Top 10 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers

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Having recently become a solo female traveler, I thought it was relevant to write a blog post about this type of travel. Having visited all of the following countries in this post, I’ve come up with the ultimate list of the top 25 safest countries for solo female travelers in 2019.

So you’ve taken the big leap and decided to become an awesome adventurous chic who don’t need no man to explore the world! Yas girl, I applaud you! As you travel and your experience grows you’ll learn so much about yourself and meet so many incredible and likeminded travelers along the way. So many exciting times lie ahead, and I promise you this will be the best decision you have ever made. Read my blog post about what to pack as a female traveler. Whether you’re wanting a relaxing holiday, a round the world trip or a winter break these countries are perfect for any solo female traveler.

The following countries and destinations are not necessarily the most obvious or ones a typical solo female traveler would explore, however these are my overall favourite places according to what I have experienced in terms of friendly locals, ease of transport around the country, availability of hostels and meeting others.

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The Top 10 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers

Australia

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Ahhh the beautiful land down under, first on my list and for good reason. This country is probably the most backpacker friendly in my opinion and one of the safest countries for solo female travelers, with an array of world class hostels all down the east coast it’s also a great country to start your travels if you’re new to the world of solo female travel!

I recommend starting on the east coast, as other parts of Australia are much more rural, here is my ultimate east coast Australia road trip itinerary that gives you everything you need to know about travelling the east coast. I tell you the best hire companies, best time to visit, all the sites not to miss, my favourite hostels and activities.

However, I know many of you are wanting a quick glance, as you’re still unsure which country to choose therefore below are my overall favourite hostels in Australia and activities you can’t miss that are great for solo female travelers.

Global Peace Index Rating: 13th

Best Hostels In Australia For Female Travelers:

  • Base St Kilda (Melbourne): Great if you’re wanting to be near the beach. It has free wifi, free activities every night and is great place to meet likeminded travellers. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Bounce Hostel (Sydney): This was voted the best backpacker hostel in Australia back in 2014, the best backpacker hostel in Sydney and the most popular. Located in Surry Hills, a trendy area with bars, nightclubs and pubs it’s a great place to base yourself whilst in Sydney. It’s also opposite Central Railway Station too. Click here for the best rate!
  • Arts Factory Lodge (Byron Bay): Spreading out over 5 acres of gorgeous grounds, The Arts Factory is less of a hostel and more of an experience. Its got a name as a bit of a hippie hangout, and it definitely attracts the free spirited and artistic – but really, there’s something for everyone at the Arts Factory. Click here to get the best rate!
  • BUNK Hostel (Gold Coast):A well facilitated hostel that’s great for both relaxing and those who want to party. It is centrally located, with an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub and also offers free breakfast. Click here for the best rate!
  • City Backpackers (Brisbane): Only minutes from all the best shopping, bars, restaurants and nightlife, it has all the options to suit any traveller, and for those on a shoe string budget or even if you want to splash the cash a bit. Click here for the best rate!
  • Nomads Hostels (Airlie Beach): Nomads Airlie Beach is the perfect place to stay before or after a trip to the Whitsundays. Located right in the heart of Airlie Beach opposite the famous swimming lagoon, Nomads is no more than 50 metres away from all that Airlie Beach has to offer. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Gilligans Hostel (Cairns): Is THE place if you want to experience the best of Cairns party scene. With something different going on every night, you’ll never be far away from the party. All rooms are clean, with a pool, bar and it’s own booking centre. Click here for the best rate!

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New Zealand

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New Zealand is an adventure lovers paradise. Whether you’re an avid Lord of the Rings fan, someone who loves nature, hiking, natural beauty and incredibly friendly locals or all of the above, New Zealand may be the safest countries for solo female travelers as well as the most beautiful.

