Alright ladies, we’ve all been there. We lust for travel. We have that strong desire to explore beyond the scope of our everyday mundane routine. We all dream of gorgeous destinations to satisfy our wanderlust. We even have our clothes, our luggage (with a couple of never-been-used luggage tags), and our Canon Rebel t5 ready to go… but with zero inkling on where. If you’re borderline contemplating getting out of your comfort zone, read how I convinced myself to go camping. Wanderlust is no stranger to us, but when it comes down to planning our travels, we can’t help but feel internal doubts. Is it safe? Can I afford it? Do I really want to go?
The answer is YES, YES, AND YES! Book your ticket, pack your luggage and let's get on-board!
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland has been a total hot spot lately! This city is no stranger to solo travel, so you'll have no problem meeting new people. This city is particularly solo traveler-friendly due to its locals and an abundance of travelers. Aside from its history, the city is small, so it is easy for navigating. Visiting the Blue Lagoon is also a MUST for any female traveler, since it works like a geothermal spa!
2. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is one of Southeast Asia’s gems! From its temples to relaxing accommodations/honeymoon destinations, this is an amazing choice for the solo backpacker. It is super affordable with tons of inexpensive food options and truly radiates a cultured ambiance with fellow travelers. Let’s not forget about the beautiful beaches to add that golden touch to your travels.
Known for its chill lifestyle, this city is a must-see for any lone traveler. Known as “Venice of the North” for its many canals, this city provides a liberal romantic feel and offers a wealth of activities for anyone to do – from exploring its unique culture, nightlife, to trying out new food. Plus, the Old Centre is always a great place to visit for that coffee craving or the Plantage for museum enthusiasts out there!
4. Brussels, Belgium
Aside from my love for Belgian chocolate, this Dutch-and-French mixed city has so much history to offer. For anyone who loves art and history, its characteristics and sites such as the St. Catherine’s Square and streets within reasonable walking distance make it all the more reason to visit.
5. Vancouver, Canada
Known for its nature and coastal beauty, Vancouver (amongst other places in Canada) offers multiculturalism for the solo traveler. Places such as The Vancouver Art Gallery or the Vancouver Aquarium offer beautiful photo ops in addition to its landscapes! You can take a nice walk and/or hike to get a nice little travel workout in too!
This place is a melting pot of cultures. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find a mix of people from diverse backgrounds, which is perfect for making friends and/or learning about other cultures. Of course, it most certainly helps this metropolitan city is simply stunning and is known to be one of the safest for women traveling on their own.
7. Budapest, Hungary
There is something about European cities and their architecture that really appeals to me! For those avid spa-goers, this place has thermal baths, and for the art lovers, the National Gallery at the Royal Palace is astounding. This city generally makes for a wonderful travel destination not only for its stunning sights but for its safety as well.
I may be a little biased, since I am originally from Singapore, but I can promise you that this city is one of the safest go-to cities. Home to numerous nature reserves, green parks, and a hot mix of cultures and skyscrapers, this city caters to a wide spectrum of interests. Plus, its public transportation runs frequently, which makes for dependable navigation and opportunities to walk around and explore day/nightlife.
9. Lisbon, Portugal
Hmm, can we say gorgeous?! Its cobblestone roads and Portuguese charm make traveling solo much more fun. Plus, the people here are friendly and the city thrives off its contemporary culture. Lisbon is a must-see for the everyday aesthete/foodie and of course, we can’t forget about the wine to top it all off!
10. Anywhere local/nearby
And lastly, as vague as this is, starting off local is always a great idea. I mean, you can always start venturing out to local places like I did when I went to Catalina Island. If you look up places nearby within ferry/boat distance, they would be a nice place to start. Or you can always do something fun by looking up cruises! You won’t have to worry about booking flights or drafting up an itinerary (how convenient!)
If funding is part of your worries, some of my favorite travel apps are Skyscanner and Hopper. These apps serve as search engines that help you compare flights, hotels, and car deals. Hopper, for instance, provides a neat color-coded calendar, which I LOVE, as it gives an idea of what the best times are to travel and get yourself the best deal. Planning ahead also helps since it gives you an overview of pricing patterns allowing flexibility. Opt for hostels for a cheaper alternatives. Plus, they make for such warm bonding experiences with other solo women travelers – one you can’t get at a hotel. Travel is one of the most valuable investments and the experiences are always worth more than every penny spent, so happy traveling, my fellow wanderlust friends!!
This post was written by Shazie Senen of The Shaz Diaries. As a millennial new to the working world seeking influential work and igniting change, Shazie knows the importance of living her life surrounded by motivation and encouragement while chronicling her wanderlust. She is all things positive and aspires to inspire those around her. You can find her on her Blog, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter!