Five Destinations You'll Enjoy Traveling to Solo
Sometimes you need to take a break and hit the road on your own. Whether you're leaving the kids home with your significant other or with a family member as you both head out on solo vacations, it's important to pick a destination that feels right for a female traveler. Here are five places you can go where you'll feel safe when traveling alone as a woman and that you can enjoy solo. Grab a book, your passport and enjoy the much-needed quiet time.
To the City: Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden is a safe European city filled with friendly locals and tons of interesting sites and museums. Book into the hip Story Hotel (Riddargatan 6, 114 35 Stockholm) and take advantage of its central location to explore the art at the Moderna Museet (Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm) and the history at The Royal Palace (107 70 Stockholm, Sweden). The shopping is endless, especially if you enjoy Scandinavian brands, and intimate cocktail bars like Corner Club (Lilla Nygatan 16, 111 28 Stockholm) are welcoming to solitary imbibers. Be sure to chow down on some traditional grub at Meatballs For the People (Nytorgsgatan 30, 116 40 Stockholm), a must-visit eatery. Expect it to be cold and dark in the winter, and light all night during the summer. The Swedish people emphasize the idea of "coziness" all year, though, so you'll feel right at home.
To the Beach: Bermuda
Some solo travelers can feel uncomfortable when visiting beach destinations outside the U.S., so Bermuda is a good option for anyone who wants the assurance of safety when on vacation. The island, a British territory, is situated a few hours off the East Coast, making it an easy flight. It's not tropical, but the weather is temperate all year and the beaches eternally inviting. Book a room at the Hamilton Princess (76 Pitts Bay Rd., Bermuda), a luxury property that invites you to splurge on your stay. Be sure to grab a bite at the hotel's restaurant Marcus before exploring the shops of Hamilton, the island's main city. It's an inviting place and one that welcomes solo vacationers, so you'll feel relaxed in no time.
To Down Under: Melbourne
If you've got some extra funds on hand, consider booking a flight to Melbourne, Australia for your next solo trip. The pleasant coastal city is friendly, easy to navigate and full of smiling Aussies who will happily help you find your way. The hotels are reasonable priced, especially during Australia's winter (our summer), and you can book into the chic Hotel Lindrum (26 Flinders St., Melbourne) for less than $200 a night during the off season. If you're looking to make some new friends along your journey, look into a day trip group tour to Phillips Island, where you can watch dozens of tiny fairy penguins come to nest every evening. Don't forget to try a traditional Melbourne parma while in town—this is a chicken parma with various toppings that feels like a serious, cheesy indulgence. Luckily, there's no one around to judge you.
To the Ice: Reykjavik
Iceland is a small country and its capital city of Reykjavik is a good option for women who want to venture out on their own. It's very safe (the country has a really low crime rate and was named the safest place in the world by the Global Peace Index in 2016) and there's a lot to do. In the winter, check out the Northern Lights or ride on a real dogsled, and in the summer, go on a hiking excursion. The Blue Lagoon (Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík), a geothermal spa, is worth checking out in any weather, particularly if you need some time to unwind. The effortlessly cool Kex Hostel (Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavik) books private rooms for travelers looking to socialize for around $200 per night, depending on the season.
To the South: Charleston
If you're on a budget and can't afford to journey outside of the country, consider Charleston, SC as your next adventure. This Southern city is full of charm, and the temperature never gets below 35 degrees F. Enjoy the heat in the summertime, or visit in the spring for a more temperate experience, and be sure to reserve a room at one of the local bed and breakfasts to feel right at home. It's very safe overall, as well as for female travelers, and there's plenty to keep you occupied. Try a culinary tour of the city if you want to be social, or simply wander the historic streets in search of a nice spot to read your book.