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Solo female travel is one of the fastest growing trends in travel today.
Online searches for « solo female travel » have increased by almost 800% in recent years and show no signs of slowing down. Over 65% of women in the US have already traveled soloand these rates are only expected to increase over the next five years.
While the world is your oyster, one popular destination stands out from the crowd for solo female travel this summer: Ireland.
Solo female travelers aren’t the only ones noticing Ireland’s unique advantages.
The fun Irish capital of Dublin is the fourth most booked summer destination for US travelers this year, according to the travel app Hopper.
Ireland offers a spectacular and well-rounded travel experience that is suitable for solo female travelers by happy accident (or perhaps the luck of the Irish).
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Here’s why women are looking to Ireland for their solo adventures:
safest in the world
According to recent surveys, the number one deciding factor for solo women planning a trip is safety. So it makes sense that safety is one of the many reasons why solo female travelers flock to Ireland.
Ireland is classified the number one safest country in the world for women who travel alone today.
Bounce, a travel luggage storage app, compiled travel safety ratings for lonely women based on eight risk factors, including crime, violence against women, and gender equality indicators. Ireland ranked first with a specialized safety score of 7.9 out of 10 for solo female travelers.
Around 70% of women in Ireland feel safe walking alone at night (compared to less than 30% of women in the US). Irish public opposition to violence against women stands at a solid 99%.
Homicide rates in Ireland are among the lowest in Europe, and crime against tourists is rare.
But rest assured: on the Emerald Isle, safe definitely doesn’t mean boring.
Low crime, unique attractions, and a vibrant social scene mean most female solo travelers have exciting adventures both day and night.
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Cold pint, warm welcome
Solo female travelers can wait cold pints and warm welcomes through Ireland.
The Irish have a well-earned reputation for cheerful friendliness and genuine hospitality. Nowhere is that more evident than in his social and inclusive pub culture.
according to an irish travel provider“New faces from out of town are always welcome, whether you’re solo or part of a group. This makes Ireland a dream destination for solo travelers. Just pull up a bar stool and join the fun.”
Best of all, pubs are great places to eat alone with company. Eating alone is totally normal here, so there’s no need to prepare for judgmental looks or discomfort.
The Irish are really open to meeting travelers, as this lonely tourist confirmed during your trip:
“It was easy to start a conversation with a stranger, even as an introvert, because the locals were always up for a chat. On many occasions, asking a simple question would turn into a half-hour discussion… Even though I was alone in Ireland for two weeks, I never felt alone. »
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The art of the Irish B&B
Some women who travel alone want to make the most of their alone time; others are eager to make friends on their trip. In many destinations, hostels are the default (or only) option for social accommodation. But not so in Ireland.
The rich tradition of Irish Bed & Breakfasts is as vibrant today as it was decades ago. That’s right, Ireland is not just for backpackers.
Solo female travelers love that in Ireland they don’t have to choose between the privacy and comfort of hotel amenities and the intimate social settings of shared accommodation.
Bed & Breakfasts tend to be smaller and more intimate than hotels. Common spaces like lounges, bars, and breakfast rooms are great ways to make travel companions.
Just when you thought you’d seen all that Irish hospitality had to offer, you’ll be amazed at the warm and personal welcome you can receive in a cozy home away from home.
It would be criminal not to mention the supremacy of a full Irish breakfast here. The « breakfast » part of the B&B is not an afterthought in Ireland, but rather the main attraction.
Some B&Bs are located on rural slopes, while others They are within easy reach of towns and city centers. Whichever travel itinerary you choose for your solo trip to Ireland, there’s a B&B to suit you.
Eating isn’t the only thing the Irish like to do alone.
Almost every attraction or activity you could add to an Irish itinerary is suitable for singles. Most Irish tour providers prefer to gather travelers in groups and do not charge individual supplements.
a traveler shared Why You Love Ireland’s Many Solo Day Trips:
“During a day tour, you’ll be engaging in activities with like-minded people, and that naturally gets the conversation flowing. By the end of the day, you’ll probably be making plans to go out to dinner that night.
I met my best friend in Dublin on a day trip to Trim Castle, one of the best castles in Ireland. We ended up living together after that and are still in touch 15 years later. »
easy to navigate
There’s no other way to say it: Ireland is just easy to explore.
Ireland is a relatively small country, so it’s not like travelers really have a hard time traveling long distances.
Trains can transport you safely and quickly between easy-to-navigate stations. Where the train is not available, the bus network is also well developed. irish bus has a 6-day unlimited ride pass that is popular with solo female travelers on short trips.
Renting a car is another easy option for solo female travelers who opt for the popular Irish road trip option. (Just remember to book in advance).
Almost everything you want to know about Ireland is available online. And if you get lost or confused once you’re there, chances are a local will offer to lend a hand before you have a chance to ask for help.
A long time solo traveler described how easy it was to plan a solo trip to Ireland:
« Ireland is a very stress-free travel for anyone planning their first international solo trip… You don’t need to worry about getting travel shots, learning a new language if you’re a native English speaker, or avoiding tourist trips. scams that happens in other European countries”.
Communication is a breeze
We have all been there before. A line of people is waiting behind you as you fumble with Google Translate, feeling frustrated and a bit stupid under the weight of a huge language barrier.
Well good news. You don’t need any DuoLingo for a trip to Ireland.
Solo English-speaking travelers will find it incredibly easy to communicate and get around.
Signs, menus and anything else you need to read will be printed in both English and Gaelige (Irish), the two official languages of Ireland.
While you may find Gaelige-only road signs in some smaller towns and West Coast destinations, it’s still easy to locate an English speaker to steer you on the right path.
Whether you’re immersed in Irish history, having a great time at Temple Bar, or enjoying the emerald hills of Killarney, solo female travelers are sure to have a spectacular time in Ireland.
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