Female solo traveler smiles on a mountain. Photo by iStock

We’ve come a long way, baby, when it comes to females taking solo trips, according to the online hostel booking service Hostelworld.

American women have typically ranked high in solo travel—72% take solo journeys, according to a survey from Booking.com.

This means that women are stepping out of their comfort zones and taking to the skies and highways in search of adventure. 

READ MORE: Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Safe Road Trips

Taking that data a step further, Budget Direct Travel Insurance broke down the top places solo female travel is booming based on an analysis of geolocation data and a roundup of Instagram hashtags such as #WomenWhoTravel. 

Female traveling solo through Indonesia.
Female traveling solo through Indonesia. By iStock

What are the best destinations for solo female travel?

So where in the world are solo female travelers going? 

Here is a roundup of the top spots across the globe based on four categories, including top 10 solo female solo travel destinations, America’s top female solo travel spots, Europe’s top 10 female solo travel spots and Asia’s top female solo travel spots. 

So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at these inspirational bucket lists. 

Exploring New York City solo
Solo exploring New York City, USA

Top 10 Female Solo Travel Destinations:

  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. New York, United States
  3. Paris, France
  4. Singapore, Singapore
  5. Rome, Italy
  6. Barcelona, Spain
  7. Los Angeles, United States 
  8. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  9. Gianyar (Bali), Indonesia
  10. Bangkok, Thailand

America’s Top Female Solo Travel Spots:

  1. New York, New York
  2. Los Angeles, California  
  3. San Francisco, California 
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada 
  5. Chicago, Illinois 
  6. Honolulu, Hawaii
  7. San Diego, California 
  8. Seattle, Washington 
  9. Miami, Florida 
  10. Washington, District of Columbia 
Enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

READ MORE: How to Pack Light for Any Length Trip Abroad

Europe’s Top 10 Female Solo Travel Spots 

  1. London, United Kingdom 
  2. Paris, France
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Barcelona, Spain 
  5. Lison, Portugal 
  6. Amsterdam, Netherlands 
  7. Budapest, Hungary 
  8. Venice, Italy 
  9. Prague, Czech Republic 
  10. Madrid, Spain
Top destinations for female solo travelers

Asia’s Top Female Solo Travel Spots

  1. Singapore, Singapore 
  2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  3. Gianyar (Bali) Indonesia  
  4. Bangkok, Thailand 
  5. Istanbul, Turkey 
  6. Tokyo, Japan 
  7. Badung Regency (Bali), Indonesia 
  8. Hong Kong, China 
  9. Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia 
  10. Seoul, South Korea 
Island hopping around Indonesia
Island hopping around Indonesia

Inspiring Travel Quotes from Solo Female Travelers

Whether you are a first-time solo female traveler or a seasoned one, here is a roundup of the most inspiring travel quotes from solo female travelers that have been there done that, and are still in search of solo adventures. 

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” -Mae West

“Traveling solo does not always mean you’re alone. Most often, you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last a lifetime.” -Jacqueline Boone 

“Travel has a way of making the world a much smaller place.” –Janna Graber

“Solo travel not only pushes you out of your comfort zone, it also pushes you out of the zone of other’s expectations.” – Suzy Strutner

“I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.” – Cheryl Strayed

“I’ve not ceased being fearful, I’ve gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you’ll die if you go too far” – Erica Jong

‘When you’re traveling with someone else, you share each discovery, but when you are alone, you have to carry each experience with you like a secret, something you have to write on your heart because there’s no other way to preserve it.” – Shauna Niequist

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage” – Anaïs Nin

“You can’t control the past, but you can control where you go next” – Kirsten Hubbard 

 “I learned my strengths and my weaknesses. I experienced the exhilaration of the ups and the despairs of the lows and most of the feelings in between… I learned courage and I learned it myself” – Ann Stirk

Now that you have the inspiration it’s up to you to pick the destination and the journey. 

You can check out our articles on what it’s like to travel to Mexico right now or when the time comes travel tips on how to plan a road trip in Australia, or your first solo trip.

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