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11 Amazing First-Time Solo Female Travel Destinations

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“What are your favorite first-time solo female travel destinations?”

It’s a question I get asked often; so, I decided to turn my answer into an in-depth blog post to help you plan your next solo adventure.


For this post I chose a variety of destinations spanning a few different continents. Below, you’ll find favorites from North America, South America, Europe, Central America, and Africa.

Now, that doesn’t mean Oceania and the Middle East don’t have incredible solo destinations — they do — but I wanted to narrow this list down to 11.

Moreover, while there are plenty of non-cities that make for great solo trips, I chose mainly urban destinations (with good public transportation!) as I find as a solo traveler they’re great for mixing socializing with alone time. Plus, you can then take quiet, nature-focused day and weekend trips.

Oh, and I’ve never been to Antarctica — though I’d happily go there solo or in a group!

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What Makes A Great Solo Female Travel Destination

When it comes to how to travel solo successfully, one important consideration is choosing where you’ll go. In my opinion, there are a few characteristics that truly make a destination great for women traveling alone. These include:

  • Affordable. When you’re on your own, there is nobody to split costs with. I find it less stressful in places where my dollar stretches farther, or where I can at least find budget-friendly options with some planning.
  • Walkable. Again, if I don’t have anyone to split costs with, it doesn’t make sense to take cabs everywhere. So, I prefer destinations that are walkable and/or have a great public transit system.
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Exploring Venice on foot
  • Low stress. If I’m solo, I love places where I can base somewhere and explore without a plan. Moreover, it’s nice when there are many day and weekend trip options so I don’t have to change cities. Often, I show up without a plan, or at least a very loose plan, and love being able to just explore without worry.
  • Safe. Whether I’m in a group or solo, I don’t want to be scared to travel alone. I want to feel safe. That being said, there is a difference between having to watch your own back 100%, and being in a group where you can look out for each other. Therefore, for solo destinations, I take safety into account even more.

Meanwhile, check out my top tips for traveling solo as well as these pros and cons of traveling alone. The latter isn’t meant to scare you, but to help you prepare to have a safe and fun solo trip.

Additionally, I suggest taking my free travel personality quiz to uncover your ideal trip type based on your answers to 10 fun questions. Your results also come with unique experience suggestions for a healthy dose of travel inspiration!

Solo Travel Safety Gear Recommendations

As mentioned above, safety should be your main concern whether you’re traveling solo or in a group.

To help you stay safe on the road, I want to share a few essentials I never travel without, including:

1. Clever Travel Companion Pickpocket-Proof Garments. You can buy everything from underwear to tank tops to leggings, with every garment featuring hidden pockets so thieves never even know you’re carrying valuables!

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Photo via Speakeasy Travel Supply

2. Speakeasy Travel Supply Pickpocket-Proof Scarves. I love the beautiful patterns of these hand-made scarves just as much as I love the hidden pockets that hide my valuables. Bonus: You won’t have to carry a purse!

3. Vigiliant Personal Alarm. Hook this small alarm onto your purse — or simply hold it in your hand — to have a small sound grenade that can blare louder than a fire truck. The device can scare off potential attackers and even animals!

Solo Travel Accommodation

One great accommodation choice for solo travelers is Airbnb. You can choose between having an entire place to yourself or renting a room in someone’s home.

Plus, there are a ton of really unique spaces, from castles to tree houses and beyond.

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Terrace view from my Airbnb in Ischia, Italy

If you’ve never used Airbnb, you can click here to get $40 off your first stay!

Below, I’ll also be mentioning some hostels and hotels that I’ve really enjoyed in the following solo travel-friendly spots.

Best Places For Solo Female Travel [Video]

Before reading…

…watch the video above!

You’ll learn nine of my favorite places to travel alone, though note this list is in no way exhaustive.

It features places not mentioned in the text below, while the recommendations below feature places not mentioned in the video.

Best First-Time Solo Female Travel Destinations

On that note, let’s dive into the list! If you’re looking to choose your first solo travel destination, the following places are get great options.

Luckily, one of the biggest benefits of traveling alone is having ultimate freedom over your itinerary, so you can choose which places suit you best.

