• 5 of the safest destinations for solo women travelers

    2016-08-11

    Traveling alone has many benefits that you won't get while exploring the world with large groups of friends or family. You get to visit all the attractions and sites you're interested in seeing on your watch without sacrificing time for travel companions. However, women solo travelers have to consider their safety before everything else.

    While being fully aware of your surroundings and packing items like locks for your bags are essential for a successful trip on your own, the first aspect of your journey to consider is whether your destination is safe. There are plenty of cities around the world that are particularly suited for women traveling alone. Here are a five of the safest.

    1. New Zealand
    Women travelers looking to explore some of the world's most breathtaking natural sites should choose New Zealand for their next trip. Take a nature hike through the mountains and find full panoramas of stunning fjords and endless blue ocean.

    Auckland is a popular solo travel destination for beach goers. Known as the City of Sails for its numerous harbors and white sand beaches, it's easy to find a quiet place to sit back and soak up rays as the ships pass in the distance. There are also many highly rated hostels in the area for a budget-friendly, safe place to sleep and meet other travelers.

    2. Thailand
    Thailand is famous for its affordable accommodation and food, making it ideal for Southeast Asia travel. One of the area's most visited countries, it offers travelers a unique combination of beautiful beaches and the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Due to the fact that Thailand lies along many popular Southeast Asia backpacking trails, the destination is constantly filled with tourists, so it's easy to meet other solo women travelers. However, the large number of travelers in the area doesn't mean that booking tours or getting into attractions is challenging. The country is tourist-friendly with last-minute hotel deals and same-day tours that are easy to come across. Be sure to check out must-see attractions like the Elephant Nature Park in Bangkok.

    3. Iceland
    Many experienced travelers would recommend Iceland as one of the top solo travel destinations. Not only is it one of the safest places to visit, but Lonely Planet calls it one of the most serene islands in the world. It's all about the picturesque landscapes, mountain ranges, volcanoes, glaciers and quaint towns that make it a great spot to stay for a couple nights.

    Go in the winter to catch a glimpse of the northern lights or get up close and personal with the waterfalls on the south shore. You don't have to worry about speaking Icelandic because the majority of the natives are also fluent in English.

    4. Ireland
    Ireland is known for its laid back, simple atmosphere where travelers and natives alike can relax with a pint of Guinness. Take a trip to Dublin and embark on a tour of the Guinness factory to see how the famous brew is made or head out to the countryside to explore the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare for unforgettable vistas. With Ireland's low crime rate, women don't have to worry about their safety while they explore.

    5. Costa Rica
    The crystal blue shores of Costa Rica are sure to put a smile on your face. Rated the "happiest country on the planet" by the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica is incredibly eco-friendly and its residents have one of the longest life expectancies in the world.

    Go zip lining through the lush green jungle and spot some of the most exotic animals out there or take a breather on one of the many beaches with one-of-a-kind sunset views.

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