Going On Vacation Alone: 30 Tips for Solo Female Travelers

Jun 1, 2021 | 5 comments

Need some advice on how to have the best solo vacation?

You’ve come to the right place for tips about going on vacation alone! 

Solo female travel is one of the most empowering adventures a woman can take. However, if you’ve never gone on vacation by yourself, you’ll want to check out all the tips, tricks and mindset hacks listed below.

The 30 solo travel tips in this article all come from female travel bloggers who have been on solo vacations, and have amazing advice to pass on to you. From how to take epic solo travel photos, to solo travel safety measures and solo travel safety items to pack, it’s all here.

Ready to discover the top 30 quick tips to take the best solo vacation of your life?! Let’s get to it, starting with one of the best tips for traveling alone: Listening to your intuition to keep you safe.

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Solo Travel Mindset Hacks

1. Listen to Your Intuition

As a longtime solo female traveler, I believe there’s no greater piece of advice than this: You must listen to your intuition on solo trips (and really, always!). This is a seemingly easy tip, though so many aren’t in the habit of doing it as much as they think they are.

Does this sound familiar to you? “I had a bad feeling about [something], but I ignored the feeling and I did [that something] anyway — and then [something bad] happened.” For solo female travelers, we must 100% take our intuition as fact.

When your inner voice says “no” to something when you’re vacationing by yourself, you must listen. A no from your intuition has to become a no as in “No further questions your honor;” not as no as in “No, but um, maybe let’s find out for sure.”

According to author Gavin de Becker in this bestselling book, The Gift of Fear, we humans are the only animal that questions our fear (AKA intuition or inner voice). If you think about it, the only job our intuition has is to keep us alive and safe, so we should listen unconditionally.

Contributed by Shelley of Travel Mexico Solo. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


2. Plan for Rest Days

Something I always recommend for solo travelers — and in particular those of us who are neurodivergent and/or have mental health issues — is to allow rest days. This even applies to short trips, like a weekend alone.

While the guilt of “missing out” on a travel day can be frustrating, we have to take care of our minds and listen to our bodies. This is especially true when it comes to our mental health, and it’s how to best avoid the “I need a vacation from my vacation” cliche.

One of my best strategies is to always prepare some simple activities for myself. I like to download books or movies, and make sure I have something comfy to wear in my backpack. For some women, taking care of your mental health can be as simple as being prepared.

Solo travel with ADHD can take its toll on me. When traveling, the pressure of always having to be switched on while in a new completely new destination can wear us down. And that’s OK!

Never feel bad about factoring in time to rest when planning a solo trip. After some quiet time, I always feel much better prepared to take on the world.

Contributed by Cassie of Cassie the Hag. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


3. Have a Plan to Cheer Yourself Up

Things go wrong while traveling; flights get delayed, reservations get lost, plans fall through and weather turns bad, etc. When you’re traveling solo it can be harder to bounce back from low moments, because you don’t have your favorite people around to raise your mood.

One of my best solo traveling tips is to plan ways you can pick yourself up if you get low. These ways can include listening to music, calling a friend, practising mindfulness — whatever works for you.

I learned this the hard way when visiting Auschwitz alone. Like this one, some places to travel solo can be a very emotional experience. 

To make matters worse, after leaving Auschwitz I got drenched in a rain downpour. I then had to sit on a bus for hours in wet clothes, and couldn’t reach my husband by phone. During all this, I struggled to shift my low mood.

I found myself wishing I’d had some upbeat music ready to go in a playlist, or even some solo travel podcasts. However, after this experience, I’m now better prepared when taking vacations alone.

Contributed by Martha Knight of May Cause Wanderlust. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


How to Plan for Traveling Alone

4. Research the Destination

Before deciding on what’s the best place to travel alone for you, make sure you do your research. This isn’t just limited to figuring out the best place to vacation alone, but also looking at the neighborhoods within your destination prior to booking an accommodation.

