Travelling alone can seem scary if you’re a woman, and even more so if you’re new to rolling solo. That’s why it’s a good idea to do some research before you go and break yourself in gently by first visiting some of the safest places for solo female travellers.
These are often well-trodden routes routes where you’re likely to meet other solo travellers including women, as well as more female-friendly destinations where you are less likely to stand out or attract unwanted male attention.
Read on to learn about the safest places in the world for women who are braving it alone.
6 Safest Places For Solo Female Travellers
1. New Zealand
It seems a bit far to go all the way downunder and then some until you reach the home of Lord of the Rings. But those who are willing to make the long trip will not regret it.
New Zealand is home to beaches, postcard perfect landscapes and an abundance of outdoor adventures to entice any solo female traveller. To top things off, Kiwis are known to be some of the friendliest people on the planet, making it easy for any female traveller to mingle with the locals.
A lot has been written about beautiful Bali and the island is well known for its amazing backpacking culture. This makes it one of the best destinations in the world for solo female travel.
It is virtually impossible to feel alone in Bali as the island is full of outgoing, friendly backpackers as well as welcoming locals so you will always find someone to hang out with.
There are also a host of yoga classes, stunning beaches and great yet inexpensive food to keep you busy. You will have so much relaxing to do that you will leave this place wondering why you ever worried about traveling solo.
Known for its gorgeous architecture and liberal culture, it’s no surprise that Amsterdam remains one of the most popular cities in Europe, especially for solo female travellers.
While Amsterdam has a bit of a reputation for its more taboo offerings, this pretty Dutch city also offers an fascinating array of sites and activities for solo travellers.
Rent a bike and explore the city on your own or do a Canal tour to gain a perspective of the city by boat. Amsterdam is also home to the phenomenal Van Gogh museum if you want to take in some history and culture.
Wales is often over-looked by tourists who venture out to the United Kingdom. This is a shame because it is hands down one of the most beautiful destinations in northern Europe.
If you are worried about coming here alone as a female traveller, don’t fret as this country has some of the best landscapes and an even richer history. If history and culture are not your thing, there are also plenty of outdoor activities on offer including the famous hike you could do on the Pembrokeshire coast or visit the beautiful Snowdonia National Park in the northwest of the country and take the train to the top of Wales’ highest peak, Mount Snowdon.
This one is for the more adventurous and spiritually-minded female traveller.
Nepal prides itself on its wide range of adventure activities and its ecotourism, upon which the economy is heavily reliant. There are numerous local tours on offer that involve hiking in the Himalayas, exploring nature and visiting remote villages.
So, if you are looking for a vacation that is unusual and allows you time for introspection then look no further than Nepal.
This tiny mountainous country, wedged between India and China, is a great place to immerse yourself in a truly unique culture, breathtaking scenery and some of the most serene people on the planet.
You are sure to discover yourself in ways you couldn’t do back home!
If safety is your priority, you won’t find a better place to travel in than Scandinavia. Contrary to popular opinion, Scandinavia isn’t a country but a region in Northern Europe comprising Norway, Sweden, Denmark (and part of Finland).
These countries are often grouped together under the one name, Scandinavia, because they share a common history, culture and their languages are related.
The countries that make up Scandinavia are known for their progressive outlook, and have some of the most advanced gender-equality laws in the world. Whether you want to go camping in Sweden or experience the trendy food and wine scene in Denmark, Scandinavia is hands down the easiest region to visit in Europe for solo female travellers.
Are you a woman thinking about travelling solo or have you already done so? Which countries have you found to be the safest places for solo female travellers? Please share your favourite destination in the comments below.