It’s not that there are different sets of positives and negatives for men and women when we talk about solo travel. The only area of concern, as far as the fairer sex is concerned, is safety, which, again, is a mistaken belief as there are hundreds of destinations in the world that are friendly and welcoming toward women – and, above all, they are safe places.
Yet again, any place can be unsafe for a woman, including where she lives, if she is not careful about the location she chooses to visit and, of course, the hour. What we have attempted to do here is identify 5 destinations in the world that are as safe for a female solo traveler as it is for men in addition to being tremendous fun places with everything to titillate the senses.
But before we dive into that, let’s take a look at what can be so attractive about solo travel.
Freedom – Solo travel gives you the freedom to do as you want, for as long as you want and whenever you want – what can be better than that? You are not constrained by the preferences of your travel mate/s – you are free to make your own decisions about eating places, travel routes, or length of stay or a number of things where differences can arise when traveling with a mate/s.
Meeting new people – When you travel with a partner or friends there is a tendency to interact less with new people along the way, whereas, if you are travelling solo you are more receptive towards others – open to chats with locals and fellow travelers – and there is a strong likelihood you will end up making some friends along the way – keeping your freedom intact all along. And, of course, a romantic linkup can never be ruled out.
Confidence booster – Frequent solo travelers gain in self-confidence as they learn to negotiate and deal with new streets, new metros, different surroundings, various cultures and new friends. The solo traveler’s decision-making ability will be way above that of a first-timer. The enhanced self-belief is sure to benefit the person in the long run.
Here are the five great destinations we promised:
Not only is Amsterdam a safe city for the female solo traveler, it is a great European destination with magnificent museums, striking architecture, ancient churches, old world cobbled streets, myriad of canals, waterways, and bridges and a vibrant nightlife that holds a lot of promise for all visitors including female solo travelers.
Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and gets its name from its origin as “Dam” of river “Amstel. Colloquially known as the “Venice of the North,” Amsterdam is especially
appealing for the female solo traveler in that it offers a great shopping experience in addition to its conspicuously rich heritage.
Some of the best places to experience the art and culture and soak up the sights and sounds of this awe-inspiring city:
- The Port of Amsterdam (Haven van Amsterdam)
- The Museum of the Tropics (The Tropenmuseum)
- The Old Church (Oude Kerk)
- The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk)
- The Rijksmuseum (Dutch National Museum)
- The Anne Frank Museum
- The Van Gogh Museum
- Rembrandt House Museum
- The Royal Palace
- The Jewish Historical Museum
- The Begijnhof
- The Stedelijk: Amsterdam’s Municipal Museum
- The West Church (Westerkerk)
- Kalverstraat (Amsterdam’s shopping district)
- IJ-Hallen (The biggest and one-of-its-kind flea market in Europe)
- The Cheese Museum
The Canadian city of Montreal is the largest metropolis in the province of Quebec and the second largest in Canada. It is known as the cultural and economic capital of the province and is the main point of entry into Quebec. One of the liveliest cities in the continent it is also the second largest French-speaking city in the world, sometimes referred to as the Paris of Canada.
Generally, Montrealers (Montréalais in French) are known for their welcoming nature and friendliness towards visitors and is one of the safest destinations in North America for the solo female visitor.
Places to see in Montreal
- Square Saint-Louis
- Rue St-Denis
- Old Montreal
- Parc Jean Drapeau
- Rue Sherbrooke
- Places Jacques-Cartier
- Notre-Dame Basilica
- St. Mary Queen of the World
- Olympic Park
- St. Joseph’s Oratory
- Botanical Garden
Special Points of Interest that may appeal to the solo female traveler
Rue Ste-Cathérine – Montréal’s main shopping thoroughfare lined with department stores and shops of all kinds, as well as a host of restaurants.
Montreal International Jazz Festival – Held in late June and early July the festival brings in some of the biggest names in jazz music for this huge event. So ladies, if you are planning on visiting Montreal during the International Jazz Festival, book your stay well in advance.
