14 BEST Countries for Solo Female Travel + Hotels & Tips

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Traveling solo is a very exciting experience, but it can also be quite intimidating, especially if you’re a woman. However, it’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone and meet other women, and it doesn’t have to be scary at all! So, to encourage you to take that first step, I created a comprehensive guide with the best countries for solo female travel.

Ideally, you’d get to explore the entire world, but it’s always better to set out with more realistic goals. That’s why I compiled a list of the 14 best destinations for solo female travel, divided by continent, and with handpicked accommodation options in each price category for all recommended locations.

I’ve visited many of the countries on this list, so I can provide first-hand experience on the best places for solo female travel. The top spot goes out to Portugal (I currently live here), with its pleasant climate, affordable prices, and friendly people. However, each destination is a great choice for women traveling solo, even if they’re going on their first solo trip.

As I mentioned, for each country, I feature the best hotels for solo travelers, so hurry up and make your booking in advance; these are all super popular destinations and good accommodations sell out fast!

Let’s start trip planning!

NOTE: you’ll notice that in the budget category for many of the featured destinations, I recommend hostels, which can be a safety concern for some solo women. However, there’s no need to worry – all the hostels recommended in this post either have female-only dormitories or welcome only female guests.

Quick Picks for Your Stay…

Take a look into the top hotels for solo female travelers situated in Lisbon, Portugal:

Here is a map to better visualize the best 14 countries for solo female travel:


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Europe is home to some of the most popular places to travel alone as a woman – most of the countries are relatively small and very safe, plus the people are friendly and welcoming. Whether you’re a European or you’re coming from overseas, Europe is a prime destination for every solo female traveler.

NOTE: you’ll see that I haven’t included any countries in Western Europe. The reason for that is that I wouldn’t recommend it to first-time solo female travelers. This part of Europe is better suited for more experienced travelers, so after you check off some of the countries on this list, you can go ahead and start exploring Western Europe.

1. Portugal

A woman in a sunhat and red dress stands on a balcony, overlooking the panoramic view of a city with orange rooftops and a distant bridge.

Situated in Southern Europe, Portugal is a major bucket list destination for many people and a great spot for your first solo trip. The country exudes a very lively atmosphere; you can wander the streets, chat with the friendly locals, and sample the fantastic food and wine offered at every step.

For many of the other countries on this list, I recommend starting with their capital cities, and Portugal is no exception. I suggest Lisbon as the top spot in the country for solo female travel, as it boasts many historical landmarks, amazing street art, and a variety of restaurants that are perfect for enjoying a meal by yourself.

I currently live in Portugal, and I can assure you that it’s a very safe place for solo women. Also, the capital has plenty to offer and will keep you busy at all times. And in case you’re still looking for things to do during your time here, there are plenty of exciting day trips you can take from Lisbon.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: an elegant room with antique wooden furniture and a large mirror, a cozy bedroom with a canopy bed, and a stylish seating area with plush white chairs and a round table.

Situated in the heart of Lisbon, this upscale hotel offers accommodations in 3 different historic buildings and provides its guests with access to a gorgeous garden with a swimming pool. Guests will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, but they can also have a fine dining experience at the on-site restaurant.

Other accommodation options in Lisbon, Portugal

A modern multi-story hotel with balconies, situated on a busy street with other buildings.

This hotel features spacious rooms, each with a private bathroom equipped with a tub, while some rooms have private balconies

A cozy hotel room with two twin beds, wine bottle and glasses on a tray, and natural light from a window.

Offering female-only dormitories, this hostel provides access to shared bathroom facilities, a fully-equipped common kitchen, and free Wi-Fi

A small living area with a white couch, potted plant, and natural light filtering through sheer curtains

A small but cozy 1-bedroom apartment with a private entrance, a small yet functional kitchen, and a comfy bed

2. Iceland

The author of the post is standing on a rocky area in front of a large multi-tiered waterfall falling from the side of a mountain.

Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, which makes it one of the best solo travel destinations, especially for a solo woman looking to immerse herself in nature. The country has a relaxed vibe to it, perfect if you’re the type of traveler who doesn’t like crowds or typical touristy spots.

Iceland’s major draw is its natural beauty; you can see everything from waterfalls and black sand beaches to volcanoes and even the Northern Lights. But what might be even better is the country’s size; it’s quite small, so you can rent a car on your Iceland trip and see many of the country’s most stunning attractions, regardless of where you’re based.

All of the accommodations recommended below are located in the capital, Reykjavík, but if you’re looking for alternatives, check out these other amazing spots to stay in Iceland.

Luxury hotel
Collage image of hotel in Reykjavik: A modern hotel room with a double bed and red chair, an exterior view of a multi-story building, and a cozy restaurant with blue seating and hexagonal window patterns.

This luxurious hotel is located on Reykjavik’s main shopping street and offers modern rooms and access to a gym, sauna, and an outdoor hot tub. Other benefits of staying here include free bicycle rentals and access to a great restaurant serving local cuisine.

Other accommodation options in Reykjavík, Iceland

The exterior of Storm Hotel, a contemporary building with a minimalist design, located in an urban setting.

Boasting stylish rooms, free parking, and a 24/7 front desk, this hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay

A minimalistic hotel room with twin beds, a large window providing natural light, and a simple desk

At this hostel, you can choose between single rooms and beds in female dorms and enjoy the shared lounge

A cozy living room filled with bookshelves, patterned sofas, and large windows overlooking a snowy scene.

A single room in a traditional Icelandic house, plus access to a shared bathroom, kitchen, and a sitting room

3. Denmark

Colorful buildings line the waterfront in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, with anchored boats in the foreground and a partly cloudy sky overhead.

Moving along to Northern Europe and Denmark! Although all of the Nordic countries are definitely worth a visit, Denmark is renowned for its gender equality – it’s a great place to be a woman and definitely one of the top places to travel alone as a woman. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be greeted by friendly locals and a cheerful atmosphere, so no need to fret!

FUN FACT: Denmark is the second-happiest country in the world, trailing just behind Finland, and one spot ahead of Iceland.

If you decide to travel solo to Denmark, then I suggest you make Copenhagen, the capital, your primary base. The city boasts a variety of cool attractions, and it’s very easy to get around – you can just rent a bicycle and cycle anywhere in the city. And best of all, you won’t get any weird glances – everyone cycles in Copenhagen!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: a modern bedroom with a circular mirror and sleek wooden accents, a chic lounge area with minimalist decor, and a grand spiral staircase in the luxurious lobby.

In a prime location next to Tivoli Gardens, this Copenhagen hotel offers 5-star service and access to facilities such as a fitness center and a steam sauna. During your stay, you can order room service, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, or dine at the on-site restaurant that serves international cuisine.

Other accommodation options in Copenhagen, Denmark

A bright and airy hotel room with a double bed, large windows, and modern furnishings.

A charming hotel with a garden and a shared terrace, serving homemade bread for breakfast and offering complimentary coffee/tea

The exterior of Steel House Copenhagen, a unique, geometrically designed modern hotel.

A modern hostel with single rooms and female dorms, plus an indoor pool and free bike rentals

A clean, modern kitchen and dining area with white cabinets, a small table, and vibrant decorations.

A private room in a modern apartment with access to a shared bathroom, laundry facilities, and a kitchen

4. Croatia

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Croatia is a fan favorite among the Miss Tourist team (myself included)! A few of us have visited Croatia, and we agree that this stunning country on the Adriatic Coast is one of the best places for solo female travel. The country is very easy to navigate, and it has a very charming vibe to it, especially during the summer months.

The capital city, Zagreb, is an amazing destination for a solo trip, with its cool museums and diverse range of restaurants. However, if you’re looking to stay in a beach town, Split is a superb choice – you won’t go wrong with either of these.

