As a solo female traveler, I spend hours researching the best destinations to travel for safety and my wallet. So far ALL of my solo travels have been in Europe. While I feel that Europe as a whole is safe and stunning, there are a few countries that I prefer over others. Some cities have better walkability, affordability, and an overall better social atmosphere to meet other travelers. I think each solo female traveler should take the time to research carefully where to travel to. But, if you are feeling a little stuck maybe this nifty list will help you. Here are the top FIVE places I recommend to do your solo female travel trip in Europe.
Okay. I may be a little bit biased here. Berlin, Germany is practically my second home; but I would definitely recommend any solo female traveler to check out this city. This city has an incredible and intricate public transportation system making it easy to visit any of the touristic spots at any time of the day. Not only is it budget friendly, but there are so many hip and trendy hostels you can stay at (many with female only dorms). With a robust techno and lively artist scene— I describe Berlin as the “hipster capital of Europe”. Berlin is definitely a place you can meet other travelers for the rest of your Euro-trip.
Did someone say Sangrias, Paellas, and Tapas— YES PLEASE?! Barcelona, Spain is such a lively and spicy city. I really recommend this city for the extroverted traveler— there are so many hostels focused on creating a social, engaging atmosphere between travelers. During my time in Barcelona, I stayed at Yeah Hostel! in Barcelona and I really can’t recommend it enough. They provide fun and engaging walking tours, as well as “night tours” (in other words, a really badass pub crawl). I chose this hostel because they have female only dorms, but ended up getting way more than I expected. If you enjoy sunshine, live music, and being around a LOT of people, this is the perfect city for you.
Kim recommends: Definitely check out the night life in Barcelona, it is a huge part of the culture. I feel like you cannot get a feeling for the whole culture without experiencing the vibrant and lively clubs.
If the luck of the Irish brings you to this charming city, you will be impressed. Dublin, Ireland has a unique culture. If you are into pubs, you will find lots of them here! There is a variety of hostels too (be very careful which hostel you pick, due to the large homeless population a lot of these hostels are meant more for living not for traveling). I recommend trying out the backpacker’s pub crawl to meet other travelers. Shoot, I even met my boyfriend there.
Kim recommends: I really recommend going to the Dawson Lounge— one of the smallest pubs in the country. A lot of locals come here, and they hands down have the best Guinness.
Drinking wine in Tuscany, seeing beautiful art pieces in the Uffizi, and eating wonderful handmade pasta. Yup, this was exactly how I imagined Florence. I am going to admit, I was a little disappointed by how touristic Florence was. Thousands of American tourists were flooding Florence while I was there. Nonetheless, I would still recommend Florence to a solo female traveler. There is a LOT to see, many travelers to meet, and a lot of Gelato to eat. I think Florence is a great city to visit where you can control the speed— relish in the Italian slow way of living or be a fast paced sightseer. It is up to you in Florence! My recommendation: visit the Terrazze rooftop bar to get a stunning viewpoint and picture of Florence!
Kim recommends: Try going during the off season. During the summertime it is a little bit chaotic and Florence gets extremely hot. If you want to experience a more calm and authentic Italy, I recommend visiting Florence during the winter months.
This photoshop only cost $40 and included around 20 photos, a history tour, and a coffee
This cute Polish city has the most charming old town, arguably ever. During my time in Gdańsk, I stayed in an AirBNB so I did not have the most social experience. However, I felt extremely safe and this city is EXTREMELY budget friendly. I ate out almost everyday because café prices were so cheap. I would recommend this city for the introverted traveler. Instead of socializing with travelers, I met other locals through AirBNB experiences. I even had my own little photoshoot with some amazing pictures I am still posting on my instagram.
Kim recommends: Take a long stroll through the old town. It is just too freaking cute not to. If you get the chance, sit in a cafe and try a Polish hot beer while people watching! It sure is an authentic experience.
I hope this inspired you to figure out where to take your next solo trip. Planning out which city to visit requires more research when you are going solo. But don’t be too stressed about it, there are plenty of places that are safe and budget friendly. Shoot recommendations for other travelers in the comment section ↓
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