Some places and countries are super easy for female travelers, for example, Sweden or France, and some are more tricky, like India or Iran. If you’re just starting with solo travel, I recommend somewhere easier, like Europe, Southeast Asia, or even within your own country.

When you’ve narrowed down the best place for a solo vacation, begin your research into the area where you want to stay. While Bali, Indonesia, makes for one of the best solo trips, different parts of the island work better for different travelers.

Some of the best areas in Bali for solo travelers include Canggu and Kuta, where you can hang out and make friends with other solo travelers. However, Nusa Dua or Jimbaran work better for honeymooners and families with kids, more so than women vacationing alone.

Contributed by Mal of Raw Mal Roams. Follow along with her travels on Instagram. 


5. Find a Local Blogger

When planning on vacationing alone to a new and unfamiliar destination, it’s a great idea to get up-to-date information from a local who’s opinion you can trust. If you don’t know one personally, find a local blogger who lives in that city, state or country (if it’s a small country).

I prefer to seek out local bloggers and read through their posts about the place I’m headed. Knowledgeable locals will have the most accurate and current information about where they live, compared to someone who only visited the area once or twice, and maybe even years ago.

You can also reach out to local bloggers to possibly get answers to your questions regarding safety in a specific area. This is especially helpful if you’re planning to book a home rental, but they can also advise on trustworthy tours and the best things to do during your visit.

Contributed by Erin of Savannah First Timer. Join her Savannah travel group on Facebook.


6. Read Reviews Before Booking

One of the greatest solo female travel tips is to listen to the advice of others who have actually been where you’re headed. 

In past years, travel stories and recommendations have simply been handed down through hearsay. However, nowadays travelers are fortunate to have access to instant experiences shared on platforms like TripAdvisor, Booking.com and other shared review sites.

Using these sites, you’re able to filter the results to show reviews from female or solo travelers, and thus, gauge an idea of how comfortable or safe previous travelers and visitors felt. Reading reviews really helps you narrow down the best places to travel by yourself.

Spend some time reading reviews before you book a tour or place to stay and find out how solo female travelers found it. This will help you have the best solo vacations possible, as you’ll eliminate potential feelings of anxiousness or stress about where you’re headed.

Contributed by Sarah Steiner of Away With the Steiners. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


7. Plan Ahead When on Vacation Alone

When you’re traveling alone, you’ll want to have a plan in place. Different travelers will vary in how much they plan, but one of the best tips for women traveling alone is to at least have your accommodation booked the first night or two.

Some travelers will want to book their whole stay in advance. This will make your trip easier, and more enjoyable since you’ll be able to spend your time sightseeing, instead of planning your trip while on your trip.

Beyond a place to stay, identify the top things to do where you’re headed and see what you need to do to make sure you visit them. Do you need tickets? To book a tour? A dinner reservation? A certain outfit? Have a plan in place for all your must do’s, and maybe more.

For some women, a fully planned itinerary works better. One of the best ways to do that is with a trip planning spreadsheet, which can help you with all aspects of your solo trip.

Contributed by Dymphe of Dymabroad. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


8. But Don’t Plan too Much!

If you’re traveling solo, you might have a lot of ideas about what you see and do on your vacation. However, think about whether you’re truly happy to do those things alone, or without being on anyone else’s schedule but your own. 

If you book activities, tours, accommodations and everything else in advance, you’ll have a full itinerary with no time for leisure. Keep in mind that having a fully-planned schedule greatly reduces your flexibility.

Being overbooked and over-scheduled means you’ll have less (or no) time to just wander around and see where the day takes you, which can be a magical experience. 

Depending on the type of trip you have in mind, it might be useful to weigh the pros and cons of group tours versus going on a vacation alone. 

When planning, you may want to ask yourself — Are some of these activities I can happily do at my own pace without compromises? If so, consider fitting them loosely into your schedule, and finding your way to them naturally.

Contributed by Kerry Hanson of VeggTravel. Follow along with her travels on Instagram. 


