Dreaming of travelling solo but don’t have the funds for a luxury vacay. Worried about staying safe whilst visiting foreign countries and staying in budget accommodation? Travelling alone as a woman is not only more expensive but also poses more safety risks. But it is absolutely possible! These are the cheapest and safest places to travel alone!
From South East Asia to Australia to the United States, no matter what your budget or safety concerns are, there is a place for you to embark on an adventure of a lifetime!
Let’s get stuck in to the cheapest and safest places to travel alone!
Cheapest and safest places to travel alone!
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Starting in South-East Asia. Chiang Mai in Thailand is a popular destination for women travelling alone who are looking to keep costs down and be immersed in Thai culture.
The cool mountain town is known for its hill tribe, rainforests, authentic culture, elephant sanctuaries, and delicious cuisine. With over 300 temples to visit, plenty of night markets, and day trips beyond the town, there are loads for you to explore when travelling alone.
If you happen to be traveling to Chaing Mai in November, you have to join the Yee Peng Festival which involves releasing large paper lanterns into the night sky. A truly beautiful and spiritual experience.
A lesser-known experience to add to your Chiang Mai bucket list is a Khantoke dinner and show. Head to the Old Chiang Mai Cultural dinner for Khantoke dinner (a pedestal tray meal) and traditional Thai Lanna dancing.
And finally, Thai food is some of the best cuisines in the world, so it’s only right that you jump on a street food market tour. Be sure to bring your appetite as you will be sampling 8 different dishes!
Generally speaking, Chiang Mai is a safe city to visit but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its own unique crimes. Petty crimes including pickpockets, con artists and scams do exist here– but not nearly to the same extent as in other cities.
Read on to discover my must-know tips for staying safe when travelling solo.
Chiang Mai and Thailand in general is very affordable. No wonder it’s a popular destination with tourists all over the world! Expect to spend as low as $50/day!
Chiang Mai Accommodation
What I love about Hidden Garden Hostel is the range of private rooms that are insanely affordable (from $40/night)! Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, enjoy the local weekend market that is essential on the hostel’s doorstep. Take an easy 5 minute walk to Chaing Mai Old Town, temples, restaurants and bars. Cool down in the pool centrally located in the hostel!
Stay in the best hostel in Thailand (2020)! If you are looking to avoid the party hostel scene and instead enjoy a relaxing, culturally immersive stay, Hostel Lullaby is for you!
Hotel / Guesthouse
✔️ Hotel MAYU
Located around the corner from MAYU mall and a short walk to the trendy Nimman Haemin area. Gorgeous hotel with all the fittings and amenities you could need.
A cute and quiet location that is close to the city centre. Enjoy the unique central pool, shared lounge and garden.
Best time to visit
November to February is the ideal time to visit Chiang Mai because the weather is perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities.
Things to do
Next, we have one of the cheapest and safest places to travel alone, the beautiful coastal city of Portugal, Lisbon. Lisbon is actually one of the most up-and-coming cities for digital nomads looking for warm weather, rich culture and a more affordable county in Europe to set up a base.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, beautiful beaches close to the city and a more relaxed vibe to day-to-day life, you are sure to have a wonderful trip all year round.
Meeting new people shouldn’t be too difficult due to the large expat community and the English proficiency of the locals.
Spend your days exploring the rich history, walking the hills and taking in the ancient architecture, visiting gorgeous attractions, tasting mouth-watering food and dancing the night away at some of the best bars and clubs in Europe.
Portugal is often considered one of the safest countries in Europe to visit. It has even ranked third out of 163 countries on the Global Peace Index which considers crime rates and the political scene. As with any country, exercise a degree of caution and pay attention to your surroundings.
Overall, Portugal is very safe to travel to. Crime rates are low, however petty crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur.
Portugal is one of the least expensive countries in Western Europe to Visit. When comparing the cost to hotspots such as Rome, Barcelona and Paris, Portugal’s accommodations, food and activities are significantly more affordable.
✔️ LX Hostel
Choose between a private room or one of the dorms including a 6-bed female-only dorm. The beds are in cubicle shape offering maximal privacy and comfort. The hostel decor is a mix of Scandinavian and industrial with most furniture being vintage. Enjoy free breakfast and hop up to the rooftop for amazing views and cocktails.
What I love about this hostel is the night budget dinners cooked by the owner’s mothers! You’ll feel right at home. Located in the historic center with main attractions in walking distance. All rooms come with balconies for fresh air and lovely views. Join one of the activities such as a pub crawl or Sinta tour to get to know others staying in the hostel. Female dorms are available!
A gorgeously modern hostel offering a comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff that can provide you with all the best places in town to explore. Located in a chill neighborhood outside the tourist traps whilst still being close enough to transportation and main attractions. A private room is available for those wanting extra comfort.
Hotel / Guest House
An eclectic music-themed hotel with a rooftop pool and city views from the terrace. A brand new hotel that is like nothing I have ever seen! Each room is soundproofed, equipped with a Bluetooth sound system and decked in dynamic lighting. The gorgeous hotel is within walking distance of the metro and any tourist hop on buses.
Enjoy a little more room in the charming self-contained rooms or apartments in Casas de São Bento. Within walking distance to a range of shops and restaurants plus it is close to public transport to make your trip to main attractions a breeze.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Portugal is during the Spring, between March and May. The weather is radiant and you avoid the crowds that accumulate during the summertime.
Things to do
You may be surprised to know that Taipei was ranked 2nd by Lonely Planet for the best city to travel in 2022. Why, because of the immensely rich culture, spiritual heritage, incredible food, world-class hot springs and beautiful scenery!
Taipei is a cool and contemporary city that is often overlooked by travellers. But in my opinion, it is one of the cheapest and safest places to travel alone.
Take in all of Taipei from the 101 observatories, there’s no better place to get a bird’s eye view. Head up to the 89th floor in one of the world’s fastest elevators. Save time and grab your ticket ahead of time: Taipei 101 Observatory Deck ticket.
Next, eat your way through Shilin and Rahoe Night markets. An array of cheap and delicious dishes to try, plus a range of shopping stalls to stroll past.
Visit the National Palace Museum for a profound experience of Chinese traditional culture and take a trip to Lonshan Temple to explore Taiwan’s vibrant folk faith, unique art, and architecture.
Taiwan is one of the safest countries in South East Asia, making a fantastic travel destination for solo female travelers. Crime rates are very low, and it’s safe to walk around at night. With that said, please use the same caution you would anywhere else in the world.
You can certainly travel cheaply in Taiwan without sacrificing enjoyment or comfort! Although not as budget-friendly as Thailand. Vietnam or Indonesia, it is more affordable than in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. Generally, speaking you can travel solo in Taipei for around $60-80 per day.
Stay in a 10-bed male or female dorm with pod-style beds for ultimate privacy and comfort. Taipei Discover Hostel is buzzing with energy as guests from around the world come together to share their love of travel. Well-situated in downtown Taipei nearby restaurants, attractions and shops.
Offering 4-bed male and 4-bed female dorms to ensure you have a good night’s rest. The popular Liaoning Night Market is only a short walk away.
✔️ Ours Inn II
An affordable option if you are looking for a private room within the city. A very convenient location with public transport options nearby. Conveniently self-check-in using a machine, ideal for avoiding language barriers. Overall, it’s great value for money if you want to spend that bit extra for your own room.
Best time to visit
September, October and November are the best times to explore the outdoors, or March to May with endless opportunities to enjoy the stunning colors of nature and some of Taiwan’s top festivals.
Things to do
Travel luxuriously for an affordable price through a beautiful setting! The value in Bali is truly insane! A blend of beautiful luxurious villas, nature and night lifeline, it’s one of the most perfect places to visit before 30.
When I travelled to Bali I stayed in Seminyak, home to lavish accommodations, high-end restaurants, and beach clubs all at an affordable price! Be warned though, Bali is incredibly hot & humid in the summertime so be prepared to sweat or… spend the day sipping cocktails by the pool!
Make sure to watch the sunset on the beach or book a dinner reservation on the beach to see the sky turn to candy, shades of pink, orange and purple!
Before you go make sure to visit your Travel Dr to ensure you have received the appropriate vaccinations and are prepared with some Bali belly medications should it strike.
Also, ensure you read up on how you can best protect yourself whilst eating and drinking on the Island.
Tip: Ask for drinks without ice and stick to bottled water or bottled beers, which are dirt cheap by the way!
Bali is home to friendly locals, great hostels, and like-minded travelers, making it a safe place for female solo travelers. Bali attracts loads of visitors and there have been cases of petty crime such as bag snatching, particularly around tourist attractions. As always take care walking around at night, avoid drinking an excessive amount and keep an eye on your drinks.
Enjoy a mid-range trip for approximately $60-100 AUD per person/per day. Direct return flights from Sydney to Bali cost approximately $700-$800AUD per person.
✔️Tab Hotel Legian Bali (budget hostel with a bar and breakfast)
✔️CR Tris Rooms Seminyak (great budget option for two travellers)
✔️Tonys Villas & Resort Seminyak – Bali (great mid-range option with a pool and in-house spa)
Best time to Visit
Between April and October during the dry season when the weather is the most ideal.
Things to do
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Next on the list of the cheapest and safest places to travel alone, is Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is worth spending a couple of days exploring the city, instead of just stopping in for a layover. Whether you’re a shopaholic, foodie, culture fiend, or nature lover, there’s something to love in Kuala Lumpur.
A glitzy skyscraper city combined with a sultry tropical feel, it’s a capital worth the exploration.
Spend time soaking in the city’s architecture, diverse culture, gleaming skyscraper towns with epic views, traditional temples and mosques, mega malls, and landmarks.
The retail scene is second to none, if you’re a fashionista add the following malls to your list: Pavilion, Mid-Valley Megamall, Starhill Gallery, and the artsy Publika. Plus most of these mega-malls have food halls with suburb cuisine to try.
To soak up the local ambiance head to Chinatown and Bukit Bintang and experience the food stalls.
An absolute must on your trip to Kuala Lumpur is visiting the Batu caves. These limestone caves sit at the top of steep colourful steps housing Hindu temples & shrines, plus a huge statue.
And of course, a trip to Kuala Lumpur is not complete until you see a few of the oldest and largest temples. Tour Thean Hou Temple, the Sri Mahamariaman Hindu Temple, and Masjid Negara national mosque to soak in the Malaysian spirit.
In Kuala Lumpur, violent crimes against tourists are very uncommon. But just like in many big cities, petty crimes do occur. In crowded places and on public transport, beware of pickpockets and pay attention to your surroundings. Pickpocketers do tend to target tourists and solo female travellers so protect your bag and avoid dressing in flashy accessories etc.
Plan to spend around $60-70 per day when choosing budget options.
Kuala Lumpur Accommodation
What I love about this hostel, is the small dorm rooms with maximum of 4 people and the range of private ensuites at affordable prices. Plus the dorm rooms have curtains which is a must for me! Located in a central location, it’s a great place to setup base and go and explore the city!
Calling all space lovers! This hostel is one-of-a-kind. Sleep in a modern capsule bed that offers maximal privacy, a charging point, LED lights, a mirror and great ventilation.
A fantastic hostel that is social yet comfortable. As per the name, there is no shortage of hostel-run activities to help you mingle with other guests. Stay in a single bedroom or opt for a 3-bed female dorm. Plus the hostel is located in the heart of Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, surrounded by affordable local food stalls, Chinatown night market and shopping malls.
Let’s talk about value for money! Expressionz Suites is your entry ticket to luxury without the price tag! Rooms start from $70 per night, but you get so much more than the room itself. Free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool with skyline views, and access to a sauna and hot tub.
✔️ Ahyu Hotel
Ahyu is a small upgrade from a private hostel room. With rooms starting from $30 per night, come home from your day of travels to a comfortable bed in an air-conditioned room with a private bathroom.
Best time to visit
Although Kuala Lumpur experiences a moderate climate year-round, the best months to visit are December to January and June to August due to the popular festivals during this time. February to March and September to October are considered as off-season, so prices tend to drop.
Things to do
Queenstown, New Zealand
Next, we have New Zealand a country full of beautiful landscapes, mountains and Indigenous Maori culture to explore! The South Island in New Zealand is known as the adventure capital with loads of ski fields on offer during the wintertime and adventure activities during the summertime.
From glaciers, mountains, and picturesque lakes to pubs, bars, and clubs, the South Island will take your breath away.
