Great Destinations for a Female Solo Trip
Gone are the days when solo travelers were considered lonely. Spending time on your own in a foreign place can be the perfect way to discover who you are. There’s little that equates to the freedom and joy of self-exploration on a solo journey. Whether you’re embarking on a little getaway on a tropical island or backpacking across Europe — challenges might still find you. However, the experience and unique friendships you gain along the way might be some of the most rewarding things in your life.
If this sounds like something you need, read about these three destinations that you should put on your bucket list for a female solo trip. Let’s plan a journey to remember for a lifetime!
For Art and Culture Enthusiasts: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is a friendly city and easy to navigate. You can explore it by following the canals without getting lost. The city has more bicycles than inhabitants, so cycling in Amsterdam is an obvious option. But the public transportation is also safe and well-organized, even if you’re traveling solo. The city isn’t only known for its iconic canals, quirky architecture, and interesting nightlife, but also for the wide variety of museums — where you can find magnificent historical artworks and the most bizarre exhibitions. In fact, Amsterdam has the highest density of museums in the world.
If you’re interested in learning more about life in hiding during World War II, then the Anne Frank House should be on your list. The biographical museum is located in the center of Amsterdam and is dedicated to the life of Anne Frank through her writings, photos, videos, and personal belongings. Don’t forget to book your tickets at least a month prior to your trip because they sell out very quickly.
For Post-Impressionism enthusiasts, the Van Gogh Museum is a top pick. The museum is dedicated to the paintings of the renowned Dutch artist, including the famous Sunflowers. The artwork will not only touch your soul but also provide you with an intimate look into the life and struggles of this tortured genius.
In case you’re fascinated by both arts and history, you should visit the Rijksmuseum where they display a million items such as paintings, sculptures, furniture, ornaments, maritime objects, and colonial treasures ranging from the 13th to the 21st century. The architecture of the museum is a mix of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance styles. The Rijksmuseum is a great place to celebrate Dutch culture and history.
Last but not least, take a canal cruise to complete your trip to Amsterdam. You’ll see the unique architecture of the city and learn some interesting facts along the way.
Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences: Singapore
Singapore is a multicultural nation and global financial center with many interesting attractions to visit. This vibrant destination is exceptionally safe and clean, with a beautiful airport that has a waterfall. Singapore is also known as “Instant Asia” because it offers visitors a glimpse of different Asian cultures from all parts of the continent. Here are some unique places to visit in this city-state.
If wandering in a mesmerizing garden with rare flora and fauna from all parts of the world is something you would enjoy, then the Gardens by the Bay will intoxicate you. The gardens have over a million plants from 19,000 species, and the majestic Supertrees provide a skywalk where you can look over the gardens from 22 meters above the ground. Their award-winning sea-shell-shaped conservatories not only accommodate exotic plants but also recreate cold mountain climates.
Do you prefer something more exhilarating than wandering in exotic gardens? How about a nocturnal zoo? Singapore has the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, Singapore Night Safari, where you can see over 1,000 creatures from 120 species. This is your chance to get close and personal with endangered animals such as the Himalayan griffon vulture, wildebeest, gazelle, Malayan tiger, and the gaur of Burma.
If you’re more into sea creatures, then S.E.A Aquarium is the place for you. It’s the largest indoor aquarium in Southeast Asia — with over 100,000 marine animals from 1,000 species across more than 40 diverse habitats. You can swim inches away from ocean predators and have close encounters with hammerhead sharks, dolphins, and sting rays. A therapeutic walk under the deep blue ocean and immersing yourself in amazing sea creatures might be what you need.
Let’s finish the trip to Singapore with a view from the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck. It’s breathtaking, especially at night. You can either pay 26 SGD or buy a cocktail for entrance.
Historic Architecture and the Great Outdoors: Montreal, Canada
Montreal is a bilingual city with a French-Canadian culture, old-town elegance, and modern-day sophistication. You can walk easily from one place to another, and if your legs get tired, you can always hop on a bus or metro. The public transportation is clean, safe, and cost-efficient. The city is also known for its exquisite cafés, vibrant nightlife, and friendly people. It’s a terrific destination for a female solo trip. And there are some interesting things to do while traveling alone in Montreal.
Visit one of the oldest squares in Montreal, Place d’Armes. It’s located in the old town center with the twin-towered Notre Dame Basilica, one of the oldest Gothic Revival cathedrals in Canada. You can enter the stunning cathedral or drink a cup of coffee and snack on some poutine by the seating area. It’s a nice way to observe the beauty of the city. While you’re still in Old Montreal, why not take a stroll through the historical neighborhood? You can see a few historical buildings dating back to the mid-1600s by the cobbled streets.
Next to Old Montreal is the oldest port in the city, Vieux-Port de Montréal. During the warm weather, you can take a cruise on the St. Lawrence River, where you’ll see the Olympic Stadium, Jacques Cartier Bridge, Habitat ’67, and many other architectures. In the winter, the skating rink becomes a very popular place to go. You can always take a ride on the gigantic Ferris wheel, La Grande Roue de Montreal, located by the Vieux-Port. It allows you to watch over the St. Lawrence River, Mount Royal Park, and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. If you prefer something more thrilling, then take a ride on the zip line that hovers 26 meters above the skyline.
West of the city center is Mount Royal Park, where you can visit the largest domed cathedral in North America, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal — enjoy the spectacular view from Mount Royal, an extinct volcano. The three-peak mountain offers various hiking trails for you to embark on. You’ll never need to worry about what to do in this massive park.
No matter where you decide to go, remember to do sufficient research and be aware of your surroundings. We have some tips for staying safe as a woman abroad. If you’re still not sure whether you should go on a solo trip or not, here’s a list of the pros and cons of solo female travel for you.