Choosing the right destination is critical, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places for women to travel alone around the world.
Amazing Destinations for Solo Female Travelers
Travelling alone can be intimidating. Whether you’re travelling to a city in your own country or around the world, travelling alone can raise a slew of concerns, ranging from the awkwardness of dining alone to more serious issues of safety, particularly for women. Regardless of your fears or uncertainties, travelling alone can be one of the most liberating and rewarding experiences, allowing you to immerse yourself in the community and organically stumble upon those moments of cross-cultural connection.
Singapore has a fascinating history as well as the pixie dust of gleaming, glittering modernity. It is easy to navigate its many distinct neighbourhoods—Orchard Street, Chinatown, and Little India—in a safe manner. At Maxwell Food Center, look for the best chicken rice in town and wash it down with some fresh watermelon juice. After a hike in the exceptional Mount Faber Park, ascend Marina Bay Sands to its stunning Cé La VI and toast the broadcast view over gleaming skyscrapers, the Singapore Strait, and the South China Sea.
Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia. It is famous for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, and ornate temples with Buddha figures. An ultramodern cityscape rises alongside quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok, the capital (Wat Phra Kaew). Beach resorts nearby include the bustling Pattaya and the fashionable Hua Hin. “Art in Paradise (Chiang Mai),” Chiang Mai’s first Illusion Art Museum, presents Illusion Art, a painting art that requires techniques and expertise in transforming a flat surface into a “3D” and giving a sense of realistic art.
3. Ireland, Dublin
This is the easiest and friendliest of cities, and it’s full of atmosphere: grand architecture, pedestrian streets packed with musicians (good ones, too), and dozens of museums and historical sites that should be on everyone’s bucket list: the Trinity College Library, the Museum of Literature, the Book of Kells. As a woman traveling alone, there is a very specific feeling in Dublin that can best be described as a combination of glamour, poetry, and joy. If you’ve ever considered high tea, the Lord Mayor’s Lounge at the Shelbourne Hotel is unrivaled—nibble Victoria sponge cake with raspberry icing while gazing out over St. Stephen’s Green. Avoca, on nearby Grafton St., is a one-stop shop for everything Irish-made (cosmetics, linens, sweaters).
4. India’s Rishikesh
This northern city on the Ganges bills itself as the “Yoga capital of the world,” and the river is lined with ashrams and spiritual retreats of all kinds, including the Beatles’ Ashram, which the Beatles made famous when they visited in 1968. But you don’t have to be a yogini to enjoy this vibrant, electrifying city. It’s completely walkable; three bridges span the river, and with each step, the scenery changes and becomes more spectacular. Kiran Ugrajiya of Shri Sai Handicrafts creates stunning bags from vintage textiles; the black lentil curry with finger millet bread at Jal Jalebi was the best I’ve ever had.
5. Texas, Marfa
It’s a three-hour drive from the nearest airport in El Paso, but the desert passes quickly, and once you reach Prada Marfa in nearby Valentine, Texas, you’re not far away. Marfa is not just an art destination because of Donald Judd’s concrete art installations at the Chinati Foundation, which he founded. There’s food, nature, amazing shopping, and those mind-blowing skies. Over the newspaper of the same name, The Sentinel is ideal for breakfast, and The Get Go has everything you need, from Marvis toothpaste to locally roasted pecans. At Para Llevar, you can get the best wood-fired pizza and delectable sandwiches.
6. Brazil (Ouro Preto)
This pristine jewel of a town is astonishingly beautiful from every angle and is about two hours from the international airport in Belo Horizonte. Its perfectly preserved cathedrals gleam with 24-karat adornments, bear the troubled history of Brazil’s Gold Rush and colonial past, and are located in the hills of the state of Minas Gerais. The up-and-down rhythm of the hilly streets makes this city exciting to explore. The town is still a global gem trade center, and you can buy locally mined loose imperial topaz or tourmaline at the central market or from Ita Gemas, a family-owned jeweler. Solar da Rosário, a hotel in the heart of town, has windows that open onto endless vistas and a breakfast buffet.
Rwanda was recently named the world’s sixth-safest country for solo travelers, as well as Africa’s safest overall country. From the market at Kimironko in Kigali’s capital to the lushly glamorous bar at Bisate Lodge near Volcanoes National Park, there is history, wildlife, and a laid-back, welcoming vibe that is almost palpable. Rwanda also has the world’s highest percentage of women in government, and you might find yourself in conversation with one of them at The Retreat in Kigali, Josh and Alissa Ruxin’s warmer-temperature hotel and restaurant with the largest innovative and delicious menu in town.
Turkey is quickly becoming a popular travel destination these days, owing to its proximity to Dubai and you can easily get a Turkey visa from Dubai. Tourists are flocking to see the historic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia, the Pamukkale hot springs, the Greek statues on Mount Nemrut, and a variety of other exciting attractions. Turkey Tourism boasts an abundance of tourist attractions. For a spiritual experience, visit Istanbul’s iconic Blue Mosque. Visit Pergamon and the Temple of Artemis to learn about ancient history.
I hope this list of the best solo female travel destinations has inspired you to visit some truly wonderful places and find the ideal location for you to explore and discover new things.
We compiled this list by researching crime rates, women’s safety, transportation and hotel security. However, you cannot deny that bad things can happen anywhere in the world. You can’t stop fate. As a result, we take no responsibility for any negativity.