Below, I’ve featured some great Zagreb accommodations for travelers on different budgets. Even if you haven’t decided to spend your entire holiday here, I highly recommend you spend at least 1 night in Zagreb – it’s a really great place to explore on a solo trip.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Zagreb: a cozy living room area with a plush beige sofa and flowers on the coffee table, a majestic exterior view of a classical hotel facade with outdoor dining setup, and a well-appointed bedroom with a large bed and elegant decor.

This 5-star hotel is situated in the heart of the city and provides access to a fitness center and a sauna. Guests can also enjoy a meal in the restaurant or indulge in a delicious cocktail on the hotel terrace; for anything else, the hotel has a 24/7 front desk where you can address your requests.

Other accommodation options in Zagreb, Croatia

A modern white building with an outdoor patio area, surrounded by greenery and red flowers.

A hotel offering simple yet comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, a continental breakfast, and free parking

A spacious living room with a large beige sofa, coffee table, and TV, illuminated by natural light from a balcony door

This guest house provides air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus free parking and Wi-Fi

A cozy bedroom with a low double bed, gray bedding, and ambient lighting, featuring a small window.

A studio apartment with a contemporary design, a sleeping gallery with a Queen bed, and a small kitchen

5. Slovenia

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If it so happens that you’re looking for the safest countries for solo female travelers, I can tell you that there’s no need to look further than Slovenia. A few years back, I visited this gorgeous country, and one of our team members used to live there, and she confirmed what I already knew – this is THE place if you’re a solo woman looking for a safe environment!

For your stay, I’d recommend booking a hotel in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Besides the fact that Ljubljana offers plenty of cool attractions, it also has excellent public transportation – you can just hop on the local bus and get anywhere in the city within a matter of minutes!

But staying here doesn’t mean that you’ll be limited to the city; you can take many fun day trips to places like Lake Bled and Bohinj. But best of all, you can even visit a few countries during your stay in Slovenia! Croatia, Italy, and Austria are all just a short train ride away, and this is one of the best solo female travel experiences you can have!

I featured some amazing accommodations below, but if you’d like to have a few more choices, check out my full guide on the best places for staying in Ljubljana!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: the hotel's impressive glass facade towering into the sky, a sophisticated lobby lounge with cream-colored sofas, and a spacious bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and a stunning view.

A luxurious hotel in a perfect location for exploring the city, near many famous landmarks and easy access to public transportation. Guests are invited to use the facilities, such as the fitness center, and choose from several breakfast options.

Other accommodation options in Ljubljana, Slovenia

A modern lounge area with colorful chairs, wooden ceiling accents, and multiple TVs on the walls

The rooms at this 3-star hotel are comfortably furnished and air-conditioned, and there’s also a buffet breakfast and free parking

A unique hostel interior with a wooden bookcase, hexagonal decor, and green bean bags in a brightly lit corridor

Just a short walk from the city center, this eco hostel offers capsule rooms made from recyclable materials

A small bedroom with a double bed, green bedding, and a window letting in natural light.

A small apartment in the heart of the city, with a comfy bedroom and a private bathroom


From Europe, we hop on to Asia, a continent that also has an abundance of safe places to travel alone as a woman. From the ancient temples of Japan to the beautiful beaches of Bali, Asia has something for every type of traveler. So, whatever your travel preference is, I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking among the following options.

6. Japan

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Japan is one of the best destinations to visit in Asia, whether you’re a woman traveling solo or you’re part of a couple or a group of friends. I decided to recommend it as a good destination for female travel because the locals are friendly and helpful, and most cities in Japan have a very eclectic and energetic atmosphere, ensuring you’ll never be bored.

When you’re trip-planning for your Japan stay, I suggest you book a flight that lands in Tokyo and immerse yourself in the bustling life of the capital. Even though Tokyo is a big city and can seem a bit overwhelming at first, you’ll be totally fine – just stick to the tourist areas and get the public transport schedules up front.

