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6 Best Solo Trips For Women Who Love Adventure


If you’re adventurous, then solo travel is one of the most empowering things you can do as a woman.

Once you get over the initial culture shock of a new destination, you’ll absolutely love the freedom to explore, meet new people, tackle new activities, do things at your own pace, and see breathtaking landscapes.

Though traveling solo as a female can be daunting, with a little research, you can find the right destination for you. And we’ve done the hard work for you — highlighting the safest, most exciting, and affordable places for you to consider visiting on your next solo trip.

Explorer Chicks on a rocky beach


Safety is our top priority when it comes to most things in life, and a solo trip is no exception. For females who travel solo especially, safety is of the utmost consideration when you’re traveling alone and visiting a new destination for the first time.

There are ways to prepare yourself so that you can be aware of your surroundings without having to look over your shoulder. If this is your first solo trip as a woman, then start out with an easy trip so that you can ease right into traveling alone as a woman.

There are many factors that go into making easy and safe destinations for those who wish to travel alone. While there are many places around the world that are safe for solo travelers, there are a few key factors that make your first solo trip a little easier and safer:

    • A majority of the population speaks English. You’ll inherently feel more comfortable when you can communicate with the locals where you’re visiting. If you ever need help, get lost, or need emergency services, the lack of a language barrier will make things easier. Once you get comfortable traveling along in countries that speak your language, you’ll start to feel confident enough to explore other countries. ✈️

    • The crime rate is low. If an area isn’t safe for locals, it might not be safe for tourists — especially female solo travelers. Check out the crime rate of your planned destination before booking your excursion.

    • It’s a popular destination among tourists. Destinations are popular for a reason, and you’re more likely to encounter other women travelers in frequently visited places. There’s safety in numbers, and seeking other travelers might be something you want for your first solo trip.

    • There’s an extensive public transportation system. Being able to hop on a bus, train, subway, or tram will make it easier to get around. You won’t have to rely on taking cabs or taxis by yourself, and you can access the city center easier.

Our 6 Best Solo Trips for Women

Solo female travel is becoming more and more popular as women are finding confidence in traveling solo.

For the outdoor-lovers, you can find an animal paradise in Ecuador and Uganda. Climb to new heights in Slovenia, Croatia, and Scotland. Brave the cold — and be rewarded with well-deserved, magical sights — in Iceland.

Giant Tortoise in Galápagos Islands in Ecuador

1 Galápagos, Ecuador

Exploring the Breathtaking Galápagos Islands

If you’re looking for an active, nature-filled solo adventure, there are few places to travel to that are better than the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. On top of being remarkably safe, Ecuador is known for its affordability and jaw-dropping sights. The Galápagos archipelago is a treasure trove of natural wonders, offering stunning views and close encounters with diverse wildlife such as tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, penguins, and boobies.

Activities and Safety in the Galápagos

Want to get up close and personal with tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, penguins, boobies, and even reef sharks? The Galápagos has it all! Jump from island to island and partake in everything from kayaking to relaxing on some black sand beaches.

We love that the Galápagos gives you the opportunity to explore it from above (hiking to the still active Volcano crater, Sierra Negra) and from below (snorkeling the clear waters at Concha Perla).

You’re unlikely to have a dull — or unsafe — moment here in Ecuador. Explore the islands with peace of mind and immerse yourself in the captivating adventures that await you in Galápagos.

Galapagos Island Hopping Multisport Adventure

2 Reykjavík, Iceland

The Mystical Charm of Reykjavík

You know those places where everywhere you turn is a picturesque postcard? Reykjavík, Iceland is undoubtedly one of them. Even better, Iceland has been crowned the safest country in the entire world for the 13th year in a row, according to the Global Peace Index. If you’re prepared to embrace the cold, a winter wonderland in Reykjavík is a trip you’ll never forget. Wander the beautiful small towns and chase a glimpse of the mesmerizing northern lights that paint the icy skies with ethereal colors.

Navigating Reykjavík as a Solo Traveler

Embark on exhilarating ice climbing adventures and immerse yourself in the warmth of Iceland’s natural hot springs to rejuvenate your spirit. Enjoy the nation’s great food and rich coffee culture – did you know that Icelandic people are the fourth-largest consumers of coffee? Iceland promises a unique, unforgettable experience. For solo travelers yearning for safety and community, rest assured knowing you’ll be safe in Iceland, and bound to meet other like-minded solo adventurers along the way.

