Traveling alone might seem intimidating, especially for us women, but nothing beats the flexibility and adrenaline rush of a solo trip to a faraway place. (Just ask Kristen.) The freedom to make your own plans and set your own pace is refreshing, and the life skills you will pick up along the way will be incredibly useful in the long run.
If you have the desire to explore the world, don’t let your nerves hold you back. Best case scenario, you will make a ton of interesting friends, eat amazing food, and experience a different culture that you never would have otherwise. If nothing else, exploring new places by yourself will encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and cultivate your independence. (In fact, your ability to plan, execute, and enjoy a trip abroad by your lonesome might even surprise you.)
Although convinced, you may be scratching your head on where to begin. Fret not—we’re sharing with you seven immersive travel destinations to add to your jet-setting bucket list for one.
7. Sunset Beach, Zanzibar
You probably aren’t even aware of this beautiful country in Africa, but trust me—it’s real. The gorgeous island is famous for its dazzling beaches, scintillating sunsets, and pristine sand.
A long walk on the white sandy beaches will fill you with a feeling of satisfaction, but snorkeling and scuba diving are also great options in these crystal clear blue waters. Other things to do: Explore the neighboring Stone Town, sign up for a spice tour, or enjoy a few hours of pampering at the Mrembo Spa. As for the night owls, kick off your shoes for a West African dance party under the full moon. You will never want to leave!
6. Bali, Indonesia
Situated among luxurious temples, picturesque scenery, and tropical resorts, Bali is Indonesia’s most popular gem. You will be swept away by the enchanting natural beauty of this green oasis. And the food and accommodations are really cheap so you won’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket. Ever since building a wonderful backpacking culture to encourage tourism, thousands of young people have flocked to Bali every year to spend some time in its serene surroundings.
Bali is famous as a tropical haven, and it is quickly becoming one of the hottest tourist destinations around. If you’re looking to unwind and relax, this is your place.
5. Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Voted a natural wonder of the world, Iguazu Falls should be on everyone’s bucket list. The display of sparkling water spray and shimmering rainbows is a jaw-dropping sight that you will never forget. The Iguazu River is so large that the roar of the waterfalls can be heard from miles away! (Niagara’s got nothing on this.)
The surrounding park has some of the most luxurious hotels to satisfy your needs, all of them equipped with the best views. This place is worth the money for any solo backpacker.
4. Tulum, Mexico
Located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum boasts powder sand beaches, shady palms, and the aquamarine sea. It is a perfect mix of tranquility and solace—but if you feel that you have had enough of the beach, hop on a bicycle and take it for a ride into the city.
There you will find a host of interesting things to do and try out in Tulum. Richly steeped in Mayan culture and history, Tulum is a hub for solo travelers seeking quiet mindfulness and self-discovery. (Bonus: Don’t miss the Mexican sweets, which are quite the delicacy!)
3. Maui, Hawaii
It used to be the go-to place for newlyweds to spend some romantic moments surrounded by beauty. But now this island has seen a boom in the number of solo backpackers who come to get a taste of its peaceful climate and culture. Apart from the various marine activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing, Maui is a great place to pitch your tent and go for challenging hikes.
This Hawaiian island is a hit among young women who are attracted to its quaint pockets of culture and green vegetation. If the beaches don’t keep you engaged in this place, consider one of their famous helicopter tours for a bird’s-eye view of Maui’s stunning waterfalls, craters, cliffs, and valleys.
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
One of the most tourist-friendly cities in Europe, the capital of Denmark is a very active, accessible, and vibrant metropolis, chock full of fascinating sights and opportunities to explore. The locals are lovable, and the low crime rate makes this city especially safe for the lone traveler.
Complete with old-fashioned amusement parks, trendy shops, and a booming nightlife, some might describe Copenhagen as a playground for adults! While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the Tivoli Gardens and get a glimpse of the infamous Little Mermaid statue. Regardless of your itinerary, the cobbled streets, water canals, and multi-colored homes are sure to charm you.
1. Bologna, Italy
Bologna is a place that is in a league of its own. Its medieval-era buildings and structures alone make it a captivating city, especially during sunset hours. Not only is it home to some of the finest operas and royal theaters in the world, but according to Vogue, Bologna is the ultimate foodie destination. Hello, gourmet pasta!
The lively city is situated in the Northeastern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and has fused many different segments of history to produce a combination of aesthetic sights. With only a fraction of the tourists you’ll find in Venice, Rome, or Florence, Bologna is considered to be Italy’s best-kept secret—and the perfect destination to begin your solo journey.