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The Best Destinations for Solo Travel Anywhere in the World

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Many people are a bit hesitant when it comes to traveling alone and although it does come with a few more challenges than traveling with a partner, friends, or family, the perks of heading out on your own are immeasurable. When you travel by yourself, you get the opportunity to do exactly what YOU want to do. Rather than being scared of it, open up your arms and embrace it in a big bear hug! And these solo travel destinations are just the places to get your feet wet … or sandy … or firmly planted atop a mountain summit.

Do you want to spend an entire day staring at the Birth of Venus in Florence’s Uffizi Museum like someone we know? (OK, it was me!) Do you want to have that extra glass of wine while pondering over the roller coaster of life? Do you want to lie around on the beach all day? You do you! Seriously, if this is one of the only times in your life that you can do what you want, isn’t it the perfect time to just go for it, for once?

When you finally have the chance to do what you want versus what other people around you or society expects you to do, you open yourself up for a world of opportunities to learn about … well, yourself … and the world around you. There is a high chance that this will begin to shape and reshape you over and over again along the way and that is perfectly ok. Life is all about growing, changing, and adapting so isn’t this just good practice for life in general?

While this may sound a bit philosophical, trust me on this one. I have traveled through 125 countries—most of them as a solo female traveler—and I would never change this experience for all the money in the world. Were there times when I was lonely? Sure. Scared? Yep. Sick and desperately wishing there was someone to take care of me? Absolutely. But in the end, those moments are nothing compared to everything that I got out of the experiences that I had. 


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The Best Solo Travel Destinations

I hope that I have convinced you by now how amazing and life-changing solo travel can be. So without further ado, below you will find a list of some of my favorite destinations for solo travelers along with a few handy travel tips thrown in. Whether you are embarking on your solo trip as a backpacker or as a luxury seeker, the below destinations are sure to thrill, teach, relax, or develop you. 

To make them easier to digest, I have divided them into “categories” but keep in mind that a place is what you make of it and very few places in the world can really be put into just one bucket. 

Disclaimer: Every place on this list is safe for solo female travelers and I have traveled through all of them. You need to keep an eye on your surroundings the same way that you would at home and don’t take unnecessary risks and you should have no issues. Don’t go to nightclubs alone, never walk through dark alleyways or parks late at night, always watch your drink, etc.

One more thing, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to travel alone. During your trip, you will probably run into people who think their way is the only way to travel and be a bit condescending about what you are doing. I once met a Spanish guy in the mountains of northern Pakistan who was very judgemental that I was with a guide and then proceeded to claim that he rode a bike alone through Afghanistan (*eye roll*). The important thing with solo travel is that you do what is right for you. Go to the places that feel right, skip the ones that don’t. This is your journey and when you start changing it based on what people think you should be doing, you begin to lose part of the magic of it. 

Destinations for Culture Vultures

Traveling is an incredible way to learn about cultures around the world. From the different foods that people eat to the way that they live, travel is a great way to open your eyes to the fact that although there are different ways of doing things, at the end of the day, we pretty much are all the same with the same goals, dreams, and aspirations.

Below is a list of some of the best destinations for people who love to immerse themselves in other cultures. Whether you consider yourself a foodie who loves to check out new restaurants, cafes, and street food stalls, a creative soul who can spend hours in art museums and art galleries, or a shop ’til you drop type of traveler who adores checking out local boutiques and markets, you are sure to find something to suit your fancy in these fantastic destinations. 

New York City

As one of the cultural hubs of the USA, New York City needs little introduction. NYC has everything that a 21st-century culture vulture could ask for. Broadway shows featuring A-list actors, world-class art museums, some of the world’s most iconic buildings, and a vibrant culinary scene blend together to create a cornucopia of attractions including everything from walking tours of the New York Public Library to interesting exhibitions featuring avant-garde artists. Let’s Roam also offers a number of great scavenger hunts in the city which will help you learn a lot more about the area and have a great time doing it! New York City is the perfect place for a long weekend getaway and you can do a surprising amount there within a short time period.

Although visiting New York City can be pricey due to the high cost of accommodation, it is possible to save money thanks to the robust public transportation system that allows you to get anywhere in the city 24/7 for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee and the city’s never-ending supply of 99 cent pizza shops. There are hostels scattered throughout Manhattan and, although they can’t really be considered “cheap,” they do provide an alternative to the hundreds-of-dollars-a-night hotels. 

Mexico

While many people think of Mexico as primarily a “beach” destination, it is actually a magical place for culture vultures. With cosmopolitan cities full of fantastic restaurants and enthralling museums like Mexico City and Guadalajara, hundreds of charming small towns, and an incredible diversity of food that is sure to make you loosen your belt at least a few times when you are there, you can spend weeks traveling around the country and always find something new. 

Mexico has a lot to offer visitors but sadly, many people choose to skip it because of a perceived safety issue. While there are parts of Mexico where you definitely do not want to go, most of these places are around the US-Mexico border and are not places that a tourist would accidentally end up. As there have been a few spats of violence along the Riviera Maya, Mexico has picked up security measures immensely to help protect visitors. It has also become a popular destination for digital nomads and you will find plenty of other foreigners in places like Mexico City, Guadalajara, Playa del Carmen, Merida, and Guanajuato. 

Personally, I traveled alone through Mexico for close to a year visiting most parts of the country, and never had any issues. However, it is a good idea to brush up on your high school Spanish skills before you start heading off the beaten track!

Italy

As far as European destinations go, Italy is one of the best places to immerse yourself in the culture. With some of the world’s most famous museums, mouth-watering food and wine, ancient ruins, and a dreamlike landscape, Italy offers an incredible array of experiences that seem like they are something that happens in a movie rather than in real life. 

With a wide range of accommodation options including everything from hostels to opulent mansions as well as a highly developed train system, and high-quality groceries at a reasonable price, Italy can be done as luxuriously or inexpensively as you want. Thanks to the plethora of international trains and the open borders of the Schengen zone, it is also easy to combine a trip to Italy with another country in Europe such as Switzerland, Austria, Germany, or France. Just try to avoid traveling there in August as many Italians head out on vacation then and you will find the beaches overflowing with people and many of the cities seemingly deserted with lots of the “local” businesses (i.e. ones that are not targeting tourists) closed. It is also an incredibly popular time for American tourists to visit so the places that are open will be thronged with people. 

Ireland

Rolling green hills, cozy pubs, Celtics ruins, romantic castles, and welcoming towns—the Emerald Isle is hard not to fall in love with. Ireland has a lot to offer solo travelers and it couldn’t be easier thanks to the highly developed tourism infrastructure. From the picturesque and vibrant city of Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, you can get to the enchanting medieval town of Kilkenny, the waterside cities of Cork and Galway, or head up to Northern Ireland to see the magnificent octagonal landscape of the Giant’s Causeway. 

You can get around most areas using the public transportation system or you can always rent a car and drive if you feel comfortable driving on the left-hand side of the road (it isn’t that difficult to switch from the right to the left, I promise!). This is a great way to travel through the country as you get a chance to stop in all the old towns and charming villages that you want!

Thailand

Like Mexico, Thailand is often considered a “beach” destination thanks to its long coastline of white-sand beaches and numerous islands that feel a little bit like being in paradise. However, this Southeast Asian gem is quite a heavy hitter when it comes to cultural attractions with thousands of magnificent temples, and palaces that are just waiting to be explored. Most travelers enter the country via Bangkok, the cosmopolitan capital city home to the sparkling Royal Palace and the shiny Reclining Buddha. Just over an hours’ bus ride away, you can visit the ruins of Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Chiang Mai beckons from northern Thailand with its rolling green hills and 117 Buddhist temples. 

Thailand, and the surrounding countries, have a great tourism infrastructure full of English-speaking employees and in some ways, it feels like one of the easiest places to travel through. It is a great place to visit if it is your first time going to Asia.

India

As one of the world’s oldest civilizations, India is a treasure trove of ancient ruins, unique religions, and food so amazing that you are almost guaranteed to gain 10 pounds while you travel there. Across the country, you will find stately mosques, colorful temples, and welcoming gurudwaras (Sikh temples) along with a handful of churches and synagogues. From Alexander the Great’s army all the way up to the Mughals, India has seen many conquerors come and go, leaving behind breathtaking monuments and structures. The British and Portuguese also left their mark through a legacy of gorgeous colonial architecture everywhere from Goa to Calcutta. 

Most places are connected by trains which unfortunately can be a bit difficult to get tickets for if you don’t have an Indian credit card. However, once you arrive, most hotels (and most of the friendly locals that you meet) will be happy to help you book a ticket. You can also travel on one of the many long-distance buses which, although they can be slow, are generally pretty comfortable, relatively speaking.

I am not gonna lie, India can be very stressful to travel through. I spent two years living and working there traveling most weekends. However, the key to “succeeding” is to simply relax and let it go. All the frustrations are part of the experience and I promise that you will look back and laugh one day. 

Japan

With its rich history, unique culture, scrumptious food, serene landscapes, and fascinating mix of architecture, Japan is another Asian country that is absolutely perfect for culture vultures. The futuristic capital of Tokyo has all the amenities that you could ever dream of (and many that you had no idea even existed!) while the historic city of Kyoto feels like a movie set with its stunning temples, narrow brick streets, and colorful flowers. And right when you think that Kyoto couldn’t get any more dreamlike, a group of giggling geishas walks by, glued to their cell phones. Talk about the past and the future colliding!

The Japanese public transport system is incredibly efficient but can also be very, very expensive. It is possible to get some train passes which can cut down on some of your transportation costs drastically. It is also possible to stay in traditional ryokans, Airbnbs, or capsule hotels as opposed to “normal” properties if you are looking to save a bit of money. Overall, a trip to Japan can be a costly experience so it is not a bad idea to make a few sacrifices along the way.

For Nature-Lovers and Thrill-Seekers

The world is a magical plan to explore with an endless list of natural attractions that are so breathtaking that you may need to pinch yourself to remind yourself that this is all real. These amazing places can be found all over the world and below is just a shortlist of the places that I loved.

Costa Rica

If you are looking for a destination relatively close to home that boasts soaring volcanoes, untouched cloud forests, roaring waterfalls, and some pretty cool little critters, Costa Rica may just be perfect for you! The country has long been a popular spot for ecotourism thanks to its incredible biodiversity and it is heaven for outdoor activities. The nature reserves are crisscrossed by hiking trails making it easy to see as much as possible and are located within easy reach of lovely small towns where you can crash for the night and stock up on anything you need for your meeting with Mother Nature. 

Since it has been a tourist destination for decades, you can easily find a wide range of accommodation and plenty of other solo travelers to hang out with (and potentially split costs with!). There are also plenty of digital nomads and ex-pats living there who can help you find an English-speaking doctor if needed or to find something that you desperately miss from home. 

Iceland

Iceland’s rugged and dramatic natural landscape has proven to be a fantastic filming location for a ton of movies and TV shows and the country’s popularity as a tourism destination has exploded over the past few decades. While most travelers explore the fabled 800-mile-long Ring Road that hits many of Iceland’s most spectacular sites including waterfalls, glaciers, crystal clear lakes, and mountains, there are plenty of other places to venture off to if you have the time. 

Iceland is a wonderland for outdoor lovers and you can easily spend weeks hiking, kayaking, road-tripping, and even whale watching during your stay. Keep in mind that during the summer, Iceland is light virtually all the time (and we mean like all the time) and in the winter, the country is plunged into long, long hours of darkness. 

