If you are here reading this blog post it means you thought about going on your first solo trip and I’m so excited for you! In case you are wondering about where to go first, I made a list of 6 possible destinations to keep on your radar! I’ve actually been to all these places and I can assure you they were totally safe for a female solo traveller.
Before getting there, I’ll give you a few tips that will help you find your destination whether you will choose one of the options from my list or not.
What To Look for In Your First Solo Holiday Destination
After this blog post, I would suggest making a list of possible locations and scoring them based on the 3 categories below. This will help you narrow down your choices:
- Safety: How safe is this location for women? We obviously always need to be careful wherever we go. But let me tell you something. There is a big difference between walking at night in Bali compared to some areas in London.
- Easy to get around: I don’t know about you but if I don’t drive a car on my solo trip, I’m the happiest person ever. I don’t want to stress to collect, return and worry about a car. So the ideal destination for your first solo trip should be easy to get around with public transport or even walking around.
- Stress-free: Make sure to book great accommodation. This is your first trip, and you want to be able to ask any questions you might have to the staff. Even if they are silly queries, it doesn’t matter. For my first few solo trips, I actually booked some lavish accommodations with a 9+ review score. That being said, there are also great hostels where the staff looks after you and it’s actually easier to meet people rather than going to a resort. However, on my first trips, I always opted for nice resorts and booked Airbnb experiences where I would also meet new people outside my accommodation.
All clear? Now, we can move to the good part. Let’s go with the list!
This is one of the safest places I’ve ever been. Crime in Singapore is nearly non-existent, there are cameras everywhere so people don’t even bother with any crime as they would be caught immediately.
If you are a city lover or nature, Singapore covers them all. Transport is pretty intuitive to use and fairly cheap too. Read my blog post about Singapore here to find out things to do there solo.
The only downside is that it’s quite pricey, and you would struggle to find decent accommodation for less than £100 per night (hostels are cheaper but still expensive compared to other locations). However, you can balance it out by getting local food from street markets or food courts. They tend to be very affordable and delicious!
#2: Bali, Indonesia
Let me tell you this, going to Bali might make you want to stay forever. I know it’s a bold statement but you need to try it yourself! Bali is super safe and local people are the sweetest you can find. There is a reason for this. People in Bali believe in Karma, whatever you give is what you get. Not only in this life but also for the next one. So none will ever be harsh to you!
As you might have heard, Bali is also really affordable. You can get a full meal for about £5 max, local food could be half the price. The same goes for the accommodation. You can get something amazing with a swimming pool and breakfast included for less than £20 per night!
#3 Railay, Thailand
Railey is the absolute place to be. Forget about Phuket or Ko Samui. Railay is the most kept secret of Thailand and solo travellers. Picture yourself sitting on the beach watching an incredible sunset whilst listening to a DJ playing reggae music. The beach is like nothing you’ve ever seen. There are limestones of different shapes and dimensions coming out from the crystal clear sea. You can swim in the golden hour until the sky is so red you can swim in its reflection in the water.
Similarly to Bali, prices are really affordable for both food and accommodation, maybe slightly pricier than Bali but still very affordable. I have a blog post for this amazing place as well.
#4 Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife is a great destination for your first solo trip because it’s easy to get around without a car and it’s warm/sunny for most of the year. So if you are in London crying for the sun in November, Tenerife could make you really happy!
This could be a really easy and stress-free trip. You can book a lovely resort (remember the sea water is cold all year round!) and go for some exploring trips by bus or secure an experience where they would pick you up from your accommodation.
#5 Santorini, Greece
Santorini is an easy-peasy solo holiday guaranteed! It might be a bit pricey but it’s super relaxing and easy to get around by bus! You might think it’s a honeymoon destination, which is true, but why can’t you take yourself to a romantic place? You deserve it!
There is lots to do on the island but from your accommodation, you can even book a cruise where you can explore the nearby volcanic islands!
Head to Oia for a lovely dinner with a sunset or Fira for an evening shop stroll and a cold drink. Imerovigli and Firostefani are also great to visit for a late afternoon and delicious dinner afterwards!
If you like going for a swim, the best beaches are Perissa, Paralia and “The Red Beach”. Most of the beaches are really well equipped, with great restaurants too. There is nothing better than an incredible Greek salad for a quick break from the beach. The Greek salad in Santorini is nothing like the one you get overseas! The flavours coming through the feta cheese, olives and vegetables are so reaching you have no idea! This is the only time in your life when you will genuinely want to have a salad every single day.
#6 Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is one of the safest cities I’ve ever been to in Europe and it’s incredibly clean! I would say it’s quite expensive unless you opt for hostels or Airbnb rooms (rather than entire houses). Lisbon is beautiful. Starting from the historical buildings with their fascinating tiles.
If your accommodation is quite central, you can literally just walk everywhere. However, keep in mind that the streets are quite steep so you might want to take the local transport from time to time.
I hope this guide was useful and gave you a rough idea about where to go on your first solo trip! If you want some tips on how to book your first solo trip in only 5 steps, check out this blog post. You’ve got this!
Ciao for now,