1. New York City

Is solo travel fun? It is in New York! I may be biased as a local, but NYC is my favorite city in the world.

Not only is it one of the safest big cities in the USA, but it’s very walkable. Plus, when you do need to use local transportation, the subway runs 24/7 and costs just $2.75 per ride, no matter how far you’re going. Actually, your rides are even cheaper when you opt for an unlimited weekly, monthly or yearly subway pass.

While it’s not always easy to find cheap NYC accommodation, there are a number of hostels offering private rooms. A few of my favorite properties for solo travelers in New York:

Once you’ve got your accommodation squared away, there are a ton of fun and inexpensive things to do in NYC.

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Cheers-ing at Island Oyster on Governors Island in NYC. It’s only $2 for the ferry to this car-free slice of heaven!

My best tip:

Join local newsletters! Some of my favorites include The Skint, Nonsense NYC, The PrintUp List and Nifty NYC. These will let you know about the unforgettable cheap and free happenings around the city.

From New York City, it’s also possible to base yourself and take a number of worthwhile day trips via the trains, buses and tours. Don’t miss a trip to Long Island Wine Country, a cycling trip along the Hudson Riverbiking over the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey, or exploring some incredible Hudson Valley hikes like the Bull Hill Full Loop.

In my opinion, New York City is one of the best places in the USA to travel alone.

Click here to see more unforgettable NYC experiences!

2. Riga, Latvia

I recently took a solo trip to Latvia where I based myself in Riga and, wow, did I ever fall in love with this city.

What’s interesting is that before visiting Riga, many people told me that I’d be bored.

Actually, though, the opposite was true. When exploring Latvia, there are endless opportunities, to the point where I couldn’t fit even half of what I wanted to do into my one-week itinerary.

Along with being safe and walkable, I loved being able to base myself in Riga to take day trips to explore medieval communes (like Cēsis) and have outdoor adventures (like hiking in Kemeri National Park).

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Hiking To Sloka Lake in Kemeri National Park

Latvia is an uber green country as a whole, and this goes for Riga, as well. In the capital, there are a number of peaceful parks to sit in with a book or to people-watch.

While I’m usually not a huge history buff, a destination like Latvia — with its complex, often dark past — is one where it’s essential to explore this. Luckily, museums like the KGB Museum and the Latvian War Museum are eye-opening and free!

Solo travelers will also love that they can do more with their dollar here in Eastern Europe than they typically can in Western Europe.

Click here to see more unforgettable Riga experiences!

3. Denver, Colorado

My home away from home — and one of my absolute favorite first time solo female travel destinations!

I’ve been to the Mile High City numerous times in my life, though truly fell in love when I visited Denver solo and rented and Airbnb for over a month.

While Denver isn’t as walkable as NYC, it has plenty of sidewalks. Plus, their Lyfts are so cheap they’re almost the price of the subway in NYC. And psst, if you’ve never taken Lyft before you can get a coupon for your first ride with code “JESSIE299142”.

When I visit, I also use their budget-friendly B-Cycle bike share to get around.

Some of my favorite Denver experiences include:

  • Free yoga classes at Yoga Pod for first-timers
  • Going behind a bookcase into a secret speakeasy for delicious craft cocktails at Williams & Graham
  • Mixing concerts and arcade games at the 1up
  • Cycling scenic sections of the 24.6-mile Cherry Creek Trail and around the 317-acre City Park
  • Perusing the boutiques along 17th Street in Uptown
  • Crocheting while sipping a home-brewed beer at Grandma’s House or sipping a delicious Colorado Cider Company beverage in their tasting room
  • Making friends at Canvas and Cocktails
  • Exploring street art in the RiNo neighborhood
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Doing a tasting at Colorado Cider Company

Quite honestly, there is so much to explore in Denver, you can wander through the various neighborhoods without a plan.

If you’ve never stayed in Airbnb and want to give it a try, you can click here to get $40 off your first rental.

If you’d prefer a more traditional accommodation, Mile High House is a hostel with dorms and private rooms for less than $100 per night.

Click here to see more unforgettable Denver experiences!