Australia and New Zealand

If you can handle the long flight, Australia and New Zealand are amazing places for first-time solo travelers. Both countries are full of breathtaking scenery, too-crazy-to-be-true adventure activities, untouched beaches, and fascinating animals. The curves of the Sydney Opera House shine against the glistening Sydney Harbour while across the country in Western Australia, the quokkas wait for visitors on Rottnest Island with big smiles on their faces. In between, you have miles and miles of land that you can explore featuring an impressive array of ecosystems. 

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s FernGully-like forests cover huge swaths of the North and South Islands offering many of the world’s best multi-day hiking trails, plenty of opportunities for white water rafting, mountain biking, and camping. If you are really, really lucky, you may even be able to spot the elusive kiwi. The country’s beaches are also great places to try your luck at windsurfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, or surfing. From the north to the south, you will also find great laid-back cities bursting with youthful energy where it is not uncommon to see people walking around in the grocery store without their shoes on!

New Zealand is significantly smaller than Australia and the distances are much more manageable which makes it perfect if you want to do a solo road trip. Meanwhile, Australia has a well-established backpacker route where you can meet plenty of new friends to team up with. If you want to try and go it alone, it is probably best to focus on one or two states (at the max) to explore fully before heading to the next one. While there have been a few instances where travelers have been the victims of crime, both are generally extremely safe to travel through as long as you follow the same precautions that you would at home. 

South Africa

While South Africa is one of the many, many wonderful destinations to visit in Africa, it tends to be one of the easiest for solo travelers to visit thanks to the decent infrastructure, English speaking population, and plenty of things to do and places to see. Cape Town is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its gorgeous coastline and the soaring Table Mountain that dominates the city skyline. It is also an easy place to get out of and you can head off to explore the famed Garden Route, which weaves its way along the Indian Ocean through mesmerizing scenery and past charming small towns where you can stay for the night.

South Africa is also home to Kruger, one of the world’s most famous national parks, where you can spot some of Africa’s most famous animals including the Big Five of lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos. It is possible to visit on a self-drive tour making it a great option for independent, adventurous travelers—just never, ever get out of the car! 

For Beach Bums

With thousands of miles of beautiful beaches located across the planet, it is generally not too hard to find a great beach. Many Americans and Canadians flock to Florida, California, Mexico, or one of the Caribbean islands if they are in need of some Vitamin-Sea; however, if you have a bit more time, there are some really great options where you can let your inner beach bum run free!

Philippines

Many people from Canada and America probably know roughly where the Philippines are since it was once home to a huge American military base and that is pretty much it. This is definitely one Southeast Asian country that is worth getting to know! Made up of more than 7,000 diverse islands, the Philippines is the perfect mix between a stunning “beach destination” where you can find a lively beach culture with welcoming locals, and an ecotourism delight thanks to its many national parks, coral reefs, underground rivers, and more. 

Many visitors fly into Manila but head straight for Palawan or Boracay but history lovers should spend a day or two checking out the Spanish colonial town and the city’s World War II sites. From there, it is just a short flight to many other parts of the country where the beach lover’s paradise awaits. Many people in the Philippines speak English fluently which makes it very easy to get around as a solo traveler and as long as you stick to the main tourist destinations, you shouldn’t have any problems. 

Maldives

Located in the middle of the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives has basically become a poster child for opulent beach vacations and it is easy to see why. Many islands boast their own high-end resorts (or should it be that many resorts are located on their own private islands?) where you can spend your days lazily admiring the crystal clear water from your own private bungalow. Unfortunately, these tend to cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars per night and require expensive transfers to reach and most people consider them a bit too out of reach for a solo adventure.

Luckily, there is another option! There are plenty of “public islands” that are home to colorful small towns where you can find budget accommodation in local guesthouses and visit the nearby “bikini beaches”. While this may not be exactly what you think of when you imagine the Maldives, it is a great way to experience the local culture while exploring the nearby atolls on day trips. 

For the People Who Can’t Decide

Sometimes, it is really hard to figure out what type of vacation you actually want. Between social media blasting you with seductive (and way too photoshopped) images, TV, and an endless stream of advertising, sometimes we get paralyzed with too much choice. Do I want to relax on a beach? Go skiing? Explore a new city? Yikes! Don’t worry though—there are some amazing destinations that are great all-rounders.

Turkey

If you can’t decide whether you want to go to Asia or Europe, you can make it easy on yourself and go to both! Istanbul is one of the world’s only cities that straddles two continents and it is pretty cool to say that you had lunch in Europe and then went to check out the nightlife scene in Asia until the wee hours of the morning! Joking aside, Istanbul is an amazing city with plenty of historic attractions and ruins, palaces, and museums spread across an array of bustling neighborhoods to keep you busy for months. The southwest coast of the country packs in even more ancient Greek and Roman ruins and in the east, you can explore the ancient cities of Mesopotamia or check out thousand-year-old Armenian monasteries. And, of course, let’s not forget the Instagrammable Cappadocia and Pamukkale. 

With a great bus network and cheap internal flights, traveling through Turkey is a breeze and you can find great accommodation options ranging from hostels to high-end hotels throughout the country. Ladies, don’t forget to dress somewhat modestly and bring a sarong or scarf to cover your hair with, in case you decide to go to a mosque unexpectedly. I usually wore dresses while I was there but kept a pair of loose pants and a scarf in my bag that I could throw on if necessary. 

Argentina and Chile

Located at the southern tip of South America, Argentina and Chile pack in some jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes such as the soaring mountains and crackling glaciers of Patagonia, the windswept beaches of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the sweeping vineyards of Mendoza. They also have some incredibly enchanting cities such as Buenos Aires which feels like a mixture of New York, Paris, and Taipei, and Valparaiso with its vibrant murals, colorful houses, and hilly streets. It is easy to wind your way between the two countries visiting the many natural attractions and hitting the never-ending list of hiking trails.

Argentina used to be very, very expensive to travel through but after the sudden drop of the peso, it has become much, much cheaper to visit. Make sure to check on the most recent exchange rates before you go so that you can budget accordingly. 

Cruises 

For many people, the word cruise probably brings up images of families, couples, and retirees. It isn’t common that you think about a cruise as being a great option for solo travelers. The extra person surcharge alone is enough to make it out of many travelers’ reach. However, times are changing and more and more cruise lines are adjusting their normal amenities to accommodate more young, single people including single cabins, and lounge areas specifically for solo travelers. Cruise lines are also coming up with exciting itineraries that go far beyond the Caribbean or the Mediterranean Sea.

Cruises can be a great way to explore destinations that could be a bit more challenging to reach (Antarctica, Caribbean Islands, Alaska, etc) and are perfect for people who prefer to spend their vacation relaxing rather than having to constantly figure out logistics. I actually did a cruise to Antarctica alone and was thrilled to find plenty of other travelers to hang out with throughout the two-week journey. If you have flexible travel plans, you can also find some great last-minute deals on cruises all around the world.


Ready to Roam?

We hope that this list of great solo travel destinations has inspired you to get out on the road (or at least helped you add a few more places to your bucket list) and we can’t wait to hear your feedback!

While preparing to set off on your solo expedition, be sure to purchase travel insurance. It can help save the day if you happen to get sick or be involved in an accident during your trip.

If you need even more inspiration, check out the rest of our blog’s travel section, which includes advice for all types of travelers and highlights more of the most fantastic destinations in the world.

Lastly, before you leave, don’t forget to grab your scavenger hunt tickets or your Explorer Pass! And contact us when you need a custom event designed for an adventurer you know. We offer custom birthday parties, team-building events, bachelorette parties, and more!


Frequently Asked Questions

What destinations are good for first-time solo travelers?

If you are about to embark on your first adventure alone, Mexico, Thailand, and Ireland are all great locations to explore. To learn more, check out this list of the best solo travel destinations.

Where can solo travelers go?

Around the world, you can find solo travel destinations that are welcoming and safe, and each provides a unique array of activities and attractions. They include Argentina, India, Ireland, and NYC!

What is are some fun activities to do as a solo traveler?

If you are traveling solo, why not try a scavenger hunt? Each experience is a great way to explore. You could even invite the new friends you’ve made at your hostel or accommodation!

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The Best Family Travel Destinations for Your Next Trip

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If your family has been couped up for months, you are likely very ready for a vacation. You probably didn’t get one last year, so you have saved up some travel bucks, right? So, where are the absolute best family travel destinations for your next trip? Well, that all depends on what your family considers fun. Do you want a vacation that is partially educational? Perhaps, you want some outdoor adventure? Do you need to stick to a budget, or do you want to splurge? The options are limitless, and counter to popular belief, are not just relegated to the continental United States. 

Don’t get us wrong, there is nothing more beautiful than a US road trip, but don’t be fooled into thinking it is the most economical or even easiest option. You might be surprised at how easy and affordable an international trip can be with your kids. Plus, you get to introduce them to new cultures, foods, and experiences. Let’s get to the list of the best places to take your family


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Family Travel Destinations

1. Washington, D.C.

The capital city of the USA is a fabulous destination for kids. The series of Smithsonian museums are not only educational and fun, but they are free! Visit the National Museum of Natural History to explore human history, the world’s largest and most beautiful gems, like the Hope Diamond, and giant animal displays from African elephants to whales and dinosaurs. Other highlights include the International Spy Museum, The Holocaust Museum, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, National Children’s Museum, and the super fun National Museum of American History. Then, take a White House tour. Stroll the National Mall and visit Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, along with many many more. Oh, and don’t forget the National Zoo! It’s a beautiful city with tons of historical sites and plenty to keep the kiddos busy. It also makes for a great homeschool educational trip!

Explore Washington, D.C. with our awesome “Cultural Gems scavenger hunt! This walking tour will take you about two hours and has 20 challenges for your family to compete in as you explore the historical and cultural sights of our great nation’s capital! This tour is super fun and an idea that the whole family will love!

2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Keep the historical train rolling and take an actual train from D.C. to Philadelphia! Explore one of the nation’s earliest capitals and the life and history of honored Americans like Benjamin Franklin. On the history front, must-see include the Liberty Bell, Independence National Park, and Betsey Ross House. For fun activities, check out the Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, and Knoebels Amusement Park. If that doesn’t kick your rollercoaster craving, then hit up a few more at nearby Hersheypark and do a tour of the chocolate factory too! The pairing of D.C. and Philadelphia makes for one epic family trip!

3. Utah Road Trip

Utah is one of the most diverse and visually interesting in the USA. With five national parks and epic scenic drives, it is the perfect road trip for an active family. Visit Bryce Canyon and hike the Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop Trail for the best views of the incredible hoodoos. 

Head to Bryce Canyon and get waist-deep in the cool waters of the Narrows. Let the incredible views of Canyonlands National Park mesmerize you, and snap a few family pics under the varied arches of Arches National Park. Visit the stunning Salt Lake City. Drive through the salt flats and over the bridge to Antelope Island State Park and spot the antelope and buffalo herds, see a real ranch from the 1800s, and take a float in the Great Salt Lake. 

If you visit Utah in the winter, hit the slopes of Park City. When you think skiing, you probably think Colorado, but did you know that Utah has the “largest ski resort in the US?” Ski the 7,300 acres of property on Park City Mountain Resort and explore the cute historic Main Street. They also conveniently offer ski lessons for kids and teens. If your idea of family fun is all about outdoor activities, then there is no better bucket-list destination than Utah! 

4. Arizona Road Trip

If you have a couple of weeks, a great pairing for your Utah road trip is the great state of Arizona. Of course, this is home to the gorgeous Grand Canyon, which you should definitely see. However, Arizona also boasts some of the most beautiful and family-friendly hikes in the United States. We particularly love the hiking around Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona, on the Utah border. 

Next, take the incredible drive down Hwy 89A, one of the most scenic drives in The States. Sedona is a stunning red-rock wonder with incredible hikes, like Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, and The Birth Canal, that can be done by the whole family. Sedona has a mystique that draws many spiritualists, but it also has several art galleries, great restaurants, beautiful campsites along the river, and a new hike at your fingertips every day!

5. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is the perfect family vacation destination for American crews. First of all, it is an American territory, so you do not need to get passports for your clan! The Caribbean waters of PR are warm, with the perfect amount of fun waves to boogie board. Fly into San Juan and pick an Airbnb or resort hotel, along Condado Beach. Explore old town San Juan, with its two forts, cute tourist train, and charming Spanish Colonial architecture. The train is very convenient, as it stops at all the major sites and makes for an easy hop-on, hop-off adventure. 

Rentals of every kind are available for watersports, including sea kayaking, snorkeling, and even deep-sea fishing excursions. There are so many wonderful beaches in PR, you can explore a new one every day. They range from high-end resort beaches to local beaches with that awesome Caribbean vibe. They are all white sands beaches with stunning blue Caribbean waves. There are even two smaller islands off PR, Vieques (famous for its wild horses and the largest bioluminescent bay in the world) and Culebra (famous for having one of Earth’s most beautiful beaches, Flamenco Beach.

PR has the only tropical rainforest in the United States, The El Yunque National Rainforest. It is a lush wonderland of waterfalls, dense forest, and outdoor fun. You can even zipline through the rainforest canopy at the park. El Yunque is an easy 30-minute drive from San Juan and rental cars and driving are cheap and easy in PR. 

If you would like to venture out of the contiguous United States for the first time with your whole family, Puerto Rico is a really great option. It’s very affordable, as there are usually cheap flights from most major American cities. It isn’t too far from home. You will get to experience a new culture without too much culture shock or hardship. All this goodness makes Puerto Rico one of the best family vacations we can think of. 

6. Branson, Missouri

When you think of Branson, you may just think of grand theatres and Elvis impersonators, but in the last few years, Branson has modernized into an awesome family travel spot. Not only is Silver Dollar City still an excellent theme park, full of rollercoasters and its own waterpark, Branson now has indoor waterparks as well! Copperhead Mountain Coaster is a standalone coaster, right off the stip, allowing you to control your own car on a gravity-powered coaster that is an absolute blast! Plus, big kids (based on height, but approximately 10+) can drive their own cart. 

Branson has several mini-golf courses in every theme imaginable. The Acrobats of China show will awe and amaze you, and the whole family will love the silly antics at Wonderworks and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. The shopping, dining, fountains, and lovely boardwalk at Branson Landing, offers great views of Lake Taneycomo and is the perfect place to make your home base. In fact, the $7.5 million water feature is a must-see. It combines water, fire, cannons, lights, and music and was designed by the same firm that did the Downton Disney World water show in Orlando and the Universal City Walk in California. It’s quite a show!

7. Belize

Central America is a great location for a family vacation. With its close proximity to the US and reliably cheap flights, there is no better place to explore as a family. The pristine, palm-tree-lined beaches of Belize offer relaxation and fun at a great price. Belize has some of the most renowned snorkeling in the world too!

Go whitewater kayaking on the Moho River. Tour the Mayan Ruins of Lamanai. Take a helicopter ride over the famous Blue Hole. Visit Old Belize Adventure Beach and Marina. This amazing complete in Belize City sits right on Kukumba Beach and features a waterpark with an 80-foot waterslide, a train tour that takes you through several special Belize eco and cultural scenes, and an awesome restaurant!

While driving in Belize can be a bit crazy, the tourist infrastructure is great. There are guided tours available for all the major sites, leaving from Belize City. If you don’t think you would be comfortable on the mainland, no problem! Hop the ferry as soon as you land in Belize City and head for the islands. We highly suggest the golf-cart-only island of Caye Caulker for a stunning, relaxed vibe, great Airbnbs, and world-class snorkeling. 

8. Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Puerto Morelos is a beautiful coastal town just 30 minutes south of popular Cancun. Not only is it the most charming place you have ever seen, but it is also the headway for the Ruta de Cenotes. This glorious route takes you through some of the most insane natural swimming holes that Mexico has to offer. These sinkholes are all over the Yucatan Peninsula and vary in size and amenities, but they are all beautiful and super fun! Book a combo ATV tour from the main plaza in town. 

Puerto Morelos has a beautiful white sandy beach with perfect warm Caribbean waters, and the MesoAmerican Reef is just meters from shore. This makes it the perfect place to book a family snorkeling adventure, and you have no shortage of great choices. The town is tiny and great to explore on foot or rented bike. It’s filled with boutique hotels and nice restaurants too! Make sure to stop by Blue Morelos and grab the “Trish Taco” and their specialty margarita for mom and dad!

9. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems on Earth. It is full of the most exotic wildlife tours by day or night, stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, and a lush cloud forest interior. Arrive in San Jose and take the trip north for your first night in the city of Grecia. Visit Catarata del Toro and Blue Falls, before heading to Arenal and straight to Sky Adventures! The property is amazing, and they offer top-of-the-line equipment and trained staff for ziplining, repelling waterfalls, and the oh so fun, Sky River Drift, which allows you to tube down an incredible river in the Costa Rican rainforest. It is an unforgettable experience. Sky Adventures offers all kinds of tours in the area from kayaking to biking adventures, and you can trust that they have all the safety stuff covered. 

Next, head for Monteverde and explore the sky bridges through the cloud forest! For a bit more adventure, check in to Monteverde Extremo Park and take the plunge from the highest bungee jump in Central America. They also have a Superman Zipline and a giant Tarzan Swing! 

Costa Rica is easy to travel by car, except the Southwest corner. Another incredible stop is the Manuel Antonio National Park containing several beautiful beach and wildlife tours. If you have a 4×4, head down to Drake’s Bay and Corcovado National Park for your best chance to see tapirs, sloths, and every beautiful bird you can imagine. Costa Rica is a great place to whale watch too! 

10. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is America’s oldest official national park, and it is still a champ. Kiddos and adults alike are mesmerized by the exploding geysers, epic wildlife spotting, and the kaleidoscope of colorful hot springs. The whole park is awesome, but there are a few highlights you shouldn’t miss. 

Of course, stand in the crowd to see the timely Old Faithful erupt. Hike the Fairy Falls Trail to see get a look at the Grand Prismatic from above. A lesser-known, but even more incredible geyser, Lone Star, can be reached by a beautiful hike through some of the only forests on the barren park. Yellowstone is an easy park to visit, as the major sites are along the main road, and you can just road trip your way through its majesty, with a handy park map. 

Be sure to stop by the ranger station or visitor center and pick up the Yellowstone Newspaper. It is filled with interesting facts and trivia to keep your family entertained between stops! Also, make sure to snag an America The Beautiful Pass which will cover all your national park entrance fees. You just need one for the whole family. You will especially want it if you decide to pair your Yellowstone trip with some hiking and rafting in Grand Teton National Park.

11. Holbox, Mexico

Holbox is a tiny island in the Mexican Caribbean that makes for the perfect beach vacation. It is just a short ferry ride from the mainland, but a world away from the luxury resorts and party-vibe of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The little boho island is one of the world’s top-rated places to swim with whale sharks and see pink flamingos! Fly into Cancun, a very cheap flight from Miami, New York, and Los Angeles, among other major US cities. Hop a bus or Uber to the ferry and soon you will be on the most beautiful white sand beaches you can imagine. 

The beaches are covered in cute, quaint huts with all the amenities you need to have a great beach day. Book a kayaking tour to Yum Balam Nature Preserve, where you can see crocodiles in the wild, pink flamingos in season, and book a boat tour to swim with the whale sharks. Holbox is a great vacation idea for families who just like to chill and take it easy. Do as little or as much as your want, and if you get bored, you can always pair it with a great nearby city like historical Merida or a visit to the current Seven Wonder of the World, Chichen Itza.

The beach hotels range from local and casual to extremely luxurious. There are tons of great restaurants serving fresh, tropical foods. This area of Mexico is stunningly beautiful, very safe, and an all-around perfect travel destination.

12. Visit Disney

It wouldn’t be much of a family list if you didn’t mention Disneyland. However, did you know that there are now Disney’s in 5 countries? That’s right! If you have already been to the California and Florida versions, why not take your family to Disney in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, or Shanghai. If you love cruises, why not consider a Disney Cruise? Personally, for families, we would choose the Paris or Hong Kong versions. Both cities are easy to tackle with children and don’t have quite the people overload of Shanghai and Tokyo. 

13. Hawaii

Let’s just take a minute to honor the paradise that is Hawaii … aaaahhhh! Hawaii is no doubt one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Which island should you choose though? Oahu, Maui, Kauai? Well, it depends on your preferences, so do some research. However, our favorite is the “Garden Isle,” Kauai. This rugged little island is filled with natural wonders like the NaPali Coast, Waimea Canyon, and Queen’s Bath. The Pacific waves of Hanalei Bay are great for learning to surf, and Secret Beach is one of the most beautiful swaths of sand you can imagine.

Take a raft tour of the iconic NaPali Coast, zooming in and out of sea caves and past waterfalls, with the craggy peaks surrounding you on one side, and Pacific blue on the other. Visit an ancient Hawaiian village and heritage site, and snorkel the crazy reefs of Kauai. This tour is so much fun, and your whole family will love it!

14. Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is the second-largest canyon in the United States, after the Grand Canyon, and it is the perfect family trip. The hikes are pretty easy to conquer for most kids, and the views are incredible. Palo Duro is just outside the city of Amarillo, and there are tons of adventures to tackle. Take to the skies at Palo Duro Canyon Zipline Adventure Park. Take a horseback ride on Los Cedros Ranch, and work on your graffiti skills at the weirdly fun Route 66 site, Cadillac Ranch

15. Iceland

Is Iceland cheap? No! No, it is not, but it is one of the few places where taking the whole family really won’t cost you too much more than a couple’s trip. The cheapest part of the Iceland trip is the notoriously low flight prices into Reykjavik. You can rent a sweet campervan from Cozy Campers and explore this incredible landscape of fire and ice. While you can drive the whole Ring Road in summer, if that sounds like too much with littles, just take the smaller and much more manageable Golden Circle trip. This will keep you within a couple of hours of Reykjavik, and you will still get to see some amazing sites.

Visit Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and the Gullfoss waterfall. Wade the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Visit Laugadalur Recreation Area which features a swimming pool, zoo, ice skating rink, and playground, all right in the city. Learn all about Iceland’s History with the lifelike presentation at The Saga Museum. Visit the largest whale expedition in Europe at Whales of Iceland, where kids under 7 are free! Take in a cultural show at Harpa Concert Hall, specifically made for children! Shows vary, but they are currently featuring Harry Potter and often do shows starring Iceland’s favorite cartoon characters. Sounds like a pretty great family vacation to us!

16. Romania

Romania is a magical land of mountains and intense scenery. Plus, the mystical land of Transylvania is shrouded in legend and lore. Visit Bran Castle or Dracula’s Castle. Bran Castle has no historical significance to the story of Count Vlad Tepes (Dracul) or Vlad the Impaler, so don’t be fooled. It is, however, the castle that Bram based his description of Dracula’s castle on in his epic novel, so it is colloquially known as Dracula’s castle. The stunning landscape is filled with incredible hikes and fun kitschy vampire finds. 

Visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Take a slow ride through the North Romanian mountains on the 100-year-old Mocanita Steam Train. Get active in the air at Parc Adventura Brasov. This amazing park has 16 different trails and obstacle courses built into the treetops. They also offer jeep, biking, and scooter tours! 

When visiting the beautiful, capital city of Bucharest, make sure to visit the amazing museums, but also make a stop at Edenland. This urban park is marvelous and includes archery, painting workshops, rock wall climbing, a zoo, bike rentals, and more! While it probably isn’t at the top of your bucket list, we highly recommend Romania for your next family vacation!

