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The Best & Safest Destinations for Female Solo Travellers

If you like to travel solo, chances are that personal safety is high on your priority list. Some of the best places are the most unexpected, and you don’t need to compromise on safety to find incredible adventure.

Safest Solo Female Travel Destinations

We’ve put together this list of the safest countries and cities around the world that are still great travel destinations, for those of you who are looking for the perfect place for their next solo trip. We’ve written this guide especially for female solo travellers, but the advice applies to just about anyone!

Have you visited any of the places on this list? Let us know in the comments!

South Island, New Zealand:

The South Island of New Zealand is a great place for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The landscapes are breathtaking, featuring snow-capped mountains, serene lakes, and lush greenery. The general vibe is laid-back, and, being the second safest country in the world, it makes an excellent destination for solo female travellers. The cost of living can be relatively high, but the experience is well worth it. You’ll also earn a decent salary if you decide to go on a working holiday visa, which is one of the most popular ways to travel in New Zealand. 

You’re likely to encounter fellow solo adventurers, especially in popular spots like Queenstown and Wanaka. There’s also the added benefit that they speak English so (if you’re reading this with some fluency!) there’s no language barrier to navigate. That also makes it a great stop for your first solo trip, as it’s just one less thing to think about.

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Cape Town, South Africa:

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s major cities and up-and-coming as a popular destination for travellers. It offers a vibrant and diverse atmosphere with a mix of cultures, beautiful beaches, and iconic landmarks like Table Mountain. While parts of the city are dangerous, it’s very easy to get a grip on the areas you should avoid and anyone from your hostel or accommodation will be able to guide you. The cost of living is very affordable, making it one of the best solo travel destinations for people on a budget.

The city’s social scene is lively, and meeting other solo female travellers is quite likely, particularly in areas like Long Street or during outdoor activities and day trips, of which there are plenty from Cape Town.

Costa Rica, Central America:

Costa Rica is a gem in the heart of Central America, known for its lush rainforests, national parks, and abundant wildlife. You’ll also see some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever encountered in your life, guaranteed. The “pura vida” lifestyle exudes a friendly and welcoming atmosphere from the moment you land in the capital of San Jose. Public transportation is safe and easy to navigate, making it a great choice for solo female travellers looking for a sense of freedom. Compared to many other places on this list it does fall on the more expensive side, but there are plenty of budget-friendly options.

You’re most likely to meet new people, including other solo female travellers in popular destinations like Manuel Antonio or La Fortuna, which is where most of the exciting activities are anyway. They’re also great spots from which to take a day trip to the endless number of sights and national parks around Costa Rica.

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Uruguay, South America:

Uruguay, often overlooked, is a hidden gem in South America. With its laid-back coastal towns, historic architecture, and friendly locals, it’s an ideal destination for solo female travellers. The cost of living is fairly low, and the country’s safety makes it a comfortable choice. In fact, it’s the safest country in South America. 

While it might not be as popular as its neighbours, it still has a rich history which makes it a great way to explore the best things to see in this region with a low crime rate. This country made it onto our list because it’s growing in popularity, especially amongst solo travellers from younger generations. You’ll meet them in the more touristy of Uruguay’s charming cities like Colonia del Sacramento or Punta del Este.

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North Macedonia, Eastern Europe:

North Macedonia offers a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The capital, Skopje, boasts a mix of Ottoman and European influences. The cost of living is generally affordable, and the country is safe for solo female travellers. If you’re looking for a life-altering road trip, North Macedonia might be the one for you.

While not as touristy as some more well-known European destinations, you may find fewer solo female travellers, especially in off-the-beaten-path locations. However, the warmth of the locals more than makes up for it, and sometimes that’s the best way to truly discover a country.

Chiang Mai, Thailand:

Chiang Mai is a large city nestled in the mountains of Northern Thailand, offering a unique blend of traditional and modern experiences. The city is known for its temples, night markets, and friendly locals. The cost of living is reasonable, especially taking into account the incredible quality and variety of Thai street food that you’ll find on just about every corner. Solo travellers will feel safe exploring the city’s vibrant streets and rich culture alike.

Chiang Mai is a popular hub for digital nomads, so you’ll likely encounter other solo travellers in co-working spaces and social events, or even just out and around your accommodation.

Norway, Northern Europe:

Norway, with its stunning fjords, charming towns, and the magical Northern Lights, is a great place for solo female travellers. While the cost of living is higher, the safety and well-developed infrastructure of Scandinavian countries make it worth the investment. If you’re not quite ready to step out of your comfort zone, Norway provides the ideal opportunity to keep exploring without putting you at risk. Although they speak Norwegian, of course, the majority of people, especially in younger generations, will speak English, which is another plus-point for the lack of language barrier!

Meeting other solo female travellers may be less common, but Norwegians are friendly and welcoming, and popular attractions like Bergen and Oslo attract a diverse crowd.

Singapore, Southeast Asia:

Singapore, a city-state in Southeast Asia, is both traditional and modern, offering solo female travellers a safe environment to explore. While the cost of living is higher compared to some neighbouring countries, the cleanliness, efficient public transport, and diverse cultural landmarks make it worth it and, relatively speaking, it is on the more budget-friendly side of destinations.

The city is very multicultural, meaning you’re unlikely to feel out of place, and you’ll meet other solo travellers practically everywhere you go. Whether strolling through the iconic Gardens by the Bay or indulging in the vibrant street food culture, solo female travellers can navigate Singapore with confidence, enjoying the best of both worlds.

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