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2020 Best Solo Female Travel Destinations for each Month of the Year

By Alice Teacake

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Looking for awesome solo female travel destinations for each month of this year?

Taking into account the weather and ‘peak’ seasons in each destination, I’ve got you covered with 36 of the best places to travel alone in 2020, month by month!

2020 Best Solo Female Travel Destinations each month

With a mix of beginner and true adventurer destinations, there’s 3 female solo travel destinations for each month so that you’ve got a cracking choice. Solo holidays have just got so much better! Single travel is hot and this list is sure to inspire you women travel addicts to get out there and explore.

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January

Here are my top 3 solo female travel destinations for January.

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City has something for everyone. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a history buff, a foodie, a party animal or a shopaholic, this is the city for you. It’s got a thriving art scene with many art galleries and street art. There’s mind blowing museums and ruins, a night life scene to suit most tastes, a fantastic food scene to suit most budgets and gourmet restaurants and food stalls serving up some of the best tacos in town.

Gay bars, dive bars, swanky clubs and jazz clubs are part of the fabric too! There’s Artisan markets with fantastic arts and crafts for sale to take your memories home too. Another bonus is that it’s a cheap place to visit. Perfect!

Flag of Mexico flapping in clear blue skies. Mexico City is a great female solo travel destination for 2020 Flag of Mexico flapping in clear blue skies. Mexico City is a great female solo travel destination for 2020

Plastic skulls in Mexico City which are painted in many bright colours! Plastic skulls in Mexico City which are painted in many bright colours!

Things to do in Mexico City

  • Visit the Museo Nacional de Antropología (national museum of anthropology), which contains the largest collection of ancient Mexican art in the world.
  • Wander around Chapultepec park, twice the size of Central Park. There’s a castle with art exhibits to visit, plus its vantage point offers fantastic views over the city and park. There are several museums within the park, including the anthropology museum, and a lake where you can rent a row or paddle boat
  • Do a free walking tour around the historic centre, see Zocalo and the Metropolitan Cathedral, Palacio of Bellas Artes, Alameda Central (the oldest municipal park in the city) and the ruins of Templo Mayor among other things
  • Visit the Frida Kahlo museum, where you will be able to see not only some of her works of art, but also of her husband, Diego Rivera
  • Do a local street food tour and make sure to stop at the original El Moro churreria situated in the historic centre for churros and hot chocolate. They are open 24 hours!
  • Take a day trip to Teotihuacan to check out the Aztec Temple of the Sun and Moon, only 40km from Mexico City
  • Check out Diego Rivera’s murals, which can be found in various locations; a must see is his iconic ‘Dream of a Sunday afternoon in Alameda Park’, which is his one and only mural situated in the Diego Rivera Museum. Other locations exhibiting his works are the Palcio Nacional (national palace) and El Palacio De Bellas Artes (palace of fine arts)
  • See Lucha Libre wrestling

Discover all the cool activities in Mexico City here

Top Mexico City Activities

Below are a few tours I would definitely recommend doing in Mexico City.

The best places to stay in Mexico City

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Mexico City

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There are many direct flights to Mexico City from several US and European cities. There are lots of internal flights from Mexico City to other major Mexican destinations. Puebla is worth a visit and is easy to reach by bus from Mexico City. Aeromexico, United, Jet Blue and Delta are all good airlines to check out.

Malaga, Spain

Malaga in Spain has completely changed in the last 15 years! It has blossomed into one of the most exciting port cities in Europe, with a thriving foodie, cultural and amazing art scene! This is the birthplace of Picasso and also home to the only other Pompidou Centre in the world (Paris has the original). I believe it is one of the best places for solo female travel.

The adventure day trips from the city are also so worth it. You have to check out the darling town of Ronda and face your fears on the riveting El Caminito del Rey hiking trail.

One Day in Malaga One Day in Malaga

One Day in Malaga One Day in Malaga

Things to do in Malaga

Start your morning in the charming old town enjoying all of the amazing architecture then go and see 285 works of Picasso in the Picasso Museum. Make sure to go to the local market for lunch (the wine, cheese and Galician beef is to die for!).

In the afternoon, I recommend going in search of all the groovy street art here, strolling along the promenade and finishing your evening on of the many buzzing restaurants with the locals.

Find your perfect Malaga itinerary here

Top Malaga Activities

Below are a few tours I would definitely recommend doing in Malaga.

Best Flight Deals to Malaga

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My top airline to fly to Malaga with is Jet2.

Prague Czechia

Prague is a magical place to start the new year. With low prices and plenty of things to do, what better way to travel solo and recover from the stressful and expensive holiday season? Embrace the cold and enjoy bargain prices for accommodations and airfare. If you’re itching to see a gorgeous snowfall, there’s a 50% chance you will!

Don’t forget your Lonely Planet Guide to Prague!

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Prague Czech Republic

Things to do in Prague

Explore the Old Town, rub the lucky dog on Charles Bridge, and take the long way up to the Prague Castle. Grab an inexpensive beer and a cinnamon sugar trdelnik and breathe in the crisp winter air in Prague this January. Check out all your activities here!

Top Prague Activities

Below are a few tours I would definitely recommend doing in Prague.

The best places to stay in Prague

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Prague

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My top airline to fly to Prague with is Smartwings.

February

Here are my top 3 solo female travel destinations for February.

Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo is a winter wonderland perfect for enjoying all snow-related activities, from snow festivals to winter sports. Or you can relax at an onsen (hot spring) and tuck into the many culinary delights that this northern Japanese city has to offer. Foodie highlights are miso ramen, crab, mutton BBQ and believe it or not, ice cream and all things dairy. This is also the home of Sapporo beer. Tasty!

Locals standing in the snow in the street in Sapporo Japan

It's snowing in Sapporo Japan! Come in February to enjoy the winter sports and food!

Things to do in Sapporo

The Sapporo Yuki Matsui (Snow festival) in February is the largest winter festival in Japan with lots of nearby snowboarding and skiing resorts. There is also the Otaru snow light path festival, about an hour or so from Sapporo. Asakikawa winter festival is about 2 hours away. Chill out in an onsen, go ice fishing, visit the Sapporo beer museum and beer garden and go to the top of Mount Moiwa for stunning night views of the city.

Top Sapporo Activities

Below are a few activities I recommend trying in Sapporo Japan!

Hokkaido Jozankei Resort Spa Onsen Day Tour

Sapporo Beer Garden Crab and Lamb BBQ Buffet

Ropeway Ticket for Tenguyama in Otaru

Mount Moiwa and Okura Sapporo Night View Trip with Dinner

The best places to stay in Sapporo

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Sapporo

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If you’re travelling from the US, definitely check out Cathay Pacific as they often have good deals. The flight connection is in Hong Kong. There’s lots of domestic flights between Tokyo and Sapporo. The bullet train is another option.

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Are you thinking of travelling in South Korea? Seoul is about a 2 and a half to 3 hour flight away. Cathay Pacific and Eva Air are great airlines to check out.

Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to a whole new world like nothing you have experienced before. Tokyo in Japan is an absolute delight for solo female travellers and I would come here Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter if I could. There’s a real charm to seeing Japan in the snow – you might just get it in Tokyo.

There’s just so many wonderful new foods to try, the quirkiest shopping districts, endless weird technology and the friendliest locals to help you out (even if they don’t speak a lick of English!).

Check my Solo Female Guide to Japan here

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travelling alone in Japan is safe and easy with the trains

Things to do in Tokyo

The list is endless! Every neighbourhood has its own personality and charm. I personally recommend visiting the temples, getting lost in the Japanese gardens, visiting the early morning fish markets, trying to make your way across Shibuya crossing, singing karaoke and watching a sumo match. And yes…there’s Disneyland if you want it!

Discover all Tokyo activities here

Top Tokyo Activities

Below are a few tours I would definitely recommend doing in Tokyo.

The best places to stay in Tokyo

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Tokyo

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Bangkok Thailand

When travelling solo in Bangkok, you’ll never feel alone. There’s plenty of digital nomads, solo female travellers, and general vacationers enjoying this Thai city. Whether you’re looking to enjoy luxury or live on the edge, Bangkok is definitely one of the best solo travel destinations. February is nearing the end of tourist season and will help you avoid the hottest heat in Bangkok.

Don’t forget your Lonely Planet Guide to Bangkok!

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Bangkok Thailand

Things to do in Bangkok

Explore numerous temples and shrines as well as the Grand Palace. If you’re in search of more, think about a day trip to the rose garden or Ayutthaya!

Check out all the activities here!

Top Bangkok Activities

The best places to stay in Bangkok

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Bangkok

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My top airline to fly to Bangkok with is Thai Airways.

March

Here are my top 3 solo destinations for women in March.

Kochi, Kerala, India

Flanked on one side by the Arabian Sea and on the other by the Western Ghats, Kerala is a land blessed with both natural beauty and a deep and fascinating cultural heritage. Dubbed the Venice of the East by Lord Curzon, Allapuza is a maze of canals and lagoons. A houseboat ride in this watery wonderland is a highlight for any visitor to Kerala.

Read my reviews of Alleppey houseboats here!

Check out the spice and tea plantations in the Western Ghats and do some wildlife spotting at Periyar National Park, which is home to some majestic beasts such as elephants and tigers.

Kerala has some attractive beaches too, like Kovalam and Varkala which are lovely to visit. 

Alice smiling and standing against a ruined building in Fort Kochi covered in blue, yellow and green graffiti.

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Things to do in Kochi in Kerala India

Kochi has a rich cultural heritage. The Chinese, British, Portuguese and Jewish have all left their marks on this port city. Fort Kochi is easily explored by foot, so join a tour or just see where your feet take you. A few highlights you will encounter are the Chinese fishing nets and Church of St Francis, with lots of shopping to be had in between.

Keep your eyes peeled for some fantastic street art. Jew Town and its Pardesi Jewish Synagogue is another must see. Kerala is the centre of Ayurveda, so go get yourself a relaxing massage after a long day walking around in the sun. Follow that with an evening Kathakali performance! It’s a classical dance characterised by unique hand and facial movements and exuberant costumes and makeup.

Read: 5 Top Places to Visit in Kochi Kerala 

Top Kochi activities

Private Day Tour to Fort Cochin

Cochin Jewish Heritage Tour

Cochin Heritage and Backwaters Tour

Highlights of Cochin with Ayurvedic Massage

The best places to stay in Kochi, Kerala

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Kochi

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International flights arrive at the main airport Cochin International Airport. From here there are also domestic departures. Cochin is well served by train lines. Cochin is well connected via air, bus and rail. Emirates are a great airline to fly with into and out of here.