And if you’d like to explore more of Japan’s rich culture, then head to Kyoto and explore this gorgeous city for a couple of days – you won’t regret it!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: a stylish suite with a view of Tokyo Tower, a bright bedroom with modern turquoise decor, and the hotel's iconic exterior with Tokyo Tower in the background.

Situated right next to the famous Tokyo Tower, this 5-star hotel features comfortable rooms that provide views of the city’s skyline, a sauna, a hot-spring spa, an indoor pool, and as many as 9 restaurants. Other amenities provided by the hotel include room service, Wi-Fi access, and private parking.

Other accommodation options in Tokyo, Japan

A luxurious bathtub filled with water and flower petals, set against a rustic stone wall.

Situated in the center of Tokyo, this 3-star hotel offers room service, room service, and air-conditioned accommodation

A compact room with a TV, bookshelves, a desk, and a chair, creating a cozy study corner

This budget hotel offers single rooms with access to shared bathrooms, a communal kitchen, and laundry machines

A minimalist bedroom with a low double bed under a sloped ceiling, featuring a small window

A small studio with a loft bedroom, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom with laundry facilities

7. Singapore

view from a rooftop pool hotel in Singapore at sunset

Singapore is a very safe country, with great gender equality and a modern way of life. One of my favorite things about Singapore is that it’s like a melting pot of different cultures, so you can have a wide range of cultural experiences in just one place!

When I first visited Singapore, I was completely blown away – by everything. It has gorgeous architecture, some of the best hotels I’ve ever seen, and nearly endless shopping opportunities. The great food and the lively nightlife are 2 extra reasons why Singapore will always have a place on my list of best female solo travel destinations.

The hotels recommended below are selected specifically for women traveling solo, but you can also check out my posts with some more great spots to stay in Singapore,

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: a luxurious bedroom with a view of the city skyline, a serene poolside area with striped loungers, and a cozy seating area with a beautiful cityscape view.

Overlooking Singapore’s Marina Bay, this upscale hotel provides access to an outdoor pool that allows you to enjoy the most stunning views over the city, an amazing spa center, and yoga classes. When it comes to dining, you can choose among the 7 on-site restaurants and enjoy a tasty breakfast each morning.

Other accommodation options in Singapore

A bright hotel room with a double bed, desk, and large windows with shutters.

Situated in the Chinatown district, this 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a 24/7 front desk

A small dining area with pastel green chairs, white tables, and an open view of greenery outside.

Offering capsules in female rooms, the hostel also provides air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and à la carte breakfast

A bright kitchen with white cabinets, checkered floor, and modern appliances including a washing machine

A lovely room in a home with access to a shared bathroom, a comfy bed, and a work desk

8. South Korea

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South Korea has become wildly popular in recent years, and this should come as no surprise. It has a very rich pop culture, energetic atmosphere, and mouth-watering food, as well as immense natural beauty and traditional landmarks.

Although the country, in general, is very safe, Seoul is one of the best places for female solo travel due to the abundance of activities it offers. Whether you want to party at one of its many nightclubs, do some cool shopping, or maybe even spot some of the most popular K-pop stars, Seoul has it all!

Besides the capital, another great destination in South Korea is Busan, the second most populous city in South Korea and THE place to be if you want to hit the beach.

Besides my recommendations below, feel free to check out my full list of the top places to stay in Seoul

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: the hotel's towering structure dominating the cityscape, a contemporary bedroom with neutral tones, and an inviting indoor pool area with lounge chairs and soft lighting. ​

Right next to an amusement park, this luxurious hotel provides 3 dining options, a fitness center, and an indoor pool. Other benefits of staying here include free parking, Wi-Fi, happy hour service, and a breakfast buffet.

Other accommodation options in Seoul, South Korea

A grand hotel lobby with high ceilings, elegant lighting, and comfortable seating areas

A conveniently located room with modern rooms, spa and sauna facilities, luggage storage, and concierge services

A dining area with a white table, orange chairs, and a large window providing ample natural light.

