The Most Popular Destinations in the World Where Solo Females Travel

The number of women who have embraced travel has been increasing — especially those who travel alone — in recent years; and thousands of women have been hitting the highway solo (along with their vacation dollars) and voyaging to all parts of the globe.

The Most Popular Destinations in the World Where Solo Females Travel

Eiffel Tower Paris

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

As an example of how the increase in solo female travelers is substantial, Hostelworld — which is an online hostel booking service — recorded that bookings by solo female travelers increased by 45 percent between 2015 and 2017…

…but to where are these women traveling? To get a handle on which destinations currently hold the most appeal for women traveling solo, a sample of 1,426,053 Instagram posts tagged with the #WomenWhoTravel hashtag was analyzed along with six other related hashtags — #travelgirlsgo, #shetravels, #solofemaletraveler, #damestravel, #citizenfemme, #solofemaletravel — to find out from where each post came, and which places around the world to where women love traveling the most. Then the geo-location data extracted from 779,546 posts into country, city, state, region and province was sorted to create the visualizations which you see today. The data gathering was done in April 2020 and is available on bit.ly/WomenWhoTravelResearch.

The result is this interactive map which was created to visualize the data. To navigate the interactive map, zoom into an area of interest with your fingertips or mouse. You can hover over any of the travel hotspots to identify the city or state and the number of Instagram posts our research returned. Ready to explore?  Dive in to find out where around the world women are traveling to!

This article from Budget Direct highlights the most popular destinations to where women who travel alone prefer to go.

I have been given express written permission to use the illustrations and the verbatim text from the aforementioned article in this article; so let us take a break from the news of the day and virtually travel vicariously with a solo female traveler for a little fun in our lives.

The top destinations where women traveling solo have been:

  1. London
  2. New York
  3. Paris
  4. Singapore
  5. Rome
  6. Barcelona
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Dubai
  9. Gianyar
  10. Bangkok

Where Are the Most Visited Countries for Female Solo Travel?

Statue of Liberty

Photograph ©2007 by Brian Cohen.

Looking at the data by country, the United States is the far-and-away winner with 135,185 hits. That comes as no surprise, considering the vast variety of climates, landscapes, and cultures that travellers have to choose from when heading state-side (the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, California redwood forests, Mardi Gras and the Everglades are just a few that come to mind).

Solo women travellers are also flocking to countries like Italy and the UK. Italy is hailed as a mecca for sporty outdoor activities and its relative safety for female travellers, whereas London and other UK locales are lauded for their safety, friendly populace, and iconic landmarks like Big Ben. Likewise, travellers rated India and Spain as popular solo female destination spots.

Where Are the Most Visited Places in Australia for Female Solo Travel?

Topping the list of favourite places in Australia to travel are the continent’s most populous cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. Sydney comes as no surprise, as the city hosts 14.7 million visitors a year. It’s home to arguably Australia’s most iconic destination, the Sydney Opera House, which sits on the scenic Sydney Harbour.

Likewise, Melbourne offers a variety of museums and world-class restaurants for the solo traveller to peruse. In Brisbane, travellers can expect to find an eclectic arts scene, numerous neighbouring islands to explore, and gorgeous weather. Although not as popular as the other spots, Byron Bay in New South Wales also made the list, possibly for the destination’s beautiful beaches, scuba diving sites, and excellent humpback whale watching.

Where Are the Most Visited Places in the United States for Female Solo Travel?

World Trade Center New York

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Over 16,000 counts were returned for New York City in our data gathering, making it the top spot in the US for women travelling solo, followed by LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Chicago. In the Big Apple, solo women travellers can bike around Central Park, visit the Grand Central Terminal in the heart of Midtown, ride a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, and find some of the best dining in the world.

The City of Angels is home to the famous Hollywood sign and the bodybuilders of Venice Beach, along with unique landmarks like the Griffith Observatory, Getty Museum, and La Brea Tar Pits. San Francisco offers visitors the sweeping Golden Gate Bridge, historic neighbourhoods like Haight Ashbury and Chinatown, along with exquisite seafood.

Where Are the Most Visited Places in the United Kingdom for Female Solo Travel?

Tower bridge London England

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The UK boasts the most popular destination spot in the world for solo female travellers, with London’s Big Ben, the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, and the bustle of Piccadilly Circus. But female travellers were also enticed to the cities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, and Brighton.

Scotland’s sweeping landscapes provide Edinburgh travellers with sites like St Giles’ Cathedral, the impressive Edinburgh Castle, and the National Museum.  In Manchester, solo travellers can catch a show at the Lowry, or check out the free Manchester Art Gallery. Oxford offers the eponymous University of Oxford, along with Blenheim Palace, Christ Church Cathedral, and the History of Science Museum.

To help you choose your next vacation spot, we’ve put together this infographic of the top 50 destinations female travellers have been making solo trips to in recent years.

Click on the image for an enlarged version. Source: Budget Direct.

Summary

From London to Bangkok — and all points in between — female travelers are hitting the dusty trail…

…and more and more, they are doing it alone.

If you are a female who travels alone, please post your experiences — as well as where you would like your next solo adventure to occur — in the Comments section below. Thank you in advance…

…and no, you do not need to be female to comment on this article…

All photographs ©2007, ©2008, and ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “The Most Popular Destinations in the World Where Solo Females Travel”

  1. Dave says:

    Same list as all my male friends who travel. And a sexist article at the very least.

    1. NB_ga says:

      That was my first thought as well… then as I read more, it became evident that these women are proud of their decision to travel alone – to the point of creating and utilizing hashtags in order to set themselves apart from the general travel population. I am not a part of this particular demographic but the original article seems to celebrate it in the very way that they chose to categorize themselves. So I see that as empowering as opposed to sexist.

    2. Christy says:

      Are you kidding me? Sexist? As a woman who has been to quite a few countries with and without people, this list is essential. There’s nothing sexist about it, there are a lot of countries that just aren’t safe for women to be roaming alone.

      You and your male friends will most certainly have a different experience than a woman that’s alone in another country. Let me know the last time someone mistook you for you prostitute Dave? Tell me the last time someone followed you back to your hotel after you said you weren’t interested?

      Sorry, but you’re comment is so disconnected from reality it’s scary. Solo male and solo woman travel is NOT the same and should not be treated as such for safety reasons.

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