As a woman who frequently travels alone, I’m used to hearing “the lines.” From family, friends, even complete strangers. The usual “Be careful,” the frequent “You’re crazy,” and even the occasional “You’re gonna die.” I’ve heard it all and have become used to it — but that doesn’t mean that I’ve come to accept the skepticism surrounding women traveling solo.

After years of traveling — many times on my own — I have come to realize that while, yes, traveling as a woman CAN sometimes put you in precarious situations, it doesn’t have to be scary or dangerous if you’re smart about it.

I believe that women can and SHOULD travel solo.

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Solo travel has taught me so many things. It has taught me to be more adventurous and spontaneous. It’s made me more willing to challenge myself and push myself out of my normal comfort zone. It’s taught me to be a bit more outgoing, and yet at the same time has taught me to enjoy my own company. And, most of all, solo travel has made me more confident.

Basically, solo travel has changed my life.

And that’s the reason why I got involved with the #WeGoSolo project.

The #WeGoSolo movement began a few months back as a Twitter hashtag and a series of blog posts that encouraged women to travel solo and travel safely. This evolved into weekly Twitter chats (every Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST), and more attention on women traveling alone.

And now there’s one more facet to the #WeGoSolo movement.

Your Dream Solo Destination Contest

A team of solo female travel bloggers (including myself, Mariellen of Breathe Dream Go, Sherry of Ottsworld, and Shivya of The Shooting Star) has teamed up with HostelBookers to find out more about how and why women travel (or don’t travel) solo.

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In order to gather this information, Hostelbookers has compiled the “Going it Alone” Survey, which is open to all female travelers, regardless of whether you travel solo or not.

I’m excited about this survey, not only because it will allow us to learn a bit more about solo female travel, but also because there is a component built in that allows me to give something back to YOU.

In conjunction with the survey, HostelBookers is hosting the Your Dream Solo Destination Contest, in which one reader from each of the 4 blogs involved will win a voucher from Hostelbookers good for 2 nights for 2 people at ANY property listed on the HostelHookers website.

This is a pretty sweet prize if you ask me.

So how do you win, you ask? Easy. There are two steps:

  1. Take the Going it Alone Survey.
  2. Leave a comment on THIS blog post about YOUR dream solo destination.

One reader/commenter from my blog will win one of the 4 prizes!

 

I’ve written before about destinations that are great for solo female travel, but now it’s time for YOU to give some input!

The Details

The #WeGoSolo team is really excited about partnering up with HostelBookers for this contest and survey. And HostelBookers is excited to be involved, too. Here’s what they have to say:

The team at HostelBookers are passionate about helping you fulfil your dreams of seeing the world, and we know many of our customers are very happy choosing to travel solo. We’ve been encouraged by Mariellen Ward’s #WeGoSolo project from the start and we hope that by teaming up on this project we can inspire women to have the confidence to travel solo if they want to.

The brand even has a guide to hostels for women! Very cool.

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Here are the dates to keep in mind:

  • June 5 — Contest begins and survey opens
  • June 25 — Contest ends
  • July 9 — Winners announced and survey results shared

And here’s all the fine print:

  1. This Competition is open to participants aged 18 and over.
  2. This Competition is not open to employees of HostelBookers, their family members, HostelBookers’ agents, or anyone professionally connected with the competition or A Dangerous Business.
  3. Participants enter the competition by completing the survey and leaving an answer to the question “Where is YOUR dream solo travel destination?” in the comments section.
  4. No responsibility is taken for entries which are lost, delayed or misdirected, or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
  5. The competition will run from 09:00 GMT 5th June 2013 and will close at 00:00 GMT on 26th June 2013.
  6. The prize is a two night stay for two people at any property on the HostelBookers website, up to the value of EUR 150. All accommodation stays are subject to availability and must be taken within one year of the winner being notified of the prize.
  7. The prize must be taken by the prize winner and may not be transferred to or taken by any third party.
  8. The winner will be selected by A Dangerous Business and announced on the blog on 9 July 2013.
  9. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the prize draw by email.
  10. If A Dangerous Business cannot contact the winner within fourteen days of the prize draw, we reserve the right to conduct another prize draw to determine a new winner.
  11. HostelBookers act as agent in respect of all bookings we take or make on your behalf.
  12. For all bookings your contract will be with the supplier of the accommodation or other service specified.
  13. Normal HostelBookers terms and conditions of sale apply.

 

All right, now get entering! And please spread the word about the Going it Alone survey!

 

(Also, sorry fellas, but this one is just for the ladies!)

 

And, if you want more chances to win, check out the other contest posts:

 

 

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280 Responses to Ladies, Why Do YOU Go Solo? Take the #WeGoSolo Survey and Win Stuff!

  1. My dream solo destination would be backpacking through Eastern Europe.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Good choice! Eastern Europe is often overlooked by travelers making their way through Europe, but the region is great! I especially love Romania myself.

  2. Katherina says:

    I really want to go to Chile – I had a first taste of the country a year and a half ago and absolutely want to go back to explore the rest (back then, I visited Torres del Paine National Park).
    Katherina recently posted..Photo Essay: Hiking the Trails of Montserrat (Catalonia, Spain)

  3. kami says:

    I so would love to go to Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan etc) or Iran! And going there alone would be such a huge adventure!! Sure, it’d be challenging but I don’t think there would be too many problems, I know other girls who did such trips solo and loved it! In less popular destinations I find local people to be much more protective of solo ladies, they all do they can to make them feel welcomed and safe and they are just the most hospitable people ever. I’ve traveled solo to places like Armenia or Georgia and these were some of my best trips!
    kami recently posted..relaxing in the charming, bohemian Baie St Paul

  4. Sammi says:

    Australia- until September when I did Oktoberfest with Busabout (and was the only non aussie in a group of 50) I didn’t know much about Australia but since some of the girls on our trip were coming to the end of their travels they were talking a lot about home and now I really want to go!