New Zealand is made up of two islands; North Island and South Island (inventive I know). The north is a lot more developed, with larger cities like Auckland and Wellington situated there. However, there are still some magnificent destinations and activities here from the Tongariro Crossing to Hobbiton! In contrast, the south island is much more rural and naturally beautiful. Known as the southern Alps, in winter you can ski and in summer there are endless trails for hikers.

Global Peace Index Rating: 2nd

Best Hostels In New Zealand For Female Travelers:

  • Haka Lodge (Auckland): Explore Auckland from a unique, award-winning base: designed in a cosy wood and brick interior it will make you feel right at home. There are plenty of opportunities to make new mates in the open-plan common room and ultra-modern kitchen. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Adventure Q2 (Queenstown): This to date is still one of the best hostels I’ve stayed in. The rooms are cabin-style bunks in shared dorms with privacy curtains and plugs right by the bed. If you’d like a bit of extra space, there are also en-suite double rooms. You’ll recieve air con and heating, as well as free linen, towels and lockers. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Jailhouse (Christchurch):This quirky, clean, and quiet hostel is set in a historic former jail. It’s located about 20 minutes’ walk from the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum and the Botanic Gardens and is surrounded by a variety of bars and cafes. I loved their friendly and very helpful staff, who had great knowledge of the area. Click here to get the best rate!
  • The Dwellington (Wellington): Perfectly blends the homely, the cozy and the stylish within a backpackers property. They offer guests free unlimited WiFi and a scrumptious free breakfast everyday during their stay. Fresh towels are available on demand anytime you like. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Funky Green Voyager (Rotorua): This hostel prides itself on recycling and eco credentials. Head out to their lawn with a beer and fire up the barbecue on sunny days. In the winter, they make a roaring log fire in the lounge, so there’s always somewhere cosy to hang out and make new friends. Their friendly staff are always up for a chat and they’ve got tons of tips like where to find the best yoga studios or craft breweries! Click here to get the best rate!

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Thailand

25 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers: Thailand

Thailand, especially Bangkok is the gateway to Asia and for many solo travelers it is their starting point. Thus, this is a great way to meet liked minded travelers doing the same thing as you for the first time, and it is one of the safest countries for solo female travelers. When I was 18, Thailand was my very first backpacking country and it was the perfect experience that wasn’t too foreign that I would panic. The locals are super friendly, the food is amazing, it’s cheap and the hostels throughout the whole country will be full of travelers just like you.

Thailand is one of the easiest and user friendly countries for getting around. Whether you’re flying, getting a train, bus or boat the one website I always use when booking transport in Thailand is 12Go Asia. I honestly cannot fault this travel planning website. If you want to travel from Bangkok to Koh Phangan? Easy! Chiang Mai to Phuket? Sure thing! Trang to Koh Lipe? You betcha!

Read my blog post on the 15 most awesome things to do in Thailand or the best hostels in Koh Phangan.

Global Peace Index: 113th

Best Hostels In Thailand For Solo Travelers

  • Nitan Hostel (Bangkok): The perfect location for backpackers, right in the middle of Khao San Road where you can enjoy yourself with Bangkok’s famous street food, bars, and night clubs. It is also within walking distance or a short tuk-tuk ride from the Grand Palace and Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Nitan Hostel has free breakfast, free wifi, lockers, air conditioning (very important) and clean dorm beds it’s the best place to stay if you’re wanting to be near Khao San. Click here for the best rate!
  • Phangan Arena (Koh Phangan): Is located only 100 meters away from the beach, and only 5 minutes drive to the walking street market, and the night food market at the main pier in Thong Sala. As the name suggests, it’s very much focused on a fitness/sport hostel which is somewhat unique. It’s safe to say this party hostel is not lacking in terms of facilities! I stayed here, and it’s 100% my favourite hostel! Click here for the best rate!
  • Taco Shack Hostel (Koh Tao)located in Sairee Beach, which is famous for it relaxing beach by day and electrifying nightlife. There are plenty of shops and restaurants close by and a very easy walk from place to place. There is fast free Wi-Fi throughout the building, hot showers, and metal lockers safety. The rooms all have a balcony to relax with fantastic sea views. Click here for the best rate!
  • Hug Hostel Rooftop (Chiang Mai): has everything you need for your visit to Chiang Mai; a sociable atmosphere, comfy rooms, attentive staff, and lots of activities and don’t forget free Wi-Fi! There’s a rooftop bar where you can hang out, enjoy regular parties, and admire views over Doi Suthep mountain. Click here for the best rate!

