Frankly, we know that confidence and courage is not a quality that sprouts overnight. So let’s set reasonable goals to kick-start your solo travelling endeavours. The key is to start small (and near). Here are the top five destinations recommended by Traveloka for women looking to embark on their solo travelling journey:
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sometimes you don’t have to wander far for a solo adventure; sometimes adventure is right at your doorstep. As locals, we often overlook the “must-visits” that the world finds mesmerizing within our own country. Visit the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers and check it off your bucket-list for that spectacular view; jump on the Kuala Lumpur Hop-on Hop-off Bus to cover a variety of landmarks that you’ve never had the opportunity to do so in the past; and dine at a local coffee shop of your choice as you take your own sweet time, sipping on the sights, sounds, and smells of KL city.
- Hong Kong
From mountains to city parks and historical places, Hong Kong spoils travellers for choice with a wealth of attractions that are safe and friendly to all. Check out the world famous Madame Tussauds where you can hang out and take selfies with your favourite celebrities across 11 interactive zones; ride on Hong Kong’s first double-decker that combines sightseeing with gourmet dining on the Crystal Bus Sightseeing and Dining Tour; and of course, a “not-to-be-missed”: spend a day with Disney’s famous characters at Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Tokyo, Japan
The Land of the Rising Sun is a favourite among many tourists. Safe, cultural and respectful – Tokyo offers a unique experience to travellers, granting them the best of both worlds steeped in rich history and modern technology. Visit one of Japan’s best indoor theme parks, Sanrio Puroland and chill with famous characters such as Hello Kitty, Gudetama, Pom Pom Purin and more; immerse yourself in an authentic Sumo Practice Show and get up close and personal with real sumo wrestlers; or learn Japanese recipes from a professional chef through a hands-on Cultural Experience-Japanese Home Cooking Experience in Shibuya.
- Seoul, Korea
This city boasts a rich history of culture and endless sightseeing options such as trendy stores and boutiques. If you appreciate beautiful sceneries, N Seoul Tower is a must-visit for its 360-degree view of Seoul; don a hanbok, a traditional Korean attire dating centuries back; or perhaps plan your trip around one of South Korea’s many festivals such as the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival and more.
- Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is considered one of the best and safest destinations for female solo travellers down under. Classy, artsy, scenic and vintage: the cultural capital of Australia dazzles with verdant gardens, large parks, galleries, museum, extensive shopping and architecture. Join a day tour to The Twelve Apostles for its breathtaking view of the limestone stacks off the shore in Great Ocean Road; or feeling a little sophisticated? Visit the vineyards of Yarra Valley for a taste of Australia’s top of the crop wines.