4. Chiang Mai, Thailand

For those wanting to take advantage of the budget-friendly beauty of Southeast Asia, Thailand is a good choice.

Chiang Mai is an especially popular first-visit for solo travelers. Neighborhoods range from the historic (and touristy) Old City to trendy Nimmanhaemin to Wat Ket, where you’ll find less tourists but plenty of restaurants and galleries — like the Elephant Parade House, who donate 20% of their profits to support elephant welfare and conservation projects.

This is a great destination if you want to visit centuries-old templates, hike lush national parks and wander fragrant markets (best visited on a guided local walking tour).

As Chiang Mai is a backpacker hub with a solid tourism industry, you’ll be able to explore another culture without being completely culture shocked.

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Now, you do need to be careful about the experiences you book in Chiang Mai. While there are so many wonderful things to do, there are also a number of irresponsible tours offered, like visits to tiger temples and elephant trekking.

Luckily, there are also many ethical experiences in Chiang Mai for travelers, like having a delicious and charitable meal at Free Bird Cafe to support Burmese refugees and Thai minority groups, or volunteering at Elephant Nature Park.

If you’re a tattoo lover like me, you can also get a Sak Yant tattoo by booking a tour with Where Sidewalks End.

The experience involves getting a bamboo tattoo made from all-natural dye. Your artist is a vetted Ajarn (tattoo master) dedicated to preserving this ancient tradition.

Additionally, Chiang Rai is only a bit more than three hours by car, and is where you can visit villages to experience weaving traditions in Thailand.

Click here to see more unforgettable Chiang Mai experiences!

11 Amazing Destinations For Curious Solo Female Travelers

5. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Not only did I feel very safe exploring Ljubljana solo, but this capital’s city center has no cars.

The benefits this alone had on my mind during my trip were incredible. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever felt less stressed in a city (a beautiful city, at that!).

Walkable from the former-bank-turned-hostel where I stayed, Hostel Tresor, were a number of attractions, though my favorite experience was probably having a glass of wine or some food right on the Ljubljanica River which cut through the city.

Another highlight:

Exploring Metelkova City, former military barracks transformed into a vibrant arts area with very, very, very interesting pieces, from unusual graffiti to man-made creatures crawling up building walls.

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Isn’t Metelkova City in Ljubljana funky?

In terms of food, Ljubljana has a number of social good eateries helping marginalized groups, like Skuhna, which creates jobs for migrants and allows them to share their cultures through food.

Other culinary highlights in the city include a true coffee education at Cafe Čokl, sipping local beers inside an art exhibition space at TOZD, artisanal product shopping at Oliviers & Co., and dining at Restaurant Sagittarius for aerial views from the hilltop Ljubljana Castle.

Solo travelers who enjoy the outdoors will appreciate that Ljubljana was named Europe’s “Green Capital” in 2016. Along with 650 square yards of public green space per inhabitant — including the stunning Tivoli Park — you can spend the day with SloTrips hiking through mountains, valleys and waterfall trails outside of the city.

Or, you might take the bus to Slovenia’s lovely Lake Bled to bike around. Not far from the lake is also Vintgar Gorge, which you can cycle to and then hike through.


Eastern European countries are typically less expensive than western European countries, so your dollar will stretch farther!

Click here to see more unforgettable Ljubljana experiences!

6. Mendoza, Argentina

One of my favorite travel memories took place when I visited Mendoza solo on my birthday.

I’ve always loved celebrating my birthday with friends, though this particular year I was on my own in another country.

So, I took to the local CouchSurfing forum and posted that I was in the city for my birthday, and would love to go out with a few people for a drink.

This is when I learned the true kindness of strangers, as I ended up having a group of people I’d never met take me out for a delicious steak dinner, followed by drinks and dancing. Then another traveler purchased us round-trip bus tickets to go hiking around Aconcagua Mountain.

Because of this, Mendoza has always been one of my favorite solo travel destinations.

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Met so many great CouchSurfers while traveling solo through Mendoza

Now, whether you’re on CouchSurfing or not, there is tons to do in Mendoza.