Xingping China

How about diving right into an Asian adventure and heading for Xingping China? At this time of year, the weather is mild and the days are sunny with temperatures around 20-30°C (68-86°F)! Located in the south of China near Guilin, I feel it’s a gentle enough introduction to China if this is your first time here. Enough tourists come here for you to get by if you know very little Mandarin – and it is not too busy.

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Ship Pavilion Xingping China

Things to do in Xingping China

Xingping is a tranquil playground with the Li River right there to cruise down, plenty of mountains to hike up, and many locals excited to see you. Be brave and eat the food too. It IS delicious!

Discover more activities here

Things to do in Xingping China

The best places to stay in Xingping China

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Xingping

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Delhi India

Calling all adventuresses for a challenging destination for 2020! Delhi in India can be difficult but it is highly rewarding. It’s on my list of top places to travel alone in India. Temperatures are lower in Delhi in March, so you can enjoy the sights and adventures without sweating (too much).

Delhi Agra Jaipur Tour

Enjoying the floral gowns at Jama Masjid in Delhi

Things to do in Delhi

Explore all Delhi has to offer to solo travellers, including Delhi Gate, Qutub Minar and the Lotus Temple, as well as the option for numerous day trips to surrounding cities!

Check out all of your activities here!

The best places to stay in Delhi India

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Delhi

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My top airline to fly to Delhi with is Air India.

April

My top 3 destinations for ladies in April are the Yorkshire Dales in the UK, Slovenia and Paris!

Yorkshire Dales, UK

With its stunning scenery of valleys, hills and moors, dotted with lakes, rivers and picturesque market towns, the Yorkshire Dales are the perfect place to unwind. Take a stroll through the villages, get a pint in a cosy pub and explore the historic sites the area has to offer. For the more active types, there are definitely hiking and cycling trails in abundance! My favourite 4 day trek is the Herriot Way.

Alice Teacake looking out at Hull Pot on the Pen-Y-Ghent Circular Walk Alice Teacake looking out at Hull Pot on the Pen-Y-Ghent Circular Walk

View from above of Hull Pot in the Yorkshire Dales View from above of Hull Pot in the Yorkshire Dales

Things to do in Yorkshire

Visit White Scar Cave and the Stump Cross Caverns. Seek out the Medieval Bolton Castle, from which you can walk to Asygarth falls along the river Ure! Venture into the Wensleydale Creamery for some cheesy goodness, then pop to the Black Sheep Brewery and find out how to make beer: sampling included!

Bolton Abbey is another highlight. Malham Cove is another natural wonder worth a visit. The Ingleton Waterfalls walk is one of the most popular trails. Pendragon castle is also a highlight when you take your trip to the Dales.

Discover awesome activities here

Top Yorkshire Dales Activities

The best places to stay in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Yorkshire

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Yorkshire is well served by buses and coaches. National Rail has a couple of routes, one being the Leeds-Morecambe line and the other is the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line. Why not visit here from Leeds or York?

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Slovenia

Slovenia is the hidden gem of Europe and April is a great time to come and discover THE greenest country in the world. I recommend starting in Ljubljana, which may just become your most favourite capital city ever. It’s perfect for riding a bike around, the funicular views are stunning, the street art is out of this world and the day trips that you can take from here are fairy tale moments! I particularly loved exploring Bela Krajina in the south!

Hiking in Slovenia along the Kolpa River

Hiking in Slovenia along the Kolpa River

Things to do in Slovenia

Slovenia is an active, healthy and very eco-conscious country, with beautiful towns, villages and endless adventure activities. One day I was following Indiana Jones’ footsteps – exploring the stunning underground Postojna Cave and gawping at Predjama Castle – with its walls literally built into the side of a mountain. The next, I was hanging out with the edgy creative hippies in the city centre, than whitewater rafting down Kolpa River in Bela Krajina.

Find all of your activities here!

Top Activities in Slovenia

The best places to stay in Ljubljana Slovenia

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Slovenia

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Top Tip: You may find flying to another destination in a neighbouring country cheaper, to then grab a bus over the border to Slovenia.

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Paris

If you’re lucky, spring will be in full bloom in April in Paris. Your daily walks to the boulangerie for a cheeky croissant will be filled with fair weather and plenty of Parisiennes! There are two good reasons to avoid Paris after April/May; all the Parisians leave and all the tourists come in. In April every business will be in full swing, but in the summer you risk your local bakery being closed for holiday! Get the best Paris travel tips here.

Don’t forget your Lonely Planet Guide to Paris!

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Paris France

Things to do in Paris

Join a free walking tour or meet travelers in your hostel lobby: Paris is full of solo travelers! Climb the Eiffel Tower, take the funicular up to the Sacre Coeur, or enjoy the many bargain priced 3 course meals near Notre Dame.

Book awesome activities in Paris here

Top Paris Activities

The best places to stay in Paris France

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Paris

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My top airline to fly to Paris with is Transavia.

May

My top 3 destinations for May are Pakistan, Quebec in Canada and Aruba!

Lahore and Hunza, Pakistan

If adventure, warm and hospitable people, stunning landscapes, delicious food and impressive historical buildings is what you’re looking for, then look no further than Lahore and the spectacular mountainous region of Hunza, which has some of the best trekking in the world. I trekked in Pakistan for 2 weeks and absolutely loved it.