I would suggest renting a car or live-in caravan to travel to the beautiful South Island. Whether you are travelling from slope to slope or sightseeing during the summertime, the best way to get around is via self-driving.
A visit to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound is a must on every New Zealand trip to witness some of the most spectacular waterfalls on Earth.
Continue your exploration of New Zealand by visiting the tallest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook.
It is seriously impressive! A range of hikes and more leisurely walks will lead you to beautiful lookouts to take photos and soak in the scenery.
I could go on about New Zealand, but let’s leave it here… at the range of wineries on offer to taste world-class Sauvignon Blancs. If you are a wine lover like me, the Marlborough region is a fantastic destination to stop off in.
Enjoy crisp and fruity Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs in the vineyards, my kind of afternoon treat!
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In my opinion, New Zealand is one of if not the safest countries for women to solo travel. If you exercise caution and travel smart, you should have a simply fantastic trip!
New Zealand is very similar to Australia in terms of culture, crime rates and legislation. It is a very safe country for solo female travellers. As always exercise a degree of caution and use common sense. Weather conditions can change quickly so check the radar before venturing out on a long hike or to a remote area.
Adventure Queenstown Hostel is centrally located in town, perfect for hitting the slopes, drinking at the local bars, and heading to the surrounding lakes and attractions. There are in-house activities 7 nights a week to make it easy to meet fellow explorers from all around the world. Plus you can’t beat the views from the balcony!
Just 250m from Lake Wakitapu! An affordable motel with views of The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. A short 10-minute walk and you’re in the heart of the town, plus the tour desk can help you book ski transfers and tours.
Another great budget option is in an unbeatable location, only 5 minutes from Lake Wakatipu. The Coronet Peak ski area is only a 25-minute drive. Overall, a great budget option that offers private comfort in a great central spot.
Things to do
Best time to visit
The best time to visit New Zealand and experience the slopes is July to October. August is notably the best month due to the regular snowfall, deep snow base, and its outside-of-school holiday peak times. December to March brings beautiful sunny weather, perfect for hiking, swimming, and mountain biking.
Arizona, United States of America
Arizona’s diverse landscapes make it the perfect outdoor playground, not to mention it is one of the cheapest and safest places to travel alone! A variety of national parks to immerse yourself in and charming towns in the Grand Canyon State to explore.
Hire a car or a van and take a road trip of a lifetime in Arizona. Drive through the huge cactus fields, visit the Grand Canyon, explore Papago Park, hike the stunning Coyote Buttes, and be amazed by the Antelope Canyon. It’s a natural backdrop like no other if you are a lover of photography, or if you are an adventure seeker, there are loads of trails and activities to push your limits!
Whilst you’re in Arizona, take a day trip to Las Vegas, a perfect bucket list destination to easily tick off instead of making a whole trip out of it.
When travelling solo in Arizona it’s important to not only be prepared for human danger but also animal danger. Particularly if you are doing loads of hikes and visiting natural wonders, it’s important to be prepared, such as by bringing bear spray, wearing protective clothing and packing an emergency whistle.
If you are road-tripping Arizona, one of the biggest expenses you will encounter is gas. Stay in affordable hostels or even cheaper, sleep on the road in a van or RV or pack your camping gear. Arizona is not very expensive, it’s all about finding ways to keep costs low, such as by reducing your meals out and choosing your accommodation wisely.
Things to do
Best time to visit
The best times to visit are spring and autumn when temperatures are cool in the mountains and warm in the desert but without THE extremes.
One of the cheapest and safest places to travel alone, Hanoi. With centuries-old architecture, beautiful lakes, and tranquil Buddhist pagodas, there is no shortage of things to see in Hanoi. Although Hanoi is rapidly developing with shopping malls and luxury hotels cropping up, the downtown area still retains the traditional culture.
Expect Hanoi to be loud and chaotic with motorbikes zipping around the streets with little order. When visiting Hanoi, it’s best just to get lost in the vibrant streets and alleyways to take in the day-to-day life of locals. I recommend you stroll around the French colonial Old Quarter, visit the outdoor markets, try local food from the street food vendor, and have a cup of Vietnamese coffee.
Known as the “City of Lakes”, Hanoi is home to over two dozen lakes that are beautiful to stroll by.
