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How to Travel Solo like a Woman

Solo Female Travel
Written by Shannon Durso

This blog post was updated on May 1, 2020.

Traveling alone as a woman is incomparable to any trip you’ve experienced, and you’re about to find out why. Whether you’ve traveled on your own a bunch of times or never before, there are still some things you should know before you go. So ladies, to help you get started on your solo adventure, we’ve identified WHAT female travelers are looking for in their journies and the places WHERE they’re flocking to experience them – Happy Travels!

Less Relaxation, More Adventure

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When most travelers think about taking a solo trip, the first thing that comes to mind is probably relaxing and spending time with yourself. But, while that may be the ideal plan for some, solo women travelers today are thinking adventure and packing their itineraries with activities like mountain climbing, scuba diving, zip lining, and exploration. So, if you’re traveling on your own, consider taking on a new adventure and breaking out of your relaxed little bubble!

If you’re up for an adventure, traveling on a budget, yet want to explore it all, Costa Rica’s the place for you. It’s the perfect destination for a female solo traveler; the locals are friendly, there’s plenty to do, and nature and wildlife here are incredible. From the waterfalls to volcanos, walking over hanging bridges, and ziplining through the rainforest, you bet this destination offers an adventure.

All Ages Are Going Solo

It’s not just for the single young women in pursuit of “finding themselves,” as a matter of fact, everyone’s doing it! Believe it or not, those who travel alone, on average, tend to be over 55 years old. In comparison to millennials, this age group has more money saved, more time off, and they’re still young enough to partake in a wild adventure. This demographic is interested in exploring the world on their own, many traveling to destinations less popular than you’d think. But when it comes to traveling alone, age doesn’t matter.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: a fun, safe, and lively city, for all travelers. There’s so much to do and see here, you’ll never go bored. The divine museums, culture, and stunning architecture will be among the many reasons you’ll enjoy visiting this city. We suggest you join a biking tour and/or take a boat ride through the canal, and hey – you may even meet other solo travelers. Amsterdam is a hot spot for any age, there’s something for everyone to love here!

Enjoying the Natural World

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“Who runs the world? GIRLS!” Well, according to Beyoncé they do. Women are traveling around the globe to places where they can enhance their survival skill, become one with nature, and learn the tips and tricks behind camping and hiking. They’re ditching lavish lifestyles and going for a more eco-friendly trip. And, as more women take advantage of the great outdoors, the trend will only continue to grow.

A friendly city with little to no crime rate and much to do in the great outdoors is Bayfield, Wisconsin. It’s located on the shores of Lake Superior, which makes it the perfect destination for a solo traveler interested in nature and a little adventure. Join in on a kayaking tour and explore the incredible sea caves, boat around the lake, or camp to fully experience the fresh outdoors.

Want to know even more about female solo travel? Here are the tips and tricks you need when you hit the road alone.

Traveling for a Reason

Whether it’s to improve oneself, test limits, grow stronger, reflect, or just simply escape, women almost always tend to travel solo with good reason. Learning about new cultures, trying new things, and simply recharging is a positive way to explore the world, and women are doing just that! Although you can pretty much travel anywhere with good reason, there are a few specific destinations that would make the perfect solo trip, one of which is Bali, a place of relaxation, exploration, and reflection.

Bali, Indonesia is a popular solo female travel destination and has gained a lot of attention thanks to the memoir Eat, Pray, Love. It’s a beautiful place where you’ll get a zen type of vibe yet have a blast all on your own. While you’re here you should join a tour, visit the many temples to pray, eat, and try some yoga.

Fit in with the Locals

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While traveling alone, being able to communicate with the locals is crucial. It’s smart to learn the language or simply know how to say some common words and phrases to try to fit in and strike up a conversation. Solo female travelers are more aware of the culture and language of the place they’re visiting before they go. There are several apps to assist you with learning a foreign language or to help translate words such as Google Translate (this is especially helpful while struggling to read a menu in a different language).

Copenhagen, Denmark is the perfect place to blend in with the locals and it’s one of the safest cities in Scandinavia. And if you haven’t already heard, it’s one of the happiest countries in the world, so traveling solo here is a breeze. All you have to do is walk around with a smile and hang with the locals.

Have you been on a solo adventure? Tell us what trends you followed and where you went in the comments below!

About the author

Shannon Durso

If she’s not searching for the world's coolest destinations she has yet to explore, you can find her writing content at Fareportal or maybe even drooling over a foodies latest post. Shannon’s a Brooklyn native who enjoys good company, new adventures, and a great laugh!