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9 of the best destinations for women to travel solo — now or in the future

July 04, 2021
10 min read
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Editor's Note

This piece has been updated with additional information. This piece was originally published in October 2020.

In a pre-COVID world, solo travel, especially for women, was on the rise.

But if you're a woman wanting to travel alone, how do you decide where to go? According to a survey, key factors for solo travelers when deciding on a destination include safety, cost, quality of the scenery and that English is widely spoken.

From bustling cities to wild natural landscapes, these are nine of the most welcoming and interesting spots for women to visit, especially when traveling alone. With some still closed to Americans, now is the time to start your planning.

Destinations that are open now

Berlin, Germany

Germany is open to American tourists again as of June 18 and with a low crime rate, excellent public transportation, a high level of spoken English and progressive vibes will make pretty much anyone feel at home in Germany's capital city. With plenty of hostels and free tours, you'll be able to easily meet other solo travelers in a low-pressure environment. Berlin also has a fantastic public art trail, so wandering the city on foot is especially easy (and entertaining).

TPG tip: The Marriott's Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof (one of the millennial-facing brand's two Berlin properties) is a great hostel-inspired space where you'll easily make new friends but also have plenty of privacy. Room rates start at less than 15,000 points during low season.

The Grand Hyatt Berlin is also a great option for redeeming points also starting at 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night. The luxury hotel is close to public transportation and also has a spa on property as well as room service — for those days when you've had enough sightseeing.

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The Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. (Photo by Dado Daniel/Getty Images)

Botswana

Open to American tourists and known as one of Africa's safest countries thanks to its longstanding democracy, Botswana is an ideal spot if you're a female solo traveler wanting to visit this continent, especially because English is the country's official language. Many lodges focus on eco-tourism, meaning they are small, intimate spaces where you can get to know your fellow lodge mates around an evening campfire. Because many safaris and excursions are done in groups, Botswana is a great option if you'd rather not be entirely alone on your solo trip.

TPG tip: Many hotels, lodges and safaris will waive the solo supplement during the off-season and some even market themselves as "no solo supplement safaris," focusing instead on grouping together solo travelers.

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Beautiful Botswana. (Photo by Russell Patterson/500px/Getty Images)

Malta

While Malta is currently open to American tourists, only 38 states are currently on the Amber list of places to travel from. A small country where most locals speak English, Malta is where many Europeans flock to during summers to take English courses and enjoy the gorgeous beaches. A country where small children play outside until midnight and walking around alone at night is no big deal, solo women travelers can expect to feel safe at all hours of the day. Socialising is common, as many visitors come hoping to practice their English and locals love making new friends. Grab your camera and snap colorful boats, crashing waves and UNESCO ruins.

TPG tip: Distances between cities and villages may be too far to walk, but the buses are easy and ferries and water taxis can also quickly get you from A to B.

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Senglea marina in Grand Bay, Valetta, Malta. (Photo by Dado Daniela/Getty Images)

Destinations to plan for future travel

Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan may not be open to Americans just yet, but it is right up there with Japan in terms of safety -- and Taipei is much cheaper for a solo traveler to visit than Tokyo. With an immense offering of budget and boutique properties, as well as large brand hotels that are also well-priced (think Kimpton and Hilton), solo women are spoiled for choice when it comes to lodging options. Free walking tours are offered in many neighborhoods and are an excellent way to link up with like-minded travelers, as are street food tours.
TGP tip: Taipei's metro system is clean, organized and safe. It even plays classical music when the trains approach.

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Taipei Skyline. (Photo by Sharleen Chao/Getty Images)

Montreal, Canada

We're still anxiously awaiting Canada's reopening but we can dream in the meantime. While Montreal isn't the most exotic destination on this list, it's friendly, welcoming and safe. While you likely won't run into language barriers, you might want to download a translation app, just to be safe. (At least refresh your French basics.) When the weather is nice, renting a bike at an automated BIXI station is a fun and safe way to explore the city. Consider bedding down in the eclectic Plateau neighborhood or enjoying the mesh of English, French and Italian cultures in Little Italy.