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Japan

25 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers: Japan

Japan is unlike any other country, be prepared to step into a whole new world like nothing you have experienced before. Tokyo the capital is one of the most fascinating, cleanest, fast paced cities and perfect for solo female travellers. Japan is a destination where you can witness first hand old traditions as well as some of the most advanced technology in the world. Don’t forget to take one of the infamous bullet trains across the country, that’s an experience in itself!

There’s also just so many wonderful new foods to try, the quirkiest shopping districts, endless weird technology and the friendliest locals to help you out.

Global Peace Index: 9th

Best Hostels In Japan For Solo Travelers

  • Emblem Hostel Nishiarai (Tokyo): Fancy something off the beaten track just 20 minutes from downtown Tokyo? You’ll meet travellers from all over the world with their awesome activities and events. All their mixed and female-only dorms have Pod beds; draw the curtains to create your own little sanctuary. The pods have a plug and USB outlets and also free Wi-Fi. Click here for the best rate!

  • Ark Hostel (Osaka): has a modern Japanese design, with funky colours and homely details. Before you venture out into the streets of Osaka, swing by their free breakfast – or mingle with a few of the other guests in their cosy common room. They have a huge ground floor terrace, as well as a spacious rooftop deck with incredible city views. Click here to get the best rate!
  • J-Hoppers Guesthouse (Hiroshima): A meeting point for travelers from all over the world! With a range of room types from capsule style dorm rooms to private rooms, J-Hoppers has something for everyone. When you stay with them, it also comes with lots of free services like Wi-Fi, luggage storage, maps of the area, parking and much more. Click here to get the best rate!

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Indonesia

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Indonesia is my most visited country, I’ve been to Indonesia 9 times in the past 4 years and right now I’m currently living in Bali until July 2019. As a solo female traveler, I feel so safe living here I even drive my own scooter round the island.

Indonesia is full of culture, heritage and outstanding natural beauty, it never fails to impress me no matter how many times I visit, even if its to the same area.

For those people traveling to Indonesia soon, I wrote this Indonesia travel guide about all the things you should know when you travel to Indonesia. Everything you can imagine, from places to see, things to do, food, accommodation options, itineraries, weather, safety issues, travel guides and many more things.

Global Peace Index Rating: 55th

Best Hostels In Bali For Solo Travelers

  • Puri Garden Hostel & Hotel (Ubud): If you’re wanting a luxury hostel that has everything, from a swimming pool to free yoga classes to live music then Puri Garden is perfect. Located right in the centre of Ubud, only a few minutes walk to all the shops, cafes and the famous Yoga Barn it’s fairly premium price tag pays for itself ten fold. Click here for the best rate!
  • The Farm Hostel (Canggu): Probably the most famous hostel around Canggu, due to it’s friendly atmosphere and modern living. Perfect for digital nomads and those wanting something a little more up market. All their rooms are air-conditioned and have an ensuite with traditional open air shower. Click here for the best rate!
  • Capsule Hostel Bali (Seminyak): Winner of the 2016 and 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards, this hostel is hard to beat. If you like to get your party on; you love socialising from dusk till dawn; you’re looking for an international entourage or you just want to kick back, enjoy yourself and see the sights, Capsule is perfect for your stay in Seminyak. Click here for the best rate!
  • The Island Hotel Bali (Kuta): With over 1100 reviews and an average score of over 8.5 on Hostelworld, it’s the most popular and loved hostel in the Kuta area. The rooms are priced in a way that allows people of all budgets and backgrounds to come together under one roof. Due to this, it’s designed in a way to create a place that will help you meet new friends, refresh both your body and soul, and most importantly get the most out of your Bali travel experience. Click here to get the best rate!

