These are the best places in the world for females to travel solo

Two years ago, I quit my job after saving for a year and went travelling solo across North America and Europe for four months. It was undoubtedly they best thing I have ever done.

Being able to be truly selfish for an extended period, deciding where and what you want to eat, which country you want to go to and what landmarks you want to see is invigorating.

But solo travel doesn’t need to be month-long find-yourself trips. Solo travel can be a jaunt to Paris for the weekend or a few days spent hiking the Swiss Alps. No matter what you decide to do, solo female travel is becoming increasingly popular as millennial women spend their hard-earned cash on seeing and experiencing places they want to go.

In fact, according to recently released Hostelword stats, bookings from female solo travellers have increased by 45 per cent between 2015 and 2017 compared to an increase of 40 per cent from solo male travellers during the same time period.

So where are the women going? Below are the top 10 destinations for female solo travellers according to Hostelworld.

1. Cuba

2. Nicaragua

3. South Africa

4. Bulgaria

5. Guatemala

6. Sri Lanka

7. Macedonia

8. Portugal

9. Tanzania

10. Romania

The list shows a mix of far-flung regions showing women are opting to go off-the-beaten-track when it comes to seeing the world.

Hostelworld’s Director of Product Breffni Horgan said: “It’s great to see people and women in particular embracing solo travel. Solo travel doesn’t mean travelling alone, and it shouldn’t be a barrier to those wanting to explore the world. It’s a great way to branch out and meet like-minded people from all cultures and walks of life.

“[The rise of solo travel is down to] a combination of better technology, with apps allowing us to easily discover our next location, that fact that more of us are staying single for longer and aren’t worried about waiting for a suitable travelling companion to come along, or the fact that flexi working can make it possible to combine a job with travel, operating remotely.”


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