    I keep planning how I want to do things, and think I’d quite like to fly into Darwin & then get the Ghan to Alice Springs and visit the red centre, then make my way to Perth, and along to Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney. Then fly up to Cairns and swim on the Great Barrier reef.

    It’s a dream trip, right? I can do whatever I please ;)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      That’s exactly right – it’s your dream trip! That sounds pretty awesome, though. I’ve heard good things about the Ghan.

  5. Rease says:

    I would love to explore Spain on my own. I would really enjoy the challenge of making my argentine Spanish work there!

  6. Helen Pitcher says:

    I always wanted to do the Work Abroad scheme in New Zealand, but I’m ashamed to say I let people talk me out of it because of the cost. That was a big mistake. I’m making up for it now. I was just lucky that this time the opportunity isn’t yet dead. South Island.

  7. Nora says:

    I’ve almost always travelled solo. When I did not, the whole trip ended up with organizing, managing and conforming to others’ plans, moods, views and wishes. Since I travel solo, I can enjoy the travel and the destination fully and in my own, sometimes rather peculiar way. I love to get lost in quaint old cities or trek for hours in a forest and these are way better alone and in silence than in a continuously chattering company. I’m not much for nightlife and things like that. A dream destination for me would be New-Zealand for its natural beauty or anywhere in the middle-East for history and culture. The latter poses a greater challenge for a female travelling solo, but I consider it doable.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I know exactly what you mean about the freedom of traveling solo.

      And NZ is a GREAT destination for solo travel! One of my favorites.

  8. Evelien says:

    If there is one place I would like to go it is New Zeeland. I think it has a spectacular scenery and it can be adventerous. I’d love to see the places where the Lord of the Rings was shot, do some hiking and explore as much as I can… This is really my dream trip and I hope I can do it one day!

  9. Chiara M. says:

    I’d like to do to Iceland :)

  10. maz says:

    My dream location is the algarve

  11. Anamaria says:

    Your post is very inspiring! Guess I’ll have to try solo travel, after all! :)
    And my dream solo destination? Ireland!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Definitely give it a go! You might find that you love it. :)

      And Ireland is a great solo travel destination!

  12. Jacki says:

    My dream destination is Japan. I’ve traveled across Europe and South East Asia solo, and decided to move to Cambodia solo. I love the inner joy that solo travel can bring. Japan is top of my ‘one day’ wish list destinations.

  13. sejal says:

    I would love to go to Peru and experience the ancient history and civilization. I have been dreaming of this since quite some time now. !!!!

  14. Mimi says:

    I was born and raised by my vietnamese parents in Germany. Right now, I am in the USA as an AuPair. Besides taking care of my host children, I definitely got to see a lot of places so far.
    I traveled by myself for my vacation to Florida and Mexico which was my first time solo. At first I did’nt intent to travel alone but after I have waited for companion’s answers week after week, I decided to just fix the plan and book the flights. I didn’t want to wait any longer or even worse not being able to go at all just because no one else could come!
    In the end, I can say that I do not regret it and that I had the best time. Going solo for the first time made me worried of course but after my vacation I felt so self-confident. I feel more open to new people and culture now.
    Some months later I traveled to Chicago on my own again just because I felt so good about it the last time.
    I still want to see a lot of places, so I have a whole dream destination list. For now, I would be really excited to see Australia, Thailand and India.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Good for you, Mimi! Traveling solo really can teach you so much, both about the world AND yourself. Glad that you went for it and have no regrets!

  15. Christine says:

    I would love to explore The Alps, Swiss, French and Italian!
    Christine recently posted..Getaria, Spain: Txakolí, BBQ Fish, and Haute Couture?

  16. Lpeg says:

    I would love to see Australia and New Zealand. I just traveled solo, heading to Sweden, Finland, and St Petersburg. St Pete was a bit scary at first, not being able to even read the language, but once I got my bearings, everything was much better, and I was able to enjoy the city. I wasn’t too fond of the hotel they put me up in (location only, hotel was great), so I made sure I didn’t stray too far away when it started to get dark. Which was easy, because it didn’t get dark until after 10pm!
    Lpeg recently posted..London Town.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It’s good you were able to adapt to your situation in Russia! Here’s hoping you make it to OZ/NZ soon – such a great part of the world for solo travel!

  17. Chiang Mai, Thailand – I hope to go sooner than later! Thanks for the post! I am a solo woman traveler to!
    Mary Moriarty recently posted..Cat Cafe, Kobe, Japan

  18. Lucie says:

    So many places, so little time (well, I mean, I don’t think I’ll live long enough to see every corner of the planet)
    My dreams have changed so much over time. When I was a kid, I had a thing for Norway (I still do, but it’s not on the top of my list anymore). Now it’s more Central and South America; but this may have more to do with the fact that I’m currently learning Spanish and I would like to speak it better.
    My most unattainable dream trip, at the moment, is Hong Kong. There is something about “Asia Light” (easy Asia) that appeals to me. I’m also a city girl, so I’d love to see all the skyscrapers.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yup, life is definitely too short, and the world is too big!

