7 Best Destinations For First Time Female Solo Travelers
Traveling solo can be liberating and empowering, but it can also be scary if you haven’t venture out on your own before. I remember the first time I traveled by myself; I went to Seoul and was very nervous and worried about safety - yet knowing Seoul was a very safe place. But it just takes a little practice to conquer the fear of traveling alone. Numerous of solo trips later, I can tell you it was the best decision ever.
I have put together my top 7 destinations for first-time female solo travelers to help you jump-start your first solo trip. These cities are considered very safe, easy to navigate, and with plenty of things to do to keep you busy all day.
With cheap flights – Thanks to WOW air – Reykjavik seems like a logical choice. There are plenty of things to do in this quirky city like exploring the Golden Circle or have a spa day at the Blue Lagoon. If you are terrible at directions but also want to do the Ring Road, go for it! You can't get lost in the only road circling the country. With more visitors than residents, you are bound to make new friends everywhere you go. Reykjavik is a great place to make new friends!
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If you want a little more adventure, Gothenburg is the right place for you. The city is the second largest in Sweden with plenty of things to do. Its easy-to-navigate transportation system makes it a great place for first-time solo female travelers. Gothenburg is also the gateway to more than 8,000 – yes that’s the correct amount of zeros – islands, making it the perfect spot to embark on your west Sweden road-trip.
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If you are looking for something more livelily, look no further. Whatever you want, around the clock, Seoul can provide. Start with an early morning stroll at Samcheong-dong followed by a photo sesh at Bukchon. Fuel your body with delicious snacks at one of the many food tents and head to Hongdae for a shopping spree. Follow this with a mouthwatering BBQ at Itaewon and you won't even realized a day has passed.
Labeled as the coolest city in Scandinavia, Copenhagen offers hygge to its visitors - not a thing but a cozy feeling. As a solo traveler, you won’t be disappointed. Rent a bike and tour the city in search of its hidden gems. The Danish capital offers excellent restaurants and coffee shops so go on and enjoy all the cozy feelings you can get.
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With a large World Heritage Site, Roman ruins, and more than 2000 years of history, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Lyon. Highly regarded as one of the most underrated cities in France, Lyon can cater to everybody including foodies, history buff, and even shopaholics.
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San Sebastian - although a small town - packs charm, lively people, and great food. Start your day by taking a stroll on their famous promenade followed by pintxos galore. Then get lost in their old town and find your way to bridge Maria Cristina for a beautiful Basque sunset.
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If the pastel de nata hasn’t convinced you to visit this charming city, maybe the plethora of colorful buildings will! You may not even want to leave ever after exploring Alfama, Chiado, and Bairro Alto.
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A few helpful tips to keep in mind when traveling alone
- Do your research - Research the neighborhood you are staying in. Make sure the area is safe and well lit.
- Blend in - Try not to stick out and blend in with the locals.
- Limit your night excursions and transit in well lit and busy areas.
- Do not reveal every detail of your travel plans to strangers.
- Be mindful of the people approaching you on the street.
- Update a friend or family member about your location.
- Don't flaunt your cash even if they are just singles.
- Make copies of all your important documents.
- Act confident even when you have no clue what you are doing - fake it until you make it!