Deciding to go travelling by yourself is an amazing life choice. Travelling really is a great way to meet new friends, expand your horizons and see the world in a way that you want to, without being tied down by the wants and needs of others. With so much to see and do, you really are going to have the best time. The thought of travelling on your own, especially as a female traveler, however, can be a bit scary. It doesn't have to be though, so long as you go to the right places. These might be destinations where the locals are friendly and welcoming, where crime is low or where tourism is popular. We've put together a list of five cities which are great to visit as a female solo traveler to help you get started in planning your adventure.
1. Chengdu, China
Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan Province, in the South West of China. It is most famous around the world as being a hotspot for the giant panda and many people visit the area hoping to catch a glimpse of the super-cute bears. The great things about this region and what will make you feel safe as a solo traveller is that are so many different types of people congregating here. You can find anyone from travellers to locals and ex-pats from all over the world who have stayed on in the city to teach English. Plus, there are only a few bars that these people frequent, so you should get to know people pretty quickly. If you want to experience China and make new friends at the same time, Chengdu could well be the place for you.
2. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik should really be on everyone's bucket list when it comes to places to visit. The landscape of Iceland is just stunning, from majestic waterfalls to fantastic fjords and stunning geysers. Reykjavik itself is a glorious city which really makes the most out of the natural beauty that it is blessed with. Plus, it is one of the safest cities in the world, in fact it has been rated as the number one city when it comes to safety by Vision of Humanity
3. Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso is Chile’s second-largest city. It offers a bit of everything, from stunning beaches to the grittiness of the city. In fact, this city is so vibrant, with so many locals and tourists alike gathering in hot spots around the city, that it makes the perfect destination for a solo traveller. It is worth noting that the health system in Chile isn’t great. Tui advises that whenever you travel you should ensure that you find some way of storing information about any pre-existing medical conditions on your person. It’s all about letting emergency services know what they need to do if you do become ill. This is never more important than when you travel alone.
4. Bologna, Italy
Bologna has such a rich and vibrant history, there is so much to see and do. Plus, there is some fantastic food and plenty of bars and restaurants for you to try. Bologna is a university town that attracts students from around the world. This can help you feel safer and give you a wealth of people to chat to and make friends with as you go about your business. University towns often tend to feel a bit more protected, it might well be that the locals lookout for people a bit more or there might just be a feeling in the town that comes from attending a university, that sense that everyone is in it together.
5. Irvine, California
There is so much to do outdoors in Irvine, California. With hiking and biking trails, dozens of parks and beautiful beaches, it makes the perfect destination for a spot of relaxation during your travels. Plus, it is one of the safest cities in the US. Disneyland isn’t located too far away too if you fancy doing the usual tourist thing for a bit. There is certainly something to be said for just hanging out with people who speak your language and follow your customs for a bit while you are travelling, it can just give a bit of much-needed downtime and help you feel safe.
By know means this list is exhaustive however these are some of the most popular and safe cities for solo female travelers. I would like to believe every city is safe if we the solo female traveler is alittle more alert, do a bit of homework and conscious about some of the local nuances. Happy travels!
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Written byShayonti Chatterji
Founder of Our Frontcover. With a career spanning over 25 years, in management and business development, believes in dreaming and living the dream. Believes in the power of stories.