easy to get around and exciting. It is a country full of surprises, one that knows how to capture the hearts of even the fiercest – the perfect destination for a solo female traveler.
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Katalin from Our Life, Our Travel
Turkey is off the radar of many travelers due to its political conflicts, but it shouldn’t stop you exploring this destination. Turkey was the first country I’ve explored solo. The rich culture, the tasty dishes, and hospitality of locals were overwhelming and I gained lifelong memories. I found the most breathtaking landscapes without a doubt in Cappadocia. The Fairy Chimneys are unique sights, especially observing them from hot air balloons at dawn, and you can stay in cave hotels! Add Cappadocia to your bucket list!
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Recommended by Or from My Path in the World
With important historical landmarks, incredible culinary scene, some of the best museums in Europe, and the coolest neighborhoods, Madrid is a vibrant city perfect for a solo trip. It’s also a safe city that’s super easy to get around, and you can enjoy the best of it no matter what your budget is. I can guarantee that the cozy and inviting atmosphere will make you fall in love with Madrid, which is exactly why I keep coming back for more.
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Recommended by Marie of Temples and Treehouses
Penang is an incredible destination in Southeast Asia for solo female travelers. The quaint city center of George Town is lined with antique Chinese shophouses, boutique hotels, and beautiful temples. Penang is known as one of the top foodie destinations in the world, and you can find amazing street food and cheap eats. There’s also a cool street art scene. Most of the biggest attractions are located within the charming old town, and it’s easy to walk everywhere you want to go, or take Grab taxis for budget prices (plus, there isn’t crazy traffic). I met another solo female traveler on a food tour and we ended up spending the day together drinking bubble tea, taking street art photos and exploring heritage mansions.
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Recommended by Amrita from Tale of 2 Backpackers
Sikkim is a beautiful Himalayan destination tucked in the northeastern part of India. Blessed with beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, holy lakes, and ancient monasteries, Sikkim is an incredible destination for solo female travelers. The people are friendly and always ready to help. Gangtok, the capital city is a happening place with quaint cafes and beautiful ancient monasteries. With the Kanchenjunga ranges overlooking the state, Sikkim has magnificent views of snow-clad mountains, meandering rivers and quaint Himalayan hamlets. Culture, nature or adventure: Sikkim can give you a taste of all. Sikkim surprises and charm visitors, and is one of the best destinations for solo female travelers to India.
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