Ready to travel alone as a woman?
The age of female solo travel is on a rise! There has been a growing desire for females to travel alone. Since 2016, the search volume for the term ‘female solo travel’ across all search engines has increased by 62%.
We totally understand why!
Solo Trip – Your trip is yours and yours only. You get to call the shots, unwind while seeing new places and enjoy a peaceful alone time.
Truly, the joys of travelling alone as a woman are unparalleled. It provides the perfect balance between self-discovery and rejuvenation, giving you a sense of absolute freedom. Kangana Ranaut’s iconic character ‘Rani’ from the blockbuster Bollywood film ‘Queen’ showed us exactly how a solo trip can transform your life, help you reconnect with yourself and not to forget, the lifelong new friendships, you’ll make on this jam-packed solo trip adventure.
Now the question is, where should you go?
While some places make for easier solo trips than others, Asia tops our list of a fabulous destination for solo female travelers. It’s relatively safe, easy to travel around with fun people, lots of culture, amazing food, amazing attractions and playful adventures.
Since personal safety is at the top of most female travelers’ minds when planning a solo trip, we’ve made a list of the TOP 5 safest Asian destinations as well as our favourites.
Let’s take a look!
Not a year goes by in which Singapore does not top the rankings of the world’s most safest cities. Apart from being one of the cleanest and most orderly cities, Singapore scores full marks for its safety, low crime rates, advanced security and willingness to host tourists anytime of the year. To add to it, Singapore is a year-round sunshine destination, thereby topping our list of the first choice for solo female travelers. From exotic gardens, adrenaline-filled theme parks to the buzzing shopping, nightlife and food scene, the Lion City has enough attractions to keep you busy whether you are staying for a few days or a couple of weeks. Our Singapore holiday packages including your Singapore visa, flights and accommodation are not only there to offer you enthralling experiences of local feel and culture, but also to ensure your safety.
If you wish to dip a toe into solo adventuring, Malaysia is the perfect country to do it — it’s safe, welcoming and easy to get around. Much like Singapore, Malaysia is one of Asia’s most friendly and tolerant countries and has a very good safety record. The Malaysians are known to be easy-going. There is very little to be worried about, when you are in Malaysia. So perhaps the only thing you need to be worried is, how to go about planning your perfect Malaysian holiday. Whatever you do, make sure you explore Kuala Lumpur city for the foodie in you, Langkawi Island for a bit of sun, sea, sand and tan, as well as, the highest mountain in Malaysia, Mt. Kinabalu for a high adrenaline mountain climbing experience.
A top favourite destination of millennials and backpackers, Thailand is one of the best places for a solo female traveler. It’s safe, affordable and there is a plethora of things to do; beaches, islands, temples, culture, history, adventure, shopping, eating and partying. Being one of the easiest places to discover on your own, It’s a breeze to get around in this city state. You can spend your time on the coast relaxing by the sea or wander around on foot, enjoying the area’s natural and idyllic beauty.
Thailand is both traditional and modern, cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic and authentic. The Land of Smiles is synonymous with good weather and pleasant temperatures all year round. No matter what time of the year you’re planning a Thailand trip, you will find yourself surrounded by warm and welcoming locals, affordable prices, and gastronomic delights.
Due to its stunning beaches, magical temples, adventure activities and relaxed pace of life, Indonesia is one of the most popular holiday destinations in south-east Asia that lures around 20 million travellers every year. It is known for its friendly people with an easy-going attitude who will make you feel welcome in their country from the moment that you arrive. Hence, It’s not a surprise, why the Island nation is a preferred destinations for single travellers, it’s safe, forever welcoming, incredibly diverse, and bursting with exciting experiences. If you are looking for a safe and instagrammable destination to take beautiful photos, Indonesia it is!.