      I agree about travel dreams changing over time, though. I hope you get to follow your Central/South America dreams soon! And maybe make it to Hong Kong eventually, too. ;)

  19. Katie says:

    I just started telling people that I was quitting my job and traveling around the world and the responses have been mostly positive. Similar to you, I have gotten lots of “you are crazy” and “is that safe” and “how can you afford that”. My aunt told me that if I travel to Honduras, I will be murdered! So right now I am dealing with assuring people that I am independent, smart and will take all precautions to be safe! Thanks for all you do for solo-female travelers!

    My dream destination would be the Patagonia region of Argentina! Everything about Patagonia screams “Come here!”–Hiking, wildlife watching, scenery, drinking, and eating. Awesome!
    Katie recently posted..Bocas del Toro’s Mouthwatering Chocolate Tour

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Unfortunately friends and family members often need a lot of reassurance that solo travel isn’t really all that scary or dangerous! Good for you for trying to educate them.

      And Patagonia calls to me, too!

  20. I’m voting for Scotland as a dream destination – nature, history, men in kilts! Need I say more?

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Haha, can’t forget those men in kilts! Scotland is a great pick! It’s one of my top 3 countries for solo travel!

  21. Karin says:

    There are too many dream destinations for me to count, but probably Italy, Norway, Iceland or Kenya. One of the many!

    Karin
    Karin recently posted..My Biggest Travel Mistake

  22. Kelsey says:

    My first big solo trip was here – to Kenya – where I have lived for almost 2 years! The best part about traveling on your own? Finding out your strengths and weaknesses while soaking up new behaviors from your host culture. After Kenya, I would love to visit Portugal and experience a new “new” with new challenges and experiences :-)
    Kelsey recently posted..One stop street shopping in Nakuru

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yes, I always say that solo travel is a great educational experience. You learn things about the world, other cultures, AND about yourself!

      Portugal certainly would be different from Kenya, but a great one I’m sure!

  23. Hi Amanda,
    It was great to pedal around Toronto with you! I love the #wegosolo mission and am enjoying checking out your site. I loved traveling solo around Iceland, Malaysia and Australia but my next dream solo destination is Russia and Mongolia. Something about furry hats and yurts call to me… Too many opportunities!
    Katie Coakley recently posted..TBEX Bound 2013: Toronto

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Hey Katie! Great to meet you, too, and to share a fun experience with you in Toronto! Russia and Mongolia definitely would be a different experience – but good on you for wanting to go a bit more off the beaten path!

  24. Andrea says:

    My dream destination currently a little SE Asia obsessed. Never been, and am dying to see it hopefully very soon!
    Andrea recently posted..Curious Traveler of the Week: Bob Miller

  25. Emily says:

    Already planning my first solo trip to the UK in August! Very excited, but nervous.
    Emily recently posted..Dinner Is Served

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Awesome! The UK is a fantastic place for a first solo trip. It’s easy to navigate, and everyone speaks English! You’ll have a great time!

  26. Lucy says:

    I’ve not done a lot of solo travel but one trip I would love to do is a yoga retreat in Thailand for some serious relaxation, pampering and me-time.
    Lucy recently posted..Where the West was filmed: Utah’s Little Hollywood

  27. Lydia C says:

    I would have to say that my dream destination is Turkey (minus the current political situation). I’ve gone to European countries by myself and I’ve traveled through the States by myself. Still, there’s something so utterly alluring about Turkey, maybe because I hear that it’s a Westernized version of the Middle East, maybe because my friends who go to Istanbul come back raving about it, maybe because I can imagine myself wandering around by myself.
    Lydia C recently posted..Bruxelles, Easter Break: Part 1

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Good choice, Lydia. Despite the current unfortunate situation in Istanbul, I will definitely cheerlead for visiting Turkey.

  28. Anna T says:

    I am very happy to find this post. I have been thinking/planning about quitting my engineering job and travel for a year before I get married and start a family. My main hesitant about traveling solo is me is safety, however after reading some of your blogs I feel more confident about traveling solo. I will have my fiance read your blogs so he can also feel more at peace about me traveling alone. My dream destination is NEW ZEALAND.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m so happy to hear that some of my posts have made you feel better about traveling solo. As long as you’re smart and pick good destinations (like New Zealand!), traveling alone doesn’t have to be scary or dangerous at all.

  29. Sara says:

    I would love to visit some locations in Southern Europe alone…Greece, Spain and Italy. I love traveling solo because I get to immerse myself in the culture and not rely too heavily on an American travel partner…it forces me to get to know the locals! Sara

  30. Kristi says:

    I would love to go back to Estonia. I learned so much there with a group that I would love to travel there by myself to learn more and experience more.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Interesting! I’m sure it would help that you’re already familiar with Estonia, too! It would take some of the unfamiliarity out of the equation.

  31. Lisa says:

    I would love to travel solo around Western Europe. I would love to spend time in Germany for sure.

  32. Vanessa says:

    I would like to go to South East Asia because I’ve read so many great blogs about solo travel there (especially Laos and Vietnam!)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Same here! I’m headed to Thailand later this year, and will probably visit Vietnam, too, just because I’ve heard so many good things!

