Top Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

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Top Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

destinations for solo female travelers

We all contemplate traveling to destinations we have never been to before and are thrilled at the idea exploring all the wonders across this vast planet. Although, as women we can be a bit hesitant to venture out on our own and trek a solo adventure. Some of us might be afraid that is not safe and others just do not know what places to visit. Traveling solo is not as hard as you think.  As a woman, there are many places you can go for discovery and self-renewal.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful place that offers subtropical climates as well as snowy vistas depending on the time of year. The most popular months are the sunny months of summer time, from October to April. Keep in mind that New Zealand is warm in the north and cool in the south. Although, if you decide to visit in winter, even the subtropical northern regions can get a bit cold.

Milford Sound is a very popular natural wonder to visit. It is a vast fjord that stands majestic, with breathtaking waterfalls and snow covered mountain peaks. If you prefer warmer climates there is the 90 mile beach where you can toboggan down sand dunes. You might want to try diving at Poor Knights Island where there are several boats underwater that you can explore. Overall New Zealand is a globetrotter’s paradise, especially if you’re a lady who wants to venture alone.

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Switzerland is a great place for a woman to immerse herself in the natural beauty of the land. The locals are friendly but mainly stick to themselves, although they will help if you need it. There are many places to hike and enjoy the beautiful views of the Swiss Alps. If you prefer a scenic mode of transportation, the Swiss Rail Pass is a beautiful way to enjoy the view. You could explore the picturesque town of Zürich or head to Lake Geneva for amazing food, entertaining nightlife, and a plethora of museums. Travel is safe and crime rates are low, making this an optimal place for a lady to explore on her own.


Costa Rica

If you are looking for a tropical destination, but still enjoy adventure and not just sitting on the beach with a drink in your hand, Costa Rica is definitely what you are looking for. Noted as being the happiest country in the world, this Central American destination is lively and upbeat.  The beaches make the perfect waves if you are an avid surfer. Also, if you are a nature lover then try your hand at rafting or exploring the rain forest.  Hiking is another activity that is prolific here.  At night you will find many places to grab a drink and be entertained as well. The people here are friendly and extremely helpful, so you will not be nervous about being on your own. The scenery and the atmosphere make this a top-notch solo travel destination.

Rio Aguajitas, Costa Rica


If you are a solo travel newbie, then Vienna is an amazing place for a first time solo trek.  There are an endless variety of activities to suit any interest you may have. You can enjoy live music at any number of the amazing concert halls, visit museums that are full of beautiful art, or stop in at a café where people tend to linger and enjoy a bite to eat. Accommodations are affordable and easy to find.  There is a convenient railway that cuts across the country if you would like to go to places such as Graz or Innsbruck. It is a beautiful place and you can get lost here for months.

Vienna - Austria


Surprisingly, it is one of the safest and most appealing destinations to visit for a solo female traveler. If you are a shopper at heart, you will love exploring the plethora of markets, both indoor and out. You can find anything from colorful and beautiful flower arrangements, unique and one-of-a-kind items of clothing, or souvenir trinkets to give as gifts for anyone back home. You can explore Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City or the vast Dong Xuan Market. The women running the booth at many of the markets are very welcoming and always happy to help with any purchase you may be interested in. If you want to do some casual exploring of natural wonders then there are always the mountains of the Central Highlands or Food Walk Island where you can sample some wonderful local cuisine and enjoy the beach. Vietnam is a place that is exotic and beautiful, while at the same time easy to navigate for a solo woman traveler. If you’re still nervous, there are plenty of Vietnam travel tips that will help you!


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Sapa, Vietnam

Any of these beautiful countries would be a great place to enjoy a vacation whether you are a seasoned traveler or a first-time newbie.  These places are known for being safe and have so much to offer. Consider visiting these destinations the next time you are up for a little exploring.  You will enter with wonder and you will leave refreshed and renewed.  These destinations do not disappoint.

Have you ever traveled solo?  Which other destinations would you add?

Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website,


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