Top Ten destinations for solo travellers
I recently read somewhere that the perfect type of holiday for solo woman traveller is an escorted tour, such as the ones offered by P and P Tours. The reasons elite tours and escorted tours are so popular with solo travellers are simple – there are ample opportunities to meet like-minded individuals, and the very nature of an escorted tour, with the presence of a tour guide, means that security is less of an issue than with other types of holidays.
We always give a lot of consideration when we receive a booking from a woman planning to undertake one of our tours as a solo traveller. P and P Tours offer bespoke private tours, escorted tours and chauffeur tours of London and England so there is always an element of catering for the needs of the individual. That consideration is even more at the forefront of my mind when looking to meet the needs of a woman on her own.
But there is a huge range of solo travel packages, from historical escorted tours to adventure trips, white water rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, as well as the more typical hiking and cycling holidays. Not my cup of tea, but nirvana for some I’m sure.
Some destinations crop up time and again when looking at the best locations for woman travelling alone, with repeated mentions of the friendliness of the locals, the sense of safety they provide, the range of activities on offer and, equally important, affordability. It really depends upon the type of holiday experience you’re after.
So, here’s my list of the top 10 destinations for woman solo travelling, apart from a holiday with us of course!
Ireland – the Emerald Isle is renowned for the warmth of the locals who will bend over backwards to help visitors amd although the climate is not what you’d choose if you are a sun-worshiper there’s plenty to do in Ireland. Dublin is a lively, warm city with lots of history as well as a fair few bars, all of which sell pints of ‘the black stuff’, Guinness. Ireland is chock-a-block full of cosy B&B’s with landlady’s who would rival Father Ted’s Mrs Doyle for their hospitality.
Las Vegas – perhaps a surprise choice on the surface with its reputation for gambling and seedy strip joints. Actually Vegas is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations for families and also has a huge conference industry meaning that it’s not unusual for people to go to shows and eat on their own. The city also has a fair smattering of museums to go with its better known attractions. Some of the more unusual things to do in ‘Sin City’ are visit Mob Attraction or CSI: The Experience, sky-dive indoors or take in a walking gourmet food tour. One thing’s for sure in Las Vegas – you’ll never be bored.
Thailand – with this being my next choice you could be forgiven for thinking I’m just following the Hangover movies. However, Bangkok putting aside for one moment, Thailand is a great destination for solo woman travellers with beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels, stunning landscapes and relatively inexpensive spas. The country has some of the most iconic places to see in Asia including Phang Nga Bay (site of James Bond Island), The Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.
Amsterdam – a wonderfully relaxed and liberal city perfect for single travellers of both sexes particularly as nearly everyone speaks English. Amsterdam has something to satisfy all tastes – take in some culture by visiting one of the city’s great museums including the Rijksmuseum and the home of Anne Frank, do some shopping in one or all of the numerous flea markets and bazaars or just relax in one of the city’s fantastic parks, or elegant bars and restaurants.
Jordan – another choice that may surprise people given the common perception of the middle-east in terms of being a trouble spot where women’s rights are not respected. Jordan is a beautiful country although the employment of a tour guide is recommended. Jordan has some wonderful historical attractions such as the famed city of Petra, the well-preserved remains of the Roman Amphitheatre in Jerash and the Citadel at Amman. Alternatively visitors can bathe in the Dead Sea or go diving in the Gulf of Aqaba.
Vietnam – another beautiful Asian country where the locals could not be friendlier which enjoys bountiful affordable hotels, restaurants and spas as well as awe inspiring landscapes. Like its better known and more visited neighbour Thailand, Vietnam has an abundance of beautiful, golden, sandy beaches. The prices of hotels, spas and restaurants is very low in comparison to the West and the country has an extremely low crime rate.
New Zealand – back packing around the Land of the Long White Cloud is thoroughly recommended and probably safer for lone women than it’s antipodean neighbour Australia. Once there you’ll understand why director Peter Jackson chose his homeland as a filming location for so much of his adaptations of JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The landscape is awe inspiring but contrasting between the North and South Islands. The Kiwis are very friendly and the country has a reputation for fine wine and good food.
Iceland – another destination that may surprise readers as it is one of the most expensive European cities to visit and it’s climate is certainly not attractive to sun-worshipers. However, the country is certainly beautiful with glaciers and lava rock healing pools (such as the famous Blue Lagoon) whilst Reykjavik is a modern city with smart hotels, restaurants and bars as well as several interesting museums.
New York – the Big Apple is perhaps the world’s most vibrant city with everything on tap. You want shopping – it’s got Fifth Avenue. You want culture – its got so many museums it would take you months to explore them completely. Fine dining – there are currently 66 Michelin starred restaurants in New York. Architecture – are you kidding? Sightseeing – Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, etc, etc. Entertainment – Broadway. I could go on but I think you’ve probably caught my drift by now.
Scotland – it would be remiss of me not to consider our own shores in this list so I’ve gone for a different type of holiday here. Scotland is, of course, renowned for the ruggedness and beauty of its landscapes, particularly in the Highlands. There are a number of activity breaks available in Scotland including hiking holidays, skiing (snow permitting) whilst those in search of solitude and relaxation could do worse than take a short break in Durness, a small village in the North-West of the country.
There you have it – my personal choice of the Top 10 destinations for solo travel for women. Modesty forbids me from extolling the virtues of PandP P Tours too much but if it’s a private, escorted tour that you’re after give us a call.