17. Albanian Coast

Want to visit Europe with your family on a small budget? Albania is your place. This up-and-coming travel destination gives you all the charm of Northern Greece with less than half the price. The Southern beaches of Albania are the stunning Mediterranean blue you love with the incredible foothills of the Alps in the background. 

We recommend the tiny beach town of Ksamil. You won’t find any inclusive resorts here, but you will find great restaurants, the cutest bay with still waters, and a safe place for your family to land. It is just a 5-minute bus ride from the transportation hub and party town of Sarande, so it’s easy to get to. There also happens to be a world-class historic site, Butrint National Park. Butrint is one of the few places on earth where you can explore intact ruins from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian Empires, all in one site. Plus the landscape is incredible, so you get a nature day and a historic day all in one! 

We also highly recommend the quiet beach town of Borsh, the historical city of Gjirokastra, and the charming and historic Berat! Albania might not be at the top of your list, but trust us, the food is fabulous. The history is multi-cultural and very interesting. The prices are awesome, and the scenery is out of this world! 

18. Antalya, Turkey

Turkey is an absolutely fabulous travel destination for anyone, with world-class sites like Ephesus, Istanbul, and Cappadocia. Turkey is overall budget-friendly, safe for travelers, filled with incredible landscapes, hikes, and activities. Let’s not forget it has one of the oldest and richest cultures on earth. However, Antalya Turkey is particularly great for families. 

Antalya is in Souther Turkey, at the end of the famous Lycian Way Hike. The beach city is chalked full of fun activities for kids. Near Konyaalti Beach is the Antalya Aquarium, which claims to be the world’s biggest tunnel aquarium. The Oceanride XD Cinema inside lets your family sail the world’s seas. There are 40 separate aquariums, a reptile house, and a snow and ice museum! It’s a blast. If you don’t have time to see the real deals, take a tour of Antalya Minicity, a themed park with downscaled recreations of the most legendary historic sights in Turkey. Multiple sandy beaches, likes Patara (the mythological birthplace of Apollo), offer perfect days in the cool waters of the Mediterranean, and the scenery couldn’t be any more beautiful. There is no blue quite like Mediterranean blue!

19. Tobago

In the South Caribbean Sea, like the beautiful little island of Tobago. Tobago is the epitome of laidback Caribbean cool. There are no high rises here, just cute boutique hotels, perfect for families. The shallow, calm waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There is always the lingering sound of a steel band in the air. Fresh fruit, street food huts, and handmade juices are available everywhere, and it just feels good!

You can feel safe in Tobago, as the crime rate is almost non-existent. There is no malaria and no poisonous snakes, so you can explore the lush green island without too much fear. Land-based adventures include horseback riding on the beach, ziplining, and biking. Tobago is so lush and relaxing, none of you ever want to come home.

20. Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala sometimes gets a bad wrap, and that is mostly because of Guatemala City. For a family, we would steer clear of the city, but UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is a whole world away. Hop an Uber from the airport and you will be in beautiful Antigua in just 30 minutes. The Spanish Colonial city is absolutely gorgeous and has every tourist activity and amenity you need for a great family vacation.

Antigua has several boutique hotels that will keep your family safe and happy. The cobblestone streets, gorgeous cathedrals, and local markets are great for history lessons and cultural learning. La Tortilla Cooking School offers family-friendly courses, where you will learn to cook a traditional Guatemalan meal together. Chocomuseo is a chocolate museum and factory, where you can make your own chocolate from scratch, following it from bean to finished candy bar! Don’t forget to visit the incredible local craft market! 

Perhaps the best part of Antigua is outs outdoor activities. From Antigua, you can easily book professional tours to climb dormant volcano Volcan Acatenango, which will give you a front porch view of the continual spewing of active neighbor, Volcan de Fuego. It is an absolutely unforgettable day trip from Antigua, where you will camp out on the mountain and return the next morning. We guarantee it will one of your all-time favorite family memories. 

Lake Atitlan is another day trip that can be booked from Antigua. Canoeing and resting by this incredible lake, nestled in between dormant green volcanoes is just incredible. A little farther from the city, but still doable, is arguably the best theme park in Central America, Xetulul. The combination amusement and waterpark has won several awards and is sure to keep your whole crew entertained!

Antigua also has its very own New Zealand-like hobbit town, Hobbitenango! So, if you can’t swing the big plane ticket to New Zealand, you can still take your family for a night’s stay in a hobbit hole! We must say, the view is pretty incredible.

We absolutely love this area of Guatemala! Active volcanoes, stunning lakes, tons of fun tours, and extremely low prices, what could be better? We can’t think of a much greater family getaway.

21. Bulgaria

We love the scenic landscapes and clean, beautiful cities of Bulgaria for a family trip! Sofia and Plovdiv are excellent cities to explore as a family with stunning architecture, free walking tours, and parks filled with fountains for the kids to run through! 

The mountains of Bansko provide a perfect location for a quiet camping trip, complete with epic hikes or skiing in the winter. Plus, the area is teeming with luxurious hot springs spas and cute, traditional restaurants. 

We also love the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea. Go explore the super cute village of Sozopol. You won’t regret it! We recommend Bulgaria for older children. While there are some children’s activities, like the incredible Action Aqua Park in Sunny Beach, it really shines in the historical and landscape departments that will be better appreciated by older kids and teens. 


Closing Thoughts

That’s it, guys. We hope you have now found your next family vacation. Let us know in the comments which destination you have chosen! 

Wanna take your next trip without the kids? Here’s our list of “The Best Places For Couples To Travel For Fun, Adventure, and Connection.

Need something fun to do until you trip? Here’s our list of “15 Virtual Scavenger Hunt Ideas” to keep your family entertained all winter!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best country for a family vacation?

There are so many great destinations to explore as a family. Check out ziplining in Costa Rica, snorkeling in Belize, or hiking in Romania!

What is the best state to travel to as a family?

There is nothing more scenic than a road trip through the western portions of the U.S. When it comes to family travel destinations, consider hitting up the national parks in Utah, Arizona, or Wyoming.

What are some great things to do for a family vacation?

When traveling as a family, look for activities that everyone can participate in. Try an app-guided scavenger hunt in a new city!

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How to Successfully Travel Solo as a Female

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Solo female travel is a skill! The thought of taking on the world alone is terrifying to some and exhilarating and empowering to others. If you or a loved one are considering traveling solo as a woman, there are some things you need to consider, like safety, how to deal with loneliness, and then there’s the financial aspect. A solo trip isn’t always easy, but it is possible to have an amazing adventure and deal with all these facets like a pro. We just have to make some modifications and learn to travel smart! 


Try a Solo Scavenger Hunt

While you’re enjoying your big solo adventure, consider taking an app-guided scavenger hunt! These activities are super fun, and they will give you some info about attractions, opportunities to interact with locals, and may even help improve your navigational skills.

We offer individual tickets and packages, including an Explorer Pass for frequent users! Tickets can be redeemed anywhere on our list, so even if plans change, you could always redeem your voucher at another destination. Try one today!


Solo Female Travel Hints and Tips

Traveling Solo Means Paying Solo

One of the struggles of solo adventures is that you foot the bill for everything! So, you miss out on group deals, pay more per person for taxi rides, and there’s no one to split that parking fee with. Solo nomads have to be master budgeters! Here are a few travel tips you can use to ensure financial stability when you travel.

1. Charles Schwab Debit Card

Exchanging money in a foreign country can be costly. There are often high fees at exchange companies, and ATMs charge huge foreign transaction fees. The best way around this, for Americans, is the Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking Account. This account not only offers the highest interest for a checking account out there, but it also has a connected investment account (if you want to play in the stock market on that long flight). However, that’s not even the best part. The real perk is that it refunds all ATM fees, allowing you to use your debit card on any ATM worldwide, get the best exchange rate, and never pay a fee.

2. Stay In A Hostel

Hostels don’t have the best reputation in the non-travel community, but frequent travelers know that the world is full of beautiful, safe, and economical hostels. Hostels are full of perks for women traveling alone, in all three of our categories:

  •  Keeps you in the company of other travelers, usually solo travelers. This obviously helps with safety but also loneliness. 
  • You pay for a bed instead of a room, so it is often cheaper for those traveling alone. 
  • You will make friends with like-minded souls who will probably want to join you on a group tour or a joint rental car, which significantly drops prices for all of you. 
  • There is a kitchen, so you can save money on food by cooking a few meals.
  • Hostels often have great discount tips and coupons for their guests.

Pro Tip: Just remember, not all humans are noble, and if you are going to share rentals or buy tickets for the group, ensure that you get the money beforehand or make them go with you to the booking. For added safety, choose a dorm that is female only, so you will only be sleeping with other women. 

3. First Stop: Local Phone Company

When you arrive in a new country and get settled, head for the nearest local phone store. Grab a SIM card with a large data plan. These plans often offer free social media, up to 20GB of data, and a good number of international texts and calls for as little as $10/month, depending on your destination. Phone companies in the US do not offer good international plans, and they are extremely expensive compared to the world’s phone plans. You will need to carry an unlocked phone with SIM card capability!

4. Go Local

Look for small local markets, family-owned restaurants, and choices off the main tourist roads. Buying your food without the tourist surcharge will save you tons of money. This is just a generally wise travel tip, but certainly applies when you are a female solo traveler. We also feel safer when we frequent restaurants where other women and children are present, instead of heavily-touristed bars and restaurants. 

5. Choose Location Wisely

This may be one of the hardest female travel tips. We all have a bucket list of places we want to explore, but is that area of Europe doable on a single budget? Is it safe to travel there as a woman? Is it friendly to travel there as an American woman? These are things you really have to consider carefully. For instance, Iceland is mega safe, but it also is the most expensive country to travel. Tickets to New Zealand and Australia usually cost big bucks. Lots of travel bloggers recommend Morocco or New York City, and while trips like this certainly can be done, we feel like you need to get your feet wet first. 

If this is your first solo trip, you don’t have your “spidey senses” and budget down pat, yet. We would choose a place that doesn’t stretch you too far outside your comfort zone, financially or safety-wise. Choose a place that is heavily traveled, where you can speak the language or they speak English widely, and that has a low cost of living. When taking budget into consideration, Spain (most expensive but cheaper than other European spots), Thailand, Bali, and Poland are some of the best destinations for your first trip. 

6. Weigh Your Options

The only way to find the absolute best deals is to search the best travel apps and websites! While hostels are often great choices, that doesn’t mean you won’t find something better on Airbnb. We love Airbnb for the fact that it lets you stay with a local family who can give you top tips on travel experiences and local cheap food and activities. When traveling Southeast Asia, we always check Agoda first. When traveling in Europe or South Africa, we often find the best deals on Booking.

Pro Tip: When possible, use the same app consistently to get rewards and better deals on multiple bookings.

The same thing goes for flights and tours. Scouring multiple airline sites and signing up for flight deals will help you get the best flight every time. We never book a flight without checking Momondo, Google Flights, Skyscanner, and Scott’s Cheap Flights first. 

Solo Women Must Consider Travel Safety

Unfortunately, the world can be a dangerous place, especially for women, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel safely. Travel is life-changing and good for our overall wellness. So, how do you keep those travel plans while maintaining your personal safety? We promise your family is going to want to know!

7. Research

The fact that you are here now means you are on the right track! Female travel blogs are a gold mine of personal advice and experiences that can help guide your decisions. Travel as a woman requires us to work together and learn from each other’s mistakes and successes. Talk to other female travelers. Read as much information as your can. Take notes and spend some time dwelling on how to incorporate their knowledge into your trip!

