The best countries to visit for lone female travellers

The best countries to visit for lone female travellers

Travelling alone is a true adventure. There’s something about being on your own that opens up your senses and makes you take note of every little detail, it’s as if you’re more 'there' when you’re alone in a new place. But, travelling on your own, particularly if you’re female, can be daunting. Unfortunately, not all of the world is a safe place for people to travel alone, and sadly, that is all the more applicable for women. However, the world is a big place and there are many amazing destinations that lone female travellers can visit without feeling threatened or be putting their safety at risk. By taking sensible precautions, just as you would at home, such as not walking in dimly lit areas at night, single female travellers can certainly have some amazing experiences travelling the world.

When travelling alone, it’s wise to do your research. Book your accommodation in advance and make sure you’re staying in a safe area. All towns and cities have their less desirable areas, so it’s a good idea to avoid these places, especially when you’re travelling alone. Here is a selection of great destinations that are safe for lone female travellers:

New Zealand

Lord of the Rings fans will certainly appreciate the stunning scenery of New Zealand, and it’s considered one of the safest countries for backpackers too. If you love nature and the great outdoors, you’re spoilt for choice with all the places to go in New Zealand.


Whether you choose the countryside or the cities, Canada is well known for its safety, making it an ideal place for lone female travellers. It’s a stunning country with a wealth of natural beauty, so there’s certainly plenty to explore.


With one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, Cyprus is a great destination. It has golden sandy beaches, amazing scenery with mountains and forests, lots of fascinating archaeological sites to visit and great nightlife too.


If you’re looking for an interesting and varied holiday, a tour of Italy is perfect for you. Packed with art, culture, and amazing cuisine, Italy has a certain romance that can certainly still be enjoyed while travelling solo. There’s so much to explore, you’ll never find yourself feeling bored, and dining alone becomes a real treat when you’re in the culinary capital of Europe.

The Canary Islands

Many of us feel safer in smaller places, away from the big cities, and opt for destinations that are popular with tourists. The Canary Islands are perfect for a sunshine holiday and are popular with couples, groups, and families. Each island is different, but you’ll find everyone friendly on these islands that are geared towards the needs of tourists.


As a peaceful location, Switzerland is a safe place to visit, and a lone female should feel perfectly comfortable there. Whether you’re there to take in the scenery, or you’re looking for a ski adventure, there’s no need to be too worried about visiting Switzerland alone.


Japan is an amazing place to visit, there’s so much going on there. It can be quite manic at times, but you also feel very safe, even in the middle of Tokyo. The public transport runs like clockwork, and you’ll find everyone very willing to help you if you have a question or need directions.


Iceland is ranked first on the Global Peace Index and is one of the safest countries in the world. If safety is your priority, then Iceland should be at the top of your list for must-visit destinations. The scenery is enchanting, and you’ll find plenty of tours to the main attractions such as the Gullfoss waterfall and the geysers and hot springs.

Other options…

Take a cruise

The great thing about being on a cruise is that you can visit several destinations without having to travel between places. If you’re wary about a lot of travelling on your own, this could be a great choice. You’re well looked after on a cruise ship, and you can join others for group shore excursions, so you’ll always feel safe.

Stay in a large resort

While not technically a country, if you’re anxious about travelling alone but really do want to get away, either for a break or to catch some sun, then for a first trip, you can always play it super safe and pick an all-inclusive resort on a large complex. Then you have the reassurance that if you don’t feel comfortable exploring further afield on your own, you have everything that you need right on site. You could have a fun-packed holiday at a theme park destination, or laze away your days at a beachside resort.

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