A female-only guest house providing beds in dormitory rooms, an American breakfast, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi

A small, modern room with a single bed, desk, and wall-mounted TV, featuring a window with natural light

A modern studio with a single bed, private bathroom, and laundry facilities, perfect for one traveler

9. Bali

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Whenever you look at photos of Bali, it seems like this otherworldly, magical place. Up until recently I lived in Bali, and I can confirm that it’s just as magical as it seems in photos. It has a relaxed vibe to it and gorgeous nature, which is why I recommend it as one of the best destinations to visit in Southeast Asia.

Whichever part of Bali you choose for your stay, I’m sure that you’ll have an unforgettable experience, but if it’s your first solo trip to the island, I’d recommend Canggu. I used to live in this lovely village, and I can tell you that it’s an amazing choice for solo female travel – it’s safe, it has some amazing beaches, and the locals are super friendly!

There are plenty of unusual things to do in Bali, so I can guarantee you that regardless of how long you stay, you’ll wish that your trip was a bit longer!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: an open-air lounge area with rustic wooden furniture and colorful cushions, a serene garden with a traditional hut and lush greenery, and a tranquil bedroom with a canopy bed and a Buddha artwork.

Surrounded by lush tropical greenery, this is one of the most luxurious resorts in Canggu, Bali. You can stay in a private villa decorated in ethnic Javanese style and enjoy free access to an outdoor pool and a spa. The resort can also arrange a variety of cool activities for an extra charge.

Other accommodation options in Canggu, Bali

A serene pool area with green umbrellas and blue lounge chairs in front of thatched-roof bungalows

Within walking distance of the beach, this resort provides accommodation in wooden bungalows and access to an outdoor pool

A simple bedroom with a rustic wooden bed, white and blue bedding, and a wooden wardrobe.

A comfy hostel with female dorms, air conditioning, a garden, a pool, and free Wi-Fi and parking

A cozy outdoor seating area with white cushions, wooden benches, and lush greenery.

A lovely villa nestled in a lush and leafy garden, with a dedicated work area and high-speed Internet access

10. Thailand

A colorful boat sails on the river in front of the ornate Wat Arun temple adorned with flags, set against a cloudy sky in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thailand is another amazing choice if you want to travel solo to Southeast Asia, where you can relax on the beach, eat street food, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife. I used to live in Thailand, and still go back for regular visits – I’ve never had a bad experience as a solo female in Thailand.

I have a full list of all the top spots to visit while on a Thailand trip, but if it’s your first time in this incredible country, I’d recommend Phuket. It has everything you need for a memorable stay – from fantastic food and popular tourist attractions to stunning beaches and cool beach bars.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: a luxurious resort with private villas surrounding a turquoise pool, a spacious bedroom with wooden ceilings and large windows, and a cozy living area with modern decor

This luxury beachfront hotel provides accommodation in private villas, access to an outdoor swimming pool, a water park, and a restaurant. Other benefits of staying here include room service, airport transfers, and concierge services.

Other accommodation options in Phuket, Thailand

A spacious room with blue walls, patterned tile floor, and a mix of traditional and modern furniture

At this hotel, you’ll stay in comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV

A compact sleeping pod with a privacy curtain and comfortable bedding.

This hostel has female dormitories, a shared kitchen, communal bathrooms, a tour desk, and a currency exchange

A bright and airy living space with a white sofa, modern decor, and an open kitchen in the background.

An amazing apartment in a shared home overlooking the sea, with a private attached bathroom and access to a pool

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Craving an overseas trip? Well, if you’re not a native of Australia or New Zealand, then you should add them to your to-visit list. Both of these destinations are renowned for their natural beauty, but they’re also popular spots for solo female travel.

11. New Zealand

The author of the post in a blue jacket and pink gloves stands on a boat, gazing at misty mountains and waterfalls across a green, forested shore.

