It can often be hard to try and do all the things we want to do and see all the places we want to, especially if it means organizing travel plans with friends. There’s only one thing for it sometimes – travelling alone. For women, sometimes we’re even more hesitant to venture out on our own on a solo adventure. Some of us might be a bit scared that it’s not safe while others don’t know what they would do alone or don’t know where they would go. But really travelling solo is not as hard as you think once you’ve taken that first step and travelling solo can give you a new found sense of freedom, strength and thirst for adventure that you never had before. In this guide Purple Travel gives you the low-down on places you can go for solo female travel where you’ll feel safe and secure on your own.
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“The Land of Fire & Ice” might sound a bit daunting but there’s plenty of reasons why solo travel is easy and safe here. It’s one of the safest places on earth and regularly tops the list for gender equality! Also, if you’re worried about there being a language barrier, don’t be. Icelandic is the official language but nearly everyone speaks perfect English. Start off with heading to Reykjavik where you’ll have no trouble bumping into fellow travellers or mingling with the locals. It’s really easy to get from the airport to the city centre with the Flybus and once you’re in the city it’s small enough that everywhere is within walking distance. The natural beauty of Iceland though is the real show-stopper so you should take a bus tour to the south coast or to the Golden Circle which loops from Reykjavik into central Iceland and then back again. For extra adventure bonus points, rent a car and go at your own speed.
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Another great place to engage with the natural beauty of this world is Switzerland. The locals are friendly enough if you need help or assistance but mainly they stick to themselves which is great if you’re worried about being hassled, plus you’ll meet other travellers for company too. There are many great places to enjoy views of the Alps while hiking or if you prefer to sit back and relax while watching the stunning scenery pass by then the Swiss Rail pass is the only way to go. If you’re more a fan of towns and cities then you could opt for picturesque Zürich or lively Geneva with great food, nightlife and a wealth of museums. Crime rates are low and travel is safe making Switzerland the perfect place for solo travel.
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Ireland is a great trip for first-time solo female travellers. There’s the common language so you don’t have to worry about not being understood and the locals are friendly so you won’t have to worry about not meeting anyone either. Who wouldn’t want to go to the land of leprechauns and Guiness? You could start off with a city visit to Dublin and then head off to the countryside to see the famous rolling emerald hills and valleys. Great places to explore in Ireland are the Dingle Peninsula and the Cliffs of Moher. Read more about Dublin in our Dublin city guide.
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There’s no lack of things of awesome places to see in Southeast Asia and Thailand is a great starting point. It’s not as off-the-beaten path as some of the other Southeast Asia countries so you’ll bump into other travellers who will be more than happy to share their experiences and locals are used to seeing tourists. Thailand also isn’t just a budget backpacker destination you’ll find hotels and resorts to suit each and every budget, some lying just a few minutes walk from exotic beaches – perfect if you’re in the need of some rest and relaxation. There’s also some unmissable temples, stunning mainland scenery and delicious street food.
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If you’re looking for a mix of adventure and relaxation then Costa Rica is a great choice. You can sit at the beach all day with a drink in your hand but you can also try your hand at something new like surfing, rafting or hiking. Trying an activity also makes it much easier to meet people who are interested in the same thing as you. At night there’s many places to grab a drink and be entertained. As for the locals, they’re friendly and helpful so you don’t have to be nervous when you’re alone.
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Amsterdam is known around the world for its chilled out vibe and Amsterdam, especially in spring and summer, is a great place to relax on your own. There’s so much to see and do here you might never leave. There’s a wealth of museums, shops, markets, bars and clubs all waiting to be explored. The most fun way to experience Amsterdam is to rent a bike and cycle around the canals you’ll look like a local in next to no time. Read more about things to do in Amsterdam.
What are some places you would suggest for travelling alone as a female?