This post is for all my girls. It’s a post to tell you to plan that trip, if it’s on your mind. And take that leap of faith…. And Europe is the best place to start for any inspired female solo traveller with over 50+ countries to explore, and cultures varying drastically between countries.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend or an adventure-filled week away of sightseeing, there are plenty of European destinations to choose from. Also read my guide to travel around Europe which gives you tips and tricks on how to see five countries in 2 weeks by travelling through Europe by train.
Technically speaking, there is nowhere that is off-limits for an adventurous heart who has some experience and knowledge. Solo trips are one of the most exciting and life-affirming things that you can do for yourself. And it is no wonder that with companies like Just Go! Holidays, they are increasing in popularity. Here are a few places that come highly recommended for first-time solo travelers.
Top 10 Destinations for Solo Travel
READ MORE: 25 Tips for Solo Female Travel in Europe
Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, is the largest city in the country and home to a mirage of hotels, restaurants, historical tourist spots and the iconic Viking history. Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer incredible views of the city and the ocean and due to it’s volcanic activity, it is also home to one of the world’s most iconic tourist hot spots, the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa.
If you love photographs then Iceland is the place for you, as around every corner is another beautiful view. Most solo travelers like to hire a car and drive around the Ring Road or the Golden Circle, that’s what I did and it was the easiest way to get around. Most nordic countries support the idea of wild camping too but be careful in the winter months from October to April as it’s really blooming cold.
- Golden Circle
- Whale Watching
- Road trip around Iceland
- The Sun Voyager
Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in Iceland
Although Malaysia is a popular destination, it is often overlooked as a great solo destination. It is one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asian, and do to the enormous variety of cultures, it is a great place to get immersed in, especially the amazing Malay cuisine, which I believe is one of the best in the world. While you are traveling in Malaysia, you can communicate in English as most locals speak English too.
- Mount Kinabalu
- Kinabatangan River
- Shopping in KL
- Sipidan Scuba Diving
- Cameron Highlands
- East Coast Cities
- Taman Negara
READ MORE: Solo Female Travel Tours Guide 2019
The British capital is one of the largest and most influential cities on the continent, and it has a wonderful variety and diversity that makes it a great destination. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank, and the city of London.
- Tower Bridge
- London Eye
- Buckingham Palace
- Big Ben & Houses of Parliament
- Tower of London
- Camden Market
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Harrods Department Store
- Trafalgar Square
- Madame Tussauds
Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in London
If you are a sucker for beautiful scenery, but like the idea of being able to get to the main cities without many issues, then Scotland has a lot to offer and is often overlooked. In Scotland you’ve got the iconic cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, as well as smaller towns and villages. You can head higher up the country to be closer to the mountains, and drive down long stretches of road. And the coast between Aberdeen and Inverness has some stunning fishing villages that are great for a weekend away.
- Edinburgh Castle
- Loch Ness
- Loch Lomond
- Palace of Holyroodhouse
- Urquhart Castle
- Ben Nevis
- Stirling Castle
- Arthur’s Seat
- Calton Hill
Sweden’s capital city Stockholm is a cultural hub for solo female travellers. The Swedish capital is located across three main islands, with lots of things to do throughout the city, and many historical things to see. The old town is beautiful with narrow cobbled streets, and a visit to the world famous Royal Stockholm Palace and Drottningholm is a must when you visit. Of course, being a city based on the water, there are also lots of museums and maritime history which you can now visit on the restored warship at the Vasa Museum.
- Sip a hot chocolate in Stockholm’s oldest square
- Catch a ferry to the city’s greenest island, Djurgården
- Rummage the vintage stores in creative Södermalm
- Taste Sweden’s national dish at a meatballs restaurant
- Get naked at Hellasgården’s lakeside sauna
Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in Stockholm
Germany is a wonderful country with a complex and varied past, but the capital city of Germany Berlin is modern and up and coming offering solo female travellers the opportunity to explore. The city is fairly small so getting around is relatively easy on public transport. There are lots of things to do in Berlin including museums, tours and boar rides. You can also find many reminders of the cities turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall remains. Also make a stop off at the 18th-century Brandenburg Gate which has become a symbol of reunification over the years.
- Brandenburg Gate
- Reichstag Building
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
- East Side Gallery
- Museum Island
- Berlin Wall Memorial
- Berliner Fernsehturm
- Berlin Cathedral
- Checkpoint Charlie
This city of canals is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the center is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is also one of my favourite cities in the world. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals make it a great place to unwind. Known for its heritage, canal system and beautiful narrow houses, built across the city in the 17th-century Golden Age. Make sure you dedicate a day to museums, as there are so many to choose from in the Museum District, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Stedelijk.
- Exploring the 165 canals
- The Rijksmuseum
- The Begijnhof
- Brown Cafés
- Anne Frank House
- Oude Kerk (Old Church)
Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in Amsterdam
If you are looking for clean, safe, and well-organized then Japan has got your name on it. There are so many places that you can go to soak up the culture of the area, and of course, sample as much of the delicious cuisine as you can. You will likely run into some language barriers here but have the Google Translate app to hand and learn some key phrases beforehand. Japan is known for being a friendly place, so you can get by easy and in restaurants and shops, simply point to the menu item that you want if you are unable to read Japanese. Tokyo is famous for Anime, electronics, manga, and video games. Japan is something to be seen once the sun goes down, when the city really comes alive. There are millions of lights in the sky from buildings, screens and much more.
- Tokyo Skytree
- Tokyo Tower
- Meiji Jingu
- Imperial Palace
- Ueno Park
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Tsukiji Market
- Milan Cathedral
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
- Sforzesco Castle
- Teatro alla Scala
- Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Sempione Park
- Brera ‘s picture gallery
- Piazza del Duomo
- Monumental Cemetery
Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!
Solo traveling is something beautiful, and it allows you to uncover spots that you will go back to time and again and feel right at home.
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