Let's break some stereotypes, shall we?
Solo female travel
tends to be portrayed as dangerous in the media, especially as of late. While I agree that women may be exposed to more dangers when travelling solo than men, we shouldn't in any way limit our travel choices simply based on our gender. As long as you have your head on your shoulders, are aware of the current political situation of a given country and are prepared to respect the local culture, both by the way you dress and act, you shouldn't have anything to worry about! Common sense is a traveller's best friend, regardless of your gender.
With that in mind, any
place can be safe and perfectly appropriate for a solo female trip
(needless to say, I'm referring to countries with a stable political situation and no social unrest – finding yourself in a middle of the war zone wouldn't be particularly safe for anyone!).
If you need inspiration, let me introduce you to my favourite places perfect for a solo trip:
I spent three months backpacking through India and know many women who travelled there solo, hence I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it's a perfectly safe place for solo female travellers. As long as you avoid any shady or dangerous areas you will be absolutely fine. India is a wonderful country, filled with incredible history, wonderful traditions, warm people and landscapes which will take your breath away. Travelling through India may not always be easy due to its confronting poverty and bureaucracy, but it's worth it!
Much more relaxed than India, Laos is perfect for those needing an escape from it all. Home to beautiful mountains in the North and quiet, rural landscapes, Laos is filled with stunning, gold-adorned temples and natural wanders. The locals are friendly and tend to keep to themselves which means you won't get hassled.
Japan, with its incredibly low crime rates and the most polite and helpful locals that I've ever had the pleasure to come across, is a perfect place for a solo female traveller. Even its busiest city, Tokyo, is safe to a point where you can leave your bike unchained in the middle of a street without having to worry it'll get stolen. Aside from it being very safe, Japan's culture and traditions are simply mesmerising. While it's not a cheap country to travel to, the costs of travelling in Japan tend to get exaggerated while in fact, they are comparable to Paris and London.
Friendly locals, delicious food, wonderful climate and stunning sites – what else can you ask for? Spain is well-connected and easy to travel around. With thousands of travellers visiting each year and large expat communities in the main cities, you'll easily meet like-minded people and make new friends.
Quite possibly the most heavenly islands in Europe, Greek islands are a place where you can truly unwind and relax. With so many islands to choose from, each offering a different atmosphere and vibe, you will never run out of things to do. The Greeks are known for their friendly nature and speak quite good English which means communication shouldn't be a problem! What better way to spend your solo trip than by admiring the azure sea from a sandy beach!
The AuthorMarta is a digital nomad and the creator of a Girl Who Travels, a travel blog aimed at female travelers, offering advice on location-independent lifestyle and travel tips. You can follow Marta's adventures on Instagram:a_girlwhotravels.
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