10 Of The Best Places To Visit As A Woman Travelling Solo
The world is your oyster.
According to a recent report by the George Washington University School of Business, women love to travel. Nearly two thirds of today’s travellers are women and many of them are going it alone.
While there are few places a solo female really shouldn’t go, if you’re savvy and you take precautions, the world is your oyster. 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.
#1 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. The high standard of living and very low crime rate means it’s safe to wander the streets at all hours, especially during long, bright evenings under the midnight sun.
Want to make new friends? Join a group tour of the Golden Circle or Blue Lagoon — it’s easy to get an Icelander to talk once the beer starts flowing.
#2 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 the Emerald 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.
#3 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.
#4 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 on peak-hour trains.
Kyoto comes recommended for its old-world charm, with peaceful temples, sculpted gardens and historic palaces breathing genteel beauty into every corner of the city.
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, to the delight of the intrepid Carrie Bradshaws among us.
#6 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 visit. 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.
#7 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.
#8 Provence, France
Pastoral, slow-moving and pretty as hell, Provence is the place for 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.
#9 Hoi An, Vietnam
Vietnam can be tricky to navigate, but Hoi An is worth the ride for any female traveller. The stunningly preserved city is full of Indochine charm, like heavy wooden chairs, high ceilings and quiet streets lined with picturesque doorways, bahn mi and vintage bicycles on every corner.
#10 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.