How to Pack to Go On Vacation Alone

9. Pack Light to Move Easier

There are many reasons to pack light and enjoy the benefits of carry-on travel as a woman alone.

For solo female travelers, safety is always a key concern and one important advantage of packing light is that it promotes security. 

For example, if you need help carrying your bags, or look like you need help, some of your independence evaporates. You lose control of the situation.

Once someone picks up your luggage, you need to go where it’s going. You’re forced to follow. Depending on where that leads, it may not be the safest of positions to be in.

Also, when taking a taxi, shuttle or rideshare, you can choose to take your luggage inside the vehicle with you. If you end up in a situation where your safety is or feels compromised, you can grab your bag and flee — which is impossible to do with your luggage if it’s locked in the trunk.

Contributed by Anne of Packing Light Travel.


10. Tripod for Solo Photos

If you’re traveling solo and want to get amazing photos of yourself, be sure to bring a tripod so you can take epic travel selfies. Besides the pictures themselves, a solo photo shoot can be one of the most fun activities to do alone!

There are plenty of small, lightweight, and travel-friendly tripods out there. Manfrotto makes some of the best mini tripods and compact tripods. Pair your tripod with a light mirrorless camera, such as the Sony a7 III — and its many amazing lenses — and you’re good to go.

While asking strangers for help is always an option, you’ll have very little control over how the photos will turn out. If you bring a tripod, though, you can have full creative control over your shots and ensure they turn out exactly as you envisioned them.

If you want your travel shots to look extra magical, get up early and get to your preferred spot before the crowds get there. Better yet, arrive in time for sunrise to catch the most magical lighting — one of the best tips for solo travel photos.

Contributed by Jiayi of The Diary of a Nomad. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


11. Bra Wallet to Hide Money

One of the best items you can take when traveling alone is a bra stash or bra wallet.

It’s a tiny pocket that you can attach to your bra, and it’s usually just big enough to store a credit card, ID and some cash. You can either wear it in the front, in between your breasts, or on your side.

I used a bra stash on most of my solo adventures, and it’s always at the top of my packing list.

When traveling through countries where I didn’t always feel safe, I found it reassuring to know that I had a secret credit card on me.

Most thieves know about money belts, but bra stashes are still uncommon enough that they won’t be discovered. I never got robbed, but even if I did, I would still have access to money.

Contributed by Ilona from Top Travel Sights. Follow along with her travels on Facebook.


12. Power Bank to Stay Connected

When it comes to solo travel, one of the best things is to always be connected, and by that, I do not mean continuously spending time on social media.

What I do mean is you’ll want to always  have a phone with enough battery life to get through the day.

A power bank (AKA portable battery, portable charger or external battery) is one of the best investments you can make for traveling solo.

It will help you to keep your phone charged so you always have GPS to figure out your location, access to texting and calls, your Google Translate app, and more. 

Depending on the capacity and attachments, it may even help with charging your camera. 
When visiting cold countries like Iceland, it’s even more invaluable as batteries tend to drain off faster due to the cold.

Since most parts of this country are remote, having a power bank really helps; though it’s also one of the best tips for solo travelers visiting any country.

Contributed by Lavina Dsouza of Continent Hop. Follow along with her travels on Twitter.


13. Headphones to Ward off Attention

Most solo female travelers hear the tip “wear a fake wedding ring” as a way to ward off unwanted attention from men on their trips. But that’s not the best way to get people to leave you alone. Men don’t always care if you’re taken, unless there’s a man beside you.

Instead, wear non-wireless headphones, or ones with the strap showing! They work so much better, and you likely already own a pair. If not, they you can pick some up for very little money, like these ⤵

I used my headphones when I was exploring the best things to do in Marrakech — a place known for male street vendors calling out to women — and was left alone completely. They don’t even need to be plugged into anything or to have anything playing.

Contributed by Nina of Nina Out and About. Follow along with her travels on Pinterest.


