Nine of the Best Places for Solo Female Travel:
I believe solo travel is for everyone. Extroverts and introverts, men and women can go frolic around the planet, have a great time, make lifelong friends and lasting memories. But the fact remains that women have different concerns when they travel, especially when they travel alone. So here is my list of the best places for solo female travel. During my time in these destinations, I did not face any harassment or discrimination. I would go back to every one of these places in a heartbeat. Even though no one can ever make guarantees, I feel confident about recommending these places to current and future solo female travelers.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand’s backpacker trail is well-worn. Many a solo female traveler has explored this beautiful country before me and many will come after me. You should be one of them. During the time I was in Chiang Mai, I didn’t run into any trouble nor did I feel unsafe once. But I did meet many kind and hospitable people that went out of their way to help me, show me around, translate, and teach me things I never knew about Thai culture. Solo female travelers will have an amazing time in Chiang Mai and no doubt leave with plans to return in the future. If you need to watch for anything, it’s taxi drivers who don’t turn on the meter.
Read my Chiang Mai Mini Travel Guide for more info on why Chiang Mai is one of the best places for solo female travel and tips to travel safely.
I have the biggest crush on Dublin. I don’t know if you can have crushes on cities but I do anyway. Dublin was the first place I traveled solo and not only did I feel completely safe wandering the streets during the day. I also ran into three other solo female travelers who put Dublin at the top of their lists as well. You should always pack your common sense and be careful of pickpockets but solo female travelers can feel comfortable putting Dublin on the itinerary.
If you need advice on what to do while you’re there then read Ten Things To Do In Dublin next.
Seoul, South Korea
This is a rare moment when I get to speak from an expat’s experiences instead of a backpacker’s. I have now been living in South Korea for several months and have spent many weekends wandering the streets of Seoul. The public transport is affordable and makes getting around a breeze. There are so many cute pet cafes where you can eat with raccoons, piglets, meerkats, sheep, cats, dogs and more. I’ve been able to get along just fine even with the language barrier and I’ve never felt uncomfortable out at night. Many don’t consider Korea when they make plans to go backpacking but Seoul has something for everyone.
Australia is another country with an established and well-worn backpacker’s trail. They get thousands of visitors every year who are looking to escape winter or try the infamous Vegemite. During my time in Australia, I visited Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Alice Springs and I felt completely safe everywhere I went. No one bothered me, stared at me, approached me or was even rude to me.
My entire trip was great from start to finish and I recommend this country for solo female travel one hundred percent. But yet, I still single out Brisbane. Why? Not because it’s the safest of the safe or anything like that, but because Brisbane is home to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can hold actual, real-live koala bears. Yes, you read that right. You can hold a koala bear. That’s enough reason for me to give Brisbane a special place on the list.
Read my Brisbane Solo Female Travel Guide for more info on why Brisbane is one of the best places for solo female travel and tips to travel safely.
Singapore is an incredibly safe destination for solo female travelers of all kinds. It is clean, easy to get around and there is a lot to do for those looking for cultural experiences, great shopping, yummy food, or all of the above. The weather is perfect year-round so whenever you decide to head out for your solo adventure you can enjoy the blissful tropical weather in one of the safest countries in the world. Be on alert for pickpockets on public transport, always use common sense and have a great time!
Read my Singapore Mini Travel Guide for more info on why Singapore is one of the best places for solo female travel and tips to travel safely.
Switzerland, in general, is very safe for solo females on adventures. Interlaken is a hotbed for adventure sports, not criminal activity. You’ll be able to get some amazing pictures and maybe try your hand at paragliding (my recommendation), hang-gliding, white-water rafting, sky-diving, canyoning, kayaking, the list goes on. Try one, try them all…well, maybe not them all. Interlaken is crazy expensive, which reminds me, the greatest threat to your trip will be the assault on your budget. But other than that, solo female travelers will have a great time.
Read my Interlaken Mini Travel Guide for more info on why Interlaken is one of the best places for solo female travel and tips to travel safely.
Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities and not just for solo female travel. It’s just a great city in general. You can step back in time while walking down the Royal Mile, sip tea and munch on cookies at Edinburgh Castle and get to see the official Scottish residence of the Queen of England. I felt so safe in Edinburgh that I didn’t blink at the idea of joining a ghost tour. I wandered through graveyards, dark streets and underground tunnels in the middle of the night and had a great time. Solo female travelers will not regret putting this amazing city on their list.
Read my Edinburgh Mini Travel Guide for more info on why Edinburgh is one of the best places for solo female travel and tips to travel safely.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a must-see for solo female travelers heading out of Western Europe. Travelers should keep an eye on their belongings at all times and be careful of taxi drivers trying to scam you but otherwise, Prague is a very safe place. You won’t have to worry about taking a wrong turn and ending up in a sketchy neighbor or being harassed on the street. Visiting the major tourist attractions is easy since the No.22 (Tourist) Tram stops at most of them. I had only pleasant experiences in Prague and I never worried about my safety once.
Read my Prague Mini Travel Guide for more info on why Prague is one of the best places for solo female travel and tips to travel safely.
Venice is viewed by many as a couple’s destination. All romantic candlelight dinners, gondolas rides with a singing Italian man, and walking hand in hand down the twisty streets. I can see why many wouldn’t think to go here alone at all, but even solo female travelers can find something here for them. You can enjoy the carnival, the art museums, the palace and, more importantly, the food. Venice is one of the safest cities in Italy with violent crime being very rare. As a solo female traveler, the biggest things to watch out for are pickpockets and street vendors selling knock-offs.
Read my Venice Mini Travel Guide for more info on why Venice is one of the best places for solo female travel and tips to travel safely.
Have Fun, Ladies!
There will never be a place that is 100 percent safe but still, there are many places where women can reasonably expect to travel without fear. This is the list of places that have been the most kind to me and I hope you have positive experiences there as well. And now that you have your starting points, it’s time to read these safety tips for solo female travel, check out the solo female packing list, and then head over to the resource page to make sure you’re traveling with the best of the best travel gear.
Good luck and Happy Travels!