Year round single women are seeking trips to venture out on their own, away from daily life and the stresses of work. They want to forget about wearing make-up, truly be themselves and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. While there are travellers who want the support of a small group, some prefer to go it totally alone.
There are many places in the world that Global Travel Alliance SA recommends for such a journey; however, women should still keep some basic safety practices in mind when venturing off alone. We always recommend storing your valuables in different places (hotel safe, your pocket, and wallet), keeping a copy of your passport in case it’s lost or stolen and using a money belt instead of a purse. Plus, simply appearing confident instead of unsure can go a long way in avoiding dangerous situations.
That said, here are some of the Global Travel Alliance SA favourite places in the world where women can feel comfortable traveling solo:
New Zealand is the Global Travel Alliance top pick. People speak English here, they offer great transport and it’s a consolidated destination that doesn’t leave you feeling drained from all the traveling. Australia, on the other hand, can be daunting because it’s so huge and you have to travel by airplane to different parts of the country. In New Zealand, it’s simple to set up trips on your own and it’s easy to reach by plane from sunny South Africa.
Costa Rica and Panama
If you’re looking for a Central American destination with a twist, Global Travel Alliance highly recommend both Costa Rica and Panama. There are so many things to do here and again most people speak English. We suggest starting in Panama City where you can schedule day tours to different attractions like the Panama Canal. There are loads of adventurous activities for active women to do during the day, like zip-lining, hiking, white water rafting and even bungee jumping!
We absolutely love Vietnam. Saigon and Hanoi are both wonderful places to go and holiday while still feeling safe. Choose a hotel in one of these major hubs and then venture out by day on one of the amazing trike bike tours for a daytrip to see temples, or to visit the local museums. You can also take a cooking class, rock climb and try some unusual Vietnamese traditional delicacies if you feel like being a bit adventurous!
Iceland is a perfect choice for your solo travels. In Iceland, you can rent a 4X4 and travel to different farms for overnight stays, set up rafting or horseback riding with local outfitters, and hike some of its amazing natural wonders. Public transport is great, and Reykjavik is a fun city for dancing, dining and letting go a bit. We also highly recommend tacking on another European destination to your Iceland trip, because you’re already overseas and Italy, Spain, Ireland, etc. are only another hour or two away.
Traveling alone can be therapeutic, exciting and leave you feeling refreshed and re-energized when you return home to your family and work life. Just be sure to plan the details, and select destinations that are easy to navigate, have a good safety record and have a structure in place for tourists.
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