Read my 2 week itinerary for trekking in Pakistan

Trekking in Pakistan along the Passu Glacier in North East Pakistan

Trekking in Pakistan along the Passu Glacier in North East Pakistan

Lahore in Pakistan

View from the Red Fort in Lahore, Pakistan

Things to do in Lahore before you go to Hunza

Before you head up into the mountains, make sure to explore Lahore first. Go to Lahore Fort and check out the Palace of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal), which is situated at the north west corner of the fort. Visit Badshahi mosque and Wazir Khan mosque and walk around the market at Delhi Gate. Not to be missed is the border ceremony at Wahga Gate. Make sure to brush up on your Pakistani history at the Lahore Museum too!

I highly recommend experiencing Pakistan with Epic Backpacker Tours if you’re an avid hiker and trekker like me. They’ll show you the best of Lahore before taking you up into the amazing mountains of northeast Pakistan.

Secure your spot on the next Pakistan tour here!

Top Lahore activities

If you’re not interested in hiking with Epic Backpacker Tours, I recommend the following activities in Lahore.

Tailor Made Lahore Guided Tour

4 Hour Lahore City Tour

Lahore Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Lahori Food Experience

The best places to stay in Lahore Pakistan

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Lahore

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Most flights from the US and Europe involve at least one, sometimes two connections. You can easily get to Lahore from other Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Emirates are a good airline to fly with.

Quebec City Canada

For all of you ladies who cannot make it to Europe to visit Paris, you can get your ‘European’ experience by visiting Quebec City in Canada. In May, it certainly is a little chilly, but the romantic feel of this city will soon warm you up (along with the maple syrup!).

Quebec City Canada

Quebec City Canada

Things to do in Quebec City

The architecture is magical (the old city is UNESCO World Heritage!), the cobblestone streets are full of delightful cafes and Le Château de Frontenac hotel is a fairy tale experience. Visit it even if you’re not staying there!

I highly recommend that you make the most of this time of year by going whale watching in nearby Tadoussac too. It is here that they have some of the best whale watching in the world. Make the most of it!

And if you’re a hiker – get right across this country and check out these North American hikes!

Top Quebec Activities

The best places to stay in Quebec city

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Quebec City

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Aruba

Aruba is a beautiful Caribbean island, safe destination for solo female travelers. It offers TONS of adventure sports, outings, and thrills. April to August will show you the best prices for Aruba, although the weather in Aruba is sunny year round.

Don’t forget your Lonely Planet Guide to Aruba!

Taking a break from my Excursions in Aruba at the Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant

Enjoying the beach next to Moomba Beach Bar & Restaurant

Things to do in Aruba

Explore adventurous Aruba through biking, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, and more! It really is an adventure playground but if you want to just grab some rays and top up your tan, you can certainly do that too.

Discover exciting activities to do in Aruba here

Top Aruba Activities

The best places to stay in Aruba

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Aruba

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My top airline to fly to Aruba with is Aruba Airlines.

June

My three favourite travel destinations for women in June are Trentino in Italy, Edinburgh in Scotland and Bologna in Italy.

Trentino, Italy

Trento is a gorgeous northern Italian town, with architecture from both Medieval and Renaissance periods of history. From here you can enjoy the many hikes that the Dolomites have to offer. I spent 5 days hiking in the Brenta Dolomies and had the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing peaks in the snow in June.

Read my Hiking in the Dolomites post here

Nicola, a local mountain guide, hiking up to Rifugio Tuckett

Nicola, our local mountain guide, hiking up to Rifugio Tuckett

Things to do in Trentino Italy

Visit Castello del Buonconsiglio and Torre Aquila,take a stroll around Piazza del Duomo where you can admire the Neptune Fountain and of course the Duomo (cathedral)  it. In the square you will also find the Torre Grande and Palazzo Pretorio, which houses a fantastic museum.

Walk down Via Belenzani and admire historical buildings the walls of which are covered in beautiful frescos dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Check out the ancient Roman city of Tridentum; the ruins of which lie under the city of Trento. And of course, go on an exhilarating hike in the Dolomites! Psst, yes there’s Lake Garda but Molveno Lake is an absolute gem too.

Check out my 4 Day Trentino Adventure Itinerary here

Top Trentino Activities

The best places to stay in Trento, Trentino

I recommend starting your Trentino adventures in Trento and working your way out from there.

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Trento

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The closest international airport is Verona, situated about 90Km away. There are trains from other Italian cities, such as Milan, Bologna and Venice.

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Edinburgh + Scottish Highlands

It wasn’t until two years ago that I finally made it up to Scotland and realised just how brilliant my neighbour up north is. Edinburgh is home to Harry Potter, has many a glass of glorious whisky, a lovely castle and so many activities throughout the day and evening to keep you entertained.

Read my full Edinburgh itinerary here

Most of all though, it’s the perfect starting point for a really adventurous Scottish Highlands trip. I explored Scotland for a week up in the Highlands and had a fantastic time.

Find out more about my Scotland Highlands trip here

Scotland Highlands

Bare Castle on the Isle of Skye

Things to do in Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands

In Edinburgh, I highly recommend you visit the castle, all of the spots that inspired J.K. Rowling whilst writing Harry Potter, hike up Arthur’s Seat and explore the Underground Vaults.

In the Highlands, the Isle of Skye is a must as well as Clara Cairns, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe.

