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10 Of The Best Places To Visit As A Woman Travelling Solo

Safe, friendly and fascinating.

According to a recent report by the George Washington University School of Business, ladies love to travel. Nearly two thirds of today’s travellers are women and many of them are going alone.

If you’re savvy and you take precautions, the world is your oyster – there are few places a solo female really shouldn’t go. But if you’re new to travelling by yourself or you want to take it easy, these safe, friendly and fascinating destinations are a perfect place to start.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

With a population of just 120,000 people, the Icelandic capital feels like a large country town, with easy smiles and open doors to match. The high standard of living and very low crime rate means it’s safe to wander the streets at all hours, especially during the long, bright evenings under the midnight sun. Want to make new friends? It’s easy to join a group tour of the Golden Circle or the Blue Lagoon, and easy to get an Icelander to talk once the beer starts flowing.

Photo: Johannes Martin/Flickr

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Killarney, Ireland

Ireland is full of kind faces and warm words for the solo female traveller, especially when you get out of the big city. For a dreamy trip through the most lush and verdant corner of this beautiful green Isle, head southwest to County Kerry and plan to stop for a while. Explore the stunning wilds of Killarney National Park, the gardens of Muckross House and the ruins of Ross Castle, and prepare yourself for endless stew and extra servings of Guinness Pie.

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Toronto, Canada

As a rule, Canada is a safe place to travel, with excellent infrastructure, a low crime rate and a super friendly national character. While there are many quaint towns and stunning vistas to explore, Toronto is one of the coolest destinations in the country. It has an awesome creative scene, hip bars and great restaurants, and the awesomeness of Niagara Falls is just an hour’s drive away.

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Kyoto, Japan

Japanese society is notoriously polite, orderly and efficient, which makes Japan an easy place to navigate as a lone female traveller – there are even women-only carriages in peak hour trains. Kyoto is our recommendation for its old world charm, with peaceful temples, sculpted gardens and historic palaces breathing genteel beauty into every corner of the city.

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Singapore

With over 7500 people per square kilometre, Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries on earth and social order is managed through strict laws of propriety. No spitting, no littering, no chewing gum and no cause for concern for solo women travellers. A glamorous collision of east and west, it’s a great destination for luxury retail therapy, hawker food and sky-high cocktails, for the intrepid Carrie Bradshaws among us.

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Wellington, New Zealand

Peaceful, graceful and friendly, New Zealand is an easy stop for a woman travelling alone, and Wellington is an unexpectedly cool place to stop off during your stay. The foodie scene is top notch, the micro-breweries are crafty and the WETA Workshop will open its doors to any of you Lord of the Rings fans.

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Gili Islands, Bali

Laid back and tourist friendly, Bali is the perfect place to get your groove back, do a week-long yoga retreat, meditate amongst the rice paddies or drink beer while the sun sets. Far from the maddening crowds of Kuta, the Gili Islands are a tropical sweet spot free of mopeds and fringed by white sands, perfect for a woman alone to relax and think about her place in the world.

Photo: Jorge Láscar/Flickr

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Provence, France

Pastoral, slow-moving and pretty as hell, Provence is the place to the finer things in life. Navigate market squares and cobbled streets of a dozen Provencal villages, explore medieval abbeys and wander lavender-covered fields, ride down country lanes with a picnic basket full of cheese and a lovely red wine. The sun-kissed south of France is the perfect place for a dreamer travelling alone.

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Hoi An, Vietnam

Vietnam can be tricky to navigate, but Hoi An is worth the ride for any female traveller. The stunningly preserved old city is full of Indochine charm; heavy wooden chairs, high ceilings and quiet streets lined with picturesque doorways; Bahn Mi and vintage bicycles on every corner. Hoi An is renowned for its tailors, too. If you’re looking to get your own Áo dài made, this is the place to do it.

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Bergen, Norway

Norway is a world-leader on gender equality and shares the very high standard of living and very low crime rates of its Scandinavian neighbours. Women can expect to travel hassle-free along the vast stretch of Norwegian coast, whether by steamer ship or multi-day hike. Bergen is a must-stop city on this tour – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the gateway to the fjords, surrounded by stunning mountain ranges and dotted with beautiful cottage houses. The fish food scene is pretty amazing and the coffee isn’t half bad, either.

Photo: Andrés Nieto Porras/Flickr

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