Career, relationships, friends, family, children… a woman’s life is far from easy. Getting caught in this myriad of responsibilities and trying to strike a balance between different aspects of life can get so demanding that there is hardly any place for some quality ‘me time’. A solo travel may be just the kind of thing you need to break away from the pressures of your routine and bounce back rejuvenated. This is perhaps why the trend of solo female travelers heading out for vacations is on the rise, and for good reason.
Preparing for your solo travel
When the idea is to break away from the monotony of your daily life, nothing may seem more appealing than impromptu travel. However, it is always advisable to have certain things organized so that your dream vacation does not turn into a nightmare. Here are a few things you must take care of before heading out on solo travels:
- Explore your options in terms of budget and viability before finalizing a destination
- Get in touch with a reliable travel agency to make necessary travel arrangement such as tickets and hotel bookings
- Learn all you can about your holiday destination – culture, cuisine, currency, must-see attractions, and general Dos and Don’ts.
- Get suitable travel insurance cover. For instance, it is advisable to invest in adventure travel insurance if your vacation involves adventure sports and high risk activities instead of getting a base travel insurance.
- While you are away, keep family or friends posted on your whereabouts and any unexpected changes in your travel plans.
A holiday experience is only as good as the destination you choose, well almost. Here is a lowdown on 5 must-see destinations that every solo female traveler must explore:
It is exotic, it is tranquil and it is dirt cheap – what more can you ask for from a holiday destination! And that’s why Thailand tops the list. You are most likely to touch down at Bangkok, and can make use of the country’s well-networked transport system to explore far-off destinations such as the lesser explored places like Chiang Mai in the north or gorgeous islands in the south. The natives are friendly and hospitable, and single women travelers do not attract any unwarranted attention here. Since Thailand is a backpackers’ haven, you can expect to meet some interesting fellow travelers to explore the country with.
Want to be up close with nature but also need some adventure without comprising on the security aspect? No, you don’t need three different holidays because there is a perfect destination to match your perfect holiday plan – Iceland. Though it won’t be exactly pocket friendly, Iceland is definitely an ideal destination for female travelers looking to head out solo. You can rent a car as soon as you arrive here and explore the pristine island without a care in the world.
Don’t let the notorious Central America reputation deter you because Costa Rica is just the kind of place you may want to get away to for a little rejuvenation. Cuba offers the real taste of the Central American ethos and is famous for its outdoor adventure activities. Ziplining, surfing, and hiking around volcanoes, you name it and you’ve got it. Besides, contrary to popular perception, the locals here are warm, welcoming, and always ready to help tourists find their way around the place.
Greece has history, raw natural beauty, great cuisine and some of the world’s best wines. If that’s not reason enough to pick a destination, what is? Given the large influx of tourists here, you’d never feel ill-at-ease or out of place. Also, the Greeks are amiable, warm and friendly people with a unique knack for making people feel at home. You can explore the famous cities of Thessaloniki and Athens, go island hopping, or hike up Mt Olympus.
The incredibly picturesque landscape makes New Zealand worth every bit of the hype around it. And if you’ve got a thing for adventure, a New Zealand holiday should surface on the top of your list. Queenstown boasts of some of the most exciting adventure activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving, and paragliding. Whether it is a quiet holiday in the lap of nature or one that sends your adrenaline soaring, New Zealand will not disappoint you on any count.
Ana is a blogger with a passion for travel. She loves learning about and experiencing new cultures and customs. Her favourite destination so far has been New Zealand where she took the plunge and skydived in the beautiful Queenstown. One day she hopes to make it to Bora Bora and Africa.