This post was originally authored by Kiki, a California native, who left her career in corporate wealth management in 2011 to embark on a soul-searching adventure that would change the course of her life forever and for the best.
Now, in her own words…
I’ve written countless articles on solo travel for women and why every woman should venture out on her own. But, I’m often asked, “Where is it safe for women to travel solo? Where should I go on solo trips?”
While there may be some destinations that are safer than others, the world is not as scary as some might think. With a positive attitude and general street smarts, there are plenty of solo trips around the world where you can feel safe and secure on your own.
If there’s one country perfect for solo female travellers — it’s Iceland. The small Nordic island nation is one of the safest countries in the world, it’s easy to get around and is full of incredible adventures!
Even though Iceland’s nickname of “The Land of Fire & Ice” sounds intimidating, solo travel is comfortable and easy here. The city of Reykjavik is famous for its music scene and nightlife, so you’ll have no problem meeting locals and fellow travellers.
There are countless reasons to visit Iceland, but it’s her natural beauty that steals the show. Join a tour and snorkel or dive the Silfra Fissure, or even hike a glacier in Iceland! And don’t miss a bath at the beautiful Blue Lagoon!
From the drop-dead gorgeous mountain views, meadows on meadows of beautiful wildflowers, and the Rhône river backdrops, Switzerland is one of the most picturesque countries.
If you’re visiting Switzerland in the winter, the Swiss Alps and Interlaken are a must. If you’re interested in looking at stunning architecture all day, Bern gets an honourable mention for being so dang beautiful.
Geneva was one of my favourite spots on a summer jaunt around Europe—with access to the lakeshore, the jet d’eau, Parc de la Grange, and more, it’s the perfect spot to be immersed in the Swiss culture.
Switzerland is in the top 10 of the safest countries in the world. While violent crime is extremely rare, petty crime such as pickpocketing and theft of vehicles (including bikes) does occasionally happen in the bigger cities.
That said, Switzerland was made for solo trips and is an excellent solo travel destination for women.
Adventure awaits in the glaciers, beaches, and fjords of New Zealand. In New Zealand, you’ll come across some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
New Zealand is one of the easiest solo travel destinations. The country has excellent infrastructure, it’s safe and the perfect choice if you love the outdoors and adventure sports.
If you’re looking to meet other travellers, join an adventure tour or stay in one of the many hostels. For those looking to get away from the world for a bit, you can rent a motorhome and go on a self-driving tour of the country.
Doing a New Zealand road trip is an extremely popular way to see the gorgeous country and all it has to offer.
Australia is home to some of the most diverse wildlife and landscapes in the world, and it was the destination of my first ever solo trip abroad — now that’s saying something!
Nearly everywhere you go in Canada; you’ll be surrounded by multiculturalism and some of the most breathtaking landscapes your eyes have ever seen.
Canadians have a reputation for being the friendliest people in the world and, while travelling alone here, you’ll see why!
Canada is also massive, and there are tonnes of hiking trails and other outdoor activities for adventure junkies at the various national parks.
Make your way to the west coast and stop by Vancouver—the bustling seaport is home to a thriving art, music, and theatre scene. For something completely different, visit the city of Montreal.
Placed on an island in the Saint Lawrence River, its narrow streets are lined with cute boutiques and bistros, and you can soak up the city’s unique French colonial heritage.
With diverse marine life, some of the world’s best diving, incredible natural beauty, and a heavy vanilla scent that follows you wherever you go, the islands of French Polynesia are a place that you’ve never seen the likes of before.
It is truly SO breathtaking and a memorable destination that you’ll want to return to year after year.
While getting there is one of the most difficult parts, French Polynesia is an excellent solo travel destination!
Ireland may not be known for great weather, but the Emerald Isle is a place of happiness and beer. Cosy up in a local pub, catch a football game, or head out to the countryside for an incredible Irish experience.
There is so much to see and do in the gorgeous green country — here are tips for exploring Ireland!
Whether you’re looking to road trip around Ireland, experience the top things to do in Dublin, visit the Guinness Storehouse, or traverse the Wild Atlantic Way, there is no shortage of fun things to do.
Is Ireland on your solo travel bucket list? For those that are backpacking around Europe, it’s a fantastic solo travel destination in Europe!
Namibia is the ultimate road trip destination and a fantastic destination year-round. Home to deserts and stunning coastlines, it’s one of my favourite Africa trips to date.
Located in the largest conservation area of Africa, Sossusvlei is breathtaking. On my first trip to Namibia, I spent seven epic days road-tripping in Namibia. For my second trip, I explored the Skeleton Coast and stayed at Spitzkoppen Lodge!
Want to travel to a destination that’s completely different from your hometown? Book a ticket to Japan!
With its fascinating Japanese culture, a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun is an incredible experience. Tokyo is generally a safe city to explore for solo female travellers, and you can get pretty much everywhere with the city’s efficient train system.
Plus, there are female-only train cabins, and some hotels have female-only floors!
Spend your trip belting out tunes at karaoke, eating your way through the best food in Tokyo, or exploring the famous Harajuku district. If you’re a major foodie like me, you’ll definitely want to sample these local Japanese foods.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is unlike any other city on the planet. With its bold architecture and over-the-top style, the United Arab Emirates’ largest city is a distinct fusion of its Bedouin heritage and an ultra-modern culture all its own.
Dubai doesn’t just live up to its reputation; it will completely exceed your expectations. Explore the glitz and glam, and then uncover the ancient traditions of this multifaceted city.
While travelling Dubai as a woman, and on a solo trip at that, might not be the first place on your radar — Dubai is a great solo travel destination!
Violent crime is low, and tourists typically won’t face anything worse than some pickpocketing. If you’re a solo female traveller, two major things to keep in mind while in the UAE are how you act or dress in public to prevent breaking local rules.
While this may seem odd, especially if you’re from a Western country, it’s a different culture, so read up before you head to any conservative country!