There is nothing more exciting than traveling the world alone.
You can indulge your every whim, travel to destinations that best suit you, and you don’t have to worry about anyone else. No travel buddy means no drama!
Traveling as a solo female will give you a whole new perspective on the world. It is a great way to grow your independence and your confidence.
But if you’re new to the world of solo travel, then it can also feel daunting. Many first-time solo travelers will question if solo travel is safe. And the world is such a big place that choosing just one first-time destination can be tricky.
To help you choose your first stop, these are the top 7 countries for first-time solo female travelers:
Japan frequently tops the charts as the safest country in the world, making it a great place to explore as a solo female traveler.
Spending time in Japan can feel otherworldly. Japanese culture is unlikely to be like anything that you have experienced before. But Japan is a country that is clean, safe, well-run, and respectful. Solo females can walk around both big cities and small villages here without fear of harassment.
If you’re not used to traveling alone, then you may feel self-conscious at first. But eating and traveling alone is very normal in Japan, meaning you won’t stand out from the crowd. This makes it a great location to try solo female travel for the first time.
Visiting a country with a shared language will make dipping your toe into the world of solo female travel much less daunting.
Ireland is a welcoming and friendly country with a rich ancient and recent history. Many solo travelers head straight to Dublin and its bars, but Ireland has so much more to offer.
This is the perfect country for nature travelers looking to enjoy peaceful walks and breathtaking scenery. And even if you’re traveling alone, you’ll never feel lonely in Ireland. The warm and welcoming nature of the local people means you’ll be made to feel at home.
Spain is historically one of the most affordable travel destinations in Western Europe, and it has a lot to offer to solo female travelers.
It is a country with an incredible infrastructure, and it boasts the longest high-speed rail network in Europe, and the locals are friendly and welcoming to overseas visitors. This means that getting around in Spain is easy.
Spain has something for everyone: beautiful beaches, heritage sites, historical cities, and delicious food. Because Spain is one of the most frequently visited countries in the world for tourism, it’s a very easy place to be a tourist.
Spain is also one of the most open-minded countries when it comes to attitudes towards women and a great place to meet other like-minded travelers if you’re looking for company.
The second country on this list where English is the most common spoken language, New Zealand is a beautiful and exciting country to visit as a solo female traveler.
According to a survey by the Institute for Economics and Peace, New Zealand is the fourth safest country in the world. It is also the safest country in the world for backpackers, both male and female.
This makes New Zealand a safe and easy country to visit. There’s so much to explore and plenty of like-minded people to meet on the way.
Iceland is a country that is highly recommended for solo female travelers, and it achieves top ranking as the country with the best gender equality in the world.
The standard of living in Iceland is high, and the safety and crime records in the country are impeccable.
The locals here are incredibly friendly and welcoming to solo travelers, but perhaps the main attraction of Iceland is its diverse and changing landscapes. Iceland is a small but perfectly formed country and a great starting point for any solo female adventure.
Croatia is another country that makes this list because it is an incredibly easy country to navigate as a solo female traveler.
You can join the crowds and wander the well-preserved Old Town and city walls of Dubrovnik or go island hopping to head off the beaten track.
What makes solo travel to Croatia so appealing is that it’s affordable, and it’s easy to meet other travelers in hostels and bars throughout the country. There is also a wide range of group tours available in Croatia, so you only have to be alone when you want to.
Singapore consistently ranks as one of the most expensive countries in the world, so it isn’t the best destination if you’re on a tight budget. But if you’re looking for the safest country in the world for solo female travelers, then there’s nowhere better.
Singapore has incredibly low crime rates, solo female tourists are treated with respect, and even street crime levels are low here.
With an easy-to-use infrastructure and a great public transport system, there’s also so much to see and do if you choose to visit Singapore.
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