Best Places to Solo Travel This Summer

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I used to think I needed another person to share moments with, but solo traveling helped me become comfortable with being alone. It taught me I could have as much fun by myself and that my experiences meeting people along the way could feel even more special. Although solo traveling is great, safety is always a concern, especially for women. If you’re a female solo traveler or interested in traveling alone for the first time, here are my recommended destinations that offer adventure, fun, and activities and (in my experience) feel safer for women. 

Note that regardless of how safe a place may feel, it’s always essential to take precautions — especially when traveling solo. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings, tell people where you are, research, read reviews, and share emergency numbers. 

1Costa Rica

Not only is Costa Rica breathtaking, but it is also ranked the number one most peaceful country in Central America and the Caribbean. Costa Rica may be your starting point if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway filled with beautiful rainforests, dozens of waterfalls to explore, and fantastic food. Watching sloths holding up traffic will make for a great story back home. I recommend looking for group travel activities and tourist excursions or staying at a hostel if you don’t speak the language. 


My friends who travel solo often rave about Bali – it’s the amazing natural beauty, relaxation, and great people they meet. It is also generally one of the safer places to travel in Southeast Asia, especially for women. Bloggers say Bali is a great place to meet other solo travelers who are into culture, yoga, beach views, and being laid-back. 


Canada is great for exploring different landscapes, food, and people. If you head to Toronto, you’ll be able to experience the beautiful Niagara Falls and other significant landmarks. It also offers a rich nightlife. In Montreal, where French is the official language, you’ll find European-influenced architecture, food, and language. Other cities worth exploring include Vancouver and Alberta for the Canadian Rockies. 

4San Francisco

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. It’s incredibly scenic, has excellent food, and has lots of things to do. From museums and city landmarks to famous roads, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to spend here. You can rent a bike for a few hours and discover many beautiful locations.

5Washington D.C.

Here, there are dozens of free museums. That should be enough to get you to travel solo to Washington, D.C., at least for a weekend. D.C. is a beautiful and diverse city with tons to do on a low budget. It is also very walkable, and you’ll have a lot of brunch or dinner locations to choose from while visiting. One of my favorite activities is to attend a comedy show. This is a great way to spend an evening and meet other friendly locals.  

Tags: Adventure, Self Care, Travel

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Claribel Rivas

Claribel is a social media manager in the Washington D.C. area who incorporates her cultural influences into her creative content. See Full Bio

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