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Iceland

25 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers: Iceland

Iceland has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, and as a solo female traveler I can finally say I’ll be ticking it off in September, and I’ll be road tripping the whole country for 10 days! Iceland is also the most peaceful country in the world, so for safety go figure it is definitely one of the safest countries for solo female travelers.

In terms of activities and things to do, it’s no surprise that nearly everything involves nature. Known as the land of fire and ice, you can go walking on the ice and discover caves and it also features no less than 20 active volcanoes. Between the ice and the fire, Iceland offers its visitors some truly magnificent sights. Its capital, Reykjavík, is very charming, with many attractions and a busy nightlife to get to know other travelers.

Global Peace Index Rating: 1st

Best Hostels In Iceland For Solo Travelers

  • KEX Hostel (Reykjavik): is your perfect travel base in Reykjavik. You’ll get a dose of Iceland’s past with a modern twist: this biscuit factory-turned-hostel is crammed with Instagram-worthy social areas. Think salvaged materials like vintage artwork, a floor-to-ceiling library and a heated outdoor patio area – all in an edgy, industrial-style setting. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Akureyri Backpackers (Akureyri): The hostel is located in the towns centre leaving it surrounded by coffee houses and restaurants. In their tourist hub you can pick their travel experts brain and find tours and adventures around the area to your liking. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Start Hostel (Keflavik): Got any early flight? This new Airport hostel is perfectly placed for travellers arriving or departing Iceland by air. Located right by the airport and only 8 km by road (8 min drive) from the International Terminal at Keflavik Airport, it provides the perfect setting for first and last night on your Iceland visit. Click here to get the best rate!

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The Netherlands

25 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers: Amsterdam

One of my favourite countries in Europe, I consider it one of the best destinations for solo female travel in Europe.  What is great about the capital, Amsterdam is that it has great public transport connecting the capital to many other cities, it’s walkable, there are plenty of affordable hostels (with female-only rooms), and there is an array of things in Amsterdam to do by yourself.

Similarly, you’ll find great infrastructure for doing touristic things, whether it’s visiting Amsterdam’s famous museums or going out to eat solo, or just strolling along the canals. Most importantly, you’ll find lots of accommodations perfect for solo travelers.

Moving between cities and towns in the Netherlands is exceptionally easy thanks to the nation’s excellent train services. Starting conversations with locals in the Netherlands is usually pretty straightforward as a large margin of Dutch people speak fluent English. In larger cities people tend to expect foreigners to communicate in English and are generally quite accommodating to non-Dutch speakers.

Global Peace Index Rating: 23rd

Best Hostels In The Netherlands For Solo Travelers:

  • Fly Pig Downtown (Amsterdam): Located right in the heart of the city, they’re famous for their friendly vibe. Get into deep conversations with like-minded travellers over drinks in our bar (share your passions!), practise your skills on the pool table or bag a space on a pillow in our lounge. They have mixed and female-only dorms, where bunks have handy reading lights, and cosy private rooms come complete with TVs and mini-fridges. Click here for the best rate!
  • Lucky Lake Hostel (Amsterdam)This quirky, kitsch hostel features uniquely decorated cosy cabins and trailers, creatings a clean, relaxed and chilled-out atmosphere. Accommodation ranges from 4 bed mixed dorm, a 4 bed female dorm, a 6 bed mixed dorm en suite and a 4 bed private room, the majority of their accommodation is made up of caravans, arranged to form a comfortable and cozy hostel and all within five minutes walking of an amazing lake in the beautiful countryside of Holland. Click here for the best rate!
  • StayOkay Den Haag (The Hague): In this hostel, modern-day comfort goes hand in hand with a historic atmosphere. The large rooms have their own bathroom facilities as well as up-to-date, comfortable interiors. At the Stayokay Bar you can wine and dine in the atmosphere of a grand cafe and chat with travelers from all over the world. And if the weathers fine, nothings more enjoyable than relaxing on the hostels large waterfront terrace. Click here for the best rate!
  • Hostel ROOM (Rotterdam): a perfect base for seeing the city. They have weekly music nights, free walking tours and free daily theme nights, too, as well as regular dinners. Want some fresh air? They’ve also got an outdoor terrace. Hostel ROOM has also got themed mixed and female-only dorms with comfy beds. You can also choose a private twin, double or quad with en-suites or shared bathrooms. Click here for the best rate!

