Travelling solo at first can appear quite intimidating, but it is something women must experience at least once in their lifetime. The prime concern is safety, yes, but if you do your research, you’ll find tons of places across the globe that are perfectly safe for a lady travelling alone or even in an all-women group. You see, what’s wonderful about solo travel is that everything in the trip is happens at your own time and pace. It is the perfect opportunity to find your true self, outside your comfort zone, in surroundings completely new to you. You create your own adventures, your experiences are unique and most often, quite liberating. Let us take a look at some of the many travel destinations perfect for women travellers, starting from the home front:
The city of Nainital in Uttrakhand is a very popular tourist destination. The local Kumaoni people are extremely warm and welcoming, which is why Nainital is considered a safe travel destination for women. The small town is perfect if you want to just relax in the lap of Mother Nature, feast on delicious cuisine, and shop for Tibetan clothing and affordable prices!
One of the famous UNESCO World Heritage sites in India, Hampi in Karnataka is truly a must visit! Replete with remnants of the once mighty Vijaynagar empire, ancient temples, and a pretty cool hippie culture, this township is perfectly safe for women who’d like to visit on their own. You’ll meet people from all over the world who share the same interests as you, many of them solo female travellers like yourself! Sightseeing and accommodation is very affordable and the locals are very helpful. If you’re in a mind to visit Hampi, go for it!
Sikkim is one of the most beautiful states in Northeast India that shares its borders with China, Nepal & Bhutan. It is also one of the safest states in the country having extremely low crime rates and even more lower crime rates against women. The locals are very friendly and do not treat you as an outsider. Sikkim is known for its natural beauty – snow-tipped mountain peaks, Buddhist temples, Delicious momos, the gorgeous Tsomgo Lake, Yak rides and more! Don’t be afraid to plan your visit here! And now onto the rest of the world!
Bali is a gorgeous destination that is filled with white sand beaches, pristine blue waters, affordable accommodations, delicious cuisine, architecture and culture, and of course, the warm Balinese hospitality. You’ll find loads of travellers from all over who’ve come to enjoy Indonesia. You’ll definitely find a friend here to hang out with. This is the perfect place for a woman to find harmony with her body, mind, and spirit.
Nestled on the foothills of Northern Thailand, the ‘Rose of the North’ – Chiang Mai – is an absolute visual treat! It is surrounded by lush countryside and it is much quieter and safer than the capital city of Bangkok. If you are looking for peace and relaxation, you’ll find it here! You can visit the many Buddhist temples here, sample on delicious vegetarian cuisine, and take part in meditation and yoga. It is advisable however that you travel in a group rather than solo in Chiang Mai.
If you are looking for a place to do solo travel, look no further than Reykjavik. A very good reason would be that Iceland has been ranked the safest country in the world! You’ll come across many women backpackers and some of them who explore the city on bicycles. Reykjavik is the epicentre of all Icelandic tourism. It pretty much is a laid back and chilled out city, with an amazing nightlife. While visiting here, make sure to bathe in the Blue Lagoon and witness the Northern Lights! If you have the time and money, you can also experience an Arctic Cruise along the Icelandic fjords!
To quote Shakespeare, “In fair Verona where we lay our scene.” The backdrop of the tragic romance – Romeo & Juliet – Verona is a beautiful Italian city that is filled with culture and romance. Every corner you take, you will find fragrant blossoms blooming on balconies, making the streets very picturesque. Verona is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its ancient roman architecture. You can visit Juliet’s House (Casa de Giulietta), and stand below the balcony where Juliet stood, waiting for her Romeo. Verona is sure to leave you breathless and truly inspired.
Edinburgh appears as if it has come straight out of a story about brawny knights, jousts and fair lasses. It is an amazing destination to visit if you are a solo female traveller. Explore the New and Old Towns, have a drink at any of the charming pubs and shop to your heart’s desires at the flea markets. Make sure to sample traditional Scottish cuisine! Cultural activities are plenty here, be it theatre arts, music or dancing. You’ll always find an event or two taking place and experiencing that will be great fun!
The beautiful city of Lisbon is known to have some of the safest neighbourhoods in all of Europe. Women who are looking to enjoy the nightlife there have little to be worried about. The streets are covered with cobblestone and walking down them will take you along colourful buildings and rich architecture. The hills of Alfama offer a fantastic vista. Travelling around Lisbon is very easy and the locals are very helpful! Make sure to check this off your travel list!
Perth sees hordes of female travellers making a visit, especially considering that backpacking is quite popular in Australia. Perth has so many things to offer, from surfing to shopping to sightseeing! The locals are very warm and friendly, and women can move around easily without having to look back over their shoulders time and again.
While these 10 destinations and many more are considered safe to visit, as a woman, you must never throw caution into the wind.
Never travel alone if it gets really late.
Dress appropriately, depending on where you are
Avoid dark corners and deserted streets
ALWAYS fix YOUR OWN drink.
Keep your belongings safe
Safe travels and have fun!
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