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Think cobblestone streets, medieval villages and half the price of other destinations in Europe. Less known to most, Slovakia it is a charming country that is ideal for women who travel alone.
A landlocked country surrounded by 5 others, Slovakia is in a prime location in Central Europe for backpacking. Arriving in Bratislava, it was easy to see why so many solo travelers stop on their journeys.
With a diverse landscape of charming towns and beautiful mountains, there’s plenty to do here on a budget. From adventure sports to leisurely strolls, as a solo traveler you won’t run out of things to do!
Less visited than other countries in Europe, Slovakia has managed to stay a bit under the radar. For us travelers, this means affordable prices!
A cheap meal in Slovakia can be between 5 and 7 euros, and a beer costs around 1 euro. Hostels here are also extremely cheap, and you are likely to get more for your money. Obviously you can splurge a bit if you want, but I comfortably spent less than 40 euros per day.
A picturesque capital
Situated along the Danube River, Bratislava is the perfect starting point for solo travel adventures. A relatively small town, it’s extremely easy to walk around here without getting lost.
The cobbled streets are for pedestrians only, which means you can spend hours wandering around all the little shops, lively cafes, and authentic restaurants with ease. Most of the seating is outdoors on the streets, which makes for a cozy environment to meet other travelers.
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Something I always look for when rating a place to travel solo is how friendly the locals are. If you’re on your own, it’s important to visit a place where you feel welcome, and Slovakia is definitely a country for that! Here you will always find someone willing to lend you a hand.
Throughout my stay the Slovaks were extremely helpful and willing to provide suggestions along the way. My favorite thing to do is always ask questions about tours and recommendations for the best meals (because you’ll get a LOT of suggestions).
Due to its location in Central Europe, it is very easy to reach Slovakia. I opted to take a Danube river boat from Vienna, but there are many other options!
It is of course also accessible by plane, but if you are looking to minimize your carbon footprint then I would choose a train. With direct routes from Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland, getting to Slovakia is very easy.
If you’re looking to backpack Europe, it’s also a budget-saving tip to buy a multi-use train ticket or take the buses (I’ve always had great success with Flix Bus).
The one thing we look for when deciding where to travel solo: security!
In 2023, Slovakia ranked 26th in the Global Peace Index. Violence is low here, and it is a very safe destination for all types of travelers (especially as a solo female).
It is important to take normal precautions when traveling, especially to major cities like Bratislava. Like anywhere, petty crime can spike during busier seasons, but overall, the country ranks high when it comes to safety.
traveler alert: Don’t forget travel insurance for your next trip!
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