Going on a solo trip is one of the best travel experiences you can give yourself. It’s an empowering way to see the world with all the trip decisions in your hands.

Want to sleep in late or wake up for sunrise? No problem. Want to spend the whole day exploring museums or relaxing on the beach? There’s no else around to say otherwise.

But solo travel can be daunting – especially if it’s your first time. Things like safety, budget and the types of activities are all important things to consider when planning your trip.

I’ve put together a list of my favorite destinations for solo travelers to help make it easier for you!

Sapa, Vietnam

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a firm favorite with backpackers, making the region a good start for solo female travelers on a budget. With cheap flights between the countries as well as public buses and trains, you can easily hop from one destination to the next.

The most popular backpacking route is the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, but you can easily adjust the itinerary to suit your interests.

Whether you’re looking to party it up at Thailand’s famous Full Moon Party, explore the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia or trek through the rolling rice paddies of Sapa, Vietnam – there’s something for every kind of traveler!


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Type of Traveler: Budget

Safety Rating: 4/5

Daily Budget: $25 per day


Read More: The Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking Southeast Asia


New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the easiest solo travel destinations. The country has excellent infrastructure, it’s safe and the perfect choice if you love the outdoors and adventure sports.

Plus, Americans can get a working holiday visa!

The North Island is famous for its beautiful beaches and snowcapped volcanos. The South Island is renowned for its steep fjords, glaciers, and wildlife

If you’re looking to meet other travelers, join an adventure tour or stay in one of the many hostels. For those looking to get away from the world for a bit, you can rent a motorhome and go on a self-driving tour of the country.

Just keep in mind that a trip to New Zealand can get pricey – so budget more than you think you’ll need!


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Type of Traveler: Outdoorsy

Safety Rating: 5/5

Daily Budget: $60 per day


Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in Queenstown


West & Central Europe

If it’s your first time going on a solo travel trip abroad, visiting Western or Central Europe is a great place to start. Not only is it extremely safe, but there’s so much to see!

Backpack your way through England, Italy, France, and Germany or visit luxury destinations like Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland.

No matter where you decide to go, there are usually cheap flights around the different countries with budget airlines like Ryanair. If you’re American, you’ll get a 3-month visa on arrival for the EU making it super easy to explore multiple countries in one trip!


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Type of Traveler: Beginner

Safety Rating: 4/5

Daily Budget: $85 per day


Read More: 10 European Destinations for Female Travelers

Isla Holbox

Riveria Maya, Mexico

Over the last six years, I’ve spent a lot of time traveling through Mexico. While it’s not the safest destination on this list, I still think the Riveria Maya is a great place for experienced solo female travelers looking for some R+R.

If you plan a trip here, make sure you take those extra steps of safety. Let your hotel or hostel know you’re traveling alone and ask them to check in with you.

I’d also recommend skipping Cancun and instead, exploring Playa del Carmen, Isla Holbox or Tulum!


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Type of Traveler: Experienced

Safety Rating: 3/5

Daily Budget: $30 per day


Read More: The Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Bazaruto Island


Mozambique is an easy country to explore from South Africa. It’s a popular holiday destination for the locals, and it’s the perfect choice for solo female travelers looking to get off the beaten track.

The country is known for its incredible coastline, excellent scuba diving conditions and nearby islands waiting to be explored.

You can fly into the capital city of Maputo or further up the coast to the town of Inhambane. If you want to travel with the locals, there are cheap minibus taxis that go between Maputo and various destinations like Tofo and Xai Xai.

Keep in mind that Mozambique is a developing country, and while corruption is on the decline, things don’t always work or run on time!


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Type of Traveler: Adventurous

Safety Rating: 3/5

Daily Budget: $40 per day


Read More: Diving at Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Mozambique

Machu Pichu


Peru is an amazing destination to explore. It’s home to the famous Inca ruins, Andes Mountains and the unusual delicacy of fried guinea pigs.

The well-trodden tourist path is relatively easy to navigate on your own. There’s regular public transportation to hot spots like Lima or Machu Picchu, and you can meet up with other travelers at hostels along the way.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that Peru is a big country and some remote Andean villages live in complete isolation. If you want to get off the beaten track, it’s best to hire a Quechua speaking guide or join a tour group to avoid disturbing villages that don’t welcome visitors.


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Type of Traveler: Outdoorsy

Safety Rating: 3/5

Daily Budget: $30 per day


Read More: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

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