Where to Stay During Solo Travel

14. Stay with a Local Family

Looking for creative solo vacation ideas? Consider booking your stay at locally run guesthouses or doing a homestay with a local family. You can sometimes find these when using Booking.com, and selecting homestay and guesthouse in the Type of Accommodation menu.

Even if it is just for a short period, this is a great way to meet super friendly people and have the equivalent of a local guide right at your fingertips. I did a homestay in Japan, one of the best solo travel destinations, and can’t recommend the experience enough.

People who host are often avid travelers themselves, and enjoy talking with, and helping out, others who adventure. As an added bonus, staying in these places will give you the opportunity to experience unique cultural aspects of everyday living in the places you travel.

Contributed by Marisa of Maris Around the World. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


15. Book an Airbnb Private Room

Just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and privacy in a hostel dorm.

However, since budget-friendly accommodations for one person can be tricky to find, Airbnb provides the perfect solution — renting a private room at a local’s home. 

To find an Airbnb private room:

  • Input your city and travel dates at Airbnb
  • Open the “Type of Place” menu
  • Click “Private Room”
  • Click “Save”

Even in big touristy cities, you can often find rooms in the best areas of town at hostel prices — yet you’ll have your own private space.

Many Airbnb hosts offer weekly and monthly discounts, and I managed to find a great deal on a seven night stay in Madrid for only about $125USD. While not all private rooms will be this cheap, you can definitely find some excellent deals in places outside of Europe like Mexico City and Tulum.

Contributed by Or of My Path in the World. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


16. Save Money With a Hostel

One of my top tips for how to take cheap solo vacations is to stay in hostels. Not only are hostels affordable, but they’re also great for meeting fellow travelers.

🏡 The best site to find hostels and read their reviews is Hostel World.

As not all hostels are created equal, you’ll want to do your homework before booking. If you do your research and read reviews, you can find the best hostels in Europe, or any other travel destination.

Many hostels offer female-only dorms, which are perfect if you’re iffy on the thought of sharing one big room with male travelers. Private rooms in hostels are another great choice if you want to get an introduction to hostel travel without committing to a multi-person dorm.

When picking the perfect hostel, make sure to choose one in a safe location, near the top sights in your destination. I also always pick a hostel with curtains that close around the beds — this is a small feature that makes a huge difference for privacy.

Contributed by Sydney Richardson of A World in Reach. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


Solo Female Travel Safety Tips

17. Don’t Reveal Where You’re Staying

After many solo trips, one of the most important travel tips for women I advise is never tell anyone where you are staying. When you travel alone, your hotel, hostel or vacation rental should be your safe space — and you shouldn’t ever feel afraid of being alone in it.

Most of the time, when someone asks where you are staying, it is truly innocent small talk. However, you never really know people’s intentions. There are times when it’s OK to lie, and this is one of those times.

If you’re not a good liar, give a general answer by just saying the name of the town you are staying in, or the area of town. For this, something along the lines of “I’m staying in downtown” will work.

Many cities and large towns typically have multiple Marriott or Hilton hotels. If that applies to your destination, you can respond with, “I am staying at the Marriott,” and leave it at that. To be sure of your answer, research the area before you leave and have a response planned.

Contributed by Kelly of Jersey Globetrotter. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


18. Use Uber Instead of Hailing A Cab

For some women traveling alone, riding in taxis can be frightening. However, private transportation is essential for travel in many parts of the world, so instead of avoiding it altogether, one of the most important tips for traveling solo is to choose your transport wisely. 

One of my favorite taxi safety travel tips for women is opting for ride-share apps like Uber, Lyft, DiDi or Careem, whenever possible. Depending on where you’re traveling in the world, there are different rideshare options, though Uber is the most universal platform.

Here are some of the ways rideshare apps are a significantly safer option for solo female travelers than hailing taxis from the street:

  • They calculate fair prices for you, so you can’t be scammed.
  • You can track the car’s location on a map to ensure the driver is taking the best route.
  • It’s easy to report any inappropriate behavior by the driver to the app maker.
  • You pay via a card connected to the app, so you don’t need to exchange cash.