Nature lovers will be thrilled with New Zealand! This island country has breathtaking landscapes and offers many opportunities for outdoor activities, perfect for solo travelers who want to spend an active vacation while enjoying a calming and serene atmosphere.

For your first solo trip to New Zealand (if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to come back again), you should stay in Wellington, on North Island. This is the nation’s capital and staying here means you’ll be close not only to the airport but also to Tongariro National Park (map), home to 3 active volcanoes, one of which is featured in the Lord of the Rings franchise.

Even if you’re staying in Wellington on the North Island, I recommend taking the time to explore the natural beauty of the South Island; some of the top spots to visit here are Kahurangi National Park (map) – great for hiking and fishing – and Fiordland National Park (map), another LOTR filming location.

Check out all my tips on how to plan a New Zealand trip based on my personal experience, and book the top hotels in the capital, Wellington – listed below.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: a comfortable living room with a mustard yellow sofa and framed artwork, a cozy bedroom with a fur throw blanket and a working desk, and an indoor swimming pool area with ample seating.

An elegant boutique hotel in a central location, with spacious rooms and suites overlooking downtown Wellington. During your stay, you’ll also have access to a fitness center and a spa pool, a restaurant serving modern New Zealand cuisine, and a lobby café.

Other accommodation options in Wellington, New Zealand

A modern hotel building with a distinctive architectural design and a glass facade

This aparthotel features an indoor pool and a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and private parking at an extra charge

A cozy bedroom with a floral bedspread, two bedside tables with lamps, and neatly arranged towels on the bed.

Offering beds in female dormitories, this hostel also boasts a rooftop terrace and offers complimentary tea and coffee 24/7

A charming room with a sloped ceiling, decorated with various patterned cushions on a daybed and an antique wooden cabinet.

A lovely little apartment within walking distance of the city center with a comfy bed and a full bathroom

12. Australia

The author of the post wearing a blue hat and black outfit lies on the ground next to a lounging kangaroo in a sunny outdoor setting.

My second recommendation for a trip to Oceania (unless you’re Australian and decide to explore your own country) is, of course, Australia. The country is super popular among women traveling solo due to its exciting combination of metropolitan cities and untamed nature, as well as the friendly people and laid-back vibe.

Although all major Australian cities are suitable for solo female travel, I’d suggest Sydney for your first visit to Australia. It has plenty of fun attractions and great beaches, plus a buzzing nightlife and a rich food scene, so you can have it all on your solo trip!

During your Australian adventure, don’t miss the chance to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. However, if you’re staying in Sydney, you’ll first need to travel to Cairns, the most convenient spot for exploring the reef.

Luxury hotel
Collage of hotel in Sydney: a modern hotel features a spacious bedroom, a sleek exterior, a stylish lobby, and an outdoor swimming pool with blue tiles.

This hotel is the height of luxury, with a casino, a spa, a scented outdoor pool, and over 20 bars and restaurants. While you stay here, you can benefit from valet parking and a 24-hour front desk and enjoy your modern rooms with luxurious bathrobes and Egyptian cotton sheets.

Other accommodation options in Sydney, Australia

A contemporary hotel building with sleek lines, large windows, and a well-maintained exterior.

Ideally located in North Sydney, this hotel has comfortable and nicely designed rooms and provides a complimentary buffet breakfast

A bright and minimalistic dining area with a wooden table, chairs, and a large window letting in natural light.

A female-only hostel that caters to both short and long-term stays, providing air-conditioned accommodations, free Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities

A simple bedroom with a double bed, white linens, and small bedside tables with lamps.

Situated in a historic home, this apartment features a comfortable double bed and access to a shared bathroom

The Americas

For this final section, I decided to group the American continents together – North, Central, and South America. You’ll notice that there are only 2 countries recommended here; even though this huge expanse of land consists of many, many countries, these 2 are the best destinations for a solo female in terms of safety, so you can enjoy a worry-free trip.

