With the increase in affluence, more and more women are entertaining the idea of travelling solo. More so in Singapore where it might be hard to find a travel companion if your friends happen to be married and have kids. Rather than waiting forever for company, why not take control and go on a holiday on your own? After all, what’s better than doing whatever you want without having to accommodate to another person’s preference of budget?
While there’s something scary about being in a foreign place alone, travelling solo can also bring you new opportunities, experience and adventures. No doubt, research is required and you’ll need to be smart to keep yourself safe. If you’ve put off your holiday because you haven’t found a buddy yet, choose a destination from our list of suggestions and start booking your tickets now!
Other than its scenic landscape, do you know that Reykjavik is ranked number one on the Global Peace Index? This means that it is considered one of the most peaceful countries in the world, and no doubt makes it one of the safest places to travel alone in the world for women
Eclectic, relaxed and downright gorgeous, Reykjavik makes a perfect base for day trips that showcase Iceland’s postcard-perfect scenery, such as the Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss and of course, the Aurora Borealis.
Already a popular holiday destination for Singaporeans, the whole Eat, Pray, Love phenomenon has put Bali in the limelight for female travellers. Backpackers, adventurous singletons and soul-searching divorcees can all find a place in Bali. Whether you prefer surfing in the waters, savouring great Indonesian cuisine or is a yogi master in the making, there are many opportunities to meet like-minded people from all over the world. Since tourism is the mainstay of the local economy, Balinese are welcoming of your presence. While it is relatively safe to stay out on the streets, still take precaution to not be somewhere deserted alone and you might still have to endure some harmless catcalls from the local boys.
Seoul, South Korea
For all things girly, head to Seoul. If you are already a big fan of K-pop or K-drama, you’ll easily indulge yourself in the city with endless walks around the street markets, cosmetics shop and malls. Think indulgent brunches, 24-hour shopping, spa days and neverending trendy fashion, that quite possibly offer the world’s best bang for your buck. With brightly-lit streets packed with pedestrians at all hours, Seoul is quite safe by major global city standards.
Morocco may not sit at the top of your bucket list, but it is nonetheless, a tolerant, inclusive city that rewards camera-ready travellers at every turn. If you love the exotic and exquisite, you’ll find lots of photo opportunities from stunning architectures like the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca to the lush interiors of La Mamounia in Marrakech.
What’s striking about the country is how open and inclusive it is. You’ll spot women wearing traditional burqas and well-covered up alongside those wearing tight Western-style clothes with heavy makeup shopping alongside each other. Give it a try and you’ll be surprised by how your perception of the country can change.
For an easy trip in a global city that speaks your language, you can look to Melbourne for a relaxing holiday. Sit in a cafe and sip great coffee, watch the crowd go by or take in the hustle and bustle at the Queen Victoria Market.
The culturally-inclined will be delighted by the city’s offerings – watch a classic at the Astor theatre, check out a regular comedy night, spend your day snapping street art and taking your time to stroll through the Melbourne Museum.
Canadians are known to be extremely friendly and polite. Add on the phenomenal landscapes and you have yourself a trip to be made. Crime rates are low and living standards are high. If you are one who loves to drive, it could be the ideal solo road trip for you. Distances are vast but driving allows you to see and appreciate much of the natural landscapes and quaint towns.
Remaining in Toronto itself is a cool option too. It has an awesome creative scene, hip bars and great restaurants, not to mention the that the Niagara Falls is just an hour’s drive away. .
New Zealand rates as one of the best places to travel alone because of its down-to-earth people, varying natural wonders and range of activity options. Take your pick from cities, mountains, beaches, glaciers, rainforests or Lord of the Rings land. If you are up for a challenge, try bungee jumping, sky-diving, whitewater rafting – New Zealand is probably one of the best places to do them. There is so much to see and do and don’t be surprised that you’ll easily make a friend or two just by being open-minded and chatting up the table next to yours.
Japan is another destination ideal for the solo woman traveller. What makes the country remarkable is that it has such a strong hold on tradition but is also highly progressive, polite, efficient and orderly. Their public transportation system is easy to navigate and even if language can be a barrier, their politeness and willingness to help a lost foreigner make it all the more fun.
Take your pick from visiting Zen temples, shopping in chaotic Shinjuku, eating fresh Sashimi at the fish market and even enjoying some quiet time in a mountain retreat. Every experience in Japan leaves you feeling refreshed and you might soon make it your “go-to” country for solo travel in the future.
No matter where you’ve settled for your solo trip, always remember to take simple precautions such as staying out of deserted streets and of course, getting a comprehensive travel insurance. This is especially important when you are travelling alone since you’ll likely need help in case of emergency.
Solo travelling can be a refreshing travel experience, and who knows, you might find that you like your own company more than someone else’s!