Where should I travel as a solo female traveller?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by solo travellers. Especially by female solo travellers. I am sorry to say that there is no definitive answer to this question. All solo travellers have various levels of comfort zones, interests, financial means and time available to travel. When travelling solo, all of these matters must be taken into consideration when determining your travel destination
How Much Vacation/Travel Time Do I Have?
The length of time available to you to travel must be taken into consideration when deciding on the best destination for you to travel to. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones and are still working, it may be that you are only able to travel for one to two weeks at a time. Whereas if you are retired or are a full-time traveller, your time is more likely to be unlimited.
Short Term Travel
Unfortunately, the majority of us still plug away at the day-to-day monotony of working a full-time job. This means that we likely only have one to two weeks at a time to travel and see the world. For those of us who live in North America, this doesnt leave us as much time as we might like in order to trek around Europe as much as we might like to. Two weeks would allow us ample opportunity to visit at least one, maybe two Countries in Europe, depending on how long the flight might be. Unfortunately we have to keep in mind that we have long haul flights that could eat up anywhere from two to four days of our travel time.
Unfortunately for those of us who still work, we have to determine a destination that is close enough to our Country of residence which will allow us to spend the maximum amount of time at our travel destination. For me, living in North America, my Fall and Winter destinations will always include at least one Caribbean Island, which will range between a 3 and 5 hour flight to get to. There have also been many times (mostly during the warmer months), that I have remained in North America, either in Canada or in the United States. Keep in mind when choosing your travel destination that we don’t always have to travel far to make the most out of our vacation time.
Long Term Travel
For those of you lucky enough to have figured out how to escape the mundane thing called work, you have many more options as to where you can travel. The first thing to take into consideration when determining your destination is what area of the world do you want to explore and have you been there before? I personally prefer not to return to the same place more than once, as I have so many other places that I want to see. Once you have answered these questions, then it is time to move on and consider your financial means, your interests and your comfort zone level, before determining what your final decision will be.
How Much Money Do I Have?
Each individual is unique when it comes to their financial situation. There are many people who are on a limited income but are still able to scrounge up funds to take a 5 star vacation, while others who are at the higher end of the income ladder are able to afford less. This is not right or wrong, it is just a matter of priorities set by each of us. If you are retired, it may be that you are on a limited or fixed income, which may also affect your decision on where to travel.
You probably won’t be able to travel from North America to Bora Bora on $2,000.00
If you are on a tight budget or fixed income, then likely the best route to go would be the all-inclusive option. This will allow you to know exactly what your vacation will cost and hopefully you won’t encounter any surprises while you’re away. This also works well if you are short on time and want to make the most of the vacation you have.
For those of you who are able to travel on an unlimited budget, my hats off to you, that’s awesome! The world really is your oyster.
The bottom line is that it is important to travel within your means and be realistic when choosing your travel destination.
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What Are My Interests?
Each individual has her own interests. When determining where you want to travel, it is imperative that you take your interests into consideration. After all, if you have no interest in animals and adventure, then likely a safari wouldn’t be the trip for you. On the other hand if it’s a relaxing beach vacation you are looking for, then by all means head to the Caribbean.
One of the benefits of travelling solo….you can pick your destination based on your interests and not those of others.
Is It Safe And What Is My Comfort Zone?
When determining your travel destination, this is likely one of the most important aspects to consider when travelling solo as a female.
Your comfort zone and safety will not only determine where you want to travel, but how you want to travel. Do you want to take an extended road trip? Are you comfortable trekking solo around Europe? Do you prefer independent travel or group or guided tours? Do you feel safer at an all-inclusive resort or are you comfortable being independent and staying at an Airbnb or other rental? These are all questions to be taken into consideration before determining your destination, which only you can answer.
Wherever you decide to travel, whether solo or with others, always take the state of affairs and the safety of the destination into consideration. It likely isn’t the perfect time to travel to the Middle East given the current state of affairs, especially as a solo female traveller.
Let’s Get Travelling!
So there you have it. Planning a trip or vacation is a lot of work, but even more things have to be taken into consideration as a solo female traveller.
If you remember these important items and considerations when planning your travels, determining your final destination will be made much easier:
- how much time you have available
- how much money do you want to spend
- what are your interests
- what is the safety of the destination and your comfort zone level
As I always asked my kids when they were small and they wanted to go somewhere…. how, what, why, where and when. Determining your travel destination as a solo female traveller is a very similar concept.
Happy Planning! 🙂