Female solo traveling: where to go and what to look out for

We’ve all been there: You’ve got extreme travel fever and want to jump on the next plane you come across, but no one seems to share your excitement. Now there’s two things you can do: turn yourself into a couch potato, or you can take that trip by yourself! It might sound scary, but it’s an amazing way to discover the world. We have listed 5 of the most beautiful and fun travel destinations for female solo travellers!

1. Bali
Bali is a very popular destination for budget travellers. Bali natives are super welcoming, so it’s no surprise that there are many people on Bali who decided to leave their home country for the beautiful Indonesian island. With its beautiful nature and waterfalls, Bali is the perfect place for backpackers and hikers. We recommend staying in a hostel, as you will probably meet loads of people there to discover the island with!

2. Kyoto, Japan
Out of the many countries on this list, Japanese people are considered the most respectful towards female travellers. Japan is known for its progressive culture that doesn’t shy away from new ideas, such as solo female travel. A lot of travellers only focus on Tokyo, but if you go a little bit more south, you’ll find the beautiful Kyoto. This city offers a lot when it comes to old Japanese culture. Besides that, it’s known as Japans’ most beautiful city, and that’s more than justified if you ask us!

3. Montreal, Canada
Probably not the first destination you think of, but Canada has a lot to offer. It’s popular amongst solo travellers for being safe. Montreal, the biggest city in Canada after Toronto, is known for its rich culture and history. Montreal is located in the French part of Canada, so you’ll find lots of amazing French restaurants in the city. Besides that, Montreal is only a few minutes from huge mountains, forests, and challenging hikes. The perfect place to learn about the culture and enjoy Canada’s beautiful nature.

4. Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to solo traveling. The diverse and rugged nature is unique with its volcanos, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Reykjavik is the epicentre of life and culture in Iceland. It’s a busy city, but there’s also a laid-back vibe. We recommend staying in one of Reykjavik’s many hostels and go exploring from there. You can visit Iceland’s postcard-perfect attractions, like the Blue Lagoon and the Northern lights. Nice to know: Iceland is the number one country as far as gender equality goes. A travel destination where you, as female solo traveller, probably feel very welcome!

5. Costa Rica
Costa Rica was always stereotyped as an unsafe destination, but that image is no longer true. The country has even been chosen as ‘happiest country in the world’! The locals are very friendly, warm-hearted and helpful, which makes you feel more than welcome as a solo traveller in this beautiful country. Besides that, lots of people don’t know Costa Rica has hot springs too (just like Iceland)! If you are a thrill seeker, you will love discovering the country’s rainforests by ATV and ending the day with relaxing in one of the thermal hot springs.

Solo traveling is very exciting, but it also brings some risks with it. As a woman, there are a few places you should avoid as a solo traveller. Certain parts of India are not safe,  for example. Make sure you stay extra safe by not walking the streets alone, or just avoid these areas completely.

Here’s another few things to keep in mind before leaving or while traveling, so you feel safe and can enjoy your trip to the fullest:

  • Don’t choose a hotel or hostel just because it’s cheap. Always check where the hotel/hostel is located, to make sure you don’t end up in a bad part of town where it’s unsafe to walk the streets as a tourist.
  • Don’t go out past a certain time. Some cultures frown upon women being outside past a certain time. So, make sure you know everything about the culture of the country you’re visiting, to avoid unpleasant situations.
  • Bring a wedding ring, even if you’re not married. In some cultures, wearing a wedding ring earns respect from men. It’s simple, but it keeps men from approaching you.
  • Make sure you dress appropriately. In some cultures, it’s common that woman cover their arms and legs for example. Make sure you know the culture well to avoid unpleasant confrontations.

So, never let your travel fever fade away because there’s no one who can come or wants to come with you! Traveling alone will bring you even closer to the cultures and you will meet loads of new people. It’s a wonderful way to explore the world. So, start packing your suitcases: The world is waiting!

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina. I’m 19 years old and I’m currently an intern at SUITSUIT. My greatest passion is writing, besides that I love good music, traveling and a bunch of lovely people around me. During my internship at SUITSUIT, I mostly write articles and provide the texts for social media.

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina. I’m 19 years old and I’m currently an intern at SUITSUIT. My greatest passion is writing, besides that I love good music, traveling and a bunch of lovely people around me. During my internship at SUITSUIT, I mostly write articles and provide the texts for social media.

@marinavanhooft