See all of the awesome activities here!

Top Edinburgh Activities

The best places to stay in Edinburgh Scotland

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Bologna Italy

Bologna is a great solo female travel destination because it isn’t touristy and doesn’t really have any sketchy areas. Bologna is the perfect place for a taste of Italy without going over budget or over touristy. Early June in Bologna hosts great weather, and you can never go wrong with an Italian summer! The food in Bologna is also delizioso!

Things to do in Bologna

Enjoy the glorious Italian food, peruse a piazza, and check out San Petrono. Enjoy the big park Giardini Margherita or take in some of the culture filled museums.

See all of the awesome activities here!

Top Bologna Activities

Best Flight Deals to Bologna

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My top airline to fly to Bologna with is Ryanair.

July

Reaching the top of my list for 2020 in July are Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka, Portland Oregon and Sydney Australia.

Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

The port town of Trincomalee, situated on South Asia’s deepest natural harbour, is the perfect starting point for exploring the many attractions this part of Sri Lanka has to offer. While a lot of the country is still feeling the effects of the monsoon, July is dry season on the east coast, so it’s the perfect time to visit.

Sri Lanka is a must for any wildlife enthusiast. Head to the gorgeous beaches of Nilaveli and Uppaveli, just north of Trinco, where you can go snorkelling at Pigeon island. Or arrange a trip to go and see dolphins and the majestic beast of the ocean, the blue whale. Summer is its migration season and its path happens to go right past this part of Sri Lanka.

Trinco is within easy reach of the majestic ruins at Polonnaruwa, which is the site of the second capital of Sri Lanka after its original capital Anurhadapura was destroyed in 993. You can easily arrange a tuk tuk tour of the ruins, or if you are feeling energetic, rent a bike and cycle round.

Near Polonnaruwa there are several national parks where you can do a safari, spot some majestic elephants and other wildlife. Kaudulla and Minneriya are just two of the several parks in the area. Also reachable from here is Sigiriya Ancient Rock Fortress; the ruins of an ancient palace situated on the top of a 200 meter high rock. From the top you can see stunning views of the surrounding area.

Sigiriya Ancient Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Ancient Rock Fortress is well worth a visit on your solo travels in 2020!

Things to do in Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Whale watching around Trinco and Nilaveli, visiting the ruins at Polonnaruwa, going on a safari at one of the national park and visiting Sigiriya Rock are all awesome ideas.

Top Activities in Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Minneriya National Park Safari Drive from Trincomalee

Whale and Dolphin Watching Experience in Trincomalee

Pigeon Island National Park Snorkeling Experience

Pasikudah and Sigiriya 2 Day Tour

The best places to stay in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

The best places to stay in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

How to get to Trincomalee in Sri Lanka

From Colombo you can get a train which costs around $2. It does take a long time though, around 12 hours. Hiring a driver is quicker and takes around half the time. It’s not too expensive if you share the cost with a couple of other travellers (cost is around $100 for the journey). You can also get to here from Batticaloa, Jaffna and Arugam Bay.

Check routes and find tickets with 12 Go Asia here

Portland Oregon, USA


I really wanted to get somewhere on the States onto this list (but believe it or not, I still haven’t been!) so I asked my good friend Sonia what she thought. Here’s what she had to say!…

‘The weather in Oregon is around 8 months of wet and cold, but in Summer, the place turns into a vibrant and exhilarating place to hang out and be cool. There’s still snow on the mountain tops if you want to get up there, but down below the waterfalls are gushing as the snow melts, which means there’s plenty of rafting and tubing fun to be had! The coast is still freezing, but the hearty seafood will keep your belly full and happy.

Portland comes alive with cracking beer festivals, farmers markets, funky music and people whizzing around on their bikes. There’s plenty of parties to be had in cabins too. Happy days!’

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Portland Oregon

Top Portland Oregon Activities

These activities in Portland Oregon look like a blast!

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Best Places to stay in Portland Oregon

According to my friend Sonia, these are the best places to stay. Budget, midrange and luxury are right here.

Best Flight Deals to Portland Oregon

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Sydney Australia

Australians are known for being friendly, so enjoy some smiling faces when you go down under to Sydney. Catch a ferry during rush hour to meet locals or enjoy an evening drink – that’s right, booze cruise it up! In July Sydney hosts rather mild weather (for Australia) so you can enjoy Sydney’s beauty with a bit less of the heat.

Don’t forget your Lonely Planet Guide to Sydney!

Looking for the best places to travel alone this year? Here’s my TOP solo female travel destinations for 2018 – month by month – so you can be in the best place at the best time of the year! #travel #solofemaletravel

Sydney Australia

Things to do in Sydney

See a show at the Sydney Opera house, have fun at Luna Park, or enjoy water activities galore! Take a day trip to Hunter Valley, the Blue Mountains, or the Royal National Park to enjoy more of what Australia has to offer.

You can find all of the top activities here!

Top Sydney Activities

Best Places to stay in Sydney Australia

These are the best places to stay. Budget, midrange and luxury are right here.

Best Flight Deals to Sydney

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My top airline to fly to Sydney with is Qantas Airlines.

August

My top 3 solo female travel destinations for August are Edinburgh in Scotland (yes it’s recommended twice for this year!), Namibia and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Yes, Edinburgh is also featured this year for one of the June destinations. But in August, there are 5 festivals happening at once in Edinburgh, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! The city transforms into a playground full of so many shows, experiences and fantastical moments.

