Vacation

Travelling Solo as a Woman

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I am focusing on my career now, but wait, hold on, I’ve just discovered Maui in Hawaii..! Now all I am dreaming of is sun, sea, cocktails, meeting new and interesting people, adventures, non-stop fun in Maui..! Isn’t this what everyone is dreaming of..?

In this day and age adulting can be tough, when I was younger I decided to focus on my career but surely there is more to life, especially with having everything at your fingertips. Having a work life balance can be tough, especially as the hours in the day seem to be getting shorter and shorter, work is more and more stressful, employers want you to split yourself into two, overdeliver, and work you into an early grave… And this is when my epiphany hit me – I am not existing to work, I am existing live; live, laugh, love; if life gives you lemons, make lemonade – yup all the cliche quotes you see on social media, but it got me thinking.

I am going to be brave, go self employed where I can go travelling on my own, whilst still being able to work remotely sipping cocktails on the beach, and appreciating the gift of life and breathtaking countries that we have at our fingertips.

And by my side – the only companion is my mental state. I feel it’s important to do things solo, it’s liberating, good for the soul, and even though people are social creatures by nature, really good for your mental wellbeing.

So after a lot of late nights researching, recommendations, researching and more researching, as a woman travelling on her own here are my top 5 destinations.

We’re taking you all over the world, get your passport ready.

Maui, Hawaii

Maui is full of activities — from body boarding and hiking to driving, the road to Hana and taking boating and snorkeling tours — it’s safe, has loads of mental wellbeing activities, the air is fresh, and the natives are so friendly and welcoming.

With constant changing microclimates, the stunning island has pockets of sandy sunset beaches, sprawling resorts, quaint little camping spots, and hikes through the valley.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Tropical weather and Hawaiian culture, there are female-focused activities — like the Maui Surfer Girls camp, designed specifically for solo female travelers who are looking for a supportive group of women to take up a new sport with.

Iceland

Northern Lights in Iceland, watch them take over the sky in flashes of greens and purples, that this has got to be, hands-down, one of the most unique and drop-dead gorgeous places on this planet, nature at its best.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Iceland is the safest country in the world. Seriously, people leave their cars running, with the keys inside, when they go grocery shopping.

Coffee Bay, South Africa

Coffee Bay is stunning and should be on your to do list. People are friendly, helpful and there are lots of female friendly things to do – from hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop, to taking a stroll on the gorgeous beach. The beach is breathtaking and the food is just great.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Africa can be a scary place to travel through, and while it’s important to take precautions, that doesn’t mean solo female travelers should write it off.

Santorini, Greece

Need I say more, with its volcanic history, houses situated on the caldera-edge clifftops, breathtaking views, clean blue water – there is so much to explore with beautiful walks, wine tasting tours, history tours and sunsets that are so spectacular describing it would sound like something out of a fairytale.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: Just like everywhere you have to be vigilant of pick pocketers, with the tourist count over 1.5 million per year you’re bound to encounter a trick or two.

The Cook Islands, near New Zealand

Sparkly blue waters, white sandy beaches, hot weather all year round and authentic, friendly locals – this is paradise. They have a buzzing nightlife, food places dotted on every snook (perfect for foodies), and the art and culture is on another level. If this isn’t on your bucket list, add it now.

Why it’s great for solo female travelers: The locals are friendly and look after tourist very well as this is their income. With 15 islands making up the Cook  islands it’s not over crowded and you feel very safe, even going out for a midnight stroll on the beach.

Being able to travel on your own really does open your eyes to new things, you become more resilient by forcing yourself out of your comfort zone, you get rid of the 9-5 rat race mentality, you learn about yourself as a person and yes you do find yourself.

It’s never too late to start planning a trip, whether it’s one month or 1 year – start planning, you’ll thank yourself for it..! Checkout Groupon discount codes for those last minute things for your travels.