One not-to-miss Mendoza experience is a self-guided bike tour in Maipu. Personally, I rented a bike from Maipu Bikes. They’ll also give you a map detailing particular stops to make along the trail.

Make sure to fit in a stop to Casa El Enemigo, a winery and restaurant offering guided tours, meals in a beautiful space filled with natural light, shady archway tunnels with sprawling vines, and lush grounds.

Note: If you’d prefer to have a guide, you can also book a Maipu wine tour.

Additionally, there is a hop-on, hop-off wine bus that visits a few different Mendoza wine regions.

The city of Mendoza is full of parilla (steak) restaurants, tango performances and interesting museums — don’t miss the El Espacio Contemporáneo de Arte (contemporary art space).

Moreover, adventurous day trips include experiences like horseback riding in the Andes Mountains with an Argentinian “gaucho” (cowboy) and a Mendoza River rafting trip, though within the city you’ll have a blast cycling around the scenic 1200+ acres of Parque General San Martín.

Click here to see more unforgettable Mendoza experiences!

7. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

For the solo traveler on a budget who wants a nice mix of outdoor adventures, Mayan culture, chilled out spaces and optional wild parties, the volcano-hugged Lake Atitlan is the perfect place.

From Antigua, you can take a 2.5-hour shuttle bus for about $25 one-way to Panajachel.

Panajachel is just one of many destinations on the Lake, and is the most built-up. For non-backpackeres, it’s the most popular place to stay.

From here, you can hire a boat or tuk tuk to the other towns around Lake Atitlan. A few popular choices:

  • San Pedro. Known for its nightlife, though during the day this town has a laid back vibe, with visitors hanging out by the Zoola Hostel pool, taking cooking classes at Mayan Kitchen or just having a fresh juice or coffee at one of the many al fresco cafes. Don’t miss a guided hike up Indian’s Nose before sunrise! Also, if you want to make friends you can share a tent and camp with others at Free Cerveza, which you can book on Hostelworld for a great deal.
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Epic sunrise from Indian’s Nose
  • Santa Cruz. If you love adventure travel, you’ll find plenty of kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing opportunities — and even a dive shop. Moreover, you can explore indigenous culture through artisan and textile centers, and take part in cooking classes and Spanish schools.
  • San Marcos. This small, peaceful village is a hippie’s paradise, with loads of holistic health experiences. Think yoga retreats, curative spas, meditation centers, vegetarian eateries and new age offerings.

My suggestion?

Visit as many of the towns as possible!

When I was there, I hired a boat in Panajachel to give me a tour of multiple towns in one day. There was even a stop to swim in a small hot spring!

Click here to see more unforgettable Guatemala experiences!

8. Swakopmund, Namibia

Leading up to my trip to Namibia, I had no idea what to expect. I’d only been to South Africa, Ghana and Morocco previously, and was well aware that the various destinations in Africa are very different.

After spending one week in Namibia, I quickly fell in love with the adventure, wildlife and opportunities to interact with indigenous cultures.

While I visited a few different destinations on my Namibia trip, one that really stuck out was the advenure-filled beach resort city of Swakopmund — a great spot if you’re looking to take a solo beach trip.

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Sandboarding selfie in Namibia’s Namib Desert, ride outside of Swakopmund

Interestingly, there is a heavy German influence here. This is because it was established in 1892 as German South West Africa’s main harbor. Actually, many locals still speak German today, and you’ll find beautiful German colonial architecture and restaurants serving up German beer and food.

For this reason, you’ll find plenty of backpackers here — especially from Germany.

I really loved this destination because I could spend days sandboarding and quad biking in Namibia’s oldest desert, or walking to the local beach to swim or kitesurf. Skydiving, desert biking, hot air ballooning and helicopter rides are also on offer.

If you’ve got time to spare, also consider doing a two-week volunteer project to help local elephants with EHRA.

When I was here I stayed at the boutique Beach Hotel Swakopmund and loved it! It was very affordable at about $71 per night, especially since I had a clean private room, private balcony and there was a rooftop pool with a view over the city.

