Traveling alone for the first time can be a scary experience, especially for women. If you’ve mustered the courage to explore new countries on your own, you should be excited, not scared! There’s plenty to look forward to, and we’ve got a list of the best (and safest!) places for solo female travelers!
So, if you still haven’t decided which country will be the destination of your first solo trip, consider one of the five amazing destinations below.
Switzerland is one of the safest countries for solo female travelers, plus it’s one of the prettiest countries in Europe. It’s got everything – big and exciting cities, quaint little villages, and incredibly beautiful nature.
Zurich, Geneva, Bern, Lucerne, and Interlaken are some of the top cities in Switzerland worth visiting. Head to Zurich, Bern, or Geneva if you want to explore the more fast-paced cities of the country but stick to places like Lucerne and Interlaken if you’re more interested in exploring the Swiss wilderness.
With iconic mountain peaks, breathtaking Alpine lakes, and more miles of hiking trails than we can count, Switzerland is the ideal destination for anyone, even a solo female traveler.
Finland sometimes gets a bad rep for its weather, but the country is rated as the safest in the world, according to the World Economic Forum. But that’s just one of the many things that make it a great destination for solo female travelers – the plethora of spectacular natural attractions is the main reason why it’s an amazing destination for a first-time solo trip.
Finland often ranks as the happiest country in the world, which is just one of the many reasons to explore it. Incredible nature, Helsinki’s quirky architecture, saunas, and the Santa Claus village are just some of the top sights in the land of a thousand lakes.
Travel to Finland in the winter months and you might just be able to get a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. The world-famous phenomenon is exclusive to countries in the Arctic Circle, and there are several great places in northern Finland where you can chase the Northern Lights.
New Zealand is among the top five safest countries in the world and it’s considered the safest country in the world for women, which makes it an easy pick for a first-time solo trip! It’s a particularly cool place to visit if you’re into the Lord of the Rings franchise, but you don’t have to be crazy about Tolkien to be able to admire the many beauties of this country.
With breathtakingly picturesque nature, beaches that are out of this world, and world-class surfing, New Zealand is the perfect destination for all adventurous women. The country has an abundance of national parks worth exploring, as well as too many hiking trails to count – if hiking through giant calderas and old lava fields are appealing to you, definitely visit New Zealand!
Belgium is a stunning country with many amazing attractions, plus it’s one of the safest European countries. It’s a great destination for women who are just starting to travel on their own whether they want to travel to the cities or the countryside.
Belgium has something to offer to everyone, whether you’re into hiking, beaches, big cities, or historic attractions. It’s the land of Tomorrowland, arguably the largest electronic music festival in the world. Belgium’s also home to the mesmerizing Ardennes Forest, with a myriad of natural landmarks waiting to be discovered.
Brussels is the best destination in Belgium for solo female travelers who wish to explore another impressive European capital. Travelers who are more interested in the various natural attractions are better off traveling to some of the smaller towns and villages in Belgium like Dinant, Namur, Durbuy, and Bastogne.
Iceland ranks first on the Global Peace Index and it’s got one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, which makes it a great destination for solo female travelers concerned about their safety.
It’s truly the land of fire and ice with some 20 active volcanoes and ice covering about 15% of its total territory. Iceland offers many exciting sights to adventurous travelers, whether they want to explore fabulous black sand beaches, hike on volcanic terrain, or just marvel at the many impressive waterfalls.
Reykjavík, the country’s capital, is known for modern architecture, quirky museums, and rich Viking history. It’s also one of Europe’s safest capitals, making it the perfect starting point for a thorough exploration of this magnificent country.