The 10 best places for women to travel alone
Female travelers share some of the best places they've been to by themselves. Europe is full of countries that are some of the best places for women to travel alone. Latin American countries, like Costa Rica and Panama, are also great options.
Why does it make for a great solo getaway? One word: variety. "There are options to go to highly-visible, touristy areas or explore less-traveled areas depending on your level of comfort," she shares. Whether you stick to the shore or hike through the rainforest, pack an external battery pack because let's be real: you're going to kill your battery snapping pictures of monkeys, sunsets, rainbows, and more. Check out the Spanish phrases everyone should know.
Mount Koya, Japan
"You'll sleep on a traditional floor futon and monks will deliver vegetarian meals and sake to your room. You can bathe in the traditional, shared baths, and take a guided meditation class in the mornings. If you really want to get in touch with yourself, this is the place to do it," she explains.
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"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," she shares. "The advantage of being on a tour was that I had the option to explore with other people during our free time if that was preferred or I could venture on my own."
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In addition to views and local wine worth sipping as you dance under the stars, Likkel recommends feasting on local Greek food — especially fresh-caught fish! — for a getaway you won't forget. Just make sure you're wary of your purse, as pick-pocketing is common.
"The trains effortlessly get you around the country, so you can visit the different German, Swiss, and French-speaking parts of Switzerland in one trip if you wanted. This summer, I even took a scenic boat ride as part of the Swiss Travel System to get from Lucerne to Ticino in style," she explains.
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Worried about getting used to different customs and rituals while navigating? Don't be, Schwartz advises, and instead, take it as a challenge and keep yourself open to the possibilities that may abound.
"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," she shared.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
"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," she explains.
As an added bonus? You definitely won't get lonely here: "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," Likkel adds.
"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," Likkel suggests.
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"Bocas del Toro is a great place to start, with lots of adventurous activities, beautiful beaches, and hostels and hotels of all price points," she shares.
Her only warning is that most tourists aren't American, but from other parts of Central or South America or Europe, so it's a great opportunity to expand your network and mingle with fellow female solo travelers who seek adventure on their own two feet, too.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
And outside of the cities, travel photographer and writer Tessa Juliette says the countryside offers a stunning escape to a part of the world that is still relatively untouched by mass tourism. "The exchange rate is great and booking private tours is completely reasonable, making it an ideal location for solo travel," she says.
If you want to continue your tour of this area, it's easy enough to find a ferry to Dubrovnik and set your sails through the many islands of Croatia, including Split, Hvar and more. Find out more places where it's fun to travel solo.
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