One note on safety:

While plenty of tourists self-drive this destination, the roads aren’t the best, and the country is known for its tourist accidents. I actually had my own driver/guide through Vulkan Ruin Tours & Transfers

The company focuses on responsible tourism, and all the experiences they set up for me, from beautiful meals during sunset to road tripping the eery but beautiful Skeleton Coast were incredible.

Click here to see more unforgettable Swakopmund experiences!

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

As an avid cyclist, eco-tourism and lover of all things hipster, Copenhagen could be described as my perfect city.

There are so many options to support unique local businesses and green initiatives — especially as the city aims to be completely carbon neutral by 2025. Copenhagen is also home to the world’s first carbon-neutral hotel group — Arthur Hotel Group — and I stayed at their well-appointed and well-located Hotel Kong Arthur property.

For solo travelers, it’s a very safe destination and you can wander without worry to make endless discoveries. Personally, I loved the neighborhoods of:

  • Vesterbro. Super hipster, and full of cafes, boutiques and galleries, especially along Istedgade. Within this hood is Kødbyen, Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District. Like the one in NYC, it’s home to former slaughterhouses, and is now a hip area for nightlife.
  • Nørrebro. Very charming hood where I spent much of my time eating, drinking and sipping lattes enjoying outdoor patios on cobbled streets.
  • Freetown Christiania. A hippie’s paradise with a quirky atmosphere, this intentional community and commune has their own flag and currency. It’s interesting to walk around and see the galleries, murals, organic eateries, unique architecture featuring recycled items and atypical festivals.
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Savoring *New Nordic Cuisine* at Restaurant Radio in Copemhagen.

Something else I loved:

Biking safely. 

In Copenhagen, bike lanes are separated from streets and highways by a divider. Because of this, I was very happy biking long distances. If you like scenic rides in nature, this is great news, as Copenhagen is home to a number of parks, canals and gardens.

Make sure to ride along the Cycle Superhighways, which quickly connected cyclists between the city to destinations right outside.

Traveling alone? As the city is safe, clean, and full of fun things to do, a solo trip to Copenhagen is a worthwhile experience!

Click here to see more unforgettable Copenhagen experiences!

10. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is safe, walkable, affordable (though not cheap) — and fun!

I’ve been to Vancouver many times as a solo traveler, and usually stay in Gastown. This is the city’s oldest neighborhood from 1867. It has a historic feel with lovely Victorian architecture, though is very modern with hip boutiques, galleries and cafes.

From Gastown, it’s easy to explore on foot. In fact, Walk Score ranked it as Canada’s best walking city. If you’d prefer to take public transportation, buses are easy to use and cost-effective.

Speaking of transportation, you can also take ferries to nearby destinations. For instance, Granville Island is actually a peninsula connected to Vancouver’s Downtown. And while you can access it by walking over the Granville Street Bridge, I enjoyed taking the Aqua Ferry from Yaletown.

Pro tip:

Since you’re already in British Columbia, consider taking a trip to Victoria BC, too!

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Sidewalk art on Granville Island

Granville Island offers everything from colorful public art to Canada’s oldest chocolate factory (Rogers Chocolates) to quality drinks at Artisan Sake Maker to crafting your own creative custom creations at Make.

You can also grab a 40-minute ferry from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast, a 112-mile-long island filled with farm-to-fork restaurants, beaches, parks and hiking trails.

Back in Vancouver, I personally loved exploring the sushi options (Vancouver has really, really good sushi!), wandering Stanley Park, cycling the waterfront Seawall path, and taking in mountain-backed skyline views at Kitsilano Beach.

I’ve also taken part in a number of Vancouver adventures. Walking the 446-foot Capilano Suspension Bridge is a must, as is doing the 200-foot Grouse Mountain Zipline. If you don’t mind some calf pain, the steep Grouse Grind trail is a 1.8-mile straight uphill trail popular with locals.

Click here to see more unforgettable Vancouver experiences!

11. Gimmelwald, Switzerland

This was one of my favorite destinations on my first solo backpacking trip to Europe. Seriously, this place needs to be on your Switzerland itinerary!

Unlike most of the other entries on this list, Gimmelwald is a tiny mountain village offering the perfect mixture of active adventure and lazy indulgence.