With enough planning, you can make sure that you have your accommodation booked, the shows you want to see reserved and your transport sorted. Ideally, you should start planning around Christmas the year before to make sure your trip is set!

A pillar covered in Fringe posters advertising different shows

A pillar on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh Scotland plastered with flyers showcasing what is on at The Fringe Festival

Things to do in Edinburgh in August

There are 5 festivals happening in Edinburgh in August. These are the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival.

If you need a break from the festivals, I also recommend hiking up to Arthur’s Seat, exploring the Underground Vaults, going on a Harry Potter Tour, exploring Edinburgh Castle and trying the whisky!

Top Edinburgh Activities

The best places to stay in Edinburgh, Scotland

Here are the top 3 options for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Edinburgh

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Namibia

August is the perfect month to explore Namibia as it’s the dry season! Animals will be gathering around rivers and waterholes, making it more likely for you to spot animals on safaris. Clear skies = excellent star gazing too! Namibia is exhilarating and daring, without being dangerous.

The hostels are very friendly and full of lots of people to meet – and Namibia has a peace and quiet about it that you may not find in other African countries. Who’s ready for a safari?! The only downside is that, being peak season, it will be a bit pricier than other times of the year.

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Namibia Africa

Things to do in Namibia

Get ready for desert adventures and plenty of safari experiences.

Here’s some great activities for you!

Top Namibia Activities

Best Places to Stay in Namibia

Here are a selection of places to stay in different areas to whet your appetite!

Best Flight Deals to Namibia

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Buenos Aires Argentina

Enjoy friendly people, a hopping nightlife, and tons of culture when you take your trip alone to Buenos Aires. Take a tour of the city or sit down next to a stranger at the bar – either way, you’ll end up with new friends.  Enjoy “winter” in Buenos Aires with temperatures around a mild 50 degrees Fahrenheit while avoiding tourists and high prices.

Looking for the best places to travel alone this year? Here’s my TOP solo female travel destinations for 2018 – month by month – so you can be in the best place at the best time of the year! #travel #solofemaletravel

Buenos Aires Argentina

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Visit Casa Rosada, La Boca, or Plaza del Mayo. Visit Eva Patron’s grave at La Recoleta Cemetery or explore the Japanese gardens – Buenos Aires has plenty to do and see on your next solo adventure abroad!

Find out about all the activities here!

Top Buenos Aires Activities

Best Places to Stay in Buenos Aires

Here are a selection of places to stay in different areas to whet your appetite!

Best Flight Deals to Buenos Aires

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My top airline to fly to Bueons Aires with is Aerolineas Argentinas.

September

What are the best destinations to visit in September as a solo female? I recommend Kotor in Montenegro, Cinque de Terre in Italy and Dublin in Ireland!

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is a charming medieval fortified town, perched on a bay of the Adriatic sea and flanked by glorious mountains. It’s a true feast for the eyes. Dive into the maze of cobbled streets of the Old Town and discover churches, Venetian palaces and museums galore. There’s also squares with cafes and cats. Cats are everywhere! There is even a museum dedicated to them. Meow.

Solo female looking out upon Kotor Montenegro

Explore Kotor in Montenegro with its beautiful views and population of cool cats!

Things to do in Kotor Montenegro

  • Stroll around the Old Town
  • Check out St Tryphon’s Cathedral
  • Visit the Cat Museum of Kotor
  • Go to San Giovanni Fortress, St Nichola’s Orthodox church and St Luke’s church
  • Take a boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks
  • Hike the Ladder of Kotor

Find out about all the activities here!

Top Kotor Montenegro Activities

Best Places to Stay in Kotor Montenegro

Here are a selection of places for budget, midrange and luxury travellers

Best Flight Deals to Kotor Montenegro

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The closest airport to Kotor is Tivat which is about a 10 minute drive away. Montenegro Airlines and Air Serbia fly there from several European cities. A lot of the budget airlines like Easy Jet and Ryanair fly to Podgorica Airport which is about 1 hour 40 min from Kotor. The closest train station is Bar, about 1 hour 20 drive away. In Bar you can get buses to Kotor.

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Cinque Terre Italy

I took a cruise along the Mediterranean Sea with Princess Cruises and discovered this absolute beauty along the way! Yes…it is becoming increasingly popular, but coming early in the morning, or choosing to hike your way through all the villages, will save you from seeing all the tourists at once.

The locals are incredibly sweet here and you’ll feel comfortable as a solo female walking through and exploring all the nooks and crannies of each village. Just look at these colours! Beautiful isn’t it!

Princess Mediterranean Cruises

Cinque Terre Italy

Things to do in Cinque Terre

If you have time, make sure to visit all five towns. I personally feel you should hike them, but if that isn’t your idea of fun, taking a boat along the coast past them is a good idea too!

Eat! The bruschetta is to die for here.

Lastly, just get lost – and make sure to do this down below and high up for the best views from both angles.

Check out all the activities here

Top Cinque Terre Activities

Best Places to Stay in Cinque Terre Italy

Every village has its charm. Here are a selection of places for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Cinque Terre

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Dublin Ireland

Travelling alone in Dublin never ends in loneliness, as this city is filled with friendly Irish folk and travelers galore. September in Dublin ensures great weather and avoiding too many tourists too!