A great combination of safety and quality leisure time, Sri Lanka is the ideal choice for individuals seeking nature, outdoor activities, relaxation and well-being. It is worth noting that each year more than 10 million tourists visit Sri Lanka, and most trips are without incident. With a welcoming and tolerant environment, Sri Lanka is one of the safest places in Asia for female travelers. Locals are extremely hospitable. You can walk around the streets to your heart’s content. The Island nation, buzzing with diverse ethnicities, is host to lush green plantations, incredible wildlife, ancient ruins and stunning natural wonders! We recommend you visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura, UNESCO World Heritage Site or walk to the top of Sigiriya (Lion Rock Fortress), one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic historic landmark.
Here are some essential tips for travelling alone:
Research before you go
Once you’ve picked the destination, do a thorough research of the places you will be visiting. The prospects of exploring an unknown land on your own can seem scary. Knowing about what places to visit, the culture and language, recommended local restaurants, transport options etc. will be an added advantage. Refer to TripAdvisor for destination reviews, read posts by famous travel bloggers, ask about it on Reddit and watch videos on youtube. The more you know about your destination, the easier your trip planning and ultimately your trip will be.
Stay at reputed hotels
When travelling solo, it’s important to book a centrally positioned, good hotel for safety reasons. Even though the lower hotel rates may tempt you, you most definitely don’t want to be stuck by yourself in the middle of nowhere or in a weird part of town. Only choose hotels with high reviews and multiple positive ratings for your stay. Avoid couchsurfing and isolated accommodation that is fairly remote.
Stick to touristy places
In every country, there are neighbourhood and suburbs that you should avoid. Plan your trips during daylight hours, opt for tourist locations where there are co-travelers, bars, restaurants, beaches, shopping streets, common things to do – it’s generally safer and more interesting, too. Avoid areas that look isolated or are known to be dangerous and if at all you’re required to walk through a particular area, ensure that you’re part of a group.
Keep your loved ones updated with your trip
Share your travel plans with your closest friend or family member. It is prudent to keep them constantly updated with your schedule such as where you’ll be staying and where you’ll be going each day.
Use Public Transport
Apart from the safety issue, private transport such as taxis are generally very pricey especially when travelling alone as there is no one to spill the bill. It will be much cheaper to hop on a bus or metro. If at all you need a taxi ride, team up with other travellers to share the ride.
Avoid travelling at night
When travelling solo, you are responsible for yourself as there is no one to take care of you. If you are out at night, stay in well-lit and populated areas, avoid secluded areas and alleys and always organise your mode of transport in advance.
Avoid heavy partying in a foreign city
While visiting local bars or pubs, do not get drunk or accept drinks from strangers on your solo trip. Watch your food and drink at all times. Your drink may be spiked, you may subject to petty crime or simply not being able to actually find your way home. Moreover, over drinking can lower your awareness and compromise your safety. No matter how safe a country may be, you should not let your guard down.
Stack up cash in different sections of your backpack
Store enough petty cash in your bag, apart from your wallet. In case you end up losing your wallet, or a your credit card, having money to fall back on is always a sensible choice.
Join “Solo Female Travelers” groups on Social Media
Social media has become a critical source of information for female travelers, with Facebook, and Instagram becoming the main destination for travel tips and inspiration. On these platforms, you’ll meet woman from different walks of life with similar interests. It is a great way to meet other travelers, have shared experiences, and maybe even develop new friendships.
Carry yourself with confidence
Your solo trip is only for you to know. Behave and dress appropriately to avoid unwanted attention. While interacting with strangers, pretend that you have friends or family in the destination you’re in, even if you don’t.
Update your whereabouts on Social Media
Keep your family and friends in the know of your whereabouts with constant location check-ins and photos. Inform your close ones that if you don’t post anything for 2 days, something is definitely wrong, so that they can check on you.
That’s it folks! Just trust your own instincts and intuition and use the same safety skills you’d use in your own city. Go for it and we are sure you will have the time of your life!
If you have any questions or need help with planning your trip, be it local or international, let us know in the comments and we’ll be happy to help you out!
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