Contributed by Arabela of The Spicy Travel Girl. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


19. Don’t Be Afraid to Be Rude

Among the best tips for traveling alone as a woman is keeping your personal safety as your highest priority.

As I mentioned in Tip #1, author Gavin de Becker in this bestselling book, The Gift of Fear, says humans are the only animal to question our fear.

What he means here is we second guess our intuition and instinct. But why would we do this? For women, we’re taught we must push our feelings aside to appear nice and polite. While there’s a time and place for being nice, that time is not when you find yourself in a sketchy situation in an unfamiliar country.

When traveling, if you’re somewhere that feels off, leave. If you’re around someone who makes you uncomfortable, get away from them ASAP. During moments you don’t feel safe when traveling, don’t worry about making a politically correct exit — just get to safety as fast as you can. 

Contributed by Shelley of Travel Mexico Solo. Follow along with her travels on the Dream To Destination solo female travel podcast.


20. Dress Appropriately 

While I’m a firm believer women should wear whatever they want, the reality is different cultures have different norms for women’s clothing.

As guests in another’s country, dressing appropriately is both respectful to the locals and their culture, and also one of the best safety tips for traveling alone — for several reasons.

Ensuring your clothing meets local expectations will mean you garner less attention. Because of this, you might look less like a tourist, and you’re therefore less likely to be a target of crime.

A quick and easy option is to pack a few of these lightweight scarves, which make for a great way to cover up when you need to. They virtually take up no space in your anti-theft travel backpack and weigh next to nothing, so you can carry one around all day without burden.

Many conservative countries will require women to have their shoulders and knees covered at all times, and those scarves to the trick. Even in countries with a more liberal style of dress, this still might be the case when entering religious sites or during traditional ceremonies.

Contributed by Alexx of Finding Alexx. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


21. Let Someone at Home Know Your Plans

One of the best safety tips when traveling alone is to plan for regular check-ins. For this, appoint two family members or trusted friends back home as your emergency contacts. You’ll want to have a regular check-in time, and also send them regular updates throughout your trip.

These can include your itinerary for the day, accommodation information, transportation (flight number, screen shot of your Uber driver’s info, etc.), who you’re meeting with, and even your live location. If you’re going off-grid for a certain period, let them know when you expect to get back in touch.

Should anything untoward happen to you, at least they have the details of your last known location and the last person who saw you.

For convenience, add those contacts into a private Facebook group or group chat so that you can update them all at the same time. This will be helpful in an urgent situation if any one of them is unable to attend to you immediately.

Contributed by Raja Ummi Nadrah of Ummi Goes Where? Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


22. Pretend You’re Not Alone

One tip that I always follow while I am traveling solo is to never act like I’m traveling solo.

One of the best ways to act that way is by paying attention to your body language. There are many ways that you could indicate that you are familiar with the place. 

For example, if you are waiting alone at a train or bus stop, you could simply pick up your phone and pretend to be talking to someone about something urgent that needs to get done before you reach your destination.

Another way is that if someone approaches you and asks you if you are traveling alone and need any help, just confidently thank them and tell them that your friends have gone to a shop nearby to pick something, and you are waiting for them.

Contributed by Anukrati of Bulbul On the Wing. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


Making Friends While Traveling Alone

23. Ask Local Women for Tips

Whenever traveling solo to a new location, especially one where safety is a concern, always ask a local woman for help identifying areas to avoid and any potential scams. 

If you’re unsure about approaching a stranger, consider checking with someone working the front desk at your hotel or hostel, your Airbnb host, a barista at a cafe, or even someone running a local shop.

Even if a place seems fine or has a good reputation, it’s always worth double checking because there are always unsafe or less safe areas in every travel destination.

When I visited Asheville, NC, one of the best places to travel alone in the U.S., I still consulted with my Airbnb host. She was great; giving me information on the safe places to go alone, and also which streets I should avoid when out at night by myself.

