Traveling not only provides a chance to relax, unwind and escape the stress of daily life, the activity can also be educational. Depending on where you choose to travel, you experience nature, learn about other cultures and heritage. Women may want to venture forth more often but are reluctant to go it alone. However, when you are a single woman traveling alone, you need not bend to the wishes of others. You also have the opportunity to boost your self-confidence, learn new skills and create wonderful memories to share with others. There are numerous destinations safe for single female visitors.
Spectacular landscapes, castles and thousands of years of history make Scotland a fascinating place to visit. The 800-year old Edinburgh Castle is a must-see. Everything from the Great Hall and the Crown Jewels to the Stone of Destiny, weaponry, the elaborate décor and furnishings are sure to amaze. The National Museum of Scotland provides an interesting history of the country and her people from prehistoric times to the present. The amazing landscape of the Cairngorms includes majestic mountains, natural lochs and historic forests. The destination is also popular for many different outdoor recreation opportunities. Anyone having a sense of adventure might consider journeying to the nearby Island of Staffa and touring Fagal’s Cave. The location is a visual and audio rarity.
Why Scotland is good for solo visits: The safety factor is high, which makes solo travel fearless. The entire country is small enough to enable visitors to explore many different areas. Although local accents and the native language may seem daunting, the majority of people speak fluent English.
Beautiful Hawaii beaches, tropical rainforests and mountains are some of the characteristics which make the islands a perfect solo getaway. Waikiki Beach, Oahu is one of the most popular of all coastal locations. While it is thick with tourists, you have the chance to hike Diamond Head. Turtle Bay is one of the most scenic locations on Oahu and features 12 miles of oceanfront trails prime for hiking. When looking for more solitude, head to Kauna ‘oa Beach on Hawaii. If wanting to get an overall look at the area, sailing between Hawaiian islands is possible from Kauai. The 15-mile adventure brings guests face-to-face with the rugged northwest views of the Na Pali Coast. Maui is the perfect destination for surfing. Longboard, stand up surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing are all popular here. The island is also great for newbies who desire to learn the sport.
Why Hawaii is good for solo visits: While public transportation is readily available in the city, mopeds make journeying to rural destinations ideal. The islands are safe for solo travel. The locals are well acquainted with each other and friendly. Law enforcement officers regularly patrol. Given the number of tourists, finding a temporary travel companion to see the sights is also relatively easy.
The enchanting medieval city of Dubrovnik lies along the oceanfront and was described by George Bernard Shaw as paradise. From the ancient fortress walls to the historic architecture of the buildings, Old Town is worthy of a visit. Points of interest include Onofrio’s Large Fountain, Onofrio’s Small Fountain, the Sponza Palace and the Rectors Palace. Meander down the side streets and visit the boutique shops. Take a donkey ride up Srdj Hill. Indulge in a meal at a seaside restaurant. Go kayaking along the city walls.
Why Dubrovnik is good for solo visits: The people are warm and friendly. The crime rate is extremely low. The city is small enough to easily navigate.
Venturing to New Zealand is one of the best trips for solo female travelers. Fans of the “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” movies should consider going to Matamata to tour the Hobbiton movie set. As the community was established in the foothills of the Kaimai Mountain Range, the destination also lends itself to great hiking options. The capital city of Wellington has many big city amenities and activities including the chance to learn about Maori culture. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Te Aro Pa are great places to start. Beer lovers make a point of stopping in Queenstown where craft beers are created in abundance. The picturesque alpine community also has Lake Wakatipu. If looking for an adrenaline rush, Queenstown offers a wealth of activities, which include biking, hiking, bungee jumping and river rafting.
Why New Zealand is good for solo visits: The crime rate is low, which makes it safe. Public transportation is readily available, which makes navigating around the country easy. The atmosphere is typically laid back and there are many different amazing places to visit. Accommodation options vary from inexpensive hostels to luxury resorts.
Start your adventure in the thriving Bangkok metropolis. Tour the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Po. Browse through the offerings in the Patpong Night Market. The Floating Market on the Damnoen Saduak Canal provides the chance to see historic local trade. Escape the city bustle and venture to the idyllic Phang Nga Bay. The destination is both magical and mystical on its own. However, the land masses are considered by many to be the perfect deserted island getaways. Speedboat and long tail boat tours are available. Many of the islands also offer beachfront bungalow resorts. Hin Daeng is a hotspot for diving enthusiasts. As the site is situated in the Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park, the waters are teeming with a wide variety of coral and tropical fish.
Why Thailand is good for solo visits: Food and accommodations are relatively inexpensive, especially if you travel there from April through November. The country is teeming with visitors, which makes it easy to join group tours if desired.