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7 Best Destinations for the Solo Female Traveler

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Traveling on your own can be a thrilling, liberating, eye-opening experience. Exploring new parts of the world challenges your comfort zone resulting in self-discovery and will feed your passion even more. You have the ability to discover colorful European neighborhoods, hidden reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the edges of Southeast Asia on your own.

Traveling as a female carries specific considerations surrounding safety and comfort. We at Zicasso have compiled great safety tips you can follow while traveling and curated a list of some of the world’s best destinations for solo female travelers.

General Tips for Traveling Solo

The most important consideration when traveling alone is always safety. The following precautions will help you maintain a secure environment for various situations.

  • Carry the business card of your accommodation so you can show it to a cab driver.
  • Keep a decoy wallet on hand with some small bills you wouldn't mind losing.
  • Carry a deterrent. Mace may not be legal in all the countries you visit in which case carry a mini hairspray or bug spray.
  • Get the lay of the land. Start with a walking tour so you settle in while getting to know specific landmarks in relation to one another.
  • Only take official taxis or use a ridesharing app if available. Most official transportation vehicles will have markings.

1. Morocco

Woman sitting on stairs in Chefchauen, the Blue City of Morocoo.

The blue city of Chefchaouen is a major attraction in Morocco

Morocco is one of the rare destinations that live up to its photographic reputation with enchanting, colorful doors, relaxing trickling fountains, and a culture carrying on centuries-old traditions. In recent years, Morocco has developed a new reputation as a popular tourist destination in Northern Africa. Moroccans offer a feeling of inclusivity with women wearing Western-style clothing alongside women dressed in more traditional burqas shopping in the lively medinas.

Enjoy the architectural features of Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca or stroll through the crowds of storytellers and food vendors in Marrakech. Ride a camel over the dunes in the Sahara or wander the maze-like lanes of the Medina in Fez. Morocco has fascinating treks in the Mid-Atlas Mountains, refreshing beaches bordering the Atlantic seaboard, and wineries growing grapes, olives, and nuts in the lush valleys for an enticing and comfortable discovery of North Africa.

Avoid soccer stadiums if not with another person or group, especially if the local team loses.

2. Greece

Woman overlooking Little Venice on Mykonos, Island

Woman enjoys the island breeze on Mykonos

Travelers of all types continue to visit Greece in search of ancient Western Civilization and sensational beaches spread across the Aegean, Ionian, and Thracian Seas. Many women feel safe traveling alone in Greece due to the relatively low crime rate. While petty thefts and other types of crimes do occur – most often at island party resorts – the most significant nuisance is the kamaki, smooth-talking, persistent men named after the “fishing trident.” They are a hassle but not a threat, as most Greek citizens treat women travelers with respect.

Immerse yourself in charming neighborhood restaurants and island-hop in search of marvelous sunsets along relaxing shorelines. You could visit the 9th-century rock churches at Meteora or revel in the charms of the Island of Hydra, trek through the canyons of Crete or chase the mythos of the Oracle at Delphi.

3. Thailand

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon in Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand

Travel to Thailand to visit the Buddha statues decorated with golden sashes outside the temple at Ayutthaya

Thailand welcomes tourists searching for the white sand beaches and the northern jungles. Thailand has nearly perfected the ease of crisscrossing the country whether by bus, plane, or ferry leading so you can enjoy in the many types of experiences it offers.

Violent crime is rare against foreigners and petty thieves generally focus on inebriated backpackers for an easy haul. Whether appreciating the gigantic reclining Buddha at the Royal Palace complex in Bangkok or learning to scuba dive off the shores of Koh Tao, Thailand caters to your adventurous side, cultural edification, or your more tranquil inclinations.

Important Note: Women are not allowed to touch monks. Do not try to sit next to them or walk beside them for extended periods of time. If you choose to give a monk a donation, place the item on a table or the ground for the monk to pick up on their own.

4. South Africa

Penguins on Boulder Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.

Penguins along the Cape Town’s coastline

Africa as a continent is often misrepresented as a scary place to visit. However, like the majority of travel destinations across the world, with proper planning, understanding, and precaution South Africa is an exceptional destination for solo female travelers interested in quality beaches, enthusiastic culture, and access to unforgettable wildlife.

While you should still take extra care at night, traveling South Africa is an invigorating and rewarding experience. Cape Town has a vibrant atmosphere close to fantastic wineries, stunning beaches, and delicious dining opportunities. Traverse the diverse ecosystems on countless safari opportunities whether in the boundaries of Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest animal reserves or in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park, which hosts one of the world’s largest population of white rhinos.

5. Iceland

Hiking the Laugavegur trail in Iceland

Hiking the Laugavegur trail in Iceland

The fascinating natural marvels of Iceland are as welcoming as the culture. The country is nicknamed the Land of Fire and Ice, with frost covering 15 percent of the landscape and more than 20 active volcanoes rumbling at any given moment. The country as a whole has some of the world’s lowest crime rates adding to the feeling of comfort from the bustling nightlife of Reykjavik to the flickering Northern Lights.

Coastlines boast imposing black basalt rock formations, flowers grow from stone terraces at the waterfalls at Fimmvorduhals, and the glacial glow of icebergs reflects off blue waters of Jokulsarlon. The majestic scenery is only complemented by the fact that Iceland has achieved the best country for gender equality nine years in a row according to the Global Gender Gap Index.

6. Japan

Woman in the Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto

Explore the metropolitan cities and bamboo forests in Japan

Friendly and helpful locals are eager to offer support in the form of directions while respecting your privacy, and female-only accommodations are accessible around the country Osaka has a delicate charm emerging from culinary delights. Ancient Kyoto blends the fascinating stories of Imperial Japan with the quiet beauty of surrounding alpine landscape.

The Kumano Kodo trail network follows the pilgrimage route used between the 8th and 12th centuries connecting forests, fields, towns, ancient shrines, and temples. Okinawa provides a quiet alternative to the lively streets of the bigger cities with captivating history at Shuri Castle, a welcoming pottery district at Tsuboya, and soothing hot springs throughout the island.

7. New Zealand

Woman looking at the view in Queenstown, New Zealand

Picturesque New Zealand is an excellent option for first time solo travelers

New Zealand features remarkable scenery across its two main islands and is very safe for any type of traveler. The North Island consists of geysers, volcanoes, and idyllic beaches, and picturesque lakes while the South Island contains snowcapped peaks, shimmering glaciers, and frigid ocean waters home to seals and whales. The allure invokes the fantastical world of Tolkien’s Middle Earth at Hobbiton and an adventurous spirit with visitors bungee jumping and skydiving in Queenstown.

Cruise ships glide between the towering coastal mountains of Milford Sound and ferries crisscross Auckland’s harbors. Snowboard, wine taste, whitewater raft, walk on a glacier, bask in thermal baths, or learn more about the Maori culture in the welcoming environment.

Safety with Zicasso

When traveling alone, you have the freedom to move at your own pace, visit the type of sites you wish to see, and linger in a single destination for as long as you’d like. Traveling with Zicasso is a wonderful option for solo female travelers by alleviating many of the concerns you may face during the travel process. A customizable trip with Zicasso will take you to your dream destination while providing a safe and comfortable environment keeping your preferences in mind, whether you wish to explore one of the countries on the list above, like Japan, or discover a country not listed, such as India.

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