So you’re looking for first time solo travel destinations. Good for you! There is a huge movement of women solo traveling for good reason. Benefits of solo travel include:
- Freedom to do what you want when you want. Feel like skipping breakfast and walking on the beach instead? Do it! Want to read in a hammock until the sunsets? Do it! How about an entire day of museums? Do it! You can be selfish in the very best way. Enjoying your own company and reconnecting with yourself.
- Building confidence as you problem-solve alone. On a flight from Singapore to New Delhi I sat next to a 68-year-old woman traveling solo for the first time. Traveling to a Rishikesh ashram she missed her husband. He always helped with her luggage, talked to the waiter, negotiated the taxi. But she said, “I think I can do all that. It will be good for me!”
- Making new friends. When you travel with a partner you are much less likely to engage in conversation with locals and other travelers. Those conversations can be rich with new information and insight into new cultures. Sometimes they will lead to invitations to local homes or events. I was once invited to a wedding in Bali by a complete stranger after visiting over lunch!
But where to go?
Is there a perfect destination for solo travel? It’s a big world with lots of options and endless places to explore. There are places that are especially wonderful for solo travel. The perfect solo trip should be someplace that offers you a new perspective, someplace you can explore safely and someplace that appeals to your interests.
Picking the type of trip that most interests you can help narrow the choices. Are you most interested in a Nature, Culture or City trip? Of course, you can find nature in the city and culture in nature, but narrowing it down will make it much easier.
First Time Solo Travel: Nature Destinations
1. Goa, India
On the west coast of India you will find the Portuguese influenced beach city Goa. A wonderful getaway for solo female travelers, the lovely Elsewhere Resort is safe and quiet. If you are looking to escape the crowds and rejuvenate, this is a perfect spot. With easy access to the artisan shopping and fresh restaurants of Goa you’ll have many options for entertainment.
2. Krabi, Thailand
If you are dreaming of pristine beaches surrounded by soaring cliffs you might want to head to Krabi. Solo travelers are welcomed in Krabi. You can easily join a group or head out on your own. You can spend your trip reading on the beach, exploring hot springs, hiking the monkey trail and even rock climbing. Of course, you can cool down by paddle boarding and snorkeling. A day trip to the Phi Phi islands is easy to join and the perfect way to explore the Andaman Sea. Wake up and decide what you want to do that day. No need to consult or adapt to anyone!
3. Perth, Australia
Perth is the world’s most isolated city and it offers an easy approach to nature. You get all the luxuries of a hip city with charming cafes right up next to beaches and Rottnest island with darling quokkas (Yes, I had to google them too!). It’s easy to rent a car to get around and you can drive to Margaret River. The Busselton Jetty is a lovely walk with a gorgeous beach. Perfect for reading a book all day!
First Time Solo: City Destinations
4. New York City
NYC is about as citified as you can get and a fabulous place to explore on your own. Especially if you love to eat! A foodie trip to NYC might be the best way to experience it! You can spend as much time as you want at world class museums and visit the Statue of Liberty. You can even catch a few Broadway shows. Single tickets are easy to pick up. I’ve been seated next to solo travelers at Broadway shows and made a few friends that way!
For ease of travel and as a gateway to South East Asia destinations Singapore is the clear winner. This detailed itinerary shares all the details to make your solo trip delightful. There are plenty of gorgeous walks to take including one in a spectacular indoor cloud forest! Explore as fast or slow as you like. You don’t have to worry about anyone else! You can also take a ferry over to Bintan for a relaxing stay in Indonesia.
6. San Francisco
Is the Golden Gate calling your name? San Francisco offers museums, 5 star dining, day trips (check out Alcatraz!) and a hop-on-hop-off bus that is easy to use and takes you to major sites. Pier 39 has very entertaining sea lions. You are traveling alone, so you can watch them as long as you want!
First Time Solo: Culture Destinations
7. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is famous for solo travel. You may think of Bali beaches, and they are spectacular, but Ubud is the star attraction for the solo traveler. In Ubud you are immersed in Balinese culture. Dotted with temples and jungles, scented with frangipani and incense, and glowing with the friendly welcome of the locals, you can really lose yourself in Bali. Enjoy meditation, yoga and some of the healthiest cafes in Asia. The shopping is pretty great too!
8. Paris, France
If you are looking to feel cultured and you have a sweet tooth, do the Paris Pastry Crawl. It’s like a pub crawl, but more cultured! World-class museums are waiting for you. Or wander down a charming lane to a local market for fresh food.
9. Kerala, India
Have you heard that India is dangerous for female solo travelers? I’ve lived in India for 2 years and traveled mostly alone. Never once did I feel threatened or worried about my safety. Of course, as in every destination, use your street smarts, don’t go out at night alone, and keep your wits about you.
Kerala, “God’s Own Country”, is a lovely place for a solo trip. Fort Kochi is rich with art, food, and music. The fishing nets are spectacular. And you can experience local culture while relaxing on a rice barge for an afternoon or overnight. Hiring a private driver will give you comfort and ease that makes solo travel so rewarding. Your budget determines the level of luxury. It can be quite luxurious if you wish.
It’s your choice!
Where ever you choose to go, halfway around the world or a day trip nearby, you will benefit greatly. If it’s your first time on a solo trip, pick the destination that appeals to you the most. You don’t have to consider what others would want you to do.
You can do whatever you want because you are traveling alone! The possibilities are endless!
Are you planning a solo trip? Check out this post 10 Tips For Female Solo Travel