  33. Adji Annisa says:

    My dream solo destination is Bangkok, Thailand. I think it is an exotic place to go. Wanna go there. Can’t wait;)

  34. Eileen of the Super Tourists says:

    Australia. I’ve always had the fascination for Australia since I was in high school. Years and years since, I still imagine myself going trough Australia solo, to be able to experience more and have a more intimate relationship with it

  35. I will be headed to Australia at the end of July on a solo trip, so I guess next up is New Zealand!
    ….but really, I love to travel, I want to go EVERYWHERE! :)

  36. Jessalyn says:

    I would love to challenge myself to travel solo in Peru (and South America, generally). I’ve never been to South America and would love to dive into the various histories and cultures there.
    Jessalyn recently posted..Building the Human Brochure

  37. My dream solo destination is Argentina. I would love to see buenos aires and Patagonia.

  38. Beth says:

    I prefer traveling with someone now, but I had my fair share of traveling alone, and I always arrived home stronger and smarter from the experience. Strong women travelers unite! Woohoo!! :D
    Beth recently posted..why i travel

  39. Robyn says:

    I have no one dream solo destination in mind. I thought my dream solo destination was the world as I planned my solo rtw trip. Now I’ll be leaving on my trip with my boyfriend in tow. my dream spot would be somewhere with friendly locals, sunny skies, a mix of friendly fellow travellers, and budget friendly, so really, hundreds of places. To ask me what my one destination would be is like asking me what my favourite outfit is.

  40. Christina says:

    Is that you in the picture!? At first glance I thought I was looking at Julie Andrews! (Sound of Music)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yes it’s me! But that’s awesome that I could pass for Julie Andrews! I love her, and that movie!

  41. Juliann says:

    Awesome contest! In the spirit of sharing, I tweeted it.

    I love traveling solo. I think I’ve actually come to prefer it. I can do what I want, when I want, how I want, and for as long as I want. I’m headed to Dallas this weekend and can’t wait! I’ll have 3 glorious days to myself. Then, a family vacation this summer — which is fun, too, but I do love my days to myself.
    Juliann recently posted..The Ohio Reformatory Meets Hollywood

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Thanks for sharing!

      And I agree that the freedom that comes with solo travel is great! I think I’ve come to prefer it, too.

  42. NZ because I want to pretend I’m in Lord of the Rings. Ha, no- but seriously.
    Ashley of Ashley Abroad recently posted..A Mini Blogger Meet-up in Karlsruhe, Germany

  43. Love all of the pro-NZ dreams. Come on down, everyone. If you’re planning a joint NZ/Australia trip then plan to spend the majority of your time in NZ. Yes, I know we are geographically small, but there’s a lot MORE to see in NZ than there is in Australia. We host lots of family/friends travellers and they ALL say that they wish they’d spent more time in NZ (than in Oz).

    I also recommend JAPAN for solo travelling as a woman. Safe, lots of lovely scenery, great people, clean, and fabulous food.

    My dream is to vist Antarctica. Any hostels there?

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Haha, don’t know of any hostels in Antarctica, unfortunately!

      Totally agree about NZ, though. SO MUCH to see there!

  44. Valerie says:

    I really want to head to South America next, maybe Peru or Colombia!

  45. Ophélie M says:

    My dream destination is Bali

  46. Mel Alexander says:

    Pursuing solo travel was the best decision that I’ve ever made. I have visited 4 continents solo, but there’s so much left to explore!
    My dream destination would be Greece. Steeped in ancient history, architecture, stunning vistas and hot swarthy dudes. Total win ;o).

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Haha, you can never go wrong with hot swarthy dudes! ;) So glad to hear that you’ve been happy with your decision to travel solo!

  47. Tina says:

    I want to go everywhere, but Reykjavik is my top want to go destination

  48. [...] Multiple your chances to win by entering the same contest on 3 other blogs (besides mine) chosen as #WeGoSolo ambassadors: Mariellen’s BreatheDreamGo, Sherry’s Ottsworld, and Amanda’s A Dangerous Business. [...]

  49. Rebecca says:

    I go solo because there is no way I would wait around to meet anyone who wants to do what I want to do. I’ll be waiting forever! I am currently bouncing back and forth between wanting to go to the Galapagos and South Africa, with SA winning out, if only because it’s farther and and I have never been to Africa before!
    Rebecca recently posted..Alaska – The Last Day-ish

    • DangerousBiz says:

      South Africa and the Galapagos are both high on my list, too! And I’m with you about not being willing to wait around for someone to travel with… going solo is way better!

  50. Ramya says:

    Dream Solo Destination- A trip across South America… To learn the language, experience the culture, meet new people!

  51. First of all: so cool that Hostelbookers is participating in this.
    Keeping the #wegosolo movement alive!

    I’d love to go to Scotland. Just hiking in nature, clearing my mind, getting things in order.
    That would be great!
    Sofie @ Wonderful Wanderings recently posted..A good night’s sleep at the London Shaftesbury

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I agree that it’s awesome that HostelBookers is on board to support #WeGoSolo!

      And Scotland is a fab destination for solo travel! You aren’t the only one to name it as your dream destination.

  52. HARDEEP says:

    I wanna go to Wales!

  53. Bernadett says:

    Paris. I know it’s supposed to be a romantic destination, but there’s so much to do there that I don’t think I’d feel bored or lonely alone.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Very good point. I’ll be going to Paris solo myself next month, and I have no doubt I’ll have no trouble filling my time!

  54. i wonder about that too.:) i travel a lot, but I would rather have a buddy with me. someone that I can talk and converse anytime..i don’t want to travel solo..seriously..
    john@discoverydiscovery recently posted..Best Rustic Camping Areas in Australia

  55. Farrah says:

    I think my dream solo destination is the Seychelles. So far I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a bit with and without my family, but honestly. As much as I love my 3 little boys- a good relaxing rest for mama would be spectacular!

