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What are the best cities for single women traveling solo?

OK, maybe I’ve seen too many movies, but I’d really love to meet someone on my next vacation, so can anyone tell me, in your opinion, what are the best cities for single women? I’m going solo so I’m not only thinking in terms of the men vs. women ratio but safety as well. Thanks so much--I'll let you know what happened!

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top answer by
Nan from Perth, Western Australia

i did a lot of travelling on my own a few years ago around Europe and from my personal experience, generally i found the Northern European cities / countries are much safer for single girl travellers, I agree with couple of the posts below and below are my list of picks for single girl travellers. I also attached links to my itineraries for those places :)

1. Scandinavian cities: Copenhagen / Stockholm 

- both are big metropolis cities so there are enough nice restaurants and bars to see and meet people. 

- both cities are beautiful (both in terms of the architecture and the people) and generally I felt very safe walking around even at night

- see my trip itineraries to Copenhagen and Stockholm

2. UK/Ireland: Dublin, Edinburgh 

- there is a lot of charm in those cites, the architecture is just amazing

- again both big cities with a lot of things to see and do and i felt very safe walking around

3. Croatia 

- A lot of different towns you and hop around. Split is a young people town so maybe easier to meet people there

- Things there are cheaper compared to the rest of the Europe and people are very nice and friendly

4. Asia - Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore

- the major Asian cities are actually really really safe (probably the safest places i have been) 

- Tokyo, HK and Singapore also have a huge expat population and a lot of cool bars and restaurants where you can go and meet people

5. Australia (Sydney, Melbourne)

- Lastly but definitely not the least, my home, Australia 

- Both Sydney and Melbourne are super safe, and people in Australia are really friendly and nice. 

- there are a lot of things to do. in addition to its natural beauty, Sydney and Melbourne also have an awesome restaurant and bar scene

Have fun! 

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  9. Sydney (city)
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answered by
Kevin from Hermosa Beach

That's both an easy and tough question. Easy because I can tell you good places for single people but tough because I don't know your criteria. If you want to meet people from all over the world, go to the Greek Islands in July. Specifically Mykonos and Santorini. Go to Paradise Beach and the "Skandi Bar" on Mykonos and the Tropical Bar for sunset in Fira Santorini and you won't have any trouble meeting people. But keep in mind they are partying.

If you're a single women wanting to meet men, then go to Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles. Walk into a bar and you'll meet a guy in less time than it take you to order a drink. It's also a great place to go on vacation. 

Other spots are Waikīkī Beach – go to Duke's Waikiki on Sunday and RumFire for Happy Hour – and also consider big party events like Jazzfest in New Orleans. You can check more more desirable singles destinations on my site

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  3. Paradise Beach (attraction)
  4. Tropical Bar (restaurant)
  5. Hermosa Beach (city)
  6. Waikīkī Beach (attraction)
  7. Duke's Waikiki (restaurant)
  8. RumFire (restaurant)
  9. New Orleans (city)
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answered by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello Stephanie! Definitely Madrid (among the many cities that  have in mind). Besides NYC I consider Madrid my home. The city whose sheer energy carries a simple message: meet me and love me.

Madrid is one of the most artistic cities, Picasso, Dali and Miro adorn the walls of city world-class galleries to name the most remarkable Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

If you enjoy the international gastronomy as I do, let me tell you that Madrid has evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe. From tapas in the sleek restaurants to all new sit-down meals beneath centuries-old vaulted ceilings, eating in Madrid is genuine pleasure. To mention a few of these are Mercado de San Antón, Mercado de San Miguel, Taberna Los Huevos de Lucio, Mercado de la Reina, Taberna Alhambra, Restaurante Cibeles, Cervecería 100 Montaditosand paralelo restaurante madrid.  The city also has a collection of storied cocktail bars and flamenco venues like Tablao Villa Rosa that add a plus to the city. Step out into the night-time streets of many Madrid neighborhoods and you will find yourself accompany by a happy crowd dancing until dawn (as the city is pretty safe). A few are Fuencarral, Chueca, Hortaleza.

Last but not least, Madrid has many beautiful plazas, parks, temples, such as Plaza Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Parque del Retiro, Templo de Debod, Palacio de Cristal these are highly recommended while walking the city.

As a conclusion and taken from one of the entries to my blog, "No se que tiene Madrid que enamora, pero mi corazon anhela por volver".

Hope this helps!