8. Be Very Careful About Drinking

We all love a good drink every now and then, but the facts are that predators look for women in bars, waiting for you to stumble into an alley alone. Every nation has predators, and you must take measures to protect yourself. You might really have to stand your ground on this one and trust your gut! New travel friends will want you to join in the revelry, and we aren’t saying you can’t at times, but do it wisely. 

Do not walk home after drinking. Call an Uber and share your driver’s information with someone you trust. Try to sober up a bit before you leave, with a coffee and some water at a nearby safe spot. Consider a night of beers in your hostel with friends. It will not only save you tons of money but allow you to get tipsy without fear. Only drink with people you have gotten to know and trust. Consider sending your whereabouts to a friend and letting them know when you intend to be home. They can keep tabs on you when your inhibitions are a little lower. 

9. Guard Your Money

Pickpockets are common worldwide. Part of safe travel is learning to guard your money. We suggest a fanny pack or money belt that can be easily concealed under a baggy sweater or cute top. Another option is an elastic upper armband with a pocket. Also, consider an RFID-blocking wallet or passport holder. 

We suggest that you separate your cash on your body: some in your bra, some in your sock, etc. We also suggest not keeping all your funds on you. For instance, carry half of your cash and one credit card on you. Lock your backups in the hotel safe! Make sure to only use well-lit ATMs or even better, ones that are inside with security cameras and guards. This will rely on you doing some research and planning your stops ahead of time. 

10. Plan Ahead

It is better to stop and get money in the morning, even if you don’t need it, than to spend unexpectedly during the day and need money on a dark street at midnight. It is better to do a quick Google News search on your destination than take a long road trip into an area with a  flood or political unrest that popped up today. It is better to take five minutes to plan and download your route, in your hotel, where you have WiFi, than to get lost in the streets with no signal. Looking lost in the street is a primo way to get yourself scammed or pickpocketed. Know where you are going and go there with confidence.

Pro Tip: No matter how well you plan, you will eventually get lost. When it happens, walk with authority to the next safe, well-lit place, and get directions or an Uber.

11. Be Careful With Daring Activities

If you are exploring the world as a solo female traveler, odds are you are a bit of a daredevil (though this is not always the case). When it comes to some of the most popular tourist activities, you may find that you feel uncomfortable going it alone. For instance, that Lycian Way hike through Turkey looks pretty amazing, but do you really feel comfortable on those three mountain passes alone? You might. You might not. It depends on your survival skills, hiking ability, and possibly self-defense knowledge. 

The best advice we can give for things like this is to trust your judgment of your own abilities. If that mountain road seems too dangerous, don’t drive it. If everyone else is diving that cenote, but it doesn’t sit right with you today, don’t do it! Travel is very personal, and what is safe for someone else may not be for you. We urge you to push yourself out of your comfort zone occasionally, to experience new thrills, but know your limits.

12. Keep Love Ones In The Know

It is a good idea to have a check-in system with someone back home. Whether this is a daily text to mom in the morning, detailing your stops for the day, or dropping a pin on your Google map several times a day and sharing your account information with a trusted friend or family member. However you do it, make sure someone knows where you are at all times. 

13. Know Where Help Is

This is a smart travel tip, for all travelers, but certainly, if you are traveling alone. Mark on your map and save the contact information for the closest US embassy, the nearest hospital, and the local police station. Know your destination country’s emergency number and have it saved on your phone. Sign up for the US STEP PROGRAM. This will let the US embassy know where you are and will send you safety alerts for your area. 

14. Be Aware Of What You Share

Highly guard your personal information in all conversations and transactions. Never tell anyone where you are staying. Don’t let them in on your next travel plans. Don’t give people your full name or too much information on where you are from. Be aware of onlookers during financial transactions and ATM trips.

15. Know The Local Scams

Every destination has its unsavory characters. However, you can avoid trouble by knowing the most common scams in the area. For instance, a common scam in Costa Rica and other Central American regions is to slash a tourist’s tires while they are at a sight or gas station. The thief will then follow you until your tire goes flat and offer to help, then take your wallet.

It is common in parts of India and Asia for a mother with a baby to approach you to buy milk from a nearby store. You will pay ten times the price, and they will split the profits. These babies are often borrowed or rented and sedated. Other common scams include broken taxi meters, taking the long route, and taking you to a non-existent coffee shop. 

A common one (almost everywhere) is bumping into you or creating a commotion to catch your attention, while a partner steals your stuff. Some of these scams are dangerous, others just cost you a little money. Either way, knowing the lay of the land and what is commonplace can keep you from falling for the tricks.

Traveling Solo Can Be Lonely

While heading out on your own for the first time is certainly empowering, eventually, it gets lonely out there by yourself. We recommend you have a plan to deal with the loneliness.

16. Keep A Travel Journal

Journaling has been scientifically proven to help us deal with anxiety, depression, and emotional distress. Keeping a journal of your activities is not only a great way to document the details of your trip, but it also helps you deal with the new emotions you will inevitably feel.

For American women, traveling in certain parts of the world will expose you to inequality that you have never had to deal with before. Friends and family will disappoint you with their comments or lack of interest. Someone will scam you. These all create emotional responses. Have a plan for dealing with them.

17. Talk To Everyone

To travel successfully alone, you must learn to be a bit of an extrovert. Strike up a conversation with everyone you can safely talk to. Not only does this keep you from being lonely, but it also lets you in on parts of the culture that you won’t see on your own.

Spend some time talking to the mom who runs your Airbnb. She will be grateful for some adult conversation. Chat up your taxi drivers. They know where all the good spots are. Make friends with other singles at your hostel. They are likely kindred spirits and may become long-time travel partners. Sit down and play a game with the elderly people in the park. They will love it, and so will you!

18. Schedule Time With Your People

Full-time travel is a life that most people don’t understand. You will likely meet resistance from your family. You will endure comments that sting and have to answer the same questions over and over again. However, one of the ways to eventually get past this is to keep in good communication with your family and friends back home. When you are out of sight, especially to your friends, you are usually out of mind.

Don’t be surprised if many of your friends and family (especially the ones closest to you) don’t seem to care about your travels or want to know much information. We aren’t sure why this phenomenon occurs, but it almost always does. 

You will have to put in extra effort to keep the relationships that are important to you alive. Be prepared to be the one who always initiates contact, as they will never know what time it is where you are, or if you are busy. Be prepared to talk about all the normal stuff that is going on in their lives. If you want them to be interested in yours, you should also be interested in theirs. Remember, life pretty much goes on as normal for them without you. 

We think this is the hardest part of traveling. You are having life-changing experiences that no one else you know can identify with, and they may not want to. Part of being a successful nomad is understanding that not everyone gets it, and that’s okay! It doesn’t mean they don’t love you or have forgotten about you. Realize that you are the one living a “weird” life and reach out to your loved ones regularly.


Closing Thoughts

Traveling as a solo female is a rewarding experience. The world is full of beautiful destinations, cultural experiences, and kind people. Go explore. Let the world be your teacher. You will for sure learn empathy, grace for others, and broaden your mind, but you may just learn a lot about yourself too! 

Did anything on this female travel guide surprise you? Let us know in the comments which tip was the most helpful!

Taking your first couple’s trip soon, or do you know someone who is? Check out our list of the best places for couples to travel.

Looking for something fun to do before your big trip gets here? Here are 17 reasons you should do an adult scavenger hunt with your pals!


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is safe for a woman to travel alone?

Traveling alone as a female is possible almost anywhere, with proper planning, but popular places include Northern and Western Europe, Thailand, and Bali.

Should women travel alone?

Women traveling alone may experience more harassment, but with proper training and some helpful travel tips for females traveling solo, women can successfully explore the world on their own!

What are some safe travel activities for solo women?

When embarking on solo travel as a female, consider taking an app-guided scavenger hunt in each city. Each adventure will help familiarize you with the local attractions!

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Couples Who Travel

World travelers are a different breed.  Our idea of a perfect present is probably something that no one else has use for. I should know—my husband and I have been traveling the world together for 14 years! We’ve spent the last two years as full-time, international, digital nomads. We have tried a great many products (some fantastic, some flops), and we now have a pretty good hold on what we actually need, and use, and what is just fluff. I’ve used our experiences to put together this guide to purchase the very best gifts for couples who travel!


Give the Gift of an Experience

ScavengerHunt.com offers couples the chance to see the sights while bonding with each other and engaging in some friendly competition. These app-guided tours are a wonderful way to spend a day or a date night! The recipients of your gift will be able to explore a nearby city or any of our locations around the world. Even better, Explorer Passes allow for unlimited adventures. Gift cards and e-certificates are available!


1. Pro Hero 10 Black

For the active couple, a GoPro or other action camera is a must! We find that we film on our GoPro almost every day. While a new GoPro is great. If that is a bit too steep for your budget, get an older version. The upgraded stabilization came out on the Hero 7 Black. However, we do highly recommend purchasing an extra battery, as they are notorious energy consumers, and a handheld tripod so that it can be used in selfie mode!

What We Love About It:

  • We can snorkel, rappel down waterfalls, paraglide, or bungee jump and not worry about breaking our good camera or the footage being crazy shaky!
  • It’s small and easy to stuff in your pocket.
  • It doesn’t draw a lot of attention from pickpockets or thieves.
  • It comes with an accessory for everything: floating handle for snorkeling, wet case for diving, and helmet, chest, and wrist straps.

2. External Hard Drive

In this Instagram world, your travel-loving couple is bound to take a lot of photos. Eventually, your camera and phone get full, and you don’t want to slow down your computer with all that data. A durable hard drive is an absolute must! Generally, a solid-state drive(SSD) is more durable than a disc drive. They are more expensive, but they can withstand being thrown around your backpack and won’t freeze up and lose all your memories. We have tried several from Seagate and other brands, but the one we have loved the most is this external drive from ADATA

What We Love About It:

  • It’s not the sleekest or most beautiful, but it is fast, effective, and protects itself from all the rough travel we put it through! 
  • It is well-priced, especially for how sturdy it is.

3. The Perfect Travel Backpack

We did a ton of research before choosing our travel backpack, and we can say wholeheartedly that this backpack from BAGSMART has exceeded our every expectation! This bag is technically a camera backpack, as we carry a lot of professional equipment, but it has excellent structure, with moveable and removable interior separators that allow you to pack it how (and with whatever you like). BAGSMART no longer carries this bag, but it is still available on Amazon. 

What We Love About It: 

  • The fabric is waterproof and it comes with a rain cover.
  • The stitching is thick and the bag is built for torture!
  • It looks really nice!
  • The roll-top extends for a great place to store extra clothes or your toiletries bag.
  • It’s ergonomic and easy to carry for males or females.
  • It is carry-on size
  • There are tons of pockets for organization, but they are hidden and not easy access to thieves.

4. Airbnb Gift Card

It doesn’t sound very unique, but trust us, an Airbnb gift card is one of the best travel gifts for couples! Airbnb offers a comfortable and affordable way to travel the world, and honestly, it’s one of our favorite travel sites. We love the ability to meet local folks and to stay in real homes. Airbnb now offers hotels, hostels, private apartments, and long-term rentals, so it fits an itinerary and is a great gift idea!

What We Love About It:

  • It’s easy and practical.
  • As a traveler, it is nice to always have the comfort of knowing your next room is paid for.
  • It’s nice to be able to spend your money elsewhere, knowing your accommodation is covered.

5. Shutterfly Photo Book Gift Card

We did mention that your travel couple is going to take a lot of pictures, right?! When we take a big trip, the first thing we do when we get home is edit all the pictures and build a photo album on Shutterfly. Their lay flat, premium books make for a perfect keepsake. 

