I’ve shared a lot of tips, tricks, and how-to’s for traveling solo as a female or digital nomad here on the blog — but what about where to go (or live) so you feel safe on your own?
Whether it’s your first time traveling alone or you’re seeking out a new adventure, safety should always be your top priority. It may seem counterintuitive, but feeling comfortable while traveling is just as important as stepping out of the comfort zone…metaphorically speaking. Having peace of mind will allow for a more intentional & transformational experience abroad! That’s why I’ve rounded up 10 of the safest destinations for solo female travelers.
Note: Safety requires more than going to the right place. You should always do your research ahead of time, have the right resources at your disposal, and use your best judgement.
Now, onto the list!
Iceland is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s also one of the safest countries in the world, making it a great place for solo female travelers. This small Nordic island has a very low crime rate, and its people are friendly and welcoming, so you’ll have no problem connecting with locals. Plus, you can soak in the hot springs, explore glaciers, and see the Northern Lights nearly year round!
Japan is a dream destination for many travelers, and for good reason! Not only is it known for its unique culture, delicious cuisine, and beautiful scenery, but it’s also one of the safest countries in the world. As a solo female traveler, you can explore the bustling cities like Tokyo, hike in the mountains, or relax in one of the many beautiful Japanese gardens.
Canada is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and some of the friendliest people in the world. As a resident, I can confirm both to be true! It’s no wonder more and more people are flocking to Canada on work visas for their next travel experience. Whether you want to explore a big city like Toronto, get a dose of culture in Old Quebec, explore the great outdoors in the Rockies, or spend some time sipping wine in the Okanagan Valley. Canada is such a massive country that you can spend months (or years!) here and you will always have somewhere new to visit. Sounds pretty amazing, eh?
4. New Zealand
New Zealand is the perfect solo travel destination for women — it’s smaller than Australia, more affordable, and super accessible to get around. It’s fairly easy to get a working visa in New Zealand, so the country is full of travelers and expats who come to live for a season or a year. The scenery is breathtaking (you’ll be surrounded by beaches, mountains and open plains), the locals are friendly, and the crime rate is super low. Plus, no outback animals will scare you on your many solo hikes!
Ireland is consistently ranked as one of the safest countries in the world for travelers, making it a dream destination for women traveling alone. Its crime rates are extremely low, even in big cities like Dublin and Belfast. Here you’ll find rugged mountains, lively nightlife, and charming towns like Cobh (one of MANY!). Plus, Irish hospitality is second to none, so you’ll never feel alone on your journey. If countryside hiking and a good pub crawl sounds good to you, consider adding Ireland to your travel bucket list!
6. Costa Rica
With its tropical climate, pristine beaches, and lush rainforests, Costa Rica is a paradise for adventurous women seeking a safe travel experience. Costa Rica is known for its Pura Vida lifestyle, which means “simple life” or “pure life” — think delicious coffee and loads of relaxation. If you’re thinking of visiting Costa Rica, check out my Spanish language course to get the basics down before you even arrive!
With its reputation for low crime and modern infrastructure, Singapore is quickly becoming one of the most visited countries in the world. It’s renowned for its efficient public transport facilities, which helps solo travelers navigate the city in comfort (and style!) Thanks to its cosmopolitan but tolerant culture, there’s a wonderful diversity of experiences for visitors, from cool coffee shops (ideal for remote workers) to chic bars for a night out on the town. One thing to note is that Singapore can be on the pricey side, so be prepared! Most importantly, be sure to bring your sense of curiosity — you’ll be sure to run into something unexpected and exciting in this cool corner of Southeast Asia!
The world is a big place, and there are plenty of amazing places for women wanting to travel alone. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first solo trip, don’t be afraid to explore the world on your own terms. With a little research and planning, you can experience the beauty and transformation of travel while feeling safe and empowered every step of the way!
So, where are you headed next? Drop it in the comments!