  56. Hi! Great contest, and I’m loving that we can enter on the different blogs :-)
    I’ve so many dream solo destinations, but I think my top one is Norway. Ever since 2008 when I heard Terje Isungset play (non-ice versions of) his ice music at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland, I’ve wanted to attend the Ice Music festival in Norway.The Ice Music Festival is held for 3 days during the first new moon in January– how amazing it must be to hear such haunting music surrounded by moonlight and snow! If you’re curious, you can find out more here :-) http://www.icefestival.no/
    Susan (@VibrantIreland) recently posted..See in London Tips: Pompeii and Herculaneum

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m glad we can give you so many chances to enter!

      And I have never heard of the Ice Music Festival… it sounds really cool, though! I may have to add it to my list, too!

  57. Ayngelina says:

    I love getting to explore more of South America on my own!
    Ayngelina recently posted..A Galapagos Adventure

  58. Inma says:

    I guess I’d like to experience every country and region in the world solo at least once but to narrow it down a little bit, what about New Zealand? :)
    Inma recently posted..Photo essay: Galicia in Black and White

  59. Amanda says:

    I dream of backpacking through Western and Eastern Europe, yep all of it. Go big or go home right?

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Go big or go home indeed! And Europe is such a fun and varied place. I can’t wait to explore more of it solo myself this summer!

  60. Katie says:

    I have been following your blog for quite some time, but this is my first comment…Hello!
    I would love to travel to so many places! I am actually in the VERY (did I say very?) early stages of planning my first solo (really just my first extended in general) trip. This contest is coming up at the perfect time! :)
    I am considering NZ, Australia, Iceland or Western Europe (on the recommendation of a coworker). I think I am leaning towards Australia or Western Europe at this point!
    Thank you for all the great tips/photos/stories on your blog!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m so glad this post has motivated you to leave your very first comment, Katie! And congrats on beginning to plan your first solo trip!

      I can vouch for all of those destinations – New Zealand, Iceland, and Scotland are actually my top 3 picks for first-time solo female travelers!

  61. Kaitlyn says:

    My dream solo travel destination is Germany. I would love to see where my grandpa was born and spent part of his childhood.

  62. I have always thought of travelling alone but never got the confident ,all my travels have been with my friends and family …..but could love to travel all solo to Canada :)
    njoyeverymoment recently posted..Photo of the week – Skywatch

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Well if you ever decide to go it alone, Canada would be a great choice! SO MUCH to discover there.

  63. Briana says:

    My dream solo destination would be Spain or Israel. I would pick Spain for the people, culture, and architecture, and Israel for the food and the history. It is such an interesting area!

    You have no idea how long it took me to narrow this down to only two places. There are way to many amazing places to go in this world! :)

  64. Natasha says:

    Canada!

  65. Hannah says:

    I would love to go to the Czech Republic, in particular Prague. The architecture looks incredible and the history draws me in, plus it seems to have quite an active traveller scene :)
    Hannah recently posted..Moments of Muse: Bite-Sized Travel Inspiration

  66. Kat says:

    I have traveled both solo and with other people. I love going solo because I have the freedom of choice. I can change my plans for the day if I wish, and I’m not affected by my travel partner’s mood or their perceptions of a place (and vice versa, of course..I’m no peach…LOL). I learn a lot about myself when I travel alone. It’s made me so much more confident in general. If I waited for someone to travel with me, I could wait forever.

    My dream destination…so tough to choose; too many places to go, people to meet and not enough time! . I’m leaning towards Turkey, Morocco, Greece lately.

  67. Alison K says:

    My dream solo destination is Machu Picchu. Knowing that there are many tour companies catering to single travelers, it’s my first choice to actually venture out doing the solo gig. Wish me luck :)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Good luck! I love that you mentioned tour companies that cater towards single travelers – such a GREAT way to travel solo without actually traveling alone.

  68. Charlie says:

    China! Perhaps from Beijing to Shanghai.
    Charlie recently posted..Our Round the World Budget

  69. Alouise says:

    WeGoSolo is such a great movement. I’m traveling solo right now, and even though I’m still in Canada (and I’ve traveled by myself in Canada before) I still get people telling me I’m crazy or brave, but I don’t really feel that way. Anyway I always love reading about the solo trips of other people. Ultimately I’d love to be able to just spin a globe and randomly pick a place to travel solo (maybe one day), but I’d really love to go to Morocco. I don’t think it would be the easiest solo travel destination, but it’s a place that’s held an inexplicable fascination for me ever since I was a child.
    Alouise recently posted..The Time I Spent More Than 15 Minutes in Manitoba

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I love the spinning the globe idea… I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to actually go through with it, though!

  70. Beth says:

    Definitely New Zealand! It was the first country outside the US I wanted to visit (thanks to LotR) but sadly I’ve never made it there yet because of costs! Hoping someday!
    Beth recently posted..Foto Friday: Pineapple Plantation, Thailand

  71. Helen says:

    There are many. Next one is Chukotka in the Russian Far East… in winter, on my bike. The snow, the cold, the challenge, the Arctic, the tundra, the reindeer and of course, the people who live and survive in such an inhospitable place all year, every year…

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Holy cow! That would be an epic, epic adventure! A Russian winter on a bike? You are a brave (or crazy?) woman!

  72. Jenny says:

    My dream solo trip would either be Colombia or Peru (Machu Pichu!). Thanks for the opportunity!

  73. Min Yi says:

    Greece!!!

  74. Michelle says:

    I’d love to go to Rio, buy a new VW camper (which they make in Brazil!!) and drive it from Brazil, across central America, the US and up to Canada, staying on couches, in hostels and, of course, in my van!

  75. Aminah says:

    Rainforest hiking/camping – Jamaica or Belize!