Jean Talon Market – Located in a warehouse-style building, the Jean Talon Market is one of Montréal’s busiest public markets teeming with shoppers, vendors selling fruits and vegetables, flowers, meats, fish, cheese, baked goods, and specialty foods. The site also has some good restaurants and cafés.
Pristine beaches, ancient temples as well as inexpensive accommodation and food are just some of the top reasons why Bali is considered one of the ultimate places to travel alone for females.
One of the most sought-after and popular islands of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is an excellent destination for young backpackers and the ideal place for the budget-conscious solo female traveler.
With all its marvelous beaches, the place is bound to have several resorts for the luxury seekers as well.
You will be so busy chilling out in this amazing tropical haven, soaking up the amazing Balinese sights and sounds that you’ll forget you are traveling alone – and even when you do realize, you will be happy you made the decision of going solo.
Places to see in Bali
- Pura Tanah Lot
- Mount Batur
- Uluwatu Temple
- Tirta Empul Temple
- Ubud Art & Culture
- Ubud Monkey Forest
- Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
- Waterbom Bali
- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
- Sekumpul Waterfall
- Seminyak Shopping
- Kuta Beach
- The Nusa Islands
- The Sidemen Valley
Built atop a 12-meter-high cliff overlooking the powdery white sandy beaches and the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea beyond, Tulum is the only fortified seaside town of the ancient Mayan people. Tulum, as a matter of fact, is a Mayan term for fortification.
One of the safest Mexican destinations, Tulum is a great seaside getaway for the solo traveler.
Places to see in Tulum
- The Beach at Tulum
- Temple of the Frescoes
- Temple of the God Descending
- The Walls of Tulum
- The Castillo
Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden, with the inner city comprising 14 islands on Lake Mälaren connected to each other by some 50 bridges. The lake empties into the Baltic Sea and passes the Stockholm archipelago of around 24,000 islands and islets.
This awesome Scandinavian destination is truly cosmopolitan with a pleasing mix of classical and modern architecture and an enchanting Old Town, ‘Gamla Stan’.
With more than 30% of the city area made up of refreshingly green spaces and another 30% covered with canals and waterways it is a perfect destination, for all tourist types including the solo traveler.
The female solo traveler can feel safe in this friendly and welcoming city and expect to be treated and pampered in a way befitting a lady.
The Swedish capital boasts at least three UNESCO World Heritage sites including Birka, Drottningholm, and the Woodland Cemetery.
Stockholm’s highly efficient transportation network includes the Tunnelbana (T-bana) – the underground railway system and a regular bus network with great connectivity.
Stockholm also has and efficient network of bicycle lanes.
Locals proudly call the city a “levande stad”, or living city, as a large part of the cosmopolitan population, still live in the downtown areas.
While it is not a specific destination per se, a cruise is an excellent means of seeing several destinations without worrying about accommodations or flight bookings or the hassle of packing and unpacking in each destination.
What can be safer and more awesome than this – right ladies?
Finally, some tips for you before you embark on that exciting solo journey.
Proper preparation: Be sure to take the right shots and medication for countries where you can be susceptible to diseases. Always be alert as far as your valuables are concerned. Do not trust anyone.
Travel light: Travelling light has its obvious advantages when you are alone – carrying cumbersome luggage will only come in the way.
Start your day early: If you are vacationing alone it’s advised you start early, have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy the day visiting and exploring, provided you are not the nocturnal type who prefers to venture out only after sunset.
Be smart with your cash: Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket! Split up your cash, credit cards and keep them separately – if you lose one you will have the other as backup.
Photographs: Taking pictures will allow you to relive the glorious moments again and again.
Local Helpline numbers: Be safe rather than sorry! It’s always good to carry the local helpline numbers for emergencies.
Local Cuisine: Don’t miss out on the local cuisine – it’s the best part of any kind of travel be it solo, twosome or group travel.
Have fun: Last but not the least, don’t forget that having fun is the main purpose of any kind of vacation. So make the most of all the opportunities you get to enjoy – make it a memorable vacation.