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  3. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (attraction)
  4. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (attraction)
  5. Mercado de San Antón (attraction)
  6. Mercado de San Miguel (attraction)
  7. Taberna Los Huevos de Lucio (restaurant)
  8. Mercado de la Reina (attraction)
  9. Taberna Alhambra (restaurant)
  10. Restaurante Cibeles (restaurant)
  11. Cervecería 100 Montaditos (restaurant)
  12. Tablao Villa Rosa (restaurant)
  13. Fuencarral (neighborhood)
  14. Chueca (metro area)
  15. Hortaleza (attraction)
  16. Plaza Puerta del Sol (attraction)
  17. Plaza Mayor (attraction)
  18. Parque del Retiro (attraction)
  19. Templo de Debod (attraction)
  20. Palacio de Cristal (attraction)
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answered by
Pawan from Delhi

Well it is great to travel solo, sometimes. You get some quality time to spend with yourself. I have traveled to Nepal, Bhutan, Japan and Russia on solo trips.

People in Nepal and Bhutan are very simple , down to earth and helpful and hence these places are a paradise for solo travelers. And the placess are very safe for women s too.

In Japan, people are so busy that they don't care about any one)). And i see it as an advantage for solo travelers. But they are very helpful.

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answered by
Sally from Los Angeles

Hi Stephanie,

I just got back from my first solo trip in Europe and found all the places I visited to be really safe and fun! I spent my time all over Spain (MadridGranadaCordoba (Spain), SevilleMalagaSan Sebastian and Bilbao) and also visited LisbonAmsterdam, and London without any problems. Locals are friendly and I never felt unsafe.

If you're interested in Asia, Singapore is hands down one of the safest options although I found Kuala Lumpur to be great as well! 

I think you'll be pretty safe in most places you choose as long as you're cautious and aware of your surroundings! 

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  3. Granada (city)
  4. Cordoba (Spain) (city)
  5. Seville (city)
  6. Malaga (city)
  7. San Sebastian (city)
  8. Bilbao (city)
  9. Lisbon (city)
  10. Amsterdam (city)
  11. London (city)
  12. Singapore (country)
  13. Kuala Lumpur (city)
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answered by
Jen from Los Angeles

Of the international cities I've traveled solo to, I've been a huge fan of Sydney, Vancouver, London, Athens (and all of the Greek islands I've ventured to as well), and most definitely Lisbon, where I just returned from this week. I also went to Cape Town on my own and felt completely safe, but I know some areas are much safer Than others and I was in a very busy touristy and business travel area. All of these have also been easily walkable (and safe in most areas) plus public transportation is widely available.  

I travel solo all of the time and have done so on 5 continents, but always take the necessary precautions and do a bunch of research on the cities, neighborhoods and where is best to stay for female travelers. Ive paid a bit more at hotels just to stay in a safer area in a more central location to things I want to do and need to venture to. I've yet to book an Air BnB when traveling solo as I've been more comfortable on hotels but I've had a ton of friends travel solo using air BnB and all have had great experiences. One main thing I will say is to never let anyone know that you are traveling alone...even making small talk with others in your hotel, a cab driver, etc., always say that your friends or boyfriend are there and you're on your way to meet them or they're already there at the hotel waiting, etc.  


Have fun, safe travels!

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answered by
Jeff from Portland

The list is great and there is not a ton I can add for other cities - but I will vote for Vienna London Munich Singapore Prague

One but there is one disagreement that I would have from myself and others that have traveled to Lisbon. During the day, Lisbon is very safe and one of my favorite cities. After dark I will say that a number of areas are safe but the Baixa district in Lisbon is rampant with prostitutes and drug dealers. It is the only city I have heard from my female friends that did not feel very safe at night. 

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  4. Singapore (country)
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  6. Lisbon (city)
  7. Baixa (neighborhood)
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answered by
pedro from Lisbon

Hi Steph, Lisbon is an amazingly safe city, lots to see for all kinds of taste :)

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answered by
Brenda from Long Beach

Barcelona, anywhere in Andalusia, Southern Italy (Amalfi Coast) and Munich during Oktoberfest. Three friends have married or moved and are about to marry Euros met during Oktoberfest. 

Wherever you go you can meet new people. Just be sensible, and enjoy yourself. One of the best times in my life was meeting a German expat in Barcelona and spending a week on the back of his motorcycle exploring the city. BTW, he ended up being a perfect gentleman and we still have a long distance friendship and I see him whenever I am back in town.

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answered by

Stephanie, will this be your first solo trip abroad? Unless you're a very seasoned traveler (either solo or with others) I highly recommend the Rick Steves travel guidebook Europe Through the Backdoor (if you're heading to Europe. It's by far the best I've read at preparing for a European holiday, including lots of great safety info for solo travel.

I've traveled solo to Europe several times (as well as with friends and with a gf) and have to say I LOVE solo travel. And it forces you to be open and social, so you'll meet great people along the way. 

Reading through the answers below I see many excellent recos. For the party scene head to the Greek islands, where island hopping via the ferries is fun and simple, and you can just arrive without a a room reservations and rent from one of the many hotel proprietors who await the ferry arrivals. The Greek islands are magical, and they're not all parties; some are more laid-back. Mykonos & Santorini are the most touristy, but for good reason - they are both absolutely wonderful. 

