Traveling solo as a woman can be a remarkable and transformative experience. There is something incredibly empowering and liberating about experiencing a new place on your own. It’s an opportunity to break free from the familiar and navigate the unknown with confidence.
When embarking on a solo travel journey, the very first and most crucial question that arises is, you guessed it, “Where should I go?”
That’s why we have thoughtfully curated a list of the 10 best destinations for solo women travelers. Whether you’re a first time solo traveler or seasoned wanderer, we understand that selecting the right place can be overwhelming, especially as a woman embarking on a solo adventure.
We can attest that each of these locations not only offer rich cultural experiences and opportunities for adventure, but also prioritize safety and comfort.
Get ready to pack your bags! Let’s explore the 10 best destinations for solo women travelers.
1) Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of our favorite places to travel here at Cherish Tours. How could it not be? According to the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world. The culture is rich, locals are warm and friendly, and the diverse landscape is unmatched. The country is also known for their eco conscious mindset and commitment to sustainable tourism; ensuring that you can visit enchanting rainforests, lounge on pristine beaches, and witness diverse wildlife, all while knowing that you’re contributing to the preservation of these vital ecosystems. So whether you’re seeking an adventure in nature, cultural exploration, or simply the peace of mind that comes with solo travel, Costa Rica is the place for you.
Iceland, often regarded as the Land of Fire and Ice, is the perfect destination for solo women travelers. I would know, as I’ve had the distinct honor of leading several trips to this amazing location. This Nordic island nation is most known for its stunning natural wonders; from the elusive Northern Lights, to cascading waterfalls and steaming geysers, there are ample opportunities to connect with nature. The country’s commitment to safety, friendly locals and wide variety of outdoor activities make it easy for women to explore while feeling empowered. Whether you’re looking for serene moments or thrilling adventures, Iceland provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable solo journey.
Denmark, another one of Cherish’s favorite destinations, is a great place for solo travel as a woman! This Scandinavian gem not only has a rich and vibrant culture, but is also a very safe place to travel. The locals are friendly and proficient in English, which ensures that your experience will be warm and welcoming. Denmark’s well-maintained cities, such as Copenhangen and Aarhus, offer the perfect blend of historic charm and modern innovation. You can explore the most delightful streets, visit world-class museums, and indulge in some of the most delicious cuisine. With a well-connected public transport system, Denmark is easy to navigate, making it an ideal place for solo women to explore rich history, art, and design.
Singapore is an extraordinary and unique destination. It has a futuristic vibe; well known for their unique balance and blend of green space and avant-garde architecture. It’s incredibly clean, extremely safe (one of the safest places in the world, actually), and rich with diverse cultures. The locals are friendly and welcoming to international travelers, which provides a great sense of security when traveling. Did I mention the cutting-edge cuisine and cocktail culture? To die for! Overall, this destination's well-established safety measures, warm hospitality, and variety of experiences make it a wonderful destination for your solo journey.
5) New Zealand
This island nation, known for its breathtaking landscapes, offers a safe and welcoming haven for women seeking a solo adventure. From the towering peaks of the Southern Alps to pristine beaches, if you love the outdoors, there is no shortage of places to explore. The locals, known as “Kiwis,” are always ready to offer a warm greeting, give directions, and share some cultural traditions. The well-established tourism infrastructure and the Kiwi spirit of hospitality make New Zealand the perfect destination for solo woman travelers.
Chile’s reputation as a top choice for solo female travelers is well-deserved, thanks to its incredibly diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. As the world’s most narrow country, it boasts an array of environments to suit every travelers’ desires. From the Atacama Desert and the warm beaches of Viña del Mar to the cold Andes Mountains in Patagonia, Chile offers a diverse playground for outdoor adventures. Cities like Santiago and Valparaiso offer travelers the opportunity to explore Chile’s unique history and culture. You can explore colorful, bustling streets, marvel at the architecture, and sample traditional dishes at local markets or restaurants. Whether you’re looking for an urban adventure or an opportunity to marvel at natural wonders, there are a wide variety of experiences for you in Chile.
7) Pacific Coast Canada
Canada is a massive country with no shortage of gorgeous places. That being said, The Pacific Coast of Canada is a special destination, specifically known for its jaw-dropping nature scenery. There are countless options on the coast for your solo adventures! You can explore city-life and let your taste buds lead you through Vancouver, or even pop over to Vancouver Island to spend the day laying on a sandy beach. My personal favorite location on the Pacific Coast of Canada is Banff National Park. Here, you can relish in some amazing mountain views, hike through the Rockies and observe some stunning turquoise glacier lakes!
8) Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, is an inviting haven for solo female travelers looking for an outdoor adventure. Nestled within the gorgeous backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, this incredible city offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor and urban exploration. Whether you’re looking to roam the city's historic streets of Salt Lake, go glamping under the stars, or marvel at the beauty of Arches National Park, this destination caters to a wide variety of interests. The city’s friendly residents and strong sense of community create a welcoming atmosphere for solo female wanderers.
India is a fascinating and diverse destination with a wide variety of activities to offer the solo female traveler. From the vibrant and bustling markets and lavish festivals to the serenity of a mountain retreat or golden beaches, India is a destination that will surely leave a lasting impact. India’s distinctive character and rich cultural tapestry make it the ideal destination for a solo woman traveler.
10) South Africa
South Africa is another captivating destination for solo female travelers, offering a breathtaking area of landscapes and cultural wonders. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant streets of Cape Town, embarking on a safari in Kruger National Park, or enjoying the picturesque beauty of the Garden Route, South Africa provides an extensive palette of experiences.
Let your WanderLust Guide You
These destinations not only offer captivating experiences, but also safe and welcoming environments for the solo female wanderer. Whether you’re drawn to the cascading waterfalls in Iceland, or the vibrant and colorful streets of India, each place offers solo female travels an opportunity to experience a new culture and feel empowered. So, pack your bags and get ready to head out on your solo adventure!
Did one of these international locations spark your interest for your solo escapades? Go check out our blog, “When to Plan International Travel for Solo Women Travelers” for some essential tips on planning international travel as a solo woman.
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