“Single women should never travel alone”
Years ago, my best friend said that to me and tried to convince me not to take my first solo trip. Thankfully, I ignored her and took my first solo adventure to Rome.
Doing things alone can be immensely therapeutic! Especially traveling by yourself. It can be an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth. Booking.com did a survey in 2014 and found that 72% of American women have traveled alone either for business or pleasure. Of these women, “65% say that these experiences have improved their confidence.” Below are my top four places for an adventurous solo trip:
Head to the “Land Down Under”! Sydney is a perfect hotspot for solo travelers. The city lies in New South Wales and although it is not the country’s capital it has everything you would expect to find in one.
Sydney makes solo travel in Australia so easy with so much to see and do such as exploring the phenomenal Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Take a boat or jet ride around the harbor or travel across to Taronga Zoo for spectacular pictures of giraffes against a Sydney backdrop. Also, if you are adventurous, you can do the Bridge Climb.
As a matter of fact, you can even walk around there at night on your own. But just like any major city just be aware of your surroundings. Oh, did I forget to mention it? Australia is an English-speaking country, meaning it is so easy for solo travelers to get around and navigate in Sydney.
Read all about my 48 hours in Sydney. Boy did I have a great time with me, myself, and I.
New Zealand is one of the most visited countries by solo travelers. It is extremely safe, easy to meet other people and so much to do and see with breathtaking beauty at every corner. Outdoor adventure is available everywhere (the first commercial bungee jump originated in New Zealand!). I couldn’t just pick one place in New Zealand and so I give you two:
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and it is known as the “City of Sails” because of the large number of yachts in its harbor. At the heart of the city centre is the Sky Tower. There you can do the skywalk or the sky-jump. I ended up doing the skywalk which is one of the most thrilling adventurous activities.
With about 20 cities/towns, the beautiful South Island of New Zealand is the most insanely beautiful area in the world. With jaw-dropping landscapes and mind-blowing experiences, it offers a myriad of exciting activities to solo travelers including whitewater rafting, jet boating, skydiving, bungy jumping, kayaking, hiking, and/or relaxing exploration at every turn. While there are plenty of places I could recommend in New Zealand, Queenstown is one of my favorites—it’s simply magnificent.
The bustling city attracts a plethora of travelers young and old keen to soak up its untouched beauty. Lake Wanaka, the nation’s fourth-largest lake, is reason enough to visit, with activities from alpine treks to leisurely lakeside strolls. I even took the plunge and went bungy jumping. Adventure is out there, girls!
Amsterdam, well-regarded as one of the best places to travel alone in Europe, is a vibrant, friendly, and safe city that has so much to offer to female solo travelers. Known colloquially as the “Venice of the North”, Amsterdam charms solo travelers with its magnificent canals, globally renowned museums, charming bridges, and stunning architecture. Whether you want to dive into its culture and history or just enjoy the relaxing feel of an old European city, there’s something for every solo traveler’s taste in the Dutch capital.
Lastly, it would be remiss of me not to mention their transportation system. The heart of the city is the Amsterdam Centraal station which will transport you to other parts of The Netherlands in under an hour for less than a $20 round-trip ticket. What other cities have that to offer? Boy, did I take advantage of by exploring both Haarlem and Utrecht!
Rome is truly a fabulous destination that will indulge all your five senses. As a female solo traveler and the first city I explored, walking around this vibrant Italian city will let you feel empowered and fully present. There are a lot of cool and exciting things to do in Rome for female solo travelers. While there, you can visualize the Roman Empire, in its full glory, by visiting the city’s ancient sites, such as the Pantheon, Roman Forum and Coliseum. Likewise, you can see the Pope’s home at The Vatican City and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Then, put on a pair of comfortable shoes and explore the piazzas and cobble lane-ways, while drinking sterile water from the city’s eye-catching fountains.
In addition, with Rome being the central point, you are a couple of hours away from taking advantage of day trips to Florence, Naples, Pompeii, or Capri.
While solo traveling doesn’t lend itself to a one-size-fits-all approach, the places that draw solo travelers are the ones that have the most interesting and unique. They provide opportunities to enjoy different cultures, and nature, and connect with others (and with yourself). Regardless of which place you’re visiting in the world, find the style of travel that suits you. Additionally, consider solo travel!