Spains island Ibiza is also a party scene with great beaches.

In my solo travels I've met many solo female travelers having an amazing time. I've mostly met them in Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Greece and Croatia. 

Also consider New Zealand. Auckland is extremely safe & friendly and the country is stunningly gorgeous and my personal favorite outside of Europe. I have never meet more genuinely friendly people than kiwis.

And if you're ever in the western U.S. come visit my hometown of Huntington Beach. There is much to see & do here with great beaches, near Disneyland, Hollywood.

And check out that book. It will help you decide where to go if Europe is on your travel menu. 

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answered by
Cherry from Australia

Don't forget cities in Asia as Vietnam, Singapore. I was impressed cities in Vietnam that they are not beautiful and unique cities, but also people there are friendly. Well, that you could hear something about this country about some scams as But we can not deny that it's safe, fun and wonderful country. The best cities in Vietnam would be Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi An.

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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Maybe I'm overthinking this, but, as a romantic, I tend to lean toward places that, I believe, elicit romance.  Cities that just have this character and/or charm that's hard to explain.  So, with that said, I would say Madrid would probably be near the top.  I would consider Paris and Rome as well. I also really found a charm with the town, but also the people, in Edinburgh.  They are probably the nicest people I have run across in travels in the western world.  Have a great time deciding and good luck!

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  4. Edinburgh (city)
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answered by

Scandinavia is very safe for women.

Cities like Copenhagen Oslo and Stockholm attarcts a lot of single women, because they are safe cities with a good quality of life, a vibrant art scene and lot's of good restaurants. 

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answered first by
Maria from Dublin

Dublin Safe, very friendly people, young, educated international population, LOTS of good venues for people watching and people meeting, great music scene, sports, good food AND the weather's conducive to indoor pursuits!

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answered by
Brad from Winnipeg

It's such a subjective answer it's really hard to pin point a location. It's going to come down to your preferences in the opposite sex that you desire. However, from my extensive use of dating websites and talking to many woman from all over the world, avoid all Latin and Islamic countries would be the best recommendation. Culturally, very macho, possessive, and domineering in Latin locations, and outright abusive and oppressive in Islamic ones.

As far as good reports go, I've heard that 3rd generation Canadian men are some of the nicest and kind ones available. They're also very polite most of the time, except when hockey is on or they're shovelling the drive of snow for the 3 or 5th time that day. ;)

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Austin, Texas, New York City, London, Stockholm and everywhere in Japan

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I took my 22 year old daughter with me to Berlin, Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. We often separated and saw different parts of the cities by ourselves, except for Berlin. But to me, all the cities seemed safe and friendly. She had zero issues out by herself. I wondered the streets at night by myself not speaking the languages and had no issues nor witnessed any women having issues with men bothering them. I'd guess you would be safe in these places and they aren't expensive to stay in. Especially Budapest. And Budapest is beautiful. I hope this helps.

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answered by
Lila from Jupiter

Paris is an easy place to meet people because when you sit down at a cafe everyone talks to each other. It worked for me!

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answered by
Alex from New York City

Hi Stephanie,

I would highly recommend Reykjavik. Not only is it small enough to easily get around, but there's also some absolutely gorgeous men here. Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland and home to the younger population, so there is a wide variety of nightlife and fun things to do during the day and evening. It's also incredibly safe.

Dublin is also a great spot, though you will have to be a bit more careful about pickpocketing. Overall, you should be find, though.

Also, Budapest has an amazing underground scene and it's very safe for solo travelers.

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answered by
Isabele from Ibiza

Hi Stephenie, I use to travel just by myself and in Spain it's sale and funny, in general all places is sale if you know where you can move. 

Spain: Barcelona and Madrid you can walk on the street any time and it's safe  

scandinavian: I've been in Oslo and it's really a wonderful city to visit  

Lisboa, París, London, Amsterdam all this place I was just by myself

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answered by
Cristóbal from Puerto Morelos

I can suggest Playa del Carmen. People come from all over the world to this place to enjoy themselves and meet people and having fun. Is pretty touristy and - in my own experience - pretty safe. 

One thing that makes Playa stands up from all the other places I've ever be is the variety of people: on any given day you can find people from virtually the whole world there. Everything sums up: tropical weather, nice music, beautiful beaches, beautiful people... Love is in the air ;)

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answered by
leila from Istanbul

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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

Chicago is a fun paced walking city. Orlando is good for young ladies.

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answered by
Lamurt from La Morte, Rhone-Alpes, France

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answered by
Michael from South Padre Island

South Padre Island Island Texas...Single men outnumber single women 8 to 1...tropical climate... The coast of Texas and Mexico on the grow!

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