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The sleepy village of Gimmelwald, Switzerland

From the Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald where I stayed, I was able to hike gorgeous alpine trails, visit local farms to get eggs and cheese, and connect with other Switzerland solo travelers over meals and wine in the hostel.

It’s remote, so you will need to take a gondola to get there; but honestly, the peace that washes over you after spending just a little time in this sleepy village is worth the trip.

Click here to see more unforgettable Switzerland experiences!

Keep in mind, this list is in no way exhaustive. This is just a small sampling of some of my all-time favorite destinations for solo female travelers. Other amazing options include a solo trip to Amsterdam, Tulum solo travel, solo travel in Vienna, and solo female travel in Israel, to name a few.

Solo Travel Tips

New to solo travel?


I made so many mistakes when planning my first trip solo — like booking out every second of my itinerary so that I had no room for adventure.

That’s not what I want for you.

To help you plan a meaningful and memorable trip, I’m sharing my top tips for planning the perfect solo trip — with confidence!

What first-time solo female travel destinations would you add to this list?

Additional Solo Travel Resources:

Black Solo Female Travel: An Eye-Opening & Empowering Guide

50 Essential Tips For The First-Time Solo Traveler

Mastering The Art Of Solo Travel

How Solo Female Travel Changed My Life (And How It Can Change Yours, Too!)

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About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is a New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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  1. Nicky on at 3:23 am

    Some awesome suggestions here!! I too felt very safe when I visited NYC and Denver (though being a Brit who’s lived by the sea her whole life, I probably worried some locals by just exclaiming “MOUNTAINS!!” every now and then – the Rockies blew my mind a little), and I’ve been fostering an urge to get to Copenhagen for a while. I think this might just spur me on to do that, and then I’ll consider/make plans for all the others, too! They sound like amazing experiences!

    Also, I had Trover on my phone when it first came out, and I really liked it – I ran out of free space, though, and I was sad to have to say goodbye. Guess I’ll be re-downloading! 🙂

    • Jessie Festa on at 8:09 pm

      @Nicky: Copenhagen is incredible, especially if you enjoy urban cycling. And YES! Trover is such a great planning app, especially if you’re a visual kinda gal 🙂

  2. Erin on at 8:17 am

    Great places and tips! I loved traveling alone through Europe, but I’m glad you had such a great experience in Mendoza. It’s one of my favorite places and the people are so welcoming there!

  3. Maša on at 8:27 am

    I just adore this post because of two things. 1. I am thinking where to go next – alone! And because you’ve included Slovenia and Ljubljana. It’s really safe!! My hometown hehe 😀

    • Jessie Festa on at 7:52 pm

      @Masa: I seriously loveeeeee Ljubljana. It’s got everything you could want in a city, and the center is car free. Peace and quiet 🙂

  4. Kaylene Isherwood on at 8:27 am

    What amazing destinations! I’d love to take a solo trip to Gimmelwald, Switzerland. Italy was the first place I ever traveled to by myself. And I’ve done a few solo trips since. My favorite place I’ve ever traveled to solo has to be Hallstatt, Austria.

    • Jessie Festa on at 7:51 pm

      @Kaylene: I’ve been to Austria but never Hallstatt! Bucket list officially updated! 🙂

  5. Kate on at 8:30 am

    Love so many of these options! Ljubljana is the perfect place for solo travel, I love how laid back it is (and how easy it is to get to nature). NYC… just drop me in those museums and restaurants, lol. That’s entertainment for days!

    • Jessie Festa on at 7:51 pm

      @Kate: Yes and yes! Ljubljana was like therapy for me, with so much to do and NO CARS in the city center. Heaven.

  6. Christina on at 1:35 pm

    This post just ignited me with more wanderlust! So many wonderful places I still need to visit. And I absolutely love that scarf to keep my passport. Cute and genius!

  7. Valentini on at 2:20 pm

    LJUBLJANA and NAMIBIA sound the best! Like you, I ve been only to Morocco and Tanzania so for my next solo adventure I now consider Namibia too! Thanks for sharing your insights regarding these destinations and…keep travelling!

