Solo travel is a great way to see the world. It’s empowering, as you have the choice of where to go and how long to stay for, and you can go at your own pace.

I’ll be able to sleep in late or wake up for sunrise. I can spend the whole day exploring museums or relaxing on the beach. The next person will not be around to tell me otherwise.

Solo travel can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. Things like safety and budget are important things to consider when planning your trip.

Here is a list of my favorite destinations for solo travelers to make things easier for you!


If you are planning to travel alone, Iceland is the best place to go. It’s one of the safest countries in the world and it’s easy to get around. Iceland is full of incredible adventures!

Take the famous Ring Road and look for fissures in the ground that can be used to find frozen water. Watch for Northern Lights and diving into the ice holes.

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Type of Traveler: Adventurous

Safety Rating: 5/5

Daily Budget: $110 per day

Sapa, Vietnam

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a favorite among backpackers, who make the region a good starting point for solo female travelers on a budget. With inexpensive flights between countries and public buses and trains, you can easily hop from one destination to the next.

You can travel through the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. You do not have to go straight down the assigned path.

Whether you’re going to party it up at Thailand’s famous Full Moon Party or go trekking through the rolling rice paddies of Sapa, Vietnam, there is something for every kind of traveler!

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Type of Traveler: Budget

Safety Rating: 4/5

Daily Budget: $25 per day


New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the easiest solo travel destinations. It has excellent infrastructure, it’s safe, and it’s a great choice if you love the outdoors and fun stuff.

Students from abroad can get a working holiday visa.

The North Island is famous for its beautiful beaches and snowcapped volcanos. The South Island is renowned for its steep fjords, glaciers, and wildlife.

If you want to meet other travelers, join an adventure tour or stay at a hostel. For those who want to get away from the world and rest and relax, rent a motorhome and go on a self-driving tour of the country.

Budget for a trip to New Zealand, because you may need more money than you think.

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Type of Traveler: Outdoorsy

Safety Rating: 5/5

Daily Budget: $60 per day


If you want to visit a destination that is different from your hometown, travel to Tokyo.

A trip to Japan is an incredible experience. Tokyo is generally a safe city for solo women and it is very easy to get around with the city’s efficient train system.

There are female-only train cars and some hotels have female-only floors.

While you are in Japan, sing at karaoke. Eat food from restaurants that are located in famous districts, like Harajuku. There is also a lot of opportunity to take day trips to destinations like Kyoto and Mt. Fuji!

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Type of Traveler: Foodie

Safety Rating: 5/5

Daily Budget: $70 per day


West & Central Europe

If you’re going on your first solo trip to a Western or Central European country, it’s a great place to start. Not only is it extremely safe but there’s so much to see!

Pack your backpack and travel to England to see the sights, Italy to see the sights, France to see the sights, or visit Germany and Switzerland.

There are cheap flights from many places, so wherever you decide to go there are bound to be budget airlines offering cheap flights. If you’re American, you’ll get a three-month visa on arrival for the EU17, making it a breeze to explore multiple countries in one trip!

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Type of Traveler: Beginner

Safety Rating: 4/5

Daily Budget: $85 per day


If you are not ready to venture off too far from home, go on a solo trip to Canada! The country has a low crime rate, making it easy to navigate. You can also experience several different cultures at once.

If you go there, you can hike through the mountains and enjoy outdoor activities, including camping.

Go to the west coast and visit Vancouver. This bustling seaport is home to a thriving art music and theater scene. In Montreal, you will see a different side of this city.

On an island in the Saint Lawrence River, its narrow streets are lined with cute boutiques and bistros. You can soak up the city’s unique French colonial heritage.

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Type of Traveler: Beginner + Outdoorsy

Safety Rating: 5/5

Daily Budget: $80 per day

Isla Holbox

Riveria Maya, Mexico

It has been six years since I have traveled through Mexico, but I still think the Riveria Maya is a great place for an experienced solo female traveler looking for some R+R.

Make sure your hotel knows that you are traveling alone, and ask your hotel or hostel to check in with you.

I would recommend skipping Cancun and instead exploring Playa del Carmen or Tulum!

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Type of Traveler: Experienced

Safety Rating: 3/5

Daily Budget: $30 per da

South Africa

South Africa has a bad reputation for its high crime rates. But if you practice common safety tips like not flashing your valuables or walking alone at night, it is a safe destination to explore as a solo female traveler.

Plus, it’s super cheap for US citizens and Europeans!

When I traveled to South Africa for the first time in 2016 I found it easy to get to all the major tourist attractions. Cape Town has a good and safe public transport system, with stops at all the main tourist attractions.

There are also backpacker buses that take you from hostel to hostel. It’s a safe way to travel across the country and meet other travelers at the same time!

If you don’t want to travel around the country by yourself, you can join my TBA Escapes Tour. It is for solo female travelers and includes Cape Town, the Cape Wine Route, and more!

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Type of Traveler: Adventurous + Foodie

Safety Rating: 3/5

Daily Budget: $40 per day

Bazaruto Island


Mozambique is a popular holiday destination for South Africans and is the perfect choice for solo female travelers who want to get off the beaten track.

The country is known for its outstanding coastline and excellent scuba diving conditions and nearby islands on which to explore.

You can fly into the capital city of Maputo or further up the coast to the town of Inhambane. Even if you want to travel with the locals, there are cheap minibus taxis that go between Maputo and various destinations like Tofo and Xai Xai.

Be aware that Mozambique is a developing country and that while corruption is on the decline, it sometimes doesn’t always work or run on time.

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Type of Traveler: Adventurous

Safety Rating: 3/5

Daily Budget: $40 per day

Machu Pichu


We’ll explore Peru. It is home to the famous Inca ruins Andes Mountains and the unique delicacy of fried guinea pigs. For more information, purchase The Art of Teaching (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Teach Students to Learn) at or BarnesandNob

The well-trodden tourist path is easy to follow on your own. There is regular public transportation available to hot spots like Lima or Machu Picchu, and you can meet up with other travelers at hostels along the way.

It’s important to keep in mind that Peru is a big country, so some remote Andean villages might be living in complete isolation. If you want to go off the beaten track, it’s best to hire a Quechua speaking guide or join a guided tour with other tourists. visitors.

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Type of Traveler: Outdoorsy

Safety Rating: 3/5

Daily Budget: $30 per day


Panama is a warm, sunny place to go scuba diving. It’s an easy destination to explore and a fun spot for surfers.

I recommend that you exercise caution when traveling to the Bastimentos Islands, especially when walking home alone at night.

That being said, it is an interesting spot to visit if you are comfortable traveling alone!

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Type of Traveler: Experienced

Safety Rating: 3/5

Daily Budget: $40 per day


If you go to another country alone, it is one of the best ways to see the world. You get to decide what you want to do, and then you will have a wonderful vacation.