What We Love About It:

  • As you travel the world, you begin to forget the little details of the places you have been, and we find that we really enjoy looking back and remembering our travel experiences through our old scrapbooks. 
  • They are beautiful and also serve as home decor.
  • It makes for a great wedding gift, assuming they didn’t have one made by their photographer.

6. The Perfect Carry-On Suitcase

Here’s another area where we have had to learn from failure. We have been through so many suitcases! The perfect suitcase depends on what kind of traveler you are. We recommend packing light and taking a small rolling bag. We will recommend a couple, but in general, here is what we look for:

  1. Max carry-on size, generally going to be a 20-21 inch. (max carry-on is 22″ inch tall for most airlines, but includes wheels). 
  2. A hard shell that can be wiped clean. (If you travel only a couple of times a year, and aren’t hard on stuff, then a cloth bag can be great, as it is more maneuverable to tight airplane compartments).
  3. Two compartments- when living out of a suitcase, a suitcase that has two separate compartments, one on each side,  helps you keep things organized and easier to find.
  4. Four wheeled-Spinner- preferably double wheels to give us 360 degrees of easy navigation for all that cobblestone.
  5.  We don’t like a lot of extra locks, USB chargers, and gadgets. They are nice in theory, but are seldom used and just add weight. (Again if you travel infrequently and check your bags, then consider a TSA-approved lock).
  6. Have a zippable expander.

Again, if you travel infrequently and keep your bags on you at all times, you might consider investing in an expensive, beautiful bag. We find that we put our bags through way too many cobblestone streets, public buses, potholes, and conveyor belts to buy expensive ones. There is nothing worse than seeing your $400 bag come out of the shoot busted on its first trip. The jury is out on this one, but we choose to buy fairly inexpensive bags. Here are the two we have had the best luck with: 

The iFLY Hardside Luggage Fibertech 20″ Carry-on Luggage 
  • It is lightweight and there is no extra protection on the corner (which doesn’t work anyway) taking up space. 
  • It has a few organization zippers and compartments. 
  • It has four, 360-degree double wheels.
  • It has absolute max carry-on capacity and wastes no space!
  • Expandable
The It Luggage Oasis 21″
  • Feels sturdier than the other and has a stronger handle, but does hold significantly less.
  • Has good interior organization
  • Well made, with sturdy zippers and stitches
  • Expandable

7. Great Packing Cubes

You probably won’t see any travel tips guide that doesn’t mention packing cubes, that’s because when living out of a bag, organization is key! No one wants to unpack their whole suitcase, in an airport, just to grab some clean underwear or a pair of socks. That is why any travel lover will get way too excited when they open these perfect packing cubes! We haven’t used these (yet), but they are designed and sold by professional travel Youtubers, Tim & Fin, and the design is awesome. 

What We Love About Them:

  • The polyurethane fabric is crazy resilient!
  • They come in several sizes.
  • You get to support a small business that makes great products.

There are cheaper brands out there that are great too, just make sure you look for compression bags and sturdy zippers.

8. Portable Charger

Navigation, Google searches, photos and video, Google Translate … and the list goes on! We use our smartphones for everything during travel, and unfortunately, sometimes their battery doesn’t last as long as yours. A travel-loving couple needs a good portable charger! A new one of these babies is on our Christmas list this year!

What We Love About It:

  • 45,000+ awesome reviews on Amazon
  • Sleek, slender design, perfect for your pocket.
  • 4 ports, both USB and micro-USB

9. Rick Steve’s Travel Guide Book

Do people still use travel books? Yes! A smart traveler does. If you know your traveler’s next trip destination, this book not only makes a great travel gift. A good guidebook is always worth the extra cost. Europe is on everyone’s bucket list and Rick Steve’s is the undisputed king of European travel. His guidebooks are expertly curated for all European destinations. Your loved ones will save big bucks and precious time by following Rick’s tricks and tips! They also provide excellent downloads, DVDs, maps, and guided tours. If you don’t know where your travel lovers are heading next, no problem. The website sells gift cards to all their awesome products!

What We Love About Them:

  • They rank sites with an easy-to-read key, so you know what the best sites are and how you should build your itinerary.
  • Detailed descriptions of popular sights, restaurants, and hotels, with personal recommendations.
  • They are updated yearly, so the information is always current.
  • You can often get discounts at sights and restaurants by showing them the book!
  • Tips and tricks for avoiding lines, shopping local, and finding deals.

10. Bluetooth Earbuds

A great pair of headphones is an awesome stocking stuffer. Not only do they drown out the screaming babies on the plane, but they are useful every day! These earbuds from Samsung would make someone very happy!

What We Love About Them:

  • These are noise-canceling, small and discrete, and wireless
  • Small packaging is good for travel
  • Auto-detects your voice, and pauses when you speak.

11. Travel Journal

A journal is a unique travel gift that will help your loved ones document their ultimate journeys! This is a habit we are personally trying to get much better at. As mentioned, travel memories begin to stack up and eventually you forget them altogether or they become very hazy. It is so nice to go back and look at what happened that day, what you actually saw, and who was there. We encourage every traveler to at least write down a few sentences a day. It doesn’t have to be fancy, can just be a simple one, like this journal from Etsy

What We Love About It:

  • It’s small for easy packing.
  • It comes with a pen holder
  • It is leather and can be easily cleaned
  • Features thick pages to prevent bleeding

12. Luggage Scale

With the pandemic hitting airlines hard, we have noticed an increase in baggage fees and a decrease in baggage allowances. Many travelers are choosing to travel with only carry-on luggage, and some airlines are even weighing those more regularly. A portable luggage scale is nice to have around to ensure you avoid all extra costs. 

What We Love About It:

  • It fits in your pocket.
  • It’s extremely lightweight
  • Easy to read, with light-up LCD screen.
  • Measure in Kg, Lbs, and Stone

13. Streaming Stick

As full-time travelers, we can’t live without our Roku. Having the ability to watch all your favorites, in your own language, just gives you a semblance of home. Plus, there are rainy days and days where you need to just binge Netflix. Google, Amazon, and Roku are just a few of the streaming sticks out there. Here are a few things to look for.

  • The smaller the better.
  • HDMI connection
  • Has a remote

14. Audible Membership

If your traveler is a book lover, they will appreciate an Audible membership! It will keep them able to fuel their habit without carrying around a bunch of impractical books. Another great option is a subscription to Spotify for music and podcasts.

What We Love About It:

  • Gives access to thousands of books, right on our phone
  • Can try for a month for free
  • Gives discounts to Amazon Prime Members
  • Allows us to read historical and political books on the nation we are in.

15. Powerbank

If your nomads are techies, they are going to need a lot of plug-ins, and unfortunately, that is not a feature of most hostels around the world. They no longer sell ours, but this powerbank is very similar.

What To Look For:

  • Surge protector
  • American 3 prong plugs
  • USB ports
  • Lightweight and easily portable

16. Fanny Packs

Even if you have sworn to never ever wear a fanny pack, you will change your mind after one trip with one. We both carry a fanny pack, and we can’t overexaggerate how handy they are!

What We Love About Them:

  • No ability to sit it down and walk off
  • Less prone to theft
  • No shoulder or neck pain
  • Keeps your hand free

17. Travel Insurance

The best travel gift ideas are practical ones! Adventurous travelers have itineraries filled with ATV rides, ziplines, and road trips through the mountains. Great travel insurance (with major medical coverage) is super important, and it isn’t something any wanderluster wants to spend their own money on. We love the nomad plan from Safety Wing.

What We Love About It:

  • The plan is easy to acquire from anywhere in the world.
  • It covers travel insurance and major medical, including COVID-19 coverage.
  • It covers almost every country.
  • The pricing is perfect, and the customer service is amazing!
  • They are initiating a virtual doctor program, where you will soon be able to see a doctor any time virtually!

18. Great Toiletry Bag

The worse part of travel, as we have said, is trying to pack and repack your stuff and find things when they are spread out all over the place. A well-organized toiletry bag is a must and a great travel gift. If your favorite couple is planning a big trip, they are thinking about car rental, a new phone, or their flight. They will be so grateful that you thought about their personable. Our favorite toiletry bag is also from BAGSMART (although we just realized this). We have tried several toiletry bags. This one is by far the best!

Why we love it: 

  • Large enough for both of our toiletries, so we only have to carry one. 
  • It is well organized, with waterproof zipper pockets, and clear pouches, so we can see where everything is! 
  • The fabric is thick, quilted, and well-stitched. 

19. Universal Adapters

Universal adapters should be on every travel gift guide. For any international traveler, they are a must. Thankfully, some brilliant person has finally figured out how to take all those separate adapters and put them in one. Thank you anonymous super genius! There’s a million out there, but here are a few things to look for:

  • Surge protector included
  • EU, UK, AU, and USA plugs included (These four types will cover most of the world.)
  • USB included and MicroUSB slots included
  • Has its own converter

20. Filtered Water Bottle

Unfortunately, much of the world still doesn’t have access to clean water. Our water bottles are something we use every single day! While a bit expensive, we love this LifeStraw Go Stainless Steel Water Filter Bottle.

What We Love About It:

  • Kills 99.99999% of bacteria
  • Stainless Steel meets EPA guidelines and decreases plastic use
  • Has a carabiner strap for easy portability
  • Has a flip straw, instead of a twist-off lid.

21. Adventure Map From Atlas.co

Ok, this one isn’t necessarily a need, but we do love it! Scratch off world maps are a dime a dozen, and we love them! They allow you to see where you have been easily and increase your wanderlust, as you see just how much you still haven’t conquered! However, these maps from atlas.co are different. They were developed by long-time travelers and YouTube sensations, KaraandNate. They allow you to create a custom map of your route, pinpointing every memorable moment on the trip! They are totally customizable and framed beautifully, creating not only an awesome piece of memorabilia but modern home decor that your newlywed or young couple likely also needs.

22. A Lightweight Coat

Weather is unpredictable, and packing a coat in a carry-on is almost impossible. We think a lightweight puffer coat is an absolute must!

What We Love About Them:

  • Lightweight and water-resistant
  • Packs up in its own tiny bag that can be clipped to our backpack
  • Heavy enough, when layered, to keep you warm in most environments

Closing Thoughts

Alright!  That concludes our gift guide of the absolute most useful travel gift ideas for your favorite wanderers. Looking for stocking stuffers? Eye masks, neck pillows, and luggage tags are things we can’t live without!

What have you decided to buy?  Let us know in the comments!

If you’re seeking ideas for new destinations to add to your travel bucket list, check out our list of the best places for couples to travel. We’ve also got “Family Travel Tips To Make Your Next Vacation A Breeze.” Keep an eye on our blog for more tips, tricks, and life hacks!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best gift for newlyweds who love to travel?

Gift your traveler the perfect gift for couples who travel, like a stainless steel filter water bottle, a USB power bank, or a universal power adapter.

What are some things every traveling couple needs?

Nomads have interesting gift lists!  Some of the must-have gifts for couples who travel include a sturdy backpack, the best carry-on rolling bag, and portable chargers?

What is a good gift for a travel couple?

Consider gifting a traveling couple an app-guided scavenger hunt in their favorite city. These tours are a wonderful way to spend a day or a date night! Explorer Passes and gift cards are available.

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The Best Places for Couples to Travel for Fun, Adventure, and Connection

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Planning a trip with your spouse or significant other isn’t easy. One of you wants adventure, while the other one wants a romantic weekend. It’s not always simple to agree on the perfect vacation destination that will satisfy you both, but look no further! We have an epic list of the best places for couples to travel for adventure, fun, and connection!


Share in the Experience of a Scavenger Hunt

Whether you need an activity for a date night or want a fun-filled way to see cities while you travel the world, ScavengerHunt.com offers hundreds of super fun scavenger hunts that are perfect for any occasion! Engage in a little competition with other couples or combine forces as you fight your way to the finish line. Each experience is sure to bring you closer and help you learn about new and exciting places!