  8. Harmony, Momma To Go on at 3:09 pm

    I love this guide and the diversity of places, but all being great solo female destinations! Gotta put in a plug for NYC – there is so much to do and since locals have small apts, everyone is always out at the bars, restaurants or in the park, you could easilly find some cool people to hang out with, or just go your own way!

    • Jessie Festa on at 7:49 pm

      Harmony: Heck yes! I’m a tour guide in NYC, and I loveeee when my guests tell me how New Yorkers are way friendlier than they expected, too!

  9. Kimmie Conner on at 3:21 pm

    Love this post! I’ve been to quite a few of these places solo and I couldn’t agree more! I love all the different aspects you took into account to make a place great for solo travel. Great article 🙂

  10. Kashlee Kucheran on at 4:18 pm

    This is the BEST guide I have ever seen on Female Solo travel! SO much detail and tips! Thank you!
    You are such a pro 🙂

  11. Kate on at 4:46 pm

    These are all such amazing destinations – I loved Vancouver when I was there, it was a great place to explore solo. Love NYC too – we’re usually there with the kids but I often wish I could do a solo trip to explore on my own!

    • Jessie Festa on at 7:48 pm

      @Kate: I love the way traveling solo gives you complete control over your own itinerary, and helps you grow your relationship with yourself. That being said, how awesome that you get to share these incredible experiences with your loved ones!

  12. Mo on at 6:49 pm

    I love this list, a nice list from various plots around the globe 🙂 But you are right, there are too many places to fit in one post – which is great news – it means women are safer than ever to travel around the world!

  13. Julia Dent on at 3:09 am

    I haven’t been to most of these! I’ve traveling solo in Europe right now, so I’ll have to check out some of the European destinations! 🙂

    • Jessie Festa on at 7:47 pm

      @Julia: Jealous! Hope you’re enjoying your trip!

  14. Jas on at 3:24 pm

    I’ve only ever done one-day solo travels but have been meaning to challenge myself to longer trips. This is such a great guide and as someone from Vancouver, I do agree that it’s a great solo trip destination!

    • Jessie Festa on at 7:46 pm

      @Jas: You can do it! I think every woman should spend at least one week of her life traveling solo just to see what she’s truly capable of. And to experience the awesomeness that is having ultimate freedom over your itinerary!

  15. Michelle W on at 3:34 pm

    I love this piece! I have never traveled 100% alone beyond 2-3 days in between other trips, and it’s something I’ve been considering lately as my husband’s schedule is not nearly as flexible as mine. I think I’m a little scared to take the plunge, but I want to! Thanks for these practical tips- I actually have that scarf you mentioned 🙂

    • Jessie Festa on at 7:45 pm

      @Michelle: Those scarves are the best, right?! And I’d recommend starting domestic, then working your way toward more culturally “exotic” trips (though I’ll say I do know a girl from New York who did Ghana as her first solo trip and LOVED it!).

  16. Lisanne on at 2:34 am

    Great destinations!! I don’t travel solo but with my boyfriend or friends but I still would love to visit them!!!

  17. Gina Jones on at 4:26 pm

    Wow how do you do it, girl? I shiver at the thought of traveling alone.

  18. Elizabeth Higgins on at 3:09 pm

    I am ecstatic after reading through this post, Jessie! You have made some really amazing suggestions for solo female travelers here. While traveling with friends and loved ones is a wonderful thing, there is always something magical and inspirational when you travel alone. I can get some peace of mind and actually think about what kind of life it has been for me.

  19. Li on at 9:53 am

    I agree with you on this post. The destination must be walkable, affordable and safe.

  20. Gosia on at 5:06 pm

    Great post! Yes, Trover is a very interesting website. Shame it’s not used by all travel bloggers. That website has huge potential and should be bigger than Pinterest.

  21. Monique on at 7:53 am

    Hey Jessie. Nice post. I used to travel alone before I was married and I could revisit the feeling reading the tips about these destinations here in this article. Living in Switzerland, I can second that Gimmelwald and other small alpine villages are really a great experience to travel solo. Maybe I can visit soon one of the other destinations on my own.

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