Things to do in Dublin

Enjoy friendly faces with a Guinness at Temple Bar, then head over to Phoenix park to explore nature and watch the multitudes of deer. If you’re looking for adventure, take a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher!

Discover all the cool activities in Dublin here

Check out my 1 week itinerary for Ireland here!

Top Dublin Activities

Best Places to Stay in Dublin Ireland

Here are a selection of places for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

October

In October, I recommend travelling to Salzburg in Austria, Skopje in North Macedonia and London in the UK!#

Salzburg, Austria

It goes without saying that Salzburg, the birth city of Mozart, is a mecca for classical music lovers. But this is not the only reason why so many flock to this romantic city on the Salzach river at the foot of the Alps. The Old Town has fine medieval and baroque buildings and museums withits streets filled with buskers and classical performers. The cafes where you can find delicious cakes and coffee are sooo good too. The city hosts over 4000 cultural events a year, so there is always plenty going on.

I discovered Salzburg way back before I was a travel blogger by teaching English here. One of my favourite reasons for being here in October are the Krampus festivals! Krampus is a folklore character who punishes children who have been naughty in the period leading up to Christmas. If Santa is the good guy who rewards you, Krampus is the bad dude who comes out to get you. Watch out if you’re on the streets at this time – you might just find yourself caught up in a Krampus street parade!

Bird's eye view of Salzburg in Austria

Salzburg in Austria is a great solo female travel destination

Things to do in Salzburg Austria

  • Check out Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • Stroll through the Altstadt (old town)
  • Check out Mozart’s birthplace and Museum
  • Go to Salzburg Cathedral
  • Take a walk along Getreidegasse street, Salzburg’s iconic shopping street
  • St Peter’s Abbey is worth a look!
  • Salzburg has several fantastic squares to walk around, such as Kapitelplatz and Residenzplatz, which is the main square and the one that features in The Sound of Music
  • Go to Mirabelle Palace and Gardens

Discover all the cool activities to do in Salzburg Austria here!

Top Salzburg Activities

Best Places to Stay in Salzburg Austria

Here are a selection of places for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Salzburg

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Salzburg’s main airport is only 4km from the city centre and there are buses running from the airport to the city. There’s a high speed train between Munich and Salzburg too.

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Skopje, North Macedonia

Skopje is a brilliant introduction to the Balkans and easy to fly into or cross into via the train or bus. It is quite frankly…a little bit weird…but this is why I love it so much. The number of statues here is out of this world – and North Macedonia itself is a beautiful country.

Skopje 2014 Project in Macedonia

Skopje 2014 Project in Macedonia

Things to do in North Macedonia

Make the most of your time here by hiking Mount Vodno, going skiing if you’re here in late Winter, and riding a bike around Lake Ohrid (my favourite October activity for here!).

Check out my full Skopje itinerary here

Top Skopje Activities

Best Places to Stay in Skopje North Macedonia

Here are a selection of places for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Skopje

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London UK

London is the perfect destination for lady solo travelers new and old. With plenty of hostels, walking tours, and pub crawls, you’re 100% sure to make friends if that’s your goal. Let’s face it, Autumn in London is magical. Crunching leaves, crisp air, and cool but not too cold weather means you’ll be able to enjoy London without your winter coat.

weird London attractions

Things to do in London

I love London! There’s so many things to do. Stroll along Portobello Market or take a look in the numerous free museums in the city centre. Make the trip to Harrod’s to peruse (or maybe even partake in!) shopping at its finest. If you crave a getaway, take a day trip to Brighton or Devon and enjoy the beach.

You can check out a ton of cool activities here!

Top London Activities

Best Places to Stay in London

Let’s not beat around the bush. Accommodation prices in London are pretty scary if you’re on a budget.

If you’re watching your pennies, I highly recommend AirBNB or opting for my budget option below.

Seeking out accommodation on the outskirts, but which is still next to a Tube station is a good idea: it’s the perfect compromise between location and price.

Best Flight Deals to London

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My top airline to fly to London with is Easyjet.

November

Where should a girl travel to in November? It’s gotta be Marrakech in Morocco, Bali in Indonesia or Dhaka in Bangladesh!

Marrakech Morocco

Before I was even a ‘serious’ traveller, I booked a return flight to Marrakech with my school friend for a 5 day holiday back in 2010. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Yes, it was challenging because even though we covered ourselves head to toe we were still looked at a lot, but we didn’t care. We were polite and fully threw ourselves into the experience and had a grand old time. We definitely picked up some haggling skills there too.

Things to do in Marrakech Morocco

  • Visit the souks
  • Stay in a traditional Riad
  • Soak up the atmosphere of Jemaa el Fnaa square and market place
  • Venture through the tanneries
  • Take a trip out to the desert
  • Check out the historic sites, such as the Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and El Badi Palace
  • If you need to take a break from the hectic pace of activity, head to one of the many delightful gardens and parks dotted around the city – Agdal Gardens, Jardin Majorelle and Menara Gardens are all great choices

Discover and book exciting activities for Marrakech here

Read: Is Morocco safe for solo female travellers?

The heart of the city is Jemaa el Fnaa market. From snake charmers and street performers, to food stalls and everything in between, night and day, there’s plenty to keep you fed and entertained. Wondering around the narrow alleyways of the medina in the old part of Marrakech is a fascinating experience and will give you a taste of what life is like for the inhabitants of this city. The souks are a great place to shop. Whether you are after an intricately woven rug, jewellery, shoes, musical instruments or books, there’s a souk for everyone.