Pop down to the now-popular tourist spot to take a photo on the train tracks on Train Street. It’s pretty fascinating how a train can operate in such a tight alleyway!
Next, join a food tour and indulge in some of the best vietnamese food you get your hands on. Continue on your foodie expedition by taking a cooking class. What better souvenir than a traditional recipe to share with friends and family!
Vietnam is a safe country for solo female travellers. Its popularity as a backpackers haven in South East Asia itself is a testament to this fact. Small petty crimes do occasionally occur but experiencing any serious danger is uncommon. Once again use your common sense when traveLling around any place in Vietnam and you will likely be fine!
Vietnam is one of the cheapest countries in the world to travel. Hanoi is not only cheaper than Western countries, but it also beats out other South East Asian countries including Thailand. Expect to pay around $40 per day when choosing budget options.
My personal pick when staying in Hanoi. From $50 score a private ensuite room in the ideal location of Hanoi old Quarter. A peaceful spot to see top attractions, and explore the culture, and history of Hanoi.
A modern hostel with private ensuites, and female or mixed dorms available, perfect for every budget! Book a private room for $45 or opt for a dorm bed from as low as $10 per night! And here’s the best part there is free breakfast, walking tours and…beer! Plus you can cool down in the hostel’s pool, a great place to meet other travellers.
A great location, delicious breakfast included, airport transfers, free Wi-FI and gorgeous rooms that offer superior comfort. What more could you want!
Upgrade from a hostel for a small additional cost and receive loads more value for money. Located in the heart of Hanoi, the hotel offers a restaurant and bar onsite, breakfast for an additional $2 per night and a spa to relax in.
Things to do
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Hanoi is from February to April and from Late September to November. Temperatures are not at their hottest and you can skip monsoon season.
Head up to North Queensland to experience one of the world’s seven wonders. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most remarkable natural wonders that, unfortunately, may not be around and as exquisite for too much longer.
Hop on a snorkelling or scuba diving tour from Cairns to The Great Barrier Reef and dive into the magical waters and explore the underwater world, it’s a bucket list adventure that is non-negotiable!
Cairns is not just the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef but is also known for its natural waterfalls, beaches, rainforests, crocodiles and wildlife. Enjoy the laid-back outdoor lifestyle that involves waterfall hopping, catching and cooking fresh fish from the reef and exploring the Australian history that remains.
Be careful when swimming in Cairns beaches as Crocodiles have been spotted in the water all year round! Pay attention to signage at beaches, waterholes and rivers, they will tell you whether it is safe or not to swim.
Australia is an incredibly safe country for female solo travellers. For the most part, Aussies are good people who will say G’day when they see you walking down the street and will be happy to assist if you’re lost. But don’t get too comfortable and accept a false sense of security in Australia. Anything can happen, and it’s best to remain conscious of your surroundings at all times.
Although Australia as a whole isn’t the cheapest country to travel to, Cairns is one of the more affordable options that will give you a glimpse of the Aussie culture, animals, beaches and beautiful landmarks. Budget to spend around $120-$150AUD per day.
Global Backpackers is in the optimal spot, located right on the Cairns Esplanade waterfront. Plus just by staying at this backpackers, you unlock a range of discounts in nearby bars and clubs. Enjoy the rooftop lounge to mingle with others and enjoy views of the city.
If you are a partygoer, Gilligan’s is for you! Dive right into the party scene as soon as you arrive, think pool party vibes! The hostel is located near the famous Cairns Esplanade Lagoon and buzzing nightlife.
A relaxed hostel located in Port Douglas. Enjoy the bar, swimming pool, free BBQ facilities, hire bikes, fishing rods, and more.
Hotels & Guesthouses
A relaxing guesthouse amongst tropical gardens that is only a short 10-minute walk to Cairns Esplanade. Enjoy a private room, with a shared bathroom at an affordable price.
A budget hotel with a swimming pool, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. What I love about this hotel is the desk will organize tours for you including The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, and more!
Things to do
Best time to visit
The best months to visit Cairns is from April, May, September, and October.
The Wrap Up: Cheapest and Safes Places to Travel Alone
Those were my cheapest and safest places to travel alone!
Leave a comment with which place is your top pick!