It’s a sad truth about the world that there are many places that just aren’t safe for anyone to travel alone, whether you’re a woman or not. There are even more spots, though, where the culture or lifestyles make traversing the streets as a woman by herself a definite no go.
That’s not true of every place, though, and as a woman, I think traveling alone is not only relaxing and informative and fun, but also empowering.
If traveling alone is something you’re looking to tackle in the years to come, here are 7 places you should be able to enjoy by yourself without too many worries about your safety.
Switzerland is beautiful on matter where you land, and though it’s expensive (no way around it) host of Eat Travel Rock Kelly Rizzo says you’ll be plenty safe no matter where in the country you decide to visit.
The trains and other transportation are easy to use and will take you anywhere you want to go, and locals are friendly and eager to help.
“The trains effortlessly get you around the country, so you can visit the different German, Italian, and French-speaking parts of Switzerland in one trip if you wanted.”
As someone who has traveled alone in Switzerland, I can vouch for this take. It’s a beautiful, not unfriendly country where a woman can feel reasonably safe checking out the sights and the countryside without an escort.
6. Costa Rica
Stacy Schwartz, owner of Ketanga Fitness Retreats, says Costa Rica is a new hotspot destination for women traveling alone.
She says the people there are kind of welcoming, and the weather – which vacillates between sunshine and rain – has something for everyone.
The variety, she says, is what makes it such a great solo getaway.
“There are options to go highly-visible, touristy areas or explore less-traveled areas depending on your level of comfort.”
There are rainforest hikes, beaches, wildlife, and all the sunsets and rainbows you could want. Get packing!
5. Ireland and Northern Ireland
My own experience in Western Ireland was that the locals really, really enjoyed encountering – and helping – a tourist.
They might even pass you a pint, if they’re feeling generous!
If you’re worried about a language barrier (as an English speaker) you won’t have that trouble here, and whether you’re looking for a city experience or gorgeous, endless countryside, Ireland really does have something for everyone.
Schwartz says there’s no reason to worry about navigating a different culture, either – just be open to the possibilities around you.
“Driving on the left side of the road may be a bit intimidating, so I loved signing up for a day trip to see the places that stood out to me.
As a lifelong equestrian, I came across a stable in the Irish countryside where I was welcome to ride, eat, and stay.
I think Ireland is a great stepping stone for newbies to solo travel from the U.S. because of the lack of language barrier, the modern culture, and welcoming attitude.”
Have been, can confirm! Go go go!
4. Tuscany, Italy
Travel agent Kimberley Hart says that this part of the world offers not only beauty and excellent win, but the space to unwind and really let your mind roam free, too.
“I felt completely comfortable in these small towns walking around by myself as they were easy to navigate and people were welcoming, friendly, and helpful.
It was nice to return to a home base each day as well.
There was plenty of shopping, eating, and wine-tasting in the small towns, and it was a leisurely trip where I could really soak up the culture.”
Sounds like a whole vibe!
3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
It’s a long plane ride, but Kiersten Likkel from Cruise Specialists says Ho Chi Minh City is worth the trip.
This city, formerly known as Saigon, is rich with history and culture, the locals are friendly and welcoming to foreigners, and a trip there won’t break the bank.
“Wander the boulevards of this burgeoning city at your own pace, stop to eat just about anywhere your nose leads you, and treat yourself – over and over – to the wonderfully affordable and hospitable day spas throughout the city.
You’ll also find adventurous global travelers who are just as likely to strike up a conversation or invite you along to do something new.”
I have to say, I’m intrigued!
2. Mykonos, Greece
Likkel also recommends Mykonos, Greece, if you’re a woman searching for a good solo trip abroad.
Mykonos is known for its lively nightlife and Instagram-worthy beaches, and all of the delicious Greek food you could possibly want.
She says pick-pocketing is common, though, so you will want to keep a tight hold on your cash.
1. Porto, Portugal
The Iberian peninsula is rich in architecture and history, and Porto is no exception. You’ll be able to relax and immerse yourself in the local culture, all while conversing with friendly locals and taking in the sweeping views.
And of course, enjoying the food.
If you want to see the capitol, Lisbon, it’s a quick 3-our train ride away, which is perfect for a day trip, says Likkel.
“Explore this gorgeous city at your own pace, taking as much time as you want to wander the hilly streets admiring the architecture and colorful tiling.
Enjoy the bustling Douro waterfront atmosphere while sipping delicious port wine straight from the source.”
I don’t know about you, but this place sounds like it’s right up my alley.
Well, I’m definitely adding these to my (long and ever-growing list).
If you’re a woman, what’s your favorite trip to date? Tell us about it in the comments!