Top Trips for Solo Travelers
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Don't be put off by the name of Cape Kidnappers in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. The country actually has very friendly residents to go along with its awe-inspiring scenery.
Solo travelers who are fans of the Lord of the Ring movies are sure to find like-minded tourists at Hobbiton in Matamata.
Vietnam gets kudos as one of the most female-friendly travel destinations in Southeast Asia. The biggest challenge traveling alone in Vietnam is reconciling the abject poverty in some of the most beautiful mountain villages, such as Sa Pa, home to indigenous hill tribes. If you're inspired to lend a helping hand during your vacation, consider signing up for volunteer work at an orphanage with the Global Volunteer Network.
Admire the rice field terraces and surrounding mountains in Sapa in northern Vietnam, and then head into town to browse the markets. The language barrier is rarely a problem in big cities and larger towns.
For something unusual, set your sights on one of Europe's lesser-visited locales and slow down your itinerary to dig deep into Iceland's allure. Make no mistake -- you're going to spend some serious kronas here, as Iceland is one of Europe's most expensive countries. But, when it comes to stunning natural attractions and safety for solo travelers, Iceland can't be beat.
There's certainly no shortage of magical spots for contemplation, including Kirkjufell Waterfall. For serious pampering, book into the Blue Lagoon, where healing waters pool in lava rocks in surreal Icelandic surrounds.
The seaside city of Essaouira is one of Morocco's most laid-back and beautiful destinations. Remember to respect local culture by keeping your arms and legs covered with pants, long skirts and long sleeves as most Moroccan women do (a head scarf, however, is not necessary anywhere in the country).
Solo travelers will never be bored in Morocco, especially with all the souks, or markets, like this one in Fez. If you're still hesitant, consider pairing solo travels with a few days as part of a group tour with other intrepid women. Walking-tour outfit Country Walkers offers a women's adventure tour that takes in Kasbahs, Saharan sand dunes, the High Atlas mountains and indigenous Berber villages. Plan your activities for daylight hours, as most Moroccan women retreat to their homes in the evening, with Western-style nightlife and promenading really only playing out in cities like Marrakech and Casablanca.
Despite the horror stories, India can be — with some careful planning and research — one of the most rewarding destinations for solo travelers. There's even a growing trend of Indian women traveling alone in their own country, thanks to increasing economic independence. Stroll through the streets and markets of cities such as Jodhpur.
Explore the cultural riches and deep spiritual roots of India at sites such as the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful wonders of the world. If you desire companionship with like-minded Western women, consider settling in for a while at retreats in spiritual centers such as Dharamsala and Rishikesh.