  76. Jayme says:

    My dream destination would be Tokyo, Japan! :)

  77. Danai says:

    Finland :)

  78. Els says:

    Yay for female solo travellers!! Have done a few relatively long solo trips my self (1month – 1year) & totally love it!! My dream destination: Bali

  79. Sarah says:

    I really want to go to Peru. I was thinking about doing a volunteer programme there and then travelling a bit afterwards. I hear it can be pretty dangerous in Lima though.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Every big city is going to have its seedy parts. You just have to be a smart traveler! I think your volunteer/travel idea sounds great.

  80. Lena R says:

    I have been to most of the US with friends but last year i did London and Paris for 2 weeks all alone. I was encouraged greatly by my mom. she said ” Dont hinge your enjoyment of life on other people, you may not get another chance.” My dream as of now is Italy! Fly into Milan, then train travel to Florence, Venice, Naples(and Pompeii) then finish with Rome and the Vatican.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Your mom is very wise, Lena! And she’s right – make your own happiness, even if that means doing things you want to do on your own.

  81. Elma Bartholomew says:

    This project couldn’t have found me at a better time. I’ve been trying to visit the UK since 2005. For reasons umpteen, it never worked out. I’ve been planning a visit to my dear friend in London this September. I’ll be meeting him after 10 years!! I’ve also been planning a solo trip this July to celebrate my 25th. I was thinking Macau or Thailand. Hopefully either of this will be made easier if you pick me :)

  82. Marcella says:

    Dream solo destination: Iceland.

  83. Belinda says:

    My solo dream destination is China. Though my family is Chinese, I know very little about the country as I was born in Australia. I find that I tend to meet more people traveling solo than if I’m with friends as I have to fend for myself, and it makes me that little bit more confident with each trip!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’ve gained so much confidence from traveling solo! And it sounds like China would be a perfect choice for you.

  84. Natysprit says:

    my Dream solo destination is London!! I have been studying English for years and always my goal to study this language was to have the opportunity to visit London. I find this place a nice place to explore, to get into the culture,people, etc, etc, etc. Really, I have no words to explain and describe how interesting this place is for me. The only thing I can say is that this is one of the place from the world that excites and makes me feel butterflies in my tummy! :)

  85. Cynthia says:

    Where wouldn’t I go? I would choose either somewhere Mediterranean and beachy…. or Bali.
    Cynthia recently posted..sunny warm day at mrhal rybnik (pond, also known to us as small…

  86. Elena says:

    Definitely Paris!

  87. Sia says:

    My dream solo destination is New Zealand!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      A lot of people are choosing New Zealand! As I’ve said before, it’s a great place to travel solo.

  88. Shatla Sabri says:

    Hi :) My dream destination cant be a single place as there are so many countries to explore and live and love!!..I would love to go to an exotic place like Maldives or a transcontinental country like Turkey or Canada which according to me is the best country to live or a dangerous place like Mexico..I really wanna go to these countries and see for myself how strong & confident I am!

  89. It is very difficult for me to choose a dream solo destination with there being so many amazing places and cities that I have not had the pleasure in visiting. After living the past 12 months of my life in Germany and learning about a new culture, It has made me want to take a step further and learn or even integrate into many more different cultures of the world. However, if I were to choose one place in the world that I would love to visit that would be Chicago, USA. From a young age, Chicago has been on the top of my list and I hope that one day I will be lucky enough to have the opportunity to go there!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Great choice, Rachael! Being a Midwest girl, I’ve been to Chicago quite a few times – it’s a really cool city!

  90. kk says:

    My dream destination would be Peru! I hear that they are an up and coming culinary destination.

  91. Elodie says:

    My dream solo destination is Thailand (and much more places!). Before going there, I will visit Paris in August. I never visited this city which is actually not very far from home… Lucky me! ;)
    Elodie recently posted..Freestyle kayak et cie

  92. Helen says:

    To be honest, I’d travel anywhere solo. I’ve been all over the world by myself, and I love to travel solo.

    But to be specific, there’s only one answer for me. It has to be Africa (in general), but to be specific, I’d say Zambia.

    I love the wild and rugged beauty of the landscapes and the most beautiful and resilient people I have ever met.

    I’ve been there many times but still, Africa will always be my choice.
    Helen recently posted..When Two Worlds Collide: Confessions of a Thirty Something Wanderer

  93. Jess says:

    I travel solo because it never occurred to me that I shouldn’t! My first thought when I wanted to book trips was ‘let’s see how much a ticket costs,’ not ‘I need to find someone to go with me!’

    The big solo trip I really want to do but don’t know when I can is Antarctica – it’s expensive enough without having to pay for the single supplement!
    Jess recently posted..Eskimo Ice Cream

  94. Mathangi says:

    My dream solo destination is NewZealand – My friends have visited and have been posting pictures of the exotic natural beauty of NZ and thus it has topped my dream travel list.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      New Zealand really is an incredible country. And I guarantee that it’s even prettier in person than it is in all those photos you’ve seen of it!

  95. Ana Marie Bacul says:

    My solo dream destination is China. I have been to the touristy spots of China and I recently discovered that China has vast areas of ecological interest. I love nature and I’m very much interested about the idea of doing ecotour/s which I believe is best experienced in China. I dream of traveling to Zhangjiajie Hunan, Jiuzhaigou Sichuan, Yangtze River, Guilin and Lhasa Tibet.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      An ecotour in China certainly would be a lot different than visiting the big cities and major tourist sites!

