With the increase in solo travel and the current wet, wintry weather North America is experiencing, a lonely summer trip somewhere far from home might be in order. We’ve combined our resources from previous solo trips to bring you the best and safe island destinations for solo travelers.
Eight safe island destinations for solo travelers
1. Australia – A safe island destinations for solo travelers
Sydney and the famous Opera House are must-see destinations, but there’s so much more to Australia than the country’s largest city! Our favorite stops include the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) – a giant sandstone formation one of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks.
The coastal city of Melbourne is also full of unique things to do and see, such as the Block Arcade, Yarra Valley and the Shrine of Remembrance, and with a large and welcoming population, you’ll never feel alone!
Heading inland, you can explore the outback, travel along the legendary Outback Highway, and discover the beautiful wildlife and landscapes that make up the Australian bush. Don’t forget to make time for a trip to the country’s capital, Canberra, which is home to many of Australia’s national monuments and parks.
No matter where you go, you’ll be sure to find a unique and unforgettable adventure in Australia. From the cities to the countryside, there’s something for everyone in this incredible country!
2. Safe island destinations for solo travelers: New Zealand
Consistently ranked among the top 10 safest countries in the world, New Zealand’s awe-inspiring scenery and outspokenly friendly people make it the perfect island getaway! Wine tasting, exploring Mount Cook National Park, and breathtaking views of Queenstown from Bob’s Peak are just a few of the must-do activities on the islands. For a taste of Maori culture native to New Zealand, stop by the Auckland Museum for a traditional Maori concert.
New Zealand also offers a variety of outdoor activities to explore, from bungee jumping off the Auckland Harbour Bridge to whale watching in Kaikoura. Hikers will love the Milford Track, the world-renowned Great Walk that passes through stunning fiords and lush rainforests. And for those looking for a slower pace, there’s nothing quite like a leisurely cruise on the Bay of Islands to take in the breathtaking views of the far-reaching islands. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a little bit of both, New Zealand has something for everyone!
You can get the whole Irish experience and roam the terrain from Galway on the west coast to Dublin on the east. Killarney and Cork’s tours are great ways to get out of the city and immerse yourself, and you can even watch the famous Irish whiskey being produced at the Old Jameson Distillery. Plus, pub crawls are a great way for solo travelers to meet new friends and socialize!
If you’re looking for a more relaxed vacation, you can spend your days relaxing in the coastal villages of Dingle and Clifden or exploring the cliffs of Moher. Don’t forget to visit the Aran Islands, where you can discover ancient Irish culture and breathtaking views. For a truly unforgettable experience, drive along the Ring of Kerry and witness the rolling hills and rugged coastline of Ireland’s beautiful countryside.
The bustling capital of Edinburgh is often Scotland’s most significant tourist spot, but the beautiful country has so much to offer in terms of natural scenery. The Callanish Stones and the Hebrides are a great reason to venture off the main island, as are quaint little towns like Stromness with friendly, warm locals; not striking up a pleasant conversation with everyone you meet is next to impossible!
The Highlands of Scotland are the ultimate destination for anyone looking for a wild and rugged landscape. You will find natural wonders like the Cairngorm Mountains, the magical Loch Ness, and the spectacular Glen Coe here. For the adventurous, there are plenty of hiking and cycling trails to explore and opportunities to go kayaking, canoeing, and even skiing. Nature lovers will also find plenty to marvel at, with an abundance of wildlife including red deer, golden eagles, and red squirrels. Whatever you choose to do in Scotland, you won’t be disappointed!
Vintage cars and vibrant murals glimpse Cuba’s unique and diverse culture! From the colorful city of Trinidad to historic Old Havana, there are plenty of activities and sights to see alone or with a partner. Don’t miss the coastal town of Cienfuegos and enjoy the lively music and dance performances.
For a truly unforgettable experience, explore the nearby Valle de los Ingenios, where the country’s sugar plantations remain. Please stop at the small villages and meet the locals, learning about their rich history and culture. There are also plenty of opportunities to try local cuisine, from traditional dishes like ropa vieja to exotic fruits like guanabana.
Iceland isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind when people think of ‘island destinations,’ but it has all the beauty of all tropical locations and more. Black sand beaches, breathtaking Northern Lights and stunning waterfalls are all incentives to make Iceland your next solo destination. Swimming in the Blue Lagoon is an absolute must and it’s only a 40-minute drive from Reykjavík Airport, so it’s easily accessible for all visitors.
Aside from the Blue Lagoon, there are many other amazing sights to behold. From glaciers to geysers and volcanoes, Iceland has it all. Outdoor activities, such as hiking and whale watching, are very popular and can be enjoyed in a variety of locations. There are also hot springs to explore and soak in and incredible restaurants with superb local cuisine. No matter what type of traveler you are, Iceland is sure to please.
Japan’s capital might be one of the most culturally diverse cities – a perfect combination of tradition and modernity. Some of Tokyo’s impressive attractions include Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo Tower, and Imperial Palace Square. Dining alone and participating in daily activities solo as a female is entirely normal, so traveling to Japan without a partner will never make you feel uncomfortable.
There are numerous shopping districts such as Harajuku and Ginza, where you can find local goods, international luxury brands, and more. Tokyo is also home to various entertainment, including karaoke, theme parks, and arcades. For those looking for a more traditional experience, Tokyo also offers traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, festivals, and sumo matches. Whatever you’re looking for, Tokyo has something for everyone.
Another ultra-safe country with an almost non-existent crime rate, solo travelers – even women – have the freedom to roam Iceland as they please and never need to worry about their well-being. The naturally slow pace of the Welsh makes communication and travel easy and comfortable, with plenty of time to enjoy places like St David’s Cathedral and Caernarfon Castle.
From someone who has visited Wales alone, I would highly recommend Wales as an ideal destination for other women traveling alone. Be sure to read some travel tips for women before leaving.