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Are you planning your first trip as a solo traveler?
Traveling solo for the first time can be a challenging experience. As a female solo traveler, she is probably concerned about safety and wants to choose a destination where she can feel safe and confident while traveling and have a good time at the same time.
I’ve traveled to over 50 countries as a solo traveler, including many countries that people perceive as « dangerous, » and while I wouldn’t necessarily recommend plunging into a challenging destination on your first solo trip, here are five places I DO recommend for those who travel. alone for the first time
Choosing your first solo travel destination
Some important factors to consider when choosing the destination for your first solo trip are:
- Security: Obviously, safety is the most important thing for solo female travelers. While it is possible to travel safely in many countries around the world, choosing a country that ranks very high for safety is a good idea for a first solo trip.
- Travel Ease: For a first solo trip, it’s smart to choose a destination that isn’t difficult to visit. For Americans, this could mean a country where English is the primary language (or widely spoken in tourist areas) and where a highly developed tourism infrastructure already exists.
- Things to do: Finally, the best destinations for first-time solo female travelers are ones where there are plenty of things to do for every type of traveler.
Here are five of the best destinations to consider for a first-time solo female traveler:
1. United Kingdom
One of the best destinations for first-time solo female travelers is the UK. Taking a trip « across the pond » is a great way for American travelers to get acquainted with international travel, especially solo.
The UK is very safe, there won’t be much culture shock and there are plenty of things to do for every type of traveler. London is one of the world’s top international tourist destinations, but don’t overlook these underrated UK cities, either.
A new study ranked Edinburgh, Scotland, as one of the safest cities in Europe for female solo travelers, making it a great choice for your first solo trip.
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Iceland was recently ranked the safest country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index 2022. This makes it a great carefree destination for female solo travelers.
It’s also packed with things to do, like hiking to waterfalls, seeing geysers and glaciers, and soaking in hot springs. English is widely spoken in Iceland, and the small country has a great tourist infrastructure that’s easy to navigate.
Croatia is one of the best destinations for a cheap solo travel for women. Thanks to its well-developed tourist infrastructure, you can feel safe navigating Croatia on your own. It is also one of the safest countries in Europe.
Beautiful beaches, historic cities, and stunning national parks are just some of the reasons why Croatia is Europe’s most sought-after destination.
At one time, Mexico would not have been on the list of travel destinations for solo women, but in recent years, Mexico has become safer than ever.
Although the US still has travel advisories for Mexico, Americans continue to flock to Mexico and it’s actually a lot safer than you might think.
Mexico is a great introduction to Latin America for solo female travelers thanks to its highly developed tourism infrastructure, its popularity with American travelers, and its proximity to the US.
5. New Zealand
Finally, New Zealand is a great destination for first-time solo female travelers. It is located on the other side of the world for American travelers, but it is an easy adjustment since the main language spoken is English.
New Zealand is incredibly safe (ranked number two after Iceland in the Global Peace Index) and one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
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