  96. Melody Co says:

    My dream solo destination is Spain! I’d love to study Spanish there and see the sights!
    Melody Co recently posted..Intro Diving Boracay, Code Blue Boracay and Underwater Scenes, Looking for Chori Burger of Merly’s BBQ After!

  97. Kate says:

    My dream solo trip would def have to be Australia! I traveled solo all over the UK and had SO much fun, so I’m really looking forward to my next trip.

  98. Nienke Krook says:

    A great contest! Deciding to travel solo for the first time was the best thing I ever done and even though I travel mostly with my boyfriend now, I still like to sometimes go on a solo trip. You just get a bit more assertive, it’s easier to meet new people and I love the feeling of exploring a totally new country, all on my own. That’s why I choose China, as it would be a totally different experience with culture, religion, food and language, would love to throw myself into that adventure! Good luck with the site.
    Nienke Krook recently posted..Practical Blogging Tips From TBU Rotterdam – Day 2 (After Lunch)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      It’s always good to go solo every now and then, just to be reminded of the independence you gain from it. China definitely WOULD be a different experience!

  99. Lyndal says:

    I went to South America solo for three months, 5 years ago. I am going back again in three months, for 6 months this time. Love it!

  100. Sarwat says:

    My dream solo vacation would be to go to Australia and New Zealand! They are places full of adventure, and at the end of the day that is what I want my life to be about.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      They are definitely full of adventure. Make sure to visit Queenstown in NZ – soooo many adventure sports there!

  101. Kaylin says:

    I love traveling solo! I have been to several countries on my own. For this, I was going to say New Zealand but I am already planning to go there in a few months anyway for a working holiday (so it’s less of a dream and more of a soon-to-be reality!) so I will say Australia! It is my dream to drive through the Outback to Uluru and go swimming/diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

  102. Samantha Partridge says:

    My dream destination is the whole world. I want to see it ALL!! :-) Do an around the world trip following the sun. However if I do have to chose a top 3, then that would be Africa, South America and Europe… Nope can’t narrow it down to countries.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You sound like me! My dream destinations are constantly changing, too.

      • Samantha Partridge says:

        I always try to go somewhere new on each trip I take and I go where ever has a good sale or job or a great opportunity comes up. Half the time at least I start making plans for a holiday and by the time I am leaving it looks almost nothing like what I started out planning on doing. :-)

  103. My dream solo destination would be Buenos Aires, Argentina! I have travelled all around Europe & Northern Africa on my own, and fell in love with the spanish & portuguese culture… would love to extend my knowledge of their language and their beautiful musical atmosphere! :D

  104. Laura Soto says:

    My dream destination is New Zealand!

  105. Barbara says:

    I would love to go to Stockholm. Or Finnland or Oslo. Solo :D

  106. Joanne S. says:

    The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there. – J.R.R. Tolkien

    New Zealand is pulling at my heartstrings, but Rome, by all means, Rome is currently in my sights.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Great quote! And both NZ and Rome are great destination. I’ll actually be re-visiting Rome this summer, and am really looking forward to it!

  107. Jelena says:

    I know it’s not very exotic, but I still haven’t been to UK. I particularly want to wee Edinburgh.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Doesn’t have to be exotic to be your dream destination! Plus, the UK is awesome. Scotland is one of my favorite countries – and Edinburgh is great!

  108. Lourdes says:

    I would like to go back to South America to visit the countries I didn’t have time to visit on my first trip, like Ecuador and Colombia.
    I was travelling around that contintent for 16 months on my own, and I absolutely loved it. It was my first trip alone, and before I started it, I was a bit scared that I wouldn’t like the experience, but I met so many people, and everyone treated me so great, that I fell like home everywhere I went.
    That’s why I stayed for a bit longer in every place I visited, and, unfortunately I run out of money before I could visit the last countries in my plan (Ecuador and Colombia).

  109. Basiul says:

    I love travelling solo, it makes me feel kind of obliged to meet more new people than when travelling with friends. My dream destination is Ireland – I would want to see literally everything – from big cities to green deserts. I love Irish culture and throughout all these years I have heard so many wonderful stories and opinions on the people and the sights… I hope one day I will be able to feel the Irish spirit all around me!

  110. Tze Wei says:

    My dream destination will be the ethereal kingdom of Bhutan

  111. Anastasiia Bordun says:

    I want to go solo to Canada (or Australia).

  112. Lauren Campbell says:

    Turkey!

  113. Adelina says:

    I would love to be able to head to Australia or New Zealand.
    Adelina recently posted..A Visit to the Richmond Night Market

  114. Felicia says:

    New Zealand! But it’s so far from home (England)!

  115. Sarah says:

    I would love to go to Colombia!

  116. Amrita says:

    Machu Pichu – for the sheer excitement!

  117. Georgia says:

    I’ve travelled South East Asia alone, and just got back from some time in Seville and Granada by myself. I love travelling alone! I’m heading to Bruges and then Bologna, Verona and Florence later this year.

    Dream destinations: Iceland, Argentina, Guatemala and South Africa!
    Georgia recently posted..Things to do in Seville on a budget

    • DangerousBiz says:

      South Africa is one of my top dream destinations right now, too! Have fun with your travels the rest of this year.

  118. Florbela Torres says:

    Barcelona!!
    Because I’ve never been there, but it is a destination that has always attracted me!
    It’s a great city, beautiful, interesting, with a lot of people!
    Holds a vast mix of cultures and traditions … Fabulous architecture, Roman ruins, medieval city, the “capital of the Catalan Modernism” …
    For me it just seems to have a mystical ambience!
    It has many places to meet and visit! Several museums, squares, want to go to the Picasso Museum and the Natural Sciences :)

    There are many other places I liked to go. India <3 Greece, Italia, Turquey, Copehagen, The Netherlands, …many!

