Few things are quite so freeing as solo travel. Eating, exploring, and moving on to the next location according to nothing but your own schedule is the best way to ensure your vacation is spent exactly how you want, sans compromises.
And that's something more and more women are realizing, given that search traffic for the term “female solo travel” has increased by 62 percent over the last three years. But, if you've never traveled solo before, it can be a little intimidating to hop on a plane to a new country for the first time. Especially if you're a woman. With that in mind, here are some of the top travel destinations for solo female travelers you might want to consider.
Sweden often ranks highly as one of the safest destinations for women traveling solo thanks to its progressive culture and welcoming cities. This beautiful, serene archipelago is easy to explore via bus, boat, or train with plenty to see along the way. Chic Stockholm is a haven for delicious cuisine, intriguing art galleries, and unusual museums; meanwhile, take a boat farther into the country to hike mesmerizing mountains, swim in glass-like lakes, and camp in the wild.
Singapore's strict laws (you can even be fined for dropping chewing gum) ensure this island state is impressively safe for female travelers. This modern, greenery-filled city is a haven for nature despite its small size. Discover Singapore's fast-paced center via bike or take a cable car up to the top of Faber Peak to admire the cityscape’s twinkling lights. Then, head to the horticultural wonders of the Gardens by the Bay or dig into Singapore’s fusion of local cuisines including laksa, Hainanese rice, and chili crab at vibrant street food markets.
Germany's perpetual efficiency extends far past its impressive public transport system, so exploring this country as a solo female traveler is a breeze. Check out Berlin's colorful history and even more colorful street art; take a scenic coach ride through Munich’s gorgeous, riverside forests and its ancient castles; hop on a boat and cruise along the Rhine river; and venture deep into the Black Forest to see its misty mountains and views stretching for miles.
Pasta, Aperol, pizza and pastries: need we say more? A dream of a destination with its unbeatable food scene, postcard-perfect views, and easy-to-navigate train network, Italy is a top choice for female travelers throughout the year. Take in Rome's ancient ruins, gaze in awe at the Vatican museums, sip wine on a vineyard in pastel-hued Tuscany, and snap photos of the colors of the Italian Riviera in the Cinque Terre.
Denmark is frequently crowned the happiest country in the world and its safety is a big part of that. Head to the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Aalborg to explore on foot or via bike, before venturing farther into the Danish countryside for a more peaceful, traditional setting. Denmark is all about bright architecture, great food, and pristine forests, which means at least some of your time here should be spent snapping photos of Nyhavn harbor, digging into a smorgasbord of local goods, and exploring the dense woodlands of the north.
Japan has everything a solo female traveler could want, from its respectful culture to its efficient infrastructure. And that's before you've even considered the vast number of places to go and things to see here. A top spot for foodies, culture fiends, historians, photographers, and explorers, you'll fall in love with Tokyo's art museums, Kyoto's cherry blossom trees, Osaka's incredible food scene, and Hiroshima's stunning castle.
Uruguay has the lowest crime rate of any country in South America and also ranks highly in terms of safety on the Global Peace Index. Rich heritage, beautiful long beaches, intriguing museums, and a growing art culture ensure you'll never run out of things to do while you're here. Spend your days here relaxing on the beaches of Punta del Este or Piriapolis or sip your way through the country's huge wine region, backed by rolling hills.