Top Marrakech Activities

Best Places to Stay in Marrakech

Here are my top accommodation picks for budget, midrange and luxury travellers.

Best Flight Deals to Marrakech

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Marrakech is well connected to Europe by plane. Many daily flights serve the Moroccan city.

There are regular trains between Marrakech and Casablanca. There’s an overnight train to Tangier.

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Bali Indonesia

Bali Indonesia is a no-brainer for November. Bali is absolute paradise and for those of you who are trying to escape the cold, it’s perfect! Villas are so cheap to stay in, the food is simply scrummy and healthy and if you’re a surf chick, you’re going to be in heaven!

Check out my guide to Bali Indonesia here

Bali Indonesia

Things to do in Bali

Welcome to paradise. I recommend diving, surfing, hiking Mount Agung, meditating at the temples, watching the sunrises and sunsets and if you’re brave enough, venturing into Monkey Island.

Check out my full Bali Itinerary here

Top Bali Activities

Top Bali Activities

Best Flight Deals to Bali

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Dhaka Bangladesh

You’re gonna have a real adventure when you set your solo trip base in Dhaka, Bangladesh! This is a trip for a true kick ass adventurer, as you’ll be in the most craziest city in the world. I have honestly never seen or experienced so much chaos in my life. Enjoy!

It’s best to explore Bangladesh from September to March, as the summer season can be a bit stifling and monsoon season can get a bit well…wet.

Bangladesh solo female travel

Things to do in Dhaka

Dhaka is a riveting city to explore, especially at an absolute snail’s pace on a rickshaw. Enjoy the pure beauty and excitement of the Old Quarter and marvel at the architecture embedded within the areas. There are also some excellent day trips to be had from here: I recommend getting yourself to the Sundarbans to spot some tigers!

Read my girl’s guide to Bangladesh here

Top Dhaka Activities

Best places to stay in Dhaka

Whatever your budget, here’s 3 lovely options for you to stay in Dhaka Bangladesh.

Best Flight Deals to Dhaka

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My top airline to fly to London with is Emirates.

December

For December, I highly recommend heading to Reykjavik in Iceland, Palawan in the Philippines and New York City in the USA!

Reykjavik, Iceland

Though dark for most of the day, Iceland in December can be quite magical, with the landscape covered in snow and the Christmas season in full swing. Icelandic folk take their festivities and partying quite seriously so you’re in for a jolly old time. This is also one of the best months to hopefully see the Northern Lights. Take a dip in one of Iceland’s many hot springs too. Lush!

Reykjavik Iceland at night with the Northern Lights shining down

Visit Reykjavik in Iceland for your solo female travel destination in December

Things to do in Reykjavik Iceland

  • See the Northern Lights
  • Take a dip in a hot spring
  • Check out some ice caves and glaciers
  • Explore the Golden Circle, which includes Thingvellir National park, Gullfoss waterfalls and the geysers of the Geysir geothermal area!
  • Go whale watching
  • Check out the imposing Hallgrimskirkja church

Top Reykjavik Activities

Best places to stay in Reykjavik, Iceland

Here’s one budget, midrange and luxury option for you!

Best Flight Deals to Reykjavik

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Keflavik Airport, which is the main airport, is about 45 minutes from Reykjavik. Over 20 airlines fly in and out of Keflavik from many European and North American cities.

Puerto Princesa Palawan Philippines

For the ultimate Christmas getaway, my favourite Asian destination still stands as Palawan island in the Philippines. Yes…El Nido has absolutely skyrocketed in popularity – but there is still so much to see in Puerto Princesa in the south and Coron in the north. The weather is glorious at this time, and the locals are very lovely. This is a great island to come to as a solo female traveller. Enjoy!

Read my ultimate Puerto Princesa itinerary here!

Puerto Princesa Itinerary

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

So many that I really enjoyed! There’s a brewery here run by women, amazing island hopping in Honda Bay, a really fun bar at night with an all-girl band and you must see the mangrove forests in Sabang.

Read my 3 Day Puerto Princesa Itinerary here

Top Puerto Princesa Activities

Best Places to Stay in Puerto Princesa

I did my research!

Here are my top 15 places to stay in Puerto Princesa

Best Flight Deals to Puerto Princesa

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New York USA

New York City is the perfect choice for your last solo trip of the year! Solo female travelers can enjoy everything from cityscapes to lush flora and fauna to entertainment galore.

December in New York City is magical. Filled with Christmas lights and snowy days, December in NYC will give you that true holiday feeling!

Don’t forget your Lonely Planet Guide to New York!

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Things to do in New York

Check out a Broadway show, enjoy numerous expansive public parks, and chow down on cuisines from around the world. New York has something for everyone, from cheesy tourist spots to unforgettable views.

You can check out all New York activities here!

Top New York Activities

Best Places to Stay in New York

Let’s not beat around the bush. Accommodation prices in New York are pretty scary if you’re on a budget. If you’re watching your pennies, I highly recommend AirBNB first, or opting for my budget option below.

Seeking out accommodation in the Brooklyn area is also a good idea: it’s the perfect compromise between location and price.

What are your 2020 Best Solo Female Travel Destinations?

Is there a destination that just has to be on your bucket list this year? Do you have any extra solo female travel destinations for the recommendations above?

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