  119. Eve says:

    Seeing as I’m planning for my solo RTW next year, it’s a though question. I wouldn’t be going to those places if I didn’t dream about it.
    But if I have to pick, I’ll go for Scotland. Not very unique, but I’ve been wanting to go for the longest time.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Unique or not, Scotland is an awesome choice. It’s a country I find myself returning to again and again.

  120. Katka says:

    For me its the rest of the Arabic countries that I havent been to – namely Oman, Libya, Iraq. I have always felt very safe anywhere I traveled in the Middle East!
    Katka recently posted..SO THIS IS MOROCCO – Under the Sahara Sun

    • DangerousBiz says:

      That’s so good to hear, Katka! Most people associate the Middle East with being scary (especially for women), but I’ve heard a lot of evidence to the contrary!

  121. Megan says:

    My dream destination is Turkey! But this year I’m also visiting Albania and Kosovo which I’m excited for!
    Megan recently posted..The Cliffs of Moher: a story of second chances

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Oooh Albania is really different! I was there last summer and still am not sure what I think of it!

  122. lachiah says:

    Not the most original answer in the world but Paris (all of France, really).

  123. Mercedes says:

    I’s love to explore Nepal :D

  124. Sue says:

    My dream destination would be Australia, though there are parts of Europe I still want to see, like Croatia!

  125. Carmen says:

    My dream solo destination would be Asia! I’d love to spend some time backpacking through Japan, China, S. Korea, Thailand, and Cambodia. If I had to pick just one, probably Japan. I speak a little Japanese, and seeing as I haven’t been to Asia before it seems like a fairly good place to test the waters. I’ve already done solo trips to western and eastern Europe, and they were phenomenal, especially Poland and Croatia.

  126. Sonia says:

    My dream solo destination is Istanbul!!!!

  127. Melanie says:

    My dream destination would be Australia/New Zealand. I had my first solo traveling experience last summer when I was going to do study abroad for a month and decided to travel around Europe for three instead of just being with my classmates. I’m a law student and I was struggling a lot after my first year and it was really that solo experience that reaffirmed my faith in humanity and drove me to push forward in my education and life choices. I had a life-changing experience last summer and I was, of course, bitten by the travel bug. I think it’s frightening for women to travel solo, but only at first, because when you’re there and untethered, it’s amazingly liberating.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      That’s so awesome that you had such a life-changing experience while traveling last year, Melanie! Here’s to many more great solo adventures.

  128. Stephanie says:

    My dream solo destination is Indonesia, for the scuba diving.
    My first big solo trip, 9 months in SE Asia, was solo because my travel partner bailed on me at the last minute. It turned out to be a blessing, as I realized I loved traveling alone. On that trip, I went snorkeling in Indonesia and was blown away by the beauty of the reefs. I can’t wait to go back, to go scuba diving. Being a solo female diver is great – it’s always easy to meet new dive buddies on the boats!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You are the first one (I think) to chose a destination based on diving! That’s awesome – and even more awesome that you enjoy being a solo female diver. You go, girl!

  129. Valeria says:

    Today, my dream solo destination is Ireland and Scotland. Tomorrow, who knows?

  130. Karen Foo says:

    Norway, to see the fijord and islands. :)

  131. My DREAM destination right now is Israel (and Jordan). Since I’m studying in Milan, I’ve made several little solo trips to nearby countries, and have a month-long solo and unplanned backpacking trip through central/east Europe and south Italy coming up in July- August (I’m terrified and excited!!). I so wish Israel and Jordan came under the Schengen Visa… Instead I have to skip those countries for now, otherwise I’d be doing Europe a disservice :(

  132. Patricia Pataki says:

    Hey fellow Travelers! :)

    I will admit that I’m not as adventorous as some of the people commenting here. In fact, I have never travelled alone before, but I would love to start (and I am just 20 years old, so I think I have plenty of time:).

    So, my dream destination would be Barcelona (Spain), because I think it’s a beautiful city, close to the ocean, which I rarely get to see, and I am dying to see the Sagrada Familia – it’s a breath-taking building on photos, so I can hardly imagine how amazing it would be in real life. But I can’t wait! :)

    Thank you for this chance.:) Good summer to everyone!

    Cheers,
    Pat

  133. Andrea Rees says:

    My dream destination right now is South Africa, to get back and explore more, but the main reason is that I will be starting a mobile photography program at an art and education centre in Khayelitsha, a township outside Cape Town. I’ll be teaching women (15+) mobile photography to empower and create sustainable income through the sales of photographic art products at their on-site boutique and through other distribution channels in tourism and fair trade in South Africa as well as online and around the world through events. Could use some free nights in a hostel while I’m there teaching! :)
    Andrea Rees recently posted..One Heart in Kensington Market, Toronto

  134. My dream solo destination is currently MOROCCONORWAYECUADORANTARCTICA! Serious, when I allow an opening for any of these trips, I will consider myself a very lucky woman. Morocco – for the spice, smells and sigthts. Norway – fulfiling a dream since childhood to visit Greig’s birthplace, the Fyords, and Kon Tiki. Ecuador – Galapagos and the blue footed boobies! and Finally Antarctica – bucket list is to see all the penguins in their natural habitat. Enough said. Travel in Safety. Jane

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Haha there you go – just make up a mega destination! I like it! All great choices. I really want to go to the Galapagos, too!

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