TPG tip: The STM metro system is cheap, safe and easy to use, especially during snowy winters when you want to escape the cold.

Read more: How to travel solo — and why you absolutely should

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Old Montreal. (Photo by Steven Kriemadis/Getty Images)

New Zealand

New Zealand, unfortunately, closed its borders again after the short-lived Australia-New Zealand travel bubble resulted in new COVID-19 cases for both countries. Even still, the country is one of the safest in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. Solo travelers can enjoy beaches and hiking trails on the North Island, and should definitely take time to experience the café culture in Auckland. Adventure tourists may decide to head instead to the South Island to explore cliffs, lakes and glaciers. Want to make friends and get a taste of the local land? Do what's called WWOOFing: Willing Workers On Organic Farms, a system where you work on a farm in exchange for accommodation and food.

TPG tips: The biggest danger to solo travelers in New Zealand is probably the outdoors. Take extra care when hiking or doing any extreme sports alone. When necessary, hire a guide, tell your hostel or hotel where you're heading and always dress and pack properly for the activity.

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Roys Peak, New Zealand. (Photo by Patrick Britt/Twenty20)

Singapore

Currently, travel to Singapore is limited to travelers from select countries and the United States isn't on the list. But Singapore deserves a spot on your list of safest places for future solo travel. A place that's become safer and safer as the years go on, it's the perfect jumping-off point for solo women to see South East Asia. After all, it's organized, clean and English-speaking. Sure, there's plenty to do in the luxury travel realm (think fancy hotels and massive shopping centers) but a budget traveler will feel just as comfortable sampling the famous street food at hawker stalls and exploring colorful Chinatown and Little India.

TPG tip: One reason Singapore is so safe is that the country has many laws to maintain public order. Watch yourself when it comes to littering, jaywalking and even gum chewing.

Read more: 11 of the best apps for solo travelers

Singapore, Singapore - September 20 : A General View of Marina Bay Sand at Night on September 20, 2016 in Singapore, Singapore. (Photo by Rustam Azmi/Getty Images)
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Photo by Rustam Azmi/Getty Images)

Santiago, Chile

A dream for now, Chile was number 28 on the Global Peace Index in 2018 and the capital city has an especially low crime rate. Once you venture beyond Santiago, you can enjoy skiing in the Andes, trekking in the Atacama desert and even enjoy bicycle wine tastings. In terms of stunning natural scenery, the wild Chilean landscapes are hard to top. Plus, the entire country has a huge hostel culture (with both budget and high-end options), making it easy to find new friends. Prefer to stay in town? Santiago has many accessible lookout points, fantastic museums and delicious restaurants, too.

TPG tip: Uber is a widely used and safe mode of transport in Santiago. But beyond the capital, English is not widely spoken. Definitely brush up on your school Spanish before traveling to Chile.

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Plaza Mayor, Santiago. (Photo by Henryk Sadura/Getty Images)

Melbourne, Australia

In addition to the failed travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, Australia plans to remain closed to international travel until 2022. But if you love art and music, Melbourne may be a perfect match for you. Known for its coffee culture (flat whites in particular), the city's coffee houses are relaxing and safe spots to hang out in. While the city itself is very walkable, you can hop on the free City Circle tram line to get around, too. And, of course, Australia is an English-speaking country with an excellent position on the 2018 Global Peace Index.

TPG tip: The Royal Botanical Gardens are a great hangout for solo women travelers, thanks to the parade of events hosted here such as moonlight cinema screenings and guided tours. And if you're planning ahead, the hip W Melbourne will enter the city's somewhat lackluster hotel scene in 2021.

The CBD zone of Melbourne city, Australia.
The CBD zone of Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Boy_Anupong/Getty Images)

Bottom line

Traveling solo is really rewarding and exciting -- you'll probably have a completely different experience than if you are traveling with friends or a partner. However, being on your own comes with its risks so if you fancy a solo adventure -- especially if you're female -- hit up one of the above destinations to ensure your time is fun, but safe too. If you have your heart set on a destination that's still closed to America, start planning now and do it right.

Additional reporting by Ashely Onadele.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more