13. Canada

The author of the post in a denim jacket and glasses holds a drink while sitting on a boat, with a city skyline featuring tall buildings and a prominent tower in the background.

Canada is one of the most welcoming countries in the world – even though its climate might suggest otherwise, Canadians are always eager to welcome foreign travelers and make them feel right at home. This was my experience when I visited Canada, and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to solo travel around North America, especially women.

It was hard for me to decide which Canadian city to recommend to a solo female traveler, but in the end, I opted for Toronto, seeing as there are many cool attractions and great things to do in Toronto. The city is also home to people from all over the world, so you can try different variations of international cuisine – perfect for the foodie in you!

Besides my recommendations below, there are plenty of other incredible places to stay in Toronto, so you’ll have many choices when it comes to Toronto accommodation.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: an elegant lounge area with red-striped sofas and large windows, a luxurious bedroom with a four-poster bed and modern decor, and a sleek business center with contemporary lighting and decor.

This 4-star hotel offers concierge services and a tour desk that can help you arrange various trips, as well as a restaurant and several breakfast options. Other amenities offered by the hotel include room service and a currency exchange.

Other accommodation options in Toronto, Canada

A spacious lounge area with modern seating, bright lighting, and a mix of colorful cushions and stools

Situated in downtown Toronto, this hotel has modern rooms, a top-notch fitness center, and secure underground parking

A cozy living room with gray sofas, a small coffee table, and decorative elements on a patterned rug

A recently renovated homestay offering private rooms with comfy double beds, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms

A warmly lit bedroom with a striped bedspread, vintage-style lamp, and a classic movie poster on the wall

A private room in a home, with a dedicated bathroom, laundry facilities, and access to shared spaces in the house

14. Guatemala

A cobblestone street with colorful buildings and a mountain in the background.

My last recommendation goes out to Guatemala, a country in Central America, just South of Mexico. This vibrant country boasts a rich history and stunning nature, and it’s among the safest countries in the region.

If this is your first experience with solo female travel in this part of the world, I recommend you stay in Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage town. This is a small town with well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and the former capital of Guatemala. History buffs will particularly love this town, and it’s also one of the safest places for a solo female.

NOTE: Costa Rica is another good choice for solo travel in Central America, although I’d recommend it to more experienced travelers as it can be more difficult to navigate and slightly unsafe if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos: a charming entryway with a crystal chandelier and brick ceiling, a cozy bedroom with rustic decor and a private garden view, and a picturesque courtyard with a narrow pool and lush greenery.

The rooms at this upscale boutique hotel feature complimentary water bottles, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, while some of them have private fireplaces and hot tubs. Guests are also welcome to use the outdoor pool, as well as the free parking provided by the hotel.

Other accommodation options in Antigua, Guatemala

An inviting outdoor terrace with cushioned chairs, a glass table, and potted plants.

This boutique hotel has private suites with en suite bathrooms, free daily breakfast, and on-site parking

A charming courtyard with yellow walls, potted plants, and a tiled floor, featuring a small fountain in the background.

A hostel with private rooms, a garden, and barbecue facilities, plus a typical daily breakfast and room service

A cozy bedroom with a wooden bed, patterned carpet, striped armchair, and decorative wall art, featuring soft lighting and a bouquet of flowers on a side table.

A small, cozy 1-bedroom apartment with a double bed, a living room with a sofa, and a private bathroom

Tips for solo female travelers

author of the post in red sits on a grassy hill overlooking a picturesque town with red-roofed buildings and a prominent church spire, surrounded by greenery and distant mountains under a partly cloudy sky.

Getting reading for your first trip as a solo traveler? If that’s the case, check out my top solo travel tips for women, based on my own experience, as well as the rest of the Miss Tourist team. Most of us are women who have had at least a short stint of solo travel and we are more than happy to share our advice and help you have the best trip imaginable!