The Best Places for Couples to Travel

Take a Hike

Not every couple enjoys the typical romantic getaway. Some of us are bored at the beach and overwhelmed by the city. If this sounds like you, and you want to spend your vacation in the great outdoors, surrounded by natural beauty, check out one of these adventure vacation spots.

1. Lycian Way-Fethiye to Antalya, Turkey

Turkey is a magical land full of wonderful landscapes,  historic cities, and charming villages. Plus, it has some seriously beautiful Mediterranean beachfront. It’s also home to one of the best historical treks in the world. The Lycian Way is a hiking trail composed of mule paths and stone roads tracing an ancient merchant trade route. A well-marked, 356-mile hike takes you through lands once ruled by the Ancient Lycians, Greeks, Romans, and Ottomans, among others. This multi-cultural lineage has produced a rich culture and some seriously awesome historical sites. 

The 29-day journey starts in Hisarönü, near Fethiye and ends in Geyikbayırı, in the region of Antalya. Accommodation can mostly be found in cities and villages along the way, though three mountain passes will require camping. Along with the stunning views of the Taurus mountains, you will be treated to the Myra Rock tombs, the ancient theater of Antiphellos, the Eternal Flame of Chimera, and countless beautiful beach coves. If you are adventurous, start your journey at Oludeniz with one of the world’s most famous paragliding jumps. 

If this hike sounds too extreme, consider stopping your hike near Gazipasa Airport and hop a quick flight to the ultimate couple’s getaway: the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Explore the magical landscape on a sunrise hot air balloon ride and rest your tired body in the hot tub of an ancient cave hotel. For adventure lovers, we can’t think of a better romantic getaway.

2. Page, Arizona 

The beauty of Arizona and Utah is no secret to any hiking lover. To explore this extraordinary area, we would suggest making Page, Arizona your home base. Explore Horseshoe Bend. Rent a houseboat on Lake Powell or a white-water raft on the Colorado River. The outdoor adventures in this area are neverending. 

One of the best hikes in the area starts at Wire Pass Trailhead. Explore 15 miles of tranquil narrows, in one of the world’s longest slot canyons, Paria Canyon. The landscape engulfs you in a red rock world of 500-foot cliffs, crested waves of stone, and ancient petroglyphs. If you still have some time in your trip, head north to one of Utah’s five national parks, or road trip south to the luxury resorts of Sedona for a couples massage. Sedona is a foodie haven full of art galleries, and more epic hikes! North or South, this area is one of America’s most beautiful honeymoon destinations. 

3. Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainier, Washington

Washington is one of the USA’s most beautiful states and one of the most romantic places to get outdoors with your loved one. Pacific Ocean Views, rainforest, and the micro-breweries of Seattle are all big draws! But, the incredible views of the mountains are Washington’s crown. 

For true trekkers, there is no better couple’s vacation than taking on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park. Mount Rainier is one of the most stunning landscapes in the USA, and there are a plethora of trails running through the park offering panoramic views of glaciers, waterfalls, wildflower fields, and alpine lakes. However, Wonderland Trail offers a challenge. Though it does not summit the mountain, it has a total elevation gain of over 22,000 feet. The hike takes anywhere from 10-14 days and will take you through all the aforementioned landscapes of Rainier. July to September is the best time, and you will need to apply for a permit as early in the year as possible, deadline of April 1.

4. Camino Primitivo, Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is one of the most famous and crowded pilgrimages in the world. There are several routes to get the endpoint: The Shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. However, the least crowded and arguably most original is the Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela. Start your 230-mile journey in Oviedo, Spain, and cross the 8,000-foot summits of the Cantabrian Mountains. Pass the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lugo and its unique fully-intact Roman wall. Eat yummy Spanish food in hundreds of beautiful small towns like Melide, where you can also stock up on snacks in the local market. Enjoy the comradery of other travelers and rest your head in the traditional albergues (pilgrim hostels). There’s no better way to connect with your significant other than a long hike with a stunning view.

Explore a City

If spending your romantic weekend or vacation hiking, sounds horrible to you, perhaps one of the world’s great cities is calling your name. New York City, Rome, and New Orleans are great choices, but they aren’t the only ones.

5. San Francisco, California

The colored rowhouses and cable cars of San Francisco make for a perfect weekend getaway. Pair it with a trip to Napa Valley or Yosemite National Park and you have one impressive couples vacation. San Francisco is not only lovely, but it also offers a ton of sightseeing. Did you know it has the largest Chinatown in the USA? In fact, it’s the largest outside of Asia! Visit Alcatraz prison. Hike to Two Peaks Overlook for an incredible view of the city and the Pacific Ocean. Visit the Palace of Fine Arts. Have tea at the romantic and historic Fairmont Hotel. San Francisco is a beautiful city where you can stack your itinerary with tourist sights or relax in a luxury hotel and occupy yourself with other romantic things. Either way, put San Francisco on your bucket list!

Let us help you explore San Francisco with one of our fun app-guided Scavenger Hunts! On this hunt, we’ll take you and your boo through the historic and heavily-touristed area of Fisherman’s Wharf, solving puzzles, visiting historic landmarks, and completing insane challenges!

6. Prague and Třeboň, Czech Republic

Prague rivals any European city for charm and romance. Stroll the meandering streets by day, exploring Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and St. Vitrus Cathedral. Gawk at incredible Gothic and Renaissance architecture on every side. The nightlife in Prague revolves around hearty food, and the world’s best beers (just ask any Czech). Have a traditional pig’s knuckle, washed down with a few lagers. Grab an ice cream and take a hand-in-hand, evening stroll along the Vlatava River, crisscrossing the city on its elegant stone bridges. 

To add a little more romance to your Czech getaway, head for the natural spa town of Třeboň, and cover each other in stinking peat moss. People have been coming to the area for centuries for the smelly treatments, renowned for their healing properties, so you know they must be good. The town is adorable too, with its Baroque pastel houses. It feels like something out of a fairytale.

7. Paris, France

Paris is one of the most famous couple’s vacations of all time, but it’s with good reason. The “City of Lights” is home to some pretty iconic sightseeing. Opera Garnier might be the opulent building in the world. Notre Dame is a marvel, holding firmly its place next to the Seine River since 1163. The arrondissement of Montmartre will entertain you with the world’s oldest and best cabarets. If cabarets aren’t your thing, get fancy and take your significant other to one of Paris’s great theatres or a night at Opera Bastille. There is a stunning Gothic cathedral around every corner, more Michelin Star restaurants than you count, and the lingering smell of chocolate croissants fills the air. Predictable or not, Paris is still one of the most romantic places to visit with your partner.

8. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a charming maze of terracotta tile roofs and medieval stone walls, situated elegantly on the cliffs of the Adriatic Sea. Its beauty has been the backdrop for both Star Wars and Game of Thrones. It has all the beauty of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, at half the price. The city’s walls are walkable and provide incredible views over the sea. Old Town is adorable with its bell tower and tiny alleys, filled with shops and restaurants. Wine bars serve up beautiful vinos from both Croatia and nearby Montenegro, which will surprise and delight even the pickiest wino. Dubrovnik is also an easy day trip to other coastal cities, like Split, or the peacock-covered island of Lokrum. Get out and explore. Croatia is gorgeous! We suggest you don’t miss the hot springs of Istarske Toplice, the capital city of Zagreb, and the waterfalls and walkways of Plitvice Lakes National Park. 

Charm Your Love

If the big city isn’t your thing either, then take your loved one to one of the world’s most charming small towns. Explore local craft shops, farmer’s markets, and easy, small-town life. 

9. Halstatt, Austria

You have likely seen pictures of charming Halstatt filling your Instagram account in the fall. The little town with its picturesque mountain backdrop and perfect church steeple seems to be everywhere. Halstatt sits on the Hallstätter See, an incredible alpine lake popular for flat-bottom boating, diving, and fishing. It also happens to be surrounded by the most adorable 16th-century timber homes.

A 3-minute ride on the funicular will take you to the 7,000-year-old salt mine, from which the region gets its name. Explore all the incredible overlooks and viewpoints, of which there are many! Take in the majestic Dachstein Caves, with their ice sculptures and gigantic icicles. Wander Old Town and take in the fresh mountain air. Halstatt is just a stopover for most people on the route from Vienna to Salzburg, so evenings and mornings are tranquil and perfect! Halstatt is popular at certain times of the year and only has a few resorts and some Airbnbs, so book your accommodation early.

10. Bibury, Cotswolds England

The Cotwolds conjure images of stone houses, stacked upon each other, surrounded by rock pathways and the natural beauty of the English countryside. Bibury, a small town in Gloucestershire, fulfills your every Cotswold fantasy. It’s so picturesque that the UK government features its iconic Arlington Row in its passport! The row of 14-16th century weaver’s cottages flanks the River Coln and the green meadows of the surrounding country. Bibury has been awarded “most charming” awards by everyone from the Huffington Post to Fox News. It is the perfect base for exploring the area. Several of the old cottages and mills have been refurbished as vacation rentals and the Swan Hotel is both traditional and indulgent! Bibury is truly one of Europe’s most romantic places!

11. Reine, Norway

Reine, a sleepy fishing village, in the Lofoten Islands of Northern Norway, is heaven on earth. Not only is it a great place to hunt for the Northern Lights,  but it is also a laidback destination for a couple’s vacation. Though it isn’t the easiest area to get to, Reine is absolutely stunning. Red barn-like homes, set against snowy landscapes with island mountain backdrops, delight the eye and create a feeling of complete calm. 

Schedule a whale-watching tour. Go fishing with the local fisherman, or kayaking in the incredible Reinefjord. Biking, hiking, and birdwatching are also popular on the islands. For a true experience, book a stay in a rorbu (a traditional fisherman’s cottage). 

12. The Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are an independent part of Denmark, located between it and Iceland. The 18 volcanic islands are interconnected by ferries and bridges, creating a chain of perfection for birdwatchers and hikers. The turf roof homes of the Faroe’s charming villages are surrounded by rolling green hills and plenty of adorable family-owned accommodations. Most of the villages have between 50 and 70 residents, with larger towns like Porkeri, boasting a whopping (almost) 400! It’s stunning. It’s quiet, and we can’t think of a more romantic getaway.

Join the Party

If these last four destinations have you bored to tears, no worries, the next four are filled with vibrant nightlife, rich cultures, and legendary parties.

13. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is Argentina’s lively capital city. During the day, you and your significant other can stroll the Plaza de Mayo, with its 19th-century, stunning architecture, including the pretty pink arches of the presidential palace, Casa Rosada. Visit Teatre Colón, the 1908 opera house, and view the Latin American art of the MALBA museum. Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city with beautiful public gardens, rotating footbridges, and grand monuments. There and plenty of sights to fill your day, but BA is all about the nightlife!

Mendoza Argentina is famous for Malbec wines, so elegant wine bars and lounges are not hard to find. No matter what neighborhood you visit in BA, you can be sure it will have a sports bar, Irish pub, cocktail lounge, and probably even a microbrewery. On the weekend, Buenos Aires boliches (nightclubs) come alive with sparkling, barely-there dresses and incredible thumping beats. BA’s old warehouse, theatres, and factories have all been restored to modern, over-the-top nightclubs. Watch the sun come up on the Rio de la Plata, as the party finally comes to an end. Dinner in Buenos Aires doesn’t even start until 10 pm, so don’t plan on any early nights! 

14. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio hosts this little celebration every year called Carnival, don’t know if you have heard of it, but like, it’s kind of a big deal! Carnival is held just before lent, usually ending on Ash Wednesday, just in time to repent of the revelry. It is the world’s largest street party, with over 2 million people a day filling the streets of Rio and the official festivity home, the Sambadrome. Over 200 Samba Schools come together to present floats, traditional dances, and costumes like you have never seen! Samba Schools are Brazilian dancing and marching clubs, that are responsible for helping keep the culture alive. They are made up of representatives of hundreds of favelas across Brazil. 

Rio also happens to be home to one of the current Seven Wonders of the World, the Christ the Redeemer statue, famous Copacabana Beach, and the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain. If you and your partner want a vacation filled with excitement, new cultural experiences, and a lot of dancing, then Rio de Janeiro is your place! 

15. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen is a modern strip of high-end shopping, luxurious resorts, and fabulous restaurants on the Caribbean Coast of Mexico. Spend your days basking in the sun on perfect white sand beaches and your nights at one of the many hotel bars and clubs lining 5th Ave. Just walking down the street in Playa is a party, with costumed vendors ready to snap a photo or share a free tequila shot any time of day!

What we love about Playa is that you can have all the parties you want on the oceanfront, but if you venture into the local part of town, you can enjoy traditional Mexican food at great prices, stock up on fresh groceries as the local markets, and even get your laundry done at the local lavanderia. They will expertly remove those spilled wine stains from last night!

Playa del Carmen is also the ferry hub to reach the glorious island of Cozumel, where you can partake in some of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling and scuba diving. Visit the crocodiles in the Punta Sur Reserve, and explore the secluded beaches of the rugged east side of the island.

16. Mykonos Greece

Mykonos is the stunning Greek Island where restaurants and bars tumble down the hillside towards the Mediterranean, leaving barely room to walk between the crowds of cocktail drinkers and the waves. Its incredible sunset, pouring golden light the over ancient white-washed homes and windmills of Little Venice is the perfect place for dinner, after a day of exploring. Then the real fun starts! 

The nightclubs of Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are loud and open late, and it’s not uncommon for beach parties to go all night! Boutique hotels line the shores and small ferries and boats will hop you from beach party to beach party. You can party at a different beach every night if you want! Mykonos has something for everyone. While very crowded with cruise ship visitors by day, it does clear out some at night and becomes more laidback and enjoyable. 

Drink Some Wine

For those who prefer a little class with their drinking, perhaps one of the wine capitals of the world would suit your tastes!

17. Georgia

The nation of Georgia is nestled in the Caucasus Mountains and is fast becoming a destination for foodies and winos. It has been labeled “the oldest newest wine region in the world.”  In fact, the name Georgia is derived from an ancient Greek word meaning “farmer.” Georgia has been harvesting grapes for over 8,000 years, but recently the world is taking note! You may find that you don’t recognize the wines here though. They have funny names like Chinuiri, Saperavi, and Rkatsiteli. You probably won’t find any Cabernets or Merlot in Georgia’s wineries. 

Fly into the charming capital city of Tbilisi and spend a few days exploring its beautiful Old Town with numerous stunning churches and monuments. Rent a car, and road trip to the mountainous, wine region of Kakheti. Plant yourself in the stunning town of Sighnaghi and spend a few days indulging in the best wines, views, and Supra(traditional feasts) that Georgia has to offer! You may want to take a few hikes in the glorious Caucasus Mountains to burn off some of that wine and khachapuri.

18. Tunisia

Tunisia? Really? Yep! This North African beauty is primo wine country, and it makes sense if you stop and think. It’s only a few miles from Sicily and shares Mediterranean Coast with Italy and France. The predominantly Muslim Tunisia’s wine industry has been historically slowed down by Islam’s view on alcohol consumption, but those days are changing. The capital, Tunis, was even recently on the New York Times “52 Places to Visit.” 

Take a visit to Sidi Bou Said, very near ancient Carthage, and explore the cobblestone streets and shopping stalls near the Ennejma Ezzahara Palace. You will have to continually convince yourself that you aren’t on a Greek Island with all the white architecture and blue doors! Visit ancient Carthage and the Antonin Baths, the oldest outside of Rome, and then head for the northeast Peninsula. Cap Bon is the home to most of Tunisia’s vineyards and wineries. With a heavy French influence in their industry, the wines of Tunisia mimic those of Provence, and they produce heavy amounts of Rosé.

19. Etna, Sicily

Etna lies on the large tip of the Italian boot, Sicily. Sicily is a staple in the wine world. The volcanic soil around the active volcano Mt. Etna makes for some seriously good wide. Stay in the town of Tormina, a great home base for exploring the wineries of the region. It also happened to be a beautiful seaside town, with an ancient Greek theater, and a famed Cannoli Trail. Now, that is our kind of hike! Make sure to schedule an appointment with Delleterre Nere for a wine tasting of the local specialty: Etna Rossos! With beautiful weather year-round, stunning landscapes, and incredible food, Sicily is right at the top of the list for romantic getaways. Combine Etna with a trip to Tuscany, Italy, and you have one of the best vacations we can think of for wine lovers! 

Bask in the Sun

This next section is for the traditional romantics! There is nothing wrong with a rum punch, on the beach, in one of the world’s great beach locations.

20. Maui, Hawaii

No surprise here! There is no more romantic vacation than a Hawaiian vacation. Waterfalls, lush mountain vistas, Pacific blue waves, and the iconic Hana Highway make Maui a must-visit destination. Go horseback riding on a tropical ranch. Snorkel at Molokini Islet. Visit the black sand beaches of Waiʻānapanapa State Park. Take a surfing lesson, or go ziplining over the jungle canopy of the North Shore. There is no shortage of luxury resorts and beautiful seaside Airbnbs in Maui, so take your pick. Hawaii is one of the most romantic places on earth, so you really can’t go wrong!

21. Holbox, Mexico

Holbox has long been touted as one of the only places to get an authentic experience on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. While we think those days are gone, Holbox is still beautiful and has a peaceful feel. Take a ferry from the town of Chiquila, a two-hour drive from Cancun. Holbox Beach is a long stretch of glorious white sands and clear turquoise waters, with a cute pier and tons of beachside bars and restaurants. The thatched roofs and quaint architecture give it a laidback Caribbean vibe, and it’s easy to find fresh, organic foods.

Holbox also happens to be one of the world’s best destinations for swimming with whale sharks. After that, we suggest that you venture away from the main town and take a walk to Playa Punta Cocos, a secluded beach on the west side of the island. You most likely will have it all to yourself. Also, take a kayak tour or walk to Punta Mosquito to see the flamingos in the Yum Balam Nature Reserve. Holbox is projected to become the next Tulum, so we suggest you go see it now before Cocos Beach is covered in resorts.

22. Zanzibar

This West African Island, off the mainland of Tanzania is becoming a very popular honeymoon destination, and it’s easy to see why. Explore the winding alleys of Stone Town, an old Muslim Trading Post filled with incredible mosques. See the House of Wonders, the former sultan’s palace, and visit the Old Fort with its massive ancient theatre, which is now a cultural center. Old Town is nice, but the stars of Zanzibar are its clear waters and swaths of white beach. Try to spot the giant tortoises on Changu Island, or if you really want some privacy, book a spot on the private resort island of Mnemba.

For the ultimate romantic getaway, consider pairing Zanzibar with a trip to the mainland of Tanzania. Take a safari tour in Serengeti National Park. Hike the trails of Mount Kilimanjaro, and visit the cultural hub Dar es Salaam. 

Get Off The Beaten Path

For the truly adventurous traveler, a trip is not a trip unless your destination is somewhere your family has never heard of. If your favorite travel question is, “Why are you going to _________?,” then this section is for you!

23. Namibia

The Southwest African country of Namibia is a mystical land of red desert juxtaposed against the blue water of the Atlantic Ocean. Namibia has a huge Cheetah population and its Etosha National Park is a popular place to spot rhinos and giraffes. Namibia is home to the oldest desert on earth, with the largest sand dunes. Most pictures you see of Namibia are from the “deadvleis” or dead marshes. The shifting sands of the deserts have covered marshes, drowning once beautiful Acacia trees in salty red clay. Now, all that is visible is their twisted, dead trunks. 

This is not an anomaly in Namibia. In fact, the desert has swallowed up all kinds of things. You can visit an old mining village that is now completely under sand in Kolmanskop. The desert is also littered with half-buried antique cars. The sands of Namibia are no joke! Test your quads with a climb up Sand Dune 45 at sunrise, or sandboard down one of Namibia’s many other dunes.

The Northern Skeleton Coast of Namibia just has to be seen with your own eyes. The rough waters have made the shore home to countless shipwrecks and whale skeletons, giving Skeleton Coast its name. It’s one of the most remote and untouched places on earth. Lions and hyenas roam the beaches, hunting for seals. Elephants wade the rough waves, and the waters are teeming with several species of sharks. The Northern portion of the coastline features and walls that rise dramatically from sea level to hundreds of feet high. It can only be reached by small flight or guided 4×4 safari with African Travel Resource. It’s truly a world of wonder and excellent adventure!

24. Cambodia and Vietnam

The mighty Mekong River and the jungles of Vietnam might not be at the top of your honeymoon destination list, but hear us out for a second. Tour companies, like Aqua Mekong Expedition Cruise, offer luxury river trips down the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers that will not only allow you to explore some of the densest and most beautiful jungles of Asia, but will let you do it with WiFi, a hot tub, and a pool, right on your boat! Explore local villages. Take kayak excursions to hidden temples and learn all about the ancient Khmer Empire from the English-speaking guides! It’s not a cheap adventure, but your partner is worth it, right?

25. Uruguay 

Uruguay is an up-and-comer on the travel scene for its funky capital city and beautiful, rugged coastlines. Fly into Montevideo, just across the bay from the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires. The city is an eclectic mix of Spanish architecture, with Neoclassical buildings and Art Decos thrown in too. It has a heavy dose of African influence but also feels like modern Europe. Explore the central park, Plaza Independencia. Stroll the waterfront promenade, La Rambla, and explore the cute piers and fish stalls. 

Take a journey to the interior of Uruguay, and visit some of the oldest hot springs in Arapay, known for its healing waters. Explore one of the oldest cities, Colonia, and its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the charming Barrio Historico. If you truly want to get off the beaten path, head for the tiny village of Cabo Polonio. With a local population of fewer than 100 people, the tiny village on the sea has no electricity, running water, or internet. They live in beautiful beach cabins, guarding the largest sea lion population in South America. There are no roads leading to Cabo Polonio, so you must arrive by 4×4 or a 7 km hike through sand dunes, but they do have a few small rentals for guests, light by gas lamp, of course! 

By the way: Montevideo actually has the longest-running Carnival celebration of any South American Country, lasting upwards of 40 days!


Closing Thoughts

That concludes our list of the best places for you and your partner to travel this year! Let us know in the comments which place you have added to your bucket list!

Still have some time before your big trip? Well, we have you covered on the homefront too! Check out our list of the “Most Creative, Fun, and Cheap Date Ideas,” to help you and your loved one keep that connection and still save up for your big trip!

Now that you’ve picked out your honeymoon destination, let’s get to planning the perfect bachelorette party!


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is a good vacation spot for couples?

It can be tough to come up with the perfect vacation destination for you and your significant other. The best places for couples to travel include the Faroe Islands, Turkey, Zanzibar, and Namibia.

Where can I take my partner that is off the beaten path?

For a truly unique travel adventure with your partner, consider booker a Mekong River cruise through Vietnam, sandboarding the dunes of Namibia, or exploring the wine country of Tunisia.

What is a good trip in the USA for couples?

Take a Scavenger Hunt of Salt Lake City. Then, take a road trip south of the Utah capital for a hiking adventure in one of Utah’s five National Parks.