Women tend to be more in tune with what’s safe. Not only do local women know what they’re talking about, they also now know you’re by yourself and you’ve got an additional person looking out for you.

Contributed by Alison Watta of Exploration Solo. Follow along with her travels on Facebook.


24. Use Apps to Meet the Locals

If you’re feeling lonely, one of the best ways to overcome it is by meeting local people. One of the most important travel lessons I’ve learned after visiting 50+ countries is that your trip will be much more fulfilling if you make friends at your destination.

It sounds overwhelming if you’re just starting to travel solo, especially if you’re shy, but fear not! 

In most places people will be happy to get to know the brave foreign lady who ventures there on her own. The insights that meeting locals will give you make the effort absolutely worth it.

If you aren’t an extrovert, sign up for an app that will get you in contact with locals, like the ones listed below. The Host A Sister Facebook group is another way to both meet local females, and also have a free place to stay with a woman. It is similar to Couchsurfing, but for women only.

  • MeetUp: A great way to find local activities and events going on
  • Bumble: Use the Bumble BFF function; not the dating function
  • Tourlina: An app with verified women looking for travel companions
  • Travello: A social network for travelers, used in 180+ countries

Contributed by Coni from Experiencing the Globe. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


25. Do a Solo Travel Group Tour

One of the best ways to merge the best of both worlds when it comes to solo and group travel is to join a retreat — like a yoga, meditation, sailing, wellness, or surf retreat. Many companies offer women’s only retreats or cater to solo travelers specifically.

For a solo tip, G Adventures, Intrepid Travel and Contiki are three of the best companies you can book with.

They have great options for solo getaways, like savanna safaris, jungle cruises and relaxing beach vacations, in locations all over the world.

Group solo travel is a great way to maintain your independence while still being able to socialize, as you can jump in and out of activities as you see fit. 

Since you’re with a group, there’s a good chance you’ll meet people with shared interests who might want to accompany you on other parts of your journey. If you’d prefer to stay solo, you can do that also, but still have some time with fellow travelers on the group tour.

Long solo trips can also get exhausting when it comes to planning, sorting out transportation, accommodations and food. Retreats are a great way to socialize and get a bit of a break when it comes to the less-glamorous side of travel.

Contributed by Chantae from The Salt Sirens. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


26. Take Group Tours & Day Trips

Solo travel can get lonely — but just because you’ve traveled solo, doesn’t mean you have to be alone all the time. 

Whenever I get lonely while traveling, I book a tour. It doesn’t matter what the tour is  — a free city tour, a cocktail tour, a historical tour, or anything else. In general, tours are a great and easy way to meet new people, and to combat loneliness.

Two great places to book group tours are Get Your Guide and Viator.

With both companies, you’ll find plenty of solo trip ideas and unique experiences to keep you entertained on your vacation alone.

Every time I’ve booked a tour, I’ve made friends that I’ve been able to hang out with after the tour, and sometimes even in other destinations! Plus, a tour is a great way to mix up a trip and get out of any ruts you may be feeling.

Contributed by Gabby from The Office Escape Artist. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


27. Online Networking in Facebook Groups

Members of Facebook groups for your travel destination can usually offer great solo travel ideas and insights. When taking a vacation alone, you may want to consider joining some, even if just temporarily.

For travelers of historically marginalized and persecuted communities, including those based on ethnicity, religion, sexuality and/or gender, joining a Facebook travel group can be extremely helpful. Within the group, you can ask about discrimination or harassment in that destination.

While profiling and discriminatory practices can happen anywhere, even in your home destination, being caught off guard can be devastating to the mood of an entire trip or experience, especially while traveling solo.

Facebook travel groups can be helpful for general travel advice, such as road trip safety tips for Black travelers, but you can also find destination-specific groups for a sense of community.

Contributed by Kalilah from The Awkward Traveler. Follow along with her travels on Facebook.


28. Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

One of the benefits of travel is the opportunity to have new experiences and witness different cultures. But as a solo female traveler, you may face some barriers, including how to get around, not speaking the language, or not knowing where or what to eat.

By immersing yourself in the local culture, you’ll have the chance to learn new skills, make new friends, become more understanding of different people and learn more about yourself.

Sharing a culture is also a way of preserving it. While travelers benefit by learning something new, the locals are also preserving their customs and traditions.

Some ways to get in touch with local culture while traveling include, eating and drinking local cuisine, learning a new language, taking a cooking class, purchasing locally made goods and even just talking to locals.

Contributed by Emma Tobler of The Checklist Chic. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


Dining Alone While Traveling

29. Take a Food Tour or Cooking Class

One of the difficult parts of solo travel may be the fear of eating alone at a restaurant. If you don’t have the courage to eat alone yet, consider a cooking class or local food tour.

Two great places to book both food tours and cooking classes are Viator and Get Your Guide.

Doing this, you can be a part of a group and have the opportunity to try different foods while meeting other people at the same time. Maybe the people you meet while doing this fun activity will end up joining you during the rest of your trip for dinner.

Some examples include a pasta-making class in Venice, one of the best places for solo travel.  In San Sebastian, Spain, you can do one of the famed Pintxos food tours, and in Mexico City, you’ll want to take a street food taco tour or even a Mexico City cooking class.

Contributed by Jackie from Jou Jou Travels. Follow along with her travels on Instagram.


30. Eat at the Bar or Communal Table

Just because you’re traveling solo doesn’t mean you have to ask for a “table for one.” An easy way to navigate how to eat alone while traveling, is to find restaurants with communal tables or have a seat at the bar.

This seating will not only shake off some of the solo feeling, but it makes striking up a conversation very natural. When eating with locals or other travelers, you can ask around to get tips on the city and maybe even discover some of its hidden gems.

If you’re sitting at the bar and no one else is there, strike up a conversation with the bartender. 

You can ask if they can recommend something to order, or where’s the best breakfast place, or bookstore, or hike, or whatever you’re interested in. If you’re exploring outside of the city, ask about the best day trips to take alone. You never know what you’ll find out from a local!

I’ve visited incredible villages in Tuscany, eaten at amazing restaurants in Paris, and made some long term friends in Malibu wine country all because I ate next to strangers.

Contributed by Denise from Chef Denise. Follow along with her travels on Pinterest.


Final Thoughts: How to Vacation Alone

Many people are afraid to be alone — even veteran solo travelers — at least from time to time. Though we’re sometimes labeled as “fearless,” the truth is we’re really just people who may be scared to travel alone, but act in spite of fear.

While some tips in this article for the best places to vacation alone, the activities you can do alone, etc., likely resonated with you, some might not have. Just as all solo travelers can’t be described as fearless, there’s also not a one size fits all approach to traveling alone.

For those new to solo travel, the tips in this article offer great guidance so you can travel confidently. After determining your best places to go alone, the only thing left is to take that first solo trip and see if you love traveling alone as a woman as much as we do!

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  1. Elena Pappalardo

    What a fantastically comprehensive post! I love the idea of immersing in the local culture and online networking. I think this post will be very encouraging to those looking to venture out solo for the first time!


    I have always wanted to travel solo, but could never gather the courage to do so. I am always anxious of something or the other going wrong during my trip.

  3. Linda Jane

    Some great tips for solo female travellers. I love travelling solo and I always use a money belt to keep my valuables hidden but I love the idea of a Bra wallet! I’ll have to get one…..Thanks for sharing!

  4. Emma

    Definitely some great solo safety tips in here but I really love the idea of making sure you have ways to cheer yourself up if you’re feeling down or lonely. That’s really important as a solo traveler, especially depending on the place you’re visiting. I also really agree with immersing yourself in the local culture – cooking classes are one of my favorite things to do

  5. Cosette

    Great tips for solo travel, but a lot also apply for when traveling as a couple or a family.


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