More women are venturing out into the world to travel and explore, Indian women included. According to the University of Michigan’s International Center, women going on study abroad programs outnumber men 2 to 1.
But women aren’t just travelling for education, they are hopping on planes for pleasure and adventure as well. Times have changed and Indian women are more independent, seeking new experiences in a solo trip or group setting.
There’s so much to see in this beautiful world, where can you start? Here are 10 places that you should not miss:
Many people have already put this on the top of their list! Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city, bustling with people, locals and tourists the like.
Shopping, art, amazing street performers, architecture that astounds – it’s the perfect package for the culture-loving women.
Learn to Flamenco dance, check out one of the largest Marine Centre’s in Europe, L’Aquarium de Barcelona, or simply relax on the beautiful Barceloneta Beach.
This is a special city, positioned right between Europe and Asia. An ancient city, rich with history, one of the largest in the world. Stroll through the amazing spice markets or visit a palace built centuries ago.
Don’t forget to take a moment to sip on a Turkish coffee at a local sidewalk café. A solo woman traveller can have a safe and enjoyable journey here but always use common sense. Check out one woman’s tips on the Journeywoman site.
Queenstown, New Zealand
If you are looking for a bit of nature and stunning mountain views are more your thing, head to Queenstown. Nestled in the South Island of this beautiful country, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this is a magical place.
There is much opportunity for excellent skiing in the winter. Don’t love the crowds? Autumn is a nice time to visit, as there are fewer tourists and still so much to do.
Head out for some jet boating, bungee jumping or hiking. Even with all of the tourists, the gorgeous scenery will not disappoint. This is a lovely place for an Indian woman traveller as New Zealanders (aka Kiwis) are some of the friendliest people around!
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The largest city and capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is a place to let your hair down! Yes, the architecture and climate is amazing but so is the nightlife.
Be ready to eat a late dinner and head out to the clubs until the early hours, especially if you like to dance. Pack your dancing shoes, ladies, there’s never too much tango in this city. Shopping, food, wine and many neighbourhoods to explore in this city of rich culture.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline, nicknamed “the City that Never Sleeps”, this city will never leave you feeling bored. If you love fashion, performing arts and spending money, this is your place!
Look out New York; Tel Aviv is quickly becoming one of the most popular cities to visit. To top it off, some of the best beaches in the world can be found here. Bring your swimsuit along…or better yet, buy a new one once you get here.
Situated off of the coast of Tanzania, in the Indian coast, Zanzibar will give you beauty beyond belief with its turquoise water, coral reefs and white sand. Visit the historic city of Stone Town, known as one of the last Ancient towns in East Africa, unchanged for 200 years.
Zanzibar will give you a change of pace, if you like history, indigenous wildlife and beautiful scenery, this may be the holiday for you. The local people will love that you are bringing money into their home but always respect their customs and traditions while visiting.
The biggest of the five boroughs in NYC, Brooklyn will expose you to more than just American culture. This is a place where you can find people from all over the world (living very close to one another).
One day you can go to Italy, while the next, try visiting the neighbourhood now known as “Little Russia”. Each neighbourhood will have its own culture and there are many to explore, prepare to be amazed.
If you are travelling alone, there are many women travel meetups that you can find on the internet to connect with other solo women travellers in NYC.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
A quieter alternative to the bustling city of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is home to over 300 Buddhist temples. There are many national parks to visit; some local groups offer free guided hikes.
A popular spot for tourists and locals is the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep Temple, the most famous one of the city. It offers views of the entire valley and sits on the top of the Doi Suthep Mountain.
Go river rafting, ride an elephant or visit a small village in the hills, it’s all possible here! Also, if you love to shop (and enjoy a good haggling), this is your place, you can find many good bargains at the markets here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you’re looking for an island getaway with a side of history, make your way to San Juan. Crystal blue water, Caribbean sun, beaches, beaches and more beaches!
Spend a day in Old San Juan, walk the cobblestone streets and make sure to check out the two forts called El Morro and San Cristobal. These historic forts are situated on the northern part of Old San Juan, overlooking the ocean, so bring your camera.
If you’re on a budget, there are quite a few safe but cheap options to stay here, some even located on the beach.
A popular destination for both domestic and international tourists, Goa is a small state full of paradise. Indian and Portuguese culture abounds against a tropical setting in this ever-growing tourist hot spot.
The Portuguese influence is evident in the old Heritage Villas. Spend a day in Old Goa to see magnificent churches, monasteries and cathedrals, where the site of the Portuguese capital used to be.
Or simply find a beach bungalow and sit on one of the many beaches, enjoy a lazy day, and do nothing but soak up some sun.
These are just a handful of the many places waiting to be explored. There is a risk in every adventure, which is part of the fun, but you should always be a safe traveller when trekking in unknown territory, especially if you choose to travel solo.
One great resource for a solo woman traveller is www.wanderlustandlipstick.com. There are many helpful travel tips on this website. No matter where you end up taking your suitcase, travel safe, travel smart, travel often, there’s a whole lot of world to see!