Iceland Glaciers and Hot Springs Adventure
Gorilla in Uganda

3 Bwindi National Park, Uganda

Adventure in the Heart of Africa

If Uganda won’t satisfy your need for adventure, we’re not sure what will. Walk among the chimps, track lions and leopards, and observe local gorilla clans in the heart of Africa. Bwindi National Park stands as the ultimate animal kingdom, offering an unmatched experience of the continent’s diverse and majestic wildlife.

Bwindi National Park Travel Tips for Women

Consider lacing up your hiking boots for an expedition in the lush landscapes or cruising the Kazinga canal, keeping your eyes peeled for hippos. Beyond its natural allure, Uganda reigns as one of the safest tourist destinations in Africa. With most of the population speaking English, the friendly and welcoming locals add to the enriching travel experience. If a safari adventure has ever been on your bucket list, look no further than the awe-inspiring terrains of Bwindi National Park, Uganda.

Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Safari Adventure
Slovenia Alps Hiking Hut to Hut and More

4 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana’s Untouched Beauty and Rich Culture

Ljubljana is just as safe as it is difficult to pronounce! The capital city of Slovenia, it’s a place imbued with rich history, winding cobblestone paths, and a dreamy castle atop a hill. To truly experience the magic of Slovenia, spend some time in its majestic Alpine valleys and mountain passes. Summiting the Julian Alps is a favorite adventure, offering breathtaking vistas and close communion with nature’s grandeur.

Traveling Solo in Ljubljana: What to Know

In Slovenia, equal love is given to adventure and relaxation. Indulge in the country’s enticing offerings, from refreshing Lake Bled to the scenic Soča River. Engage in wine tastings at local wineries, relish in delightful foraging and picnics, and visit vibrant lavender farms. Slovenia promises a unique, wholesome experience, seamlessly blending thrill and tranquility for solo travelers seeking the best of both worlds.

Slovenia Alps Hiking Hut to Hut Adventure
Cycling in Croatia

5 Istria, Croatia

Discover the Underrated Charm of Istria

While Spain, Italy, and France might dominate most European vacation lists, don’t overlook the allure of Croatia, particularly Istria. Here, you can live out your Italian dreams at a more affordable price. Go wine tasting in the picturesque countryside and marvel at the grand architecture of Venetian-style towns that exude old-world charm.

Adventure and Relaxation in Istria

With your senses soaked in beauty and history, embark on exhilarating adventures. Hike the magnificent falls of Plitvice Lakes National Park or sea kayak to a secluded beach off Split. These heart-pumping activities are paired perfectly with serene moments soaking in the stunning sunsets over the Adriatic Sea, making Istria a balanced and breathtaking destination for solo female travelers.

You’ll be happy to know Croatia is a perfect destination for a solo female traveler. English is widely spoken (more so than the three aforementioned European countries) and it’s affordable.

Croatia National Parks and Multisport Adventure

6 Edinburgh, Scotland

Experience the Diverse Attractions of Edinburgh

Scotland has much more to offer than its whiskey and bagpipes — though a nice glass of Ballantine’s is always a warm welcome. Relish the captivating beauty of the Scottish countryside as you journey through rolling hills on classic train rides. Explore the legacy of the land by visiting 16th-century castle ruins and trekking up towering mountains to behold the rugged coastline and sweeping vistas.

Embrace the Warmth and Safety of Scotland

Discover the charm of medieval villages, vibrant local pubs, and live music that resonates through the streets of Edinburgh. The allure doesn’t stop there; opt for an unforgettable overnight stay in a castle for a true Scottish experience. Recognized for its inclusivity and safety, Scotland promises friendly locals and the likelihood of meeting other solo female travelers, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of its timeless beauty. If Edinburgh wasn’t on your bucket list before, let this be the moment you add it.

Scotland Unspoiled Hiking Tour

Solo Travel For Women, According to Explorer Chicks

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Explorer Chicks hosts a number of guided adventures that are geared for women only. And don’t let “traveling solo” fool you — you’re sure to make lifelong friends along the way.

“Every Explorer Chicks trip I have done was solo. There’s usually more of us than women who travel with friends!” One of our solo travelers, Megan Marlin said. “Regardless, you’ll quickly bond with all the amazing women as you do fun, hard things.”

Like any new thing, traveling solo can be intimidating at first. But, the payoff is worth it, especially when you have the opportunity to meet other women traveling solo.

Don’t just take it from us — take it from solo traveler Shirley Martinez.

“I have done a lot of solo traveling. Honestly, once you get used to it and realize you can make it whatever you want it to be, it’s AWESOME! I’ve only had great experiences so far and always felt safe traveling along.”

Shirley Martinez

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