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Portugal

25 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers: Portugal

Portugal is a gorgeous country with friendly people and lots to see and do. I’ve been to Portugal many times, and my parents are actually moving out to the Algarve, so I’m sure I’ll be spending even more time in this beautiful country. There are many gorgeous cities to discover, from Porto to Faro and the capital Lisbon.

You can explore cities, castles, and the wine region of Douro Valley as a solo female traveler you’ll love it. While I would be quick to recommend it to all travellers, it really stood out to me as a great place for solo travel. The country’s highly ranked hostels are so backpacker and solo travel friendly, so you’re bound to meet plenty of other people on your journey.

Global Peace Index Ranking: 4th

Best Hostels In Portugal For Solo Travelers:

  • Home Lisbon Hostel (Lisbon)With over 9000 reviews and a score of 9.7 this is the highest rated hostel I think I’ve seen. It’s no wonder either, this hostel has the best customer service, everyone is friendly and went above and beyond! It’s also one of the cleanest hostel I’ve stayed in as well. I highly recommend to everyone to go to mamma’s dinners. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Porto Spot Hostel (Porto): Known for its helpful, friendly staff and home-away-from-home atmosphere. They host a free breakfast every day and pub crawls and nightly dinners to help you meet other travellers. Their free walking tours will give you the locals’ view of Porto before you come back to chill out in their cosy lounge or media room. Click here for the best rate!
  • Casa D’Alagoa (Faro): Come as a guest, leave as a friend. Make sure to experience their legendary ‘Sangria/ Barbeque Nights’. The staff will blow you away with advice and hospitality 24 hours a day. Their custom beds allow you to sleep comfortably and relaxed. Power plugs and reading lights for every bed in every room, en-suite rooms also available. Click here for the best rate!

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Canada

25 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers: Canada

Canada in my opinion is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, the Rockies are quite like New Zealand’s south island but even less touristy and much more vast. Out of all the countries in the Americas, Canada is considered the safest for solo female travelers.

Canada is home to a wide range of landscapes, including centuries-old forests, snow-covered mountains, countrysides, and lakes. Its wilderness especially is spectacular and definitely worth the trip. What’s more, their cities like Vancouver and Toronto also have a special individual charms and a multicultural touch. There’s so much to do in Canada, so it’s really up to you and your preference! Hiking in summer, skiing in winter, shopping till you drop in the cities? It’s one heck of a country!

 Global Peace Index Rating: 6th

Best Hostels In Canada For Solo Travelers:

  • Samsun Hostel (Vancouver): They have everything you need to make the most of this vibrant city, including daily and nightly events put on by their friendly and welcoming staff. Whether you want to check out some local DJ nights or take part in a Mario Kart tournament, you’ll find it here. Lots of free facilities including, Wi-Fi, city maps, breakfast, towels and linen. Click here for the best rate!
  • Planet Traveler Hostel (Toronto): The greenest and friendliest hostel in Toronto. Every morning they serve a free breakfast until 1pm, just in case you fancy a lie in. It’s super easy to make new friends here, and make sure to join their free pub crawls, sing your favourite song on karaoke night or go with them to Niagara Falls. Click here for the best rate!
  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel (Ottawa)How does sleeping in a real-life solitary confinement cell (converted for comfort, of course!) sound? You’ll get to eat free breakfasts with your fellow inmates every morning and you’ll get a tour of the place for no extra charge – including Death Row. When it’s time to relax, head to their awesome outdoor patio to catch some sunny rays and meet other travellers. Click here for the best rate!
  • Samesun Hostel (Banff): The famous Rocky Mountains are pretty much on your doorstep. Whether you’re here to hit the slopes or just checking out this bustling little Canadian town, this hostel is fun, friendly and affordable. Located right in the centre of Banff, just a short stroll from ultra-hip bars, cafés and restaurants. Can’t wait to get your skis on? Samsun is also close to three of the province’s best resorts. Click here for the best rate!