  • Stay safe – safety concerns often turn away women from solo travel. However, you can always pick one of the safe destinations recommended in this article, make sure you stay in tourist spots, and book a reliable hotel with good reviews.
  • Keep money in different places – pickpockets exist everywhere, so to avoid losing a substantial sum, divide your money and keep a small portion of it in your wallet. Store the rest in a secure money belt, or, if you feel particularly worried, tuck it into your bra.
  • Join group activities – solo travel can become lonely, but luckily, there’s a simple solution – group activities. Wherever you are in the world, you can always join a walking tour or seek out a class or a workshop where you can meet other people.
  • Stay connected – it’s completely normal to miss your loved ones during your travels. However, in the Golden Age of the Internet, you can easily stay connected; just get an eSIM, and you’ll have constant Internet access to text and make calls to the people important to you.
  • Make a packing list – packing for a trip can be a daunting task, so making a list of the essentials can make the process significantly easier. The best tip I can give you on this – don’t overpack clothes; even if you’re short on clothes, you can always go shopping, which is something I personally like to do when traveling. If you need help deciding, check out our list of useful tips for packing.
  • Get travel insurance – regardless of the destination, you absolutely need to get travel insurance that will cover any unforeseen medical expenses or theft during your travels.
  • Join an online community – finally, if you want to connect with people in the country you’re visiting, or you just need tips on what to do, you can seek out online communities where locals can provide useful insight into the destination, or you can even connect with expats looking to connect with other foreigners in the area.
  • Be prepared – whatever situation you find yourself in, there’s an app to help you. Got lost – Google Maps! Need some native phrases – Duolingo! There’s an app for everything you can think of these days, and travel is no exception! For more advice on the best travel resources, check out our article on the top free travel apps.

FAQs about the best countries for solo female travel

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✅ Which country is the safest for solo female travelers?

Slovenia is one of the safest countries for women traveling solo; it’s a small country with low crime rates, well-lit streets, and genuinely nice people who, most of the time, have no intention to harm you.

❌ Is South Africa safe for solo female travelers? 

Unfortunately, South Africa is not safe for solo female travelers. One of the Miss Tourist team members lives in South Africa and she confirms that this is sadly true. If you really want to visit, opt for Cape Town and be extra cautious during your trip.

🧷 How do you protect yourself as a woman traveling alone?

As a woman traveling solo, you need to be extra careful when walking at night – stay on well-lit streets – and when using public transport. Always have an internet connection and someone you can call at any time. Be especially careful when drinking alcohol or dating.

🏨 Is it safe to stay in a hotel alone as a woman?

Yes, staying in a hotel is safe as a solo woman. All reputable hotels implement security, and they won’t allow anyone to enter your room and harm you in any way or even steal any of your valuables while you’re away.

🏠 Is Airbnb safe for solo female travelers?

In general, Airbnbs are safe for solo female travelers, but you should be careful when booking your stay. Choose an Airbnb in a good neighborhood, check the reviews, pick a superhost and opt to stay with a female host if booking a spot in a shared home.

💯 Are solo trips worth it? 

Yes! A thousand times, YES! Even though traveling alone as a woman can seem scary and you’ll need to be extra careful, it’s a very rewarding experience and I can promise you that you’ll be extremely proud of yourself once you complete your first solo trip.

Concluding thoughts on the best countries for solo female travel

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We’ve reached the end! After reading through my list of the best countries for solo female travel, you’ll have some thinking to do, but I hope that I helped you pick out a good destination for your first (or next) solo trip.

If you’re still having a hard time deciding, these are my top 2 countries for female solo travel:

  • Portugal – a vibrant country with a warm climate and even warmer people
  • Iceland – boasting the most stunning landscapes, this country is also extremely easy to navigate

Wherever you decide to go, book your tickets and hotel accommodation in advance; this will not only secure your spot in your desired destination, it will give you something to look forward to!

If you have questions or even doubts about your solo trip, leave me a comment below – I’m more than happy to get back to you and provide the answers!

Have fun on your solo adventure,


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