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Singapore

25 Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers: Singapore

If you are thinking of solo travel in Singapore, you’ve definitely picked one of the safest countries for solo female travelers. Laws are very strict and you can get fined for just throwing chewing gum on the floor. People are friendly and speak English, so you’ll have no problems if you get lost and need to ask for directions. It is also the cleanest country I’ve ever been too, the subways are immaculate and everything about the city is incredible from the Gardens by the Bay, to the Marina Bay Sands and the huge array of food. 

Singaporeans are multi-cultural and are welcoming to international guests. Clean, extremely safe and a wonderful city to explore, Singapore is an ideal location for women wanting to travel alone. Singapore is an expensive country compared to it’s Asian neighbours, however there are many local food markets and most things are free so don’t let that put you off from coming, as it is an incredible country.

Global Peace Index Ranking: 8th

Best Hostels In Singapore For Solo Travelers:

  • River City Inn: Located in the heart of the Singapore city, less than 3 minutes walk away from the Singapore River, and 5 minutes walk away from a MRT (tube/metro) train station. The hostel is a family-owned and operated. Everything you need to provide a comfortable stay are available: Free Wi-Fi, Clean Sheets, Good Breakfast, Air-Conditioning, Discounted attraction tickets and more! Click here to get the best rate!
  • Rucksack Inn Lavender StreetIs a laid-back place featuring a large rooftop garden terrace, perfect for finding a quiet moment in the busy city. It’s ‘a real home away from home’ and that the friendly staff have a broad knowledge of the city and know what to do and see. They have a popular free breakfast and are located just 10 minutes’ walk from two metro lines. Click here to get the best rate!
  • Dream Lodge: Located centrally just outside Central Business District of Singapore along Lavender Street, Dream Lodge is housed in a 1950’s era shop house surrounded by 3 MRT stations. The location offers quick access to the heart of everything which Singapore have to offer. All pods come with a reading light, plug, personal lockers and air con. Click here to get the best rate!

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I hope you found my list of the safest countries for solo female travelers useful, but this is only my top 10, there are also many other great places to travel that I could have added! If you’re still not sure where to travel alone or have any questions, don’t hesitate to write in the comments section below and I’d be happy to answer any questions you have!

Want to check other Global Peace Index Rankings for other countries? Just click here!

Remember don’t forget to leave without travel insurance, even if you are traveling to some of the safest countries for solo female travelers! I always use World Nomads, and personally I wouldn’t choose anyone else as they’re perfect for multi-country travelling, backpacking and have great customer service which is SO important when you’re in a different country.


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Hey there I'm Emma! A luxury and adventure travel blogger. I've currently travelled to 53 countries with no plans to stop! I hope I can inspire you to travel the world with my travel guides, travel and blogging tips, as I believe travel is for everyone. So come and travel well for less with me!

2 Comments

  1. Bridget 03/23/2019 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Traveling alone can be scary, but also so exhilarating! I’ve done it a couple of times so far, but almost always end up latching on to a group of people anyways!

    • Emma Lomas 03/23/2019 at 4:00 am - Reply

      Hey Bridget,

      I’m exactly the same, and despite only just becoming a solo female traveler, I love meeting people when travelling 🙂

      Happy Travels,
      Emma

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